History of BelfastTrad


BelfastTrad started out as “Belfast & District Set Dancing and Traditional Music Society” in 1990. Organised by a small cohort led by set dancer and teacher Mary Fox, it was formally constituted in 1991. The goal and ethos of the Society from the beginning has been to ensure that the shared traditions of Irish music and dance are available to all sections of the community in a neutral setting. With the Crescent Arts Centre as our home since the early days, we have been a vital force in maintaining that tradition in Belfast.

In our 21st year in 2012, we changed our name to something a bit more manageable. Now called BelfastTrad-Traditional Music and Dance Society, we still work hard to celebrate and pass on traditional arts. Our annual programme has grown over the years and now, in our 28th year, it consists of 40 weekly classes, a series of over 20 workshops in music and dance, 2 student sessions per week, a lecture series and two End-of-Term concerts and céilis as well as our outreach: Dance classes in Lurgan and Bangor, the Belfast Castle Céilí series, and dance class support for the residents at the Camphill Community at Glencraig as well as supporting the Belfast Singing Circle.

We are very grateful the the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Lottery Fund, and our members for their continued support.