The Belfast Book Festival 2021 programme has been released!

13 May 2021

Belfast Book Festival makes a welcome return from 10 - 13 June with an online programme of live events for book lovers, covering everything from love and politics to Cinderella as a zombie! 

 

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The Belfast Book Festival 2021 programme has been released!

A Statement from the Arts Collaboration Network

27 January 2021

More than 100 arts organisations and individuals took part last week in an online meeting of artists, freelancers, venues and festivals from every part of the arts and culture sector organised by the Arts Collaboration Network (ACN) and the sector calls for urgent and immediate action from NI Executive. 

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A Statement from the Arts Collaboration Network

The latest statement from the Arts Collaboration Network

10 December 2020

The Crescent is part of the Arts Collaboration Network (ACN) - a collective of sector support and other organisations working in arts and culture in NI. The ACN has been meeting for about 3 years, but recently more often to assess the impact of Covid-19 on the arts sector. 

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The latest statement from the Arts Collaboration Network

The 11th Edition of Poetry Jukebox is here

17 October 2020

The Crescent is delighted to announce the return of Poetry Jukebox. In the spirit of internationalism, cross-border collaboration and a commitment to the people of Belfast and diaspora, we join an exciting range of partners celebrating some of our richest shared cultural heritage: literature.

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The 11th Edition of Poetry Jukebox is here

The Crescent seeks to appoint a new Chairperson

22 July 2020

The Crescent Arts Centre has served the population of the city and beyond with a broad range of arts and cultural activities for over forty years and we are looking for a new Chair. 

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The Crescent seeks to appoint a new Chairperson

Mairtn Crawford Awards go international with record number of entries

29 June 2020

Just three years since they were founded, the Belfast Book Festival Mairtín Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story have gone international, attracting entries from countries including the US, Finland and New Zealand for this year’s competition. 

The Awards are aimed at writers working towards their first full collection of poetry, short stories, or a novel. The 2020 Awards attracted a record number of entries, with 441 submissions for the Poetry Award and 324 entries for the Short Story Award.

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Mairtn Crawford Awards go international with record number of entries

The Crescent remembers a saint of poetry with the Mairtn Crawford Awards

22 April 2020

The Crescent Arts Centre is celebrating the life and work of the man who poet Michael Longley called “a saint of poetry” with the launch of the Mairtín Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story 2020.  

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The Crescent remembers a saint of poetry with the Mairtn Crawford Awards

Passing of Crescent Board Member, Gerry Hughes

07 January 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Crescent Board Member, Gerry Hughes, on 29 December 2019.

 

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Passing of Crescent Board Member, Gerry Hughes

The Crescent seeks to appoint new Board members

26 June 2019

We are seeking applications from forward thinking individuals to become a Board member of Crescent Arts Centre, with the appropriate skills and experience to help shape our development and contribute to our strategy for future success.

 

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The Crescent seeks to appoint new Board members

New Chief Executive Announcement

05 June 2019

The Crescent Arts Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of Sophie Hayles to the post of Chief Executive and she will take up the role at the end of July 2019.

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New Chief Executive Announcement

Belfast Book Festival set to cherish and champion international and local writers

22 May 2019

The 9th Belfast Book Festival gets underway on Friday 7 June and offers a diverse collection of over 80 authors, readings, ‘in conversation’ events and theatrical performances. 

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Belfast Book Festival set to cherish and champion international and local writers

The Crescents latest community project has been launched

16 April 2019

Following The Crescent’s recent funding award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency we are delighted to announce our latest project Art For Thought.

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The Crescents latest community project has been launched

BBC Arts present #DancePassion at The Crescent

05 April 2019

On Friday 5th April, The Crescent was delighted to host BBC Arts for #DancePassion in our Helen Lewis Dance Studio

 

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BBC Arts present #DancePassion at The Crescent

The Crescent is hiring a new Chief Executive

06 March 2019

The Crescent seeks to appoint a Chief Executive to lead and manage the organisation through the next exciting period of its development.

 

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The Crescent is hiring a new Chief Executive

The Crescent Youth Theatre explore the chaos that is growing up and being part of the universe.

