Rebranded: Refugees Welcome t-shirt challenge
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 30 @ 2:00 pm
Rebranded: Refugees Welcome t-shirt challenge

Rebranded: Refugees Welcome t-shirt challenge

A year ago, Refugees Welcome Northern Ireland joined forces with Belfast Design Week for the Refugees Welcome T-Shirt Challenge.

The brief for up-and-coming designers – to design t-shirts that communicated messages of welcome and inclusion.

See the results at BDW18 – with those chosen for print displayed in the Black Box’s Green Room from November 5-30th 2018.

About Refugees Welcome Northern Ireland

Refugees Welcome is a grassroots, volunteer-led organisation that aims to make refugees and aslyum seekers welcome in N. Ireland. We organise educational events that build awareness about the challenges facing refugees and introduces hosts with spare rooms to destitute asylum seekers who need somewhere to live.

To find out more about what we do visit: http://refugees-welcomeni.co.uk/, email: [email protected], Facebook: refugeeswelcomeni

Outburst Festival- Exhibition: Outlaws
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm

Launch Nov. 8th 6pm
Black Box Green Room
FREE Throughout festival

We are thrilled to mark the launch of OUTLAWS – a new, ongoing collaborative illustration and storytelling project between Outburst Arts and illustrators Mel Carroll (founder and director of UsFolk illustration agency in Belfast) and Jamie Beard. Both artists are Outburst alumni, having previously been behind Outburst Queer Arts Festival projects like Outburst: Illustrated (2017, collective project as UsFolk) and Drawing Home (2016, Jamie Beard).

OUTLAWS is in development as a visual queer history of the gay male experience in Northern Ireland throughout the mid to late 20th century.
Honing in on the themes and issues at the heart of this lived experience, and focusing closely on the 1970’s where one might say such narratives find their epicentre, Mel and Jamie are inviting anyone with a story to tell to come and be a part of this unique new project as they aim to illustrate what is often a hidden history in Northern Ireland, amplifying voices visually with raw honesty and heart.

Join us as we launch OUTLAWS with a taster illustration exhibition that offers a glimpse of what you can expect from this project, as well as a chance to get involved.

Outburst Festival-BOOKS V CIGARETTES
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm

Black Box Green Room
Saturday 17th Nov 12pm
FREE 80 mins 18+

Outburst and CCA are delighted to partner up again for another instalment of the welcoming and accessible reading group, booksvscigarettes. This time, we are reading Andrea Long Chu’s sharp and moving essay on trans lesbian experience, On Liking Women. Taking in ideas about exclusion, desire, and gender identity as a political concept – On Liking Women shifts between the personal and the political with nuance and wit.

This event is free and open to everyone and there’s no preparation required. We just sit around, have some tea and take turns reading out loud from the text. Or you can just listen.
Please email to let us know you’re coming at [email protected]

booksvscigarettes is CCA’s intermittent reading group. It takes its name from George Orwell’s essay which assessed the price and value of reading against other pursuits.

Outburst Festival-SMASHING TIMES
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm

Saturday 17th Nov
Black Box 2pm 20mins
Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and settle in for hidden history storytime.
It’s a hundred years since women were first able to vote in Parliamentary elections in Britain and Ireland. In this centenary year, little has been said of the key role that lesbians and bi women played in the suffragette movement. In this fascinating informal talk, writer and historical novelist Hilary McCollum highlights some of the leading lesbian suffragettes, including writers and artists, and the tactics they used to win the vote (from window smashing to arson), also revealing how anti-lesbian sentiments – both within and outside the movement – impacted on the campaign.

Outburst Festival- OUTITUDE
Nov 17 @ 2:30 pm

Black Box
Saturday 17th Nov
£5 / more if less if

Director: Sonya Mulligan 2018 Ireland 88 mins 14+

Produced by an all-female, all-queer team, Outitude is a heartfelt documentary that attempts to get to the core of what it means to be lesbian in Ireland – exploring what defines us, what connects us, and what our commonalities and differences are.
We presented a short teaser from the film last year and are delighted to share the final film with you this year.

Dublin based filmmaker Sonya Mulligan and producer Ger Moane conducted numerous interviews and group discussions throughout Ireland, north and south, with members of the LGBTQI+ community of all ages and walks of life. The resulting grassroots film delves into the lives of rural and urban lesbians, self-professed bar dykes and queer and curious women, exploring our histories, experiences and hopes for the future. Familiar faces such as poet Mary Dorcey, journalists Nell McCafferty and Una Mullally and Irish Minister Katherine Zappone join a host of community activists, writers and dykes-about-town in this moving, insightful and often very funny gem of a film that’s long been needed in capturing lesbian experience across the generations.

