Belfast International Arts Festival returned for our 59th edition from 6 October to 7 November with an extensive programme that gave audiences opportunities to both experience live performances again whilst also enjoying a selection of online events at home!

Northern Ireland’s largest contemporary arts festival and cornerstone of the annual cultural calendar, the 2021 edition continued to explore contemporary matters of interest to our audiences such as gender equality, multi-culturalism, representation, the climate crisis, and democracy.

Check out the At a Glance Guide.

You may also want to read our Director’s Introduction to the programme, and foreword by our prinicipal funder Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

This year’s programme was made possible thanks to our principal funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and to Belfast City Council, British Council, the Government of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Tourism NI and a range of project funders and sponsors, including Belfast Harbour and the Irish News. Find out more

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BIAF21 Trailer

The Official Launch

What you missed

Chungking Express Web

Chungking Express

The World of Wong Kar Wai
Date
Fri 22, Sun 24 & Tues 26 Oct
Time
6.20pm (Fri 22) / 3.25pm (Sun 24) / 3.25pm (Tues 26)
Film
Fallen Angels Web

Fallen Angels

The World of Wong Kar Wai
Date
Sat 23 & Mon 25 October
Time
6.20pm (Sat 23) & 12.40pm (Mon 25)
Film
In The Mood For Love Web

In The Mood For Love

The World of Wong Kar Wai
Date
25 October - 27 October 2021
Time
6.20pm (25 Oct) / 9.10pm (26 Oct) / 3.25pm (27 Oct)
Film
2046 Web

2046

The World of Wong Kar Wai
Date
27 October - 28 October 2021
Time
6.00pm (Wed 27) / 12.10pm (Thurs 28)
Film
More Info 2046
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