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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.

The 2019 Belfast International Arts Festival brings an eclectic fusion of cutting edge performances to Belfast from 15 October – 3 November with world class theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, literature and talks.

The highlights of the 57th edition include French aerial acrobatics La Spire, the incredible Cuban singer La Dame Blanche, the UK and Irish premiere of To Da Bone dance group, ASUNA's Irish premiere of 100 Keyboards and the brilliant Two Door Cinema Club make an exciting returning home to play Belfast's Telegraph Building with their new album False Alarm.

With cultural walking tours available and opportunities to experience both international and local talent in no less than 28 venues across Belfast this is one event not to be missed!

For more information about the 2019 Arts Festival, click here.

Tickets are available to purchase at the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre and online at visitbelfast.com/tickets.

There are also a number of free events visit BelfastInternationalArtsFestival.com for the full festival line up.
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Glen Hansard

Wed, 23 Oct 2019, 7:30pm

One of Ireland’s most iconic singer songwriters, Glen Hansard, returns to Belfast in the majestic surroundings of The Grand Opera House

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To Da Bone

25 - 26 Oct 2019

To Da Bone, presented by French arts collective La Horde, explores youth culture, identity and expression

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Litton Crosses Continents

Fri, 18 Oct 2019, 7:45pm

A concert inspired by Copland, Barber and Walton, within the historic building of the Ulster Hall

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La Dame Blanche

Fri, 18 Oct 2019, 8:30pm

La Dame Blanche, delivers a powerful and irresistible mix that summons the spirits and compels the body to dance.

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Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 138th Annual Exhibition

18 Oct 2019 - 05 Jan 2020

This exhibition provides a unique platform for acclaimed artists and emerging talent to showcase their artwork in the fabulous galleries at the Ulster Museum.

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La Spire Acrobatics

Sat, 19 Oct 2019, 2:00pm

Come along to Botanic Gardens and enjoy breath-taking performance of aerial acrobatics on an impressive steel spiral sculpture by La Spire.

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Singin’ In The Rain

Sun, 20 Oct 2019, 3:30pm

Come along to the Queen's Film Theatre and enjoy a showing of Gene Kelly's classic, Singin' In The Rain!

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100 Keyboards

17 - 19 Oct 2019

Pioneering Japanese sound artist ASUNA presents his landmark work and site-specific listening experience, 100 Keyboards.

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Quirky Belfast Cultural Walking Tour

18 - 26 Oct 2019

Discover the hidden ‘quirky’ gems that you may have walked past many times but never really noticed - all in Belfast City.

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Michael Rosen at the Ulster Museum

Sat, 02 Nov 2019, 2:00pm

Poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter, Michael Rosen comes to the Ulster Museum to enthuse people with his passion for books and poetry.

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Darragh Morgan & Ruth McGinley

Sun, 20 Oct 2019, 7:15pm

Making their first outing as a duo, two of Northern Ireland’s favourite classical artists mark the start of this year’s Northern Lights Mini-Fest.

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Real Magic

22 - 23 Oct 2019

To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, three performers take part in an impossible illusion.

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Design and Destroy

31 Oct - 02 Nov 2019

This new exhibition meets designers and their work within a Virtual Reality world – in their studios, on stage and in 360° visualisations.

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Staging Schiele

Sat, 26 Oct 2019, 5:45pm

Inspired by the extraordinary work and life of radical Austrian artist Egon Schiele, famous for his unflinching nudes and searing self-portraits.

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A Conversation with Owen McCafferty

Wed, 30 Oct 2019, 1:00pm

If ever there were a writer who caught the sound of a city and a time it is Owen McCafferty.

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Mary Costello and Linda Grant

Thu, 17 Oct 2019, 7:00pm

Two critically acclaimed novelists tackle the search for the meaning of home.

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Ireland’s Call

23 - 26 Oct 2019

Follow the lives and family histories of three young men as they grow up in Coolock on Dublin’s northside.

