At Belfast International Arts Festival we firmly believe that access is an essential part of creating a truly inclusive arts festival.
We are committed to creating a welcoming, accessible environment for our D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists, staff, volunteers and audience members, and are constantly working to ensure that BIAF is a festival for all.
We welcome feedback from our audiences and commit to continuously improving our practice.
Carer/ Companion Ticket Policy:
If you require assistance to enable your visit to an event, a ticket for a carer/companion is available at no extra charge.
This can be booked directly from our Box Office at Visit Belfast.
To book your ticket and discuss your needs:
Please telephone 028 9024 6609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are booking through one of our partner venues, please contact their Box Office team directly to arrange a companion ticket.
Many of our festival venues have designated seats available for wheelchair users. Please contact the venue’s Box Office team directly when booking your ticket to request a wheelchair space.
Some venues have wheelchairs available to borrow onsite. We recommend that you contact the venue in advance to arrange use of a wheelchair.
The following venues provide a wheelchair borrowing service:
- Belfast City Hall
- The Lyric Theatre
- Ulster Hall
- Ulster Museum
- The MAC
BSL Interpreted Events:
BSL interpreted events will feature a live signer positioned beside the stage.
Events with BSL interpretation in the 2023 festival are listed below:
- Gary Younge | Tuesday 17th October | 7:00pm | Ulster University
- King | Saturday 28th October | 7:45pm | The MAC
- Burnt Out | Thursday 2nd November | 7:30pm | Lyric Theatre
Please contact The MAC or The Lyric’s Box Office teams directly for advice on which seats offer the best view of sign-language interpreters.
Audio Described Events:
Audio description is delivered through a personal headset and provides a description of the performance as it occurs on-stage.
Audio Described events in the 2023 festival are listed below:
- Burnt Out | Sunday 29th October | 2:30pm | Lyric Theatre
- ‘Allies’ and ‘Memory Box’ – A Double Bill Of Contemporary Dance | Sat 5th November | 2.30pm & 7.30pm | The Crescent Arts Centre
A captioned event features a transcript of audio content displayed on a screen behind or beside speakers.
Captioned events in the 2023 festival are listed below:
- Nicholas McCarthy on Leadership & the Key to Success | Thursday 19th October | Ulster University, Lecture Theatre 2
- AI & Creativity | Saturday 28th October | 3:00pm | Ulster University, Lecture Theatre 2
- Burnt Out | Tuesday 31st October | 7:30pm | Lyric Theatre
- Claire Kilroy and Mike McCormack | Thursday 2nd November | 7:00pm | Crescent Arts Centre
- Ellipses | Sunday 5th November | 7:30pm | Duncairn Arts Centre
- BIND | available online via Brick Moon digital platform
- David GauZ’ and David Foenkinos | available online via Brick Moon digital platform