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

As Northern Ireland’s largest contemporary arts festival and cornerstone of the annual cultural calendar, this year’s programme will once again feature the best in theatre, dance and music performances as well as a hybrid of talks and ideas to enjoy live and in the comfort of your own home!

You can also see some of the works from our Spotlight on Theatre & Dance from Northern Ireland LIVE!

The 2021 edition continues to explore contemporary matters of interest to our audiences such as gender equality, multi-culturalism, representation, the climate crisis, and democracy.

To help plan your visit, why not check out the At a Glance Guide, and have a browse through our Plan Your Visit section for ideas of where to eat, drink and rest your head plus a few suggested itineraries.

You may also be interested in reading commonly asked questions in theirBox Office and FAQ’s page.