Tag Archives | Belfast Festival

Turandot 15 Credit Ludwig Olah State Theatre of Nuremberg

Is Turandot the most controversial artistic production ever staged in Northern Ireland?

Following their successful production of Salome back in February, NI Opera’s Steven Hadley introduces the company’s next show Turandot [Ed – everyone can hum along with Nessun Dorma!] which he promises will challenge audience views on wealth, consumerism and the power of art to shock, educate and entertain. Is Northern Ireland ready? Northern Ireland Opera more…

Belfast Festival NOT At Queens

Belfast Festival at Queens is dead … long live Belfast Festival (without QUB funding)

Queen’s University, Belfast have today announced that they are ending their financial support for the Belfast Festival. The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens received 13% of its funding from the university, which also hosted many events on its premises over the last 52 years. While QUB blame the significant cuts to the public purse more…

More Than A Flag 13

More Than A Flag – East Belfast bandsmen poignantly look back at WW1 as the audience see potential #BelFest

Twelve young guys who couldn’t be much older than twenty. Most with no acting experience. Some haven’t been in a theatre never mind standing on a stage. Bandsmen. Proud of their community, proud of their culture and their flag. Often derided, stereotyped, and written off. Over the last couple of months, Dan Gordon has realised more…

Paul Conroy

Extra tickets now available for Paul Conroy’s talk at Belfast Festival (Monday 9.15pm talk added) #BelFest

Good news for all those people who were disappointed when the lecture by war photographer and film maker Paul Conroy at this year’s Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s sold out very quickly. Tickets for a second talk has been just been released for 9.15pm on Monday evening. Paul Conroy was lucky to escape with more…

photo by Arno Declair

Schaubühne’s “An Enemy of the People” – an incredible political thriller coming to Belfast Festival #BelFest

Dirty politics, abandoned loyalties, live music, paint thrown around and questions about the role of individuals and the state … The plot of An Enemy of the People could be a big screen thriller in the cinema. Instead this is probably the best of a new generation of theatre that will play on the island more…

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens

A little bit of politics at the Belfast Festival – turning a theatre into a parliament

A few events touching on politics from the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s which runs from Thursday 17 to Sunday 27 October. Pending Vote is the Irish première where the theatre becomes a parliament and the audience have remote controls to vote to decide the future of our community and the evening’s performance. Lyric more…

Nelson McCausland speaking about unionist culture the night before the main November 2010 DUP conference

50:50 is back … for arts festivals

Should arts festivals (that receive public funding) display a balance across their programming of musical tastes and political opinion? Nelson McCausland is in the news again. It’s a question that’s raised once more as the BBC lead their bulletins with the results of an FOI request to DCAL that has revealed the local minister’s directions more…