Open House Belfast
October 19-21 2018

Open House Belfast is back for the fourth year in 2018! Between 19th and 21st October we will open up some of the city’s most interesting buildings and spaces for Belfast’s residents and visitors to experience, free of charge.

The programme once again is eclectic and inspiring. We’re inviting everyone in the city to get inside architectural icons of Belfast, witness jaw-dropping engineering and infrastructure projects, go behind the scenes of unassuming buildings busting with behind-the-scenes activity, and see the future of heritage sites suspended with potential energy. Designers and makers will invite you into their studios and workshops to see and hear about their work.

Alongside our core programme opening up the city’s best buildings, we are excited to include two new partnerships in the festival programme for 2018.

For the first time, we are collaborating with Visual Artists Ireland to incorporate Belfast Open Studios as part of the Open House programme. Artists will open up unique studio spaces across the city, letting people see their work at close hand.

We are also excited to partner with the British Council and the Belfast International Arts Festival to bring a special programme of events relating to the Venice Architecture Biennale to Belfast during Open House Belfast 2018.

As usual, you can expect site visits, public discussions, performances and special events catering for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. So whether you are a resident of Belfast, or visiting the city for the weekend, join us! This is your opportunity to discover the city from new perspectives and uncover the wealth of beauty and activity that we pass by daily. Full programme to be announced in September, you can sign up to the PLACE mailing list to be kept updated.

The Open House Festival concept was initiated in London in 1992 by Open City, and festivals now roll out in cities annually throughout the world. Open House Belfast is part of the Open House Worldwide family. Open House Belfast is kindly sponsored by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and ARUP, with project funding from Belfast City Council and British Council. PLACE is delighted to host and organise the fourth Belfast edition, in partnership with Future Belfast and Visual Artists Ireland.

PLACE is an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting great architecture, design and planning in Northern Ireland. Our purpose is to create a better place to live, work and play. We work with people across Northern Ireland to encourage good design and engineering, and increase public engagement with architecture, planning, construction and related professions to promote civil society and community development.


Open House Belfast website


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