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MAC visitors top 100,000 as Duke plans special gigs

Duke Special

The new Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) in Belfast has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors through its doors since opening just 14 weeks ago.

The Cathedral Quarter-based venue has proved a big hit with locals and tourists keen to check out the visual art, dance, theatre, music, festivals and food on offer.

The MAC’s new programme for autumn has just been launched and includes a wide variety of events sure to entice every kind of culture fan.

The live show programme in the MAC’s two theatre spaces begins with a festival curated by Belfast musician Peter Wilson.

In the Court of ... Duke Special runs from September 4-9, and includes wine tasting, a DJ night and music from The Blockheads, before the festival culminates in a one-off concert from Duke Special and Friends.

The MAC’s visual arts programme is also jam-packed, with a new exhibition by Swedish artist Johanna Billing opening next week and a theatre production coming up next month — I am My Own Wife, a one-woman show performed by a man.

Gillian Mitchell, director of programmes at the MAC, said she was thrilled to let people know about the second season of live shows and art. “We hope the eclectic mix will appeal to audiences from our youngest visitors through to those seeking out the very best in theatre in Northern Ireland,” she added.

To round off the year, the MAC’s Christmas family spectacular is the world premiere of The Incredible Book Eating Boy. Based on the much-loved book by north Belfast’s Oliver Jeffers, it is being brought to the stage by Cahoots NI children’s theatre company.

Gillian Mitchell said: “We are really looking forward to the forthcoming season and hope to continue to welcome new visitors from across (the region) as well as welcome returning audiences.”

What now?

MAC Highlights

Sept 4-9: In the Court O f Duke Special

Sept 18-Oct 6: I Am My Own Wife

Oct 19-Nov 3: Huzzies

Nov 7-Nov 17: Lady |Windermere’s Fan

Nov 27-Jan 1: The Incredible Book Eating Boy

For tickets visit www.themaclive.com or call 028 9023 5053

Belfast Telegraph