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Things to do this month in Belfast.

What to get up to in the rainy Northern Irish summer…

The controversial Freedom Day has come and gone, people are out in nightclubs and festivals are back on with no covid restrictions. Life as we knew it is back but not everyone is in agreement so we thought we would help out the people that won’t be hitting the dancefloor this summer with some great alternatives!

Here are our top activities to do this month!

1. Jaap Pieters: The Eye of Amsterdam at The MAC Belfast.

The ‘eye of Amsterdam’, as Pieters is often referred to, is at the MAC for its last two weeks. The Dutch filmmaker specialises in Super8 3-minute-long films.

His photographic subjects are centred around urban subject matter – trams, crossroads, city dwellers and drifters. Taking pictures of their everyday lives, Pieters directs a unique gaze at them. His films essentially depict people as he observes and isolates them so that the viewer is encouraged to look past their obvious or superficial attributes. In Pieters’ work, the mastery of both subject and medium incites us to actively focus on the subjects, allowing us to see through the lens of innate humanity. (P.S. It’s free!)

When? 26 May 2021 – 8 Aug 2021

Where? The Mac Live. Book your tickets here

2. Explore the 360° views of Belfast.

Would you look at that, another FREE activity to put on the top of your summer itinerary this summer! Tower above the city at the Dome at Victoria Square for some of the most incredible panoramic views you’ll find in Belfast. They’ve even got guides to help you spot famous attractions around the city!

When: Everyday (minus Christmas day)

Where? 1 Victoria Square, Belfast BT1 4QG

3. Top-up your musical knowledge!

Come to the Oh yeah Music Centre in the cathedral quarter for a one-stop-shop for all things musical. Learn about the iconic music scene in Belfast and see its evolution throughout the years. There is no other permanent exhibition of popular music in Northern Ireland, and admission is free!

When? Mon-Sat

Where? 15-21 Gordon Street, Cathedral Quarter, BT1 2LG

4. Learn about the untold story of Belfast’s all-female football team.

From the 4 – 25 Sept 2021 Lyric theatre is hosting the ‘Rough Girls’ Production. They were known as the ‘suffragettes of soccer’ and these women had a point to prove. Despite the denunciation of a male-dominated game, a team of rebels kicked a ball through the defensive line to raise thousands of dollars for returning soldiers. Taking place in Belfast from 1917 to 1921 in a war-torn city yet still united by sport, the play documents the courage and determination of the girls. The Lyric Theatre always have a wonderful selection of events so keep a lookout for more to come this summer!

When? 4 – 25 Sept 2021

Where? 29 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7ES

5. Step back in time at the Linen Hall Library.

How about reading your favourite book at the charming Linen Hall Library? Escape the hustle and bustle of the streets, grab a coffee from the café and tune into your own magical world throughout their numerous floors.  Members also get their free Wi-Fi perk!

When? Mon – Fri

Where? 17 Donegall Square N, Belfast BT1 5GB

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