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Belfast festival events

For non-locals: Belfast is about to begin celebrating its yearly Arts Festival, which I'm told is second only in scale to the Edinburgh Festival in the UK.

For locals: below are the events I have already bought tickets to. Some I am attending with a very nice young lady named Cath; some I am thus far going to alone. So if anyone likes the sound of any of them and wants to accompany me (I'm sure Cath would be happy to meet you too), they'd be very welcome. All tickets can be bought on the festival website, unless otherwise noted.

Friday 22nd October: Gluck's baroque opera, Iphigenie en Tauride, performed by the Welsh National Opera at the Grand Opera House. Kick-off 7:30pm. I'm also going to the free pre-show talk at 6:15 in Grosvenor House, Glengall Street. Tickets direct from the Grand Opera House (02890 241 919).

Sunday 24th October: Kate Rusby at the Lyric Theatre, 7:30pm. Apparently, she sings 'folk music for people who don't like folk music', and is both talented and innovative. (I'm mainly going to this one because Cath wants to). Tickets theoretically available on the web-site, but it kept messing itself up when I tried to order them, so in the end I phoned the Lyric Theatre instead (02890 385 685).

Saturday 30th October: John Carpenter's The Thing at the Queen's Film Theatre, 10:30 pm (late showing).

Sunday 31st October (Halloweeeeeen!): The Nightmare Before Christmas at the QFT, 3pm. Theatre of Blood at the QFT, 7pm. Ed Wood at the QFT, 9pm.

Wednesday 3rd November: A play entitled Alladeen at BBC Blackstaff. Surreal multi-media performance about Indian call centres, wish fulfilment and popular culture, it sez 'ere (festival brochure...). Kick-off, 7:30pm.

Saturday 6th November: 'Songs of the Spirit' at the Clonard Monastery (no, really), 7:30pm. Haunting choral music by candlelight, including Tavener, Rachmaninov, Brucker and some unattributed spirituals.

Crumbs! I have managed to spread those out fairly evenly... but still, I hope I actually have time to fit in going to them between all my lectures. :S


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 2nd, 2004 02:05 am (UTC)
I'd really like to see Kate Rusby actually. Must get onto that when I get home.
Oct. 2nd, 2004 04:06 am (UTC)
You might actually be best not even leaving it till then, as when I called for tickets about a week ago, they said they only had single seats left. It may well be sold out already, in fact. The number to call is in my original post if you want to get onto it now.
Oct. 5th, 2004 05:55 am (UTC)
Mmm, Nightmare Before Christmas! Haven't seen that in soooooo long!!! Might join you for that! I think Gary LeStrange is on on the 30th, so I won't be able to make The Thing, sadly, as I've never seen it on the big screen before.
Oct. 5th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
Cool, you will be very welcome along for the fun.

You probably do need to buy a ticket in advance if you want to, though, as they are certainly selling them that way now, so will presumably run out eventually.

I'm afraid my 'two-for-one' etc. entrance tickets to the QFT don't apply during festivals - typical!
Oct. 6th, 2004 11:09 am (UTC)
Oh, Bro's going to the Songs of the Spirit thing with her mum and gran btw. Maybe you'll see them there.
Oct. 7th, 2004 12:56 am (UTC)
It must be the 'in' event of the season! Loads of people I know are going to it.
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