Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

Win tickets to Will Self, John Grant, Adam Ant and more as Belfast's busiest arts festival returns

Northern Ireland’s most dynamic arts festival returns from the 2-12 May to transform Belfast’s city centre with a glittering riot of live music, comedy, spoken word and visual arts, plus a host of other eclectic treats.

The full programme for the 14th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival was unveiled at a packed launch in the intimate surrounds of the Sunflower Public House – the festival’s newest partner venue.

Launch guests were amongst the first to discover a festival programme that stands up and delivers an electrifying mix of the big and the brash, the up and coming and the weird and wonderful. And it’s just as well, with Adam Ant and Dexys amongst the early headliners announced.

Other musical highlights include The Fall, DJ Yoda, And So I Watch You From Afar and godfather of indie, Edwyn Collins. Special mention must also go to this year’s CQAF artist in residence, Alana Henderson, a singer-songwriter-cellist with an enthrallingly distinctive sound.

Award-winning authors, Will Self and Lucy Caldwell will read during the festival, and Northern Ireland’s newest digital publisher, Whittrick Press, will launch their first release, Sleepwalkers, by Bernie McGill.

Leading the laughs is the enigmatic Daniel Kitson, and other highlights include the Faulty Towers dining experience (with Basil, Sybil and Manuel, while you eat), Nick Drake: an Illustrated Lecture by legendary music producer Joe Boyd, and Martin Lynch's much-loved play, The History of the Troubles (According to my Da).

Festival director Sean Kelly said he was thrilled to be able to offer audiences such an impressive array of quality, affordable acts. 'It’s a real privilege after 14 years to be still putting on a festival that not only grows its audience with each passing programme, but upholds the joyous, progressive spirit of the quarter from which it takes its name.'

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, the principal funder of the festival, added: 'The festival’s innovative approach to attracting new audiences and to forging partnerships with public and private organisations in the area, creates not only a great arts festival, but makes a vital contribution to the economic and creative regeneration of the city.'

The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival runs from May 2 – 12. Visit the festival website for more information. Enter our competition to win tickets to Will Self, John Grant, Adam and the Ants and more.