What’s on in Belfast

Belfast Marathon photo

Belfast Marathon

1 May 2022

From City Hall to Ormeau Park

For more than 30 years, the Belfast City Marathon has attracted thousands of participants and spectators. These days the race, always run on May Day, attracts more than 20,000 part…

Belfast Marathon

1 May 2022

From City Hall to Ormeau Park

For more than 30 years, the Belfast City Marathon has attracted thousands of participants and spectators. These days the race, always run on May Day, attracts more than 20,000 participants, and is very well supported by spectators. As well as a full marathon, there is also a walk, wheelchair race, team relay race, and a fun run. Don't miss the pre-marathon Pasta Party at City Hall, where participants can carbo-load and enjoy traditional Irish music and dance. The marathon begins at City Hall and ends at Ormeau Park. There was a brief attempt to change the route some years back, to make it a flatter run, but the change met with huge resistance because the new route by-passed some of the best spectator streets, lessening the party atmosphere of the marathon - the traditional route was quickly reinstated. A glance at the winner's list for the Belfast Marathon reveals the growing internationalism of the event, as the recent winners have hailed as much from Africa and Europe as the UK. The full name of the event is Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.

Website www.belfastcitymarathon.com

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Belfast Film Festival

TBC

Various

The annual Belfast Film Festival is a must for cinephiles and offers a range of exciting films, a short film competition for up and coming filmmakers, and plenty of sneak previews.…

Belfast Film Festival

TBC

Various

The annual Belfast Film Festival is a must for cinephiles and offers a range of exciting films, a short film competition for up and coming filmmakers, and plenty of sneak previews. The festival showcases the best in local cinema but also choice international films. The organisers aim to be provocative as well as entertaining, determined to make the festival a platform for debate tackling the religious, cultural, and social issues in Northern Ireland and the world.

They are delightfully innovative and creative with their choice of venues, with past screenings taking place on boats, in historic buildings, and even on the Thompson dry dock from which the Titanic departed. A festival pass is available which offers a massive discount and access to all the films on offer. Tickets can be booked online via the official website, where the full programme can also be found. The organisers also screen the odd film during the rest of the year, pairing classics with atmospheric venues. Movie-lovers should check what's showing during their visit.

Website www.belfastfilmfestival.org

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Belfast Pride

TBC 2020

Various

Celebrating the diversity, history, and culture of Northern Ireland's gay and lesbian communities, the annual Belfast Pride festival is a riot of colours and sounds. There is a ran…

Belfast Pride

TBC 2020

Various

Celebrating the diversity, history, and culture of Northern Ireland's gay and lesbian communities, the annual Belfast Pride festival is a riot of colours and sounds. There is a range of events on offer, from walks to river cruises, talks, photographic exhibitions, parties and shows, all culminating in the festive Pride Parade through the streets of downtown Belfast. Belfast Pride is Ireland's largest gay festival, now attracting about 35,000 people onto the streets of the city to celebrate and support the LGBTQ community.

The Custom House Square is one of the main sites for entertainment and festivities, but Belfast is strewn with venues hosting special events during Pride. A Pride Village has recently been established just opposite the Custom House Square, with lots of fun activities and attractions. The event is careful to strike a good balance between protest and celebration, as the fight for equality for the gay community in Northern Ireland is far from over. Of course, Pride is also a huge party, and every year a fun theme is established, prompting much dressing up. For details on the event check out the official website listed below.

Website www.belfastpride.com

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