Belfast International Arts Festival returns for our 58th edition this October with a programme of inspirational events that seeks to respond creatively to the current pandemic. The 2020 edition will primarily be hosted online and takes place from Monday 12 October to Sunday 1 November.

As Northern Ireland’s largest contemporary arts festival and cornerstone of the annual cultural calendar, this year’s programme features an extended Talks & Ideas programme; theatre, dance and music performances reimagined for a digital audience; and developmental initiatives for artists from across the island.

The 2020 edition continues to explore contemporary matters of interest to our audiences such as gender equality, multi-culturalism, representation, the climate crisis, and democracy.

Lemonade Stand

Lemonade Stand

International group exhibition
Date
17 September - 31 January 2021
Time
Tues-Sat, 11am-4pm
Visual Arts
Free
More Info Lemonade Stand
No Need to Book
Macbeth Web

Macbeth

Big Telly Theatre Company
Date
14 October - 17 October 2020
Time
7.00pm (Wednesday - Saturday) | 9.30pm (Friday & Saturday only)
Theatre & Dance
IN-visible ID-entities 2
World Premiere
Singing The Agreement No Logos

Singing Struggle and Agreement

Spark Opera in conjunction with Imagine! Festival of Ideas and Politics and Slugger O’Toole
Date
Anytime from 14 October
Time
7.30pm
Music
IN-visible ID-entities 2
Irish Premiere, NI Premiere
Free
Sestina Web
Two Part Performance

Madrigals at the Museum Part 1

Sestina Music
Date
19 October - 22 November 2020
Time
Now available to watch again for one month
Music
Free
DOING IT. Photographer Ana Viotti. Image of the earth taken from space, displayed as stage backdrop. In middle foreground, a man dressed in a maroon coloured hoodie looks at the large image of the earth. in the bottom left and right corners, a laptop displays the same image. The laptop sits on a desk, along with a white chair

DOING IT

Pedro Penim / Teatro Praga
Date
Now available to watch again until 1 Nov
Time
available online
Theatre & Dance
UK & Ireland Premiere
Free
Maconie
BIAF and Westival present

Stuart Maconie

The Nanny State Made Me
Date
Now available to watch again
Time
available online
Talks & Ideas
IN-visible ID-entities 2
Free
Nazirkevin
BIAF and Westival present

Kevin Maxwell and Nazir Afzal

Law, Race and Equality
Date
Now available to watch again
Time
available online
Talks & Ideas
IN-visible ID-entities 2
Free
Patrickfryne
BIAF and Westival present

Patrick Freyne

OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea
Date
Now available to watch again
Time
available online
Talks & Ideas
IN-visible ID-entities 2
Free
Helenlewis
BIAF and Westival present

Helen Lewis

Difficult Women
Date
Now available to watch again
Time
available online
Talks & Ideas
IN-visible ID-entities 2
Free
Blame Game Web

Blame Game

Kundle Cru presented by Crying Out Loud
Date
24 October - 31 October 2020
6:00pm
Outdoor
IN-visible ID-entities 2
UK & Ireland Premiere
Free