Happy 18th for @CQAF

Happy 18th…the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival comes of age!

Northern Ireland’s most dynamic arts festival hits its landmark birthday with all the bravado and naïve swagger of a typical 18 year old. Yes, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast returns from the 27 April – 7 May to transform Belfast’s city centre with an exuberant riot of live music, comedy, spoken word and visual arts plus a host of other eclectic, electric tidbits.


The full programme for The 18th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival was unveiled today at a packed launch in the world famous Duke of York pub in the heart of the quarter. The festival programme revealed over 150 events across 30 venues with an electrifying mix of the big and the brash, the up and coming and the weird and wonderful. And introducing the festival artist in residence, the sublimely talented Rosie Carney.

Music headliners include:

Booker T Jones, The Handsome Family, Divine Comedy, Sugarhill Gang, Kevin Rowland, Cara Dillon, Robert Cray, Breathe – The Pink Floyd Experience, Dana Masters, Interskalactic, Chip Taylor, Kíla, Brix and the Extricated, The Parrots, Madison Violet, Duke Special and Ulaid, Ryan McMullan, The Comet is Coming, Keith James singing the songs of Leonard Cohen, , Tir na Nog, Wreckless Eric, Josienne Clark and Ben Walker, Christine Bovill singing Edith Piaf and Harlow Fair. 


The CQAF comedy line-up is stronger than ever, featuring the likes of Tony Law, Rich Hall, Sofie Hagan, Jeremy Hardy, Bridget Christie, Kieran Hodgson and Richard Herring. 

Other highlights include former Spider from Mars Woody Woodmansey talking about his turbulent, exciting years as one of Bowie’s most famous backing band, glorious verse from legends Roger McGough and Linton Kwesi Johnson. Food writer “a girl named” Jack Monroe and a red hot theatre programme including Prime Cut’s award-winning Scorch, the Irish premiere of Omnibus Theatre’s acclaimed “Peru 2” production Mule and Splodar Theatre’s delicious Joycean homage Young Stephen. 

The film programme includes the first NI screening of Lost in France – the celebrated documentary on the startling rise of Scotland’s indie music scene of the 90s, Bang! – the tale of Bert Berns – the most famous 60s songwriter that you’ve never heard of, and folk horror mayhem with SingalongaWickerman!
The 18th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival takes place in Belfast from 27 April – 7 May.

To see the full line-up and to buy tickets go to www.cqaf.com

Post Author: Belfast Times

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