Ballymena International Children's Arts Festival 2011

Festival Schools Programme

Florschutz & Dohnert

Who: Drama Company from Berlin, Germany

When: Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th October

Supported by the European Network for the diffusion of Performing Arts for Early Years

Winners of the IKARUS Award for Children’s Theatre

Director: Werner Hennrich

What: Rawums (:)

Come with us on a trip to the wonderland of gravity with this award winning Theatre Company form Berlin, for 2 to 5 year olds, this production features clowning, acting, pictures and words – can a house fly, can a person fly, why does a feather float?

All these questions answered and more ……..

Booking details direct to schools and nursery schools




Cahoots NI presents Egg

Who: Drama Company form Belfast, Northern Ireland

When: Wednesday 5th October

Director: Paul Bosco McEneaney

What: Award winning Children’s Theatre Company Cahoots NI presents a delightful new Theatre production for children featuring magic, live music, action …and an egg!

What really happens when you put all your eggs in one basket? Witness the madcap adventures of our unexpected heroes …. and an egg!

Booking details direct to schools



Olive O’Brien presents ……… Readings from Perry the Polar Bear Goes Green

Who: Children’s Author from Cork, Ireland specialising in Eco friendly books and writing

When: Thursday 6th October

What: Eco friendly book readings with Olive O’Brien aim to inform children about green issues such as global warming and the benefits of recycling all wrapped up in our hero Perry the Polar Bear


Booking details direct to schools


Friday 7th October

International Childrens Day with Ballymena Inter Ethnic Forum

A celebration of the art, music, and literature of all the diverse cultures living in the Borough of Ballymena.

From Indian Dance to Mexican Music and all sorts in between – a colourful spectacular not to be missed

Booking details direct to schools


The Lost Sock Princess

Who: The Puppet Lab from Edinburgh, Scotland

When: Monday 10th October

What: Who wants to be different, wear odd clothes, have a pet sock ??

A Puppet show to be remembered, where do all the lost socks go to ….bring along an odd sock and join in the magical adventure, guided by 2 Master Puppeteers – you will forever know the secret of where all the odd socks go !

Booking details direct to schools



Festival Major Events


RTE School Choir of the Year Competition

Supported by RTE & Co-Operation Ireland

When: Wednesday 19th October

What: A fabulous competition for local school choirs with a concert and final open to the public

Details direct to schools

Check www.thebraid.com for details of public performance and admission




European Ballet presents The Nutcracker

When: Wednesday 26th October, 8.00pm

Directed by: Stanislav Tchassov former Principal Dancer of The Bolshoi Ballet

What: A classical Ballet in 2 Acts, this magical and enchanting fairy tale Ballet is brought to life by The European Ballet, one of the most popular and highly praised touring Ballet Companies producing in Europe today

Enhanced by beautiful crafted costumes, this ballet is ideal for all ages

The magic of Christmas comes alive as Clara dreams that her toys come to life, with a fearsome battle, a handsome prince and a Kingdom of Sweets, this is a ballet for everyone

With 45 highly respected dancers from Russia, France, Italy, Spain and the UK

Early booking is recommended

Tickets £14.50


Festival Exhibitions

Throughout the Festival, talented young local Photographer Kathryn Hamilton from Kells will be exhibiting her work in the Theatre Club Gallery

Kathryn, a student at Cambridge House Grammar School was a recipient of the Ballymena Borough Council Talented Young Persons Bursary Scheme 2011

Admission free

Open 9.00am to 6.00pm daily except Sundays



Festival Artist in Residence

Eamon Higgins is a Sculptor based in North Antrim who specialises and works predominantly in forged steel. His work is about the delicate intricacies of the relationships that bind people together, things that have nurtured who they are, or the positive things that will define who they will become

Eamon will be holding workshops throughout the Festival for local school groups to work alongside a professional artist in clay, metal and glass

Workshop programme details direct to schools







Coming soon to The Braid Arts Centre for all you Dancing Queens ………


Abba The Show

Thursday 27th October, 8.00pm

Tickets now on sale - £10.00


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