Festival fever has uniquely international flavour

Bullet Catch promises to be a nail-biting stunt
Bullet Catch promises to be a nail-biting stunt

The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, which begins October 17 and runs for ten days in venues across the city, is putting the emphasis this year on international flavour.

Tenor Jose Carreras performs a concert on the opening night at the Waterfront, Brazilian and Portugese music can be enjoyed at the new Music Club and the line-up also boasts a performance by Danish Choral Ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen.

Other highlights of the festival will include the Royal Ulster Academy exhibition at the Ulster Museum and a political experience of immersive theatre from Roger Bernat which allows audiences to vote on outcomes via remote control devices. Another eye-catching event will be Bullet Catch, an infamous, edge-of-your-seat stunt that the great Houdini himself apparently refused to perform. This nerve-wracking feat will be performed by Rob Drummond. Wish - a major land-art portrait of an anonymous child symbolising hope for the future by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada will be created with the help of volunteers and will go on display in the Titanic Quarter, and dance will be high on the agenda at the MAC, where audiences can enjoy performances from Spanish contemporary dance star Sol Pico and local group Dance Exposed.The classical music itinerary is also particularly rich this year with a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Clonard Monastery and a closing concert of the Swan Songs of Strauss by the Ulster Orchestra at the historic Ulster Hall.

Visit www.belfastfestival.com or call 02890 971197.