The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) is one of Belfast's most exciting art venues. They are selecting, creating and mixing up music, theatre, dance and art - bringing you the very best of local and international talent under one roof.
The world-class venue in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter is home to all kinds of exhibitions, theatre performances, experimental works and endless goings-on. The MAC offers something for all ages and interests. That is why they jam-packed with diverse and extraordinary things to see and do.
The MAC is a cultural hub and a vital shared space in Belfast. Open 363 days per year, the MAC offers an eclectic programme of visual art, theatre, dance, family workshops and lots more.
The MAC is an award winning facility that has two theatres (a 250 seater and a 120 seater), three art galleries, one rehearsal space, one dance studio, three education and workshop rooms, four offices for resident art groups, one restaurant and bar (NATIVE by Yellow Door), one artist-in-residence studio and one permanent artwork.
The Permanent Present is the MAC's only permanent artwork, a major sculptural work by Irish artist Mark Garry commissioned by The Thomas Devlin Fund and the MAC. The sculpture consists of 400 metal wires in the main foyer of the MAC, creating a spectrum of colour that travels through the space akin to a beam of light refracting and reflecting. The installation reflects The Thomas Devlin Fund’s commitment to highlighting the futility of violence as well as the hopes and aspirations of the young people.
Directions to The MAC
The MAC is in Saint Anne's Square (right behind St. Anne's Cathedral and beside the University of Ulster) in Belfast's bustling Cathedral Quarter. Our main entrance is off the square, but you can also pop in via Exchange Street West. We're just a short walk from the centre of Belfast and easy to reach, whatever mode of transport you use. By foot: View the MAC Map - themaclive.com/visiting-the-mac/location By car: You can park securely at Saint Anne's Square multi-storey car park, which is on Edward Street right beside the MAC. The car park is open 24 hours. By bus: The nearest bus stop is at the University of Ulster, York Street. Services to this stop include the Airport Express 300 to Belfast International Airport. By train: Great Victoria Street or Central train stations are the handiest. Visit the Translink website for full public transport information for Belfast.