January – The Month that’s Out to Lunch…
Out to Lunch, the bespoke, boutique Belfast Arts Festival returns from 8-31 January for an 11th helping of what you fancy.
A mouth-watering menu of live music, comedy, spoken word, literature and theatre (and food) will be served up during the lunchtimes and evenings of January to sustain fun lovers and festival goers in the dreaded post-holiday lull.
The Out to Lunch 2016 boasts a programme bursting with corn-fed entertainment and eclecticism.
The mouth-watering OTL musical line-up features such gems as Villagers, The 2 Bears, folk legend Dick Gaughan, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin, Mercury Prize-nominated East India Youth, Belfast’s own post-punk pioneers Girls Names, the free-wheeling genius of Beardyman, former CQAF artist in residence Ciaran Lavery & the amazing Emily Barker and The Song Writing Circle Tour (feat. James Yorkston, Withered Hand & The Pictish Trail).
Nouvelle Vague’s Marc Collin Presents BRISTOL: Re-Inventing 90’s Trip-Hop as a 60’s Movie Soundtrack, Matthew E White makes his Belfast debut while Hazel O’Connor, Lindi Ortega, The Strypes, Jim “The King” Brown and NI Opera (Opera, Literature and Lunch) make hugely welcome returns to the Out to Lunch fold…
The Out to Lunch comedy programme includes Sarah Kendall, Francesca Martinez, Sean Hughes, The Boy with Tape on his Face and Isy Sutie, reading from her new book (and fresh from the success of the last ever series of Peep Show). Hot on the high heels of her last Edinburgh smash (What Would Beyoncé Do), Festival favourite Luisa Omeilan returns to Out to Lunch with her acclaimed follow-up Am I Right Ladies?
The Black Box boards will be trod to a thread, with theatrical highlights including Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Lance – the acclaimed one man rumination on that cyclist, Strolling Through Ulysses, the hilarious, heartbreaking My Name is Saoirse, A Wine Goose Chase – with free wine-tasting of course, and a unique retelling of Kafka’s Metamorphosis featuring music from Colin Reid (of Third Policeman fame) and visuals by comic artist, Debbie McCormack.
There is spoken word, serious thinking and a few surprises in store from Attila The Stockbroker, Irish Times columnist Roisin Ingle holding forth on Public Displays of Emotion, the 10 x 9 Storytellers who present an evening of tales around the theme of food and Secret Cabaret, which returns to a top secret locale near you and Black Moon Shakedown by those number one performers in the Gallop Poll – Ponydance.
This year OTL also offers family-sized bites with All Ages Out to Lunch – a programme of events curated by our very own Seedhead Arts, including Sketchy, (not-so) Mid Week Magic and Belfast Food Tours vs Seedhead Street Art Walking Tour.
Out to Lunch Director Sean Kelly said: “Recent funding uncertainties have left the arts sector somewhat punch-drunk and anxious so we take pride in the fact that 11 years on, Out to Lunch shows no signs of lying down or diluting what we do – low ticket prices, exceptionally high quality. In fact, despite the many current difficulties we might just have pulled off the best Out to Lunch yet! For many, it’s the only show in town in January and we still really enjoy the challenge of putting it all together.”
Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: “The Arts Council is delighted to support the Out to Lunch Festival which is a major attraction for locals and visitors to the city every new year. I would encourage the public to go along and experience this unique festival which offers something for everyone and makes a great contribution to the creative life and economic regeneration of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.”
Gluten free, protein rich and bursting with vitamins, Out to Lunch 2016 has something for everyone, and then some.
For full programme info, go to www.cqaf.com