Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 25 January 2015

‘Free Fringe’ festival for revamped Ulster Hall

Performers look forward to showcasing their talents at the new fringe festival
Ulster Hall Free Fringe celebrates the return of Northern Irelands most celebrated rock venue with over 30 free events programmed by trans to celebrate Belfasts alternative culture...Taking place from 7-28 March, Ulster Hall Free Fringe includes music showcases hosted by some of Belfasts finest independent record labels, community arts seminars, live literature events and innovative lunchtime recitals...Pictured are some of the musicians taking part - Roisin Bonner, Roisin Whyte, Martin Byrne and Jack Hammill.

The £7.4million makeover of the Ulster Hall will be revealed in all its glory with a show-stopping new fringe festival which kicks off this Saturday (March 7).

With the iconic concert venue having shut its doors for the past two years, it is making its re-emergence on Belfast’s arts landscape which a month-long festival featuring an event list that is free to the public bar one.

And as the credit crunch bites it’s good news for revellers as all but one of the events at the festival is free.

‘Free Fringe’, organised by Transbelfast, the Belfast Waterfront’s annual urban arts academy, will feature more than 30 free events during March.

It kicks-off this weekend with the Fringe opening party in the new group space of the revamped Ulster Hall venue. It will feature live performances from Defcon and Filaria.

The festival will also feature a concert organised by the BBC Radio Ulster music show Across the Line. ‘Do you remember the first Time?’ will be held on Monday, March 9 — tickets sold out in minutes.

The show will see some of the biggest homegrown talent to make it in the music industry hit the Ulster Hall stage. Divine Comedy, Ash and Therapy? will perform alongside local acts including the Lowly Knights, Panama Kings and LaFaro.

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