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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.

Save the dates from  18 October to 6 November 2022, which marks the 60th anniversary of Belfast Festival. 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.

2022 Offers:

  • BIAF are offering early-bird and multibuy offers on some events running throughout the festival. Find out more>>

  • BIAF have partnered with luxury hotel group Hastings Hotels to offer a special BIAF rate. Find out more>>


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Belfast International Arts Festival 2022

0.19 KM
05 Oct - 06 Nov 2022

Belfast International Arts Festival returns for their 60th edition from 5 October to 6 November with an extensive programme.

Various Locations
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Another Lover’s Discourse ليه خلتني احبك

0.82 KM
22 - 23 Oct 2022

Another Lover’s Discourse is a solo theatre show created & performed by Riham Isaac that encourages a more open conversation romantic relationships.

MAC
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Dinner With Groucho by Frank McGuinness

0.82 KM
05 - 09 Oct 2022

An evening that promises blistering wit, brilliant buffoonery, and reflections on the ephemeral nature of life. Belfast International Arts Festival 2022.

MAC
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How To Fail As a Popstar

0.82 KM
06 - 08 Oct 2022

In How to Fail as a Popstar, the singer and writer tells us about her path to the margins of fame as a “not quite” major…

MAC
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Fighting and The Resilience of the Body

0.82 KM
Thu, 13 Oct 2022, 7:45pm

Experience the new voices and beats coming out of North Africa with a double bill of meditative, contemporary dance from one of North Africa’s rising stars.

MAC
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UNTITLED 14KM

0.82 KM
Sat, 15 Oct 2022, 7:45pm

UNTITLED 14 KM, explores how the art world sees and understands contemporary art in its relation with identity, specifically Arab identity.

MAC
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The Kingdom of Shades – Signe Blanc and Portrait of Frédéric Tavernini

0.82 KM
21 - 22 Oct 2022

Noé Soulier, a rising figure in modern choreography, brings a tremendous double bill of solo works to the MAC.

MAC
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Navy Blue

0.82 KM
25 - 26 Oct 2022

BIAF continues its support of internationally acclaimed local dance maker, Oona Doherty by co-commissioning her most ambitious project to date, Navy Blue.

MAC
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Elisabeth Gets Her Way

0.82 KM
28 - 29 Oct 2022

Festival favourite and leading European dance artist, Jan Martens returns to Belfast to perform in his new solo, Elisabeth Gets Her Way,

MAC
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Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

0.82 KM
04 - 05 Nov 2022

A dramatic meeting between two extraordinary artists, examining their intertwined histories, colonial legacies and the changing climate we all face.

MAC
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The Queen In Me

0.82 KM
18 - 19 Oct 2022

A thrilling performance that combines theatre, opera, comedy and drama, and exploring the many ways that race, gender, and sexuality are policed in the opera

MAC
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The Ghost House

14 - 31 Oct 2022

The Ghost House is a walk-through theatre experience in a custom built, multi-space set, featuring live performances, magic, digital technology and dance.

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Frankenstein’s Monster Is Drunk and The Sheep Have All Jumped the Fences

14 - 22 Oct 2022

Where comedy is pitch black and horror gets a happy ever after, this wildly fresh look at the Frankenstein myth is provocative, topical and tailor made.

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An evening with Peter Moore, Michael McHale and Anna Huntley

Fri, 28 Oct 2022, 7:30pm

Belfast Music Society bring together an unusual but remarkably talented trio to mark the opening of the Northern Lights Mini-Fest.

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AURA – An album launch of Reimagined Irish Airs

Sat, 29 Oct 2022, 7:30pm

Celebrate the island of Ireland with this one of a kind event to launch the album of solo piano music. A very special evening of music…

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The Fews Ensemble

1.14 KM
Sun, 30 Oct 2022, 3:00pm

A spectacular cross-art event exploring the relationship between classical music and dance.

Crescent Arts Centre
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IMLÉ with Róisín Seoighe

Fri, 14 Oct 2022, 7:00pm

Trip-hop, rock, electronic, indie, and dance music performed through Irish by one of Ireland’s most exciting and innovative music collectives!

