Belfast at Queens is known for its dazzling line-ups, show-stopping performances and world-class artists. This year, from the 19th of October to the 3rd of November they will celebrate 50 years of the festival with an explosion of music, drama, theatre, talks, film, dance and comedy. Appealing to everyone from the committed theatre-goer to those with a fleeting interest in cinema, the festival now encompasses dance, theatre, new music, jazz, blues and world music, folk and roots, exhibitions, comedy, film and education.
From modest but hopeful beginnings to a rollicking, rocking platform for international superstars, the Belfast Festival at Queen’s has come a pretty long way. Along that way, the festival has hosted an eclectic mix of artists from the Moscow State Ballet and the Royal Shakespeare Company to Dexy’s Midnight Runners and the Flying Pickets. In the early eighties, ‘Python’ Michael Palin brought his one-man show to the festival and swore he’d never perform it anywhere else because the festival made it so special. This video from previous years will give you an idea of what’s in store, along with goosebumps of excitement.