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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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1.9 Million

Visitors welcomed through our doors since opening Icon representing ticket sales 58,441 People attended performaces

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People attended performances

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Primary school children from across NI benefit from free transport to the MAC

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

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People take part in our schools and community activities

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People visit the galleries

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Volunteer hours delivered by our 70 MACtivist volunteers

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People are welcomed through our doors

c. £10 million

The economic impact of the MAC annually


People employed: 42 permanent and 74 casual


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Awards won by the MAC for its marketing, programme, building and brand to date