Crescent Arts Centre

The Crescent is a diverse community arts centre which has served the population of Belfast and beyond with a wide range of arts and cultural activities for almost 30 years. It is housed in an historic four storey listed building located at 2-4 University Road, built originally in 1873 as what would later become Victoria College.

The neutral location of the building, with central rail and bus access encourages visits and attendance from all communities, and has provided excellent opportunity for cross-community work. The outreach programme is developing and growing, embracing new arts and cultural developments and creating new partnerships.

The programme offered by the Crescent embraces the visual arts, many forms of dance and movement, verbal arts, music in many forms, theatre and drama activities, crafts, and an extensive programme of activities and workshops for young people. The wide-ranging programme has been a key and critical provider of culturally diverse activities throughout the centre’s existence. Many of those attending classes and workshops in the Crescent have had their first encounter there with a particular art form or activity.

Professional tutors work with all ages, ranges of ability and disability, and at all levels of expertise. There are two key festivals each year, ‘Between the Lines Literary Festival’, and ‘Citydance’. Exhibitions are held in the dedicated gallery spaces.

The Crescent offers to a number of carefully-selected tenants the opportunity to have office space, with classes/workshops/event spaces as needed, in an appropriate cultural environment. It also hires spaces for appropriate activities by accredited arts and cultural organisations and individuals.

The Ulster History Circle have erected a Blue Plaque at the Crescent dedicated to Margaret Byers 1832-1912. Byers founded Victoria College, Belfast in 1859. She was active in both temperance and suffragette movements.
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Opening times:

Variable - depending on events and classes.

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Location / Directions

From George Best Belfast City Airport:
1. Head south on Airport Rd
210 ft / 64m
2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Airport Rd
0.2 mi /0.3km
3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit
0.2 mi / 0.3km
4. Slight left at A2/Sydenham Bypass
1.6 mi / 2.6km
5. Take the A2 ramp
0.2 mi / 0.4km
6. Slight right at Bridge End Flyover (signs for A2)
0.2 mi / 0.4km
7. Slight right at A2/Bridge End
Continue to follow A2
0.4 mi / 0.6km
8. Slight left at A20 (signs for M1)
0.3 mi / 0.5km
9. Turn right at A20/East Bridge St

From Belfast International Airport:
1. Head southeast toward Crumlin Rd
292 ft / 89m
2. Continue straight onto Crosshill Rd
1.4 mi / 2.3km
3. Turn left at Manse Rd
0.4 mi / 0.6km
4. Turn left at A52/Nutts Corner Rd
Continue to follow A52
Go through 1 roundabout
11.6 mi / 18.6km
5. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto B39/Woodvale Rd
Continue to follow B39
1.7 mi / 2.7km
6. Turn right at B126/Millfield
0.2 mi / 0.4km
7. Continue straight onto A501/Divis St
Continue to follow A501
0.2 mi / 0.3km
8. Turn left at A1/Welli

From the North:
1. Head south on M1 toward Exit 3
0.1 mi / 0.2km
2. At junction 3, exit toward Finaghy/A1/Dunmurry
0.1 mi 0.2km
3. Turn left at A512/Blacks Rd
0.1 mi / 60m
4. Slight left to stay on A512/Blacks Rd
197 ft / 60m
5. Slight left at A1/Upper Lisburn Rd
Continue to follow A1
3.2 mi / 5.1km
6. Turn right at Fountainville Ave
449 ft / 0.1km
7. Turn right at B23/University Rd
361 ft / 0.1km
8. Turn left at University St
0.5 mi / 0.8km
9. Turn right at A24/Ormeau Rd
Destination will be on the

From the South:
1. Head south on M2 toward Exit 1b
1.3 mi / 2.1km
2. Continue on M3 (signs for Bangor/M3/Belfast (E)/Newcastle)
0.6 mi / 1.0km
3. At junction 1, take the A2 exit to Belfast (E)/Newcastle
0.2 mi / 0.4km
4. Slight left at A2/Middlepath St
0.2 mi / 0.3km
5. Slight right to stay on A2/Middlepath St (signs for M1/A2/Newcastle/A24/Downpatrick/A7)
121 ft / 37m
6. Turn right at A2/Bridge End
295 ft / 90m
7. Slight left at A23/Short Strand (signs for Newcastle/Downpatrick/A24/A7)
Continue to follow

By Public Transport:
1. Head east on A1/Donegall Square N toward Donegall Pl
200 ft / 61m
2. Turn right at A1
413 ft / 0.1km
3. Slight right to stay on A1
92 ft / 28m
4. Turn right at A1/Donegall Square S
0.1 mi / 0.2km
5. Turn left at A1/Bedford St
0.2 mi / 0.3km
6. Slight left at Ormeau Ave
0.2 mi / 0.4km
7. Turn right at A24/Ormeau Rd
Destination will be on the right
0.5 mi / 0.8km

From Belfast Port:
1. Head southwest on Clarendon Rd toward A2/Corporation Square
0.2 mi / 0.4km
2. Turn left at A2/Corporation Square
Continue to follow A2
0.3 mi / 0.5km
3. Slight right at A2/Donegall Quay
305 ft / 93m
4. Continue on A20
0.3 mi / 0.5km
5. Turn right at A20/East Bridge St
Continue to follow A20
0.1 mi / 0.2km
6. Slight left at A24/Cromac St
Continue to follow A24
Destination will be on the right
0.7 mi / 1.2km
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Cafe
  • Toilets
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Contact Details

2-4 University Road
County Antrim

Tel: (028) 9024 2338