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Belfast’s unique festival of ideas will return during 25-31 March with its biggest ever programme and an open invitation for the public to engage with the big issues of our times.

During the coming year, which will be dominated by Brexit, the local government elections, and a number of key commemorations, the ground-breaking festival offers up an eclectic programme with over 130 events across the city.
Strictly non-partisan, the festival reaches out to people from all backgrounds with a wide range of events including talks, workshops, theatre, comedy, films, walking tours, exhibitions and lots more.
The diverse advance programme includes the renowned author Lionel Shriver, best known for her award-winning novel 'We Need to Talk About Kevin.' George Monbiot – the author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner; and one of Ireland’s most distinguished former politicians and Mary Harney -  the first woman to lead an Irish political party and be Tánaiste.
The festival will also host a major exhibition by leading local artist Rita Duffy and the equality champion, Richard Wilkinson, will discuss the social and individual effects of inequality. 
The programme of talks also includes a lecture by journalist Vincent Browne on the fortuitous partition of Ireland and a discussion on the art of gentle protest with the Craftism Collective founder, Sarah Corbett.
The leading comedian, Shazia Mirza will also appear alongside entertainer and satirist Paddy Cullivan who will perform ‘The Joy of Brex’, a musical show about Brexit. 
All of these events are now on sale through the festival website imaginebelfast.com.
The full festival programme will be published next month with over 130 events taking place in 42 venues across Belfast.
Mon, 25 Mar 2019
9:00am
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Tue, 26 Mar 2019
9:00am
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Wed, 27 Mar 2019
9:00am
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Thu, 28 Mar 2019
9:00am
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Fri, 29 Mar 2019
9:00am
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Sat, 30 Mar 2019
9:00am
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Sun, 31 Mar 2019
9:00am
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Upcoming events at Various locations

Belfast Film Festival
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Belfast Film Festival 2019

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Belfast Film Festival launches its 19th annual festival of premieres, unique events and the best in world cinema.

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Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2018
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Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2019

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One of the most dynamic arts festivals on the island returns for its 20th year in Belfast's famous Cathedral Quarter.

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