After a break in 2021, we were delighted to return with the North Belfast Lantern Festival based around the theme of Alice in Wonderland. Over 30 groups took part in the outreach programme making fabulous lanterns and amazing installations. Over 5000 people from across the community attended the 2-day extravaganza which included family fun days and the main parade and event. Participants came in costumes and with colourful lanterns in the longest-running Halloween Community Event in Belfast.
The family friendly festival, led by Ashton Community Trust and delivered by New Lodge Arts, culminated in a special family event in Alexandra Park including live music, dance, theatre, walkabout acts, a fireworks display, plus a very special headline performance by Simply Ariana. The whole event was an excellent example of communities working together to promote good relations and maximise the use of shared space whilst being a great showcase for the positive contribution children and young people make to our communities.
Anne Delaney, Arts Programme & Operations Manager for New Lodge Arts said. “The rain didn’t dampen our spirits (well maybe just a little), but we were delighted with the success of the event this year. The artists produced amazing artwork with the schools/groups who participated in the outreach programme. The main event was fabulous and had something for everyone. There was a fantastic sense of community and we were delighted to be back running events again!’