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Belfast International Arts Festival is a prime example of cultural innovation that is open to all. With our multi-disciplinary programme of contemporary arts and culture from around the globe, we seek to push boundaries and challenge perceptions.

We engage actively with audiences and communities around and beyond the city and make a vital contribution to ensuring the rest of the world knows about the diversity of our cultural riches. Despite this artistic and popular success, the Festival, like most of Northern Ireland’s arts and cultural organisations remains highly vulnerable in the current uncertain economic and political circumstances. More than ever, we need Government and its agencies to acknowledge the key role that culture plays in attracting economic investment to our country and enhancing community cohesion.

Increased and longer-term investment that puts us on a par with other UK regions and Ireland is essential if we are continue to play that role.
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What you missed

TONY CONRAD
Directed by Tyler Hubby

Tony Conrad

Completely in the Present
Date
Saturday, 22 October 2016
6:30pm
Film
NY Season
NI Premiere
Nexus
Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Nexus Reed Quintet

Swiss Ambassador's Award Concert
Date
Thursday, 20 October 2016
7:30pm
Classical
UK & Ireland Premiere
Rebecca Schaaf EUROPEAN MIGRATION CRISIS
Dr Rebecca Schaaf

The European Migration Crisis

Drivers, Flows, Impacts & Strategies
Date
Thursday, 13 October 2016
7:30pm
Talks
World In Motion
Free
Jonathan Byers
Belfast Music Society

Jonathan Byers

Northern Lights Mini-Fest
Date
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
7:30pm
Classical
3 for 2
Fergus Jordan
Fergus Jordan

North of Delmar

Date
20 October - 29 November 2016
Time
Launch 5.00pm | Tues - Fri: 11.00am - 3.00pm
Visual Arts
Free
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Aftershock

Matthew Green
Date
Sunday, 23 October 2016
6:00pm
Talks
Nineteen Sixteen
Nicky Minus
Sarah Maple / Nicky Minus / Gina Wynbrandt

Maybe She’s Born With It

Date
13 October - 29 October 2016
Time
Launch on 13 Oct at 6pm | Tues - Sun: 11.00am - 4.00pm
Visual Arts
Free
OSLO
Belfast Music Society

Oslo 3

Northern Lights Mini-fest
Date
Sunday, 16 October 2016
Classical
UK & Ireland Premiere
3 for 2
More Info Oslo 3
Too Late
SESTINA
Belfast Music Society

Sestina

Northern Lights Mini-Fest
Date
Sunday, 23 October 2016
3:00pm
Classical
3 for 2
GORDON MCMULLAN

Gordon McMullan

Forgetting 1616
Date
Saturday, 15 October 2016
8:00pm
Talks
Bending The Bard
KAPULETS
Sarah Maple

Keeping up with the Kapulets

Date
14 October - 29 October 2016
Time
9am - 5pm (Duncairn)
Film
Bending The Bard
Irish Premiere
Free
Hamlet Benedict Cumberbatch
NT Live

Hamlet

Date
Thursday, 13 October 2016
7:00pm
Film
Bending The Bard
UK & Ireland Premiere
Free
More Info Hamlet
Too Late
King Lear
RSC Live

KING LEAR

Date
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
7:00pm
Film
Bending The Bard
Glasnevin Palm House 2016
Royal Ulster Academy

135th Annual Exhibition

Date
14 October - 29 October 2016
Time
Open Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm
Visual Arts
Free