Open House Festival

A month of handpicked events in imaginative places celebrates Bangor as a creative destination

Festival Details


Monday, 01 August 2016 to Wednesday, 31 August 2016



Open House Festival Bangor has launched its much anticipated 2016 programme, with 125 events across over 40 venues making the seaside town the go-to destination for the month of August.

This year’s programme of handpicked special events encompasses music, film, food and drink, theatre, literature, comedy and art, while also introducing magic, mystery, dance and lectures to the fold. The festival’s trademark diverse list of venues and locations includes pubs and parks, clubs and cafés, boats and a ballroom, a theatre, courthouse, and a church, as well as an auction room and even an island. 

Highlights include a 40th anniversary concert by The Damned, a 70th birthday tribute to former AC/DC front man Bon Scott, and a nod to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with an open air performance of A Midsummers Night’s Dream. Singer Niamh Perry returns to Bangor for a homecoming concert – her first local appearance since her success in the BBC’s hit show, I’d Do Anything.

Other local acts include celebrity mentalist David Meade, jazz singer Dana Masters and indie-folk band PORTS. They’ll share the limelight with American bands Iron & Wine and Spirit Family Reunion, and familiar faces like Suggs, Tom Robinson, Alexi Sayle and Ian Rankin.

There are picnics in parks, gardens and islands, gourmet food tours, whiskey tastings and seafood with sea shanties. There are mad-cap lectures, magic tricks, and even a spot of ghost hunting, plus pub theatre, book clubs and dance classes.

As well as the regular Walled Garden film screenings, there’ll be films with wine tasting, disco dancing and even with a clothes swap. And the Open House Festival Choir, a stand out success at last year’s festival, returns for its fourth consecutive season, with several performances throughout the month.

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