Over the last ten years, OUTBURST has grown from a small community event to an acclaimed festival of local and international queer Arts, culture and ideas.

Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Outburst creates a space for what queer is and means to people NOW — a space for exploring and exploding and questioning and celebrating all kinds of LGBTQ experience through the arts, entertainment and discussion, in a "post-equality" world.

Outburst is global as well as local and sees queer in a global context, within and beyond the European or US experience and beyond the binary.

Through a partnership with British Council, this year's festival boats participants from over 15 countries in a programme that brings to life both the unique stories and common experiences of LGBTQ people in relation to "Home".

 We love events that bring something new to audiences here. From award-winning theatre to cutting-edge commissions, we want to showcase work that is inspiring, challenging and/or just downright entertaining. We also love events that encourage people to be involved in creating social change through the arts and that explore the myth that the arts are only for the few rather than for everyone, or not somehow relevant or integral to how we live.