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Belfast Festival at Queens 2013

Wednesday 23rd October 2013 at 10am

Video: Wish By Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

One of the worlds longest running arts and cultural festivals, Belfast Festival at Queens 2013 is extending the festivities right across Belfast City and features the work of artists and performers from 24 countries. 

The Arts Council is the festival's principal public funder and according to Chief Executive, Roisin McDonough, the Arts Council is proud of its commitment to the festival and the continued investment has enabled festival organisers to aim higher than most, and bring the "best and most sought after arts within the reach of everyone". 

The festival programme for 2013 has been assigned the tagline, Passport to the Arts, and this is indicative of the truly international flavour of the festival. For the first time Belfast Festival at Queens has appointed an artist in residence for the duration of the festival. Internationally acclaimed artist, Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada has made something of an impact since arriving in Belfast, and recently unveiled the largest land-based public artwork within the British Isles entitled Wish which adorns an area of land bordering the iconic Titanic Belfast. 

Now in the festival's 51st year, organisers have eloquently captured the mood of the public, and have demonstrated an understanding of both the public appetite for arts & cultural events and the need to improve public access to these events. Significantly 80% of all festival tickets are priced at £16 or less. It is hard to escape the cliché, but Belfast Festival at Queens 2013 really does have something to cater to all tastes and to suit all ages & interests. Whether it's edge-of-your-seat theatricals, classical concertos, world-cinema or family-fun, the programme continues until Sunday 27th November.

The full programme of events is available to download at