What We Do

The Cathedral Quarter Trust (CQT) supports the development of Cathedral Quarter as the thriving hub of Belfast's cultural life.

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CQT's Priorities are:

1. To support the Cathedral Quarter as a centre for the arts and creative industries

2. To support the growth of the mixed-use economy in Cathedral Quarter

3. To generate high levels of public participation

4. To build and maintain a supportive infrastructure

CQT was incorporated in February 2012 to implement the Cathedral Quarter Five-Year Strategic Vision and Development Plan.


CQT presents Culture Night Belfast, the city's annual celebration of all things arts and culture on the second-to-last Friday of September. In 2016 Culture Night attracted 85,000 to Cathedral Quarter and the city centre.


CQT's CQWorks initiative is a pilot project in Development Trust NI's Community Asset Transfer Demonstration Programme to test the NI Executive's enabling framework policy proposals in support of the transfer of surplus public sector assets to organisations in the community and voluntary sectors.

In 2015/16 CQT proposed the Destination CQ Business Improvement District (BID) for the area and steered the initiative through a successful ballot campaign. On 15th April 2016 the Destination CQ BID was voted in by an 84% majority by number and 91% by rateable value. The Destination CQ BID will run for a 5 year term, after which it will be subject to a re-ballot. The BID company, Destination CQ BID Ltd began operations on 1st October 2016.


CQT convenes stakeholders and represents the cultural, economic and social interests of the Cathedral Quarter.

Contact Us

Cathedral Quarter Trust Cathedral Quarter Managed Workspace 109-113 Royal Avenue Belfast BT1 1FF

Tel: 028 9031 4011 Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

CQT is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

Company No: NI611183; Charity Ref No: XT36973; NI Charity No: NIC101653