OUTBURST QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL is the annual celebration of queer art and performance in Belfast, Northern Ireland/ the North/ here.
We showcase great local and international queer work and support the development of queer arts at home and internationally. We love work that is bold, challenging, accessible and brilliant, whether it’s grassroots events, professional touring productions or work commissioned specially for OUTBURST.

The 11th Annual OUTBURST will take place 9-18 November 2017.

Like to submit ideas and work for the November 2018 festival and beyond?
Our open call will be available here from January 2018.

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1st Floor, 18-22 Hill Street
Northern Ireland

Artistic Director
Ruth McCarthy

OUTBURST Board of Directors

Cian Smyth (Chair), Judith McGimpsey (Secretary), Simon Rea (Treasurer), Marie Quiery, Hilary McCollum, Kim McAleese, Edel Murphy, Federica Ferreiri


OUTBURST Arts Festival is a company limited by guarantee
No. NI603571 and a Northern Ireland Registered Charity, No.NIC102016

Our primary funder is The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Our primary partner is British Council.
We are open to funding/ sponsorship non-monogamy.