What are you doing on October 27th?

With three weeks to go until Ireland’s largest international arts festival gets underway, the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s have launched a major online scheme to give away almost 600 free festival tickets.

Building on the success of last year’s ticket give-away, the website www.ulsterbank.com/arts gives would-be festival goers across Northern Ireland the chance to apply for free tickets to all festival events taking place on Wednesday October 27.

If you’re feeling blue and don’t know where to go to..why not try the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s: Ulster Bank staff Brian Haslett (Fred Astaire) and Bernie Crossan (Ginger Rodgers) quickstep their way to the Ulster Hall where Ava Astaire McKenzie will host a musical tribute to her father in Putting on your Top Hat as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s. The Festival has launched a major online scheme to give away almost 600 free tickets to shows taking place on October 27 including Putting on your Top Hat, Black Watch, Circa, Roddy Doyle, and Colin Bateman’s first-play National Anthem amongst others. To claim your free tickets log on to www.ulsterbank.com/arts

From toe-tapping music to jaw-dropping acrobatics and thrilling drama, theatre lovers have the chance to bag free tickets to National Theatre of Scotland’s infamous army regiment drama Black Watch, the exhilarating acrobatic circus performance Circa, the first-ever play by local novelist Colin Bateman National Anthem and Alan Bennett’s latest smash-hit play for the National Theatre The Habit of Art.

Music fans can apply for free tickets to see Ava Astaire McKenzie host a musical tribute to her father in Putting on your Top Hat, Grammy award-winning artist Imogen Heap and the Jagodzinski Trio or why not apply for free tickets to see one of Ireland’s favourite comic writer’s Roddy Doyle.

Speaking on the initiative Festival Director Graeme Farrow said;

“From entertaining talks to world-class theatrical drama and dance, A Night for Belfast gives everyone across Northern Ireland the chance to come to Belfast, experience our award-winning festival and enjoy internationally-acclaimed productions courtesy of our festival supporter Ulster Bank.

“Circa is majorly entertaining and will be enjoyed by all members of the family. Black Watch is a world-wide phenomenon and not your typical theatre piece as it hurtles from Fife to the battlefields of Iraq. If you loved Divorcing Jack and Murphy’s Law you will love National Anthem and as for any History Boy fans – The Habit of Art is not to be missed.”

Whatever you are interested in – I guarantee there is something to be enjoyed by everyone.” Graeme added.

Mike Bamber, Chief Executive of Ulster Bank, Retail Markets, says
“Ulster Bank’s support for the festival is not confined to helping with running costs and finances. We fully endorse the creation of accessibility to festival events so that people from all sections of our community can participate. We are very proud to be part of a festival which aims to open the arts to as broad and wide a public as possible.”

To apply for your free festival tickets log on to www.ulsterbank.com/arts. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available for performances taking place on Wednesday 27 October.

For more information on the festival programme or to book tickets, log on to www.belfastfestival.com or contact the festival box office Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and Sat 10am-2pm on 9097 1197.