A major two-part festival to celebrate Brian Friel, Ireland’s greatest modern playwright, with performances, talks, discussions, music, dance and good food is taking place in Belfast and County Donegal.

The Lughnasa International Friel Festival, directed by Sean Doran, is a Biofestival with all programming having a clear connection to the artist.  It is also the first annual festival to bring both sides of the border together with Donegal, Welcome to Friel Country (Aug 20-26) and BELFAST, HERE I COME! (Aug 26-31) forming Ireland’s first annually shared cultural event.

At the heart of the festival programme every year will be a signature production of one of Brian Friel’s key plays, presented in both locations.  In the first year, it will be a brand new production of Dancing at Lughnasa, produced by the Lyric Theatre from August 26 –to September 27 and directed by Annabelle Comyn.

BELFAST, HERE I COME! will run across the city from August 26-31, with celebrations, many of them free, including classical and traditional music, five open air stages for dancing, a harvest food festival and Belfast’s first ever kite flying festival at the Titanic Quarter, Kitetanica.

For more information visit the website lughnasainternationalfrielfestival.com


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