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The MAC is a cultural hub; selecting, creating and mixing up music, theatre, dance and art.

The world-class venue in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter is home to all kinds of exhibitions, theatre performances, experimental works and endless goings-on. The MAC offers something for all ages and interests. That is why they are jam-packed with diverse and extraordinary things to see and do.

The MAC is a cultural hub and a vital shared space in Belfast. Open 363 days per year, the MAC offers an eclectic programme of visual art, theatre, dance, family workshops and lots more.

The MAC is an award winning facility that has two theatres (a 350 seater and a 120 seater), three art galleries, one rehearsal space, one dance studio, three education and workshop rooms, four offices for resident art groups, one restaurant and bar, one artist-in-residence studio and one permanent artwork.

The Permanent Present is the MAC's only permanent artwork, a major sculptural work by Irish artist Mark Garry commissioned by The Thomas Devlin Fund and the MAC. The sculpture consists of 400 metal wires in the main foyer of the MAC, creating a spectrum of colour that travels through the space akin to a beam of light refracting and reflecting. The installation reflects The Thomas Devlin Fund's commitment to highlighting the futility of violence as well as the hopes and aspirations of the young people.

The MAC is open 7 days a week, from 8.30am to 6pm, or later on performance nights.

 

MAC Moments

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  • 10 Exchange Street West
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT1 2NJ

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Two theatres and three art galleries
  • Café Bar open daily offering breakfast, lunch and kids menus, and a full bar
  • Free art exhibitions
  • Free family room, packed with games, books and toys
  • Breastfeeding friendly, baby changing facilities and family workshops

Sister Act

03 - 07 Sep 2019

Ravara Productions presents Sister Act, the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the 1992 hit film at the MAC this summer.

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James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

Sun, 10 Nov 2019, 7:45pm

Comedian James Acaster is back with his brand new show for 2019.

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Danilo Correale: They Will Say I Killed Them

19 Aug - 13 Oct 2019

A major new film commission by Italian artist Danilo Correale.

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Rationalism on Set: Glamour and Modernity in 1930s Italian Cinema

19 Aug - 13 Oct 2019

An exhibition exploring a little-known period of Italian cinematic history, highlighting the strong Modernist influence.

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Mark McGreevy: Flop Sweat

19 Aug - 13 Oct 2019

Major exhibition of new work by Belfast based painter, Mark McGreevy.

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Muldoon’s Picnic

27 Nov 2019 - 05 Jan 2020

Muldoon’s Picnic is a cabaret-style evening hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon and his house band, Rogue Oliphant.

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Shh! We Have A Plan

Sun, 18 Aug 2019, 11:00am

'Shh! We Have a Plan' is an enchanting theatre production for young audiences by the multi-award-winning, Cahoots NI.

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MAC Sensory Garden

Sun, 18 Aug 2019, 10:00am

Summer fun for all the senses!

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Nature in a Jar

Sun, 18 Aug 2019, 11:00am

Delve into nature and get creative making beautiful butterflies in this crafty kid’s workshop.

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We’re Going on a MAC Hunt

Sun, 18 Aug 2019, 12:45pm

Get ready to take your little explorer on a MAC sensory adventure.

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Now For The North

07 - 28 Sep 2019

'Now For The North' is the latest site-specific, immersive piece of “choice” theatre from Three’s Theatre Company.

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The Man in the Woman’s Shoes

13 - 14 Sep 2019

It's October 1978 and with Pope John Paul the First not long dead, Autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in…

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I Hear You and Rejoice

Sat, 14 Sep 2019, 8:00pm

Hot on the heels of 'The Man In The Woman’s Shoes', comes Mikel Murfi’s 'I Hear You and Rejoice'.

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Bouncers

21 Sep - 05 Oct 2019

Bounce back! By popular demand, the men in black are back.

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Secrets of Space

03 - 13 Oct 2019

Suni and Mae are dreamers. As young girls they dreamt about journeying far beyond our solar system, singing among the stars and discovering all that was…

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Don’t Tell Ma Ma

11 - 12 Oct 2019

Following her sensational performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret 2014, Kerri Quinn returns to the MAC for an intimate evening of cabaret in our Luminaire Club.

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The Painted Lady

18 - 19 Oct 2019

An original play by Belfast writer Rob Hollway inspired by his own recovery from alcoholism.

