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Come Visit the Belfast International Arts Festival

The Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival (9th October – 1st November) returns with a world-class programme of theatre, performance art, moving image, visual art, dance and music.

The new international festival will reflect both the changing city and the continuing evolution of creative practice from around the world and will feature artists and performers from across the globe, bringing everything Belfast audiences have come to expect in recent years from the Festival and more.

Helping launch Belfast’s stellar line-up of performances, festivals and events for autumn 2015 were Fiona Cunningham of Tourism NI, Richard Wakely, Director of the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival, and Anne McMullan of Visit Belfast. The major tourism industry briefing, held in Dublin, further underlined the city’s growing reputation as an exciting world class leisure and business tourist destination.Photo: Fennells
Helping to launch Belfast’s stellar line-up of performances, festivals and events for autumn 2015 were Fiona Cunningham, Tourism NI; Richard Wakely, Director, Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival; and Anne McMullan, Visit Belfast

The festival will open with Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive starring Adrian Dunbar at the Lyric Theatre. Other theatre highlights from local artists include the world premiere of The Suitcase written by Jane Coyle at the Belfast Synagogue in the north of the city, which tells the poignant story of a Jewish family.

Highlighting the eclectic nature of this year’s festival, the art and culture of India and Mexico will be showcased together with the spoken word, physical theatre and contemporary dance by acclaimed stage artists from across the globe and new collaborative works and installations from across Europe.

Georgie Fame
Georgie Fame

In this, the 50th anniversary of his chart topping hit ‘Yeh, Yeh’, Georgie Fame hits the road for a very limited number of UK tour dates. With his much-loved blend of jazz and rhythm & blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become a true icon of the British music scene.

So far there have been more than 20 albums and 14 hit singles, including the Number 1’s: Yeh Yeh, Getaway and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde. Add to this a long list of collaborations with some of music’s most famous names, including Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, among many others, and in Georgie Fame you have a bona fide music legend!

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