3rd Sep 2019 in Arts

It’s September already – how did that happen? Beat those back-to-school blues with a cheeky school night out in the Cathedral Quarter Belfast!

Another incredible CQ-based arts festival, the return of Late Night Art, a brand new drinks festival and lots more – read on to find out our top five picks for what’s happening in the Cathedral Quarter this week. Don’t forget we have a jam-packed What’s On events page detailing everything on in the CQ.

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Festival of Prosecco

1 – 30 September @ The Merchant Hotel

The famous luxury hotel in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter has just opened its superb Festival of Prosecco! I

f you love a bit of the bubbly stuff, this week you can enjoy a Prosecco Supper Club at Berts Jazz Bar on Wednesday 4th September, a five-course meal with carefully paired glasses of Valdo Prosecco, which will be introduced by Emiliano Fermo, Export Director of Valdo Prosecco – and of course, there will be fantastic live jazz music.

On Thursday 5th September, head to the Merchant Hotel roof garden for Taking Prosecco Tasting Flights to New Heights. Mr Sandro Cal, MD of Montagner Prosecco will host the evening, talking about all things Prosecco – while you sip your way through an extensive tasting flight.

To book your tickets and check out the rest of the programme, click here.

Film Devour 30

Wednesday 4th September, 7.30pm @ Black Box Belfast

Film Devour Short Film Festival showcases the best local raw talent and has created a platform through which filmmakers can show off their work, meet other filmmakers and co-ordinate ideas. It caters to all kinds of filmmakers and genres, showing first-time shorts by filmmakers as well as films with a budget.

The festival’s core ethos is to showcase everything to everyone and it’s also a great opportunity to network with other filmmakers, writers and actors.

Films are under 15 minutes in length and Ireland-based in theme or production. Film entries are in with the chance to win the Audience Choice Award or Directors Choice Award! Entry is £5 on the door.

Hit So Hard

Wednesday 4th September, 7pm @ Oh Yeah Music Centre

Hit So Hard is screening as part of MIXTAPE, a season of music films at Oh Yeah Music Centre curated by Feature and supported by Film Hub NI, with new screenings on the first Wednesday of every month.

When Nirvana burst onto the scene in 1991, the music they played spoke directly to an angry and disenfranchised generation. Grunge took over overnight… but just three years later, the suicide of Kurt Cobain signalled the end of an all too brief era. Patty Schemel, the openly gay drummer for Courtney Love’s seminal rock band Hole, was right in the middle of all of it.

Given a video camera just before Hole’s infamous Live Through This world tour, Patty filmed everything. What emerges is the craziness of a band’s life on the road, the lure of addiction and the close bond of friendship Patty shared with Kurt. Tickets are £5.

From ‘It’s not that black, it’s not black at all’ by Yvonne Kennan.

Late Night Art Belfast

Thursday 5th September, 5pm+ @ various venues

This month’s LNAB is set to be a biggie; as well as a plethora of galleries and arts venues keeping their doors open into the evening, there are plenty of arty (and not-so-arty) events on tonight.

LNAB is a Belfast-wide event, with a fantastic tour available, but events to note in the CQ include the opening night of It’s not that black, it’s not black at all by Yvonne Kennan in Golden Thread Gallery, the launch of Coast by Ricky Darling in The Engine Room Gallery, the Here NI meet-up and tour of Late Night Art, and the launch of Cameron Morgan’s exhibition, Knick Knacks and Whatnotson in University of Atypical as part of this year’s Bounce Arts Festival.

There’s also a Sundown Cinema screening happening in Bullitt, plus the beloved Real Sketchy at The Black Box if you’re feeling inspired by all thon lovely art you’ve seen!

Bounce Arts Festival

5 – 8 September @ University of Atypical + other venues

Another CQ-based jewel in the crown of the arts festival calendar, the Bounce Arts Festival, produced by University of Atypical, is an annual celebration of the incredible work produced year-round by D/deaf and disabled writers, producers, actors, dancers, singers and musicians. The Cathedral Quarter Trust is a proud supporter.

This year’s programme runs from 5th to 8th September, kicking off on Thursday with Christian O’Reilly: A conversation about unspeakable conversations from 2pm to 3.30pm in University of Atypical and followed by an exhibition launch in the same venue, Cameron Morgan: Knick Knacks and Whatnots. 

If you’re out and about in the Cathedral Quarter Belfast, don’t forget to tag us in any snaps and selfies on social media; we love to see how you’re enjoying what the CQ has to offer! We are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so give us a follow to stay up to date and use the #CQBelfast hashtag.


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