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ART, SCIENCE, CIRCUS, CABARET
AND ALL POINTS IN BETWEEN

Calendar

Nov
15
Fri
The Green Room Sessions
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Green Room Sessions

Fridays 7-11pm

Free

Low lit, down-tempo DJ evenings in The Green Room where you can enjoy a continuous stream of well-curated music.

In sounds from around the globe, representing what is musically innovative and intriguing be it; Afrobeat, New Wave, Bosa Nova, Ambient House, Hip-Hop, Spiritual Jazz, Disco, Post Punk, Electronica, Soul, Kosmische Music.

The Green Room Sessions are an opportunity to catch one-off performances from guest artists as well as regular slots from an esteemed cast of local selectors.

Outburst- Lucy McCormick: Post Popular
Nov 15 @ 9:00 pm

Lucy McCormick: Post Popular
Friday 15th Nov60mins
18+

Doors 8.30pm, Show 9pm sharp

Following her genre-defying smash-hit, Triple Threat, Lucy McCormick is back to crawl through the annals of history in this enthusiastically humiliating exploration of power and purpose.
With help from her Girl Squad Samir & Lennie, Lucy returns to Belfast after a sold-out run at Edinburgh Fringe with her trademark concoction of dance, song, absurdist art and minor breakdowns.

Utterly indelicate and completely unpredictable…. If only more history lessons were like this.
Kate Wyver, The Guardian

★★★★★ Scotsman
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ The Independent

Created by Lucy McCormick
Directed by Ursula Martinez
Performed by Lucy McCormick, Samir Kennedy & Lennie
Lighting by Sorcha Mae Stott-Strzala
Produced by Karl Taylor & Alex Legge

Commissioned by The Marlborough Theatre, Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts and Soho Theatre with funding from Arts Council England and support from Outburst Queer Arts Festival.

Nov
16
Sat
Outburst, Dublin Fringe and GCN THE NORTH IS NOW
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm

Outburst, Dublin Fringe and GCN
THE NORTH IS NOW

FREE ADMISSION
ALL AGES
60 mins

In spring of this year, Dublin Fringe approached Outburst with the idea of doing a zine with GCN at September’s Fringe, responding to the desire of queer and reproductive right activists in the South of Ireland to support those in the North. We had no idea that in a matter of weeks Westminster would vote in the absence of an NI Assembly to introduce legalise same sex marriage and abortion in the North. After the initial cautious relief, our reaction was this: there is more work to be done.

The zine produced, THE NORTH IS NEXT, features artists and writers from both sides of the border who share their words and ideas around equality, activism, rage and belonging. Deciding it would be paper copies only and passed hand to hand, activist to activist, we present the Northern launch of the zine at this special events that asks if THE NORTH IS NOW, then what’s next for queer and feminist activism here?
What can we share and learn and how can art, writing and performance support that?
Come pick up your limited edition copy of the zine and join some of the contributors, ACT UP veteran Monica Pearl and and local nu-folk singer Dani for an hour of conversation and music on art, activism and change.

Zine contributors: Soak, Dawn Watson, Goretti Horgan, Stacey Gregg, Emma Campbell, Shannon Sickels, Una Mullally.
With thanks to Ruth McGowan, Dublin Fringe and Lisa Connell, GCN

OUTBURST- INVISIBLE WOMEN
Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm

INVISIBLE WOMEN
Dir: Alice Smith 2019 UK 25 mins
+ discussion on cross-generation activism

Black Box Green Room
£4 / more if less if

Manchester, 1969: Luchia Fitzgerald, a teenage lesbian runaway from Ireland, struggles to survive on the streets of Manchester. Arrested and sent for a lobotomy to “cure” her, she escapes to the New Union, a pub at the epicentre of Manchester’s gay underground. At her lowest ebb, she hears a female student at the next table giving voice to every frustration she felt. That student was Angela Cooper and this chance encounter sparked a relationship that has endured half a century of euphoric highs and earth-shattering lows, including starting the local Gay Liberation Front, the city’s first women’s refuge, a rock band, and a radical queer printing press.
Angela and Luchia have spent 50 years fighting for lesbian rights and transforming the lives of thousands of women in Manchester and yet no record of them exists in the city’s archives. Their story has risked disappearing from history. Until now.

We are excited to have Angela and Luchia with us to discuss this extraordinary short film and to join a wider discussion about how we document and share activist experience and know-how across generations.

OUTBURST- Vickey Curtis & Áine O’Hara GAA MAAD
Nov 16 @ 4:00 pm

Vickey Curtis & Áine O’Hara
GAA MAAD

Black Box Green Room
60mins
14+
£8 / more if less if

Outburst is thrilled to present the winners of this year’s Outburst Queer Fringe Award, in partnership with Dublin Fringe. We loved this big-spirited gem by Vickey and Áine because it’s unlike any spoken work show we’ve seen before, bringing together queer politics, LGBTQ+ identity and a mad passion for sport.

