Belfast Festival 2014 Programme Unveiled

Full festival programme is revealed, with disabled artist Claire Cunningham announced as artist-in-residence

The full programme for the 2014 Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's has been revealed, with internationally acclaimed disabled dance artist, Claire Cunningham, announced as artist-in-residence.

'Cultural diversity and divergence are the themes behind the programme,' said festival director, Richard Wakely, before the official launch of the programme at Belfast's Harbour Commissioner's Office. 'It's a festival of real scale and ambition that takes place right across our city.'

The festival will showcase a line-up of 110 events with 26 premieres from 18 countries filling venues all over Belfast from October 16 to November 1. View the full festival programme.

The festival will welcome two of the world’s leading theatre directors to Belfast, Peter Brook and Thomas Ostermeier, plus a host of leading ladies in theatre, dance and music, including four-time Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, legendary soulstress Bettye LaVette, celebrated actress Charlotte Rampling and two-time Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer, Camille A Brown.

'A thriving arts sector is a crucial part of social and economic development and as a key partner of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s,' said Richard Donnan, managing director, retail banking at Ulster Bank. 'We’ve seen it grow and develop to become a truly international event. Its focus on community engagement makes it a perfect partner to us as a business and we’re proud to be the title sponsor.'

One of the key elements of this year’s programme is the new Embrace initiative supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which will bring audiences ‘up close’ to world class artists in a series of masterclasses, workshops and talks.

Roisin McDonough, ACNI chief executive said: 'Arts Council support for the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's represents one of our major annual investments in the creative and cultural life of Northern Ireland.

'Like the Arts Council, the Festival works hard to bring great art within the reach of everyone. So I am delighted that this year, the festival has managed to reach out even further across Belfast, providing more opportunities for communities, families and schools to access and participate in events through initiatives like Embrace.'

The 2014 Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s runs from October 16 to November 1 in venues all over Belfast. Visit the festival website to view the full programme and book tickets now.