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Established in 1962, the city’s longest-running international arts festival, reimagined and reborn as Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF) in 2015, is celebrating 60 years with a new extended season of contemporary arts and cultural events.

For six decades the festival has ensured that the residents of Belfast alongside its international visitors have access to the best of world class artists and events from home and abroad.

Download our 2022 Printed programme here – BIAF 22 Festival Programme

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Cristal Palace by Transe Express. Photographer Fred Collier. A young child sits on top of father's shoulders and looks in amazement at gigantic chandelier suspended in the night sky
BIAF 60th Opening Event

Cristal Palace (booked up)

By Transe Express
Date
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 April
Time
8.30pm | Gates open 6.30pm
Outdoor
Opening Event
Embrace
Irish Premiere
Free
Simon Armitage Web

Simon Armitage

Date
Wednesday, 4 May 2022
Time
7pm / Doors open 6.30pm
Talks & Ideas
Irish Craft Heroes Web

Irish Craft Heroes

Design & Crafts Council Ireland
Date
29 July - 7 November 2022
Time
Botanic Gardens opening times
Visual Arts
IN-visible ID-entities 4
Free
Walter Scott

Reframed Into Oblivion

Walter Scott
Date
18 August - 2 October 2022
Time
11.00am - 4.00pm | Closed Mondays
Visual Arts
Free
Minimal Human Contact
Naoise Ó Cairealláin

Minimal Human Contact

Aisling Ghéar
Date
26 September - 1 October 2022
8:00pm
Theatre & Dance
NI Premiere
Taking Liberties

Taking Liberties!

Jamie Reid
Date
26 September - 26 November 2022
Time
Mon - Sat 9am to 8pm | Sun 10am - 6pm
Visual Arts
Free
Dinner With Groucho by Frank McGuinness. A waitress is showing a bottle of wine to a seated gentleman. The gentleman is Groucho Marx. In the background, there is a large image of T.S. Eliot
OPENING EVENT

Dinner With Groucho By Frank McGuinness

Presented by b*spoke theatre company
Date
5 October - 9 October 2022
Time
Wed - Sat: 7:45pm | Sat - Sun: 3pm
Theatre & Dance
IN-visible ID-entities 4
PREMIERE PICK N MIX
UK Premiere
Poetry Jukebox
Poetry Jukebox

AMBIGUITIES

Quotidian – Word on the Street Limited
Date
Ongoing
Talks & Ideas
Free
Emma Berkery

Making Space to Soar

Emma Berkery
Date
5 October - 20 October 2022
Time
Mon to Fri: 10am - 3pm | Sat: 10am - 4pm | Closed Sun
Visual Arts
IN-visible ID-entities 4
Free
On Balance

Here

Mairéad McClean
Date
6 October - 17 December 2022
Time
Tues to Sat 11am - 5pm | Closed Sun & Mon
Visual Arts
Free
How To Fail As A Popstar. A pop singer poses licking an icecream cone as if it were a microphone. She is dressed in an 80's style light pink fake crocodile leather jacket. She wears large neon diamond earrings and bright pink and yellow eyeshadow.
Vivek Shraya

How To Fail As A Popstar

Commissioned and produced by Canadian Stage | #PopStarPlay
Date
Thursday 6 & Saturday 8 October
9:00pm
Theatre & Dance
Focus on Canada
PREMIERE PICK N MIX
UK & Ireland Premiere
Free Soul

A Free Soul

Cinema Rediscovered
Date
Saturday, 8 October 2022
3:30pm
Film
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Propaganda: A New Musical

A Lyric Theatre Production with The Belfast Ensemble
Date
8 October - 5 November 2022
Time
Tues - Sat: 7.30pm | Sat - Sun: 2.30pm
Theatre & Dance
World Premiere