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Belfast International Arts Festival promises feast for Ulster's culture vultures

By David Young

The exciting 2015 Programme for the inaugural Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival is set to bring a world-class line-up of artists to the city to inspire, provoke and stimulate - and your Belfast Telegraph will be right at the heart of it.

The festival features 134 events from 23 countries, including 18 UK and Ireland premières, nine Northern Ireland premières, three Irish premières and two world premières.

Big names appearing include actor Adrian Dunbar, percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and '60s pop/jazz legend Georgie Fame.

There'll be a special focus on work from India and Mexico, as well as a dazzling range of spoken word, physical theatre and contemporary dance from acclaimed stage artists across the globe.

The city will become the backdrop for a series of works by artists from around Europe as part of the Corners of Europe programme in association with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Artist residencies and events will take place from the New Lodge to The Mill at Conway Street - and the offices of the Belfast Telegraph, with a few surprise locations yet to be revealed.

Launching the programme yesterday, festival director Richard Wakely said: "We are really proud to present residents and visitors to our city with a rich programme of music, theatre, dance and arts from around the world."

Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson added: "We are delighted to support the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival and in particular to host some really exciting events at the Belfast City Hall."

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