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Hidden artworks up for grabs in Belfast Festival treasure hunt

Belfast Festival organisers have hidden a number of artworks across Northern Ireland for the public to find and keep as part of their Free Festival Friday campaign.

The public treasure hunt kicked off on Culture Night, with lucky winners tweeting pictures of themselves with the hidden artworks they had found in and around Belfast.

From parks to public buildings and open spaces, prizes are being hidden in 11 areas of Belfast, Moira, Glengormley, Bangor, Holywood, Lisburn and Newtownabbey.

Clues are being posted on Twitter - just follow the hashtag #BelFestFFF - and those who let the festival team know what they've found are entered into a competition to win a bigger prize.

The game of finders keepers will take each Friday until October 10, building up to the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s on October 16.

Brona Whittaker, arts manager at Arts & Business NI, said: "The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s has something for everyone and Free Festival Friday is another clever way of engaging with both new and existing audiences.

"The idea certainly grabs the imagination of all ages and will engage inquisitive minds in this fun festival campaign, stretching out into the community, ensuring the festival message extends its reach."

On Culture Night on Friday, 70 prizes were hidden, with 50 in the Cathedral Quarter.

Artist Orry Robinson from Lurgan, meanwhile, won a competition to brand the Free Festival Friday piano which will travel around Belfast bringing music everywhere it goes.

From chopsticks to concertos, the key is for everyone to have a go.

Richard Wakely, festival director, said: "The festival belongs to the people of Belfast and this is our way of reaching out to every corner of the city to get people involved and I look forward to seeing communities and groups throughout this vibrant city embracing this year’s festival.”

The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s presents great and diverse works of art from home and abroad, bringing audiences something very special that they cannot see elsewhere, all combining to deliver one unique festival which runs throughout the city from 16 October – 1 November.

The 2014 festival features 26 premieres, performers from 18 different countries and 110 events covering classical and contemporary music, film, dance, theatre, talks and visual arts.

Queen’s box office is now open at www.belfastfestival.com

Further reading:

Belfast Festival at Queen’s increases access to the arts with community ticket & festival nights schemes 

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's: Host of local and international talent on show 

Dance stars to help Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's to hit new highs 

Raise those voices loud and proud for a Big Big Sing 

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