12 Gift Ideas for Art and Culture Lovers

19 Dec 2019

12 Gift Ideas for Art and Culture Lovers

1. Rewilding Winter Cabaret in Writers Square

Experience something different this winter with the Rewilding Winter Cabaret, a wicked, unconventional, environmentally friendly, late night, gender neutral, Belfast brewed cabaret; all under the heated Tumble Circus Big Top in Writers Square. Join Tumble Circus and Three’s Theatre Company for a night of sustainable cabaret that you won’t forget, 19th – 22nd December 2019.

Details and booking here 

 2. Classes at The Vault Studios

February 8th – 9th develop some new skills with the Make Tower Street Teach Again Weekender at Vault Artist Studios. Over the weekend there are classes available on a wide range of skills and crafts including Linocut Printing, Willow Weaving, Experimental Drawing and Adult’s Beginner Hula Hoop to name just a few.

Check out the full line up here

 3. Courses at the Crescents Arts Centre

If learning new skills is on your New Year’s resolutions list then check out the many courses and workshops on offer throughout the year at the Crescent Arts Centre. Whether its dance, music, visual arts or creative writing; the Crescent has something to offer for everyone.

See the full line up of courses here

 4. Gift vouchers for Out to Lunch and Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

For those of you wanting to beat the January blues, there’s no better way than to get out there and experience some arts and culture throughout the coldest month. Out to Lunch has an incredible line up of events running from January 3rd – 26th and for those who have their sights firmly set on the summer there are also pre-releases for this year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival already on sale.

Find out more here

 5. Looking towards the Summer

If thoughts of longer days and (fingers crossed) higher temperatures are getting you thorough the winter months then look no further than the Early Bird ticket sales for Sunflower Fest (24th – 26th July) and Stendhal Festival (6th – 8th August), both of whom are celebrating their 10th anniversaries in 2020.

Stendhal Early bird tickets

Sunflower Fest early bird tickets

 6. Open House Festival

If you can’t wait until summer for that festival feel then check out the Open House Festival gigs taking place in Bangor across the year, and of course the festival in August.

Get details here Open House Festival

 7. Original art by a Seacourt Print Workshop Member

For the person who has everything, why not pick up some original art by a Seacourt Print Workshop member. Exhibitions run throughout the year and the gallery is open for viewing weekdays 9.30am to 4.30pm, or email Emma Drury on if you would like to make an appointment for a private evening or weekend viewing.

Find out more about Seacourt here

 8. Donation to BookTrust Northern Ireland

Christmas can be a difficult time for children who are vulnerable or in care. A surprise book gift shows them that they’re special. A one-off £10 donation to BookTrust will send one festive book parcel to one child who is vulnerable or in care. A one-off £50 donation will send five festive book parcels to five children who are vulnerable or in care.

Find out more here

 9. Gift vouchers for the Lyric Theatre or The MAC

Treat someone, or yourself, to a gift voucher for the Lyric Theatre or The MAC and book in for some of the great shows coming up early this year. In The MAC you can look forward to Cahoots NI’s Under the Hawthorn Tree and a double bill from dance company Maiden Voyage, while at the Lyric you can see their productions of Shirley Valentine and Good Vibrations or Bruiser’s 1984 and C21’s Dream, Sleep, Connect.

See the full spring programme for the MAC and for the Lyric

 10. Arts and Crafts at the Duncairn

Opened in late 2018, the brand new Shop at the Duncairn features original pieces from local artists including Chloe Dougan, Eimear O'Caoilte, Michael Reid and Debbie Young. With a range of textile, fashion, print, jewellery, ceramics and wood craft on offer, gifts are priced from as little as £8 for a child's hand-knit hat, up to £80 for framed lino-cut, limited edition prints. Purchases don’t just benefit the artists, as 30% of all proceeds also go directly to supporting the arts programme at the Duncairn.

Gift vouchers are available and can also be used for workshops and gigs at the centre. Find out more at Duncairn Arts Centre

 11. A year of stories

Dive into 2020 with some storytelling courtesy of the Armstrong Storytelling Trust; events taking place monthly in Tullycarnet Library. January features Senem Donatan Mohan, February Colum Sands and in March hear from Clare Muireann Murphy.

Details and tickets here Armstrong Storytelling Bursary

 12. The gift of film

Treat someone to the gift of film this year with a Belfast Film Festival Gift Voucher, applicable to any of their year round film events including those during the festival.

Find out more at

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