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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


 

 
  • 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

Walking with Beckett

1.14 KM
03 Feb 2022 - 28 Feb 2023

Enjoy a self-guided, audio tour which leads through Belfast’s university quarter, immersing the listener in the enigmatic imagination of Samuel Beckett.

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The Cheese Board – An Evening of Irish Cheese Pairing Perfection

1.14 KM
Thu, 23 Feb 2023, 8:00pm

A special evening celebrating the irresistible charm of cheese with food journalist Patrick McGuigan and NI's cheese connoisseur, Johnny McDowell.

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Living Autopsy

1.14 KM
Thu, 16 Feb 2023, 7:00pm

This live event, presented by Histopathologists, Dr Louisa Miller and Dr Ryan Huddleston involves a ‘living’ dead body, played by an actor.

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Kyle D Evans – Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind

1.14 KM
Thu, 16 Feb 2023, 12:00pm

Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind is a frantic hour of mind-bending maths, interactive demos and wicked humour from entertainer Kyle D Evans.

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Madeleine Finlay – Beetles for Breakfast

1.14 KM
Fri, 17 Feb 2023, 2:00pm

Madeleine Finlay’s colourful and compelling book explores all sorts of exciting inventions and ideas which could make our future more eco-friendly.

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David Robson – The Expectation Effect

1.14 KM
Sun, 19 Feb 2023, 5:00pm

In this talk David Robson takes you on a tour of the cutting-edge research happening right now that suggests our expectations shape our experience.

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Pragya Agarwal – Hysterical

1.14 KM
Sun, 19 Feb 2023, 2:00pm

Pragya Agarwal dives deep into the history and science that has determined the gendering of emotions to ask whether there is any truth behind wild beliefs.

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Marieke Bigg – This Won’t Hurt: How Medicine Fails Women

1.14 KM
Sun, 19 Feb 2023, 7:00pm

This talk from Dr Marieke Bigg explores all the ways medicine is not gender-neutral, from research to treatment to diagnosis.

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Anne-Marie Imafidon – She’s in CTRL

1.14 KM
Mon, 20 Feb 2023, 7:00pm

Why are women so under-represented in the tech world? Why does this matter? What can we do about it?. How women can take back tech!

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Hana Walker-Brown – A Delicate Game: Brain Injury, Sport and Sacrifice

1.14 KM
Tue, 21 Feb 2023, 6:30pm

Join award-winning audio documentary maker, podcast creator and author, Hana Walker-Brown as she tackles the topics of power, science and sport.

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Revenge – A Dish Best Served Cold?

1.14 KM
Wed, 22 Feb 2023, 7:00pm

Why do people take revenge? It’s a fascinating question, which psychologists have been trying to answer for a while. Talk and discussion.

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Dare to Dream: A New Learning Reality

1.14 KM
Fri, 24 Feb 2023, 7:00pm

Explore how we can use virtual reality (VR) to transform teaching and learning in this talk with The Open University’s Oli Howson.

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Erica McAlister – The Fascination of Flies

1.14 KM
Sat, 25 Feb 2023, 3:00pm

In this captivating talk, Dr Erica McAlister will take you behind the doors of the fly department at London’s Natural History Museum.

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Let’s Revamp Tea!

1.14 KM
Sun, 26 Feb 2023, 2:00pm

This event will look at the history of tea, with their tea connoisseurs revealing interesting ways in which you can get creative with your blends.

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The Remains of Logan Dankworth by Luke Wright

1.14 KM
Tue, 21 Mar 2023, 8:00pm

Luke Wright’s political verse play examines trust, fatherhood and family in the age of Brexit.

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Sherine Tadros: Taking Sides

1.14 KM
Wed, 22 Mar 2023, 5:00pm

Sherine Tadros explains how she swapped career to become a human rights activist and gives a passionate defence of human rights.

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Henry Normal: Collected Poems and Other Landfill

1.14 KM
Thu, 23 Mar 2023, 8:00pm

Armed only with a chair and a mic, stories, jokes and poetry Henry Normal takes on the world looking for a win-win situation.

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Jonathon Porritt: Confronting Today’s Climate Emergency

1.14 KM
Sat, 25 Mar 2023, 8:00pm

In this talk the renowned author and campaigner Jonathon Porritt will discuss how we can tackle the climate crisis.

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Fin Taylor: Daddy Self-Care

1.14 KM
Sun, 26 Mar 2023, 7:30pm

Fin Taylor is back on the road with a brand new trunk of painfully funny stand-up. Sure he’s married with a kid, but that hasn’t made…

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