Trans Festival 2010 Launches

Festival organiser Adam Turkington speaks about Trans 2010 below


Organisers say that this summer's packed programme of international and local music acts, street art, film, exhibitions and more at the Trans Festival, taking place 3 July - 24 July, will be the best yet.

Presented by Belfast Waterfront and the Ulster Hall, Trans takes place every July in venues throughout Belfast and over the last five years has consolidated its position as one of Belfast’s premier summer festivals.

Trans has announced two global champions of their chosen musical genres in co-festival headliners, Air and DJ Shadow. Legendary French electronic duo, Air, take centre stage at Belfast Waterfront on 8 July on their first ever Belfast gig, the band's only Irish date on their current world tour.

Internationally acclaimed American producer, DJ Shadow, plays the Ulster Hall on 4 July. Widely credited as a key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo' Wax label, DJ Shadow's Ulster Hall gig will be his first Belfast date in over 10 years and his first live show here.

As well as showcasing music from international and local artists, other Trans events include a bespoke microcinema, a series of exhibitions, gaming, comedy and the Waterfront's Urban Arts Academy featuring vocational music, design and technical courses. 

Jennie McCullough, Chair of Trans Urban Arts commented: 'We are so proud to be launching this year’s Trans programme, bringing not only the best of international and local music and art, but also incorporating film and comedy.'

After the the success of last summer's Eurocultured and Winter Base in the Ulster Hall in February it is the Cathedral Quarter turn to shine.  On the 17 and 18 July it will come alive with international street art and music, courtesy of Base at St Anne's Square with two days of live painting and live music featuring some of the finest underground street artists from across Ireland, Britain and Europe.

Further events include Trans:mission, a unique mini-music festival within a festival that will bring the cream of Belfast's resurgent music scene to the Crescent Arts Centre and Belfast Waterfront on 9 and 10 July respectively.

Headliners Psycatron, Not Squares, Pocket Billiards and Kowalski share the spotlight with the pick of the up and coming rock, punk, Indie and dance acts from Belfast and beyond.

Councillor Conor Maskey, Chairman of Belfast City Council's Development Committee, said: 'What started out five years ago as a pioneering solution to providing quality programming at the Waterfront during the quietest time of the arts and entertainment calendar now animates the entire city throughout the month of July. Trans engenders a terrific festival spirit, brings people together and builds a fantastic sense of community.'

Pick up a copy of the trans 2010 festival brochure for full details and event listings, available at Belfast Waterfront and the Ulster Hall. The Trans festival brochure can also be downloaded at available at, from the Waterfront and Ulster Hall Box Offices and by calling 028 9033 4455.

Eddie Mullan