13th May 2019 in Uncategorised

The dust may be settling after the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Festival of Fools, but the CQ never stands still for long…

As per, there are tonnes of gigs, workshops and events on in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter but we have taken the time to select our five favourites for you. You can check out everything happening in the Cathedral Quarter by clicking through to our What’s On Guide.

As always, if you think of something that should be there but isn’t, or you’re planning a public event in CQ Belfast and would like us to promote it here for free, just fill in our easy online form.

Lunchtime Learnings: An introduction to Facebook, Messenger and Instagram ads

Wednesday 15th May, 12.30pm @ The Black Box

Do you use social media to attract new customers? Are you using digital marketing and not getting the return you want from it? Do you want to know how to blog, work with influencers and shoot great video on your phone?

If you answered yes, then the Cathedral Quarter BID’s Lunchtime Learning workshops are for you. These hour-long sessions will provide practical and easy to implement digital marketing tips from Northern Irelands leading marketers. Facebook own Messenger and Instagram and have made it super simple to advertise across all three platforms.

However, each of these platforms is different and there are a number of things you need to consider when running advertising campaigns. In this introductory session, Gil David from Run DMG will give you a session full of hints, tips and tricks to help improve your advertising across Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.

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.

Black Box Presents: Rebekah Fitch & Guests.

Thursday 16th May, 8pm @ The Black Box

With live visuals from Aimee Williamson. Combining enigmatic visual artistry, thought-provoking lyric writing, and genuine wonder, Rebekah Fitch is a new artist that will spark intrigue. The power of music is in its ability to carry a message, and this is exactly what Rebekah does. With a love for memorable melodies alongside a thirst for artistic and sonic experimentation, Rebekah is an artist always striving for something new, and not afraid to push the boundaries.

With recent sold-out shows Fitch has already gained commercial success with playlisting on Cool FM, U105, Today FM and Dublin’s FM104 (as their Select Irish Artist), as well as performing live sessions on BBC Radio Ulster, Metro Radio, SPIN1038 and more. Further support has come from RTE 2FM, Amazing Radio and 98FM. Her dynamic multi-instrumental live shows, complete with mesmerizing live-looping, flute, and powerful vocals, are now in constant demand. Book tickets now.

Faculty: Creativity and the Architecture of Risk

Saturday 18th May, 10am @ Blick Studios

A day-long workshop with Adam Turkington who will examine how risk works and how we can manage it in such a way to allow you to take confident steps into more ‘risky’ creative career choices. Adam will share skills on how to deal with ‘no’ people that you may encounter on your creative journey and look to empower you with insight, skills & confidence to encourage people to try something new, whether that is you, your audience or clients.

This dynamic & thought-provoking workshop will offer the chance to connect with each other, hear about Adam’s journey, discuss your own experience, work together and network. It will be an exciting opportunity to reflect on your creative path & using Adam’s insight to help plot where you hope to go.

Adam Turkington has over 20 years’ experience working in Arts Events Management. Adam managed Culture Night Belfast for over 6 years, which is a large-scale arts event in Belfast city centre, showcasing over 250 creative events within 6 hours to an audience of 80000 attendees.

Alongside his wife Ali, together they established Seedhead Arts providing arts consultancy, event management and training services.

Neighbourhood #3.2

Saturday 18th May, 8pm @ The Sunflower

After a lively gig in Ulster Sports Club we return to the Sunflower Public House & Live Music with a live performance from Ai Messiah, who’s debut record ‘Sentience & Sapience’ was released on Touch Sensitive at the end of 2018. The album is a concept piece – “a soundtrack for gutted metropolises, virtual sanctuaries and utopian enclaves… a psychedelic journey through possible near futures in the age of Artificial Intelligence.”

The album’s eastern drones, processed guitars and warped field recordings take on a different shape in a live environment – a hypnotic AV show accompanied by pedal-looped guitar textures, layered to create a richly immersive soundscape. Joined by drummer James McConville and Aimee Williamson on live visuals, the whole piece undulates, toying with our neurons before pulling them kicking and screaming into a blazing crescendo.

After all that Neighbourhood residents will ease you back down to earth with some sweet flat black disco donuts, with milky fresh wobbles and beats. Expect the regular globe trotting musical adventure from Chuck and A.Cue.

*Ai Messiah’s live show was developed with the backing of the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Belfast Face-Free Food Fair

Sunday 19th May, 12pm @ The Sunflower

Vegans of Belfast, rejoice! The face-free food fair is back and it does what it says on the tin – from sausage rolls to cakes to burgers to pies, this Sunday the Sunflower will be packed to the rafters with all the plant-based deliciousness you can possibly handle.



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