We’ve picked out 8 arts events taking place across the month of November and through to December. From crazy cat videos showcasing at The Belfast Film Festival to online dance festivals, there are a lot of wonderful and weird arts events happening both online and at our much loved arts venues as they begin to slowly re-open.

1. Eastside Arts Lantern Making Indoors Workshops: From Friday Nov 20 – Friday Nov 27th

As part of this year’s Bring A Little Light project, Eastside Arts are offering Lantern Making workshops for young people and families. During the sessions you’ll get all the materials and tools you need to make a beautiful light up willow lantern for the festive season. Once you’ve made your lantern there’s lots of ways you can get involved in the Bring A Little Light events in December. 

Find out more here >> eastsidearts.net/event/lantern-making-workshops-indoors 

2. Capture Creativity and Technology Conference: Friday Nov 6 – Saturday Nov 28th

Capture Conference aims to explore the space between creativity & technology. VR, film, gaming, animation & immersive. Upcoming events include a screening of hit Disney film, Big Hero 6 and a live Q&A with animator Daniel Peixe. DOP Seamus McGarvey will also be partaking in a live Q&A after a film screening of The Greatest Showman.

Find out more here >> https://www.culturenightbelfast.com/packed-programme-for-capture-conference/

3. Belfast Film Festival Presents Cat Video Festival (Online & Public Event): Saturday Nov 28th

The Cat Video Festival is an offline celebration of cat videos. The festival is a live event, gathering fellow feline fanatics to watch a curated collection of cat clips, from six-second vine videos to short films and everything in between in a social environment. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theatres, and raises money for cats in need through partnership with local charities, animal welfare organisations, and shelters.

Find out more here >> belfastfilmfestival.org/

4. Catalyst Dance Festival by Theatre and Dance NI: Thursday Nov 19th 

Theatre and Dance NI alongside Catalyst curator Eileen McClory have designed a platform that will provide the essential opportunity to showcase the dance talent that exists here in Northern Ireland and for choreographers to showcase their work in a professional capacity. The 30 minute film will take you through a showcase of three professional works.

Find out more here >> eventbrite.co.uk

5. Belfast Film Festival Boys from County Hell: Friday Nov 27th

Boys From County Hell follows a crew of hardy road workers, led by a bickering father and son, who must survive the night when they accidentally awaken an ancient Irish vampire. The second feature from the team behind ‘Bad Day for the Cut’. Boys From County Hell was directed by Chris Baugh, produced by Brendan Mullin and Yvonne Donohoe.

Find out more here >> https://belfastfilmfestival.org/films/boys-from-county-hell?fbclid=IwAR0NWDhpoHbcxdJWUwVoPWy9u4oLAVqJ0GnuPNRsxIxBRoxj_iFD9oabD4o 

6. Into Film ScreenWorks Work Experience: Available Now

ScreenWorks, Northern Ireland Screen and Into Film’s work experience programme, has moved online. ScreenWorks provides work experience for 14-19 year olds within the screen industries 

Watch the promo film here >> https://vimeo.com/427371633/590d7f4515 

ScreenWorks Online consists of videos and exercises led by leading professionals all from or working in NI. It’s a great (and free) way for young people to learn about the variety of roles we have here and how to approach a career in the industry. To access ScreenWorks Online, visit www.intofilm.org/screenworksonline or email screenworks@intofilm.org

7. Eastside Arts The annual CS Lewis Festival: Friday Nov 20th – Sunday Nov 22nd 

The CS Lewis Festival goes ahead from November 20-22 with a packed programme including virtual events and outdoor walks and trails. The creator of the fantasyland Narnia and author of the iconic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, has been commemorated in East Belfast with statues and the CS Lewis Square. Kicking off the festival on Friday evening at 7:30 is an online webinar on Grief, God and Theology. The full programme, including links to each event and tickets is available at visiteastside.com

8. The Northern Ireland Festival of Writing: Sunday Nov 1st – Sunday Nov 13th 

Following on from the successful inaugural event in 2019 the NI Festival of Writing is launching an online programme of content to once again encourage and support writers who want to start or develop their skills.Throughout November and December the free online content will include interviews with local writers and content creators, panel events, workshops and masterclasses.Director of the festival, James Murphy, said that the festival intends to become even more successful in encouraging local talent.

Find out more here >> https://www.culturenightbelfast.com/ni-festival-of-writing-goes-online-with-2020-winter-programme/  

Written by Chloe Langton