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Halloween in Belfast

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Autumn Events

Belfast International Arts Festival 2021

  • Seamas O’Reilly & Lucy Mangan
    Seamas O’Reilly & Lucy Mangan
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Seamas O’Reilly & Lucy Mangan

    Sun, 24 Oct 2021, 6:00pm

    In their writing, Seamás O'Reilly and Lucy Mangan offer two striking takes on family life, told with humour…

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  • Paul Seawright in Conversation with Colin Davidson
    Paul Seawright in Conversation with Colin Davidson
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Paul Seawright in Conversation with Colin Davidson

    0.6 KM
    Thu, 04 Nov 2021, 6:00pm

    As part of the Belfast International Arts Festival, Belfast Exposed hosts a conversation between Paul Seawright OBE and…

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  • Quirky Cultural Walking Tour 2021
    Quirky Cultural Walking Tour 2021
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Quirky Cultural Walking Tour 2021

    0.08 KM
    21 Oct - 02 Nov 2021

    Discover the hidden ‘quirky’ gems that you may have walked past many times but never really noticed on…

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  • Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut
    Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut

    Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 8:00pm

    Colm Tóibín and Damon Galgut, two of the greatest novelists in the English language, talk about their highly-anticipated…

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  • Nathan Sherman and Alex Petcu
    Nathan Sherman and Alex Petcu
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Nathan Sherman and Alex Petcu

    Sun, 31 Oct 2021, 3:00pm

    his special event closes the Northern Lights Mini-fest for 2021. Violist Nathan Sherman and percussionist Alex Petcu will…

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  • Far Caspian
    Far Caspian
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Far Caspian

    0.68 KM
    Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

    Far Caspian is the project of singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Joel Johnston. A blend of chiming guitars, harmonic…

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  • Nikesh Shukla & Musa Okwonga
    Nikesh Shukla & Musa Okwonga
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Nikesh Shukla & Musa Okwonga

    1.14 KM
    Sat, 30 Oct 2021, 6:00pm

    Nikesh Shukla & Musa Okwonga, two of Britain’s strongest literary talents talk about their memoirs on family, privilege,…

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  • 140th RUA Annual Exhibition
    140th RUA Annual Exhibition
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    140th RUA Annual Exhibition

    1.73 KM
    29 Oct 2021 - 29 Jan 2022

    The RUA Annual Exhibition (RUA) is the most eagerly anticipated exhibition in the Northern Irish cultural calendar.

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  • Electric Arcade
    Electric Arcade
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Electric Arcade

    0.66 KM
    Sat, 23 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

    Festival favourites the Ulster Orchestra and ‘the Irish Queen of Game Music’, conductor Eímear Noone, join forces to…

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  • The Spirit, The Psyche, The Body
    The Spirit, The Psyche, The Body
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    The Spirit, The Psyche, The Body

    Wed, 03 Nov 2021, 7:00pm

    The second of two major events of new and innovative commissions of poets of the North of Ireland,…

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Food and Drink Events

  • Shortcross Gin Discovery Experience
    Shortcross Gin Discovery Experience
    Food and Drink

    Shortcross Gin Discovery Experience

    27.98 KM
    22 Oct - 27 Nov 2021

    Discover Shortcross Gin and Shortcross Irish Whiskey. Enjoy a guided gin tasting experience at this beautiful distillery and…

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  • Shortcross Gin Tasting Experience
    Shortcross Gin Tasting Experience
    Food and Drink

    Shortcross Gin Tasting Experience

    27.98 KM
    21 Oct - 26 Nov 2021

    Discover Shortcross Gin and Shortcross Irish Whiskey. Enjoy a guided gin tasting experience at this beautiful distillery and…

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  • Gin School
    Gin School
    Food and Drink

    Gin School

    Sat, 27 Nov 2021, 2:00pm

    Belfast Gin and Spirits School next gin school is on 2nd October 2021. Experience making your own recipe…

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  • Talk, Walk & Tipple: 500 Years in Five Famous Pubs
    Talk, Walk & Tipple: 500 Years in Five Famous Pubs
    Food and Drink

    Talk, Walk & Tipple: 500 Years in Five Famous Pubs

    0.56 KM
    Sun, 24 Oct 2021, 2:00pm

    Join historian Francis Higgins for a short introduction to the history of Belfast before going on a tour…

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  • Belfast Christmas Market 2021
    Belfast Christmas Market 2021
    Food and Drink

    Belfast Christmas Market 2021

    0.08 KM
    20 Nov - 23 Dec 2021

    Come and visit Belfast's much loved Christmas Market! Whether you go for a bit of shopping, or to…

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  • Hillsborough Farmers Market
    Hillsborough Farmers Market
    Belfast Plus

    Hillsborough Farmers Market

    Sat, 23 Oct 2021, 10:00am

    The popular Hillsborough Farmers Market returns for an autumn series of markets in the historic village of Hillsborough,…

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  • Blues Afternoon at Granny Annies
    Blues Afternoon at Granny Annies
    Food and Drink

    Blues Afternoon at Granny Annies

    0.59 KM
    07 - 28 Nov 2021

    Book your table for Sunday brunch and enjoy an afternoon of Blues with the fantastic Ken Haddock, Ronnie…

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Festivals

  • Far Caspian
    Far Caspian
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Far Caspian

