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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

Alibhai Brown Yasmin
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Shakespeare Diversified

An Illustrated Talk
Date
Friday, 28 October 2016
8:00pm
Talks
Bending The Bard
Justin Kauflin
Quincy Jones presents

Justin Kauflin

Date
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
8:00pm
Music
NI Premiere
A sinkhole in Guatemala
Prime Cut Productions

A Sinkhole in Guatemala

by Sarah Gordon
Date
21 October - 22 October 2016
7:00pm
Theatre
UK & Ireland Premiere
3 for 2
Charlotte McDonald-Gibson
Charlotte McDonald Gibson

Cast Away

Stories of Survival from Europe's Refugee Crisis
Date
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
8:00pm
Talks
World In Motion
NI Premiere

Emanuele Arciuli

America, the New Generation
Date
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
7:30pm
Classical
Irish Premiere
The Dog Days Are Over
JAN vzw / ICKamsterdam

The Dog Days Are Over

A Minimal Political & Jumped Work For Eight Performers
Date
14 October - 15 October 2016
7:45pm
Dance
Irish Premiere
The Suppliant Women
Actors Touring Company & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

The Suppliant Women

By Aeschylus in a new version by David Greig
Date
21 October - 22 October 2016
Theatre
World In Motion
Irish Premiere
Taylor Mac by ves pitts
24-Decade History of Popular Music

Taylor Mac

The WW1 Years and More – Music from 1896 to 1926
Date
25 October - 29 October 2016
Time
25, 26 & 29 October
Music
Closing Event
NI Premiere
Run to the Rock Amanda Coogan
Amanda Coogan

Run to the Rock

Date
20 October - 22 October 2016
7:45pm
Theatre
Bending The Bard
World Premiere