27 February 2019

As part of The National Theatre’s Connections Festival 2019, The Crescent Youth Theatre presents Chaos. Running from the 16th – 17th March at The Crescent, Chaos was written for the Connections Festival by Laura Lomas, is directed by Andrea Grimason and is produced and presented by a group of young actors, who know very well the frantic and chaotic mess that life can be.

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The Crescent Youth Theatre explore the chaos that is growing up and being part of the universe.

A New Moon Rises As Legendary Night Returns To The Crescent

23 November 2018

It’s that time of year when nostalgia rules and that’s exactly what’s coming up at The Crescent.

If you were lucky enough to have experienced the epic parties in The Crescent Gym during the 90s and early 00s then you are in for a treat. Even if you didn’t you are still in for a treat. Get ready as, on Saturday 8th December, The Crescent will take a trip down memory lane, take back the Crescent Gym and give it a reboot for the first ever The Crescent Moon Club.

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A New Moon Rises As Legendary Night Returns To The Crescent

The Man Who Fell to Pieces puts mental health centre stage at The Crescent

02 October 2018

With overwhelming responses from audiences NI theatre company Tinderbox is back with the hugely successful The Man Who Fell to Pieces at The Crescent 16th - 27th October. Premiered as part of EdgeFest at The MAC in collaboration with Prime Cut Productions in February, The Man Who Fell to Pieces explores the stigma of mental health in Northern Ireland.

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The Man Who Fell to Pieces puts mental health centre stage at The Crescent

The Crescent Youth Theatre is on the lookout for new members!

11 September 2018

Do you want to learn exciting new theatre? 

Do you want to learn new skills and meet new people? 

Are you aged between 14 and 19? 

If the answer is YES then The Crescent Youth Theatre Company is for you! 

 

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The Crescent Youth Theatre is on the lookout for new members!

The 8th Belfast Book Festival returns!

22 May 2018

From 6th – 16th June the 8th annual Belfast Book Festival, supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, will open the world of books to everyone. For 11 days venues across the city including The Crescent will come alive with unique and diverse events featuring high profile authors as well as events exploring a range of interests and themes.   

Check out this years programme by visiting BelfastBookFestival.com

 

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The 8th Belfast Book Festival returns!

Chris Packhams Bioblitz Campaign is Coming to The Crescent

17 April 2018

TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham is to come to The Crescent, as part of the first independent audit of its kind in the UK involving Citizen Science. His goal is to highlight the extent to which the nation’s species are under threat.

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Chris Packhams Bioblitz Campaign is Coming to The Crescent

Cometh the hour cometh Imagine Imagining New Ideas on Politics and Culture

26 February 2018

If ever the world needed a festival of free spirits, of imagination and ideas, and of reason, it is now. And where is that festival to be found? Here, in Belfast, during 12-18 March.

 

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Cometh the hour cometh Imagine Imagining New Ideas on Politics and Culture

A Brush with Nature Contemporary Chinese Painting Exhibition

26 February 2018

People in Northern Ireland are in for a treat when they come to see this amazing exhibition of contemporary Chinese painting in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast during the Chinese New Year fortnight (16-28 February). Over 50 beautiful paintings are on display, exquisitely mounted on Chinese silk brocade as hanging scrolls or in traditional frames.

 

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A Brush with Nature Contemporary Chinese Painting Exhibition

expect the unexpected as the wireless mystery theatre presents tales of the unexpected

26 October 2017

Tales of the Unexpected was essential Sunday night viewing throughout the 80s and Wireless Mystery Theatre – Ireland's Masters of Suspense – will bring the series to life, live on stage. Featuring a wholly radiophonic score, in tribute to Ron Grainer, the author and the original theme, and his work as part of the BBC's experimental Radiophonic Workshop, join Roald Dahl for four of the most twisted and twisty tales from the series. 

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expect the unexpected as the wireless mystery theatre presents tales of the unexpected

lots of laughs to be had with belfast comedy festival at the crescent

13 October 2017

This week we are delighted to play host to the Belfast Comedy Festival. Running from 2-8 October in 20 venues across the city, the festival is Belfast’s only dedicated comedy arts festival and features a host of established and emerging comic performers.

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lots of laughs to be had with belfast comedy festival at the crescent

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