Ulster Bank Festival at Queen’s: First Announcements

The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s today announced this year’s Festival will take place over 17 days from Thursday, 16 October to Saturday, 1 November.

The 2014 Festival will also feature a number of top international acts, and premieres that will perform for the first-time in Northern Ireland.

Festival Shows Announced:

The Schaubühne Berlin – Top European Theatre’s NI Premiere

The Schaubühne Berlin will make its NI debut at the Grand Opera House in just three performances from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 October, performing a bold new slant on Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People.  Only previously performed by the leading German theatre company in 12 world cities (Melbourne, New York, Buenos Aires, Paris, Venice), this new adaptation is directed by one of the leading voices in contemporary theatre, Thomas Ostermeier, against a global backdrop of spreading immigration panics, environmental and financial crises.  In what could be described as controversial yet an inspired choice for current times, this dark satire of greed and corruption with a modern twist, includes live music such as David Bowies Changesand goes on sale at the Grand Opera House on Tuesday 15 April.

Israel Galván – Master of Contemporary Flamenco – Irish Premiere

Local audiences will have the chance to witness first-hand the amazing rhythm and drama of Israel Galván as he turns dance into music, taking flamenco to a new level of showmanship in his first ever Irish appearance at The MAC on Friday 17 & Saturday 18 October.  Hailed the world over as the master of contemporary Flamenco and known for mixing rapid fire footwork and intricate movements, his Bessie Award Winning production La Edad de Oro retraces the roots of flamenco, bringing a traditional artform to vibrant 21st century life with tickets on sale from Tuesday 15 April.


Guide Gods by Claire Cunningham – 2014 Festival Artist in Residence and Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme Project

A newly commissioned performance work, Guide Gods, will explore the perspectives of the major religions and faiths towards disability.   Working closely with other artists, faith leaders, and communities to develop the finished piece, it will be performed in community settings, premiering in Glasgow as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme before travelling to Belfast.  Devised by Claire Cunningham, an internationally sought after multi-disciplinary performer and choreographer from Scotland, who will also be the Festival Artist in Residence for 2014. Claire’s unique performance style integrates the dynamic and imaginative use of her crutches, alongside movement, acting and vocal skills as a classically trained singer.  Her body of works includes Ménage à Trois which was partof Unlimited and have been critically acclaimed for their humorous and intelligent challenges to issues of aesthetics and dance.



Festival Director, Richard Wakely said:

“The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s is one of only a handful of European arts festivals that can deliver such diversity, boasting an eclectic mix of world-class, high quality cultural events, providing a passport to the arts.  Working in collaboration with our partners throughout the entire city, the Festival connects audiences, artists and communities. It also offers new ways to experience, engage and participate in the arts as well as attract international attention and profile to the wealth of creative talent in Northern Ireland.

“This makes the Festival at Queen’s an important event in the cultural and artistic calendar of Northern Ireland each year, attracting audiences of over 45,000 from home and abroad and generating over £2m to the local economy and adding to the vitality of Belfast.”

Richard continued: “The Festival team values the significant support offered by our private and public partners, without which the 2014 cultural extravaganza would not be possible. We will continue to work with them all as we bring the very best in culture and arts to Belfast and look forward to announcing more of the outstanding acts for this year’s festival in the coming months.”


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