6th May 2019 in Arts

With the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Festival of Fools kicking off, last week was a busy one in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

The week ahead brings even more, as we go into the last day of Festival of Fools on Monday, and the next seven days of incredible CQAF events. Search “CQAF” or “Festival of Fools” in our What’s On guide for a full rundown of gigs and shows in CQ Belfast.

Read on and find out our five special picks of everything else happening in the CQ over the next week. If you have any ideas for articles and features, you can email heather@cathedralquarterbelfast.com – and use our online form if you’d like to submit a Cathedral Quarter event(s) for free to our listings.

Hit The North Day 2

Monday 6th May

The much-loved annual street art festival is taking place this year in conjunction with the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Festival of Fools, with a little support from the Cathedral Quarter BID.

Sunday 5th May saw a squad of incredible street artists descend upon the streets around the Sunflower Bar (Kent Street and Union Street, namely) and leave it utterly transformed.

On Monday, some of the artists are coming back to those streets to put the finishing touches to their work, but most will be working on turning a half dozen or so of the city’s drab grey junction boxes into little rectangular works of art. In the Cathedral Quarter, you can catch them on North Street, Writer’s Square and Talbot Street.

Moving Forward

Monday 6th May @ University of Atypical

NIMHAF has teamed with the University of Atypical to host ‘Moving Forward’, a group exhibition drawn from an open call that attracted submissions from across Ireland. The exhibition explores how artists who have experienced mental health issues have evolved through and in their own practice. Today is the first day of the exhibition, and the official launch event is next Monday 13th.

Andi Jarvis Lunchtime Learning HostLunchtime Learning: 7 Tips to Improve Your Marketing

Wednesday 8th May @ The Black Box, 12.30 – 1.30pm

Do you use social media to attract new customers? Are you using digital marketing and not getting the return you want from it? Do you want to know how to blog, work with influencers and shoot great video on your phone?

If you answered yes, then the Cathedral Quarter BID’s Lunchtime Learning workshops are for you. These hour-long sessions will provide practical and easy to implement digital marketing tips from Northern Irelands leading marketers.

Andi Jarvis from Eximo Marketing kicks off the series of lunchtime learning workshops with a rundown of 7 tips that will improve your digital marketing. Covering strategy, tools and tactics, the workshop will help you understand how to make digital marketing work for you.

This event is only for businesses and organisations who are Cathedral Quarter BID members. If you’re not sure or have any questions, drop a line to info@destinationcq.com Tickets are free, but are limited, so please book to avoid disappointment.

UsFolk 4 Exhibition Launch

Thursday 9th May @River House 7pm – 10pm

Join us for the launch of UsFolk 4, our brand new roster of illustration for 2019. We’re showcasing the best in world class illustration at an exclusive exhibition in the newly refurbished River House in the heart of Cathedral Quarter, Belfast. This beautiful, contemporary space with panoramic views of the city is the perfect place to enjoy artwork from our 6 new folk and brand new work from your favourite UsFolk Illustrators.

We’ve got some surprises up our sleeves for the preview with special guests, swag, demos and lots more. Enjoy a cool beer and music by the fabulous Ponyhawke.

Cabaret In The Cathedral

Saturday 11th May @ Belfast Cathedral, 6.30pm

Ok, we know it’s a bit naughty ‘playing favourites’ with CQAF events, but we really felt this was one you’d want to know about.  The Community Arts scene in Belfast has been an important element of the cultural life of the city for over 30 years. Many organisations have developed from a grassroots level, supplying music, theatre, carnival arts, street entertainment and circus to all, and helping to sustain many artists working and living in our city.

This one-off event brings together a range of talent from across Belfast’s community arts organisations to present a unique family cabaret within St Anne’s Cathedral. As well as showcasing some of the finest acts Belfast community arts has to offer, the cabaret is being held in support of Ash Reynolds, one of our best known and loved artists.

For the final line up of acts please check the Streetwise Community Circus website and social media #CabaretintheCathedral

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