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The Selector

Fri, 01 Nov 2019, 7:00pm

The Selecter are a 2 Tone ska revival band from Coventry, England, formed in mid-1979.

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Spliced

29 - 30 Oct 2019

A multi-disciplinary production dealing with the pressures of sport and masculine identity, challenging sporting institutions to broaden their perspectives.

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The Playboy of the Western World

17 Oct - 02 Nov 2019

The Playboy of the Western World, is about life on the margins and the lengths we go to, to create a reality more exciting than the…

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New Playwrights

31 Oct - 02 Nov 2019

The Lyric teams up with Belfast International Arts Festival to invite you to a series of performed readings showcasing the talents of new and upcoming writers.

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Before

Thu, 24 Oct 2019, 7:30pm

From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with plenty of enjoyable music.

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The Worst Café in the World

23 - 27 Oct 2019

Pure comedy and pathos, this chaotic foodless venue promises a large serving of entertainment for people who like their theatre fresh.

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Brian Ó hEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie

Sat, 19 Oct 2019, 8:45pm

With layered harmonies, innovative interpretation of ancient Gaelic texts, Ó hEadhra and Mackenzie make music that appeals to audiences seeking quality.

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Albion Quartet

17 - 18 Oct 2019

Formed in 2016, the Albion Quartet unites four outstanding young string players, brought together by a shared belief in the visceral power of the string quartet

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Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble

Fri, 25 Oct 2019, 7:15pm

The Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is the only professional musical ensemble in NI to specialise in the performance of modern and contemporary repertoire.

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Beloved Clara

Sun, 27 Oct 2019, 7:30pm

Beloved Clara is the compelling and tragic story of the passionate, yet volatile relationship between Robert Schumann, his pianist wife Clara Wieck.

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Joshua Burnside

Fri, 01 Nov 2019, 7:00pm

Northern Irish experimental folk songwriter and producer Joshua Burnside is something of an anomaly in local terms.

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Unique Instruments, Expectant Spaces

18 Oct - 08 Nov 2019

Metaphor, simile and story-telling are at the heart of local architectural practice, Hall McKnight’s work.

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Co-Motion

25 - 26 Oct 2019

Dance Ireland and Dance Resource Base in association with BIAF and Queen’s University Belfast present Ireland's first all-Island dance conference.

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Éigse Loch Lao

Sat, 19 Oct 2019, 10:30am

A Public Conference on Irish Language Planning and Promotion

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Missing Voices

22 Oct - 15 Nov 2019

Atypical Gallery presents Missing Voices, a participatory photographic project about the lives of young women with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Belfast Open Studios

Sat, 19 Oct 2019, 11:00am

Over 250 artists invite the public to visit their studios, see the work they are currently developing and catch a glimpse of the creative process in…

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David Sherry

19 Oct - 23 Nov 2019

The Golden Thread Gallery is delighted to present a new solo exhibition and book by David Sherry.

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As Many Reps As Possible

17 Oct - 01 Dec 2019

As Many Reps as Possible is the Naughton Gallery’s third annual sports exhibition, exploring the relationship between the worlds of art and sport.

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Minutes In Motion

18 Oct - 03 Nov 2019

To mark BIAF's co-hosting of Co-Motion, the first all-island dance conference, they are delighted to give a major public screening of Minutes in Motion.

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The Camino Voyage

Mon, 21 Oct 2019, 7:00pm

This intimate documentary charts the trials and tribulations of a voyage from Ireland to Northern Spain.

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Hoop Dreams

Thu, 24 Oct 2019, 6:00pm

QFT presents a 25th anniversary screening of Hoop Dreams; an epic chronicle of hope and faith, and arguably the greatest documentary of all time.

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Midnight Cowboy

Tue, 22 Oct 2019, 6:00pm

Special 50th anniversary screening, introduced by filmmaker Brian Henry Martin, whose favourite film is Midnight Cowboy.

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Une Femme Douce

Mon, 28 Oct 2019, 6:20pm

Fifty years after its first release, this 2K digital restoration of Robert Bresson’s first colour film is a testament to the director’s cinematic poise.

