This is the fifth year of Open House in Bangor and, with 141 events in 42 venues over 31 days, it is the Festival’s most ambitious and creative programme yet.
There’s also an exciting array of national and international artists from America, New Zealand, Canada, England and Ireland, including the likes of Courtney Marie Andrews from Arizona, who recently wowed audiences on Later With Jools Holland, and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – one of America’s foremost country blues bands.
Highlights include Lennifest – a specially curated celebration of the late Leonard Cohen in the town’s Walled Garden, and an audience with Belfast born writer, Bernard MacLaverty who’ll be launching Midwinter Break, his first novel for 16 years.
“We’ve put a lot of love into this year’s festival,” says Kieran Gilmore. “Many of our events are hand-curated and completely unique to Bangor. We’ve even got our own locally brewed Festival beer – alongside 40 food and drink events showcasing some of the best of Northern Irish produce, craft beers, gins and whiskeys. And because the Festival is open to everyone, more than a third of the events are free. Plus, 120 local business have joined our Festival Friends scheme offering a range of deals and discounts to ticket holders throughout August – from fishmongers to fashion.
“We remain committed to the regeneration of Bangor through Arts and Culture, and this year’s programme shows that the town is well on its way to being the Brighton of the North.”
For bookings and information go to www.openhousefestival.com.