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Belfast music

  • Belfast music past and present

    From punk to proms, trad to rock legends and fantastic emerging new talent, Belfast’s music scene (past and present) is one that everyone can be proud of. We’re becoming the preferred prime location for one-off events and there’s an annual programme of music activities citywide.

  • City of Music

    In March 2018 we backed a proposal for the city and partners to make an application for the endorsement of UNESCO City of Music status. We’ve set up a City of Music steering group. We plan to make a formal application to UNESCO in 2021.
     
    For Belfast, the possibility of a designation is not about a title: it’s about using music to drive a new era of collaboration between the city’s citizens and its institutions. It is about exploring how we all make music more relevant to people, and about putting both cultural and economic development at the heart of the city’s future.
     

  • City of Music Steering Group

    In 2019 a City of Music Steering Group was recruited through an open expression of interest process. An independent panel selected the group's members representing various music genres and backgrounds. We are grateful to the members for their hard work and dedication to this group. We will be renewing membership through another expression of interest process in October 2021.

    Members of the City of Music Steering Group are listed in this table.

    Name Organisation
    Charlotte Dryden Oh Yeah Music Centre (link opens in a new window)
    Ciaran Smyth Voodoo Belfast (link opens in a new window)
    Claire Keiran An Droichead (link opens in a new window)

    Conor Mitchell 

    The Belfast Ensemble (link opens in a new window)

    Davy Sims is an independent music consultant and journalist

    Declan Legge Big Space Studios (link opens in a new window)

    George Sloan

    Half Bap Studios (link opens in a new window)

    John D'Arcy

    QUB (link opens in a new window)

    Kwa Daniels Bounce Culture (link opens in a new window)
    Les Hume Dawsons (link opens in a new window)
    Mick Bonner Moving on Music (link opens in a new window)
    Shane Quinn Belfast Buildings Trust (link opens in a new window)
    Sarah McBriar AVA Festival (link opens in a new window)
    Ian Burrows Belfast Tradfest (link opens in a new window)
    Jimmy Devlin

    BBC (link opens in a new window)

    Ciaran Scullion

    Arts Council NI (link opens in a new window)

    Joanne Wright

    Arts Council NI (link opens in a new window)

    Jonathan Stewart British Council (link opens in a new window)
    Fiona Bell

    Thrive Audience Development (link opens in a new window)

    Brendan McGoran Belfast City Council
  • Mix the City Belfast

    Belfast showcases its diverse array of music on Mix the City, the British Council’s award-winning interactive mixing website.

    Mix the City Belfast involved a collaboration of 95 artists, musicians and creators, curated by award-winning artist and composer Hannah Peel.

Contact us

belfastmusic@belfastcity.gov.uk

028 9050 0543

Tourism, culture and arts, 4th floor, 9 Adelaide, 9-21 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8DJ

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