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The annual Belfast International Arts Festival features theatre, performance and visual art, music and more.

The Belfast International Arts Festival reflects both the changing city and the continuing evolution of creative practice from around the world and features artists and performers from across the globe, bringing everything Belfast audiences have come to expect from the festival and more: a world class programme of theatre, performance art, moving image, visual art, dance and music from folk, to contemporary and classical with opportunities for audiences to directly engage and participate in the creative arts.

From 6 October to 7 November 2021, audiences can experience compelling drama and dance, experimental genre-busting works, topical talks, the latest literary releases, classical music, toe-tapping folk and roots, independent film, contemporary visual arts and outdoor spectacle. The programme offers opportunities for audiences to both come together again in venues and spaces across the city and to enjoy artistic works from home.

Visit BelfastInternationalArtsFestival.com for the full festival line up.
  • 109-113 Royal Avenue
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
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The Great Irish Songbook

0.66 KM
Thu, 21 Oct 2021, 6:45pm

The Great Irish Songbook Featuring Dervish. With special guests Eddi Reader, Cara Dillon, Brian Kennedy, Karen Matheson, The Open Arts Community Choir and more.

Grand Opera House
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Glen Hansard

0.66 KM
Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 6:45pm

In a welcome return to Belfast and to performing live, Glen Hansard is back for one night in the glorious surroundings of the Grand Opera House.

Grand Opera House
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The Grimm Hotel

12 - 31 Oct 2021

Welcome to the Grimm Hotel - Cahoots NI have a reservation in your name, but be warned, this is no ordinary hotel!

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Belfast International Arts Festival 2021

0.19 KM
06 Oct - 07 Nov 2021

Belfast International Arts Festival returns for our 59th edition from 6 October to 7 November with an extensive programme that gives audiences opportunities to

Various Locations
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Simon Armitage

0.62 KM
Tue, 19 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

The UK’s Poet Laureate Simon Armitage is one of Britain’s most well-established and well-loved literary talents...

Black Box
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The Spirit, The Psyche, The Body

Wed, 03 Nov 2021, 7:00pm

The second of two major events of new and innovative commissions of poets of the North of Ireland, featuring Celia de Fréine, Abby Olivera and Padraig…

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Benyounes Quartet

Sun, 24 Oct 2021, 3:00pm

The Benyounes Quartet, one of the UK’s most successful young professional ensembles, will open Belfast Music Society’s annual Northern Lights Mini-Fest.

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Cathedral Quarter Cultural Walking Tour 2021

13 - 28 Oct 2021

Discover the rich history of this oldest area of Belfast and learn of the proposed plans to restore the buildings, including the imposing Assembly Rooms.

Belfast Cathedral
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Nikesh Shukla & Musa Okwonga

1.14 KM
Sat, 30 Oct 2021, 6:00pm

Nikesh Shukla & Musa Okwonga, two of Britain’s strongest literary talents talk about their memoirs on family, privilege, race and modern Britain

Crescent Arts Centre
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Electric Arcade

0.66 KM
Sat, 23 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

Festival favourites the Ulster Orchestra and ‘the Irish Queen of Game Music’, conductor Eímear Noone, join forces to take video game music to a symphonic level

Grand Opera House
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On Blueberry Hill

01 - 07 Nov 2021

A very special online screening of Sebastian Barry’s latest play, On Blueberry Hill which was critically acclaimed during its West End and New York seasons

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Hunter Filmed

09 - 10 Oct 2021

Hunter Filmed is a recycling of Oona Doherty’s previous works: Hope Hunt & the Ascension into Lazarus and Death of a Hunter.

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Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut

Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 8:00pm

Colm Tóibín and Damon Galgut, two of the greatest novelists in the English language, talk about their highly-anticipated new novels.

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Natasha Brown & Caleb Azumah Nelson

1.14 KM
Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

Natasha Brown and Caleb Azumah Nelson - two of England’s most celebrated debutants of 2021 discuss their innovative fiction about modern Britain.

Crescent Arts Centre
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Dominique Barbéris & Gaëlle Josse

Sat, 23 Oct 2021, 4:00pm

BIAF showcase Dominique Barbéris and Gaëlle Josse - two established names in France who are publishing in English translation for the first time.

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Sestina – In Guilty Night Dialogues of a Distracted Mind

Wed, 27 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

Sestina is a dynamic young vocal ensemble based in Belfast with a reputation for excellence and innovation in early music.

