22nd Oct 2019 in Arts

The Belfast International Arts Festival is well underway, with so much to see and do in the Cathedral Quarter!

It wasn’t easy, but we’ve plucked out a couple of midweek highlights  – and there’s even a heads up on a couple of social media competitions we’re running for tickets…

As always, tag us in your social posts if you’re out and about in the CQ this week, and send us details of any events you are running the days and weeks to come in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

BIAF: Real Magic

Tues 22 and Wed 23 October, 7:45pm @ The MAC

One of Festival Director Richard Wakely’s top picks, Real Magic is a theatre show that creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, three performers take part in an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part nightmare game show – in which they are thrown back again and again to moments of hope and defeat.

This surreal adventure takes its cue from popular culture while questioning larger systems of control. Real Magic draws parallels with the Groundhog Day feel of current local and global politics, rhetoric and circular arguments which we, the public, are powerless to do anything about.

Get your tickets here or pop over to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts before midday on Wednesday 23 October for a chance to win two tickets!

BIAF: Worst Cafe in The World

Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 October @ Cotton Court

Masquerading as a café, tucked away on Cotton Court in the Cathedral Quarter, The Worst Café in the World mysteriously appears. Signage cracked, you step into another world. The chef’s a mess and the waiting staff, well, wait.

The food is non-existent and the customers are flies on the wall, watching the story unravel in a feast of reality theatre. Eat before, or after, because at The Worst Café, there is no food, not even a latte in sight, and nothing is quite what it seems.

With a full menu of twists and turns, stories come well-done or rare, with a range of side orders to thicken the plot. As the service goes into meltdown, the waiters stop waiting and the tables are turned. Customers are perfectly placed to experience this whirlwind hour of reality theatre.

We’ve put all the show dates above in case there are any last-minute changes, but we would advise that at the time of writing, all shows apart from the 6pms on Thursday and Friday are sold out! So get your hands on those tickets, like, yesterday!


Wednesday 23 October, 7:30pm @ The Black Box

Tenx9 is a storytelling event where nine people have up to ten minutes to tell a true story from their lives.

True stories – not pontificating, editorialising or reflecting – just stories where something happens and the audience is wondering what’s coming next. Each month/event has a theme.

This special One World Festival event will include true stories on the theme of ‘Home from Home’, including some from refugees who have made their home in Northern Ireland.

Free – no ticket required.

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Thursday 24 October, 6pm @Avalon Hub

The Content Club’s monthly meet-ups are for anyone taking their first steps into the world of content creation.

In most communications, PR, publicity and marketing strategies creating content is the single most important element required to guarantee a successful strategy and plan.

But as small business owners and in-house teams become more and more time starved, resource stretched and under pressure to deliver – copywriting and content creation are often skills that get dropped or rushed as budgets and timeframes are pushed beyond their capabilities.

By learning some quick and easy techniques from the professionals you can supercharge your content creation taking you to the next level.

Use your time at The Content Club monthly sessions to plan for the month ahead and integrate new techniques into your content creation workflow.

BIAF: Before

Thursday 24 – Friday 25 October @ The MAC

Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts down for good. Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour.

This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for…

From the team behind Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent (which featured in the 2012 Belfast Festival).

Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, National Theatre Studio (London), Pavilion Theatre, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Georganne Aldrich Heller, Robert Leroy, and The Strollers Touring Network.

Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work.

We’re delighted to say we’ll also be running a competition for a pair of tickets AND a delicious pre-theatre deli board + wine – keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram between lunchtime Wednesday and lunchtime Thursday for the entry details.

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