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



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

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



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-Harold and Maude
Sep 5 @ 3:00 pm

Harold and Maude

The Black Box (Green Room)

Sunday 5 September, 3.00pm


Unbelievably, 2021 marks half a century since Harold and Maude first baffled and beguiled cinema goers in equal measure.

The blackest of comedies and the sweetest of romances, with a flawless cast and a stunning script. It’s taken years for Harold and Maude to be recognised for what it is: one of the most affecting and interesting movies of a decade that knew how to churn them out.

The story of an unlikely romance between 20 year old Harold (Bud Cort) and octogenarian Maude (Ruth Gordon) who meet at a funeral and find the joy in life again, is as startling, moving and funny as get out. All that and a peerless Cat Steven’s track too. You bring the hankies, we’ll bring the popcorn…

Doors 2.30pm | 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



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

CQAF-Grainne Duffy
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm

Grainne Duffy

The Black Box

Monday 6 September, 8.00pm



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

CQAF-Nabil Abdulrashid: N.A.B.I.L. (Nobody Actually Believed I’d Last)
Sep 7 @ 8:00 pm

Nabil Abdulrashid: N.A.B.I.L. (Nobody Actually Believed I’d Last)

The Black Box

Tuesday 7 September, 8.00pm



After reaching the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2020, Nabil Abdulrashid brings his brand-new stand-up show on tour.

From growing up under military rule in northern Nigeria to falling into legal trouble as a teenager in south London, join Nabil as he recollects the remarkable, chaotic and sometimes tragic (but always hilarious) story of his life so far.

Expect a night of “unapologetically funny” (Telegraph) stand-up as Nabil charts his journey from humble beginnings (and middles) to one of UK comedy’s most talked about rising stars.

He’s the star by a wide margin… animated by a sardonic intelligence and sharp eye for the absurdities of racial discourse
The Guardian (10 Best Comedy Shows of 2020)

Defiant and fearless
The Metro

The Radio Times

Absolutely brilliant, a breath of fresh air
Alesha Dixon

Too funny. A really refreshing comic voice
David Walliams

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

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



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

CQAF-The Devil Made Me Do It
Sep 10 @ 1:00 pm

The Devil Made Me Do It

The Black Box

Friday 10 September, 1.00pm



The Devil is a gentleman” William Shakespeare

Northern Ireland Opera invites you to join us for an hour of devilish arias, duets, and songs in The Devil Made Me Do It.  

Our charmingly mysterious host ably assisted by some of Northern Irelands finest operatic and music theatre performers will take you on a ride through opera and music theatre’s most villainous and tempting stories but make sure you don’t follow him any further once the music stops!’

Featuring selections from Faust, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dido and Aeneas, The Rakes Progress, Alcina, The Turn of the Screw and much more.

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

Sep 10 @ 8:00 pm


The Handsome Family

The Black Box

Friday 10 September, 8.00pm



The Handsome Family have written some of the most haunting and beautiful songs in American music. During a 30-year career, Brett and Rennie Sparks have created songs that transform the mundane landscape of modern life into a place of mysterious portent.

Handsome Family songs take place in parking lots and big box stores, under overpasses and in airports. They sing about Custer’s last stand and automatic lawn sprinklers in the same song. Rennie’s lyrics often focus on the myriad creatures that live at the edges of the man-made world: the sparrows, rats, cockroaches and crows that share our cities.

Handsome Family shows are famously relaxed. Their songs can be dark, but there’s always laughter on stage. Rennie sings as well as plays Autoharp, banjo, and uke bass. She often introduces songs with seemingly unrelated stories. Brett, with his stentorian voice, is a powerful presence at center of the stage.

There are a lot of new faces at shows these days, lured by Far From Any Road, which became a global hit after it was used as the theme to season one of True Detective.

In 2020 Loose Music released their first two records, Odessa (1995) Milk & Scissors (1996), on vinyl LP. This will be the first time these records have been released in Europe.

For Handsome Family fans these records are a must. Odessa reveals the early style of the band and Milk & Scissors illustrates how their songwriting transformed after Rennie began writing lyrics. On their spring 2021 tour they plan to play selected gems from these new/old records.

Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

CQAF -The Henry Girls
Sep 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Henry Girls

The Black Box

Saturday 11 September, 2.00pm



Sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin, collectively known as The Henry Girls, make music that will give you goosebumps. The harmonising, lilting, melting voices imbue their music with overwhelming romanticism, although the very classic and traditional folk sound is given an edge with Americana, bluegrass and blues sounds.

Recent album Far Beyond the Stars has won massive praise, not least for the sister’s knack of creating authentic original material rich in traditional values. Their tight three-part harmonies are matched by soulful musicianship across a range of instruments including harp, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, piano and a few more in-between.

In our view there are few better ways to spend a Saturday afternoon

Doors 1.30PM | 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