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.

Did you know you can catch-up on demand on 18 events from the most recent festival edition? There’s fascinating talks with new and established names in the worlds of fiction, non-fiction and poetry; reflections on Northern Ireland’s recent past; and work by leading Northern Ireland artists. You can catch-up on #BIAF20 on our YouTube channel.

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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
John Oconor Web

(cancelled) John O’Conor

Belfast Music Society Northern Lights Mini-Fest
Date
Monday, 26 October 2020
6:00pm
Music
IN-visible ID-entities 2
Free
Barry Douglas

Barry Douglas

Belfast Music Society Northern Lights Mini-Fest
Date
Monday, 26 October 2020
6:00pm
Music
IN-visible ID-entities 2
Free
Uo

Ulster Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Belfast Music Society Northern Lights Mini-Fest
Date
5 December - 5 January 2021
Time
Now available to watch again for one month
Music
Free