'Spectacular' Belfast International Arts Festival promised
Belfast International Arts Festival is giving audiences an opportunity to book early for three performances included in this year's programme.
The core Festival will run from Friday,October 6 to Saturday, October 28 2017, extending to Sunday, December 3 2017 for events relating to Poppies: Weeping Window.
Among those announced is soul singer and songwriter, Paul Carrack, who will take to the stage at the Grand Opera House on Saturday, October 21.
Music lovers will recognise his voice from hits with Mike & the Mechanics, Roxy Music, Ace and Squeeze.
Currently guesting on the Eric Clapton tour, Carrack is celebrating his 18th solo album with his highest chart entry to date.
Meanwhile, the Irish Premiere of the Olivier Award nominated, Celui Qui Tombe (He Who Falls) is presented by Compagnie Yoann Bourgeois as part of this year's Festival.
The gravity-defying show is described as a "circus-influenced physical theatre spectacle", taking place at the Grand Opera House on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 October.
The performance takes place on a suspended podium on which the cast must withstand its forces as it begins to spin, pivot, swing and elevate with choreography from tracks from Beethoven and Frank Sinatra.
And on Wednesday, October 11 , Ulster Hall will play host to one of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, The Mariinsky Orchestra with conductor Valery Gergiev.
They will perform an all-Russian programme culminating in Shostakovich’s epic Symphony No. 11.
Named one of the top orchestras in the world by Gramophone, The Mariinsky Orchestra will dedicate the first half of the programme to Russian national poet, Alexander Pushkin, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’ from the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan.
Festival Director Richard Wakely said he is "delighted" to have secured the artists for the 2017 Belfast International Arts Festival.
He added: “Belfast International Arts Festival thrives on the challenge to identify and bring dynamic, quality, cutting edge works from across the globe to the Belfast stage.
"Our aim with every festival is a simple one; to create a genuinely civic event of contemporary arts and ideas of international appeal and stature. With each event we set out to bring the very best to our audience and artists are always keen to take part in this established Arts Festival, recognised in the industry as one of the best.
"We are thrilled to be joined this year by the artists announced so far, and can promise more exciting announcements to come as we prepare to launch the full programme in August.“
The announcement of these events follows the news that Belfast International Arts Festival and The Ulster Museum will present Poppies: Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper as part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic sculpture.
The installation will be at the Ulster Museum from Saturday, October 14 to Sunday, December 3 and will be accompanied by a range of special events that explore and illuminate contemporary issues arising from the legacy of the First World War.
The Belfast International Arts Festival is supported by National Lottery funding through its Principal Funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland,
Chief Executive, Roisin McDonough, said: “The importance of staging an international arts festival in Belfast cannot be overestimated.
"The Arts Council recognises this festival’s enormous contribution to high-quality, world-class arts and culture in return for a relatively small amount of public investment.
"From theatre, to music, visual arts and dance, there’s something for to suit all tastes and we wish Richard and the team every success with this year’s festival.”
To book tickets for any of the performances, bookings can be made online only at belfastinternationalartsfestival.com. A special early bird booking offer with tickets for Celui Qui Tombe at £10 is available until the end of May only.
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