The Black Box is a multi-purpose arts venue in the heart of Belfast's bustling Cathedral Quarter. With art, music, literature, film, comedy, cabaret and all points in between!

A home for innovative and alternative live music, theatre, literature, comedy, film, visual art, science, circus, cabaret and all points in between – The Black Box is one of Belfast’s most beloved venues.

The Black Box is housed in the Cathedral Quarter in a Grade II listed building on Hill Street, originally constructed c. 1850 and converted into its current usage as a fully accessible arts venue in 2006. The venue is on one level with automated doors and accessible facilities.

Under 18s are welcome in the venue with their parents before 8pm but cannot attend events after that time as the venue is licenced. 

The Black Box is a charity and not-for-profit with generated income going back into the organisation and supporting the arts and an umbrella of projects for and by adults with learning disabilities.

Opening Hours

The Green Room is open as a free-in cafe/bar and arts space Thursday-Saturday from 5pm. If you are a beer fan you will love our rotating beer taps!  

The Green Room is also open throughout the week for other low-cost events. The Black Box main theatre space is open during events, please check the website for full event listings and details.

  • 18-22 Hill Street
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT1 2LA

Top Reasons To Visit

  • ‘Out of the Box’ Entertainment - Live music, theatre, literature, comedy, film, visual
  • Rotating craft beer selection -Try limited stocked craft beers from the UK and Ireland
  • Charity status - Black Box pens up vital links to people with learning disabilities
  • Support the arts - Join in and support alternative and quirky shows

Iain Lee and Katherine Boyle

Sat, 27 Jul 2019, 8:00pm

Iain Lee and Katherine Boyle return to Belfast for another 2 hours of silliness, stupidity and probably 1 or 2 Cher and Neil Diamond songs.

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Fern Brady: Power and Chaos

Thu, 17 Oct 2019, 8:00pm

As seen on Live from the BBC, Live from the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour, and Live at the Apollo Fern is one of the…

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Real Sketchy

04 Jul - 05 Dec 2019

Always a great excuse to chill out, enjoy an exhibition, drink and draw after enjoying Belfast’s late night art scene!

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Black Moon

09 Jul - 10 Dec 2019

A club night for and by adults with learning disabilities.

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Mini Moon

20 Jul - 21 Dec 2019

A sensory disco for ages 0-7 with any kind of disability supported by Children in Need.

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The Green Room Sessions

28 Jun 2019 - 31 Jan 2020

The Green Room Sessions are an opportunity to catch one-off performances from guest artists as well as regular slots from an esteemed cast of local selectors.

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Stephen James Smith and Tony Walsh

Wed, 02 Oct 2019, 8:00pm

The Black Box is delighted to present Stephen James Smith and Tony Walsh.

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Lemn Sissay

Fri, 13 Sep 2019, 7:30pm

This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

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Comedy Lab

03 - 31 Jul 2019

Get ready for a summer season of creative comedy in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

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Makem & Clancy

Fri, 16 Aug 2019, 7:30pm

Rory Makem and Donal Clancy carry on the musical legacy, stories and songs of their legendary fathers, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy.

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