The Beat Initiative (carnival and community arts) aims to promote quality arts access, engagement and production, and to create opportunities to gain skills and achievements.
Work is programmed through open workshops, special interest groups, public and street performances, festivals and events. The diverse range of activities includes visual arts, music and percussion, dance and performance, crafts, cultural traditions, and multi-arts collaborations.
Our policy is that our projects should: • have a high standard of art work •enable community access •have a strong educational aspect •move to establish employment •have an artist led, ground-up dynamic
While we are currently based in inner-city east Belfast, we are committed to working with community groups throughout the City and beyond. Our intention is to build bridges between communities that have become polarized by years of mistrust and misunderstanding, by encouraging cooperation in producing events such as the Belfast Carnival.
The biggest Beat Initiative project is the annual Belfast Carnival Parade, a day-long celebration of arts and creativity resulting from months of city-wide participation in training, making and performing.
The Beat Initiative building has a large construction workshop facility.
Former use : Commercial truck workshop
Surface of the site : 6,000 sq ft
Location : city
Foundation year : 1993
Type of occupation : lease
Owner of the building : commercial business group
Artistic and social disciplines
Music : production / workshops
Contemporary dance : creation / production / trainings / workshops
Visual art : creation / production / trainings / workshops / spaces rentals
Circus : production
Street performing arts : creation / production / trinings / workshops
Belfast City Council,
Community Relations Council,
Belfast European Partnership Board,
Arts Council Northern Ireland
Trans Europe Halles