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Tether Festival

  • East Belfast Various locations (map)

Building on the success of its previous incarnation as the East Belfast Arts Festival, Tether boasts a brand new programme of events, taking place from Thursday 21st to Monday 25th May.

Board member Adam Turkington explains, ‘Our new name, Tether, refers to the famous ropeworks that used to be in East Belfast. Without ropes, the big ship just floats off. That connection to the ground, to something steady and solid, is what makes everything else possible. We have a rich tradition of creativity in the East. There are so many people here doing interesting, exciting, important things, every day. We want to remind people how much there is, right here on our doorstep.’

And so, throughout the festival, doors across East Belfast will be thrown open. Visitors will be invited to explore the historic Strand cinema, take a dip in Templemore Baths, or examine the creative processes at work in some local art studios. Perhaps you’d like to check out the comedy on offer in Boundary Brewing, East Belfast’s brand new cooperative brewery, or maybe a party in a polytunnel is more your thing? The programme also includes a wide range of musical offerings, a diverse selection of movies, and plenty of opportunities for conversation – about the arts, about East Belfast, and about what really matters.

View the programme below, or visit

Earlier Event: May 16
Woollen Woods Grand Opening
Later Event: May 23
5th Annual NI Tattoo Convention