23rd Feb 2020 in Arts

Looking for things to do in Belfast this week? Look no further!

It’s an arts extravaganza, with a sprinkling of marketing, as we bring you a comedy open mic, an arts forum, a digital ads masterclass, a jazz festival and a mass crafting session in the name of peace.

Get involved and remember to check out our full listings for what’s happening at the weekend too.

Belfast Visual Arts Forum Meeting

Tuesday 25th February, 12pm @ Belfast Exposed

Visual Arts In Crisis – Who Cares?

The next Belfast Visual Arts Forum will focus on the current crisis in Visual Arts, with organisations having already closed and many others currently in very precarious positions. With current funding levels and insecure short term leases, the visual arts are at a crisis point.

The Belfast Visual Arts Forum will focus on this crisis and will seek to look at what solutions there are – short, medium and long term. We will invite politicians and funders to hear directly from the sector about this, and how it will impact on the wider public across Belfast and Northern Ireland.

One Thousand Paper Cranes

Wednesday 26th February, 3pm @ Ulster University, York Street

The crane has long been a symbol of hope and longevity, and an international symbol of peace. There is also an old Japanese belief that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will see their wish come true.

The organisers’ ultimate wish is a hate-free Northern Ireland. And a hate-free world. A peaceful, prosperous and reconciled society at ease with itself. So, please join in and help to make 1000 paper cranes!

Join the One Thousand Paper Cranes workshop to:

  • Learn the art of Japanese paper folding
  • Learn about the incredible story behind One Thousand Paper Cranes
  • Learn about diversity and peacebuilding
  • Help to make 1000 paper cranes and see our wish come true

This event is organised by the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building in partnership with Ulster University and Craic NI with support from the Community Relations Council.

Lunchtime Learning

Wednesday 26th February, 12.30pm @ Black Box

CQ BID’s Lunchtime Learning workshops are hour-long sessions providing practical and easy to implement digital marketing tips.

How to get started with Facebook Ads: what to do before you even touch ads manager and then how to get the most bang from your buck when you do.

Suitable for beginners who have only boosted a few posts before and also people just getting started with ads on the platform.

Gil has spent over 15 years in sales, marketing and business management roles since graduating from Lancaster University with a BSc Hons Degree in Marketing and has over 5 years’ experience running Facebook Ads, which he has specialised in since setting up his consultancy Run DMG in 2017.

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

Tickets are limited, so please book to avoid disappointment.

Brilliant Corners

Thursday 27th February – 7th March

Belfast’s only jazz festival is back for its eighth outing, and there are tonnes of amazing gigs happening in the Cathedral Quarter as usual.

Expect 10 days of the very best local, national and international talent, filling the city with music. There will be familiar names and brand-new stars. There will be sounds from Berlin, New Orleans, mid-Ulster and outer space.
The festival has grown this year with an extra couple of concerts, post-gig jam sessions at The Sunflower, and the films are back too.

The ridiculously good value full-festival-ticket is back as well, giving access to 12 ticketed gigs for just £50 – or you can pay per concert. Organisers have a simple mission: “Hear as much as you can, go to things you may not normally go to, and say things like ‘I had no idea I would enjoy that so much!’ ”

Best of 3 Comedy Open Mic Night

Thursday 27th February, 8pm @ Ulster Sports Club (Committee Room)

Cathedral Quarter Comedy Club in association with Ulster Sports Club brings you the Best of 3 Comedy Open Mic, where each act has a strict 3 minutes to entertain the audience in a bid to be crowned the audience’s favourite act of the night. It’s free in too!

Hosted by ROBBIE McSHANE with a special guest closing set every month.

This month’s guest headliner: Ronan Linskey

Leonie McDonagh
Ross Mitchell
Sara Jade Davidson
Johnny Bow
Roy Wilson
Ian Thomson
Richard J. Comedian
Daniel-Sean Huisman
Cathaoir O Hagan
Liam Watson

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