    0.68 KM
    Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

    Far Caspian is the project of singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Joel Johnston. A blend of chiming guitars, harmonic…

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  • Cinemagic: Yakari – A Spectacular Journey
    Cinemagic: Yakari – A Spectacular Journey
    Children's Events

    Cinemagic: Yakari – A Spectacular Journey

    1.31 KM
    Fri, 29 Oct 2021, 12:30pm

    Yakari - A Spectacular Journey is showing at the Queen’s Film Theatre as part of the Cinemagic Film…

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  • On Blueberry Hill
    On Blueberry Hill
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    On Blueberry Hill

    01 - 07 Nov 2021

    A very special online screening of Sebastian Barry’s latest play, On Blueberry Hill which was critically acclaimed during…

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  • Quirky Cultural Walking Tour 2021
    Quirky Cultural Walking Tour 2021
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Quirky Cultural Walking Tour 2021

    0.08 KM
    21 Oct - 02 Nov 2021

    Discover the hidden ‘quirky’ gems that you may have walked past many times but never really noticed on…

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  • Glen Hansard
    Glen Hansard
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Glen Hansard

    0.66 KM
    Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 6:45pm

    In a welcome return to Belfast and to performing live, Glen Hansard is back for one night in…

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  • Sestina – In Guilty Night Dialogues of a Distracted Mind
    Sestina – In Guilty Night Dialogues of a Distracted Mind
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Sestina – In Guilty Night Dialogues of a Distracted Mind

    Wed, 27 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

    Sestina is a dynamic young vocal ensemble based in Belfast with a reputation for excellence and innovation in…

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  • Department Story
    Department Story
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Department Story

    21 - 31 Oct 2021

    Theatre mavericks Big Telly present Department Story - a new production for physical and remote audiences by Jack…

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  • Benyounes Quartet
    Benyounes Quartet
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Benyounes Quartet

    Sun, 24 Oct 2021, 3:00pm

    The Benyounes Quartet, one of the UK’s most successful young professional ensembles, will open Belfast Music Society’s annual…

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  • Belfast International Arts Festival 2021
    Belfast International Arts Festival 2021
    Festivals

    Belfast International Arts Festival 2021

    0.19 KM
    22 Oct - 07 Nov 2021

    Belfast International Arts Festival returns for our 59th edition from 6 October to 7 November with an extensive…

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  • Walking With Beckett
    Walking With Beckett
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Walking With Beckett

    22 Oct - 07 Nov 2021

    Inspired by Jane Coyle’s play Both Sides, this self-guided audio walking tour winds through Belfast’s university quarter, in…

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2021 Highlights

Virtual Events

  • The Spirit, The Psyche, The Body
    The Spirit, The Psyche, The Body
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    The Spirit, The Psyche, The Body

    Wed, 03 Nov 2021, 7:00pm

    The second of two major events of new and innovative commissions of poets of the North of Ireland,…

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  • The Short Story as Witness
    The Short Story as Witness
    Learning Experiences

    The Short Story as Witness

    Mon, 13 Dec 2021, 7:00pm

    Angela Graham considers the potential of the short story as witness statement. How does it drive towards implication,…

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  • On Blueberry Hill
    On Blueberry Hill
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    On Blueberry Hill

    01 - 07 Nov 2021

    A very special online screening of Sebastian Barry’s latest play, On Blueberry Hill which was critically acclaimed during…

    Find Out More
  • Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut
    Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut

    Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 8:00pm

    Colm Tóibín and Damon Galgut, two of the greatest novelists in the English language, talk about their highly-anticipated…

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  • Exploring the Northern Ireland Political Collection
    Exploring the Northern Ireland Political Collection
    Lecture And Talks

    Exploring the Northern Ireland Political Collection

    Mon, 13 Dec 2021, 7:00pm

    Explore the Northern Ireland Political Collection with Dr. Kris Brown and Dr. Gordon Gillespie at this live online…

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  • Distortion
    Distortion
    Theatre

    Distortion

    21 - 24 Oct 2021

    Watch Distortion online - a fictional take on PR spin, sexuality, and the personalities jockeying for position in…

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  • Dominique Barbéris & Gaëlle Josse
    Dominique Barbéris & Gaëlle Josse
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Dominique Barbéris & Gaëlle Josse

    Sat, 23 Oct 2021, 4:00pm

    BIAF showcase Dominique Barbéris and Gaëlle Josse - two established names in France who are publishing in English…

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  • A City Imagined: Belfast Soulscapes With Gerald Dawe
    A City Imagined: Belfast Soulscapes With Gerald Dawe
    Lecture And Talks

    A City Imagined: Belfast Soulscapes With Gerald Dawe

    Mon, 22 Nov 2021, 7:00pm

    Written in his highly regarded wry and lyrical style, Gerald Dawe’s memoir sketches the outlines of his life.

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  • Linen Hall Library October Events
    Linen Hall Library October Events
    History And Heritage

    Linen Hall Library October Events

    0.27 KM
    21 - 28 Oct 2021

    In October the Linen Hall revisits and reinterprets the 1921 partition of Ireland in an insightful, new exhibition…

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  • Telling the Story of the Troubles
    Telling the Story of the Troubles
    Lecture And Talks

    Telling the Story of the Troubles

    Mon, 29 Nov 2021, 7:00pm

    Telling the Story of the Troubles: Prison Handicrafts and Heritage Construction with Dr. Erin Hinson

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