About the MAC

We’re the MAC, Belfast’s new arts venue.

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

Our world-class building is situated in the heart of Belfast’s bustling Cathedral Quarter, right behind Saint Anne’s Cathedral.We are home to international art exhibitions, the very best in live theatre, experimental works and all manner of weird and wonderful goings-on.

One visit and you’ll discover that the MAC has something for all ages and interests. We hope you love our building as much as we do.

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 Restaurant/Bar
  • 1 Artist-in-Residence Studio
  • 1 Permanent Artwork The Permanent Present

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. 


What does MAC stand for?

It stands for Metropolitan Arts Centre but we're happy for you to call us the MAC, whichever you prefer.

What's in the MAC?

Our beautiful venue in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter is home to all kinds of exhibitions, blockbuster performances, experimental works - with two theatres, 3 visual art galleries and much more.

Opening Hours and Location

When did the MAC open?

The MAC opened its doors to the public on 20 April 2012.

How do I book tickets?

You can book tickets anytime online.

You can phone the ticket line on 028 9023 5053 to book tickets, seven days a week from 10am-7pm.

In person:
Monday to Sunday from 10am - 7pm.

Why are prices different?

We have two theatres at the MAC. Our 350 seater, known as Downstairs at the MAC and our 120 seater, Upstairs at the MAC.

Downstairs at the MAC
To guarantee yourself the best seat in the house, choose one of our Premium tickets, which always cost £25.

Standard Price

Just like the airlines, our standard tickets start low and rise over time, to a maximum of £25 the nearer it gets to the performance. You can save up to 50% on the price of your ticket if you book early. Our promise to you – the earlier you book, the more you save.

Upstairs at the MAC

Prices start low at £12 and rise to a maximum of £17. Again the earlier you book, the better the deal.

Where is the MAC?

The MAC is part of Saint Anne's Square behind St. Anne's Cathedral.

Our address is 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ. The main entrance is off the square, but you can also pop in via Exchange Street West.

How to get here?

We're just a stone's throw from the centre of town and easy to reach, whatever mode of transport you use. You can get full details on how to get here by foot, train, bus and car at Location.

Can I park nearby?

You can park securely at Saint Anne's Square multi-storey car park, which is on Edward Street right beside the MAC. The car park is open 24 hours.

There's a special evening rate if you're going to a show of just £3.50, otherwise it's £1.20 an hour during the day.

Is the MAC open on Sundays?

Yes, the MAC is open on Sundays. We want the MAC to play its part in making our city centre a fun, busy and exciting place to be.

We're open seven days a week, from 10am to 7pm, or later on performance nights. As well as our shows and exhibitions, we have a range of activities, talks, tours and happenings to make sure you get the most out of your visit to the MAC.

How is it funded?

The MAC was created with a series of investments totalling £18m. The total package was made up by significant support from Department for Culture Arts & Leisure, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Department for Social Development, Laganside Corporation and Belfast City Council, as well as contributions from charitable foundations and the business sector.

Who designed the building?

We ran an International Open Design Competition with Royal Institute of British Architects to select the team that would design the MAC. We received responses from architects from all around the world including Japan, the USA, Australia, mainland Europe, London, Dublin and of course, Belfast. Following a rigorous selection procedure Belfast-based firm Hackett Hall McKnight were appointed to lead an integrated design team to design the MAC. Hackett Hall McKnight went on to win the UK-wide Young Architect of the Year Award in October 2008.

We think they have designed a stunning building, we hope you agree.

Who built the MAC?

The MAC has been built by Bowen Mascott JV (a company owned by Mascott Construction Ltd).

Can I exhibit my work in the MAC's galleries?

The MAC's curatorial team is always interested to receive updates from both emergent and established artists in the form of invitations, publications, e-flyers and weblinks. This forms part of its ongoing process of research. However, the team cannot accept unsolicited exhibition proposals and is therefore sadly unable to reply to these submissions.

Who do I contact if I have any more questions?

Just give us a call on 028 9023 5053 or email tickets@themaclive.com