Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

Founded in 1999, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival has quickly established itself as one of the most vibrant and dynamic arts festivals on these islands with a broad-ranging programme that focuses on younger, less mainstream and less traditional arts attenders as well as music, comedy and literature fans from right across the social spectrum.

Based in the city’s vibrant Cathedral Quarter, the Festival uses centrally located, accessible and often unorthodox venues to present events and performances in a way that is social, celebratory and enjoyable. The Festival has a strong commitment to providing a platform for local artists and arts organisations.


The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (CQAF) is an annual festival of music, comedy, theatre, art and literature that takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The festival, now approaching its 16th year, traditionally takes place in the first weeks of May in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, so called because of its proximity to St. Anne's Cathedral. Regarded these days for its socially inclusive agenda and its eclectic programming blend of "big names", emerging acts and fringe performances, The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival began life in May 2000 attracting an audience of just over 5,000. The Festival now regularly attracts well over 60,000 people to over 100 events in Belfast's city centre.

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Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
Northern Whig House
3 Bridge Street
Co Antrim
United Kingdom


028 9023 2403


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