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Nina Simone to be celebrated at Women’s Work Festival in Belfast

A celebration of US jazz singer Nina Simone leads this year's programme of events at the Women’s Work Festival in Belfast.

On Sunday, May 28  local artists will gather to mark her memory with a mixture of interpretations of her music and original material.

Organiser Charlotte Dryden said: "It is about raising the visibility of women and giving them a voice.

"She is the legacy within the programme."

She added: "The world is politically in turmoil, even with the events of Monday.

"We decided to put together an event celebrating Nina Simone's music by working with local artists that could interpret some of her songs."

As well as performing, Simone was a civil rights activist in the US who once worked with Martin Luther King.

Belfast's Women's Work Festival is intended to raise the visibility of women in music with a series of talks, exhibitions, gigs and special events.

This includes a discussion with music journalist Sylvia Patterson, whose memoir I’m Not With The Band: A Writer's Life Lost in Music was one of the most talked about in 2016.

There is also a Q&A session with mastering engineer Mandy Parnell, who has worked with The XX, Bjork, and Sigur Ros.

Women's Work Festival runs from Wednesday, May 24 - Sunday, May 28.

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