Exhibition-Alana Barton
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm

Dreamed of Places is a series of paintings by Alana Barton. The works feature both figurative and abstract elements that explore the use of colour to convey ideas of dream like states and alternative realities.
Taking inspiration from cults, alternative cultures and consciousness; sourcing from old photographic material, primarily based on young people integrated with organic forms.


Bert Jansch: Around the World in 80 Plays Belfast Stopover
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm

On 05 December 2018 four guitars were sent on their way around the world by the Bert Jansch Foundation to be played by musicians inspired by Bert Jansch. The guitars have already stopped over with Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler, Graham Coxon and Beth Orten. One of the guitars is coming to Belfast to long time Bert fan Steve McCann.

Steve McCann has shared bills with Martin Carthy, Carine Polwart, Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri playing Jansch material and Jansch inspired originals. He met Bert Jansch on a number of occasions and sought out and spoke with many of Bert’s contemporaries such as John Renbourn, Wizz Jones, Martin Carthy and Jimmy Page.

This event is a celebration of Bert’s music in the intimate Green Room with performances from Steve McCann and Special Guests including;- Colin Harper, writer, musician and Jansch biographer. Tanya Mellotte, songwriter, vocalist, producer. John McGurgan, singer songwriter, touring musician and sound engineer

Sunday 20 January 2019, 7pm at the Green Room, Hill Street Belfast.
Free to Blackbox members, £5 to non members.




OTL-Raymond Watson – Unlocking: Yard side/Garden side – Launch of Sonic Art
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm

Raymond Watson – Unlocking: Yard side/Garden side – Launch of Sonic Art

The Black Box (Green Room)

Tuesday 22 January, 7.30PM

Free Event

The artist said, ‘The sound recorded on this LP was created with items from The Crumlin Road Prison Belfast and memories that still echo loud and clear.  ‘The Crum’ as it is known, was a Belfast prison where prisoners involved in the political conflict were held on remand.  I was one of those prisoners.  From the closed confines of a small prison cell, external sounds – keys, grills, locks, footsteps, voices, silence and noises often provided a visual picture of what was happening beyond the locked door – the origin of this ‘sound sculpture’ – hopefully the vision that you will have as a listener will be generated by you, your own confined space and your interaction with this sonic experience.

‘This sonic art grew from an immersive audio visual installation that I created in 2016 and that I first exhibited in February 2017.  The exhibition displayed hundreds of the keys for ‘the Crum’ and an audio track created with those same keys.

‘Items used to sculpt the sonic image are hundreds of the actual Crumlin Road Prison keys and their brass and aluminium ID (identification) tags, a steel prison food tray, an original ‘prison made’ grappling hook (surreptitiously constructed by prisoners intending to escape), locks, grills, echoing memories and my own words.  Additional instrumental music was created by my daughters Toraigh and Dara, on flute and harp, and the nature that blooms in the Glens.’

RESCHEDULED TO 27TH JANUARY- OTL-Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm

RESCHEDULED TO Sunday January 27, 2.00PM

Tickets £5.00

Being Frank explores the extraordinary secret life of artist Chris Sievey, best known as his alter ego Frank Sidebottom, the maverick Northern comedian in a fake head.

Frank Sidebottom, his greatest creation, became a star – a manic, insane, mercurial star burning brightly from within a papier mâché head – a star who obscures his own creator. But who really knew Chris Sievey, the fractured genius underneath the mask?

Chris Sievey was a musician, songwriter, artist, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist and wayward genius who created an alter ego that he grew to resent.

Director Steve Sullivan pieces together Sievey’s split personality through an extensive archive of personal notebooks, movies, art and music, alongside insights from his closest confidants, including Johnny Vegas, Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Ross Noble, and more.

What he uncovers is an intimate portrait of a sensitive, tortured outsider artist, forever on the outside looking in.

Doors 1.45pm | Unreserved Seating

Your City, Your Say
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm

We want you to help change this city, starting with putting creativity at the centre. Your voice is valued, and needed in order to make this change happen. To begin this process we are running a series of conversations across the city and we want you to join us.

There are a range of times and locations available for you to choose from, we are only asking for an hour of your time and we will be providing food and refreshments at each session to help the conversation flow!

Please drop us an email to let us know any dietary requirements we should be aware of. You can reach us on [email protected]

Wonder Frog. Comedy Improv Night
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm

“Belfast’s best improv comedy group serves up an hour of hot, fresh, off-the-cuff comedy. Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog come up with comic scenes that have never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Our show is completely made up on the spot, on the night – and we can’t do it without you!

Comments from previous Wonder Frog shows:

“It was very good, I was very impressed at what they came up with and how fast. I loved ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and I loved this even more.”

“I think the show was great! It was very entertaining, spontaneous, interactive and witty. I enjoyed it very much!”

“Very creative improvising and very funny performances. I will definitely be coming to see this again!”

Doors: 8pm/Show: 8:30pm

Show duration roughly one hour (enough time after the show for a drink and the bus home!)”

Queertopia- The Lab
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

The Lab is BACK with a gaggle of gorgeous new entertainers and performers to keep your queer juices flowing! With the usual antics from Dick and C*nt, we have new faces galore giving drag, poetry, comedy, dance and unashamed fabulousness!

Alfie Brown: Lunatic
Feb 4 @ 8:00 pm

Alfie Brown: Lunatic 
Fresh from a complete sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival, Alfie Brown is going on his first UK Tour and he remains charming and disgusting. His new show is about identity politics, trying to be a good father in a horrible world and being responsibly horny in the wake of wide-spread male sex crimes. He provides no answers, only questions. Society’s new-found fondness for moral certainty is the subject of a search and destroy mission by Brown. They were wrong all along, it turns out if you believe in something, you’ll fall for anything.
Praise for Lunatic:
“It is tricky to write 350 sensible words when you come out a show simply thinking “Wow! F**k! Wow!”
★★★★★ – The Scotsman
★★★★ – The Times
★★★★ – The Evening Standard
★★★★ – Chortle
★★★★ – The List
★★★★ – Edinburgh Guide


Ticket link for BB Members- https://blackboxbelfast.ticketsolve.com/shows/873596531/events

Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm

MUAMUA ::: A Musical Score

This is a series of graphic works by Una Lee which are created based on her sound performance piece called MUAMUA. The work is a graphic notation in itself, but at the same time a performance on pages and documentation of a past event. Texts that were used in the performance piece now form parts of the illustrations alongside abstract shapes that symbolise the performer, musical motifs, narratives and stage props. It is an attempt to approach the medium ‘book’ as a base to explore passing of time as well as an enquiry into retrospective translation and abstraction of visual elements from a live sound performance.
Experimental choir ‘HIVE’ will perform on the opening night.

Real Sketchy
Feb 7 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Since November 2012 Seedhead Arts has been running and developing Real Sketchy, a open live sketching event taking place in a bar environment. Over the years it’s developed from something that was largely populated by artists to being somewhere that anyone can have a wee sketch and a laugh over a few pints.

Although inspired by the spirit of Street Art, we’re really interested in the cross-pollenisation of different disciplines like comic, illustration, design, etc and how this plays out in a live environment, in a crowd of people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds. Plus beer. And music.

Thanks to sponsorship from Ink Monkey in North Street we are now able to provide pens, pencils and paper for everyone.

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