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The Ulster Hall dates back to 1862 and lies in the heart of the city. The interesting yellow-bricked balcony and wrought ironwork add to the building's attractions. The Ulster Hall is among Belfast's premier venues, catering for concerts ranging from the Manic Street Preachers to organ recitals, rock gigs to Rimsky-Korsakov. Political rallies and debates are also held here. Most importantly of all, however, the Ulster Hall is a popular venue for the world-renowned Ulster Orchestra. Look out for the organ pipes of one of the most valuable organs in the world that dominate the back of the hall, as well as the acclaimed historical paintings of Belfast that line the walls.
The Grand Opera House is one of the city's great signature buildings. Restored to its Victorian glory in 1980, it is a masterpiece in gilt and plush scarlet. The pièce de la résistance of this lavish interior being the elephants that support the boxes. The venue maintains its operatic traditions, with regular visits by some of the world's greatest opera companies. In recent years, the Royal Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet have both performed at this venue as well as artists taking part in the annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival. Ticket prices vary per performance.
The Limelight is one of the better small venues for live gigs and has a long list of star performers like Mercury Rev, to the Low Fidelity Allstars who have played here. Various events like Shag Student night and a typical loud club weekend, Helter Skelter draw crowds. Come and fill your ears with indie, brit pop and hip hop. They also have sub-venues such as Limelight 1 and Limelight 2 within the main premises, making it ideal to host several events at the same time.
This huge venue is a hot-spot of musical events in Belfast. Oh Yeah Music Centre has actively promoted local talent and different genres of music over the years. Located in the Cathedral Square, this venue has evolved into a cultural hub in the area. The place boasts of sparkling concerts by Elbow, Gary Lightbody and a whole lot of popular entertainers. The venue has a large space for performances and smaller supportive units. Check the website for more information on rental spaces and bookings.
Belfast Waterfront is a dazzling facility on the banks of the Lagan. It is the signature highlight of the Laganside redevelopment and one of the architectural gems of the city. This acclaimed venue is not only a hub for corporate functions but is one of the leading entertainment destinations in the region. Hosting world class events that span from rock to ballet, theater to stand-up comedy, concerts to opera and seasonal shows, it covers almost all aspects of performing arts. The complex features 40 rooms including the auditorium and studio for varying events and capacities.
The MAC or Metropolitan Arts Centre is the latest addition to the Belfast art scene. Featuring theaters, art galleries, boardrooms, rehearsal spaces, offices for resident artists and so forth, the MAC is a popular events center. From music, movies, children's workshops to dance performances, it touches base with diverse aspects of visual and performing arts. Apart from the regular events like art exhibitions, it also hosts artist talk series and tours of this center. For more details and event schedule, check website.