6th Oct 2019 in Arts

The weather may have cooled, but the Cathedral Quarter calendar is hot, hot, hot as ever!

We have recently started putting up big festival-style posters around Belfast with details of all the Cathedral Quarter’s best events. Have you spotted any? Snap a pic and tag us on social if you see them while you’re out and about!

We’ve also now got cqbelfast.com as a handy shortcut to our What’s On guide, packed with details of everything happening every day of the week in the Cathedral Quarter.

Below we have plucked out our top five midweek events coming up this week…

The Time Is Now: Life After University

Tuesday 8th October, 6.30pm @ The Green Room, Black Box

The Time is Now’ is a creative collaboration between Blick Shared Studios and the creative collective, Creating A Space.

It is an ongoing project that focuses on creative people in the beginning and middle stages of their career; inspired by the experience of seeing people in the media who have “made it” but never share the process of how they got there.

Tuesday’s panel talk focuses on the experience of people that have recently left, or will shortly leave, university. The event is open to anyone who needs encouragement, or just to hear someone else saying that they don’t know what they are doing, or life has taken them down a different planned path. No tickets required and entry is free.

Lunchtime Learning: LinkedIn for Business

Wednesday 9th October, 12.30pm @ The Black Box

Niamh Taylor, Director of digital marketing agency Digital 24, has been working in digital marketing since before it was even a ‘thing’! Her LinkedIn masterclass is designed for business owners, managers or those with business development roles that want to quickly understand their potential through LinkedIn.

The aim of the masterclass is to inspire and motivate you to start using LinkedIn and to take your use of LinkedIn to the next level. Throughout the session, Niamh will take you on a journey – from improving your profile to using LinkedIn for business opportunities.

By the time you leave, you will have a clearly defined strategy for using LinkedIn to grow your business.

This event is free for businesses and organisations who are Cathedral Quarter BID members. Paid tickets are available for non-CQ BID members. Find out more and reserve your seat today.

Midweek Magic

Wednesday 9th October, 7.30pm @ The Black Box

This is the first event Seedhead Arts ever set up, and there is a reason it is still going strong years later – because no two Midweek Magic Clubs are ever the same. It’s close-up magic, right at your table – the only place in Belfast we know doing this kind of thing on the regular.

The micro-performances are spread out over the two-and-a-half hours, making it a chilled and highly social mid-week evening in the CQ – have a bit of craic, catch up with your mates, meet new ones, have a beer. Couldn’t beat it!

Tickets are just £6.

World Mental Health Day

Thursday 10th October, 10am @ Start360

As we are all too aware from the news headlines – and often our own experience with ourselves or loved ones – poor mental health is a widespread, serious and complex issue faced by many in Northern Ireland. Our services are stretched and often it’s our community sector who picks up the slack in supporting people in need.

Start360 is just one of the many amazing not-for-profit organisations based in the Cathedral Quarter, and they are holding a special event for World Mental Health Day at their office on William Street. Drop in between 10 and 12 on Thursday to enjoy activities, food, craft and acupuncture.


Thursday 10th October, 6, 6.30, 7.30 & 8pm @ The MAC

Thursday is also World Homelessness Awareness Day and Three’s Theatre Company have joined with Outside In and The Simon Community to bring you 1010OI – 2 stories, 2 journeys around the city, inviting you to see Belfast from another perspective and see why things need to change.

After interviewing people who have and are currently experiencing homelessness, their stories have been combined to create two tales of the city. This is a walking tour of the city so attendees are advised to dress appropriately. Bring your smartphone if you have one, ideally fully charged, and a pair of headphones if you have them.

Tickets are £12.50 and there are a number of performances tonight, and also on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – find out more here.

If you go along to any of these events, or you’re out and about at all in the Cathedral Quarter this week, do snap a pic or take a quick video and pop it on social media. We love to choose our favourite images and reshare in our #CQreposts; if you’d like to be featured, simply use the #CQBelfast hashtag in any of your social content on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or tag us – we are @cqbelfast on all platforms.

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