Cathedral area festival unveils cutting edge line-up
What have Adam Ant, Bronagh Gallagher, Dexys, DJ Yoda and The Fall got in common?
No, it's not a fantasy dinner party guest list – they're heading the line-up of the 14th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (CQAF).
The annual arts festival returns from May 2-12 promising top-class entertainment for the people of Belfast and beyond.
The Cathedral Quarter will be transformed to 'gig central' with everything from live music and comedy to spoken word and visual arts events.
The full programme of events is officially launched today at the Sunflower public house in Union Street – the festival's newest partner venue.
Established artists mingle on the programme alongside up- and-coming acts who will be taking to stages across the city.
Eighties icon Adam Ant – the man behind Top 10 hits including Stand And Deliver – will be singing his heart out in the Festival Marquee, as will the equally unmissable Dexys, the group behind smash hit Come On Eileen. Londonderry singer and Commitments star Bronagh Gallagher is also on the bill.
Daniel Kitson, the comedians' comedian, will be making his CQAF debut, while Northern Ireland's own cult comedy hero Roy Walker will be found working his magic on an audience in Crumlin Road Gaol.
The BBC's Gavin Esler and the remarkable octogenarian travel writer Dervla Murphy are among those contributing to the wealth of words in the festival's literature and spoken word programme.
Festival director Sean Kelly said the CQAF team is thrilled to be able to offer audiences such an impressive array of quality, affordable acts.
"It's a real privilege after 14 years to be still putting on a festival that not only grows its audience with each passing programme, but upholds the joyous, progressive spirit of the quarter from which it takes its name," he said.
The festival is supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, the Department for Social Development and the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure.