Glen Hansard / Grand Opera House, Belfast / Tickets & Info
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Wednesday 23rd Oct 2019
Grand Opera House, Belfast
Tickets on sale 14th Friday at 9am priced £27-£33
Singer songwriter Glen Hansard and his band return to Belfast for a special intimate sit-down performance at The Grand Opera House in Belfast on 23 October, marking the opening of his European tour.
From his decades as lead singer of Irish stalwarts The Frames, through to new album This Wild Willing, his fourth solo album, the audience can expect a journey through Hansard’s musicianship. Rock and folk ambitions coexist with moments of strangeness, intimacy, and stillness. Topics of vulnerability, desire, chaos, joy and love are explored in Hansard’s trademark soaring emotional and dynamic shifts. For anyone who hasn’t seen Hansard perform live, he channels absolutely everything into his performance.
Director, Richard Wakely, said “Today, we have announced the first two signature events from a programme of world class art and culture from home and abroad that showcases an ever-broadening range of perspectives, with voices and faces, new and familiar. Glen Hansard is one of Ireland’s most beloved songwriters whilst (LA)HORDE represents the new and exciting younger generation of dance makers coming out of Europe. Together they herald a great autumn of festival events that the whole city can enjoy”.
Nóirín McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added, “The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is tremendously proud to be Principal Funder of the Belfast International Arts Festival which continues to bring world-renowned acts to Belfast as well as offering an important platform for our own artists to perform. The Arts Council recognises this festival’s enormous contribution to arts and culture in return for a relatively small amount of public investment and we look forward to welcoming the 2019 Belfast International Arts Festival this Autumn.”
Audiences can look forward to world class theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, literature and talks, with the full BIAF19 programme being revealed in mid-August.
The Belfast International Arts Festival is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, British Council, Department for Communities and Institut Francais.