Grand Opera House Belfast opened its doors on 23 December 1895, and has delivered an unrivalled programme of entertainment, playing host to some of the greatest names in theatre and music. Designed by the prolific theatrical architect Frank Matcham, the theatre was a huge success from the outset, hosting a vibrant programme of opera, drama, pantomime, or the latest London comedy or musical.
The King's Hall Complex; built in 1934 has been Northern Ireland's front running venue for concerts, exhibitions, conferences, indoor sporting events and outdoor events for many years.The King's Hall Complex has hosted events which has made Belfast, Northern Ireland and even Ireland infamous.
The Balmoral Show
The Beatles in Concertv The Wedding Journal Exhibition Show
Barry McGuigan vs Bernard Taylor - Boxing Match
Summer Madness Festival
U2 in Concert
In 1968 the Lyric Theatre opened its doors on the banks of the River Lagan. The Lyric currently aims to fulfil a broad role, offering fifty weeks a year of varied programming, with a particular commitment to the classics, work by Irish writers and the commission and presentation of new plays, most recently by Colin Teevan, Gary Mitchell, Marie Jones, Jennifer Johnston and Graham Reid. Our fantastic new theatre is being built thanks to the extraordinary generosity of people from all walks of life, including schools, businesses, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, trusts, amateur drama groups, writers, artists, performers and politicians. We have been supported by Liam Neeson, Seamus Heaney, Brian Friel, Ciaran Hinds, Aidan Quinn and Meryl Streep.
For the past forty years, QFT has occupied a unique place in the cultural and entertainment life of Northern Ireland. This uniqueness comes from QFT's special ambience (a world away from the local cineplex!), its screenings of new and classic films, its loyal members and audiences and from the many people who have worked 'front of house' and behind the scenes.To name and celebrate all those in the theatre itself and in the QFT/Festival office over the past forty years would create a list of credits even longer than those of a Hollywood blockbuster. This anniversary celebrates and thanks all of them.
History of the Ulster Hall. The building was sold to Belfast Corporation in 1902. To celebrate the civic appointment of the Ulster Hall, Belfast Corporation commissioned a series of 13 oil paintings from JW Carey, in 1902. From its earliest years The Ulster Hall has played host to famous figures of the age; from Jenny Lind and Caruso to Charles Dickens and John McCormack, from Lord Carson and the Dalai Lama to Barry McGuigan and the Rolling Stones. During World War II, the Ulster Hall was used extensively as a dance hall providing entertainment for the US troops based in the province. Mysteriously, a shipment of American white oak planking arrived in Belfast to refurbish the dance floor. The Carey paintings. The Carey paintings, large scale canvases dealing with the history and mythology of the Belfast region will be on display in new dedicated gallery space within the refurbished hall
Waterfront Hall have welcomed more than five million visitors, staged more than 3,000 entertainment events and hosted more than 2,000 conferences since we opened in 1997. Belfast Waterfront is now one of the worlds leading conference centres and is a top destination for national and international performer