50th celebrations for Belfast Festival at Queen’s

50th celebrations for Belfast Festival at Queen’s

The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's runs from 19 October - 4 November

Members of staff will take centre stage in the 50th Belfast Festival at Queen’s which takes place from 19 October – 4 November.

They will be among the artists from across the world who will be participating in 130 events over the 17 days. The line-up features Professor Michael Alcorn, Head of the School of Creative Arts, whose specially commissioned work Fifty Fanfares will mark the beginning of the 2012 Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's.

Fifty Fanfares will feature trumpet, cornet and trombone players strategically located at various levels of Victoria Square. Their performances will be coordinated and choreographed using ground-breaking technology designed in collaboration with Belfast-based mobile app development company, Ecliptic Labs.

Also featuring in the programme is Professor Ciaran Carson from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. His book The Star Factory will be performed as a circus of sound, words and images, featuring a live recitation by Professor Carson at the Sonic Arts Research Centre.

Professor Phil Scraton from the School of Law will be delivering a public lecture at the Waterfront Hall Studio on Hillsborough : Speaking Truth to Power.  Phil is Professor of Criminology at Queen’s and is author of the highly-acclaimed Hillsborough: The Truth. He is a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel and this will be his first public lecture since the publication of the Panel’s report.

Tim O’Loane, a lecturer in scriptwriting at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, will star in Turn Down the Lamp, which is one of Festival’s most popular shows having ran to packed houses for ten years from 1985. The accomplished actor, screenwriter, playwright and director will be on his feet with some favourite yarns and recitations.

Other staff featured in the programme include Fearghal McGarry from the School of History who will participate in a post screening discussion of The Enigma of Frank Ryan and Dr Leon Litvack from the School of English who will be performing a reading from the classic, Oliver Twist.

For further information on these performances and The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, visit

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