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.
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 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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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
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.
Feile An Phobail
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
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.
Grand Opera House
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
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.
Naughton Gallery at Queen’s
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.
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
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
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 Peter’s Cathedral
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
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 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
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 (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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.