The Cathedral Quarter Trust (CQT), the delivery organization previously behind Culture Night Belfast (CNB), is looking for a freelance Creative Director to develop a large-scale cultural project for 2023 and beyond. Managed and delivered by CQT since 2009, CNB was historically one of Belfast’s largest free events, a cultural celebration that, at its peak, attracted almost 90,000 local, national and international visitors to the city’s historic Cathedral Quarter and wider city-centre.

Following the completion of an extensive Strategic Review in 2021, and after giving much consideration to the recommendations put forward within the review, CQT has decided to step away from the established model of Culture Night Belfast and move in a new direction, with the aim of developing a new flagship event for the city that will both replace and build on aspects of CNB’s legacy.

CQT’s aim is to develop the new event over the remainder of 2022 and into 2023 with a pilot event to be delivered in Autumn 2023, followed by a full-scale presentation in 2024, to be delivered as part of the Belfast Year of Culture. The organisation is now looking for an exceptional Creative Director to help us develop and realise this new vision for a flagship event.

An experienced cultural professional, the Creative Director will report to the CQT Director and will work for Cathedral Quarter Trust on leading, shaping and developing a unique, authentic flagship event for Belfast.

The Creative Director will also play a key part in contributing to Belfast City Council’s wider strategic plans for development of the City Events portfolio from 2023 onwards including city-led St Patrick’s Day, Maritime Festival, Halloween and Christmas events and programmes.

The role is advertised on a freelance basis and applicants should ideally be registered self-employed. Applications will be accepted from individuals and on a collective basis. The successful candidate will be expected to commit to the role up to 31st March 2025 however it should be noted that the contract will be renewed annually subject to funding being awarded. It is envisaged that hours worked on the contract will be on an as required basis and will be no less than an average of 28 hours per week.

Fees are payable as follows (pending annual confirmation of funding).

1st January 2022 – 31st March 2023 £8,250
1st April 2023 – 31st March 2024 £33,000 (TBC)
1st April 2024 – 31st March 2025 TBC



Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and will also be required to give a presentation.

The deadline for submissions is 5.00pm on Friday 2nd December 2022.