While there’s a packed programmes of Halloween-based events going on in Belfast over the next couple of weeks, there’s also a number of events where you’ll not be expected to dress up as someone from Game of Thrones or dance to the Monster Mash.

Here are 9 of them…

1. Belfast Open Studios

Various locations, Oct 23-24, 1-5pm

Coming Up Studios

Belfast Open Studios, hosted by Visual Arts Ireland, is an invitation to the public to come and see how artists work and to take a glimpse into the creative processes.

Sponsored by local artisan tea makers Suki Tea, Belfast Open Studios events offer a warm welcome to all with a cup of Belfast Brew on arrival before they take a relaxed and informative stroll around the various studios, each day from 1-5pm.

Studios include Pollen Studios, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast Print Workshop, Conway MillLoft StudiosArray StudiosDigital Arts StudiosPlatform ArtsCreative Exchange Studios and QSS Studios.

2. The Jeremiahs

Crescent Arts Centre, Oct 22, 8pm, £8-10

Coming Up Jeremiahs

The Jeremiahs combine traditional and contemporary sounds to create their own brand of Urban Folk music. Since founding in 2013 the quartet have trail blazed across Ireland and Europe playing some of the top venues and festivals. The band includes Joe Gibney (Vocals/whistle), Brian Corry (Tin whistle/Flute), James Ryan (Guitar/Bouzouki) and Jean Christophe Morel (Fiddle/Mandola).

3. Foreign Affairs

The Bar With No Name, Oct 23

The new EP from alternative pop punk outfit Foreign Affairs will be launched with support on the evening will come from R51, The North Sea and Kate Gilbertson.

4. Jimeoin Is It?

Waterfront Comedy Club, Oct 24


Jimeoin’s ever-evolving live show is a fluid mixture of his signature observations with hawk eye dissection of more of the absurdities of life and how we live it.

5. Nine Nights

Custom House Square & Belfast City Hall, Oct 24, 7pm, Free


Nine Nights is a captivating and spectacular piece of outdoor theatre telling the story of a land ruled by fear and torn apart by war.

Inspired by Diwali, the Indian Festival of Light, expect an evening of stunning music, dance, drumming, procession and fireworks as over 1,000 community participants, dancers and musicians light up the streets of Belfast in one of the largest pieces of outdoor theatre the city has ever seen.

6. The Night Alive

The Lyric Theatre, until Oct 31

the night alive

Set in Dublin, The Night Alive tells the story of Tommy – a middle-aged man, just about getting by. He’s renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house, keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc.

Then one night he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how. Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope that they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps…

7. Handbag Positive

Coming Up Handbag

Waterfront Hall, until Oct 30, £10.50-19.50

Handbag Positive is a new comedy by Donna O’Connor co-writer of A Night With George. It stars Alexandra Ford (Give My Head Peace) and Christina Nelson (Mistletoe and Crime) and is directed by Alan McKee (History of the Troubles (Accordin to my Da) and produced by Joe Rea (50 Shades of Red White and Blue).

8. Cinemagic at Belfast Met

Belfast Met, Oct 28-29

Riley Hamilton and Aaron Lynch as brothers Jamesy and Malachy in Boogaloo and Graham

Belfast Met will be opening its doors to Cinemagic participants and their very special guests.

Michael Lennox will be one of those visiting. His most recent short film Boogaloo and Graham won a BAFTA film award as well as an Oscar nomination in 2015.

9. UUB Creatives Launch Party

City Picnic, Oct 27, £10

UUB Creatives launch party takes place at City Picnic. It’ll be a chilled evening where the team will inform everyone who they are and what they want to be and do, and there’ll also be live music and food. A ticket is £10, and gets you your burger, two drinks and membership.


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