Hopes and Dreams for BabyDay

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, chair of Belfast City Council’s Development Committee – which oversees arts and culture in the city – dropped in to a reception at the QFT on Tuesday to mark the first public event on the road to BabyDay.

The world’s first BabyDay is coming to Belfast in September will be marked by the premier of ‘Belfast BabyDay Lullaby’ by composer Neil Martin.

BabyDay organised by Replay Theatre Company is a unique arts-led day – with art in the streets, music in the air and families everywhere, Belfast will be one big bundle of joy! BabyDay asks – what can Belfast look like though the eyes of its tiniest citizens?

The reception at QFT followed a screening of a documentary ‘The Connected Baby’ by development psychologist Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, who is backing the world’s first BabyDay in Belfast.

Dr Zeedyk said: “The evidence about the importance of children’s early experiences is pouring out of scientific labs. It is delightfully creative to have an arts organisation working to bring those insights to life. BabyDay should inspire entire communities to celebrate the importance of connecting with our babies — which is exactly what babies’ brains crave. Let’s hope the idea of BabyDay spreads beyond Belfast’s boundaries as rapidly as Replay has dreamed.”

Gilly Campbell, Dance and Drama Officer at the Arts Council, commented: “Preparations for the first ever BabyDay are now well underway. Today’s film screening will give a valuable insight into some of the ground-breaking scientific work which has inspired the project and a first glance at what in store for audiences and participants in September.”

BabyDay is part of Creative Belfast, a fund set-up by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council which aims to give everyone across the city of all ages and walks of life the opportunity to be inspired by our rich cultural life. Visit Creative Belfast for more information or you can keep up-to-date on Facebook or on Twitter.

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