Aspects Festival

Literary luminaries celebrate the best of Irish writing in a special 25th anniversary programme across Ards and North Down

Festival Details


Sunday, 18 September 2016 to Sunday, 25 September 2016



Aspects has a long tradition of embracing writing in all its forms. Now in its 25th year, Ards and North Down Borough Council is delighted to announce an extra special anniversary programme that celebrates the best of Irish writing – a hallmark of the festival since it began.

A standout highlight of this year’s programme is ‘Lit Up Inside’ with Van Morrison, who will be performing and talking about his songwriting and poetry taking place on September 21 at the Culloden Hotel – with some special guests expected.

Aspects 2016 brings you a glittering list of literary luminaries including Paul Muldoon, Glenn Patterson, Sinéad Moriarty, Gerald Dawe, Tara West and many more.

The festival has seen the stratospheric rise of many local wordsmiths over its 25 year history, and this year offers you, no less than any other, the chance to hear new voices in Irish writing as they make their way in the literary world.

This year also brings a first for the Aspects Festival, as it sees the launch of The Bangor Book. Bangor has a long tradition of writing, and this special publication charts and showcases this rich history - from the ancient to some of the highest profile contemporary poets and authors.

To nurture reading and creativity, there will be workshops that emerging writers won’t want to miss, and family events to engage both young and old.

The core of the festival takes place from the September 18-25. Bangor Castle Walled Garden will host our Festival Yurt, a unique and atmospheric venue for Aspects’ weekend events. For further details and to books see