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A taste of Belfast in Brussels at the 2021 Out to Lunch Festival

Tuesday 29th December 2020 at 10am 0 Comments

Pictured (L-R) is Lynsey Moore, Director of the Northern Ireland Executive Brussels, Anthony Toner, musician and Sean Kelly, Director, Cathedral Quarter Arts. Image: Pictured (L-R) is Lynsey Moore, Director of the Northern Ireland Executive Brussels, Anthony Toner, musician and Sean Kelly, Director, Cathedral Quarter Arts.

As part of this year’s digital Out to Lunch Festival, the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels will showcase a selection of artists from Northern Ireland online on Tuesday 19th January at 1pm.  The pre-recorded programme features musicians, Anthony Toner, Ursula Burns, Ciara O’Neill and writer, Stephen Connolly, performing in the beautiful and historic Rosemary Street Church.

Since 2012, the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels has worked with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to present a Culture Night showcase of the best of Northern Irish arts and culture, bringing a host of musicians, writers and performers to Brussels and introducing their work to an appreciative international audience.  Over the years the programme has featured acclaimed Northern Irish talent including Joshua Burnside and Grainne Holland and the event has now become a highlight of the Brussels cultural calendar.

For obvious reasons, the 2020 edition has had to be reimagined for the post-COVID world and, as a result, the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive is delighted to present this online version of the event featuring some of the artists who have taken part in previous years.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the principal funder of the Out to Lunch Festival, Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council, commented,

“The Out to Lunch Festival is always an annual highlight in the arts calendar, brightening up an otherwise dull January.  We are delighted to support this year’s Out to Lunch Festival through National Lottery and exchequer funding and congratulate Sean and the team in curating an excellent programme of digital content despite the huge challenges presented by the pandemic.  We are also very proud to partner with the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels to showcase our fantastic artists every Culture Night and would encourage everyone to tune on 19th January to enjoy this special event.”

For details of this event and to view the full Out to Lunch Festival programme visit www.cqaf.com

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