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Grand Opera House to host Family Festival this summer

The Grand Opera House in Belfast will host its first ever Family Festival this summer.

The three day event will run from Tuesday, July 4 - Thursday, July 6 and will include daily guided tours detailing the history of Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian theatre.

Visitors can also enjoy the opportunity to stand on stage and operate the Theatre’s lighting and sound desks.

A number of creative workshops are included in the Festival programme, with Clayrazy and Lego and Street Dance workshops among the most popular.

There’s also paper marbling workshops for budding artists to create a colourful masterpiece using paints and ink, as well as drama workshops where children can create a whistle-stop performance of Peter Pan in under two hours.

Launching the details of the summer event, Ian Wilson, chief executive of the Grand Opera House, said: “The Family Festival gives young people and their families the opportunity to enjoy a range of workshops, arts and crafts, and the chance to experience life backstage as we raise the curtain on Northern Ireland’s most iconic Theatre.

"As well as the hugely popular backstage tours there’s a terrific and unmissable range of events to keep families of all ages entertained."

On top of the programme of events, the Theatre’s foyer will host face painting, treasure hunts, circus performers, balloon modelers, an eclectic mix of stalls, and lots more.

Places for each event in the Family Festival are limited and should be booked in advance. Full details of the three-day programme, and booking, is available at goh.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on 028 9024 1919.

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