Festival Focus 2024: 1st edition

Festival Focus 2024: 1st edition

Keep up to date with our Festival Focus. We are a country of festivals covering the arts, music, theatre, literature and so much more. Check in with us on @morebelfast instagram for updates.

Out To Lunch

6-28 January

  • The Out to Lunch Arts Festival will be laying on a rich and varied menu of entertainment during the longest, darkest month of the year.
  • And OTL’s month-long programme of live comedy, music, theatre, spoken word, screenings is served up with a hot food at every weekday 1pm show, fortifying our audiences whether they happen to be on lunchbreak or making a day of it.
  • More details here

4 Corners Festival

1-11 February 

  • The annual 4 Corners Festival is set to return in February 2024 with a packed lineup of events which include everything from talks, discussions and exhibitions to music and literature.
  • Now in its 12th year, the festival was conceived as a way to inspire people from across the city to transform it for the peace and wellbeing of all.
  • The festival features a range of music, discussion, sport and faith-inspired events and will run from February 1 to 11 in venues in all four corners of the city. 
  • Go to 4cornersfestival.com

Imagine! Belfast Festival

18-24 March

  • The festival is running from 18-24 March with over 100 events to put some fun into politics. A number of events are on sale now here

NI Science Festival marks ten years of inspiring the future, from Thursday 15 – Sunday 25 February

  • The NI Science Festival returns to celebrate a decade of exploration and discovery, a milestone in the journey `to inspire inquisitive minds that has resulted in the festival becoming one of the largest science events in Europe.
  • From Thursday 15 – Sunday 25 February, scientists, enthusiasts and much more will ignite scientific curiosity and explore the workings of ourselves and the world around us. 
  • For more information about events and bookings, visit nisciencefestival.com

Holding Ground Festival: Unveiling a Creative Activist Response to Domestic Violence

26-28 January 

  • Taking place over three days, the festival includes a wide range of workshops such as somatic movement, drama therapy, creative writing, understanding healthy relationships, and sound therapy. These diverse workshops complement four premiere performances of 'Holding Ground,' addressing themes of domestic violence, resilience, and hope.
  •   The Holding Ground Festival will take place at The Brian Friel at The Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast.
  • Tickets for the holding ground festival can be purchased via: http://www.crescentarts.org/events

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the CQAF this May.  Four new shows have been announced this week:

  • Robert Finley, The Black Box. Thursday 2 May, 8.00pm
  • Peter Case, Sid Griffin and Dan Stuart. Oh Yeah, Friday 3 May
  • My Darling Clementine, The Deers Head, Sunday 12 May
  • Acid Mothers Temple, Ulster Sports Club, Tuesday 14 May.

Ballyscullion Park Book Festival

11-12 May 

  • Taking place in the historic Ballyscullion Park, situated on the shores of Lough Beg, it is a  celebration of literature, music and art in the heart of Seamus Heaney country. The programme will feature a range of writers, musicians and historians exploring a wide variety of topics from the 18th century to the present day.  
  • Festival ticket prices range from £75 - £130, with both weekend and day tickets available. For ticket details and nearby accommodation providers visit https://www.ballyscullionpark.com/book-festival/

Reach for the Skies: New Project Seeks Public Nominations to Transform Belfast Rooftops

  • An exciting new project has just been launched to find a rooftop space in Belfast for use as a possible cultural venue. The Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics is partnering with Urban Scale Interventions (USI) and the European Creative Rooftop Network to identify a Belfast Rooftop for transformation during its forthcoming festival in March.
  • The organisers hope to host two cultural events with the European Creative Rooftop Network in the nominated space during the Imagine! Belfast Festival which is taking place 18-24 March.
  • People should send their nominations before the closing date of 2 February 2024, using a form on the Imagine! Festival website – http://www.imaginebelfast.com.
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