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2nd May 2024

New gala brings together NI Opera, ballet and more to celebrate city’s creative arts this June

As part of a year-long programme for Belfast Exposed’s 40th anniversary, a black-tie gala event will take place in City Hall this June.

Northern Ireland’s leading centre for photography is marking four decades at the vanguard of the visual arts movement with a major celebration of the creative industries in Belfast and its ground-breaking work in therapeutic photography.

The Belfast Exposed anniversary gala on Thursday, June 6th, is bringing together a roster of entertainment to enthral guests from the moment they arrive. NI Opera has been confirmed as one of the artistic elements throughout the evening, to be joined by High Points Youth Ballet and the Big Belfast Choir, with more still to be announced.

Guests will arrive to enjoy a retrospective exhibition showcasing 40 years of ground-breaking images that captured the essence of Northern Ireland and its people through the years. A drinks reception in the iconic rotunda of City Hall will be followed by a three-course meal in the Great Room.

Deirdre Robb, CEO of Belfast Exposed, said:

“In the arts, Belfast is synonymous with great photographers and iconic images, and we want to celebrate these and the talent we have right on our doorstep across the creative sector.

“With all the fantastic artists currently working throughout Northern Ireland, we are delighted with the programme of entertainment we have and we cannot wait to share in this celebration with all who join us on the night.

With tickets available to the public, whether individual, group or corporate sales, the gala will bring together representatives from across the cultural, civic and tourism sectors. The event will also launch the first issue of Belfast Exposed’s new magazine, ‘Lenscape’.

Deirdre continued:

“‘Lenscape’ is our new high-quality coffee table title, bringing a targeted mix of culture, creativity, food, travel and more, championing creativity across NI.

“The anniversary gala will be one of the social events of the year, so we know it will be the perfect platform from which to launch Lenscape to a targeted audience of more than 200 movers, shakers and fans of the arts and creative sector.” 

Tickets to the Gala are £100 each and are available by contacting Belfast Exposed via or by calling 02890230965.