For non-locals: Belfast is about to begin celebrating its yearly Arts Festival, which I'm told is second only in scale to the Edinburgh Festival in the UK.
For locals: below are the events I have already bought tickets to. Some I am attending with a very nice young lady named Cath; some I am thus far going to alone. So if anyone likes the sound of any of them and wants to accompany me (I'm sure Cath would be happy to meet you too), they'd be very welcome. All tickets can be bought on the festival website
, unless otherwise noted.Friday 22nd October:
Gluck's baroque opera, Iphigenie en Tauride
, performed by the Welsh National Opera at the Grand Opera House. Kick-off 7:30pm. I'm also going to the free pre-show talk at 6:15 in Grosvenor House, Glengall Street. Tickets direct from the Grand Opera House (02890 241 919).Sunday 24th October:
Kate Rusby at the Lyric Theatre, 7:30pm. Apparently, she sings 'folk music for people who don't like folk music', and is both talented and innovative. (I'm mainly going to this one because Cath wants to). Tickets theoretically available on the web-site, but it kept messing itself up when I tried to order them, so in the end I phoned the Lyric Theatre instead (02890 385 685).Saturday 30th October:
John Carpenter's The Thing
at the Queen's Film Theatre, 10:30 pm (late showing).Sunday 31st October (Halloweeeeeen!): The Nightmare Before Christmas
at the QFT, 3pm. Theatre of Blood
at the QFT, 7pm. Ed Wood
at the QFT, 9pm.Wednesday 3rd November:
A play entitled Alladeen
at BBC Blackstaff. Surreal multi-media performance about Indian call centres, wish fulfilment and popular culture, it sez 'ere (festival brochure...). Kick-off, 7:30pm.Saturday 6th November:
'Songs of the Spirit' at the Clonard Monastery (no, really), 7:30pm. Haunting choral music by candlelight, including Tavener, Rachmaninov, Brucker and some unattributed spirituals.
Crumbs! I have
managed to spread those out fairly evenly... but still, I hope I actually have time to fit in going to them between all my lectures. :S