Sonya, Ger and some of the film’s participants will join us after the film for a Q&A.

Outitude premiered at GAZE film festival and won the Audience Award 2018.
Presented in partnership with Gaze International LGBT Film Festival Dublin.

‘Selected tickets will have a standard ticket price which is recommended. There will be an option to pay MORE IF you can pay a bit extra to help those people pay LESS IF they don’t have it. Pay what you can at the door for LESS IF option- first come first serve with this option.’

Outburst Festival-Queertopia presents: Power Cut!
Nov 17 @ 9:30 pm

Queertopia presents: Power Cut!
Black Box
Saturday 17th Nov 10pm Doors 9.30pm
£7 / more if less if

til late 18+

It is the year 2049; across the globe the queer revolution changed the landscape of the future from dull into FABULOUS!
Except for one place; one tiny little speck on the rainbow planet… Northern Ireland.
Still in political deadlock, without a government for decades, the future is grimmer than ever for. We join Dick and Cnt as they gear up for a night of covert queer frivolity before – the power cuts! With no Grindr or Facebook to keep them occupied, they must entertain … THEMSELVES! With the help of special guest visitors to their adorable queer living room (conveniently located RIGHT ON THE BLACK BOX STAGE), these queer heroes go through a night of discovery, sexual awakening, intrigue and tickling of the political vacuum, with one final twist that will see the queer future of Northern Ireland change … forever!

Join Gemma Hutton and Electra La Cnt for a performance party to see off Outburst 2018.

Followed by closing party til late with DJ Kate Brennan Harding
(Today FM, Pride, Mother Club and more recently with cabaret & disco collective Fat Puppy at Electric Picnic.)
Expect queer clubbing of old, where everyone joins together in a hot sweaty sexy happy mess!

‘Selected tickets will have a standard ticket price which is recommended. There will be an option to pay MORE IF you can pay a bit extra to help those people pay LESS IF they don’t have it. Pay what you can at the door for LESS IF option- first come first serve with this option.’

Artist:Entrepreneuer Day Belfast
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am

A:E Day comes to Belfast for the first time on Sunday 18 Nov in partnership with Help Musicians NI.

Introducing A:E Day

• Any artist who wants to make a living out of their music today needs to think like a small business. Which means, once you have some songs written and tracks recorded, it’s time to start getting the business side sorted.

•The Artist:Entrepreneur Day from FAC and CMU:DIY is a practical guide to building a long-term career and sustainable business around your music.

•With knowledge shared artist-to-artist, you’ll hear and learn from fellow artist entrepreneurs who will let you inside their careers and their businesses throughout the day, explaining: how they make and monetise their music, how they built and evolved a brand, how they found and engaged a fanbase, and how they decided which suppliers and business partners to work with along the way.

•The Artist:Entrepreneur Day also includes five Artist:Entrepreneur Guides from CMU:DIY. Together they provide all the basic information you need on five different aspects of the music business, including: revenue streams, music rights, gigging, digital channels and business partners.

•PLUS hear from leading experts in the music industry – including labels, publishers, collecting societies, promoters, agents, managers, lawyers and digital experts – find out what they do, what they offer artists, and when and how you might want to get them on board.

Full information on the event can be found here http://cmudiy.com/artistentrepreneurday/

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour

Starts from: Outside the Dark Horse, Commercial Court, Belfast

Start Time: 12 noon, (2hr), finishing at Black Box

Belfast is famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of the conflict. But what about now? Where has this tradition of painting on our walls led us?

Like Berlin and Bethlehem, also famous for their walls, Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished, were artists from around the world have come to paint.

Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years this 2 hours long, gently paced guide to the ever changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter.

For more information email [email protected]

Cost £8 pp


Troubled-Time and Place
Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm

Sunday 18th November – Time and Place
3pm // Black Box Green Room // £4
Archive films about specific times and places, including Derry~Londonderry in the early 1960s and the Markets in the 1970s.

Learning to Fly wedding photography awards 2018
Nov 20 @ 12:00 pm

ltf awards2The awards ceremony will take place in The Black Box venue in Belfast, 20th November 2018. This will be the first independent Irish wedding photography awards, it will be run for wedding photographers, by wedding photographers. Our aim is to celebrate the great and the good within our wee industry here in Ireland, to award fine, artistic and creative work, to seek creative genius and originality, to bring to the limelight some of the up and coming photographers, to gather together a tribe of like-souled photographers and immerse ourselves in the positivity and potential.

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 Black Bush BFI Cinema SurveyApp