30th Jun 2019 in Arts

Chase away the Sunday blues by planning out a week of school-night craic and culture in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter!

If you want a reminder of just how much there is do during the week in Belfast, just click into our What’s On guide. It’s no surprise to see the weekends packed with gigs and events, but don’t overlook the midweek slots either. The Cathedral Quarter is full of fantastic restaurants offering pre-theatre deals, so stick around after work – the CQ ain’t just for Friday night y’know!

Black Moon

Tuesday 2nd July, 7 – 11pm @ The Black Box

Black Moon is a club night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills.

The club is on the first Tuesday of each month (usually) and is from 7pm to 10pm. It is £3 entry and £1 entry for parents and carers. If you would like to arrange for a group to come along please get in touch!

Songbook July Edition: Second Birthday and New Home

Tuesday 2nd July, 9pm – late @ Ulster Sports Club 

The very first Songbook in their new home – The Ulster Sports Club – is upon us and it also happens to be their Birthday!

There’s a fantastic line up for your listening pleasure with Suzanne Savage already announced but more to come.

As always, guests will be joined on stage by magnificent host Nathan O’Regan and the best bloody House Band you’ve ever seen.

Show starts at 9pm. Get down early to get seats and check out the new digs.

The Promise

Wednesday 3rd July, 7 – 9pm @ The Oh Yeah Music Centre

Thom Zimny’s film, The Promise – The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, explores the three years it took to make Bruce Springsteen’s fourth studio album, 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town.

Struggling with newfound stardom brought on by 1975’s Born To Run and locked in a legal struggle for control of his own career with his manager Mike Appel, Springsteen was determined to make an album that would do justice to the dreams and struggles of working-class America.

Zimny’s film is driven by in-depth interviews with Springsteen, the E-Street Band and producers Jon Landau and Jimmy Lovine and features extensive black-and-white archive footage of the process from the time, shot in Springsteen’s home studio and at New York’s Record Plant.

The Promise – The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town is screening as part of MIXTAPE, a season of music films at Oh Yeah Music Centre curated by Feature and supported by Film Hub NI. New screenings on the first Wednesday of every month.

Late Night Art Belfast (LNAB)

Thursday 4th July, 5pm onwards @ various locations

On the first Thursday of the month, Belfast’s galleries and art centres keep their doors open a little later to allow us to enjoy art as part of our evening out, perhaps even with a cheeky glass of wine in hand…? Most of the Cathedral Quarter’s galleries participate and many will time new exhibition launches to coincide with LNAB.

Real Sketchy, Seedhead Arts’ monthly drink n’ draw night, is on during every Late Night Art also, so if you feel inspired to pick up a pencil after an evening absorbing some of the city’s best creative work, then head to The Black Box at 9pm.

The Lifeboat Poetry Evening

Thursday 4th July, 7 – 9pm

Join us for this very special exhibition closing event, co-commissioned by the MAC and The Lifeboat. An evening of poetry and spoken word performance by some of the most promising writers in Ireland, created in response to our current exhibitions, Limbo Land and The Land That…

New texts by J. Taylor Bell, Kevin Breathnach, Emily S Cooper, Susannah Dickey, Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal, Darragh McCausland and Padraig Regan will be performed on the evening. These have been created in response to the themes of both exhibitions, which explore our relationship to ‘land’ and the complex ties between memory, identity and place. The event will be accompanied by limited-edition pamphlet.

The Lifeboat began as a monthly series of poetry readings in The Galley Café in 2013. Since then, Manuela Moser and Stephen Connolly have hosted more than thirty readings in The Sunflower and The American Bar. They began publishing pamphlets in 2016, with recent titles from Scott McKendry and Caitlin Newby.


If you’re organising events in the Cathedral Quarter, we’d love you to send us details (for free!) via our online form. You don’t have to be a CQ organisation to promote events, as long as your event takes place in the Cathedral Quarter. We can also publicise business events outside the Cathedral Quarter if they are open to, and would be of use to, CQ business owners and organisations. 

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