Sailortown Barra

Venues across Sailortown, North Belfast
10 – 12 August, 2018

Join us for the first Sailortown Barra, a weekend of free events in Belfast’s Sailortown neighbourhood on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018, organised by Sailortown Regeneration and Household in partnership with Moving On Music, Clanmil Housing Association, The American Bar, New Lodge Arts Festival, and local residents, community groups and businesses.

Explore this unique neighbourhood, learn about its history, and help us reignite a long tradition of community-led events taking place in the streets of Sailortown, bringing together current residents, former residents, workers, visitors, creative practitioners and local community organisations and businesses to celebrate the area’s past, present and future.

This event would not be possible without the kind support of Belfast City Council Community Festival Fund, Belfast City Council City of Music, Moving On Music, and Clanmil Housing Association. Special thanks to AC Hotel Belfast, Sinclair Seamen’s church, Mission to Seafarers, The American Bar, McKenna’s Bar and Clare and Sean at Sean Greer Design.


Friday 10th August, 5pm onwards


Sailortown Music Trail

Location: Venues across Sailortown


Join Sailortown Regeneration and Moving On Music on a free trail leading music-lovers from the city centre to Sailortown via a number of local cultural and community venues hosting a variety of short live music sessions. Audiences can enjoy jazz, traditional music and original songs along the way. The trail will begin at The Big Fish at 5PM (meet there at 16:50 PM sharp) and finishes in the American Bar. The Belfast Music Trail is free but please reserve a space by registering here so we know how many people are attending.

Musicians include Scott Flanigan & Dave Howell, Conor Lamb & Paddy McKeown, Hugh & Sinéad McKeown, Ludwig O’Neill, Séan Kaluarachchi, Matt McGinn, Sing for Life choir, Scott Flanigan & Richard Mawhinney, Conor Lamb & Paddy McKeown.

Locations include (in this order): AC Hotel Belfast, Sinclair Seamen’s Presbyterian Church, Barrow Square, The Dockers Club, Mission to Seafarers, St Joseph’s Church, McKenna’s Bar,  and the American Bar. After the tour concludes there will be live music in the American Bar and karaoke at McKenna’s Bar into the evening.

Saturday 11th August, 2pm-4pm


Market Stall Building Workshop

Location: St. Joseph’s Church, Sailortown


Whether you’re a novice DIYer or a seasoned expert, you’re invited to join Household in Sailortown’s St. Joseph’s Church to support in the building of new stalls for the first ever Barra Community Market, taking place the following day. Stall building workshops will also take place on Saturday 28th July, and Saturday 4th & 11th August, 2pm-4pm) These workshops are suitable for young people (12yrs+) and adults. See here for more details.



Sunday 12th August, 1pm-5pm


Sailortown Barra Community Market

Location: Sailortown Docks Area

Sailortown’s first ever community market staged by local residents and friends of Sailortown will take place across the historic area between Barrow Square and the reopened St Joseph’s Church. Come along and explore stalls, watch film screenings and performances, join in children’s activities, celebrate Belfast’s Little Italy, and lots more. Stall holders include Save Cathedral Quarter, Infinity Farm, SHIP, Sailortown Regeneration Group, The Sailortown Crew, and more.

Contact us for more information or to book a free place on the Market Stall Building Workshops:

Email (Household)/ (Sailortown Regeneration)

Call 028 90751094

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