Festival of Fools, Belfast, Ireland back to all events

The festival is the brainchild of the late Belfast Community Circus School director Will Chamberlain, who believed passionately in the power of street theatre and laughter to bring people together regardless of background, religion or language. He established Festival of Fools in Cathedral Quarter in Belfast at a time when the area was a far cry from the bustling cultural centre it is today, leading the way in the regeneration of the north inner city.

Nowadays the Festival is a firm fixture on the cultural calendar for Cathedral Quarter, bringing 40,000 visitors to the area who spend an estimated £1.2m in local businesses. Festival of Fools attracts a range of funders and sponsors including the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, Translink, Belfast City Council, Tourism Northern Ireland, and the Ramada Encore Hotel.