Did you know that we programme events all year round? (We’re gluttons for punishment :) There’s still lots happening at Festival Towers – We’ve just run a series of films in conjunction with the hugely popular Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and we’re planning a lot of very exciting events for the summer….watch this space.

BUT in the meantime we’re currently working with WOW (Wales One World Film Festival) and The British Council to bring you some fantastic Iranian films – The Apple, Fish & Cat, Where Is My Friend’s Home? and Gabbeh – For more details and to book, just click on the film titles above- all will be shown in our very own BeanBag Cinema and cost just £4.

But if £4 is too much for your pockets (after a very busy festival season, we’d understand)  we’re also hosting an fantastic day of films and workshops for Africa Week.  Africa week is celebrated all over NI (May 25th – 30th) with a series of events organized by different National and Cultural groups. These events promote community cohesion and participation as well as showing how the African Community contributes to the cultural fabric of Northern Ireland.

VOICES : an Africa Week Event

Saturday 30th May


Please join us in celebrating the right to self-expression, belonging, and speaking out for justice.


11.00 INTRODUCTION   Nandi Jola and Shelley Tracey

11.30 Sarafina!   TA South African film (1992) with Whoopi Goldberg, Leleti Khumalo, , Miriam MakebaJohn Kani and Tertius Meintjies. The plot revolves around the Soweto Riots of June 1976, when students opposed Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. Watch the trailer here.


2.00-3.30 Creative writing workshop: Expressions of belonging. This workshop is part of an Artist in the Community project, A Write to a Sense of Belonging, sponsored by the Arts Council NI. Participants will have an opportunity to contribute to an anthology, A Write to A Sense of Belonging.   https://www.facebook.com/belonginginterculturalwriting. Facilitated by Shelley Tracey

3.30 Voices of the New Belfast: introduction and discussion

4.30   Screening of Voices of the New Belfast

A selection of films from Voices of the New Belfast, a documentary film project which presents the stories and experiences of individuals from other countries who have come to live in Belfast.

7.00 Cry Freedom

This powerful South African film is about the relationship between Donald Woods, chief editor of a newspaper, Daily Dispatch, and the activist Steve Biko, who died in police custody. Watch the trailer here.

For more details of events happening during Africa week, (25th-30th May) click on ACSONI’s website