selective trans mission

Trans (Festival)

trans is an annual, non-commercial arts festival held in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is Linked with the Urban Arts Academy and is organised by the Belfast Waterfront Hall. Over a four week period it hosts a programme of gigs, free seminars, courses, exhibitions and broadcasts its own radio station.


trans follows up on a list of ideologies and beliefs.

- Investing new technologies, new trends, new art forms and new artists.
- Providing training in career paths which the current system does not.
- Encourage debate outside traditional politics,
- Demonstrate that Urban Arts should not be confined you Youth Culture
- "To bring the world to Belfast, and Belfast to the world

The festival has a statement known as the " trans Mission" that they follow, and make available on their website


The festival was originally set up in 2006, to compliment the Urban Arts Academy. Its usual running dates are between the Orange Order's Orangefest and the West Belfast Feile an Phobail.

Now in its Third year, trans is growing evermore popular not only with the Urban Arts Academy Students, but with music and arts lovers from all walks of life, and regularly attracts international artists and audience members.

2006 2007 2008 (tbc)
Annie Mac, The Crimea, V Formation, Oppenheimer Unabombers, Spree, Japanese Popstars, Simon Shelden

David Kitt, Schlomo & Steinski

Asian Dub Foundation Soundsystem

Trans-Global Underground Soundsystem

Ashley Beedle, Foy Vance, mojoFURY, Flykkiller Thomas Truax, Beatorrent, Cat Malojian

Hayseed Dixie, The Winding Stair, Hey Gringos

Greg Wilson, D. Ramirez, Claude Von Stroke, Switch, Ish

Freestyle theatre dance, Haggis Horns

The Trans Lap-Off and Urban Market

One-Man Star wars trilogy, Burlesque Summer extravaganza, Rockband Virtual Battle of the bands, The trans Lap-off and

The Urban Market... More to be confirmed

Signature events

trans consists of signature events alongside its main events, two of which are the "Money Back Guarantee" and "The Lap-off"

Money-Back Guarantee is about breaking down the barrier between artist and performer, The festival organisers offer your money back at the end of the show, giving the audience a chance to pay each performer depending on how entertaining they were.

The Lap off Consists of eight laptop musicians battling it out in a competition based on their performance using electronic sampling and essentially the use of computers in music.

2008 Festival

trans 08 will begin on 14th July, confirmed acts are listed above, and many more acts have yet to be TBC.


The festival name is usually spelt with no capital "t"

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