The MAC: That's What I Call Entertainment
Nestled in the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter is one of the most stylish and accessible entertainment venues in the city. The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) houses music, theatre, dance and art under one roof. If you haven't been yet, it's worth popping in for a look around - no need to be shy as it's open to the public and everyone is welcomed through the doors.
Aside from a jam packed entertainment line up, what I love about the MAC is the great vibe of the building, every niche is filled with personality. Public artworks, a cafe, a soft seating area with battered old sofas and board games, a bright family room - this venue offers something really unique. Yes, you can book in to some amazing workshops, festivals and shows, but you can also just pop in for a dander and enjoy the vibe (washed down with coffee in my case). It's a great spot to step out of the hustle and bustle - or take a break from shopping with little ones and enjoy your coffee in the family room while they play (as the mum of two small children I know exactly how valuable this is!).
Under The MAC roof you’ll find:
3 art galleries
1 rehearsal space
1 dance studio
3 education & workshop rooms
4 offices for resident art groups
1 cafe & bar
1 artist in residence studio
1 permanent artwork
Entertainment ranges from a Jazz Supper Club to comedy, music and theatre. I'm looking forward to upcoming comedy Luisa Omielan’s 'What would Beyoncé do?!', (April) which has just completed a sell-out Edinburgh run as well as four sell-out runs at London’s Soho Theatre earlier this year.
Regular family fun days offer great rainy day activities, such as Jigsaw Collages (June) - playing with colourful collage and geometric shapes to create large abstract jigsaw art works inspired by Richard Gorman’s artwork. For slightly older kids, a Dance Summer School and Rock School (August) will be big hits.
In theatre, The Dubliner's Dilemma based on James Joyce’s famous first book, will bring to life the stories and controversies surrounding The Dubliners and its author.
Check out their website for the full lowdown on what's on. Be sure to look out for 'Dinner & A Show Deals' on some performances.
The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ
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Nic is a Belfast beauty blogger, freelance writer and mum, with a penchant for Chanel lipstick, shopping & strong coffee. As editor of Strawberry Blonde Beauty, she helps steer women through the beautysphere with reviews, tips and the lowdown on the latest releases. Nic loves exploring Belfast's thriving cultural scene and agrees with Dorothy that there's no place like home.