Each week we offer a whole host of live events. From immersive theatre to live music and comedy, to dance performances, film screenings, book launches and cabaret shows, this beautiful building offers a diverse platform for live events.
We know everybody likes different things and so we like to offer a diverse learning programme to appeal to varying tastes.
Each week we run 200 classes and workshops, which are programmed into our 3 yearly programmes. Our wide-ranging artistic programme spreads across all art forms including dance, wellbeing, drama, music, visual arts, crafts, creative writing and reading, languages, culture, children and family.
This wide offering has been an important factor throughout the centre’s existence as we encourage everyone to Try Something New.
Inside our beautiful building there are numerous dedicated exhibition spaces. Our main Gallery is one of Belfast’s most beautiful art spaces which is flooded with natural light.
SInce coming under the programming of the Crescent, the Gallery has been home to a wide range of exhibitions in all manner of media, catering for a varying range of interests.
The gallery has featured the works of both local and internationally renowned artists including Alacoque Davey, Diane Henshaw, Brendan Jamison, Sharon Kelly, Paddy McCann, Dougal McKenzie, Claire Muckian, Caroline Mullen, and Ellie Niblock. Plus we work with organisations to bring some incredible art to Belfast including Ulster Watercolour Society, Belfast Print Workshops and Adam’s FIne Art to name but a few.
Working closely with local authorities, agencies and organisations, we provide an inspiring community programme that reaches out to a wide range of participants via our Outreach & Education programme.
We encourage and facilitate the participation in and appreciation of artistic activities by people from all sectors of society that who may not normally have the opportunity to participate in such activities.
We are home to two key festivals a year; the Belfast Book Festival and Citydance and we provide office space within The Crescent Hub; an appropriate cultural environment for art organisations to flourish.
Last year, more than 5,000 people engaged in the Crescent’s cultural programmes, half of whom were active participants in creative courses and one-off workshops, the other half attended live events. That does not include those who participated in outreach programmes, came to non-ticketed activities, or used the café.