Lughnasa International Friel Festival

The first annual Belfast celebration of the life and work of Brian Friel, featuring music, dance and more!

Festival Details


Thursday, 27 August 2015 to Monday, 31 August 2015



The 1st annual Lughnasa International Friel Festival, Belfast, Here we come! will run from 27 – 31 August 2015. Celebrating Ireland’s greatest living playwright Brian Friel through music, dance, food, kites & women! Funded by Belfast City Council & Tourism NI.

At the heart of the festival programme will be a signature production of one of Brian Friel’s key plays, Dancing at Lughnasa, produced by the Lyric Theatre, from 26 August – 27 September and directed by Annabelle Comyn.

Highlights of the festival include five mini #BelFests:

New Norths
A Harvest Food Festival celebrating regional produce from Belfast and it’s surrounding countryside mingled with dishes from other countries on the 55th latitude including; Scotland, Scandinavia, the Baltic and northern Russia. Funded by the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme.

Dancing Cranes
Belfast gets dancing! An invitation to the people of Belfast to come together in dance across 5 outdoor stages including; City Hall, Giant’s Ring, a bridge over the River Lagan, Lanark Way (Peace Wall) and Titanic Slipways. Fri 28 August to Mon 31 August.

Belfast is flying high! Northern Ireland's inaugural kite festival, in association with Lumiere Productions, will occupy the skies above the Titanic Quarter on Saturday 29 August.  The worlds largest kites will dance across the skies alongside demonstrations and workshops that show you how it's done. From 12 noon. See for details on how to get involved.

The Mundy Concerts
Five Concerts of Classical and Irish traditional music honouring and acknowledging the five Mundy sisters and aunts of Brian Friel in Dancing at Lughnasa: Kate, Agnes, Rose, Maggie and Chris.

Amongst Women
Be inspired as you engage with some of the world’s most renowned women from the fields of politics, academia, sport, business, literature, comedy and sport. Join the talks and discussions Friday 28 – Monday 31 August at Elmwood Hall and Whitla Hall, Queens University. Names to be announced soon