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Autumn of entertainment as Belfast launches arts festival

By Eamon Sweeney

Final preparations are being made to a packed programme for this year's Belfast International Arts Festival.

An impressive 2017 line-up includes Scottish singer songwriter Karine Polwart among the 191 events taking place across 23 days from October 6.

Polwart was on hand yesterday for the official launch of the festival to lend a musical preview of the entertainment to come this autumn.

Hailing from the Scottish town of Banknock, Polwart described Belfast as feeling like home.

"To me, Belfast feels very like Glasgow, it feels very familiar and the places look very similar," she said. "The fact that there is also a partnership this year with the Dublin Theatre Festival means I get to stay on the island of Ireland for around 10 days, which is great."

Polwart will perform her gigs, entitled Wind Resistance-Poignant Paean to the Peatbogs of Scotland, at The Mac on October 10 and 11.

Another highlight of the programme will be the joint artists in residence, Maria McManus and Deirdre Cartmill, who intend to bring poetry to the public realm with The Poetry Jukebox, a contemporary on-street sound installation at the Crescent Arts Centre.

And the sculpture Poppies: Weeping Window will be installed at the front of the Ulster Museum from October 14 to December 3, accompanied by a programme of talks, music, theatre and literary events called Contested Legacies.

Festival director Richard Wakely said there is something for everyone in the packed programme.

Roisin McDonough, chief executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland described the festival as bringing world-class acts to Belfast as well as promoting our home-grown talent and strengthening Northern Ireland's creative reputation.

  • For details of all the events at this year's festival, and tickets visit www.belfastinternationalarts or call 028 9089 2707.

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