Routes Europe 2017

The route development forum for Europe

Belfast, Northern Ireland
23 – 25 April 2017

Sunday Evening Activities

On Sunday, 23 April, Team Northern Ireland have organised a series of tours, performances and concerts to enhance delegates' experience of the city.

art tours

Street Art walking tours

This tour offers such a refreshing view on Belfast! Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years, these are two separate 45 minute tours, by knowledgeable locals, to the ever changing face of Street Art in the Cathedral Quarter. 

Location: Departs from City Hall and ends at Cathedral Quarter (St Anne's Square)
Times: 7:30pm - 8:15pm and 7:45pm - 8:30pm

walking tours

Belfast Walking Tours

A 45 minute stroll through the City Centre with an experienced guide. These entertaining, quirky and informative tours will provide an overview of Belfast’s evolving history and point out buildings of interest, whilst leading delegates to the Cathedral Quarter area.

Location: Departs from City Hall and ends at Cathedral Quarter (St Anne's Square)
Times: 7:30pm - 8:15pm and 7:45pm - 8:30pm


Making street art - artists at work 

Two street artists will be working on two new murals in the Cathedral Quarter area

Location: Walls/Murals in Cathedral Quarter
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Babcock and Bobbins

Fire dancing - Babcock and Bobbins

Babcock and Bobbins will provide a spectacular fire display in St Anne's Square, including fire juggling, fire poi, fire breathing, shoulder stands and stilt walking. 

Location: St Anne's Square
7:00pm - 10:00pm

becky laidlaw

Fire dancing - Becky Laidlaw

Becky is a seasoned international fire performer and provides beautiful fire performances with fire poi, body burning, and fire fans.  

Location: Front of City Hall
Times: 5:00pm - 6:00pm and 7:00 - 8:30pm

the raven sisters

The Raven Sisters: LED Hula hoop dancers

The Raven Sisters have years of experience in circus performance and will provide stunning light-up hoop displays around St Anne’s Square and will promenade around the Cathedral Quarter area. 

Location: Cathedral Quarter and St Annes Square
7:00pm - 10:00pm



Larks is an electro indie band showcasing Fiona O’Kane’s songwriting ability. She draws influence from Kate Bush, London Grammar, and Bat for Lashes. She has worked with famous producers and has showcased her music internationally. Larks is sure to join the ranks of Ireland’s best over the next few years. 

Location: Duke of York back bar
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm


Travis is a Tourist

Travis Gilbert is young but has used his voice to travel the world! He has written his own songs and has been invited to perform across the USA, UK and Ireland. His genre is gentle but edgy pop and he is inspired by Kings of Leon.

Location: Duke of York back bar
Time: 9:30pm - 11:00pm


The Metropolitan Arts Centre

The MACs 3 galleries will be open until 9pm (as will their bar) and there will be gallery assistants available to talk to delegates. The galleries currently showcase a major new exhibition guest curated by Manuela Pacella, that brings together several multi-layered projects across a range of media by Italian artists Riccardo Giacconi, Invernomuto, and Luca Trevisani.

Location: the Metropolitan Arts Centre
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

belfast music

Acoustic acts

A series of quality original and local up and coming music acts will perform in St Anne’s Square.

Location: St Anne's Square
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Night time Piano Blues

A local pianist will entertain with soft and sweet piano melodies in a jazz/ blues style, in the cute and quirky setting of the ‘hidden’ upstairs bar in the Cathedral Quarter which has a host of bar memorabilia on display and is normally only open for private functions.

Location: Upstairs in Harp Bar
7:30pm - 10:30pm

Additional information

  • The Duke of York will be open until midnight on Sunday, 23 April and the whiskey shop opposite the Harp Bar, the Friend at Hand, will also be open that evening.
  • The Black Box will have their Slow Jam Sundays in their front Green Room, 6.00-11.00pm, featuring downtempo and eclectic beats, homemade rustic pizza and local drinks including craft beers. Music will be by Belfast’s best female DJ’s, and the genre is low slung Balearic blissed out vibes, with beautiful local art visuals to match. Next door in their bigger Black Box performance space, there will be a comedian from BBC Radio 4 Hardeep Singh Kohli at 8.00pm, tickets still available.

The Cathedral Quarter is a short 7-10 min walk from Belfast City Hall. If you are interested in continuing your night in this vibrant part of the city just let our volunteers know and they will be happy to direct you!