Trans (Festival)

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Genre Arts
Dates July/August (Exact dates varied annually)
Location(s) Belfast
County Antrim
Northern Ireland
Years active 2006 - 2010
Founded by Belfast Waterfront hall & Sonic DJ academy
2012 archive of discontinued trans site

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


trans stated 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[1]


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

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.

In 2010 and 2011, the festival ran a spin-off winter festival Base, which was an international street art and music festival which in 2011 was headlined by Sleigh Bells and Ghostpoet.

2006 2007 2008
Annie Mac, The Crimea, V Formation, Oppenheimer

Unabombers, Spree, Japanese Popstars, Simon Shelden

David Kitt, Schlomo and Steinski

Asian Dub Foundation

Trans-Global Underground

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,

Two Door Cinema Club, Andy Weatherall, Frank Turner and Los Campesinos

Signature events[edit]

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.

Departure of organisers[edit]

After various charges of conflicts of interest in March 2011, the staff left. The Waterfront Hall announced it would be rebuilding with a view to concentrating on conference business.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Former trans Web site, About trans