Northern Ireland Festivals Forum
Who We Are
The Northern Ireland Festivals Forum is an umbrella body which exists to enhance communication between, and provide guidance and support to, the festivals of Music, Dance and Speech within the Northern Ireland region that are affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals. Delegates from the festival committees attend two meetings each year. In this setting current issues and concerns are examined, feedback on recent experiences is shared, and ideas for future development are discussed.
The Northern Ireland Region has 18 affiliated Festival Committees who between them organise and run 12 Music Festivals [M], 13 Speech Festivals [S], 5 Irish Dance Festivals [ID], and 4 Dance Festivals [D]. These 33 festival events attract tens of thousands of entries from all sectors of the local community and provide 205 days of amateur performance opportunities each year.
City of Armagh Festival of Speech & Drama [S]
Ballyclare Musical Festival [M][ID]
Ballymena Musical Festival [M][S][ID][D]
Banbridge Performing Arts Festival (Speech & Drama)[S]
Bangor International Choral Festival [M]
Bangor Speech Festival [S]
Belfast Musical Festival [M][S]
Carrickfergus Music Festival [M][S]
Coleraine Music Festival [M][S]
Dungannon Music & Drama Festival [M][S]
Holywood Music Festival [M]
Mossgrove Youth Music Festival [M]
Newry Musical Feis [M][S][ID][D]
Northern Ireland Invitational Dance Festival [D]
Portadown Festival [M][S][ID][D]
Portstewart Music Festival [M][S][ID]
Web Theatre Drama Festival [S] Provisional Member
In 2014 the Northern Ireland Region was delighted to have the opportunity to host the 93rd Annual Conference of the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech which took place at The Hilton Belfast Hotel and at Titanic Belfast. Delegates from member festivals within the UK and the Republic of Ireland were joined by International colleagues for a weekend of professional development, strategic planning and Northern Ireland hospitality and entertainment.
Delegates were treated to a wide variety of entertainment provided by young people currently taking part in festivals, professional adult performers who had their first experiences of public performance through childhood involvement with their local festivals within the region, Federation Adjudicators from Northern Ireland and groups of festival organisers and volunteers.