Begun in the 1960s by Michael Emmerson, then a student at Queen’s University in Belfast, the Belfast Queens Festival has gone on to become the largest music and arts festival in Northern Ireland. The festival began as as a week long event taking place on the Queen’s University campus but has now expanded into three weeks and into venues all over Belfast including the Mandela Hall, the Naughton Gallery, the QFT and the Whitla Hall at Queen’s, as well as the Grand Opera House, the Waterfront Hall and the Cultúrlann centre.
The festival encompasses nearly every kind of art form: theater, comedy, music, dance, visual arts, and film. Performers over the years include Jimi Hendrix and Laurence Olivier in the 60s and later on comedians Rowan Atkinson, Michael Palin and Billy Connolly. 2010 sees the return of Michael Palin along with Imogean Heap, and big theatre productions like The Habit of Art, a new play by Alan Bennett (History Boys). Tickets for all shows can be purchased over the phone (box office telephone number is 02890 97 11 97) or online with a £1.50 booking fee per transaction. Discounted tickets can be purchased for under 15s, full time students, over 60s, disabled audiences and the unemployed.
Belfast BT9 5EX, United Kingdom – +44 28 9068 1126
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