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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

Walls
Directed by PABLO IRABURU & MIGUELTXO MOLINA

Walls

2015
Date
Monday, 17 October 2016
6:30pm
Film
NI Premiere
More Info Walls
Too Late
myescape
2016

#MyEscape

Directed by ELKE SASSE
Date
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Film
World In Motion
NI Premiere
Tipping Point
QSS Group Exhibition

Tipping Point

Kevin Killen & Sinead McKeever, curated by Feargal O’Malley
Date
12 October - 18 November 2017
Time
Tue - Thurs (or by appointment): 10am - 5pm
Visual Arts
Free
Lampedusa in winter
2015

Lampedusa in Winter

Directed by JAKOB BROSSMAN
Date
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
6:00pm
Film
World In Motion
NI Premiere
Belfast Rising
Brassneck Theatre Company

Belfast Rising

Date
25 October - 29 October 2016
8:00pm
Theatre
Nineteen Sixteen
Three Sisters
Lyric Theatre

Three Sisters

By Lucy Caldwell
Date
15 October - 29 October 2016
Time
Tues - Sat 7.45pm | Sat & Sun matinee 2.30pm
Theatre
World Premiere
Flotel Europa
2015

Flotel Europa

Directed by Vladimir Tomic
Date
Sunday, 16 October 2016
6:00pm
Film
World In Motion
NI Premiere
After Spring

After Spring

Date
Friday, 14 October 2016
6:30pm
Film
World In Motion
NI Premiere
Lisa McInerney

Lisa McInerney

In Conversation with Jan Carson
Date
Saturday, 22 October 2016
7:00pm
Talks
Transe Express Mu
Cie Transe Express

Cinématique des Fluides Show
Date
Sunday, 16 October 2016
7:00pm
Outdoor
Irish Premiere
Free
More Info
Too Late
green blue
Kabosh

Green & Blue

Date
21 October - 22 October 2016
Time
Fri at 7.30pm | Sat at 5pm & 7.30pm
Theatre
Nineteen Sixteen
World Premiere
Fixing the Refugee Crisis Yvette Cooper
Amnesty International Annual Lecture

Fixing The Refugee Crisis

Yvette Cooper MP
Date
Thursday, 20 October 2016
7:30pm
Talks
World In Motion
Free
Micro Shakespeare
Laitrum Theatre & the National / C-12 Dance Theatre

Micro-Shakespeare / Trolleys

A double bill of outdoor fun for all the family
Date
15 October - 16 October 2016
Time
MicroShakespeare: 1.00pm & 3.00pm | Trolleys: 2.00pm & 4.00pm
Outdoor
Irish Premiere
Double Bill
Free
A sinkhole in Guatemala

Scorch

by Stacey Gregg
Date
21 October - 22 October 2016
8:30pm
Theatre
UK & Ireland Premiere
More Info Scorch
Too Late