It’s very nearly that time again when Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter turns into the busiest corner of the city, as the 2016 CQAF rolls around. Beginning on the 28th of April and running until the 8th of May, it’s a splendid job fitting in such a massive programme of events into such a short space of time. Featuring music, comedy, literature, film, theatre and visual arts, it’s safe to say that this year’s lineup is their strongest and most varied yet. So, what’s happening?
A real coup for the city centre this year as Guy Garvey, Marc Almond, David Holmes, Grandmaster Flash, Lee Scratch Perry, Steve Mason, Courtney Pine, Craig Charles, The Unthanks, The Afro Celt Soundsytem, and many, many more take over the likes of Custom House Square, The MAC, Black Box and other iconic local venues.
Get your laughin’ gear ’round these: Roy Walker, Rob Delaney, John Shuttleworth, Robert Newman, Richard Herring, Kim Noble and others performing everything from stand-up to touring shows.
A whole host of original theatre will be staged in a range of the city’s quirkiest locales. Primal Squeam! in Voodoo, Bash: Latterday Plays in The Barracks, The Man In The Woman’s Shoes in The MAC Upstairs, and a few surprises sure to offer something out of the ordinary…
Heading up the literature lineup is none other than the legendary John Cooper Clarke who’ll perform in the Festival Marquee, but be sure to check out speakers like Tony Walsh, Michael Bradley, and Jo Baker over the course of the festival.
There are of course, too many names, dates, places and shenanigans going on to list them all here, but do make sure to check out the website for the full listings, and keep an eye out on State for choice coverage of the festival.