Masque is a carnival arts project, it now also incorporates all forms of performance related activities such as dance, drama, costume and mask making, stage make-up, and set and float building.
Whilst the project provides cross-city links for large-scale performance events, groups can choose to focus on smaller community based performances, or experiment with different art forms without necessary working towards a final piece. Works created through Masque have been showcased in carnivals and festivals in Belfast, Derry, and Sligo.
Sally Young – Masque Co-Ordinator – email@example.com
Going back through the mists of time, Masque, originally called The Hall of Fame, started around about June 2000 with Sally Young as its very youthful project co-ordinator. Intended to be a large scale puppet project it involved groups from all over Belfast in making caricatures of their local heroes in puppet form. These giants were met with critical acclaim, winning “Best in Show 2001” at the Belfast Lord Mayor’s Show, and earning their keep from being hired out to high profile public events in the likes of Sligo and Derry.
Under the watchful eye of then-time Programme Co-ordinator Joe Sheehy, The Hall of Fame remit was extended to include other forms of Carnival and Performing arts, and changing its name to the “Masque” we all now know, love and often misspell. Groups could now work on a wide range of activities such as dance, drama, storytelling, mask and costume making, stage make up and set/float design.
Whilst the Project has a track record of providing cross-city links for large scale performance events, participants can choose to focus on smaller community based performances or experiment with taster sessions in different art forms without necessarily working towards a final piece. More recently, young people have successfully used the performing and visual arts to express their take on identity and cultural diversity, issues that affect them in their own lives in their own community.