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Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival comes out swinging for its big 2-0!

One of the sassiest, brassiest and classiest acts in the Irish cultural calendar, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, is pulling the stops out for its 20th birthday!
Rufus Wainwright, Echo and the Bunnymen, Anna Calvi, Teenage Fanclub, Spiritualized, Marian Keyes, Yola, UNLOVED (feat, David Holmes), Nina Conti, Horslips, Chris Difford, Roy Walker, Bill Drummond, Patty Griffin, Kevin McAleer, Lisa O’Neill, Lowkey, Bernard MacLaverty, Horslips and Kevin McAleer are among the star names descending on Belfast’s historic cultural quarter between 2-12 May for the 20th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.
The 11-day extravaganza will feature over 100 events in over 20 venues across the city centre, as the Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a bumper programme of live music, comedy, literature, theatre, film, visual art and more!
CQAF20’s many-splendored musical line-up also boasts My Darling Clementine, Craig Charles, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), Howe Gelb, Kitt Philippa, Sean O’Hagan, Joshua Burnside, whenyoung, Mick Flannery, Nubya Garcia, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Carla del Fomo, A Certain Ratio, Say Sue Me, Folsom Prison Blues: A Tribute to Johnny Cash, Glasshouse Ensemble Perform Sufjan Stevens, Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel and Me,  Awesome Tapes of Africa AND Alejandro Escovado.
As well as two of the most celebrated living Irish writers in MacLaverty and Keyes, CQAF20 is also delighted to welcome Emma Dabiri (author of the bestselling Don’t Touch my Hair), acclaimed local authors Jan Carson and Geraldine Quigley, Neu! Reekie!’s Curfew Towering, Phil Taggart’s Slacker Guide to the Music Industry, Julian Vignoles holds forth on his book on Rory Gallagher: The Man Behind the Guitar and of course our now traditional Seamus Heaney Homeplace tour, complete with lunch!
Comedy highlights include legends Roy Walker and Kevin McAleer fresh from Derry Girls stardom, the terrifyingly funny Jerry Sadowitz, the funniest person to never move their lips, Nina Conti, Tom Stade, Kieran Hodgson doing ’75 – his epic tale of how Britain joined Europe, Sarah Keyworth, Whose Line is it Anyway’s Stephen Frost and his Improv Allstars, the fabulous Deirdre O’Kane and the fabulously strange Rob Auton!
A packed theatre programme features Alice McCullough’s Earth to Alice, The Ballad of Patrick MacGill, the premier of Soda Bread’s The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World, “Son of Liverpool” Gerry Potter performing From Scottie Road to Town, Stowaway City – an immersive audio play co-hosted by Place and Sonic Arts Research Centre. There’s Cabaret at the Cathedral, a serving of Dick – an hilarious one man show about surviving penile cancer, plus a host of theatrical treats at the MAC, Belfast.
CQAF Sound and Vision presents Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect, The The’s Inertia Variations, The Story of the Augustines, Les Diaboliques AND Belfast’s FIRST ever dog-friendly cinema screening – Best in Show, at the Sunflower Pub!
Throw in CQ Radio, a Mad Notions Podcast, Hit the North Street Art Fest, a stunning and eclectic visual arts programme and this year’s CQAF Artist in residence – DANI, and you have the biggest, best and boldest Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in, ooh, 20 years!
Speaking at the Programme Launch, Festival Director Sean Kelly explained how far CQAF had come since the early days.


For the full programme or to book tickets, please visit www.cqaf.com

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