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About Us

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

The MAC is a cultural hub and since opening in 2012 has quickly become a beacon for the ongoing regeneration of Belfast.  Open 363 days per year, we offer an eclectic programme of visual art, theatre, dance, family workshops and lots more. 

Since opening in 2012, an amazing 1.5 million visitors have come through the doors of the MAC. These visitors have attended more than 3,000 live performances, 39 visual art exhibitions, 100 family workshops and collectively drunk over 90,000 cups of coffee.

 The MAC never fails to impress with the quality, breadth and ambition of its programming.  
A word from our Arts Council

The Permanent Present

The Permanent Present is the MAC's only permanent artwork, a major sculptural work by Irish artist Mark Garry commissioned by The Thomas Devlin Fund and the MAC. The sculpture consists of 400 metal wires in the main foyer of the MAC, creating a spectrum of colour that travels through the space. The installation reflects The Thomas Devlin Fund’s commitment to highlighting the futility of violence as well as the hopes and aspirations of our young people.

The Permanent Present, by Mark Garry

For inspiration. For art. For you.

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1.7 Million

Visitors welcomed through our doors

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Discount applied to community and schools tickets to make accessing the MAC even more affordable

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Primary school children from across NI who've benefited from free transport to the MAC

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People have taken part from community groups in North, West, South and East Belfast

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Children with special educational needs have experienced theatre for the first time through our unique MACtile Tours programme

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Young people gained a nationally recognised qualification through our ‘Arts Award’ training programme

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Volunteer hours delivered by our 60 MACtivist volunteers

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People have taken part in our schools and community activities

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Cups of coffee enjoyed at NATIVE