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Metropolitan Arts Centre
Metropolitan Arts Centre Review
Starkly, eye-catchingly beautiful, and flooded with light, the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) is Northern Ireland's new flagship home for the arts, and has reenergized the Cathedral Quarter's flourishing creative scene. Six stories tall, and with two theaters, three art galleries, and artists' studios—along with a café, a bar, and a restaurant—the MAC opened in 2012. The centerpiece of the neo-Palladian St. Anne's Square development, with its semi-colonnaded piazza, the MAC makes an astonishing statement all by itself with redbrick and dark basalt, oak furnishings, Danish fabric panels, steel balustrades, bronze window frames, and dark-gray terrazzo flooring. Downstairs is a 350-seat auditorium, while upstairs is a 120-seat studio. The galleries present up-and-coming Northern Irish artists such as Mary McIntyre and Claire Morgan as well as attention-grabbing temporary exhibitions incorporating the works of world-renowned artists. Ushers, known as MACtivists, are on hand to help point you in the right direction.
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