10th Feb 2020 in Arts

There are plenty of things to do in Belfast this week – especially if you’re into music, business, or science!

We’ve compiled our top five picks of midweek events happening in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter this week, but for everything happening in the CQ, don’t forget you can check our full What’s On event listings at cqbelfast.com.

QMS Songwriting Night

Wednesday 12th February, 8pm @ Sunflower Public House

This is Queen’s Music Society’s very first Songwriting Night. It’s a free platform to showcase original material, open to anyone and everyone.

Meet us at the Sunflower Bar on Wednesday 12th February. Doors open at 8pm, stage opens at 9pm. Send a message to the QMS Facebook page if you’re interested in performing.

Lunchtime Learning: How QFT uses Facebook to put bums on seats

Wednesday 12th February, 12.30pm @ The Black Box

Facebook has been dominating the social media landscape for years. But Facebook changes all the time and using it effectively means staying on top of what works and evolving what you do on a regular basis.

Ellen Reay, Marketing Coordinator for QFT, has been running successful campaigns on Facebook since joining the organisation. In this Lunchtime Learning, she’s going to explain what has worked well for QFT, what lessons she’s picked up along the way and highlight some of the potential pitfalls of Facebook as a marketing channel.

You don’t have to be a cultural business selling tickets to get something out of this workshop. The session will help you use Facebook as a more powerful marketing tool in 2020 and drive your business forward.

This event is free for businesses and organisations who are Cathedral Quarter BID members. Click here to book your free ticket.

Paid tickets are available for non CQ BID members. If you’re not sure or have any questions, drop a line to info@destinationcq.com

Creating a Marketing Plan – in-depth workshop

Thursday 13th February, 3pm @ RAISE

Do you know your SWOT from your SMART? Your objectives from your goals? We’re here to help you drive direct results with this in-depth marketing 101.

In this 3-hour in-depth workshop, Andi Jarvis of Eximo Marketing will guide you through the development of your marketing plan for your business. You’ll need to come prepared with access to your analytics, any research you’ve got and an idea of where your organisation wants to be in 12 months time. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and start creating your plan – we expect that you’ll leave the session with the outline of a marketing plan that will guide your organisation to success in the next financial year.

Northern Ireland Science Festival

Thursday 13th February – 23 February 2020, Various venues

The 2020 NI Science Festival returns for its sixth year of enlightening, educating and entertaining curious minds of all ages across Northern Ireland. The CQ BID is delighted to be partnering with Ulster University to bring the first-ever NISF Sustainable Fair to the York Road campus on 22nd February.

There are many events coming to the Cathedral Quarter over the coming weeks, including today’s Keeping Your Head in the Game at Ulster University, exploring the Sport Psychology of football, and Taste, an event at Direct Wine Shipments where you can learn all about what affects our taste and the wine styles we enjoy.

See the full programme at nisciencefestival.com and check out our What’s On events guide for all of the Cathedral Quarter events.

Output Belfast Evening Showcase

Thursday 13th February, 8pm onwards, various CQ venues

Registration for this year’s Output Conference is now closed, but the evening showcase events are open for all to enjoy.

The Duke of York, Dirty Onion, The National, Oh Yeah Music Centre, Black Box, Bullitt and Ulster Sports Club will all host incredible live performances with no entry fee!

Acts performing in the CQ venues include Beauty Sleep, No Oil Paintings, Alice La, Gemma Bradley, Reevah, Problem Patterns, Joel Harkin, Wynona Bleach, DANI, Junk Drawer, Ferals, and Connor Scott, to name just a few.


If you are out and about in the Cathedral Quarter, make sure to tag us (@cqbelfast) in your social posts and use the #CQBelfast hashtag!

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