Lucky 13th Serving of (Out to) Lunch for Belfast!

Lucky 13th Serving of (Out to) Lunch for Belfast!

The bespoke Belfast festival that ALWAYS comes first is back! The Out to Lunch Arts Festival returns from  05 to the 28 of January, bringing much badly needed a cultural bite to the longest, darkest month of the year.

Now in its 13th year, the utterly unique and totally boutique Out to Lunch serves up a Brexit-proof feast of music, comedy, spoken word and theatre with a thrilling mix of familiar favourites and fresh talent. Out to Lunch offers true life-affirming sustenance for troubled times.

Out to Lunch Director Sean Kelly said:

“Brexit may have put paid to our European Capital of Culture ambitions but the Out to Lunch ethos remains unchanged –  to make Belfast feel like a truly European city with a vibrant, year-round cultural life.

From major writers such as Jonathan Meades and Bernard MacLaverty through to poetry, comedy, film and music from across the globe, Out to Lunch offers sustenance for the mind and body during January, always the darkest month.

For £7, we’re offering audiences a tasty lunch and a world-class show – a tidy little deal we’re particularly proud of!  People should move quickly though, the ‘sold-out’ signs are going up already on shows we’ve announced.”

Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:

“The Arts Council is delighted to support the 2018 Out to Lunch Festival with National Lottery and public funding.  The festival is a major attraction for locals and visitors to the city every new year.  The unique festival programme offers something for everyone and makes a great contribution to the creative life and economic regeneration of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.” 

 The Out to Lunch music line-up includes folk legend Shirley Collins and the acclaimed psychedelic twosome Moon DuoKraftwerk’s Wolfgang  Flür, the heady afro-electronic swirl of Ibibio Sound Machine, Hazel O’Connor & Cormac De Barr, Yola Carter, The Music of Cat Stevens/Yusuf, The 4 of Us, The Oh Hellos, The Story of Carole King & James Taylor, The Iconettes and the icon Terri Hooley, Dave Arcari, Opera for Lunch, Lau, electronic jazz wizards GoGo Penguin, Booka Brass Ban  PLUS DJ Yoda’s Stranger Things Mixtape!

 The spoken word and literature programme boasts one of THE great Irish men of letters Bernard MacLaverty, the hi-priestess of rhyme Hollie McNishTony Walsh, the storytelling phenomenon that is tenx9 pop-cultural heavyweight Jonathan Meades and post-punk heroine Cosey Fanni Tutti (formerly of Throbbing Gristle, reading from her hugely acclaimed memoir Art, Sex, Music).

A bumper comedy line-up features festival fave Andrew Maxwell, the deliciously-scathing Fern Brady, I Daniel Blake star and acclaimed stand-up Dave Johns, impressionists’ impressionist Jan Ravens, Iain Lee doing his much-loved Rabbit Hole Podcast LIVE, plus Robin Ince, Joanne McNally, Adam Kay and the unforgettable Alison Spittle.

Gluten free, protein rich and bursting with vitamins, Out to Lunch 2018 reaches the places other festivals can’t. It’s the only prescription in town to beat those post-holiday January blues!




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