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Thursday 25 December 2014

Belfast Festival diary

There’ll be no new venues ready for next year’s festival - we’ll have to wait until 2011 for that.

But Farrow drops a heavy hint about a particular treat in store: “I've got a cunning plan for a new venue in autumn 2010, which will make the production in question twice as exciting than it would have been in a traditional space.” Hmm, very interesting!

The campaign to establish a Fringe Festival for Belfast attracted plenty of support from the arts community. The Fringe Benefits organisation, fronted by actor/director Peter Quigley, is planning a weekend of events next year to get the ball rolling and encourage local companies to step up and take their place centre stage.

Mariinsky conductor Valery Gergiev (right) was reportedly delighted to be back in Belfast, honouring his promise to return 10 years after he took the Mariinsky Chorus to perform a concert for peace in Omagh. He was thrilled by the reception of the Waterfront audience at the opening concert and impressed by the high turnout.

LMN’s Musical Storytimes for little ones ends its journey in Ardoyne Library at 10.30am and Ormeau Road Library at 2.30pm

Tasmin Little completes a busy week with No Strings Attached, introducing children to the violin at 10.30am in the Elmwood Hall.

Always a pleasure to hear pianist John O’Conor, the world’s premier interpreter of Beethoven – 6.30pm in the Elmwood Hall.

Posh frocks, high heels and sharp suits are de rigueur for the sounds of 1940s-1960s at Glitter and Sparkle, Spiegeltent, 8pm.

Last chance to see The |Musician, Black Milk and Macbeth in Tower Street, the Brian Friel Theatre, and Clarendon Dock.

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