18th Mar 2019 in Arts

Lots of culture, craic and creativity to look forward to in Cathedral Quarter Belfast this week.

The dust has settled on one of Belfast’s best St Patrick’s Days, and once you’ve recovered, there is plenty more to look forward to this week. You can check them all out on our What’s On events guide, or read on to find out the top five we’ve selected this week.

As always, you can let us know of any upcoming events in the CQ via our easy online form, or drop a line to heather@cathedralquarterbelfast.com

Literary Pot Pourri with The John Hewitt at The Sunflower Bar

Tuesday 19th March 

Literary Potpourri: a pick-n-mix evening of entertainment, (friendly?) competition and bookish enthusiasm!

There will be prizes to win, baked goods to consume and literary feuds to settle. Test your knowledge, sit back and be entertained by friends of The John Hewitt Society, who happen to be five of the country’s most exceptional writers:  Susannah Dickey, Paul Maddern, Wendy Erskine, Jan Carson and Stephen Sexton.

Proceeds and generous funds raised on the night will all go towards the 2019 Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas. Book tickets via Eventbrite or the Facebook event.

Wonder Frog, Comedy Improv Night at The Black Box

Wednesday 20th March

Belfast’s best improv comedy group serves up an hour of hot, fresh, off-the-cuff comedy. Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog come up with comic scenes that have never been seen before and will never be seen again. The show is completely made up on the spot, on the night – and they can’t do it without you! A rare chance to enjoy – and be part of – one-off, unrehearsed, unscripted live comedy in the heart of Belfast. Tickets are only £5!

Cyanotype printing and Van Dyke Brown workshop at Belfast Exposed

Saturday 23rd March

Cyanotype printing and Van Dyke Brown printing are both contact printing processes, where a negative or an object is placed onto photosensitised paper or fabric, and exposed to the sun or a UV light. Photosensitive emulsion is brushed onto the paper by hand, making each print unique. Participants will need to email up to 4 digital images in advance; these will then be made into negatives in advance for you to work with them and print them during the workshop. Equipment and materials are provided. To find out more and book your place, email Conor at training@belfastexposed.org.

An Introduction to Zen – Black Mountain Zen Centre

Sunday 24th March

Photo: Shundo David Haye

The Black Mountain Zen Centre on Donegall Street invites you to find out how to use the teachings of Zen Buddhism to transform your life. During this introductory afternoon, you will:

  • Learn some simple techniques to help settle your mind
  • Find a sitting posture to maintain a quiet steadiness while you meditate
  • Design a meditation space to support a regular practice
  • Discover the path that leads to an easing of stress, anxiety and depression
  • Explore the practical application of the 11th step (for those in recovery)

Come to Black Mountain Zen Centre, 64 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2GT. Press the buzzer marked “Zen” and they’ll open the door and welcome you! Just bring an open mind – and wear loose, comfortable clothing. The suggested donation is £10, but we are advised you should just donate whatever you can afford.

Spring Baby Flea at The Black Box

Sunday 24th March

A lovely chance to get baby essentials or gifts while supporting local and getting something you just won’t find on the high street. You’ll be able to buy all sorts of baby/child bargains, from toys and books to buggies and shoes. Stalls will also offer great clothes as well as information on local classes – plus general yummy treats to keep you fuelled while you shop! Bring the whole family, as there will be great music and a relaxed environment for all to enjoy. Entry is free! Find out more here.

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