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Friday 28 November 2014

In Pictures: Children's Festival

22nd May 2010.  Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast.  Left to right.  Sean McDermott(8) with his brother Sean are entertained at the Flea Circus by Madame Tiptop and Felix Flip-flop.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Left to right. Sean McDermott(8) with his brother Sean are entertained at the Flea Circus by Madame Tiptop and Felix Flip-flop.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Children are entertained by a couple of performers in the park.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Left to right. Molley Agnew Boyce(9) from Fortwilliam and Ted Anderson(2) from Holywood play with a device which makes sounds as they draw.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. General views of the park.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Swedish juggler Ture Holm from Premiere Circus pictured in the park.
2nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Julie Ann Turley(8) with her sister Aimee Smith Turley(3) from the Newlodge.
2nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Seven-year-old Chloe Leinster from Fortwilliam after getting her face painted.
2nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Seven-year-old Lana Turner from the Cliftonville area with two badges she made.
nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Left to right. Four-year-old twins Katie Bradley-Irvine and her brother Jason from east Belfast pictured after having their faces painted.
2nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Five-year-old Natasha Hamilton from Ardoyne gets her face painted.
2nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. A cinema in the park.
May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Left to right. Harry Felmingham(6) Ruben Maloney(6) and his sister Libby(7) pictured in the park.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Fluffy the dragon from Cork Circus pictured in the park.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Seven-year-old Chloe Leinster from Fortwilliam getting her face painted.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. Seven-year-old Libby Maloney from Belfast meets one of the circus characters in the park.
22nd May 2010. Children's festival in the Waterworks in north Belfast. A BMX demonstration in the park.

Multi-coloured tree chandeliers, an odd socks washing line and eye-catching stretches of coloured water were just a few of the creative efforts that adorned every nook and cranny of the sun-drenched Waterworks park — much to the delight of thousands of children.



Just under 10,000 people flocked to the opening event of the 13th Belfast Children's Festival at the north Belfast park on Saturday to enjoy a fun-filled day of art and crafts.

Hordes of energetic youngsters poured through the gates at midday with many staying right through to closing at 8pm, making the most of the free creative activities on offer.

Usually the Waterworks is an oasis of calm for greylag geese and mute swans. But the weekend’s activities saw the decibels soar with chattering children, theatrical skits, puppetry, circus acts and vocal performances from a wide variety of talent including the Inishowen Gospel Choir, Cara Cowan, Goodbye Pluto and Isobel Anderson.

The park was also awash with colour from original artwork made by 30 local schools and community groups. Multi-coloured tree chandeliers, an odd socks washing line that spanned the width of the park, enormous hand-crafted polka dots and stretches of coloured water were just a few of the unusual sights enjoyed by the little visitors and their families.

New Lodge Arts, Young at Art and Westland Community Group all worked tirelessly to ensure the park was a hive of activity. Madam Tip Top and Felix Flip Flop from Cahoots NI theatre company entertained children with their moving Flea Circus, a performance loved by Mark McDermott (6) and his brother Sean (8) from Ardoyne.

Mum Cathy said: “Mark has Asperger’s, so it can be hard to keep him entertained, but he's loved being here. This sort of event feeds his curious nature and he won a goldfish earlier, so he is over the moon.”

Also enjoying the day was Lana Turner (7) and ten-year-old Aaron Turner, from the Cliftonville area of the city, who were delighted with the badges they made at one of the craft stalls.

Their uncle John said: “It's been a fantastic day. This is such a brilliant idea for the kids.”

The ten-day festival continues at venues across the city until Sunday, May 30. For further details call 028 9033 4455.

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