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The Scorched Earth Trilogy

1.73 KM
Fri, 14 Oct 2022, 7:00pm

A unique blend of opera, contemporary orchestral music, street art and animation tackling some of the most pressing social, political and human issues.

Ulster Museum
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BIND

23 Oct - 06 Nov 2022

A sumptuous poetry and dance film set in the exquisite Robinson Library in Armagh. A feast for the eyes, the imagination and the soul!

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Fragments

23 Oct - 06 Nov 2022

Fragments is a new short film by BIAF Featured Artist, Noé Soulier and explores movement when it is confronted with the framing of the camera lens.

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Down with the Poor! and Eastbound

16 Oct - 06 Nov 2022

A four-voice conversation about two newly translated short novels by Shumona Sinha and Maylis de Kerangal. Available on demand.

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All the Screen’s a Stage: in conversation with Zoë Seaton

01 - 06 Nov 2022

Join Director Zoë Seaton in conversation with Eibhlín de Barra as they discuss Big Telly's unique approach to hybrid theatre and digital engagement.

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John Hewitt’s Birthday Poetry Reading

0.62 KM
Wed, 02 Nov 2022, 8:00pm

The John Hewitt Society will yet again mark the birth date of the celebrated Belfast-born poet, John Hewitt, in the pub named after him.

John Hewitt
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Cultural Walking Tours of Belfast – Blue Plaque People

0.08 KM
06 - 25 Oct 2022

The best way to explore the city is by foot and with highly knowledgeable Blue Badge guides leading the way you’ll experience a whole other side…

Belfast City Hall
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Cultural Walking Tours of Belfast – Titanic Trail

2.11 KM
08 Oct - 05 Nov 2022

The best way to explore the city is by foot and with highly knowledgeable Blue Badge guides leading the way you’ll experience a whole other side…

Premier Inn Titanic Quarter
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Cultural Walking Tours of Belfast – Quirky Belfast

0.08 KM
11 - 28 Oct 2022

The best way to explore the city is by foot and with highly knowledgeable Blue Badge guides leading the way you’ll experience a whole other side…

Belfast City Hall
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Cultural Walking Tours of Belfast – Street Statues, Sculptures and Architecture

0.08 KM
12 - 18 Oct 2022

The best way to explore the city is by foot and with highly knowledgeable Blue Badge guides leading the way you’ll experience a whole other side…

Belfast City Hall
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Cultural Walking Tours of Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Tour

13 - 21 Oct 2022

The best way to explore the city is by foot and with highly knowledgeable Blue Badge guides leading the way you’ll experience a whole other side…

Belfast Cathedral
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Cultural Walking Tours of Belfast – Doctors & Diseases Tour

1.21 KM
15 - 27 Oct 2022

The best way to explore the city is by foot and with highly knowledgeable Blue Badge guides leading the way you’ll experience a whole other side…

Clifton House Belfast
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Cultural Walking Tours of Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Music Tour

19 Oct - 02 Nov 2022

The best way to explore the city is by foot and with highly knowledgeable Blue Badge guides leading the way you’ll experience a whole other side…

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Cultural Walking Tours of Belfast – Belfast Jewish Story

0.08 KM
20 - 26 Oct 2022

The best way to explore the city is by foot and with highly knowledgeable Blue Badge guides leading the way you’ll experience a whole other side…

Belfast City Hall
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Cultural Walking Tours of Belfast – Linen Quarter Tour

0.08 KM
22 Oct - 03 Nov 2022

The best way to explore the city is by foot and with highly knowledgeable Blue Badge guides leading the way you’ll experience a whole other side…

Belfast City Hall
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Ron’s World

0.82 KM
15 - 23 Oct 2022

Welcome into Ron's World. A world in which mini and monumental sit side-by-side. A world that makes us wonder how others think and feel.

MAC
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Natalie Clein & Friends – BBC Radio 3

19 - 21 Oct 2022

Across 3 nights, in the glorious setting of the CS Lewis Church, St. Mark’s Dundela, Natalie will be introducing a handful of her starry friends.

