23rd Sep 2019 in Arts

How amazing were Culture Night and Culture Day in Belfast at the weekend?

The whole of the Cathedral Quarter was absolutely alive – from the CQ Street Food market at Belfast Cathedral to amazing performances at Cathedral Gardens and Writers Square, another amazing Bazaar held inside the Cathedral, the first-ever Belfast Art on The Rails directly outside the Cathedral (draws breath) plus literally hundreds of other incredible pop up events across the whole city.

Phew! But here, if you think that’s it for a few weeks and the CQ plans to take it easy for a bit, guess again. This week we have an entire week of foodie heaven, a unique art pop up, bitesize digital marketing learning, wine tasting and the culmination of the CQ Choir’s hard work over the past few weeks.

And that’s just the midweek craic! Check out the What’s On guide for everything coming up this week, this weekend and beyond in the Cathedral Belfast. If you have an event happening in the CQ, we want to know about it – fill in this form and we’ll pop it on the site.

Belfast Restaurant Week

Mon 23rd – Sun 29th September 

Gareth Neill of CQ BID and Julie McCullagh of Belfast One

It was so successful earlier this year, that Belfast Restaurant Week is back by popular demand to join in the Ireland-wide Taste The Island festivities. As well as incredible meal deals from loads of your favourite restaurants and eateries, the Big Belfast Brunch returns on Saturday and Sunday, and a special, must-not-miss Taste The City market will also be on across both days of the weekend.

The Cathedral Quarter BID has teamed up again with the Belfast One BID to put on another foodie-lover’s festival, and no fewer than 19 Cathedral Quarter restaurants are taking part! As well as the £10 lunch and dine-for-£15 offers, there are special mid-week events happening – The Cloth Ear is hosting an Irish tapas night on Tuesday 24th September from 6 – 9pm, there’s a Turkish style sharing feast in Buba on the same night between 7 – 10pm, plus some fantastic special offers from some of the CQ participants.

Gallery 545 pop up

Mon 23rd – Thurs 26th September @ Sea Holly Gallery

This week is your last chance to catch the superb work from a brand new art collective in the Cathedral Quarter’s newest gallery! The Sea Holly Gallery arrived in the CQ earlier this year, and art curator Francesca Biondi knew it was the perfect place for Gallery 545’s largest ever pop up in the Cathedral Quarter.

Named cleverly after Belfast’s map coordinates (54° North 5° West), the Gallery 545 is unique in Northern Ireland in that it exists entirely online or in pop up form. The Gallery celebrates the work of artists from or working in Northern Ireland, and includes work from Featuring Lisa Ballard, Natalia Black, Ronan Bowes, Alacoque Davey, Craig Donald, Dan Ferguson, Wendy Ferguson, Karl Hagan, Trina Hobson, Ashely B Holmes, Rachel Lawell, Aimee Melaugh, Clement McAleer, Rosie McGurran, Grace McMurray, Kevin Miller, Latisha Reihill, Charlie Scott, Anushiya Sundaralingam and Jennifer Trouton.

Opening hours:

Tuesday: 1pm – 7pm
Wednesday: 1pm – 7pm
Thursday: 1pm – 7pm

In-depth SEO Workshop with Ciaran from Profile Tree

Tuesday 24th September, 3pm @ Raise Ventures

Following feedback after the SEO Lunchtime Learning workshop, the CQ BID have teamed up with search and web experts Profile Tree to create a three hour, in-depth SEO workshop hosted in another of the Cathedral Quarter’s most exciting new spaces, Raise Ventures – Northern Ireland’s first privately-run start-up accelerator, which just happens also to offer a fantastic learning and events space!

If you’re ready for a deep-dive into your online search strategy, then this is for you. Tickets are £10 if you are within the Cathedral Quarter BID area and £30 if you are based outside it.

Lunchtime Learning

Wednesday 25th September, 12.30 – 1.30pm @ The Black Box

This week’s slice of digital marketing know-how covers Email marketing and Mailchimp. Simon Harper of SRH Design will be talking you through his top tips and tricks for reaching customers and potential customers via email marketing.

Remember, the BID not only encourages your feedback on these sessions, we act upon it almost immediately. It was requests from attendees that led from a Lunchtime Learning Intro to Facebook and Instagram ads to full, in-depth masterclasses on the same topics. The team also took onboard your enthusiasm for the SEO class, hence the in-depth SEO Workshop happening on Tuesday (see above)

So we’ll see you on Wednesday – don’t be afraid to put your hand up!

Chant! CQ Choir

Thursday 26th September, 8pm @ Rosemary Street Church 

Renowned local musician Katie Richardson founded and has led the Cathedral Quarter choir through a summer of rehearsals, and finally it’s time for their big moment!

Together with five ridiculously talented Northern Irish music acts, the CQ choir takes to the stage for an unmissable evening of music, singing specially arranged songs by each of the artists.

Sam Wickens is a powerful singer and songwriter, gifted with the talent to arouse the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics.

Reevah’s acclaimed debut EP ‘Hummingbird’ was self-released in June 2018 and aired on RTE Radio One and BBC Introducing amongst numerous others.

Travis is a Tourist is the nom de plume for a barely 20 something from Northern Ireland called Travis Gilbert. The tourist spirit has already seen him take trips to Nashville to write, to Austin to perform, as well as gigs closer to home.

Hex Hue marks a clean break for Belfast vocalist and musician Katie Richardson. Bearing the imprint of Scando pop and percussive electronica every bit as much as introspective indie, it offers up harmony-driven alt-pop that is full testament to the aforesaid diversity.

Alice LA is making capital from the material world. She revels in the colour and shapes and the tech-babble, but she is not a passive consumer. Alice LA is at home in pop culture, but she also retains the right to be arch and subversive.


As always, if you are out and about in the Cathedral Quarter this week, please tag us in your social media posts – we are @cqbelfast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and use the #CQBelfast hashtag.

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