9th Jun 2019 in Arts

Festival season continues in earnest this week!

The Belfast Photo Festival‘s packed and eclectic programme has been wonderfully received, and The Belfast Book Festival launched on Friday – both continue this week. Nine of the latter’s remaining 52 events take place in the Cathedral Quarter; we have highlighted a few below, but you can see the programme in its entirety here.

Belfast Book Festival

For the rest of the week, various locations

The Belfast Book Festival kicked off last week and although most events have been based around its base in the Crescent Arts Centre, there are some very exciting events happening in the Cathedral Quarter this week. On Tuesday 11th June, the well-known author and campaigner Jack Monroe will be in conversation with Elizabeth Nelson in the Black Box.

The Lifeboat launches two brand new poetry pamphlets by Caitlin Newby and Scott McKendry in the Sunflower on Tuesday also. CinePunked presents Burn All Books on Wednesday in Bullitt, with the hotel playing host to Dawn Watson and Conor Cleary the following evening. Search “Belfast Book Festival” in our What’s On Guide to find more CQ events.

Docs Ireland

12 – 16 June, various locations

From the folks who literally just brought you the Belfast Film Festival (don’t they know how to relax?!) comes the first ever industry focused, all-Ireland International Documentary Festival. The new festival:

  • Celebrates documentary filmmaking and provides a platform for both national and international industries.
  • Is a hub for cross-border collaboration, international co-productions and sales and distribution through our full day one-to-one pitching forum, Doc Market.
  • Hosts industry events including talks, pitching sessions, masterclasses, a new talent focus & funding information sessions.
  • Features keynote speakers who are experts in the industry from Ireland and beyond.
  • Is a showcase for immersive technology documentary through our partnership with Queens University Belfast and the VR/AR suite at SARC.

If you think that’s a lot to pack into five days, you’d be right – but somehow they’ve managed it. We’re delighted to see so much of this innovative programme taking place in the Cathedral Quarter, beginning with Push in The MAC on Tuesday – a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore, followed by a panel discussion.

Search “Docs Ireland” in our What’s On guide for all the CQ events, click here for the full programme, and keep an eye on our news section for an article looking at the festival in more depth.

Lunchtime Learning

Wednesday 12th June, 12.30pm @ The Black Box

It’s the last in our super-popular series of Lunchtime Learning events, and at time of writing this one has all but sold out!

If you spend time on social media, you’ll have been exposed to influencer marketing. But what is it, how does it work, what are the regulations surrounding it and how do you make it work for you?

Leanne Gannon from She & Co is an expert in social media and influencer marketing and she will walk you through everything you need to about working with influencers.

This event is only for businesses and organisations who are Cathedral Quarter BID members. If you’re not sure or have any questions, drop a line to info@destinationcq.com Tickets are free, but are limited, so please book to avoid disappointment.

Nashville In Belfast

12 – 16 June, various locations

This week, Belfast celebrates its Sister City relationship with Nashville, and the Cathedral Quarter is at the heart of some of the highlights. It all kicks off on Wednesday with the Summer in the Sister City festival in St Anne’s Square and the Oh Yeah Centre – the Square’s best restaurants are serving up tasty Tennessean street food between 6 and 8pm, then you can enjoy live music round the corner in the Oh Yeah from 8pm until 9pm.

The Oh Yeah Centre hosts some of the seminal music events of the festival, including the Sister City Songwriters’ Symposium and Sisters in Song. St Anne’s Cathedral hosts The Last Supper and Songfest on Saturday, with Emma Wallace joined by friends ‘in the round’ at The Sunflower Pub on Sunday.

Midweek Magic

Wednesday 12th June, 7.30pm @ The Black Box

Seedhead Arts and the Black Box have teamed up to bring you an evening of close up and performance magic at the Midweek Magic Club. Each show will involve a grand total of FOUR local magicians trying out new and innovative material in the intimate surrounds of the Black Box cafe, and in between sets the performers will show off their latest close up skills around the tables of the venue.

The Midweek Magic Club will allow you to see established Belfast favourites like Caolan McBride alongside ambitious newcomers, and move the art of magic on from traditional top hats and velvet curtains and into the 21st Century. Expect an intimate, interactive and fun-filled night

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