Arts Organisations in Belfast

The Crescent Hub

Since 1979, the Crescent has been home to many arts organisation. NOW, DoubleBand Films, Fortnight Magazine, Belfast Community Circus, Open Arts, The Fenderesky Gallery to name but a few.

Today we continue to support and encourage local artists and arts organisation to be the best at what they do. We encourage them by providing space and support to allow them to flourish and develop.

Resident Art Organisations

Open Arts

To inspire and support the creativity and artistic development of disabled people.

Open Arts runs highly successful, participative arts activities and events in numerous art forms which enables disabled people to develop their creativity and artistic practice.

As one of the first dedicated arts and disability organisations in Northern Ireland, Open Arts is a disabled-led organisation with most Board members and core staff having a disability. A number of freelance artists engaged in the delivery of programmes are also disabled.

The organisation is based in The Crescent, with the majority of their core programme happening here and is the hub for other Open Arts’ projects.

Bright Young Things

Drama for Life

Award Winning Bright Young Things (BYT) Drama Classes develops every child’s Confidence, Communication and Creativity through the power of drama. Along with running classes here at The Crescent, they run classes in locations across Northern Ireland for ages 3-15.

Their unique drama curriculum is based on child development milestones, with a drama programme developed for each distinct age group. Whatever the age, their goal is to deliver a personalised experience so that every Bright Young Thing can be themselves, and every child can reach their full potential in whatever path they follow.

Sestina Music

Young Belfast-based early music ensemble, building a reputation for exciting and imaginative music making

Sestina is a vocal ensemble based in Belfast made up of young singers who have been hand-picked at the beginning of their professional careers. It is Sestina’s aim to nurture and encourage their excellence through mentorship and collaboration with world-class professionals, and to present performances of the highest quality and energy.

To date, the ensemble has performed all the major stage works of Henry Purcell and has worked with some of the finest specialist early music practitioners in the world.


We believe that everyone's life can be improved with a bit of music and dancing. Come join in the craic!

Since their beginnings in 1991, BelfastTrad’s mission has been to ensure that the shared traditions of Irish music and dance are available in a neutral setting to all sections of the community. With The Crescent as their primary home since the early days, they are committed to maintaining that tradition in Belfast.

BelfastTrad are dedicated to celebrating and passing on the traditional arts to people of all ages and abilities and their annual programme has grown over the years and now consists of 40 weekly classes, a series of over 20 workshops in music and dance, a lecture series and two student concerts and céilis as well as an outreach programme.

BelfastTrad are grateful to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Lottery Fund, and our members for their continued support.

Belfast Music Society
World-class chamber music

Belfast Music Society presents professional chamber music of the highest quality to the widest possible audience in a year-round programme of concerts, events, and outreach and education projects.

Founded in 1921, it is the longest-standing promoter of international chamber music and musicians in Northern Ireland. Additionally they have an unbroken history of presenting professional concerts in the city, of supporting young musicians and established artists from Northern Ireland, and of commissioning new work from local composers.


The creation of relevant, democratic, innovative, high quality artistic events involving talented Northern Irish and International artists as well as members of the public to participate in extraordinary arts experiences that have positive integration impact.

Established in Northern Ireland in 2009 by composer Brian Irvine and writer/director John McIlduff, Dumbworld is an artist led creative production company that makes work found at the intersection of music, image and words including film, opera, animation, installation, performance and theatre.

Dumbworld has created and produced a whole host of work and their work has been performed and seen in over 30 countries becoming critically acclaimed and receiving numerous international awards and five star reviews. The vision of each Dumbworld production is to attract, nurture and retain the artistic talent of the future, to inspire and empower communities, foster pride, nurture creative ambition and to engage and investigate the concerns, ideas, hopes and character of people in Northern Ireland and further afield.

Tinderbox Theatre Company

Empowering Everyone through Play

For over thirty years, Tinderbox has championed new writing, has produced world class performances and has provided numerous platforms for the emerging artist sector by implementing new writing initiatives.

Under the artistic direction of Patrick J O’Reilly and producer Jen Shepherd; Tinderbox is ambitiously shifting from its original artistic vision to expand and ignite the creative potential they believe exists in everyone through the discovery of play.

Tinderbox provides creative opportunities for art forms to collaborate and create imaginative new theatre performances for audiences in Northern Ireland. They will continue to champion the passion and commitment of Northern Ireland's writers, directors, theatre makers, performers and participants  by placing each individual with the opportunity to develop and realise their creative potential and  continue to celebrate the Importance of the Arts in Northern Ireland. #playwithus

Lamb Films

To provide a platform for local talent and to create a community of filmmakers.

Lamb Films is an Independent Film Company from Belfast who produce all types of films for all types of audiences, this ranges from feature and short films to cross-community film projects and animations. Their films have played at over a hundred film festivals worldwide, won awards, and some are available on itunes.

Community Media projects is a big part of Lamb Films and, they have produced and facilitated over 25 projects including The Belfast City Council Youth Form Award.

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