Join young people with lived experience of care from right across Northern Ireland for a fun outdoor festival this August.

The first VOYPIC Manifestival will be held on Thursday 19 August, between 10.30am and 3.30pm, at Ballymena Showgrounds. 

What is a Manifestival?

The Manifestival is a one-day festival, where together we will create a manifesto for change, a list of all the main things you tell us those in power should do to make life better for young people with lived experience of care.

The Manifestival will have three main ‘zones’…

Ideas Zone

We want to hear about the issues that matter most to you. The ideas zone features a range of stands, exploring young people’s experiences, opinions and ideas about issues around being in care, leaving care and life after care. Education, health, policing and justice, accommodation and housing- we want to hear about the things that matter to you. 

What you tell us will help create our Manifesto for Change, ahead of the Northern Ireland Assembly election next summer!


Fun Zone

It’s been a long time since we were all able to be together. The pandemic has been tough for everyone, so now we can meet up safely, we want to have some fun!


We have giant inflatable games, a gaming bus (including VR), a petting farm and more! What better way to let your hair down and have fun with everyone at VOYPIC!

Food Zone

What’s a celebration without food?!? After using your energy in the Ideas and Fun Zones, head over to the Food Zone for refuelling! 


We’ve got different food trucks to pick from, including hot food and an ice cream van. And make sure you have some sticky candy floss too!

How do I book?

The Manifestival is for young people up to 25 years old, who are in care, are leaving care, or have been in care in Northern Ireland. And it’s free!

To help keep everyone safe, we have staggered entry times, and each visit is for a maximum of 3 hours: 

• Red Tickets (Northern HSCT area) – 10.30am – 1.30pm 

• Blue Tickets (Belfast HSCT area) – 11am – 2pm 

• Yellow Tickets (South Eastern HSCT area) – 11.30am – 2.30pm 

• Purple Tickets (Southern HSCT area) – 12pm – 3pm 

• Green Tickets (Western HSCT area) – 12.30pm – 3.30pm 

Transport to and from the festival is available. Contact us for info after booking. 

To book your ticket, just click the ‘Book Now’ button below!

Join MyVOYPIC for Exclusive Extras!

The Manifestival is the first event organised by MyVOYPIC, our new membership scheme.


Have you joined MyVOYPIC yet? It’s free to join, and open to all young people up to 25 years old with experience of care in Northern Ireland. MyVOYPIC member get special perks, like being the first to hear about VOYPIC activities and opportunities, access to local and regional meet-ups, and involvement in campaigning and action days across the region. You also get a free gift when you join, and a birthday card each year from VOYPIC!


MyVOYPIC members will also get some exclusive extras at the Manifestival. If you have already joined, you can sign up now through our website:

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