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Picnics at the ready for Belfast Film Festival

By Allan Preston

Belfast Film Festival is bringing movie magic outdoors for its summer programme.

Film fans have been promised unforgettable cinematic experiences from outdoor picnics to screenings in a Georgian mansion, a ProKick gym, the T13 warehouse at the docks as well as the Giant's Ring.

Lower Crescent Park, Belfast City Council's open space near Botanic Avenue, is the site for a movie marathon with eight classic films over the weekend of August 6-7. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic as well as rugs or camping chairs.

The all-singing, all-dancing high school classic of Grease sets the tone for the weekend followed by a sing-a-long to Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. Eighties classic Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze follows with Monty Python's biblical satire Life of Brian closing out the weekend.

With 2016 marking Shakespeare's 400th birthday, Belfast Film Festival will be offering some of the finest cinematic adaptations of the Bard's plays.

An outdoor screening of Northern Ireland director Kenneth Branagh's exuberant adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing in which he stars alongside Keanu Reeves is among the 'must see' events.

Belfast Film Festival director Michele Devlin said: "Based on the last few weeks, we're hedging our bets with what the weather will do in Belfast and have planned a two-month summer bonanza both outside and indoors.

"Lower Crescent Park is a great location for our movie weekend in August with plenty of choice for food and drink in the Botanic and University areas before or after the screenings. And we also have events throughout the city, including Cathedral Quarter, Titanic Quarter and east Belfast."

Other events to look forward to include Sense and Sensibility in the grounds of Malone House and The Wicker Man screened in the Giant's Ring at Shaw's Bridge.

The full programme is available at and tickets can be booked online, by phoning 028 9024 6609, or in person at Visit Belfast Welcome Centre in Donegall Square North.

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