Belfast Telegraph

Festival to showcase a world of top snaps

A new photographic festival, aimed at promoting some of the world's top talent behind the lens, is coming to Northern Ireland.

The inaugural Belfast Photo Festival will be launched today and will be Northern Ireland's first major photographic event celebrating the finest national and international contemporary photographic and visual culture.

Northern Ireland has produced many award-winning and internationally renowned photographers through the years, and the festival aims to highlight some of the work they have produced, as well as showing the importance of images in capturing our colourful history. Upcoming and emerging photographers will also be shown.

Organisers promise to "provide a forum and promote the growth of the current photographic infrastructure and practice throughout the country", as well as "supporting audience development across the arts and cultural sector in Belfast and Derry".

"Through a series of interactive events we hope to inspire the countries future photographers, artists and entrepreneurs, offering new, exciting, welcoming and sometimes challenging experiences to audiences through the festival's programme of events," festival organisers said.

The festival launches tonight at the Black Box in Belfast. Exhibitions will run from August 4-14. For more information visit www.belfastphotofestival.com.

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