Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

From music to arts, theatre to literature, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival has a bustling programme of events

Festival Details


Thursday, 27 April 2017 to Sunday, 07 May 2017



The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival hits its landmark birthday with all the bravado and naïve swagger of a typical 18 year old next month as it returns from April 27 to May 7 to transform Belfast’s city centre with an exuberant riot of live music, comedy, spoken word and visual arts plus a host of other eclectic, electric tidbits.

Launch guests at the Duke of York pub were amongst the first to discover this year's full festival programme which features over 150 events across 30 venues – an electrifying mix of the big and the brash, the up-and-coming and the weird and the wonderful.

The busy music line-up boasts live performances from Booker T Jones, The Handsome Family, Divine Comedy, Sugarhill Gang, Kevin Rowland, Cara Dillon, Robert Cray, Breathe – The Pink Floyd Experience, Dana Masters, Interskalactic, Chip Taylor, Kíla, Brix and the Extricated, The Parrots, Madison Violet, Duke Special and Ulaid, Ryan McMullan, The Comet is Coming, Keith James singing the songs of Leonard Cohen, Tir na Nog, Wreckless Eric, Josienne Clark and Ben Walker, Christine Bovill singing Edith Piaf, Harlow Fair, and Artist-in-Residence for the festival, Rosie Carney.

Meanwhile there's comedy from Tony Law, Rich Hall, Sofie Hagan, Jeremy Hardy, Bridget Christie, Kieran Hodgson and Richard Herring, to name a few.

Elsewhere in the programme, the highlights include former Spider from Mars Woody Woodmansey talking about his turbulent, exciting years as one of Bowie’s most famous backing band, and glorious verse from legends Roger McGough and Linton Kwesi Johnson. There's also food writer 'a girl called' Jack Monroe and a red hot theatre programme including Prime Cut’s award-winning Scorch, the Irish premiere of Omnibus Theatre’s acclaimed 'Peru Two' production Mule and Splodar Theatre’s delicious Joycean homage Young Stephen.

The film programme includes the first NI screening of Lost in France – the celebrated documentary on the startling rise of Scotland’s indie music scene of the '90s, Bang! – the tale of Bert Berns - the most famous '60s songwriter that you’ve never heard of, and folk horror mayhem with Sing-along-a-Wickerman.

Visit the CQAF website here for the full programme of events.