Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival was established in the Autumn of 1999 with our first festival taking place in May 2000.

The festival was the brainchild of local playwright Martin Lynch and developed by Sean Kelly. Seed funding was found from the then Laganside Corporation, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

The festival was an attempt to regenerate the north city centre through arts and culture, an area which had fallen into some dereliction over the preceding decades.

The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival takes place this year  from the 2nd - 12th May. You can view the programme of events on the website The venues for events include St Anne's Cathedral, the festival marquee at Custom House Square, Oh Yeah Music Centre, Black Box, the MAC and various cathedral quarter bars.