Harvesting Young Creativity is a EUNIC London project that is in partnership with Young at Art, Belfast Children’s Festival. Over the duration of the festival, 3-12 March 2023, Harvesting Young Creativity will bring visionary festival leaders and artists from across Europe, together with local Northern Ireland counterparts in order to participate in captivating panel discussions, workshops and performances.


Opening Worlds: How to further engage with the local community? Reach versus Depth of Impact with artists and experts Filu Sampé, Justinas Vancevicius, Inna Siemicz, and Veerle Kerckhoven. Moderated by Belinda McElhanney, Chief Executive of Imaginate.

This panel would address how festivals can broaden audiences horizons and how the festival can impact the local and international communities. The discussion aims to answer questions such as: What is community engagement? What does engagement look like in a local, country wide and European context? 

Friday 3 March, 3:15-4:45pm at Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast

More info here.

Why Do We Need Festivals? How to stay innovative in the world of children’s festivals? with experts Stefan Hansen, Laura Kauppinen, Suzanne Verboeket and Maria Steiner. Moderated by Tony Reekie, Director of Catherine Wheels. 

This panel discussion addresses the need for children’s festivals and highlights the key tools required to ensure the future success of the festivals. The talk will focus on questions such as: How can children’s festivals better serve their audiences? What is the future role of children’s festivals across Europe?

Sunday 5 March, 10:00- 11:30am at Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast

More info here. 

Both panel discussions are part of the Delegate programme of the 2023 homegrown Northern Ireland Showcase at the 25th Belfast Children’s Festival. More info and tickets here.


  • Theatre Props making workshop with the Lithuanian artists Antanas Dubra and Vladas Suncovas, Saturday 11 March, 1pm at Belfast City Hall and Cathedral Quarter. More info here.

  • Illustration workshop with the Polish artist and graphic designer Piotr Socha, Sunday 12 March 11am at The MAC. Suitable for ages: 6-9yrs old. More info here.
  • Performance by the North Belfast Youth Choir, 3 March 2023, 2pm at Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast.

All workshops will take place on the last weekend of the festival 11-12 March 2023.

Supported by EUNIC London Members:

Finnish Institute UK+Ireland, Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Belgium- Flanders House, Polish Cultural Institute, Embassy of Lithuania, Goethe-Institut London, the Embassy of the Netherlands, the British Council Northern Ireland and the European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK.

Funded by the EUNIC Global Cluster Fund.

European Partners: