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Virtual Events

  • Kim Vaughan (Cello) and Philip Higham (Cello)
    Kim Vaughan (Cello) and Philip Higham (Cello)
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Kim Vaughan (Cello) and Philip Higham (Cello)

    Fri, 16 Oct 2020, 6:00pm

    Kim Vaughan enjoys a varied musical career as a chamber musician and artistic director.

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  • Helen Lewis
    Helen Lewis
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Helen Lewis

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

    Helen Lewis will explore how feminism’s success has been down to complicated, contradictory, imperfect women, who fought one…

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  • Macbeth – Big Telly Theatre Company
    Macbeth – Big Telly Theatre Company
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Macbeth – Big Telly Theatre Company

    14 - 17 Oct 2020

    Live. Virtual. Immersive. On Zoom. 

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  • September Online Talks at Clifton House
    September Online Talks at Clifton House
    Virtual Events

    September Online Talks at Clifton House

    Fri, 25 Sep 2020, 1:00pm

    Every Friday afternoon at 1pm, Clifton House will be moving their unique tours online, allowing you to find…

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  • Robert Webb
    Robert Webb
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Robert Webb

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

    Writer, actor and comedian Robert Webb follows his bestselling memoir about masculinity, How Not to be a Boy,…

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  • Scholastique Mukasonga and Nina Bouraoui
    Scholastique Mukasonga and Nina Bouraoui
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Scholastique Mukasonga and Nina Bouraoui

    Sun, 01 Nov 2020, 4:00pm

    Two of France’s greatest living writers talk about their work and inspiration.

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  • John O’Conor
    John O’Conor
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    John O’Conor

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020, 6:00pm

    The Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years.

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  • Patrick Freyne
    Patrick Freyne
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Patrick Freyne

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

    One of Ireland’s funniest writers is coming to BIAF to give us the benefit of the wit and…

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  • Oona Doherty and Luca Truffarelli – In Conversation
    Oona Doherty and Luca Truffarelli – In Conversation
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Oona Doherty and Luca Truffarelli – In Conversation

    Sun, 18 Oct 2020, 7:30pm

    Festival favourite, Oona Doherty and regular collaborator and filmmaker, Luca Truffarelli discuss their friendship and working relationship. Interspersed…

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  • Madrigals at the Museum Parts 1 & 2 (Two Performances)
    Madrigals at the Museum Parts 1 & 2 (Two Performances)
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Madrigals at the Museum Parts 1 & 2 (Two Performances)

    19 - 26 Oct 2020

    Sestina is delighted to partner with the Ulster Museum and Belfast International Arts Festival for 'Madrigals at the…

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Top 2020 Events in Belfast

We’ve rounded up the top events and festivals happening throughout the year.

2020 Highlights

  • Kevin Maxwell and Nazir Afzal
    Kevin Maxwell and Nazir Afzal
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Kevin Maxwell and Nazir Afzal

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020, 2:00pm

    A former police detective and ex-Chief Crown Prosecutor come together to discuss law, race, prejudice and equality.

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  • Belfast International Arts Festival 2020
    Belfast International Arts Festival 2020
    Festivals

    Belfast International Arts Festival 2020

    12 Oct - 01 Nov 2020

    The Belfast International Arts Festival is packed full of fantastic events showcasing some of the world's best artistic…

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  • Santa’s Polar Express at Culloden Estate
    Santa’s Polar Express at Culloden Estate
    Christmas

    Santa’s Polar Express at Culloden Estate

    15.74KM
    18 - 25 Nov 2020

    The Polar Express will be a festive occasion with a host of attractions for all the family, including…

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  • SUP-NIC Bangor
    SUP-NIC Bangor
    Sport

    SUP-NIC Bangor

    Sat, 03 Oct 2020, 10:00am

    Begin your day on the water with this guided paddleboarding experience, take in the water’s edge views and…

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  • Si C’était de L’Amour (If It Were Love)
    Si C’était de L’Amour (If It Were Love)
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Si C’était de L’Amour (If It Were Love)

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020, 8:00pm

    This critically acclaimed documentary, from Austrian director Patric Chiha, follows the professional and personal lives of the dancers…

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  • Armagh Food and Cider Weekend
    Armagh Food and Cider Weekend
    Food and Drink

    Armagh Food and Cider Weekend

    24 - 27 Sep 2020

    The Armagh Food and Cider weekend takes place from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 September 2020.

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  • No Word for ‘Stay’ – Launch & Panel Discussion
    No Word for ‘Stay’ – Launch & Panel Discussion
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    No Word for ‘Stay’ – Launch & Panel Discussion

    Sat, 17 Oct 2020, 6:00pm

    To launch No Word for ‘Stay’, the 11th curation of Poetry Jukebox, join Centre Culturel Irlandais and Quotidian…

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  • Route 66
    Route 66
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Route 66

    16 - 18 Oct 2020

    As the 2020 US presidential election approaches, join Belfast International Arts Festival as they journey back to ’80s…

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  • Jenni Murray
    Jenni Murray
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Jenni Murray

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020, 4:00pm

    One of the nation’s best-loved broadcasters joins the Festival to discuss her new book about our relationship with…

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  • John O’Conor
    John O’Conor
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    John O’Conor

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020, 6:00pm

    The Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years.

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