the C-word…no not Covid the other one!

By The Black Box

Already thinking of the C-word? No not crisp sandwiches for lunch, we mean CHRISTMAS!
The Black Box isn’t just a venue, we are a community. We love to see all the amazing people who come through our doors and we are here to support the abundance of creatives that make Belfast a little bit weirder!

Here are a few of our picks of local organisations, charities and creators you can support this seasonal time:

-James Ashe- Our December Green Room artist who does amazing merch and more so check out their website and grab yourself a class badge set, ulster says noel jumper or a stunning print!

-Previous Artists of our Green Room Exhibitions- They have been amazing online and in thevenue so have a look at their accounts and online shops and grab a print for yourself or a lovely gift <3

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-Vault Arts- These folk are AMAZING! They have a great online shop and are planning a Christmas Market on the 11th December so check it out and wear a mask!


-Out to lunch- Amazing events happening in person and online in January guarteened to beat the January Blues

-Homeless Period- Doing amazing stuff and collecting donations on the 5th december at our venue neighbours Oh Yeah Centre so pop along and drop some bits or check out their amazon wishlist to help!

-SaveOurVenues- Want to support us and other venues in Belfast and around the UK and Ireland? Donate via the Save our Venues campaign! if you donate £20 or more you can get a lovely tshirt to show off as well!

-Unique Belfast- Support your new up and coming artists and students and browse in store and online

-The ArtisAnn Gallery- Brilliant contemporary art gallery supporting local artists over in East Belfast. Definitely worth having a nosey and chat with the lovely folk who run it! They currently are running their xmas show with all artworks at £250 or less!

-Café Velo- customer-centric bike shop provides cyclists with a dedicated range of quality products and mechanical services- pure lush to give your bike some TLC

-Coffee x Cactus- Coffee and Plants aka our two favourite things! Shop online or pop round when you can and it’s safe for some lovely treats

-Hill Street Hatch- Very excited for this and to have a nosey when we are back in the office/venue for a pick me up! A pop-up space that offers a creative partnership for entrepreneurs in the Belfast hospitality scene, who are looking to test and launch new concepts and ideas.


-Humble Pie- lovely folk with even lovelier food availble for delivery or pick up! Also part of the Hill Street Hatch- can’t wait for a slice of some vegan pie!

-Comic Book Guys- Northern Ireland’s largest independent comic book store & ICN’s comic book store of the year for 2018 and 2019. They even have their own comic book out with the second edition out now!

-Food Banks-  Why not buy a few tins and packets and leave them at your local food bank or collection point in your local supermarkets as part of an alternative gift-giving this year?

-She Sells Sanctuary- Great products for a great cause from lovely local artists <3

-@maggiemasalayoga – Yoga classes that will support and explore embodiment and offer tools for grounding, centering and settling the nervous system. Classes at sliding scale rates (or free if you’re strapped for cash)


-Shaken Tales- Lovely local business shaking up some great cocktails and content!

-Seedhead Arts- Street Art Walking tours and much more- perfect gifts and events for 2021!

-Refill Quarter- Zero waste lovelies to make your festive shopping and day to day cooking more environmentally friendly!

-Jump The Hedges- Sstainble projects and projects made by local legends. Next drop is happening 4th December so get your alarms set and get online!

-PricklyNipple- Who doesn’t love a wee embroidery piece with attitude ? PricklyNipple makes each piece totally custom and unique. with 10% of every sale going to charity.

-Hex Bomb- Spooky kooky vegan bath goodness for those who love a pamper and self care with a little edge!

– Starr Records- Local vinyl goodness packed with every record for every taste and genre!

– Michael Meaton Prints- As seen on many a lovely gig poster and online. Great prints and cool tarot cards!

– Sunflower/American Bar- Need a wee drink? Our pals at the Sunflower are doing pint pick ups at the weekend and also have a lovely Sunflower/Amercian Bar scarf perfect for winter walks and secret santa pint fans!

– Mikes Fancy Cheese- Sure Christmas isn’t Christmas without a cheese board! So get on it with Mikes Fancy Cheese!

Want to support us and feel the love this festive season?
Here are some things you can do and give as unique gifts for any other Black Box fan!

-Buy tickets for some of our shows next year including Bob Log, Baby Bushka and many more! Too many shows to choose from? Grab a gift voucher for you or a secret santa!

-Get a cool tshirt with SaveOurVenues! If you donate £20 or more to our  #saveourvenues campaign you will get a free t-shirt from the Music Venue Trust – super cool and stylish!

– Sign up to our membership! Become a Black Box member and get some great freebies and benefits

We can’t wait to see you all again and keep in touch via our website and social media channels!

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