Two authors, one established and the other just starting out will discuss writing and Tartan Noir, and preview their new novels - John Gordon Sinclair's debut and Ian Rankin's much anticipated new Rebus.
Festival presents an exclusive preview of this hotly anticipated new novel, entitled Standing In Another Man's Grave, which will be published on 8 November.
There will be an exclusive chance to buy Rankin's book prior to publication - which means that this is a night not to be missed!
Friday 2 November, 6pm in Elmwood Hall.
Michael Clark is an iconic British dancer, choreographer, and artist who first came to prominence in the early 1980s. His work combines the classical ballet of his training with a more complex, contemporary sensibility. He is renowned for his legendary collaborations with bands, fashion designers and visual artists including Wire, Leigh Bowery, Trojan, Peter Doig and Sarah Lucas.
Michael Clark Company’s new work is a double bill of choreographed to specially commissioned music, and will continue Clark’s history of close collaboration with contemporary artists, designers and musicians, and include lighting design by artist and filmmaker Charles Atlas, and costumes by Stevie Stewart, formerly of Bodymap.
Recently announced.... the music for this new work will be provided by Relaxed Muscle; Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and one third of Sheffield electronica group All Seeing I's Jason Buckle; and Scritti Politti
‘Michael Clark’s company shows us contemporary dance at its most inventive and exciting’. Sunday Herald, 2009
‘[Clark’s] maverick talent is blissfully intact, producing dance of a rare individuality in our age of identikit choreography.’ Financial Times, 2010
‘… Clark is now beyond doubt one of Britain's most important living creators of dance.’ The Daily Telegraph, 2007
This is certainly an event not to be missed! For more information and to book, click here.
As part of the Festival 50 celebrations, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are taking this opportunity to look back at the many stories which have made Belfast Festival at Queen's so important to the life of the city. The project will be centred around this website, which will be compendium of memories of the last 50 Festivals. You can upload your own memories onto the website of a gig that changed your life, or one that just gave you a very inspiring night out. There will also be an outdoor exhibition in the centre of Belfast which will chart the sometimes difficult growth from a small student bash in 1961 to the multimillion pound event of 2012.
Strategically placed around the city will be the Festival's very own 'Red Plaques' which will mark the places and venues that have key importance both to the Festival but also to the cultural life of the city itself. The Belfast Festival at Queen's has changed Belfast, bringing international artists to our shores and promoting the cream of local talent. With 50 Festivals under its belt, The Belfast Festival Anthology gives us a chance to look back and remember how and why it happened.
Have a look at the website and upload your memories!
The acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland and London Review of Books co-production, based on interviews with leading figures in the newspaper industry in the UK, comes to Belfast for its Irish premiere.
Blending fact, anecdote and passionate opinion, Enquirer is a site specific piece of theatre that will be performed in the Lesley Buildings (Fountain Street).
Click here to find out more.
Part of the Festival 50 celebrations, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are taking this opportunity to look back at the many stories that which have made Belfast Festival at Queen's so important to the life of the city.
A compendium of memories of Festival will be available to view and add to via www.belfastfestivalanthology.com very soon. So get thinking!
A legendary theatre and opera director, Jonathan Miller first gained international prominence with Beyond the Fringe, redefining the boundaries of comedy and launching a lunatic legacy that has stretched from Monty Python to Saturday Night Live. Since then, he has enjoyed one of the most stellar careers in modern theatre with a unique ability to 'dislocate things slightly so that people look at a work anew.' A fantastic opportunity for audiences to see and ask questions of one of the most prolific theatre directors and broadcasters of our times. More info here..
Inspired by the true stories of immigrants in the UK, Juana In A Million is the story of a young Mexican woman who arrives in London, armed with a suitcase of clothes, dreaming of love, success and happiness. In a virtuoso physical performance by award winning Mexican actress Vicky Araico Casas, Juana's story becomes a heart-breaking, hilarious and moving tale of survival, strength and hope. More info here...
Last but certainly not least is the delightfully bewitching Enchanted Garden. Now a firm favourite with Festival attendees young and old, Young At Art take the reigns to delight us this November with their own blend of fairies, magic and mystery. More info here...
The Golden Age of the Hollywood musical is revisited with the Belfast debut of The John Wilson Orchestra, celebrating the the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Rodgers & Hart. Find out more here.
From Rochford's work with Polar Bear to Benita's collaborations with Archie Shepp and Lee Konitz, Trio Libero is shaped by three leading individuals from today's jazz scene. Find out more here.
Performed by an international all male cast and a live children’s choir, The Falling Song premiered at 2012 Dublin Dance Festival and looks at the nature of flying and falling and the dangerous relationship between the two. Find out more here.
Fishamble: The New Play Company is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning company dedicated to new work for the theatre. Silent, their new award winning production has been generating rave reviews on the international stage. Click here for more information.
Rarely have artists adorned a theatre space with such invention and humility as Willfredd Theatre have done with Follow, co-created by performer Shane O’Reilly, taking us on a journey through a rich theatre vocabulary of light, sound and gesture, all to impart the experience of being deaf. Click here for more information.
Gabby Young and Other Animals, ring masters of the circus swing genre have just been announced for the 50th Belfast Festival at Queen's. Have a taste of the music that fuses swing jazz, Eastern European beats and English Folk here. To book and find out more click here.
In this Fringe First winning show, poets Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe draw out the painful comedic beauty of an Oh F--k Moment; the truest, funniest and most terrifying moment you can experience! For more info click here.
Perrier Award nominated and critically acclaimed comedian Terry Alderton brings his phenomenal comedy rollercoaster to Belfast Festival audiences. For more info click here.
Iconic British dancer, choreographer and artist Michael Clark unveils his new work to Belfast Festival audiences on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November. For more information click here.
Maxim Rysanov, established as one of the world's best and most charismatic viola players will be joined by Ashley Wass, one of the leading pianists of his generation, to deliver a memorable show in the wonderful surroundings of St. Georges Church on Saturday 20 October. For more information click here.
The acclaimed Tron Theatre Company present Ulysses from 30 October to 1 November. Find out more here
The wonderfully talented Mary Epworth plays the Black Box on Thursday 1 November. Find out more here
The legend that is Ray Davies will play the Whitla Hall on Saturday 20 October. Find out more here
Beating Berlusconi! is a hilarious play about one man's attempt to rediscover his belief in himself, his club, his city and his class. Find out more here.
The wonderfully talented Krystle Warren will play the Black Box on Saturday 3 November. Described as a gorgeous jazz blues folk soul mix, Krystle's style is wowing audiences both sides of the Atlantic! See Krystle in action here.
Francois and the Atlas Mountains will play McHugh's bar on Monday 29 October. A four piece band matching French lyrics to African rhythms, this gig promises to be "whimsically surreal"
The day finally arrived to launch the 50th Festival programme. There is something for everyone with lively theatre, engrossing talks, delightful family events, classical gems, sonic art installations, riotous comedy and enchanting world music.
Here are some of the highlights:
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will come all the way from New Orleans, Louisiana and promise to deliver a blistering show in The White Room on 2nd November. Get your dancing shoes on!
Minsk, 2011 is rare opportunity to experience a provocative and heartbreaking show from a revolutionary company. Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 under the Lukashenko dictatorship. Many company members have served time in prison, lost their jobs, gone into hiding or been exiled. Despite this, the company continues to develop award winning work with the support of artists around the world.