24th Mar 2019 in Arts

Festival season is well underway, and this week sees yet another kick off!

Find out more about the Imagine Festival, as well as another four hand-selected happenings taking place in the Cathedral Quarter this week.

If you know of any great CQ Belfast events, please let us know so we can share them on the site – click bit.ly/CQEVENT and we will do the rest!


Imagine Festival

Monday 25th – Sunday 31st March

This is the 5th Imagine festival, where politics and the arts coalesce to bring you a unique way of imagining the future of this great city. This is the biggest ever programme, with over 150 events of performance, discussion and debate taking place across Belfast.

Organisers hope you will join them in debating and considering the big issues of our troubled times including new ideas on politics, culture and activism. There’s something for everyone in this eclectic programme, as we try to make sense of this volatile world. Events include workshops, talks, exhibitions, film screenings, performance art, music, theatre, poetry, tours, and comedy with most events free. Read about some of the key CQ events here.

The Head Shot Clinic @ The MAC

Thursday 28th March

Your profile image tells people a lot about you, so how would you like potential employers or clients to perceive you?

According to Linkedin, profiles with photos get 14 times more views than profiles without a photo but you must make sure your photo is professional in attire and tone. In the age of smartphones many people feel that a selfie or a picture from last years holiday will do…really! Remember first impressions matter. Choose today to invest in a professional head shot that shows you understand the value of your online presence.

The Head Shot clinic run by photographer Brian Thompson is based in The Mac, Belfast for one day only on the 28th February 2019.

Exhibition Preview: The Invisible In-between

Thursday 28th March

Belfast Exposed invites you to the exhibition preview of ‘The Invisible In-between: An Englishman’s Search For The Irish Border’ by Tristan Poyser, in Gallery 2, on Thursday 28th March, 6-9pm

“Tristan Poyser’s latest project The Invisible In-between: An Englishman’s Search For The Irish Border, began as a response to the results of the UK’s Brexit referendum. Poyser has spent the last two years travelling and photographing the full length of the 510 km Irish border.

Nerd Night @ Oh Yeah Music Centre

Thursday 28th March

David Robb is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Queen’s University Belfast. He is also a bouzouki player and singer/songwriter. As a student he spent a year abroad in East Germany in the 1980s where he encountered German political song for the first time. He later did a PhD on this subject. His books include: Protest Song in East and West Germany since the 1960s (2007) and the forthcoming Songs for a Revolution: The 1848 Song Tradition in Germany (2020).

David will be one of the ‘nerds’ during the Nerd Night Extravaganza to talk about ‘Political Song in the Protest Movements of East and West Germany’. The rest of the programme is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/627368121058472/

Cycle Against Suicide spinoff cycle @ Writer’s Square

Saturday 30th March

More people in Northern Ireland died by taking their own lives since the signing of the Good Friday agreement, than from violence during the troubles, plus suicide rates in Northern Ireland have increased at a greater pace than the rest of the UK.

According to the Samaritans, overall suicide rates in the UK have increased by 3.8% since 2014. However, during the same period in Northern Ireland, the number of deaths attributed to suicide has increased by 18.5%, whilst rates have decreased in the rest of Ireland by 13.1%.

On Saturday, Cycle Against Suicide will host a ‘spinoff cycle’ in Belfast to bring all communities together to build resilience and highlight the supports and treatments locally that are available to those in need.

Organisers ask all people throughout Belfast to join them on March 30th to fight this epidemic and show support to those suffering in your community that. It’s OK not to feel OK; and it is absolutely OK to ask for help.

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