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On Refusal: Representation & Resistance in Contemporary American Art

25 Oct 2019 - 19 Jan 2020

On Refusal: Representation & Resistance in Contemporary American Art is an exhibition featuring new and recent works by various artists.

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Creepy Crawly Petting Zoo

26 - 31 Oct 2019

Back by popular demand, it's our creepy, crawly, slinky, slimy Halloween Petting Zoo.

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Baby Boo

26 - 31 Oct 2019

Peek-a-baby-BOO!

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Creepy Crawlers

26 - 31 Oct 2019

There’ll be a creeping and a crawling as babies are on the move in this spooky sensory workshop.

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Frightful Fables

26 - 31 Oct 2019

Freaky fables, full of fun and fright!

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Terrible Tots

26 - 31 Oct 2019

It’s all happening in this all-singing, all-dancing Halloween workshop.

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Bizarre Beasties

26 - 31 Oct 2019

There’s lots to do in this Bizarre Beasties workshop.

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Terrifying Tales

26 - 31 Oct 2019

Come meet the old Bard to hear terrifying tales of witches, ghosts, banshees and pookas.

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Declan O’ Rourke Live

Sat, 09 Nov 2019, 7:45pm

Nominated for Best Singer and winner of Best Original Song at the inaugural RTE Folk Awards 2018, Declan O’Rourke comes to the MAC.

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Class

12 - 13 Nov 2019

In a parent-teacher meeting gone very wrong, Donna and Brian find out their son is struggling... that's what his teacher says..

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Elizabeth Day: How To Fail

Thu, 14 Nov 2019, 7:30pm

An uplifting and reassuring evening about learning from our mistakes and not being afraid.

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Baby Wrap

30 Nov - 01 Dec 2019

Get all wrapped up in Christmas fun with your little one.

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Baby Wrappers

30 Nov - 01 Dec 2019

Get all wrapped up in Christmas fun with your little one.

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Tinsel Tots

07 - 08 Dec 2019

It's time for Tinsel Tots!

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Deck the Falls

10 - 21 Dec 2019

This Christmas, comic duo Ciaran Nolan and Gerard Jordan are back with plans, scams and skulduggery to Deck the Falls at the MAC.

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Tick Tock Christmas Clock

14 - 22 Dec 2019

Forget Bah Humbug, it’s the countdown to Christmas.

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Holly Jolly Singalong

15 - 24 Dec 2019

Deck the Halls! The Holly Jolly Singalong is back.

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Festive Fables

15 - 24 Dec 2019

Wonderful winter tales to spark the imagination.

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I Heart NYE: Roaring 20s

Tue, 31 Dec 2019, 8:30pm

The roaring 20s are back!

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Dirty Dancin’ in Le Shebeen

14 - 26 Jan 2020

Maggie Muff is back with a bang in the last ever performance of Dirty Dancin' in Le Shebeen!

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My Last Supper with Jay Rayner

Sat, 22 Feb 2020, 7:45pm

It’s your last meal on earth. What are you going to have? It’s the question award-winning restaurant critic and MasterChef judge, Jay Rayner has been asked.

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100 Keyboards

17 - 19 Oct 2019

Pioneering Japanese sound artist ASUNA presents his landmark work and site-specific listening experience, 100 Keyboards.

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Real Magic

22 - 23 Oct 2019

To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, three performers take part in an impossible illusion.

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Staging Schiele

Sat, 26 Oct 2019, 5:45pm

Inspired by the extraordinary work and life of radical Austrian artist Egon Schiele, famous for his unflinching nudes and searing self-portraits.

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Ireland’s Call

23 - 26 Oct 2019

Follow the lives and family histories of three young men as they grow up in Coolock on Dublin’s northside.

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Median & Accumulated Layout

15 - 16 Oct 2019

Opening Belfast International Arts Festival is the UK and Irish Premiere of Median and Accumulated Layout.

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Before

Thu, 24 Oct 2019, 7:30pm

From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with plenty of enjoyable music.

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Beloved Clara

Sun, 27 Oct 2019, 7:30pm

Beloved Clara is the compelling and tragic story of the passionate, yet volatile relationship between Robert Schumann, his pianist wife Clara Wieck.

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Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future with Beth Gardiner

Mon, 21 Oct 2019, 7:00pm

Choked is the landmark book on one of the world’s most urgent health threats.

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