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The Belfast International Arts Festival is packed full of fantastic events showcasing some of the world's best artistic talents all right here in Belfast.
The 2020 edition will primarily be hosted online, from Monday 12 October to Sunday 1 November. The line-up includes some truly unmissable events, with something for everyone to enjoy.
17 September to 31 January, The Naughton Gallery
Featuring over twenty artists from across the globe working in painting, drawing, video, sculpture, comics, textiles, fashion design and beyond, the exhibition showcases a new generation of local and international talent believed to be at the forefront of the contemporary artistic moment.
25 October, hosted online
Writer, actor and comedian Robert Webb follows his bestselling memoir about masculinity, How Not to be a Boy, with an ambitious debut novel that’s been described as a mash-up between The Time Traveller’s Wife, a David Nicholls weepie, and a crime caper.
14-17 October, hosted online
This is an imaginative reboot of Shakespeare's timeless, blood-soaked tale of murder, lust and power in a world where reality and illusion are hard to tell apart; a hinterland of hype where fate is twisted, control is remote, and comfort is in entirely another zone. A true theatrical experience performed live on Zoom.
18 October, hosted online
Festival favourite, Oona Doherty and regular collaborator and filmmaker, Luca Truffarelli discuss their friendship and working relationship. Interspersed with filmed extracts of their recent collaborations, they reflect on the intersections between contemporary dance and film.
21-22 October, hosted online
In this immersive, unique, online experience actor and director Pedro Penim confesses a secret passion that takes him very far across the sea of Internet. An innocent and obscure addiction that he never revealed before: his “island collection”.
Various dates, 22 October to 1 November, hosted online
This fun, interactive experience takes place live in your own home and is suitable for all the family to enjoy via the magic of digital technology. Assemble with your fellow students and journey to the most unusual of universities, where the mysterious Professor Bamberg will send you off on your self- navigated journey through a castle where nothing is quite as it seems. You will interact with the liveliest of lecturers, choose your subjects of study, enter themed rooms and encounter all kinds of problems and puzzles, unlocking your magical powers as you go.
20 October, hosted online
This critically acclaimed documentary, from Austrian director Patric Chiha, follows the professional and personal lives of the dancers in Crowd, a touring piece by choreographer Gisèle Vienne about the rave scene of the 1990s – questioning the act of partying, love and how our emotions transform our perception of time.
For more information visit: belfastinternationalartsfestival.com