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Naughton Gallery

Arts at Queen's

The University boasts the award-winning Naughton Gallery, one of Belfast’s most exciting art spaces.

The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry reinforces the University’s reputation as a world literary power, while the Brian Friel Centre for Theatre Research is a world-class studio theatre for performing arts students.

QFT

A boutique cinema on campus

Film fans will be impressed by Queen’s very own, full-time cinema, the Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT).

Presenting the best in classic and new world cinema, it's a unique cultural venue, with almost 50 years of experience, it brings high-quality film experience to Belfast audiences in a friendly intimate space.

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Banksy-beating street art

Belfast is famous for its colourful, symbolic political murals which are some of the most significant in Europe.

But the streets and walls of Belfast are also home to new vibrant street art helping to transform the physical landscape of the city into something remarkable. RISE, a landmark artwork located at Broadway Roundabout, is the biggest public art sculpture in Belfast, symbolising the rising of the sun and the future of Belfast.

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Participate, Watch, Create

The Crescent Arts Centre offers live music performances, theatre and vital annual festivals, The Belfast Book Festival and CityDance.

Many have their first encounter in a particular art form or activity at a Crescent workshop, and it's not hard to see why it's one of Belfast’s most-loved centres for classes, workshops and performances.

Ulster Museum

Wander and ponder at the Ulster Museum

A national museum of Ireland, The Ulster Museum is a serene architectural space and is at the centre of Belfast’s cultural renaissance.

The Museum, extensively remodelled in 2009, is home to historical artefacts, relics, works of art, photographic exhibitions, wonders of nature, items of local and Irish interest and of course an Egyptian mummy, Takabuti.

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The Lyric Theatre - Unique and vital

The ‘Lyric’ occupies a very special place in the heart of actors and audiences alike.

The only full-time producing theatre in Belfast, it captures the complicated essence of local life and feature world-renowned actors, including current patron Liam Neeson. "I will find you… and I will make you watch theatre" (he might say).

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The Black Box

A home for live music, theatre, literature, comedy, film, visual, art, science, circus, cabaret and all points in between.

Housed in a Grade II listed building on Hill Street in the historical Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, The Black Box is one of the principal arts and entertainment venues in the city.

The MAC gallery

The MAC

Belfast’s Metropolitan Arts Centre is the city’s newest and biggest, and an award-winning venue.

It's “home to international art exhibitions, the very best in live theatre, experimental works and all manner of weird and wonderful goings-on” in a striking new space.

The Ulster Hall

An acoustic treat

The home of the Ulster Orchestra, the Ulster Hall also hosts other diverse events such as the annual Belfast Beer Festival.

Holding the distinction of being the venue where Led Zeppelin premiered their legendary ‘Stairway to Heaven’ in 1971, the Ulster Hall is a listed concert hall and arguably the city’s most atmospheric musical venue.

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The biggest shows in town

Both the Waterfront Hall & SSE Arena are where many of the world’s major musical acts perform when they visit the city.

The SSE Arena has also hosted major events such as the MTV Music Awards and BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and is where the Belfast Giants ice hockey team play their home matches.

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Tunes and Legendary Laughs

The Empire is the doyen of the local music scene and one of Belfast’s premier live music bars.

This spectacular Music Hall in a renovated Victorian church attracts big-name artists, from Sigur Rós to local heroes Snow Patrol. There’s also the consistently popular comedy club where the famed Belfast ‘craic’ can be heard.

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