11th Nov 2019 in Arts

As ever in the Cathedral Quarter Belfast, one festival ends (well..two, actually) and another begins!

Another hugely successful run of Belfast Design Week and Sound Of Belfast came to a close on Sunday, but thankfully Outburst Queer Arts Festival arrived at the weekend to soften the blow for the city’s culture vultures.

It’s just one of our top five picks of this week’s midweek craic to be had in the CQ. Read on and make sure to tag us if you are out and about this week in the Cathedral Quarter – you’ll find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Outburst Queer Arts Festival

8th – 16th November 2019

It’s the 13th year of the Outburst Queer Arts Festival, an annual celebration of the best queer art being made both locally in Northern Ireland and right across the world. Outburst is a charity and supports many LGBTQ+ artists and projects globally year-round, as well as in NI.

Midweek CQ highlights include This Shit Happens All The Time in the Black Box on Monday at 6pm –
an intimate one-woman play in development by Amanda Verlaque that draws on a personal story to explore the terrifying experience of queer baiting; Queering The Story – LGBTQ storytelling from Belfast to Beirut, in the Black Box on Monday from 7pm; and Admin in The MAC on Thursday at 8pm – exploring the relationship between class, capitalism and health, this show is about being poor, precarious and lonely, and adding items to your Watched List on eBay in the hopes of feeling better.

On throughout the Festival in the Cathedral Quarter are exhibitions Radical Intimacies at Golden Thread Gallery, and Far From The Reach of The Sun in Ulster University.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Wednesday 13th November, 7.30pm @ Harbour Commissioners’ Office, Corporation Square

The iconic musical comedy starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell is being screened as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk

Lorelei Lee is a beautiful showgirl engaged to be married to the wealthy Gus Esmond, much to the disapproval of Gus’ rich father, Esmond Sr., who thinks that Lorelei is just after his money. When Lorelei goes on a cruise accompanied only by her best friend, Dorothy Shaw, Esmond Sr. hires Ernie Malone, a private detective, to follow her and report any questionable behaviour that would disqualify her from the marriage.

The Eastside Choir will perform before the screening. Formed in 2016 as an initiative of Eastside Arts, the main aim to offer people living and working in east Belfast the opportunity to become part of a new community choir.

Midweek Magic

Wednesday 13th November, 7.30pm @ The Black Box

It’s the second Wednesday of the month and you know what that means? One of the CQ’s longest-running and best-loved midweek nights is back to blow your tiny wee mind with close-up magic and school-night craic aplenty.

As Seedhead Arts themselves say, “It’s an event that allows you to see old friends or make new ones because the micro performances are spread out over the evening, allowing you to socialise and have a beer in-between. There’s really not another night like it in Belfast. It’s always different, always rowdy and ALWAYS worth leaving the house on a Wednesday for.”

See ye there?


Tuesday 12 & Wednesday 13 November, 8pm @ The MAC

Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old, and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says. He says he should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna – recently separated – never liked school, never liked teachers. So are they going to trust this one? And should they?

Class is an explosive triple confrontation in a classroom over learning difficulties, love and entitlement. Funny, heartbreaking and beautifully observed.

First produced in association with the Civic Theatre and the Dublin Theatre Festival, Class enjoyed two sell-out smash-hit runs at DTF and The Abbey Theatre, receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. It premiered in the UK at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 and The Bush Theatre London in May 2019.

Lunch / Evening with Novelli

Thursday 14 November, 12.30pm & 7pm @ Novelli at City Quays

Hear all about the Hunted Experience “The Unseen Story”!

Whether you are a foodie, a Celebrity Hunted fan or both, join us for a memorable afternoon or evening where you can hear about life on the run as a celebrity hunted fugitive. The unique experience will begin with a welcome drink (glass of wine at lunch and a craft Gin & Tonic in the evening) followed by Jean Christophe sharing entertaining tales of his time as a fugitive on the hit show Celebrity Hunted.

With digital footage and images, hilarious anecdotes and an opportunity to ask lots of questions and take photos with Jean Christophe, you will then enjoy either a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner in Novelli at City Quays whilst Jean Christophe oversees his kitchen and circulates the room speaking with his guests.

Lunch with Novelli starts at 12.30pm and costs £45pp whilst dinner starts at 7pm and costs £70pp.

For more information or to book click here.


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