Our Venue

Our Venue


The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), situated in the heart of Belfast’s bustling Cathedral Quarter, is home to a range of international art exhibitions, the very best in live theatre, experimental works and since 2014 has been the home of the Belfast Media Festival.

The venue is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 7pm or later on performance nights.

The MAC is an award winning facility that has 2 theatres (a 250 seater and a 120 seater), 3 art galleries, 1 rehearsal space, 1 dance studio, 3 education and workshop rooms, 4 offices for resident art groups, 1 restaurant and bar (NATIVE by Yellow Door), 1 artist-in-residence studio and 1 permanent artwork.

028 9023 5053
Website: www.themaclive.com

10 Exchange Street West, Belfast BT1 2NJ, United Kingdom

Need a place to stay?

Belfast is home to a whole host of great accommodation for delegates visiting the Belfast Media Festival.


View available hotels closest to The MAC on hotels.com




The closest parking to The MAC and the Belfast Media Festival are Dunbar Street and Exchange Street public car parks, both a short walk from the venue itself.

Check out the full list of city car parks managed by Belfast City Council

Getting Here




Belfast International Airport is Northern Ireland’s Principal Airport and the second largest gateway on the Island of Ireland, operating 24/7 all year round. The airport is located 13 miles north-west of the city, and is a 20 minute taxi ride, or slightly longer bus journey to Belfast City Centre (service number 300 to the Europa Buscentre) You can fly to Belfast International from the following destinations within the UK, as well as a variety of international cities:
Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Liverpool, London (Gatwick, Luton & Stansted), Manchester and Newcastle




George Best Belfast City Airport, adjacent to the Port of Belfast is three miles away from Belfast City Centre and is served by bus and rail links to and from the city centre. The airport is a short taxi journey to anywhere in the City Centre. Belfast City Airport can be reached from the following UK airports:
Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Heathrow, London City, Manchester and Southampton.

Our Sponsors

Principal Partners


  • Belfast City Council


  • PRS


  • Pact
  • Crawford McCann
  • Imagine TV
  • Creative Europe Desk UK
  • Virgin Media