August 7 and 8, mark your calendars!

Stendhal Festival of Art is showcasing a vast array of artistic talent. From film to theatre, dance to poetry and comedy to craft, there’s a galaxy of opportunities to get involved and witness some top names across the weekend.217388_486124044793176_252510272_n

Over 60 musical acts including Donovan Kerbdog, We Were Promised Jetpacks and DJ Format, will appear at the festival. But it’s not all about the music as the festival aims to draw music-lovers to all areas of art.

Big Telly Theatre Company are providing theatre, while Echo Echo Dance Company and Soup Dujour Burlesque Troupe amaze audiences with dance performances.

If you fancy having a stroll and exploring art at your own pace, stop by at the craft market and two galleries showcasing some of Northern Ireland’s best artists. Plus, magic, kids workshops and puppet shows are some of the family events on offer.

Brian J. Falconer, Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney show off their Bafta Awards

Brian J. Falconer, Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney show off their Bafta Awards

Brian J Falconer’s award winning short film Boogaloo and Graham will be showcased at Stendhal Festival of Art followed by a talk about how life for the film team has changed since their massive critical acclaim.

Brian J Falconer explained: “I think that it is important for everyone within the arts sector in Northern Ireland to look at any and every opportunity they get to further showcase their work, so while yes the Stendhal boys and have been friends for a long time, even if we weren’t, we would have been very happy to get the call to show the film at a festival of the caliber of Stendhal.”

Kevin McAleer

Comedian Kevin McAleer

Meanwhile, the comedy bill for the festival includes Sara Pascoe who has featured on Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You in addition to Kevin McAleer who is known for his three minute sketches of tales told in his slow County Tyrone drawl and is well-known among Irish comedy.

Sara Pascoe

Comedian Sara Pascoe

With such a busy weekend of art ahead, Ross Parkhill, Director of Stendhal Festival of Art, said: “We want to give people as wide and all-encompassing arts experience as we possibly can.”

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