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Belfast has numerous festivals throughout the year and a full calendar can be found at whttp://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/culture/festivals.asp.

Feb/March

Guinness Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival whttp://www.belfastnashville.com. The North’s love of country music is reflected by this citywide weeklong event in late February, featuring local talent and major US names.

St Patrick’s Dawhttp://www.belfastcitygov.co.uk/events. Carnival parade on 17 March, followed by a major open-air concert in Custom House Square.

April

Titanic Made in Belfast Festival whttp://www.belfastcity.gov.co.uk/events. More than a week of events early in the month celebrating the city’s maritime culture.

Belfast Film Festival t028/9024 6609, whttp://www.belfastfilmfestival.org. The second half of April sees a host of left-field movies and related events with screenings in cinemas, pubs, clubs and other venues.

May/June

Festival of Fools whttp://www.foolsfestival.com. Five-day international street theatre festival, held over the first weekend in May, with events around the city centre.

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival whttp://www.cqaf.com. Lively arts festival, featuring Irish and international acts, spread over ten days in early May.

Belfast City Carnival whttp://www.belfastcarnival.com. Annual themed festival in mid-June centred around a parade and live music in Donegall Square.

July–Aug

Orange Order Parades Orange Order Lodges throughout Belfast commemorate the Battle of the Boyne with parades on 12 July.

Féile An Phobail whttp://www.feilebelfast.com. Week-long music and dance festival at the beginning of August based in West Belfast.

Belfast City Blues Festival whttp://www.belfastcityblues.com. Three days of 12-bar honky-tonk and foot-stomping riffs at the end of August.

Sept–Oct

Open House Festival whttp://www.openhousefestival.com. Rock, folk and traditional music festival held at various venues around the Cathedral Quarter early in September.

Belfast Festival at Queen’s whttp://www.belfastfestival.com. Fortnight-long event held in late October which claims to be Britain’s second-biggest arts festival after Edinburgh.

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