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The Duncairn Centre for Arts & Culture
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Address Duncairn Ave, Belfast BT14 6BP
Location Belfast, Northern Ireland
Coordinates 54°36′46″N 5°56′13″W / 54.6127°N 5.9369°W / 54.6127; -5.9369Coordinates: 54°36′46″N 5°56′13″W / 54.6127°N 5.9369°W / 54.6127; -5.9369
Genre(s) Irish Traditional music, Folk music, Jazz, Soul, World music
Capacity 170
Opened 2014 (2014)

The Duncairn Centre for Arts & Culture opened its doors in 2014 and it is North Belfast’s first purpose built Arts and Culture shared space venue. The Duncairn provides a platform for local and international artists to showcase their work as well as giving audiences and users access to an arts and culture programme of the highest quality. The Duncairn Centre for Cultural and Arts is a hub of creativity where all can have a voice, feel respected and welcomed. It is dedicated to creating a shared space arts facility that will contribute to North Belfast’s cultural, social, political and economic rebirth and, at the same time, showcasing, supporting and developing the work of young emerging local artists. Thanks to its outreach activities, The Centre has become one of North’s Belfast most valuable community resources, supporting vulnerable families though an open and free engagement with the arts.

Events & Activities

Regular programming includes concerts, dramas, music, dance, arts and craft workshops, and masterclasses. Since its opening, The Duncairn Centre for Arts & Culture has established itself as an important venue for Irish Traditional music and a purveyor of top-class concerts in the genres of world music, jazz, soul music, folk music, acoustic and others. In 2017 and again in 2019, The Duncairn Centre for Arts & Culture welcomed the Belfast edition of RTÉ Other Voices (TV series). The 2019 edition saw Snow Patrol and Joshua Burnside, among other artists, playing live on the Duncairn stage


On special occasions, the Duncairn hosts free events to welcome the local community through its doors. Such events include live music and free art classes.

The Duncairn Centre for Arts & Culture has an ongoing outreach program which works to engage families and young people with the arts. In 2019 it hosted an art exhibition featuring works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection and welcomed over 100 Art & Design students from schools in North Belfast.


The Centre is hosted within the walls of deconsecrated Duncairn Presbyterian Church, which is a Grade B1 listed building on the Antrim Road in Belfast. The church was originally built in 1860-1862 in the High Victorian Gothic Style. A substantial refurbishment project was undertaken to refurbish the main church and halls in order to adapt the facilities to their new use as a centre for culture and arts. The Duncairn was awarded almost a million pounds by National Lottery Heritage Fund. In total, the project was funded £3.5 million for the refurbishment which provides art studios, an exhibition area, a community meeting room and a 170 seater theatre/performance area, a café, and conference rooms The project was hugely successful and won a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Building Conservation award. It was also shortlisted in the Regeneration and Community Benefit categories and gained a Special Commendation in the Royal Society of Ulster Architects Building Conservation category