What is The Mac


We're the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre). Belfast's brand new arts venue.

We select, create and mix up music, theatre, dance and art - bringing you the very best of local and international talent under one roof.

The MAC is somewhere with something for all ages and interests, we're jam-packed with diverse and extraordinary things to see and do.

Our world-class venue in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter is home to all kinds of exhibitions, blockbuster performances, experimental works and endless goings-on.

The Mac by numbers

  • 2 Theatres (350/120 Seater)
  • 3 Art Galleries
  • 1 Rehearsal Space
  • 1 Dance Studio
  • 3 Education & Workshop Rooms
  • 4 Offices for Resident Art Groups
  • 1 CafĂ© & Bar
  • 1 Artist-in-Residence Studio
  • 1 Permanent Artwork

The Permanent Present

We are deeply grateful to all our partners who have helped us create the MAC and we are particularly proud to have worked closely with The Thomas Devlin Fund in the commissioning and creation of a stunning and permanent artwork in our main foyer space. We wanted to commission an artwork that would comment on The Thomas Devlin Fund's commitment to highlighting the futility of violence as well as the hopes, aspirations and ambitions of young people.

The Permanent Present by Mark Garry is a graceful spectrum of light made up of hundreds of lines of colour that travels through the MAC's atrium space. The artist has created a work that responds to its location and context in an ephemeral, positive and hopeful manner. We hope you enjoy it.

Opening Hours

We are open seven days a week, from 10am to 7pm - or later on performance nights.