The scheme which ran for one night last year was so successful, Ulster Bank decided to increase the fun this year by extending it over four nights.
Stephen Cruise, Head of Branch Banking, Private and Financial Planning NI says the free tickets are to help open the world of arts and entertainment to those who might not otherwise have access to them.
“We believe that accessibility to festival events so that people from all sections of our community can participate reflects the Ulster Bank’s inclusive approach to its support of sports and education as well as the arts.”
“All the tickets we made available last year were used and we’re delighted to be able to repeat the scheme this year as title sponsors of the festival,” says Mr Cruise.
The 400 tickets for Nights for Belfast will be available for the following shows:
· 20 October: Ray Davies, “Godfather of Brit Pop” and founder of world famous band The Kinks (‘You Really Got Me’’)
· 21 October: voice ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, described by Nelson Mandela as ‘South Africa’s cultural ambassadors’, who will woo their audience with a mix of soulful gospel and energetic dance moves.
· 30 October: Lesley Garrett and Emma Johnson take the stage at Clonard to delight the audience with melodic folk songs
· 31 October: world famous 14-piece Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club will bring the Ulster Hall to its feet with dynamic Cuban rythms and the guest participation of legendary singer Omara Portundo.
To apply for free festival tickets, log on to www.belfastfestival.com. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available for the performances as mentioned above.
For more information on the festival programme or to book tickets, log on to www.belfastfestival.com or contact the festival box office Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm on 028 9097 1197.