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Jimmy Webb, Georgie Fame and Paul Durcan head stellar Cathedral Quarter festival bill

By Rebecca Black

It is one of our best loved arts events and this year's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival will be the best yet, organisers promise.

Taking place over 11 days in 30 venues across Belfast city centre, the festival features over 150 gigs including live music, comedy, film and theatre.

Musicians include Jimmy Webb, Ben Folds (and a piano), Mary Gauthier and the CQAF Artist in Residence Joshua Burnside.

Other highlights include master Irish poet Paul Durcan making a long-awaited return to Belfast.

Festival director Sean Kelly said: "As investment in the arts in Northern Ireland reaches critical levels, to put together an ambitious arts programme such as this becomes something of an act of faith.

"Challenges there may be, but our commitment to bringing world-class artists to this city remains undimmed, and thus we present one of the most exceptional programmes in our 19-year history."

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the principal funder and its head of drama and literature, Damian Smyth, said the festival "continues to invigorate the cultural life of Belfast through its highly creative programme".

Belfast's Deputy Mayor Sonia Copeland said: "The festival means so much to the city in terms of celebrating fine performers and artists, in attracting visitors to the city, and showcasing Belfast to a global audience - and in doing that, supporting the local economy." The festival will run from May 3 to 13.

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