West Belfast will certainly be alive with the sound of music, as this year's F�ile an Phobail opens its doors.
This year's programme is packed with some of the best in local and international music, catering for all tastes. Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy the sultry folk and sounds of Eddie Reader; Bangor born, Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland; and the Zimbabwean vibes of Banda Bassotti. These events have all been added to the festival as a result of Arts Council's Lottery funding.
F�ile an Phobail is the largest community arts festival in Ireland. Every year it plays host to a fantastic line up of local and international acts, offering music, dance, comedy, drama and panel debates. F�ile has remained a key player in encouraging audiences to participate in the arts and this year is no exception. With performances from The Stranglers and local rock band, Midnight Transmission, F�ile continues to make the arts accessible across all communities.
Sonya Whitefield, Development Officer, Arts Council, said, "F�ile an Phobail offers audiences a chance to sample a fantastic range of accessible arts events. Its pivotal role in Belfast's cultural tourism offering is even more welcome in these difficult times, as it provides a boost to the local economy. Indeed it remains a vital part of the arts infrastructure of Northern Ireland and we continue to support F�ile an Phobail in all aspects of development."
Acclaimed international pianist Barry Douglas, who will be performing in St Peter's Cathedral with Camerata Ireland and Soprano Celine Byrne said, "I am delighted to be taking part in this year's F�ile an Phobail. I am very much looking forward to playing with my orchestra Camerata Ireland and the wonderful Irish soprano Celine Byrne who was with us on our recent tour of the USA. To be reunited for this concert in the wonderful setting of St Peter's will be a real treat."
Commenting on this year's programme of events, Director of F�ile an Phobail, Kevin Gamble said, "The line-up this year is second to none. We've programmed an event packed festival over eleven days, which has something for everyone to be part of. We're proud to be showcasing such talent and creativity".
The August F�ile runs from 28th July - 7th August. Tickets are available online at feilebelfast.com or from the festival office.