• Anna Newell

NI4Kids Family Event of the Year Finalist

In the late summer of 2013, I sat in a room listening to Helen Marriage talking inspirationally as ever, launching the brand new Creative and Cultural Belfast Fund - a joint Belfast City Council and Arts Council Northern Ireland initiative, looking for bold projects that could capture the imagination of the whole city and be 'distinctly Belfast'. When you say 'distinctly Belfast', immediately people start thinking about geography, architecture, history and of course we have plenty of all of these things. But I got to thinking..... what about the future, what about the Belfast that we want for our children, what about..... the world's first BabyDay...... Over two years later, on Sunday 27th September 2015, with the hard work, generosity and collective leap of faith of so so many people, around 15,000 people came to more than 80 events in 20 venues right across our city. I still can hardly believe that it happened.

BabyDay was about arts at the heart from the very start. BabyDay was about hope. BabyDay was about the family that Belfast could be.

BabyDay has now been nominated and shortlisted as a finalist for NI4Kids Family Event of the Year. Fingers crossed........

Here's Conan McIvor's wonderful video of the day, featuring the inspirational Dr Suzanne Zeedyk who came along and joined in....and loads and loads of babies.......

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