Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s highlights

October 2, 2013

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The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s is Ireland’s largest contemporary international arts festival delivering world-class experiences for everyone. In 2013 this unique event will expand the possibilities of presenting great works of art from home and abroad throughout the city and bring audiences something that they cannot see elsewhere.

From Thursday 17th – Sunday 27th October in venues throughout North, East, South and West Belfast the Belfast Festival will offer new ways to experience, engage and participate in a unique menu of artistic works that seek to both enlighten and entertain.

Audiences will be able to look into the face of the new Belfast, participate in parliamentary theatre experiences, debate the legacies of past leaders, celebrate emerging and established masterworks from across Europe, or simply share a drink with friends whilst listening to the best of new music from around the globe in the new Music Club. This year’s highlights include:


A major land-art portrait transforming five acres of land in the Titanic Quarter into the portrait of an anonymous child.  Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada will be working with volunteers from all over Belfast to complete the piece in time for the opening of this year’s Festival on Thursday 17th October.



Bullet Catch

The Irish premiere of Rob Drummond’s “edge of your seat’ performance of the infamous magical trick that has claimed the lives of 12 people since it was first performed in 1613. (Limited availability)  belfastfestival.com/BulletCatch





Pending Vote

Roger Bernat’s UK and Irish premiere of his theatrical experiment in political theatre. (Limited availability)







Elmwood Hall Music Club

Cabaret style venue with an eclectic mix of world-class musicians from home and abroad. Intimate and relaxed – a place to discover the latest emerging world talent, including Portuguese Fado star Carminho and Alternative Indie Rock band Efterklang.




A weekend of Dance at the MAC

Featuring stunning performances from Spanish contemporary dance legend Sol Pico in Memories D’una Puca.




La Serenissima

Leading historical performance ensemble present Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Clonard Monastery.




Ars Nova Copenhagen

Danish choral ensemble create a magical concert at St Gerard’s Church.


Other highlights include Talks from  award-winning Guardian columnist and US correspondent, Gary Younge, author of The Speech, The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream, and don’t miss out on an excellent Film Noir Season at QFT.

Closing Concert

The festival will draw to a close on Sunday 27th October at The Ulster Hall with a performance by The Ulster Orchestra entitled The Swan Songs of Strauss.


The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s runs from 17th – 27th October at venues all over the city. Box Office is now open so to find out more and book tickets visit Belfast Festival  - www.belfastfestival.com or call us on 028 9097 1197.


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