16th Feb 2020 in Arts

Another week is upon us and there is plenty to see and do in Belfast!

From food festivals to scientific wonder to business enlightenment to music – it’s all in CQ Belfast this week. Check out our full listings to see everything that’s coming up!

Belfast Restaurant Week 2020

Starts 17th February

Belfast’s foodies came out in their droves to both of 2019’s successful Belfast Restaurant Weeks, so by popular demand it is back for 2020 from 17 – 23 February.

Collaborating with the Belfast One BID, the Cathedral Quarter BID is delighted to present seven days of fantastic food offers, demos, and special events. Enjoy lunch from 12 noon to 2pm Monday to Friday, priced at £10 per person an

d dinner from 5pm to 7pm Monday to Thursday, priced at £15 per person.

Special events in the CQ include a six-course Tasting Menu in The Great Room at The Merchant and a Moroccan Banquet at Buba and of course, the ever-popular Big Belfast Brunch returns too. Find out more and check out the menus at belfastrestaurantweek.org

NI Science Festival

On all week

The sixth annual NI Science Festival continues this week and dominates the events schedule in the Cathedral Quarter this week, with eight different events between Monday and Thursday.

Highlights include the Mensa Magnificent Monday Quiz in The Black Box and the Science and Engineering of Superheroes in Ulster University. Check nisciencefestival.com for the full programme and see all of the CQ’s Science Festival events at cqbelfast.com

Across The Threshold

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th February, 8pm @ The Dark Horse

This short pop-up production by Big Telly Theatre Company is inspired by two of Seamus Heaney’s poems, Kinship and Bogland. The scripts originally hit the stage nearly 12 years ago as part of a larger production called Bog People and Big Telly have decided to bring them on a short, site-specific tour of unusual venues across Northern Ireland.

The Dark Horse was selected as the ideal Belfast venue due to its characterful interior, as well as proprietor Willie Jack’s deep love of Seamus Heaney’s work, and poetry and literature in general.

Read more about why he is the “perfect host” for the show, and get your tickets for Tuesday or Wednesday for just £8.

Lunchtime Learning: Growing your Instagram without spending a fortune

Wednesday 19th February, 12.30pm @ The Black Box

Established Coffee is one of Belfast’s best-known coffee shops. Its combination of great coffee and cool interiors has been a hit in the Cathedral Quarter with locals and tourists.

But it’s also a monster on Instagram. Established has organically grown its following beyond the magical 10,000 number of followers and is currently over 24,000.

Hear from Mark Ashbridge how they got there and what impact it has on the business.

This event is free for businesses and organisations who are Cathedral Quarter BID members.

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

Illustrated Bookmaking with Josephine McCormick

Wednesday 19th February, 6pm @ Belfast Print Workshop

This new course will provide you with the tools and skills to create an illustrated and handbound book. Printmaker and bookbinder Josephine McCormick will guide you step-by-step through the process of making your very own book with pages and covers that are uniquely illustrated using traditional print processes of mono-print, drypoint and chine-collé.

The first two weeks will focus on producing your designs on high-quality printing paper which will be used in weeks three and four to create soft-backed (non-adhesive) books in both star and single section book formats. Participants will leave with the knowledge of how to create books at home.

4 Week Course starting, Wednesday February 19th. 6pm – 9pm daily.

Class sizes are limited and only payment secures your place; if online booking is not for you please don’t worry – you can still book and pay for classes by cash or cheque in person at the workshop, contact BPW prior to visiting, by email to: events@bpw.org.uk or telephone 02890 231 323.


As always, remember to tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you’re out and about in the CQ, and use the #CQBelfast hashtag so we can see and share what you’re up to!

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