Belfast International Arts Festival wishes to appoint an outstanding Marketing Manager to lead the on-going development of our brand, reputation, reach and sales.

This is a pivotal role within a small, high performing team. The Marketing Manager is responsible for the management and delivery of the marketing and communications function of the organisation.

We actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and value the positive impact difference has on our team.

CLICK HERE to Download Job Description

CLICK HERE to Download Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Closing Date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 13th March 2017.

Request for Quotations for Design/ Advertising and PR Services

Request for Quotations for Design/ Advertising and PR Services

The Belfast International Arts Festival is inviting tender applications for experienced agencies, collectives or individual consultants to join the Festival team to help deliver our next edition in October 2017.

There are two tender documents and you are welcome to tender for one or both:

Design and Advertising Tender: Download here

PR Services Tender : Download here

The successful service providers will have significant experience in the field and all requirements are outlined in Schedule A of the respective tender document.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 28th February 2017.

Request for Quotations for Technical Director

Request for Quotations for Technical Director

The Belfast International Arts Festival is inviting tender applications for an experienced Technical Director to join the team in a freelance capacity to help deliver our next edition in October 2017.  The successful contractor will have significant experience at home and internationally of planning, scheduling and managing the production and technical requirements of events across a number of artistic disciplines including theatre, dance, music, literature and the visual arts as well as major outdoor events. They will be skilled at managing a wide variety of contractors providing staging, lighting, sound, crew and constructing sets and such like physical elements, ensuring a high level of work is delivered and maintained.  Details can be found in the below tender document and the closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 17th January 2017.

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2016 Audience Survey & THANK YOU!

2016 Audience Survey & THANK YOU!

On behalf of all at the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival we would like to thank each and every one of you for attending this year’s Festival. Over 100 events across 19 Days, it was one of the biggest, most ambitious, and best we’ve ever put on and absolutely none of that would have been possible without the great people of Belfast and beyond coming along and enjoying it.

To make the 2017 Festival even better it would mean a lot to us if you were able to complete our official audience survey.

The survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete.

We realise your time is valuable, and to thank you for participating, we’re offering you the chance to win overnight accommodation in the Europa Hotel, complete with full Irish breakfast and afternoon tea in a free prize draw.

Belfast International Arts Festival continually strives to bring you the very best in culture. Your insights are invaluable to us – and we want to hear from you.  Please click on the link below to take part in the survey.

See you next year,

The Festival Team.


Ulster Bank Arts Ambassador Reviews: The Fever – Roger Casement in the Dark Places

Ulster Bank Arts Ambassador Reviews: The Fever – Roger Casement in the Dark Places

The Fever –  Roger Casement in the Dark Places: Wednesday 19 October | Grand Opera House

Having grown up not far from Casement Park and heard some of his story, I was delighted to get tickets to review this event in the Grand Opera House. The evening was to prove enlightening and entertaining and combined a mix of music and spoken word that really captured what Roger Casement stood for. One section had a speech that was written by George Bernard Shaw for Casement to recite at his trial in the hope of him avoiding the noose. The fact it had only been performed once before made me realise how much of Casement’s story has been airbrushed over time. So how did a homosexual, protestant, Knight of the British Empire come to have a stadium named after him in West Belfast?

Roger Casement was born in Dublin in 1864 to an Anglo Irish family. His father had served in the British Army and his mothers’ family was from Dublin. At the age of nine he came to live on the North Coast of Antrim after his mothers’ death and stayed with relatives after his fathers’ death when he was only thirteen. Moving to England at sixteen, Casement joined a shipping company and eventually found himself working in the Congo. The evening focused on the work he undertook there and how it changed his outlook. Here he met Joseph Conrad, who would go on to write the novel “Heart of Darkness” of his experiences in the Congo. Both arrived believing that Britain, and the Empire, was civilising the area and improving it. Both left knowing the full truth and witnessed the level of destruction first hand. Casement was given a role with the British Consul and asked to report back on the “issues” in the Congo. As this area was mainly owned by the King of Belgium his report on the “enslavement, mutilation and torture of natives on the rubber plantations” was well received and he was knighted for his work on highlighting the systematic rape and torture. One of the pieces focused on how he wished the crimes committed had been for gold as he would have avoided it. Everywhere he looked was rubber, car tires, bikes, pencils. It tortured him to think of the human cost every time he saw this.

He then ventured to Peru to report on the rubber plantations there. Again the same systematic pillaging was witnessed but as this was by mainly a British Company the report was not as well received. Throughout the evening Crash Ensemble provided music and in one piece images of conflict and war mixed with images of Martin Luther King, Gandhi and Malcolm X flashed on the screen while haunting classical music was played. The comparison was clear, through every turbulent era people stood up to defy what was wrong. Roger Casement belonged in this company, where was our next Roger Casement?

A local actress (Kerri Quinn) performed a powerful poem/rap piece that pulled no punches and pointed fingers at those on all sides who could do more but don’t.  George Bernard Shaw’s defence that was never used was delivered eloquently and with great reverence. His plea was not that he be found not guilty but to admit to all the things he had done. He had not committed treason as he considered himself an Irishman fighting against injustice and wanted to be compared to the British soldiers that had been driven into the sea at Gallipoli. During other pieces we were left to reflect how Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and even Martin Luther King were saw as law breakers and terrorists when they stood up against the “man”.


The final two spoken pieces were delivered by Olwen Fouere. With her shock of white hair and commanding presence on stage she delivered a piece first on the horrors that Casement witnessed in his life that began with a haunting incantation of all the tyre manufacturers. Goodyear, Dunlop, Firestone, Pirelli. This was repeated over and over. The second piece highlighted the mining of tantalum today and where the mineral got it’s name (from the legend of Tantalus). A gram of this material sells for $450 while a miner gets $5 a day for working 12 hours. To the list of Goodyear, Dunlop, Firestone, Pirelli was added Apple, Samsung, HTC, Sony , Blackberry chanted over and over again as it is used in the production of smartphones and tablets. And where is this metal mined… the Congo!

An all round excellent and informative evening that was well delivered and also well received. I would recommend this to anyone and hopefully somewhere out there the next Roger Casement is willing to step forward.

Aidan O’Reilly, Ulster Bank Arts Ambassador

Photo taken by Redcap Productions