Arts & culture

A city at the heart of art!

A city at the heart of art!

Belfast’s rich cultural history continues to grow and thrive in a city that draws on international and home-grown themes to weave a fascinating tapestry.

Antrim Castle Gardens

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House offers a breathtaking walk into history, but also much more, with a programme of events running all year round. While you are there why not stay for a coffee or lunch and browse the shop.

ArtisAnn

ArtisAnn

At the ArtisAnn Gallery, you can buy art by award-winning artists. The Gallery occupies two floors, with a range of selected artists on the ground floor and monthly-themed shows in the exhibition space on the first floor.

AVA Festival

Arts and Culture in Belfast

AVA Festival is an audio visual arts festival and conference in Belfast that celebrates, amplifies and develops the strong current of electronic music and digital visual arts from Northern and Southern Ireland.

Belfast Book Festival

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Belfast Book Festival’s aim is to bring to life all of the energy and passion that Belfast has for books and writers. Featuring a mix of new voices, original work and well-known authors, the festival boasts something for all tastes.

Belfast Comedy Festival

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Belfast Comedy Festival ‘Belly Laughs’ was set up by a group of comedy enthusiasts with the aims of adding value to Belfast’s cultural offering, providing a platform for local talent and entertaining audiences with a variety of acts.

Belfast Community Circus School

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Belfast Community Circus was established in 1985, introducing community circus to Northern Ireland during a time when there was a desperate need for positive shared experiences for young people from different communities.

Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed is Northern Ireland’s principal gallery of contemporary photography, commissioning, publishing and showing work by artists and photographers from Northern Ireland and across the world.

Belfast Film Festival

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Belfast Film Festival believe that film should be an experience, so, as well as presenting the best in new, short and classic cinema in their spring and summer festivals, they’ve set themselves apart by having site-specific screenings.

Belsonic

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Belsonic is located in the iconic Titanic Belfast building and brings a host of international headline acts to the heart of Belfast every year, along with vast open air space in which to enjoy your favourite artists!

Catalyst Arts Gallery

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Catalyst Arts Gallery is Belfast’s primary artist-led organisation. It promotes contemporary art practices by showcasing a large selection of artists and projects from the widest possible range of disciplines.

Cathedral Quarter Festival

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival is an annual festival of music, comedy, theatre, art and literature that takes place in the heart of Belfast. Regarded these days for its eclectic programming and blend of big names.

Cinemagic

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Cinemagic is an award-winning festival that embraces the magic of film, television and digital technologies to educate, motivate and inspire young people through film screenings, industry workshops and practical masterclasses.

Culture Night

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Culture Night venues, galleries, artists’ studios, historic buildings, cultural organisations, churches and many more open their doors to invite the public to explore what they do and enjoy free performances, events, talks and tours.

Culturlann

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Culturlann is on three floors and contains space for artistic and theatrical expression, a cafe, a tourist information office, a community radio station and Northern Ireland’s largest dedicated Irish language school and media book.

Eakin Gallery

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Eakin Gallery is located in the heart of cosmopolitan Lisburn Road and is one of Ireland’s leading art galleries and picture framers they are also dedicated to promoting local emerging artists and established artists alike.

EastSide Arts Festival

Arts and Culture in Belfast

EastSide Arts Festival want to promote the arts, specifically to encourage appreciation for and active participation in community based arts and to stimulate the artistic creativity of people in the area to produce performances.

Eileen Hickey Irish Republican Museum

Eileen Hickey Irish Republican History Museum

The Eileen Hickey Irish Republican History Museum is home to a collection of artefacts, newspaper articles, photos and archives relating to the Republican struggle from 1798 to the Troubles; there is also a replica prison cell.

Feile An Phobail

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Feile an Phobail was established in 1988 as a direct response to the conflict in the north of Ireland. It provides great music, comedy, drama, discussion and debate and to showcase West Belfast’s heritage and background.

Festival of Fools

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Festival of Fools is a four day international street theatre festival right across the centre of Belfast. Top street artists from around the world and from Belfast too, give more than 120 performances over the May day bank holiday.

Golden Thread Gallery

Arts and Culture in Belfast

The Golden Thread Gallery is Belfast’s largest contemporary art gallery and a must see for art lovers. The Golden Thread Gallery is a public gallery that loves to explore all the wonders of art, offering a family friendly atmosphere.

Grand Opera House

Arts and Culture in Belfast

The Grand Opera House is one of Northern Ireland’s premier theatres, presenting a programme of drama, dance, opera, comedy, musicals, pantomime and family show, providing an enriching experience for everyone.

