From Tue 16 Oct to Sat 3 Nov, the Belfast International Arts Festival delivers over 120 local and international events, including 12 premieres, to an imaginative mix of city-wide venues. The biggest contemporary arts festival in Northern Ireland, the 56th edition will bring a world class and eclectic fusion of theatre, dance, music, visual art, literature, films and talks to city-wide venues this autumn.
Olivier-nominated Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE brings her critically acclaimed show Nina – A Story about me and Nina Simone to town. And the star-studded female line-up continues with Italian screen siren Isabella Rossellini with her one woman show Link Link, former Irish President Mary Robinson discussing her forthcoming book, Climate Justice, and three-time Grammy award-winning singer Angelíque Kidjo playing her version of the iconic Talking Heads album Remain in Light.
With several unmissable UK, Irish and world premieres, other highlights include; Stroke Odysseys, a cathartic and colourful show of music and dance uncovering life after suffering a stroke, Facing the Sea, for Tears to Turn into Laughter, a beautifully sculpted, contemporary dance work from Tunisia and Handle with Care, a curious, heart-warming and fun-packed family show from Catalonia.
Local theatre is headed by award-winning Marie Jones’ new play Dear Arabella at the Lyric Theatre and darkly humorous Freak Show in the MAC. And Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon presents his new translation of the greatest love poem in the Irish language, The Lament for Art O'Leary, featuring acclaimed actress Lisa Dwan and music by members of the original Irish Celtic Rock Band, Horslips.
Add to this world class blues music, a unique classical screening in St Anne’s Cathedral and a diverse range of talks to include Conservative MP Dominic Grieve and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (aka “The Trocks”) and Belfast is set for a few weeks of events as exciting as they are diverse.