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Northern Ireland's leading showcase of contemporary performance art, showcasing the best Irish and international performance artists to local and visiting audiences.


The 2023 edition of the Belfast International Festival of Performance Art takes place every day from 20 March to 24 March.

Event Details

The 2023 edition of the Belfast International Festival of Performance Art is generously supported by the British Council UK/Ukraine Season, The MAC Belfast, Ulster Museum and University of Atypical.

This year’s edition also hosts an extended art research residency at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University featuring two leading International Artists Yaryna Shumska and Andriy Helytovych, Ukraine.

About the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture

A collaboration between The British Council and the Ukrainian Institute, the UK/Ukraine Season is being presented in the UK, online and across some satellite locations until March 2023, featuring artist residencies, talks, film, music, literature, drama, and dance. The Season, which has been planned since 2019 to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between the UK and Ukraine, aims to strengthen and build cultural connections between both countries, while providing new platforms and opportunities for Ukrainian artists to connect with the UK. With the ongoing war in Ukraine, the Season’s theme is ‘Future Reimagined’, focusing on the changed needs and priorities of the Ukrainian sector, giving a voice to Ukrainian creatives, both in the UK and online.

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Featuring work by

  • Marilyn Arsem (US)

  • Tomasz Szrama (POL/FIN)

  • Yaryna Shumska (UKR)

  • Andriy Helytovch (UKR)

  • Brian Connolly (NI)

  • Alastair MacLennan (SCO)

  • Bernadette Hopkins (IRE)

  • Thomas Wells (UK)

  • Selina Bonelli (UK)

  • Brian Patterson (IRE)

  • Kane Stonestreet (UK)

  • Katharine Paisley (NI)

  • Phil Keers (NI)

  • Zara Lyness (NI)

  • Aimee Drumm (NI)

  • Gabija Joycte (LTU/ NI)

  • Charlie Rydzewski (POL/NI)

  • Shauna Mulligan (NI)

  • Natalia Początek (POL)

  • Charlotte Dixon (NI)

  • Hugh O’Donnell - A hommage

In addition to performances held at the Belfast School of Art, the festival features an Artist Talk by Alastair McLennan and Student Workshop with Tomasz Szrama at University of Atypical, a symposium, ‘Creativity + Conflict’ at the Ulster Museum and as a homage to the late artist Hugh O’Donnell, his selected performance work will be screened at The MAC Belfast.

Full programme details below and keep informed at,, as performance times can vary.

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