Irish Republican History Museum

Arts and Culture in Belfast

The Irish Republican History Museum is home to a collection of artefacts and prison handcrafts, representing phases of the struggle for Irish freedom. Included are many items dating back to the Rebellions of 1798 and 1803.

Lyric Theatre

Arts and Culture in Belfast

A stunning venue in a beautiful location on the bank of the river Lagan, the award-winning Lyric is Northern Ireland’s only full-time producing theatre, offering world-class drama, music and comedy all year round.

Museum of Orange Heritage

Museum of Orange Heritage

The Museum of Orange Heritage, Schomberg House, focuses on the history and traditions of the Orange Institution, beginning with the Glorious Revolution, and travels right through until the present day.

Naughton Gallery at Queen’s

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Naughton Gallery at Queen’s has become one of Belfast’s most exciting visual arts platforms, featuring a programme of works from the University’s own collection, touring exhibitions and shows by local and international artists.

Odyssey Pavilion

Arts and Culture in Belfast

The Odyssey Pavilion at Titanic Quarter is Northern Ireland’s premier entertainment complex. It is home to Odyssey Cinemas, W5 and Odyssey Bowl alongside numerous restaurants, bars, nightclubs and eateries.

Polish Cultural Week

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Polish Cultural Week returns to Belfast year after year with a range of events to share Polish culture, arts, heritage and language, putting on an eclectic mix of events including, art, music, film, dance, exhibitions and workshops.

Queen’s Film Theatre

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Queen’s Film Theatre is the home of independent cinema and screens the very best in new and classic films from all over the world. If it’s a great film and you haven’t see it in your average cinema, they’re probably showing it!

St Anne’s Cathedral

St Anne’s Cathedral

St Anne’s Cathedral is undoubtedly one of Belfast’s greatest and most magnificent buildings in terms of size, architecture, mosaics, stone carving, textiles and history. There is a cycle of four services a day.

St Peter’s Cathedral

Arts and Culture in Belfast

St Peter’s Cathedral is the Roman Catholic cathedral church for the Diocese of Down and Connor. It is located in the Divis Street area of the Falls Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland and dates from the 1860s.

St. Patrick’s Church

St. Patrick's Church

For more than two centuries, St. Patrick’s Church has faithfully provided for the spiritual and pastoral needs of the people of inner-city Belfast, as well as workers and visitors to one of Ireland’s principal cities.

The Argory

The Argory

The Argory is an atmospheric Irish gentry house and wooded riverside estate. The former home of the MacGeough Bond family, a tour of this Neo-classical masterpiece reveals it is unchanged since 1900.

The Belfast Tattoo

The Belfast Tattoo

The Belfast Tattoo is an annual event for Belfast, it has an international line-up and will feature over 600 performers. It will showcase some of the finest marching bands, musicians, and dancers from across Ulster and beyond.

The Crescent Arts Centre

Arts and Culture in Belfast

The programme offered by The Crescent Arts Centre embraces the visual arts, many forms of dance and movement, verbal arts, music in many forms, theatre and drama activities, crafts and an extensive programme of activities.

The MAC

Arts and Culture in Belfast

The MAC (the Metropolitan Arts Centre) is one of Belfast’s new up and coming arts venues. They select, create and mix up music, theatre, dance and art – bringing you the very best of local and international talent under one roof.

The SSE Arena

Arts and Culture in Belfast

The SSE Arena came of age when it hosted the MTV awards featuring Lady Gaga, and it’s played host to Neil Diamond, the engaging Paul Simon and Sting and is a regular venue for The Who, the Arena also seats 11,000.

Ulster American Folk Park

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Immerse yourself in the world famous story of Irish emigration at the Ulster American Folk Park. Follow the trail as you journey from the cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant ship leading to the log cabins of America.

Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival have a range of genres and activities going on at the festival, including – arts, drama, music, theatre, film, dance, talks, classical and visual arts. There’s something for all of the family.

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Arts and Culture in Belfast

At Ulster Folk and Transport Museum you can step back in time in and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Discover cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum.

Ulster Hall

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Since the 1960s the Ulster Hall has been Northern Ireland’s spiritual home of rock music, hosting an almost endless list of famous names that has included U2, Coldplay, Thin Lizzy, The Clash, The Rolling Stones and many more.

Ulster Museum

Arts and Culture in Belfast

Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Ancient Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum. The museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences.

Waterfront

Arts and Culture in Belfast

From unmissable pop and rock to world class comedy, theatre, opera, ballet, dance and much more, the Waterfront is Northern Ireland’s home to the best in live entertainment, also seating from 90 to 380 people.