Belfast International Festival of Performance Art 2017

Monday 13 November 10.00am to Saturday 18 November
to 6.00pm

The Belfast International Festival of Performance Art is an annual festival, which was established by Brian Connolly in 2013. It evolved out of a series of previous performance art events within the Belfast School of Art. It was established as an independent festival program within the University in 2016.

BIFPA generates new performance artworks by international, national & local artists, along with work created by students and recent graduates of the Fine Art Course.

The festival program regularly includes: Key Lectures, Student Seminars, Public Discussions, Group Performances, Student Workshops, Films, Performance Documentation Screenings and Book Launches.

The majority of the performance artworks occur within, or in the vicinity of, the Glass Box Gallery in the Foyer of the Belfast Campus, but other satellite venues and locations have been used in the past, these include: Pollen Gallery, City Streets, Buoy Park, T2, etc.

Connolly views the BIFPA festival as an opportunity to bring the best performers and performance artwork into the School of Art for both students and public audiences. The festival aims to provide opportunities for students to encounter, witness, participate and experience contemporary performance art practice.

Much of the planning, organising and running of the festival is achieved with the help of student volunteers, recent graduates and local artists. The annual festival has been funded via Arts & Culture Development within the Ulster University.

The full schedule is listed below.

Thursday 9 November



‘Future Histories’ Film– Introduced by Niamh Murphy
(Dublin Live Art Festival)
Conor Lecture Theatre

Monday 13 November

10-4pmStudent Workshop Day 1
Run by Rachel Rankin, Shirley MacWilliam and Dominic Thorpe
Library and Pollen Studios
2-4pmScreening of Performance Art DocumentationFoyer Space

Tuesday 14 November

10-5pmStudent Workshop Day 2Run by Rachel Rankin andDominic ThorpePollen Studios
10-5pmScreening of Performance Art DocumentationFoyer Space

Wednesday 15 November

10-5pmScreening of Performance Art DocumentationFoyer Space
3-5pmStudent Workshop PresentationsPollen Studios
6-6.30pmBIFPA Festival Launch EventFoyer Space
6-7.30pmBBeyond ‘Equinox’ Film ScreeningFoyer Space

Thursday 16 November

10-8.30pmScreening of Performance Art DocumentationFoyer Space
2-5pmStudent and Graduate Artists Performances (TBC)Glass Box Gallery and Foyer Space
6.30-7pmHelena HamiltonGlass Box Gallery
7-7.40pmElvira Santamaria TorresOutside Belfast campus, on street
7.45-8.45pmKeike TwisselmanGlass Box Gallery

Friday 17 November

10-7pmScreening of Performance Art DocumentationFoyer Space
10-12pmFriday Morning Student Seminar – Household Project5th Floor Seminar Room (Invitation only)
2-5pmStudent and Graduate Artists PerformancesGlass Box Gallery and Foyer Space
6.30-7pmPaul KingGlass Box Gallery
7.30-9pmSandra Johnston and Dominic ThorpeGlass Box Gallery and Foyer Space

Saturday 18 November

12-2pmBBeyond Monthly MeetingGlass Box Gallery

Ulster University believes that creativity is a cornerstone of society. It has a very important part to play in our quality of life, wealth and civilisation.

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