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West Side Story

Sat, 02 Nov 2019, 2:30pm

This electrifying musical, co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950s New York.

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Cathedral Quarter Cultural Walking Tour

Thu, 31 Oct 2019, 11:00am

A series of cultural and interesting walking tours in association with the Northern Ireland Tourist Guide.

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This Brutal House with Niven Govinden

Fri, 18 Oct 2019, 7:00pm

Niven Govinden asks what happens when a generation remembered for a single, lavish decade has been forced to grow up

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Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future with Beth Gardiner

Mon, 21 Oct 2019, 7:00pm

Choked is the landmark book on one of the world’s most urgent health threats.

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Lanny with Max Porter

Tue, 22 Oct 2019, 7:00pm

An innovative hybrid of fairy tale, fable, and myth, Lanny is Max Porter's hugely anticipated second novel.

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Not Working: Why We Have To Stop with Josh Cohen

Sun, 27 Oct 2019, 2:00pm

Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen explores the paradoxical pleasures, as well as human necessity of inactivity.

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Brexit Without The Bullsh*t with Gavin Esler

Wed, 30 Oct 2019, 7:00pm

Brexit Without the Bullsh*t is not about the Brexit you were told you were getting. It’s about the one that is arriving.

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The Octavia Poetry Collective

Wed, 23 Oct 2019, 7:00pm

Octavia is a poetry collective for womxn of colour founded by poet Rachel Long in response to the lack of inclusivity and representation in poetry and…

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Emilie Pine and John Kelly

Sat, 26 Oct 2019, 1:00pm

A treat to hear from two writers whose work each offers intensely poignant and probing personal reflections on love, pain and loss, with wit and intelligence.

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Exquisite Cadavers with Meena Kandasamy

Mon, 28 Oct 2019, 7:00pm

Meena Kandasamy combines her love for the written word with the struggle for social justice through poetry, translation, fiction and essays.

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John Hewitt Birthday Reading

Wed, 30 Oct 2019, 8:00pm

Maureen Boyle won the Ireland Chair of Poetry Prize in 2007 and the Strokestown International Poetry Prize in the same year.

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Lowborn with Kerry Hudson

Sun, 03 Nov 2019, 2:00pm

A powerful, personal agenda-changing exploration of poverty in today’s Britain.

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The Big Wee Ireland Tour

Thu, 17 Oct 2019, 8:00pm

Come along and enjoy verbal fireworks and lyrical shenanigans from Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Songs For Myself

18 Oct - 04 Nov 2019

International and critically acclaimed poet Alice McCullough curates a new edition of first class contemporary poetry for Poetry Jukebox.

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Kristan Swain and Máire Carroll

Sat, 02 Nov 2019, 7:15pm

Come along and enjoy evening of flute and piano music by the amazing Kristan Swain and Máire Carroll.

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The Adventures of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert

Thu, 24 Oct 2019, 8:15pm

When drag queen Anthony agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow cross-dresser Adam and transsexual Bernadette to come along.

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Don Pasquale – Encore: The Royal Opera

Sun, 27 Oct 2019, 2:00pm

Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations.

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Street Statues & Sculptures Cultural Walking Tour

19 - 25 Oct 2019

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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Climate, Rights and Human Survival with Kumi Naidoo

Thu, 31 Oct 2019, 7:00pm

Kumi Naidoo is a life-long justice and environmental campaigner from South Africa, formerly the head of Greenpeace, now Secretary General of Amnesty Internation

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Winter Papers Vol. 5

Fri, 01 Nov 2019, 7:30pm

Readings from contributors to the fifth edition of Winter Papers, an annual anthology for the arts in Ireland and beyond.

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Lady Magma: The Birth of a Cult

31 Oct - 02 Nov 2019

Lady Magma is a celebration of female strength, creeping out of a 1970’s burnt orange aesthetic.

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Belfast International Arts Festival 2019

18 Oct - 03 Nov 2019

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.

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