Look North!

The North Belfast Festival

Thank you to everyone who took part in our first festival – it was a great success 🙂

Thank you to all our funders and partners. And a special thank you to everyone who attended the events. See you next year.

Photos of the 2022 festival…


Venue Map

Our partners

North Belfast has a vibrant and diverse community with a rich cultural history and unique built heritage landscape. In just over one mile, fifteen such historic buildings and sites sit side by side collectively telling a fascinating story of the city’s past. These buildings make up the North Belfast Heritage Cluster group, whose goal is to use these vital assets to help deliver heritage-led regeneration in the area through the Great Place North Belfast Project.

This area of Belfast was also the cultural roots and creative influences of such celebrated literary talent as the writers John Hewitt, Padraic Fiacc, Ciaran Carson, Brian Moore, Helen Waddell, Frank Ormsby, Anne Devlin, Gerald Dawe, Bernard Mac Laverty and Anna Burns.

The Festival was planned and organised through a network of organisations and individuals who reside in, work in or are associated with the area, including members of the North Belfast Heritage Cluster group.

Network members include:

  • Beat Carnival Centre
  • Belfast Charitable Society
  • Cliftonville Moravian Church
  • Duncairn Arts Centre
  • Imagine Belfast Festival
  • North Belfast Heritage Cluster
  • St Patrick’s Parish (Donegall Street)
  • The John Hewitt Society (Chair)
  • The Spectrum Centre
  • Ulster University (Belfast Campus)

The Heritage Cluster Community members include:

  • Annesley Street Synagogue
  • Belfast Charitable Society
  • Belfast Orange Hall
  • Carnegie Oldpark Library 
  • 174 Trust/Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts
  • Dunlewey Addiction Services
  • Frederick Street Quaker Meeting House
  • Indian Community Centre
  • North Belfast Working Men’s Club.
  • Redeemer Central (Donegall Street Congregational Church)
  • St Anne’s Cathedral
  • St Malachy’s College
  • St Patrick’s Church and Presbytery