|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2008)|
|Years active||2006 - 2010|
|Founded by||Belfast Waterfront hall & Sonic DJ academy|
|Date(s)||July/August (Exact dates vary annually)|
trans was 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"
Throughout its five-year history, the festival was 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.
|Annie Mac, The Crimea, V Formation, Oppenheimer||Ashley Beedle, Foy Vance, mojoFURY, Flykkiller
Freestyle theatre dance, Haggis Horns
The Trans Lap-Off and Urban Market
|One Man Star Wars Trilogy,|
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.
In March 2011 Belfast City Council launched an investigation into the main organisers of the festival. The staff were accused of various charges relating to conflicts of interest and suspended. Although the charges were later proved to be groundless the staff in question chose to leave and pursue other projects and trans looks unlikely to happen again.
Shortly after the suspensions the Waterfront Hall announced it would be rebuilding with a view to concentrating on conference business.
The festival name is usually spelt with no capital "t"
- Turkington, A: "Trans Mission", page 1. http://www.transbelfast.com/trans08/policies/The%20Trans%20Mission.doc