A HOME FOR LIVE MUSIC, THEATRE,
LITERATURE, COMEDY, FILM, VISUAL
ART, SCIENCE, CIRCUS, CABARET
AND ALL POINTS IN BETWEEN

Calendar

Aug
3
Tue
Black Moon Online!
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We are bringing Black Moon to your living room (or wherever you want to dance and listen to tunes!)

Join us on Vimeo  7-9pm for our at home Black Moon disco.
https://vimeo.com/blackboxbelfast

2nd Feb, 2nd March, 6th April, 4th May, 2nd June, 6th July, 3rd Aug, 7th Sept, 5th Oct, 2nd Nov, 7th Dec

We will also have some themed nights in-between these events to keep the party going at home

Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills. Usually held in the Black Box and is £3 entry or £1 for carers or support workers

Aug
12
Thu
Féile an Phobail- BLACK BOX PROJECTS, SURVIVING LOCKDOWN THROUGH ART AND MUSIC
Aug 12 @ 2:00 pm

BLACK BOX PROJECTS, SURVIVING LOCKDOWN THROUGH ART AND MUSIC
FALLS ROAD LIBRARY

Black Box projects, ‘Creating Connections’ and ‘Moon Music’, for and by people with learning disabilities will be presenting a video showcase of visual art, music, poetry, and creative writing. The video is narrated by the voices of the makers and creators and their experience of lockdown. The work will be exhibited and available online within the library from 2pm – 4pm with an opportunity to discuss the themes and experiences with group members. Event will be determined by Covid restrictions at the time of the event. Registration in advance is essential via [email protected]

Aug
25
Wed
BELFAST MELA- CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm

Date and time

Wednesday 25th August 7pm

Venue

The Black Box

Ticket Price(s)

General – £10

Access

Venue is wheelchair accessible. Contact us for any accessibility needs.

Covid-19 policy

Booking essential. This event will require social distancing

Mela favorites Magwere & a whole host of guests return with our unmissable Caribbean Carnival in the one of the city’s most loved music venues.

Magwere are an energetic 11 piece band fronted by Wilson Magwere based in Belfast. They play upbeat Afro-Carribean music, guaranteed to get you moving Come along and enjoy drumming, dancing and a whole load of good party vibes.

 

 

Aug
27
Fri
BELFAST MELA GLOBAL CÉILÍ
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm

Date and time

Friday 27th August 7pm

Venue

The Black Box

Ticket Price(s)

General – £10

Access

Venue is wheelchair accessible. Contact us if you have access requirements.

Covid-19 policy

Booking essential. This event will require social distancing.

Put on your dancing shoes and meet us at the Black Box for the first Céilí of its kind at Belfast Mela!

Join us for this dynamic late night intercultural Céilí Mór and experience a unique multi-traditional music and dance event combining our city’s love of Trad Music from across the globe. Our resident DJ will be experimenting with beats, loops and effects to create world dance and music experience.

Fusing together dancing from India, China and Mexico with an Irish traditional Céilí, the night will culminate with the melodic rhythms of the internationally renowned The Dhol Foundation.

Sep
2
Thu
CQAF-Don Letts – There and Black Again Book Event + DJ Set
Sep 2 @ 7:30 pm

Don Letts – There and Black Again Book Event + DJ Set

The Black Box

Thursday 2 September, 7.30pm

£10.00

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Filmmaker, musician, DJ, broadcaster, social commentator, husband and father – Don Letts has always defied conformity. A British-born son of Windrush parents, he seamlessly pivoted between London’s punk and reggae scenes earning his reputation as the ‘Rebel Dread’.

​In There and Black Again, Don looks back on his exceptional life, which has seen him befriend Bob Marley after sneaking into his hotel, join The Clash‘s White Riot tour as manager of The Slits, become one of the UK’s most highly regarded video directors just as the MTV boom hit, win awards and plaudits as a movie director, win a Grammy for documentary work, tour the world as a rock star in Big Audio Dynamite and then a live DJ, before becoming a renowned BBC radio DJ and educator on all things cultural.​

Told in part as scenes from a movie shot on location in London, Kingston, New York City, Los Angeles, Windhoek, Salt Lake City and Goldeneye, There and Black Again co-stars a cast of hundreds, including Joe Strummer, John Lydon, Bob Marley, Chrissie Hynde, Chris Blackwell, Paul McCartney, Nelson Mandela, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Chuck D., Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. ​

With reflections on the Black Lives Matter movement and the highs and lows of personal relationships, this impactful book includes moments of civil unrest, live music, humour and political struggle. There and Black Again is the often unexpected story of a man who has never been afraid to tread his own path.

