At the Belfast Book Festival, we firmly believe that art is open to everyone.

This ethos is firmly embedded in the work we do within the communities of Belfast through our programme of arts participation and community engagement, which is delivered by The Crescent’s  Engage department.

We bring the arts to the community by offering a range of resources and activities to educators, school groups, community and support groups.  Our overarching aim is to ensure that those members of society who experience barriers to accessing the arts can engage and experience the positive impact it can have on their lives.

Throughout the festival, we offer variety of activities including:


Family Fun Day 

In partnership with Belfast City Council, our Family Fun Day is set to take over Lower Crescent Park once again. 

Join our free family fun day and introduce your little'uns to the wonderful world of books.

There’s a whole host of activities of offer throughout the day including: art workshops, storytelling, face painting, a puppet adventure, a book trail, poetry aloud, interactive storytelling, sensory storytelling, entertainment, lawn games, a children's movie, a craft stall, a poetry jukebox and lots more!

Best of all, our Family Fun Day is FREE for all to attend, so why not pack a picnic and join us for a great day out!


Writers in schools

We are delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Book Trust Northern Ireland. Together we will deliver an exciting and valuable project which will offer local children and schools a free visit from a well-known authors and illustrators to promote a genuine passion of reading for pleasure from an early age. These schools visits will be a wonderful opportunity for children to meet a successful writer and help them to take those first valuable steps towards a love of literature and a life-time of finding inspiration, comfort, intrigue and fascination in the written word.


The Crescent Book Club

Join The Crescent’s Book Club for their annual Belfast Book Festival Tea Party!  Come along and engage in the discussion, or sit back, relax and enjoy listening to the thought-provoking conversation about this months exciting new book.


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