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Belfast International Arts Festival returned for our 58th edition from Monday 12 October to Sunday 1 November 2020 with a programme of inspirational events that responded creatively to the pandemic.

2020 was an extraordinary year. We worked with artists and partners to reformat and develop our programme for digital broadcast to deliver three weeks of online programming celebrating the very best in contemporary arts and culture from these islands and internationally. The programme featured an extended Talks & Ideas strand; theatre, dance and music performances reimagined for a digital audience; and developmental initiatives for artists from across the island. The 2020 edition continued to explore contemporary matters of interest to our audiences such as gender equality, multi-culturalism, representation, the climate crisis, and democracy.

Did you know you can catch-up on demand on 18 events from the most recent festival edition? There’s fascinating talks with new and established names in the worlds of fiction, non-fiction and poetry; reflections on Northern Ireland’s recent past; and work by leading Northern Ireland artists. You can catch-up on #BIAF20 on our YouTube channel.

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What's On

Blame Game Web

Blame Game

Kundle Cru presented by Crying Out Loud
Date
24 October - 31 October 2020
6:00pm
Outdoor
IN-visible ID-entities 2
UK & Ireland Premiere
Free
Jennimurray
BIAF and Westival present

Jenni Murray

Fat Cow, Fat Chance
Date
Now available to watch again
Time
available online
Talks & Ideas
IN-visible ID-entities 2
Free
Robertwebb
BIAF and Westival present

Robert Webb

Come Again
Date
Now available to watch again
Time
available online
Talks & Ideas
IN-visible ID-entities 2
Free
John Oconor Web

(cancelled) John O’Conor

Belfast Music Society Northern Lights Mini-Fest
Date
Monday, 26 October 2020
6:00pm
Music
IN-visible ID-entities 2
Free
Barry Douglas

Barry Douglas

Belfast Music Society Northern Lights
Date
Monday, 26 October 2020
6:00pm
Music
IN-visible ID-entities 2
Free
Call Nina

Call Nina!

Date
Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Time
6pm. NEW extra 8pm screening
Theatre & Dance
Free
Goodings

Lennie Goodings

A Bite of the Apple
Date
Now available to watch again
2:00pm
Talks & Ideas
Free
Jennyoffl

Jenny Offill

Weather
Date
Now available to watch again
2:00pm
Talks & Ideas
Free
Catalyst Dance Festival

Catalyst Dance Festival

Theatre and Dance NI / curated by Eileen McClory
Date
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Time
4pm Belfast | 8am PST | 11am EST | 6pm EEST
Dance
Free
Uo

Ulster Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Belfast Music Society Northern Lights Mini-Fest
Date
5 December - 5 January 2021
Time
Now available to watch again for one month
Music
Free