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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 ticketing@visitbelfast.com

If you are booking through one of our partner venues, please contact their Box Office team directly to arrange a companion ticket.

Accessible  Performances:

Wheelchair Seats:

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: 

Captioned Events:

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: 

Download our entire BIAF 2023 Accessibility Information Guide here