British Council is a major partner in a number of festivals that occur in Northern Ireland throughout the year. We aim to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic endeavours.
Belfast International Arts Festival – Northern Ireland’s biggest contemporary arts festival – is back for 2018, running from 16 October to the 3 November.
We’re proud to have supported the festival since its inception, and in this 56th year, audiences can expect a world class and eclectic fusion of theatre, dance, music, visual art, literature, films and talks – with over 120 events and 12 premieres.
Now in its fourth year, Open House Belfast returns to open up some of the city’s most unique and interesting buildings and spaces for Belfast residents and visitors to experience free of charge. Part of the Open House Worldwide family, a network of more than forty architecture festivals happening in cities around the world. Full details of the buildings, spaces and special events featuring in Open House Belfast will be announced in September 2018.
Curating Architecture: The Venice Biennale | Thurs 18 Oct | The MAC | 5.30pm | £8
Every two years, national pavilions transform Venice’s historic Giardini and Arsenale, demonstrating technical and cultural innovation in building design around the world and the response of architects to major challenges in contemporary society.
The Infinite City: Live Episode | Sun 21 Oct | Sonic Arts Research Centre, QUB | 5pm | £5
A podcast about cities, produced by PLACE. Join hosts Rebekah McCabe and Conor McCafferty for an evening of chat, with Darran Anderson and Garrett Carr discussing public space, architecture and city life in Belfast at Sonic Arts Research Centre. Tickets available soon.
Listen to the podcast here.
HIVE Choir | Fri 19 – Sat 20 Oct
An innovative new music ensemble will perform in several buildings as Open House Belfast artists in residence.
Myths of Belfast | Sat 20 Oct
Architecture tour led by Andrew Molloy, telling stories of the development of Belfast over several hundred years.
Watch this short video about Belfast International Arts Festival 2018: