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Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF) is Northern Ireland’s leading international arts festival dedicated to contemporary performance, media and visual arts, and programming that cuts across traditional artform boundaries, with key elements of commissioning and premiering new works and showcasing the best new and established Northern Irish artists to global audiences. Our mission is to be the preeminent, progressive international arts event within Northern Ireland, actively engaging both global and local communities in the richness and diversity of contemporary arts practice. With our partners throughout the entire city, we seek to create a distinctive environment for audiences to enjoy and participate in inspirational and transformative aesthetic experiences from world-class artists, thinkers and leaders. The annual event, which reflects and promotes both our changing city and the continuing evolution of creative practice from around the world, incorporates theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film, literature, and outdoor events, accompanied by outreach and education events. We use a mix of arts venues, non-traditional arts venues and public spaces across Belfast city centre and neighbourhoods. As a curated festival, participation is by invitation only. Established in 2015 out of the previous Belfast Festival at Queen’s, BIAF celebrates its 60th edition in 2022 with an expanded programme to mark this pivotal moment in our history and in wider society as we seek new ways of creating art, new modes of delivering an artistic programme and a new conversation with audiences.

Belfast International Arts Festival TEAM

Artistic Director & Chief Executive Richard Wakely
General Manager Naomi Conway
Development Manager Collette Mackin
Marketing Manager Sarah Kelly
Fundraising Officer Karin Jeffrey



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