You’d be forgiven (just a little) if you were one of those fools who disregarded street performance as amateur entertainers.

After all, that is the stereotyped perception of many throughout the city.

But street performance in itself is an artform growing in popularity, and Belfast’s Festival of Fools has spearheaded the opening up of the streets to more than just the fantastic singers and musicians who deeply ingrained in the the culture of our city.

This May Day Bank Holiday the Festival of Fools will turn the streets of Belfast city centre into a dazzling, colourful array of dare devils, acrobatics, clowning, comedy, juggling and much more.

More than 120 street performances will celebrate the best in street theatre, circus and comedy from around the world.

Every year the festival attracts in excess of 40,000 people with artists flying in from USA, Australia, Tanzania, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and across the UK and Ireland.

This year’s event also marks the 30th birthday of sister organisation Belfast Community Circus School who feature more than 20 acts who have either trained or taught at the school.

17 restaurants, bars and cafes are also taking part in the Festival of Foods – a special voucher section in the festival brochure, also downloadable from the website. The offers range from children eat free to special deals for grown-ups.

You’d be a fool to miss out.

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