More than 1,000 Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s tickets worth £25,000 are being made available to community groups throughout Northern Ireland through the Ulster Bank Community Tickets scheme.

Richard Donnan, Chief Executive, Retail Markets Ulster Bank and Seana Skeffington, Marketing Manager, Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s is joined by Aoife Loughlin from Opportunity Youth, to launch a major initiative designed to give community groups and charities across Northern Ireland the chance to get on-the-house tickets to some of the top shows featuring at this year’s Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, including the opening concert.
Groups and charities are being encouraged to register their interest in securing on-the-house tickets via the www.belfastfestival.com website. Tickets are being made available to some of the best acts in this year’s festival including the opening concert featuring Joanna McGregor, Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Irish Sea Sessions, Shlomo, Woyzeck on the Highveld, and Animals and Children took to the Streets.

Over the three years of the scheme Ulster Bank will have made tickets worth a staggering £75,000 accessible to community groups throughout Northern Ireland.

Richard Donnan, Chief Executive of Ulster Bank, Retail Markets, says the scheme has proven to be hugely popular.

“Ulster Bank is playing a vital role in making the arts accessible to all,” he says. “An event featuring plays and concerts of international class should be available to everyone. People and community groups throughout Northern Ireland who may not usually have the opportunity to experience visual arts performances or live theatre will now get the chance through the 1,100 tickets we are offering.”

Festival marketing manager Seana Skeffington says the arts are an essential part of life.

“Anything which helps bring the arts in all it forms to people who might not have easy access to them is very welcome. We are delighted this scheme is back this year and look forward to greeting over a thousand more festival goers in addition to the 50,000 expected,” says Ms Skeffington.

To register your interest log on to http://www.belfastfestival.com Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Transport may be provided to and from the venue for those successful applicants who live outside a 20 mile radius of Belfast city centre.