Out for Lunch

Out for Lunch

In what might be the last Out to Lunch Festival as part of the EU, organisers will be delivering an extra special programme of life-affirming sustenance for troubled times.

The 14th Out to the Lunch Festival programme – which takes place from 4-27 January 2019 – was unveiled today and is set to serve up a heady menu of live music, comedy, theatre, literature, film, spoken word and hot food to nourish the soul and the belly during the longest, darkest month of the year.

Music highlights include folk superstar and all-round living legend Andy Irvine, the insanely talented Teddy Thompson, Donegal’s finest harmonising trio The Henry Girls and a rare Belfast show by Mull Historical Society which will feature Bernard Butler who produced the new album Wakelines.

Then there’s a reimagining of The Pixies classic Doolittle on its 30th anniversary with Arborist, Hand Models and Sister Ghost, master of the Lap Steel guitar Martin Harley, the launch of Grainne Holland’s new album Corcra with Brian FinneganSean Og Graham and Liam Bradley,  Niamh McGlinchey lighting up the Black Box, Linley Hamilton and Kyron Burke’s wondrous new jazz project The Sazeracs and an unmissable celebration of Barbra Streisand featuring Lady Portia Di’Monte and Marion Jordan in Babs’ Broadway Lunch.

Lovers of Joyce’s short story The Dead can watch John Huston’s classic film and enjoy a sumptuous Joycean Christmas meal and we showcase two of Belfast’s finest prose writers today Wendy Erskine and Rosemary Jenkinson.

For film lovers we have a real treat with the Buster Keaton classic The General performed with a live musical score by Haiku Salut, a folk/electronic trio from Derbyshire. We have the Irish premiere of a new documentary on Chris Sievey aka Frank Sidebottom called Being Frank and we raid the archives for 3 short Irish poetry films about or featuring Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh and Damian Gorman.  Out to Lunch dons its spandex and air guitar for a 35th anniversary screening of THE definitive mockumentary This is Spinal Tap followed by our rocktastic Spinal Tap karaoke.

Other highlights include Opera for Lunch with NI Opera Studio’s show If You Can Find Me featuring the songs of Stephen Sondheim and a Seedhead Lecture entitled Belfast’s Wild Larder with Clare McQuillan and a special launch of artist Raymond Watson’s sound art piece Unlocking.

These shows complement those already announced including Marian Keyes Roisin Ingle (Sold Out) Nish Kumar (Sold Out), Steeleye Span (Sold Out), Bronagh Gallagher (Evening Show sold out), Lucy Porter, Don Letts, London Astrobeat Orchestra performs Talking HeadsThe Dodge Brothers, King Kong Company, The Delines, Scott Matthews and Lost Voice Guy.

Out to Lunch Director Sean Kelly said:

“These are uncertain times in so many ways, but Out to Lunch aims to light up January and with a world class menu of music, comedy, art and film. Over the past 14 years, our ‘show and lunch’ idea has really captured people’s imagination. Come January 2019, we’ll be on hand to lift spirits and hearts with a month of great food and world class entertainment!”

For further programme info or to book tickets for Out to Lunch Arts Festival, please go to www.cqaf.com

For further info, images or to arrange an interview please contact Joseph Nawaz on 07599 798472

 

The Dead – Special Screening and Meal

The Black Box

Sunday 6 January, 7.30pm

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Deirdre O’Kane – A Line of O’Kane

The Black Box

Wednesday 9 January, 1.00pm

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The Buster Keaton Pictureshow -The General + Live Score by Haiku Salut

The Black Box

Wednesday 9 January, 7.30pm

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The Allergies feat. Andy Cooper

Oh Yeah Music Centre

Saturday 12 January, 9.00pm

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Stories from the She Punks

The Black Box (Green Room)

Sunday 13 January, 7.30pm

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The Kiss of Light and other Illuminations: Poems and Music from Anthony Toner and Frank Ormsby

The Black Box

Tuesday 15 January, 1.00pm

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Tenx9

The Black Box

Wednesday 16 January, 7.30pm

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Opera for Lunch – If You Can Find Me

The Black Box

Wednesday 16 January, 1.00pm

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The Sazeracs

The Black Box

Thursday 17 January, 1.00pm

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Marian Keyes in conversation with Roisin Ingle – Sold Out

Saint Annes’ Cathedral

Friday 18 January, 1.00pm

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Kathryn Joseph + support Brona McVittie

The Black Box

Sunday 20 January, 3.00pm

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Troubled – Northern Irish Poet Films

The Black Box (Green Room)

Sunday 20 January, 3.00pm

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John Kearns, Roisin and Chiara + Paul Currie MC

The Black Box

Sunday 20 January, 8.00pm

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Raymond Watson – Unlocking: Yard side/Garden side – Launch of Sonic Art

The Black Box (Green Room)

Tuesday 22 January, 7.30PM

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Nish Kumar – It’s In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves -Sold Out

The Black Box

Tuesday January 22, 8.00PM

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Steeleye Span 50th Anniversary – Sold Out

The Black Box

Wednesday 23 January, 8.00pm

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Grainne Holland – ‘Corcra’ Album Launch

1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary St

Thursday 24 January, 8.00pm

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Teddy Thompson with support from Dori Freeman

The Black Box

Friday 25 January, 8.00pm

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Dreamed of Places – Alana Barton

The Black Box (Green Room)

January 3 (6.00pm) – February 3, 2019

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