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

Sep
5
Sun
CQAF-Shadows and Light: The Songs and Story of Joni Mitchell
Sep 5 @ 2:00 pm

Shadows and Light: The Songs and Story of Joni Mitchell

The Black Box

Sunday 5th September, 2.00pm

£10.00

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Pre-Corona, Shadows and Light had been captivating audiences with their intimate show on the iconic singer – songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Their stunning interpretations of her music are performed by vocalist Maura VambeckDave Mulligan on guitar and Paul Enrighton keyboard.

The show features songs from the huge Joni repertoire, including classics from the landmark Blue album, along with some of the lesser-known numbers like Hejira, Secret Place and Hissing of Summer Lawns.

Shadows and Light’s hypnotic performance of the lyrics and life of Joni is truly special, bringing you Joan Anderson, the poet, artist and mother. If you like Joni, you will love this.

Doors 1.30pm | Unreserved seating

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

CQAF- Luka Bloom
Sep 5 @ 8:00 pm

Luka Bloom

The Black Box

Sunday 5 September, 8.00pm

£15.00

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Out of the Blue is the beautiful new album by Luka Bloom. Regarded as one of Ireland’s most respected contemporary folk artists, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do. A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters.

Like many who write songs, Luka’s orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets.

Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life. And eventually they fly, bringing Luka with them to be heard in Byron Bay, San Francisco, Hamburg, or even Doolin.

‘I did my first gig in Belfast in the dark old days of 1976. I was booked by Geoff Harden to sing in The Sunflower club. And since that time I have sung in Belfast for over 40 years now. Opening for Bert Jansch in the old McMordie Hall in Queens, the Rotterdam; The Errigal, The Waterfront, to name but a few. But in recent years I have only sung my songs in The Blackbox. It is an intimate, welcoming venue, with a good sound, and great people there. We always have a good time. No opening act; just myself and my 3 guitars. A lot of songs, and the best audience in Ireland.’ – Luka Bloom 

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

Sep
6
Mon
CQAF-Grainne Duffy
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm

Grainne Duffy

The Black Box

Monday 6 September, 8.00pm

£12.00

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Grainne Duffy is a contemporary blues artist hailing from Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘a blues singer of real integrity’, Grainne Duffy is a pioneer of her own style while also paying sincere homage to her roots, soul, blues and rock traditions.

She is a seasoned artist and has been spending the last number of years touring in Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and beyond. Some highlights thus far have included 3 performances at Glastonbury Festival, Phuket Festival in Thailand, Notodden Festival, Norway and Dark Season Festival in Svalbard, in the Arctic Circle.

Grainne recently released her third album Voodoo Blues to sensational reviews and it follows the success of her debut roots album and her second album which weaved together her contemporary influences with her blues and soul roots.

Her Live album recorded on tour in Germany, released earlier last year earned her a 9/10 review in The Blues Magazine, quoting ‘few possess her killer combination of vocal strength, range and intensity, guitar virtuosity and ability to engage audiences’ ‘this is one of the best live CDs of the year’.

With a voice that is as passionate as it is raw and honest, accompanied by simple, melodic and well phrased guitar lines, contemporary Blues has found a new hero.

‘She’s the real deal’ Classic Rock Magazine ‘A blues singer of real integrity’ The Sunday Times

‘Deliciously soulful voice & gutsy blues inflected guitar work in one compelling package’ Guitarist Magazine<

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

Sep
7
Tue
Black Moon Online!
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We are bringing Black Moon to your living room (or wherever you want to dance and listen to tunes!)

Join us on Vimeo  7-9pm for our at home Black Moon disco.
https://vimeo.com/blackboxbelfast

2nd Feb, 2nd March, 6th April, 4th May, 2nd June, 6th July, 3rd Aug, 7th Sept, 5th Oct, 2nd Nov, 7th Dec

We will also have some themed nights in-between these events to keep the party going at home

Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills. Usually held in the Black Box and is £3 entry or £1 for carers or support workers

Sep
8
Wed
CQAF- Film Event – Eat the Document
Sep 8 @ 8:00 pm

Film Event – Eat the Document

The Black Box (Green Room)

Wednesday 8 September, 8.00pm

£5.00

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We couldn’t celebrate Dylan’s 80th birthday properly in May but this September we’re thrilled to be screening the little seen, much talked about Eat the Document.

After the seminal No Direction Home, Dylan rehired documentary maker extraordinaire DA Pennebaker again for his candle-burning-at-both-ends 1966 European tour with the Hawks (who were soon to morph into The Band).

In the end Dylan rejected Pennebaker’s rough edit, titled Something Is Happening, in favour of his own reworking. Hence was born the notorious Eat The Document.

Dylan’s uncompromising anti-documentary has only been shown a handful of times and never been released on home video. Too bad. It may be a challenging watch at times, but it rewards with some incredible live clips and an idiosyncratically beautiful cinematography. It also offers unique insight into Dylan’s amphetamine-frazzled mid-’60s psyche. We can’t think of a better way to mark the great man’s 80th.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

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