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Belfast Holidays Overview
Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland, and was built around the boat building business. Initially settled as a safe haven for ships looking for respite from Atlantic storms, Belfast became a busy sea port and a ship building centre by the early twentieth century.
The city suffered as the shipbuilding industry declined, and the Belfast Blitz during the Second World War destroyed much of the centre. The late 1960s saw the onset of the Troubles, which carried on into the 1990s.
The Belfast of today has seen a remarkable transformation, and a great deal of money has been invested in the city to make it a hub of art, culture, and fashion. The streets are lined with trendy bars and restaurants, superb shopping centres, and top class visitors attractions.
Belfast is a party city with festivals every month and a vibrant clubbing and live music scene. The most attractive part of Belfast, however, remains its people, whose warmth and friendliness never changes.
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Open House Festival
In September Belfast hosts a superb boutique bluegrass festival, with over fifty musical acts performing over three days. The performance venues are small and intimate, and the musical genres vary widely from Cajun & Creole, Punk Blues to Traditional Irish and American Roots Music.
RUA Annual Exhibition
Every year in November, the Royal Ulster Academy puts on an exciting visual arts exhibition. The exhibition is held in the Northern Bank Building and includes pieces by some of Irelandís most prestigious and well known artists alongside young new talent. Exhibits range from traditional paintings and sculpture, to printmaking, photography and installation.
Summer Street Theatre
Every Sunday throughout the summer Belfast Circus School performs in the Cotton Court area of the Cathedral Quarter. Performers from around the world put on four short shows throughout the afternoon. Admission is free and the event is ideal for families with children.
holidays - How to Get There
The flight time between Australia and Belfast is around twenty five hours, using a combination of British Airways, Qantas, and BMI, and stopping over in Singapore and London Heathrow.