Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 May 2015

Festival diary

The debate has resurfaced about a Belfast Fringe.

The Festival Needs a Fringe campaign is fronted by C21 artistic director Peter Quigley. There’s a demonstration today in St George’s Market and support is being channelled through Facebook.

BFQ director Graeme Farrow supports the idea of a local group stepping up to the plate. “It would plainly be ridiculous for us to organise a Fringe to ourselves,” he says. “But I’ll probably be at the demo, carrying a ‘Let’s Have a Fringe’ placard.”

It’s often a case of a feast or a famine. Seth Lakeman had his current tour all neatly in place when he got word that the producer with whom he had been waiting to record his new album was available — now. So he cancelled the tour, leaving many fans disappointed. His slot in the Spiegeltent on October 27 has been filled by Cornershop, who’ll perform numbers from their new album.

“There is no logical reason why I survived the Holocaust. There were millions who were stronger, wiser, better equipped than I, who have not survived. Whenever I go over the events of those years in my mind, I can make little sense of it. Except, perhaps I was a dancer.” Helen Lewis’s explanation of her survival of the Holocaust, retold tomorrow in ‘A Time to Speak’ at 6pm in the Elmwood Hall.

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