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The Crescent Arts Centre is a vibrant community arts centre and cultural hub in the heart of south Belfast, which provides opportunities for people to meet, be inspired, experience and participate in a wide range of art forms.

The Crescent Arts Centre is a vibrant community arts centre and cultural hub in the heart of south Belfast, which provides opportunities for people to meet, be inspired, experience and participate in a wide range of art forms.


It is a place where everyone is welcome and where they can experience the power of the arts and develop their creativity as we lead the way in artistic development and entertainment.


The main activities that take place in the Crescent include:



  • Each week there is a whole host of live events. From immersive theatre to live music and comedy, to dance performances, film screenings, book launches and cabaret shows, this beautiful building offers a diverse platform for live events. 

  • The Crescent offers a diverse learning programme to appeal to varying tastes. Each week they run 200 classes and workshops, which are programmed into three yearly programmes. The wide-ranging artistic programme spreads across all art forms including dance, wellbeing, drama, music, visual arts, crafts, creative writing and reading, languages, culture, children and family. This wide offering has been an important factor throughout the centre’s existence as we encourage everyone to try something new.  

  • Working closely with local authorities, agencies and organisations, the Crescent provides an inspiring community programme that reaches out to a wide range of participants via the Outreach and Education programme. They encourage and facilitate the participation in and appreciation of artistic activities by people from all sectors of society that who may not normally have the opportunity to participate in such activities.

  • The Crescent is home to two key festivals a year; the Belfast Book Festival and CityDance and they provide office space in The Crescent Hub; an appropriate cultural environment for art organisations to flourish.

  • Last year, more than 5,000 people engaged in the Crescent’s cultural programmes, half of whom were active participants in creative courses and one-off workshops, the other half attended live events. That does not include those who participated in outreach programmes, came to non-ticketed activities, or used the café.


There’s a lot to explore and enjoy inside the Crescent including:



  • A theatre space (The Cube)

  • Two dance studios

  • A visual art space

  • A music room

  • An art studio

  • Five workshop spaces

  • A café

  • Eight permanent spaces hosting resident arts organisations


 


 

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  • 2-4 University Road
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT7 1NH

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Very reasonable ticket prices, and events to suit all tastes
  • Workshops for all ages e.g. authentic Irish Basket Making
  • Free exhibitions & permanent art installation through centre
  • Warm and welcoming café with friendly, helpful staff
  • Beautiful, historic building - open late most evenings

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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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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A Comedy Of Madness

Wed, 06 Nov 2019, 7:30pm

The heritage of comedy is a troubled one - littered with the shells of those whose genius is inextricably linked with mental health struggles.

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Sincerely: Tony Slattery In Conversation With Robert JE Simpson

Thu, 07 Nov 2019, 8:00pm

Tony Slattery is a legend of the British comedy scene. The King of Improv

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Eva Cassidy – The Story

Thu, 14 Nov 2019, 8:00pm

Join The Crescent Arts Centre this November for a portrayal of the life of Eva Cassidy through video, voice and song.

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Joan Baez – A Tribute By Miss Irenie Rose

Fri, 15 Nov 2019, 8:00pm

Miss Irenie Rose now sings the well-loved songs written and sung by Joan Baez.

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Eng-AGE

Wed, 06 Nov 2019, 1:00pm

Come along and join The Crescent as they celebrate older people.

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Belfast Guitar Night X: Jacky Bastek

Fri, 29 Nov 2019, 8:00pm

Join the Crescent Arts Centre for the 10th edition of Belfast Guitar Night as they welcome to the stage Jacky Bastek.

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Ronnie Greer Blues Band with special guest Ken Haddock

Sat, 30 Nov 2019, 8:30pm

This November the Crescent Arts Centre are delighted to welcome Blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer!

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Murder She Got Wrote Off – Christmas Special

05 - 14 Dec 2019

The Crescent Arts Centre are thrilled to announce that Jessica is making a merry return this December!

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Sun, 15 Dec 2019, 1:30pm

Join the Crescent Arts Centre for a festive screening of the Christmas classic 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

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Chamber Babies

Sun, 01 Dec 2019, 10:30am

Chamber Babies concert's are very informal events with short programmes that are designed for babies and adults alike.

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Gráinne Duffy

Sun, 15 Dec 2019, 8:30pm

This December, the Crescent Arts Centre are thrilled to welcome to the stage the incredible Grainne Duffy.

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Aladdin

17 - 22 Dec 2019

Come and join the Crescent Arts Centre for an Arabian night of entertainment!

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Pink and Blue

Sun, 17 Nov 2019, 11:00am

Boys wear blue and girls wear pink. Or can they wear both? Is it true that girls and boys are so different?

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