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Laura Jean McKay & Meg Mason

Tue, 12 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

Laura Jean McKay & Meg Mason - In association with British Council and UK Australia Season of Culture

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The Devil

09 - 10 Oct 2021

Festival favourite, Oona Doherty examines a metamorphosis - she calls it a pregnant dance film, a transition...from Old Oona, old shows, into the new era.

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Kerri ní Dochartaigh & Cal Flyn

3.57 KM
Sat, 06 Nov 2021, 1:00pm

The interaction between people and nature is the subject of two new books by two highly-praised writers, Kerri ní Dochartaigh & Cal Flyn.

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich
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The Bunting Collection: Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn with Stephen Rea

0.62 KM
Sun, 17 Oct 2021, 10:00am

Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn with Stephen Rea will perform new versions of rarely heard music from the legendary 1792 Belfast Harp Festival.

Black Box
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Street Statues, Sculptures & Architecture Walking Tour 2021

0.08 KM
16 - 26 Oct 2021

Belfast has an abundance of art scattered around the city and this tour will help you understand and appreciate these wonderful works of art

Belfast City Hall
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Snapped Ankles

0.68 KM
Sun, 17 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

Electronica, post-punk and performance art combined. Snapped Ankles bring Primal motorik rhythms, the rush of white noise and post-punk angles.

Ulster Sports Club
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Far Caspian

0.68 KM
Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

Far Caspian is the project of singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Joel Johnston. A blend of chiming guitars, harmonic melodies and crisp rhythms.

Ulster Sports Club
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Roddy Doyle

0.62 KM
26 - 17 Oct 2021

Belfast favourite Roddy Doyle returns to the Festival to discuss his new book Life Without Children.

Black Box
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Lucy Caldwell & Jan Carson

1.14 KM
Sat, 23 Oct 2021, 6:00pm

Lucy Caldwell and Jan Carson, two of Belfast’s best-loved writers, return to BIAF to discuss the art of the short story.

Crescent Arts Centre
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Quirky Cultural Walking Tour 2021

0.08 KM
21 Oct - 02 Nov 2021

Discover the hidden ‘quirky’ gems that you may have walked past many times but never really noticed on the Quirky Tour as part of BIAF 21.

Belfast City Hall
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The John Hewitt Society Birthday Reading

Thu, 28 Oct 2021, 8:00pm

To mark the birth date of John Hewitt, the celebrated Belfast-born poet, the John Hewitt Society present Siobhán Campbell, Tom French and Gail McConnell.

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The Staves

0.97 KM
Sun, 17 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

The Staves blend the wistful cadences of classic British folk with breezy, Laurel Canyon-era pop. You can see them perform in the Empire on 17th October.

Belfast Empire
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Walking With Beckett

1.14 KM
08 Oct - 07 Nov 2021

Inspired by Jane Coyle’s play Both Sides, this audio walking tour winds through Belfast’s university quarter, in the footsteps of Samuel Beckett.

Crescent Arts Centre
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Department Story

20 - 31 Oct 2021

Theatre mavericks Big Telly present Department Story - a new production for physical and remote audiences by Jack Hardiker and Zoe Seaton.

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Nathan Sherman and Alex Petcu

Sun, 31 Oct 2021, 3:00pm

his special event closes the Northern Lights Mini-fest for 2021. Violist Nathan Sherman and percussionist Alex Petcu will perform a programme of new music.

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Trio Cantare

Sat, 30 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

this piano trio promises an evening of great depth and expression as they explore the beauty and lyricism of the art song

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Old Rope, Old Lough, Old Love

Thu, 07 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

The first of two major showcase events of new and innovative poetry commissions of poets of the North of Ireland.

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Seamas O’Reilly & Lucy Mangan

Sun, 24 Oct 2021, 6:00pm

In their writing, Seamás O'Reilly and Lucy Mangan offer two striking takes on family life, told with humour and affection.

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Paul Muldoon

1.14 KM
Fri, 29 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

Northern Ireland’s most acclaimed living poet Paul Muldoon, returns to Belfast to read from and discuss his new collection Howdie-Skelp.

Crescent Arts Centre
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Epilogue: A Dancer Dies Twice

11 - 13 Oct 2021

Devised by Festival Artist-in-Residence Eileen McClory, Epilogue: A Dancer Dies Twice shows what 'the dance' took from and gave to two exquisite dancers.

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