This is club and county. This is Irish PRIDE. We’re here, we’re queer, and we love to cheer. We’re Dublin vs. Mayo. We’re queerer than Gaybo. We’re Irish and loud. We really love the GAA. We’re an all-island game. We’re your guilty pleasure. We’re the snack bar on the side of a pitch. We’re the oranges at half time. We’re the greens, reds and blues. We’re searching for Sam.
We are not your typical sports fans.
Directed by Niamh McCann
Cast: Vickey Curtis & Áine O’Hara
Produced by Marisa Conroy

Supported by Dublin City Council, Oileán AiR and PS² Belfast. Developed at Scene + Heard 2018.
DUETS is a pilot artist support initiative made with the combined expertise of the Irish Theatre Institute, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Dublin Fringe Festival.
The DUETS programme champions professional artists working in pairs to tell one-of-a-kind stories using the unique combination of their skills. The three partners organisations provide support as the duos create a piece of tour-ready new work.
The DUETS artists are supported by dramaturgy from Fishamble, production know-how from ITI and the creative platform of Dublin Fringe Festival.

Lathropus
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm

Lathropus takes over the Green Room at The Black Box. Expect a blend of groove, disco and house.

Over the last year Lathropus have thrown several parties bringing Laurence Guy, Real J. and Waxtefacts head honcho Librarian to Belfast, as well as doing resident nights with other local DJs/promoters and played at this years MINDS festival.

100% Vinyl.

OUTBURST – REVOLTING
Nov 16 @ 8:30 pm

REVOLTING
Sat 16th Nov
21:00 (doors 20:30)
Black Box
12 mins +DJ
18+
£7/ more if less if

Queertopia joins forces with artist from the 343 collective and Dublin’s fantastic Glitterhole for our closing performance and party. Mon.

It 2039, 20 years after Brexit.
Northern Ireland has been left abandoned.
Promising prosperity and unity, the darks agents of extremism have made the rich richer, the poor poorer and forced the queers into hiding.
But there’s an underground rebel force about to attempt to overturn the dictators.
Queertopia is forming an army from North and South. Their mission: Destroy the cistem.
Can they convince the people to join them?
Will their one true deity help them in their final hour of need?
Dare you sign up to the revolt?
Oh and also….dancing.

Nov
17
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour

 

STARTS FROM: OUTSIDE THE DUKE OF YORK, COMMERCIAL COURT, BELFAST

START TIME: 12 NOON, (2HR), FINISHING AT BLACK BOX

Belfast is a weird, passionate, messed up place. The legacy of our conflict is about more than people, it’s about place. It’s about how the people of Belfast navigate this divided city, and how we build shared spaces for people of all backgrounds to co-exist.

If you spend any time in Belfast you’ll know that it’s walls are covered in art. Often this art has been used to mark territory for one side or the other but recently, alongside this, something transformative has been bubbling. Street artists from across the globe have joined a new breed of Belfast based street artists to leave their mark on the city, and in particular in the Cathedral Quarter where the annual festival Hit the North takes place.

As curators of this festival Seedhead Arts know the artists, the stories, and perhaps most importantly the need to forge a new narrative for Belfast. Our Street Art Walking Tour forms part of that narrative. This art speaks of love, of laughter, of anger, of beauty and of defiance but most of all it speaks of Belfast and the place that it’s becoming.

Join us for a gently paced, two hour walk around the ever changing face of Belfast Street art every Sunday at noon, leaving from the red benches on Commercial Court (beside the Duke of York)

For more information email [email protected]

Cost £10 pp

 

Nov
19
Tue
Let’s talk about Digital Death!
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm

At this relaxed event, we’ll hear from Steph Nimmo on what it means to be prepared for death and digital death as she shares her story.

Join us for this interesting, informative and emotive discussion on how we can prepare ourselves for death and digital death led by Steph Nimmo and hosted by Will to Give.

Taking out life insurance and home insurance is the norm here in Northern Ireland. We’re also pretty good at preparing for our own funerals with pre-paid funeral plans.

Which makes it very surprising that so few of us prepare our Wills or plan for what we would like to happen to our money, our homes and our keepsakes after we die.

We also now have to consider our digital assets, which are a key part of our legacy. Who will control these after we die?

By sharing her own experiences, Steph will open up a discussion on the things we need to think about in preparing for death and digital death.

We are delighted that Steph, a London-based writer and freelance journalist is joining us for this unique event, a first for Northern Ireland.

She is an “expert by lived experience”. Steph’s youngest daughter Daisy was born prematurely and soon after diagnosed with a rare genetic disease and intestinal failure.

She has written an award-winning blog, Was this in the plan?, documenting her journey and life for 11 years and is the author of two best-selling books around the subject of palliative care, end of life planning and grief.

She has written for many mainstream publications as well as the BMJ and is regularly called to comment in the media.

Steph was widowed in 2016 and lives in Wimbledon with her three children

Steph tweets at @stephnimmo and more details about her work and can be found at www.stephnimmo.com

Will to Give represents over 65 of our best loved charities and works with the legal profession in Northern Ireland to encourage you to consider leaving a charitable gift in your Will.

You can find out more about us here www.willtogive.org.

The event will begin at 7pm with pizza and refreshments as well as an opportunity to chat to your fellow attendees.

Steph will then share her story, followed by an opportunity to ask Steph, Will to Give Representative and a legal professional some questions.

Nov
20
Wed
Tenx9
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm

Tenx9 is a storytelling night where 9 people have up to 10 minutes each to tell a real story from their lives.

 

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Film Hub NI BFI Cinema Children In Need