Belfast International Arts Festival returns for our 59th edition from 6 October to 7 November with an extensive programme that gives audiences opportunities to both experience live performances again whilst also enjoying a selection of online events at home!

As Northern Ireland’s largest contemporary arts festival and cornerstone of the annual cultural calendar, this year’s programme will once again feature the best in theatre, dance and music performances as well as a hybrid of talks and ideas to enjoy live and in the comfort of your own home!

The 2021 edition continues to explore contemporary matters of interest to our audiences such as gender equality, multi-culturalism, representation, the climate crisis, and democracy.

To help plan your visit, why not check out the At a Glance Guide, and have a browse through our Plan Your Visit section for ideas of where to eat, drink and rest your head plus a few suggested itineraries.

You may also be interested in reading commonly asked questions in our Box Office and FAQ’s page.

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Border Game Web (1)

The Border Game

A Prime Cut and Lyric Theatre Production
Date
Wed 6 - Sat 23 October (Previews 2-5 Oct)
Time
7.30pm / Matinee Sat & Sun 2.30pm
Theatre & Dance
Opening Event
Hunter Filmed Web

Hunter Filmed

Oona Doherty
Date
9 October - 7 November 2021
8:30pm
Theatre & Dance
Free
Epilogue

Epilogue

Eileen McClory & Maiden Voyage Dance
Date
11 October - 13 October 2021
Time
8.00pm (Monday) / 1.00pm & 7.00pm (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Theatre & Dance
UK & Ireland Premiere
Free
Grimm Hotel Web

The Grimm Hotel

Cahoots NI
Date
12 October - 31 October 2021
Time
Various Times - 5.00 - 8.00pm (Weekdays) / 1.00 - 8.00pm (Weekends)
Theatre & Dance
World Premiere
Australia Event Web

Meg Mason & Laura Jean McKay

In association with British Council and UK Australia Season of Culture
Date
12 October - 7 November 2021
Time
7.00pm (12 Oct) / On demand thereafter
Talks & Ideas
Digital Pass
Uncle Ray Web

Uncle Ray

By David Bolger | CoisCéim Dance Theatre
Date
13 October - 14 October 2021
7:45pm
Theatre & Dance
IN-visible ID-entities 3
NI Premiere
New Playwrights Web

New Playwrights Showcase

Lyric Theatre
Date
Friday 15, Saturday 16, Friday 22 & Saturday 23 October
7:00pm
Theatre & Dance
World Premiere
Routine Web

Routine

Company Zid
Date
16 October - 17 October 2021
Time
2.30pm & 4.30pm
Outdoor
Free
Roll Up Roll Up Web (1)

Roll Up, Roll Up

Simple Cypher
Date
16 October - 17 October 2021
Time
1.30pm & 3.30pm
Outdoor
Free
Sea Sick Web

Sea Sick

The Theatre Centre
Date
16 October - 17 October 2021
Time
Saturday 7.45pm | Doors: 7.30pm. Sunday 3.00pm | Doors: 2.45pm
Theatre & Dance
IN-visible ID-entities 3