It all happens from 30 April to 10 May, when once again a dazzling and eclectic collective of local, national and international artists will descend upon the Cathedral Quarter offering up an embarrassment of cultural riches including Music, Comedy, Theatre, Literature, Visual Arts and Film.
CQAFâ€™s global jukebox is as well stocked as ever: African superstar, the truly astonishing Oumou Sangare performs the opening night at the festival marquee. Lloyd Cole is supported by reformed local legends St Vitus Dance, the excellent Teenage Fanclub make a long overdue return to Belfast. The festival is delighted to welcome the shimmying, glimmering music of Imelda May and soul diva Candi Staton, DJs Calvin Harris and Gilles Peterson, a night of new music curated by Snow Patrolâ€™s Gary Lightbody and, in one of the Festivalâ€™s biggest coups, the first Belfast concert in 20 years by Irish Traditional Supergroup Moving Hearts.
CQAF is of course much greater than the sum of its many parts. All of the rich finger-licking cultural pickings described above are lent true piquancy and flavour by the various Circus Performances and Street Theatre, Visual Art, Sound and Vision and numerous tours, talks, debates and free events that take place throughout the Festival.
The Festival is supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Department of Social Development.
The Tenth Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival runs from 30 April to 10 May. The full programme is available at cqaf.com from 3 April 2009.