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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Roddy Doyle Web

Roddy Doyle

Date
Tuesday, 26 October 2021
7:00pm
Talks & Ideas
IN-visible ID-entities 3
2046 Web

2046

The World of Wong Kar Wai
Date
27 October - 28 October 2021
Time
6.00pm (Wed 27) / 12.10pm (Thurs 28)
Film
More Info 2046
Too Late
Rua Web

140th RUA Annual Exhibition

Royal Ulster Academy
Date
29 October - 9 January 2022
Time
Tuesdays to Sundays – 10am to 5pm (Closed on Mondays)
Visual Arts
Free
Trio Web

Trio Cantare

Belfast Music Society Northern Lights Mini-Fest
Date
Saturday, 30 October 2021
7:30pm
Music
On Blueberry Hill Web

On Blueberry Hill

Written by Sebastian Barry | Presented by Fishamble
Date
1 November - 7 November 2021
Time
7.30pm (1 Nov). Available on demand to 7 Nov
Theatre & Dance
IN-visible ID-entities 3
Digital Pass
Bragg Web

Billy Bragg

Date
Tuesday, 2 November 2021
Time
8.15pm show | Doors 7.00pm
Music
Irish Craft Heroes Web

Irish Craft Heroes

Design & Crafts Council Ireland
Date
Rescheduled to Summer 2022
Visual Arts
IN-visible ID-entities 3
Free