10 things we love about the 2015 Bangor Open House Festival

Open House Festival has launched its much anticipated 2015 programme with the exciting news that this year’s Bangor festival has virtually doubled in size!

With more than 100 events taking place in 36 different locations in and around the town for the duration of August, the message from Open House Festival is that Bangor itself is very much the star of the show – with a dynamic programme of handpicked music and arts in special places.

This year, as well as music, film, comedy and spoken word events, the festival is introducing food and theatre to its repertoire. And there will also be a diverse range of art, photography and print exhibitions running throughout the month.

Our top 10 Festival picks are:

  1. The musical boat trip to Copeland Island, 2nd and 16th August
  2. Bangor Gourmet Trail at Corin, The Boathouse and Salty Dog 16th August.
  3. Bangor Abbey concerts including Joan Armatrading and Barbara Dickson
  4. Bangor Academy events including The Breakfast Club and Patrick Kielty
  5. A picnic party in the Walled Garden to celebrate Van Morrison’s 70th birthday.
  6. The Festival Ball with Kaz Hawkins and Her Band O’Men, 30th August
  7. Movies in the Walled Garden including Grease, Jurassic Park and Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  8. All the foodie events, including Flamenco and Tapas at The Guillemot and Jeffers at the Starfish at Cairn Bay Lodge.
  9. Hillbilly Hell at Coffee Cure at The Museum, 15th August
  10. Using the old Courthouse for movies!

There’ll also be theatre in pubs; music in clubs; a host of pop up food events; and a festival community choir, which will be performing at several events throughout the month. The town will be welcoming artists from America, Spain, Holland, Ireland and the UK, some of whom will be familiar names, and some you might not have heard of – yet.

From the Old Auctions Rooms, to the Masonic Hall, to Grey Point Fort, to a living room in a listed sea-front terrace house

Several festival favourites will make a welcome return, including Bluegrass Picnic in Ward Park, Folk on a Boat, the festival Book Clubs, and Bangor’s Ghost – which this year will be held in Bangor Abbey, the inspiration behind the event concept.

Open House Festival Bangor 2015 is supported by North Down Borough Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. The County Down Spectator is the official media partner for the festival. For more information about the festival go to www.openhousefestival.com.

Post Author: Belfast Times

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