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Lord Mayor launches Belfast Comedy Festival

12 Sep 2017
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister, has officially launched the programme for the Belfast Comedy Festival.

Belfast’s only dedicated comedy arts festival, featuring a host of established and emerging comic performers, will see total of 52 shows take place at 20 venues across the city from 2-8 October.

Celebrating its sixth year, the festival is not limited to stand-up comedy and aims to entertain, challenge, and inspire through a diverse programme of theatre, workshops, seminars, circus, film, quizzes, competitions and events for children.

Critically acclaimed comedians such as John Bishop, Rubberbandits, Henning Wehn, Joel Dommett, Fern Brady and Bec Hill, many fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, will appear alongside leading local performers such as Tim McGarry, Terry McHugh, Mary Flanigan and Caz Brennan. A conference examining the state of the comedy industry in Northern Ireland will also be held on 7 October in The Mac.

Launching the festival, the Lord Mayor commented:

“It will be great to hear the sound of laughter ringing throughout our city during the week of the Comedy Festival. Comedy is an often over-looked art form, and plays an important role in our lives.

“The people of Belfast are well known for our sense of humour, often directed at ourselves, and to help us through the darkest of times.

“I am sure Belfast audiences will take the festival into their hearts, and I am delighted that Belfast City Council has played its part in helping to make it happen.”

Festival Director, Peter O’Neill, said the unique comedy arts festival will appeal to audiences of all ages with a programme that presents great value:

“There’s something for everyone in festival and we are pleased to release details of 52 shows in our programme.

“We aim to stretch the boundaries of comedy in the city by presenting a diverse range of performances that are guaranteed to brighten up our autumn nights. So, join us in having a laugh!”

Tickets are available at belfastcomedyfestival.com. Belfast Comedy Festival is supported by Belfast City Council, the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and ASM.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister, has officially launched the programme for the Belfast Comedy Festival. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister, has officially launched the programme for the Belfast Comedy Festival.