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Tish Delaney and Donal Ryan

1.14 KM
Wed, 19 Oct 2022, 7:00pm

After the success of her debut Before My Actual Heart Breaks, Tish Delaney returns with The Saint of Lost Things.

Crescent Arts Centre
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Evergreen Grieg

0.27 KM
Fri, 21 Oct 2022, 7:45pm

The vivid, driving dance rhythms of Romanian and Norwegian folk music make their presence felt in this concert.

Ulster Hall
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The Stormy Man: Jazz, Japan & Counterculture

1.31 KM
Tue, 01 Nov 2022, 7:30pm

Hosted by Philip Arneill, Jazz, Japan & Counterculture celebrates the unique cultural place jazz holds in Japan.

Queen’s Film Theatre – QFT
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Big Man

2.11 KM
27 Oct - 13 Nov 2022

Big Man is an evocative one man show that explores love at first sight and whether it ever truly works out. The latest play by Paul…

Lyric Theatre
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Tianyi’s Tchaikovsky

0.27 KM
Fri, 07 Oct 2022, 7:45pm

This programme sets sail on a voyage of musical discovery inspired by the voyages of James Cook.

Ulster Hall
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To Make a Monument

1.47 KM
13 Oct - 13 Nov 2022

A new project by artist Jan McCullough, in collaboration with Household launching its first phase at BIAF revealing a hidden archive and history of Belfast.

Queen’s University
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GauZ’ and David Foenkinos

Sat, 15 Oct 2022, 3:00pm

Two of France’s most original and acclaimed novelists join in this special digital event as part of BIAFs longstanding partnership with the Institut Français.

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Propaganda: A New Musical

2.11 KM
08 Oct - 05 Nov 2022

Propaganda: A New Musical by double Ivor Novello- nominated composer Conor Mitchell is an old fashioned Soviet love story.

Lyric Theatre
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A Night of Musical Journeys – Musicians Artists at Risk Resettlement Scheme (MARRS)

Fri, 14 Oct 2022, 7:30pm

Featuring musicians from the Middle East and African continent - a diverse mix of songs, poetry and spoken word.

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After Melissa

03 - 05 Nov 2022

Irish writer and poet Eamon Quiery has returned to his home place in Donegal, bringing with him the orphaned daughter of a nightclub dancer called Melissa.

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Larkin in Belfast: The Importance of Elsewhere

Tue, 11 Oct 2022, 6:30pm

Philip Larkin is one of the 20th century’s most important and influential voices writing in English., Belfast poets of today will respond to Larkin’s work.

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Celeste Mohammed and Jacob Ross

Thu, 03 Nov 2022, 6:00pm

A showcase of fiction exploring the complexities of the contemporary Caribbean, from two of the region’s celebrated authors.

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Frankenstein’s Monster is Drunk and the Sheep Have all Jumped the Fences

14 - 22 Oct 2022

The story begins in 1946, when they dig Frankenstein’s monster out of a glacier, where he’d crawled after his Hollywood career had given up the ghost.…

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Cultural Leadership: Now and into the Future

1.14 KM
Thu, 20 Oct 2022, 6:00pm

A Conversation hosted by Belfast International Arts Festival in association with Theatre and Dance NI.

Crescent Arts Centre
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Making Space to Soar

05 - 20 Oct 2022

Making Space to Soar is a collection of recent and previously unseen paintings by contemporary visual artist Emma Berkery.

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Northern Lights Mini-Fest Ticket Deal

0.19 KM
11 Aug - 06 Nov 2022

Experience some of the best new premieres from their landmark 60th edition with these irresistible ticket deals!

Belfast International Arts Festival
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Take a Break

0.19 KM
11 Aug - 06 Nov 2022

Check out the special rates for BIAF visitors during festival dates with official partner Hastings Hotels.

Belfast International Arts Festival
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Premiere Pick n Mix – Ticket Deals!

0.19 KM
11 Aug - 06 Nov 2022

Experience some of the best new premieres from their landmark 60th edition with these irresistible ticket deals!

Belfast International Arts Festival
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