Community Arts Projects 

Working closely with community groups and schools, we deliver a range of community art projects right in the heart of communities across Belfast. These groups offer support and encouragement to those attending. For more information about any of our projects or to join, please email

Our current projects include: 

The Crescents Book Club:

First Wednesday of every month 

Led by John Bradbury

Our book club meets monthly at the Crescent to discuss and debate the book read from the previous month.  This project is opened to all aged 18yrs plus from all backgrounds, faiths and political views and our current members have successfully embraced the community divide. Tolerance and mutual respect is facilitated by this group led initiative, using the power of books and team work.

(Over 18's only).


Young Emerging Artist Scheme

Emerging artists are offered professional guidance and support to help each individual discover new skills, ensuring challenges are set to encourage confidence building. The scheme is opened to young people aged 18-24yrs who have disabilities, in any form, and who are from marginalised and disadvantaged areas.  This scheme is essential in helping to facilitate young people’s journey into future employment/training.  Particular emphasis is placed on community arts/visual and community theatre/dance work. 


Belfast Book Festival: 7th-16th June 2019

Family Fun Day: Saturday 15th June

Our family fun day aims to encourage everyone of all ages, backgrounds and abilities/disabilities to engage with books.  Using creative workshops, storytelling sessions, poetry readings, interactive puppet storytelling, games and more, we encourage all to embrace and open their minds to the wonderful world of books. 


City Dance Festival 2019 1st - 3rd November 2019

City Dance offers opportunities for all ages and abilities to engage and learn something new from participating in accessible dance classes.  It also offers a professional dance showcase for audiences to be inspired by. Many of these dance artists also teach at the Crescent, as well as some from leading NI dance companies.  The art of dance is excellent for the mind, body and soul and offers particular skills and nurturing in creativity, self-confidence, perseverance, focus, teamwork, not to mention all the health and physical wellbeing benefits it offers to participants.   


Many other projects include family events at Halloween, Christmas, as well as working in partnership with various community organisations, schools and statutory agencies to deliver innovative arts projects accessible and inclusive for all. 

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