Belfast Festival. Similar in format and style to the renowned Edinburgh Festival, and second in size only to Edinburgh. It takes place in November each year, mostly around the University area of Belfast, although some large events are held in the city's main concert halls.
It hosts events of all types, Music, Theatre, Comedy, from all over the world. The Royal Shakespeare Company have been regular visitors, and Orchestras and Dance troupes from Eastern Europe have met with a great acclaim.
Around the main festival, in smaller venues, halls, bars, is a lively fringe festival offering folk music, poetry etc.