4th Mar 2019 in Arts

Another packed week of fun, food and creativity in CQ Belfast is here!

We have selected our top five from the many fantastic events and happenings in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter this week. But for many more, check out our What’s On event listings and get in touch if there is something happening you think we should be shouting about!

Molto Viva Presents… Atypical Week at University of Atypical

Mon 4th – Sat 9th March

University of Atypical is a disabled-led arts charity, taking an empowerment-based approach towards supporting disabled and D/deaf people’s involvement in the arts. The organisation specialises in developing and promoting the work of disabled and D/deaf artists and in reaching disabled and D/deaf audiences. Rae of alternative rock band Molto Vivo has programmed a special week of events centred around music and in celebration of International Women’s Day this week on 8th March. Monday sees Ask The Expert sessions and the launch of the Revolutionary Playlist exhibition. On Wednesday The Story Of exhibition opens and the Atypical Market is on from 10am to 2pm and 3pm to 6pm. Thursday night sees a double headliner gig with Wynona Bleach and Molto Vivo and on Friday, the Freelance Women’s Picnic is on, a ‘drop-in picnic’ for any female-identified freelancer at the hours that suit them for breakfast/lunch.

Rebekah Fitch

Tues 5th March

This singer songwriter’s star is on the ascension, and this is an amazing chance to see this raw talent live at The MAC before she goes into the stratosphere. Combining enigmatic visual artistry and thought-provoking lyrics, she has been compared to Florence and the Machine and Kate Bush. Her dynamic multi-instrumental live shows, with mesmerizing live-looping, flute, and powerful vocals, never fail to captivate her audience. At time of writing there are a small handful of tickets left, so get in quick!

Six By Nico Belfast launch

Tues 5th March

If you’ve spent more than five minutes online in the past week or two, you can’t have avoided the buzz about the Cathedral Quarter’s latest dining experience, Six by Nico Belfast. It is a unique and mysterious concept restaurant founded in Glasgow, Scotland where Six is the magic number. Every six weeks, chef Nico Simeone takes his guests on a journey through time, places and spaces with an innovative and affordable Six Course tasting experience. For his Northern Ireland debut in his brand new Belfast restaurant, he is bringing us to… The Chippie!

Black Moon

Tues 5th March

Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills. It was set up by the Black Box in 2010 with support from the Now Project and it has groups coming from Omagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus and beyond each month and they are often joined by Mencap’s Livenet project. The club is in The Black Box on the first Tuesday of each month (usually) and is from 7pm to 10pm. It is £3 entry and £1 entry for parents and carers. If you would like to arrange for a group to come along please get in touch!


Belfast Children’s FestivalGareth Neil (BID Manager, Destination CQ BID), Eibhlín de Barra (Director Young at Art) and Brona Whittaker (Arts Manager, Arts & Business)

Fri 8th – Wed 13th March

We are delighted that the 21st Belfast Children’s Festival is taking place almost exclusively within the Cathedral Quarter! The major highlight for us is of course the inSPIREd event at Belfast Cathedral, taking place in partnership with Destination CQ. This will feature performances and interactive workshops exploring ‘HOME’ and the urban landscape around us. Other events include workshops from Can Do Academy, Wheelworks ArtCart, Northern Ireland Opera and Ulster University’s ‘Unique’ shop, and a chance to try your hand at DJing with Bounce Culture. Story-tellers, face-painters and magicians will be adding to this bumper day of creative experiences. All in all, the festival offers a packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks, guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. Find out more here.


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