Warrenpoint talent shines at Northern Ireland’s leading children’s festival

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
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A talented young actor and singer and a technician from Warrenpoint are busy preparing for an exciting new production as part of this year’s Belfast Children’s Festival, running throughout the city from the 8th – 15th March 2013. Presented by children’s arts charity Young at Art, the country’s favourite family festival returns for its 15th year with a week-long dose of unforgettable fun and creative magical experiences for children aged 0–14, their families, schools and groups. Jam-packed full of storytelling, arts activities, music, theatre and dance, the festival is the perfect springtime experience for children and families. Creative talents from all over the world are brought into the city for a whole host of free and affordable events. Actor and singer Cat Barter is one of four performers in Replay’s Babble, a ground-breaking new work for babies up to 18 months. Babble is four female voices, singing in close harmony, producing a magical vocal wonderland, illuminated by an enchanting video landscape. Warrenpoint technician James Rea has played a part in helping create this mesmerising, multi-sensory experience. Babble has an astonishingly soothing effect and its tiny audience enjoy it lying on the soft, squishy floor inside the cosy space of Replay’s specially constructed bubble. Babble premiers at the Belfast Children’s Festival and will be at The Factory, The MAC Sat 9 – Tues 12 Mar, Tickets £6 admits 1 adult & 1 child Website: www.replaytheatreco.org Some of the other 2013 festival highlights include the gigantic inflatable Space Pups installation on the ceiling at the Ulster Museum and musician and composer Brian Irvine’s international hit musical collaboration Melonhead. The ever-popular Baby Rave returns as part of Festival in a Day, alongside a brand new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood. Festival in a Day at Belfast Waterfront provides all the fun of a festival under one roof, with workshops on writing stories and illustration, plus plenty of free activities including games, balloon modelling, badge making and a magic show. Parents will be pleased to learn that as well as an array of exciting and inspiring ticketed events from local, national and international companies, there are a variety of free experiences to be enjoyed by children of all ages. Many events sold out in last year’s festival, so organisers Young at Art are urging families to book now to avoid disappointment. The Belfast Children’s Festival: Friday 8th March – Friday 16th March 2013. Many ticket prices are £6 or lower, with discounted tickets available for schools and groups. To find out more about festival events and to book tickets visit the website www.belfastchildrensfestival.com or call the Box Office on 028 9024 3042.
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