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Featuring readings, live music and performances; Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival brings the streets to life with culture.

The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (CQAF) is an annual festival of music, comedy, theatre, art and literature that takes place in Belfast. The festival traditionally takes place in the first weeks of May in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, so called because of its proximity to St Anne's Cathedral. This year they are thrilled to be able to offer live events again in September*.

Regarded these days for its socially inclusive agenda and its eclectic programming blend of 'big names', emerging acts and fringe performances, The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival began life in May 2000 attracting an audience of just over 5,000. The Festival now regularly attracts over 60,000 people to over 100 events in Belfast's city centre.

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*Events are subject to change so please check with event organisers for the most up-to-date information.

Tickets can be purchased at the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre.
  • Various Venues
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT1 5AD

David Keenan in Conversation with Wendy Erskine

0.4 KM
Tue, 24 May 2022, 8:00pm

David Keenan in conversation with Wendy Erskine at 2 Royal Avenue on Tuesday 24 May.

2 Royal Avenue
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Martin Stephenson and the Daintees

Sat, 28 May 2022, 8:00pm

Martin Stephenson’s live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation.

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Aoife O’Donovan

Sun, 05 Jun 2022, 8:00pm

Grammy award-winning songwriter and musician Aoife O’Donovan is one of the most sought-after singers and songwriters of her generation.

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Jesse Malin

Sun, 26 Jun 2022, 8:00pm

Hailed by Uncut as ‘an instant classic’, the record was stripped-down, raw, and intimate, earning comparisons to Neil Young and Tom Waits.

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Robin Ince – The Importance of Being Interested

Fri, 22 Jul 2022, 1:00pm

Robin Ince who presents one of the world’s most popular science radio shows and podcasts, The Infinite Monkey Cage, with Brian Cox is coming to Belfast..

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Amythyst Kiah

Mon, 22 Aug 2022, 8:00pm

From Johnson City, Tennessee, Amythyst Kiah is a massively talented singer-songwriter who is creating powerful waves on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Sam Baker

Thu, 20 Oct 2022, 8:00pm

Sam Baker makes people happy. The characters in his songs face many challenges—alcoholism, car wrecks, racism, drug addiction, a mother’s abandonment.

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Norman Jay MBE

08 - 09 Oct 2022

Norman Jay is unquestionably one of the most respected and popular DJs in the world today. With Support from DJ Pete Brady and Gareth McKinnie.

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The Handsome Family – September ’22

0.97 KM
15 - 16 Sep 2022

The Handsome Family have written some of the most haunting and beautiful songs in American music. Tickets also available from Visit Belfast Welcome Centre.

Belfast Empire
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