Out To Lunch 2014

The affordable art festival returns to Belfast's Cathedral Quarter from January 2 - 26

Edna O'Brien, Hugh Cornwell, Barry Cryer, Josie Long, Nina Conti, Terry Christian, Le Galaxie, Eamon Dunphy, Edna O’Brien and many more top the bill of the eighth Out To Lunch arts festival, which returns to Belfast from January 2 – 26.

The festival serves up another helping of music, film, comedy, spoken word and literature to warm the winter cockles, and takes place in the Black Box and beyond, offering eager audiences cultural and culinary servings of exceptional goodness.

The Out To Lunch 2014 programme is loaded with legends and glutted with great performers from across all art forms, and no event costs more than £20. Festival director Sean Kelly looks forward to another post-Christmas extravaganza.

'Eight years on from our first handful of shows in the back of a truck in Writer’s Square, I'm very proud to say that Out To Lunch is now a vibrant, ever-expanding thing of wonder. We're delighted to be offering our usual thrilling mix of music, spoken word and comedy in the Black Box this year, as well as offering up extra portions for the first time, in venues like the Belfast Barge.

'We’re delighted, in a city full of festivals, to be the one that kick-starts the New Year with a bang. As last January showed, severe weather conditions and various other disruptions can’t stop the mighty Out To Lunch.'

Former Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell, the mighty Julian Cope, the divine Smoke Fairies and the jazz-tasic Jacqui Dankworth are amongst the highlights of a musical line-up that also includes the lush sounds of Lindi Ortega.

Spoken word and comedy comes thick and fast in the form of John Hegley, Josie Long, Isy Suttie, Nina Conti and The Ginge, The Nordie and The Geek – three shots of local comedy for the price of one.

The literary giant that is Edna O’Brien will talk about her extraordinary career, Edinburgh smash Julie Madly Deeply brings the life and music of Julie Andrews vividly to life, and award-winning actor George Telfer performs Burton’s Last Call, an informal audience with the Welsh acting great, and Not the Messiah, the story of Graham Chapman, doctor, mountaineer, gay icon and the only non-living member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Žižek’s new film The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology will be screened in the Green Room at the Black Box, while Secret Cabaret will be taking place in a mysterious venue yet to be announced.

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, congratulated the festival organisers for their hard work and enthusiasm. 'Thanks to their efforts and the ongoing support of an appreciative public, this festival has now become a highlight on Belfast’s cultural calendar. I am delighted that it continues to go from strength to strength.'

Visit the Out To Lunch website for full event listings and booking details.