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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.
  • 109-113 Royal Avenue
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT1 1FF

Belfast International Arts Festival 2020

12 Oct - 01 Nov 2020

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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Colette Bryce and Nick Laird

Fri, 30 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

Two of Northern Ireland’s finest poets join the Festival to read from and discuss their latest collections.

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Elaine Feeney and Daisy Johnson

Sun, 25 Oct 2020, 2:00pm

Two of our finest fiction writers come together to tell us about their acclaimed new novels, each one shocking, vital and explosive.

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Helen Lewis

Sat, 24 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

Helen Lewis will explore how feminism’s success has been down to complicated, contradictory, imperfect women, who fought one another as much as they fought othe

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Jenni Murray

Sun, 25 Oct 2020, 4:00pm

One of the nation’s best-loved broadcasters joins the Festival to discuss her new book about our relationship with food and weight.

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Jenny Offill

Sun, 01 Nov 2020, 2:00pm

Donald Trump and the climate crisis are the twin emergencies driving this funny, fierce and universally acclaimed new novel by one of America’s most highly rega

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Lemonade Stand

17 Sep 2020 - 31 Jan 2021

Featuring over twenty artists from across the globe working in painting, drawing, video, sculpture, comics, textiles, fashion design and beyond, the exhibition

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André Rieu: 70 Years Young

5.5KM
Sat, 24 Oct 2020, 7:45pm

70 YEARS YOUNG is André Rieu’s ultimate concert featuring musical highlights chosen by the maestro himself from his illustrious career so far.

Strand Arts Centre
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The University of Wonder & Imagination

22 Oct - 01 Nov 2020

The University of Wonder & Imagination is now enrolling students of all ages and magical abilities…and there’s a place with your name on it!

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Ulster Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Tue, 27 Oct 2020, 8:00pm

Festival audiences are used to seeing the full Ulster Orchestra in all its glory but are perhaps less familiar with its versatility in smaller groups.

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John O’Conor

Mon, 26 Oct 2020, 6:00pm

The Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years.

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Ben McAteer and Iain Burnside (Baritone/Piano)

Thu, 22 Oct 2020, 6:00pm

The first winner of the Glenarm Festival of Voice, Newry-based baritone Ben McAteer trained at the National Opera Studio in London and on the Guildhall School…

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Septet (For Four) – The Belfast Ensemble

Wed, 28 Oct 2020, 8:00pm

The Belfast Ensemble reinvent Beethoven with their new work, Septet (for four) at Belfast International Arts Festival.

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Lennie Goodings

Sat, 31 Oct 2020, 2:00pm

Join the chair of groundbreaking feminist publisher Virago Books for an entertaining and enlightening insight into the life of a literary editor.

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Patrick Freyne

Sat, 24 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

One of Ireland’s funniest writers is coming to BIAF to give us the benefit of the wit and wisdom in his new book of essays, OK,…

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Robert Webb

Sun, 25 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

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 describe

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Scholastique Mukasonga and Nina Bouraoui

Sun, 01 Nov 2020, 4:00pm

Two of France’s greatest living writers talk about their work and inspiration.

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Sebastian Barry and Sarah Moss

Sat, 31 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

Festival favourite Sebastian Barry joins multi-award winning novelist Sarah Moss at an event discussing their highly-anticipated new fiction.

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Stuart Maconie

Fri, 23 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

In his new book The Nanny State Made Me: A Story of Britain and How to Save It, Stuart tells the story of Britain’s welfare state…

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Sarah Churchwell and Michell Chresfield

01 - 21 Nov 2020

Two British-American experts on US history, civil rights and politics come together to discuss what brought us to the 2020 US election – and where we…

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Kevin Maxwell and Nazir Afzal

Sat, 24 Oct 2020, 2:00pm

A former police detective and ex-Chief Crown Prosecutor come together to discuss law, race, prejudice and equality.

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Doing It

21 - 22 Oct 2020

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…

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Madrigals at the Museum Parts 1 & 2 (Two Performances)

Mon, 26 Oct 2020, 8:00pm

Sestina is delighted to partner with the Ulster Museum and Belfast International Arts Festival for 'Madrigals at the Museum - two concerts which showcase the ex

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Call Nina!

Tue, 27 Oct 2020, 6:00pm

A documentary on the importance of the arts as a tool for debate and change.

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Rí an Fhocail | Ó Cadhain sa gCnocán Glas – Cancelled

Wed, 21 Oct 2020, 12:00pm

Two programmes that celebrate the life and work of Máirtín Ó Cadhain. RTÉ commissioned ‘Rí an Fhocail’ in 2006, a programme of consequence that discusses Ó…

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What is the Word

5.5KM
Thu, 29 Oct 2020, 8:00pm

WHAT IS THE WORD is an audio cinematic experience presenting a curated collection of Samuel Beckett poems, performed by some of Ireland’s leading actors.

Strand Arts Centre
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Asunder

1.31KM
Sun, 01 Nov 2020, 5:30pm

Asunder tells the story of what happened to an English town during the First World War, with almost all of its men fighting abroad and its…

QFT
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Blame Game

4.25KM
24 - 25 Oct 2020

Kundle Cru presented by Crying Out Loud

CS Lewis Square
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