The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival begins a new chapter in the Festival’s history this year with a new name as the “Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival” and with a diverse and eclectic programme of events which will run from Friday 9th October to Sunday 1st November.
Building on the success of Festival outreach and participatory events in the last few years, the 2015 programme will see events, installations and performances taking place in an array of venues across the city, some traditional and some a little more surprising, which will be revealed in September.
The Festival’s ambition this year is to work with a range of partners across Belfast to create a genuinely civic event of arts and ideas of international stature and appeal.
What we know about the festival so far is:
The Artist in Residence is Amanda Coogan, one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists practicing in the arena of performance art today. Her work is challenging, provocative and always visually stimulating. In recent years she has performed and exhibited at The Venice Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, New York and The Irish Museum of Modern Art. Amanda will be researching and developing a new work to premiere at the 2016 Festival.
Hallo: Martin Zimmermann is a pioneer of the nouveau cirque movement that has swept Europe in the last couple of decades with its blend of acrobatic feats, theatre, dance and comedy. The visual flair and sharp wit of his latest work, Hallo, can be seen in a unique UK and Irish premiere at The MAC.
The Kitchen: A show about the healing power of cooking, The Kitchen is a sumptuous, multi-sensory spectacle from India of arresting sights, smells and sounds, culminating in something for your tastebuds too, at the Grand Opera House.
Corners: a series of multi-disciplinary and site specific artist residencies, installations and projects that will take place across Belfast in unusual locations and venues. Designed and driven by cultural organisations at the fringes of Europe and linking cities and artists across the continent including Stockholm, Donostia / San Sebastián, Newcastle upon Tyne, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Rijeka, Belgrade, Gdańsk, Bari and of course Belfast. This project is co-presented with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
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