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Embrace, Visual Arts & Film @ #BIAF19

By Belfast International Arts Festival

Get lost in Belfast international arts festival series of embrace, visual arts and film shows this Autumn;


Embrace is Belfast International Arts Festival’s programme of public engagement and professional development activities, designed to encourage active participation in the arts and to enhance audience enjoyment and understanding of specific productions and events in the programme. Look out for free performances and events, workshops, artist talks and post-show discussions.

La Spire,Sat 19 & Sun 20 Oct, Botanic Gardens

Free event for all ages!

Breath-taking aerial acrobatics on an impressive steel spiral sculpture. The all-female cast combine raw strength, tenacity and vulnerability, accompanied by a live musician and special sound machines to create a suspense-filled dreamlike journey into human fragility and power.

Part of FranceDance UK 2019 and generously supported by the Institut Francais du Royaume-Uni.

Unique Instruments, Expectant Spaces, Fri 18 Oct - Fri 8 Nov, Ulster University, York Street

Metaphor, simile and story-telling are at the heart of local architectural practice Hall McKnight’s work. This large-scale installation cross-references a number of their projects including the re-imagining of new civic spaces from a variety of different perspectives. The Festival is honoured to be able to bring home this critically acclaimed installation for display in partnership with both Ulster University and British Council.

Co-Motion - Ireland's first ever all-island dance conference, Fri 25 - Sat 26 Oct, Crescent Arts Centre

Belfast International Arts Festival is delighted to be collaborating on the first all-island dance conference alongside Queen's University Belfast, organised by Dance Ireland and Dance Resource Base. The conference brings together dance practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers and supporters to look at how to develop and promote practices for working together.

Éigse Loch Lao - Irish language conference, Sat 19 Oct, Ulster University, York St

In light of the work being undertaken in the Gaeltacht and in the Irish Language networks to draft and implement language plans, this conference will investigate issues relating to language planning. As part of the occasion, a discussion forum will be organised to discuss the overarching plan for the promotion of Irish, especially in Ulster.


As Many Reps As Possible, Thurs 10 Oct - Sun 1 Dec, Naughton Gallery, Queen's University

As Many Reps as Possible is the Naughton Gallery’s third annual sports exhibition, exploring the relationship between the worlds of art and sport.

David Sherry, Sat 12 Oct - Sat 23 Nov, Golden Thread Gallery

Golden Thread Gallery presents a new solo exhibition and book by David Sherry. This exhibition of new works features large-scale sculpture, video, drawing and performance.

Minutes in Motion, Tues 15 Oct - Sun 3 Nov, Visit Belfast Welcome Centre

Minutes in Motion is a programme of 12 one-minute dance films commissioned by Dance Ireland. The 12 dance artists who have created the dance films span the breadth of the Irish dance community: from experienced choreographers and cinematographers to new dancers and those creating their first cinematic work.

Take a moment (just a minute!) to check out the films.

RUA 138th Annual Exhibition, Fri 18 Oct - Sun 5 Jan, Ulster Museum

A long-term partner of the Festival and now in its 138th year, the exhibition provides a unique platform for acclaimed artists and emerging talent to showcase their artwork in the fabulous galleries at the Ulster Museum.

Belfast Open Studios, Sat 19 Oct, Belfast art galleries - City wide

Over 250 artists invite the public to visit their studios, see the work they are currently developing and catch a glimpse of the creative process in action.

Missing Voices, Tues 22 Oct - Fri 15 Nov, Atypical Gallery

University of Atypical presents Missing Voices, a participatory photographic project about the lives of young women with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), led by Queen’s University researcher Gillian O’Hagan and photographer Helen Sloan.

Design and Destroy, Thurs 31 Oct - Sat 2 Nov, Lyric Theatre

This new exhibition meets designers and their work within a Virtual Reality world – in their studios, on stage, in 360° visualisations, and during the inevitable destruction of their creations.


Inside the QFT during Festival comes several celebrations of unforgettable, timeless classics including the 50th anniversaries of John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy and Robert Bresson's Une Femme Douce (A Gentle Woman) as well as the 25th anniversary screening of Steve James remarkable documentary Hoop Dreams. As part of a UK-wide BFI celebration of musicals the cinema will also be screening Singin' in the Rain and West Side Story.


As part of the Festival, Strand Arts Centre presents a special encore screening of the critically acclaimed Don Pasquale from Royal Opera Live. As part of a UK-wide BFI celebration of musicals, and the film's 25th anniversary, the Strand will also be screening Stephan Elliot's now iconic Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The evening will feature an introduction and live performance before the film by a fabulous local drag act.

Check out the full Belfast International Arts Festival programme here:

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