Belfast TradFest 2023 is pencilled in for 23rd – 30th July and will no doubt be another memorable one. The highlight of the line-up is the Mandela Hall performance of Irish American supergroup Ollam. The critically acclaimed band will play their biggest Belfast show to date and their only NI date for 2023.
Featuring concerts, sessions, festival club, talks and taster sessions, the summer school and master classes are still at the core of the festival. The festival provides opportunities for musicians to experience intensive and immersive summertime learning of traditional and arts whilst spending time with and seeing at close hand the very best performers of traditional music from these islands, perform, play and share the wonderful tradition.
A world-class programme of trad music, song and dance that’s authentically Belfast, showcases and nourishes local talent, continues the growth of Belfast’s cultural assets and caters for locals and visitors whilst attracting international attention and new audiences.
Dónal O’Connor, Artistic Director for Belfast TradFest, said: “Our 5th edition is a hugely significant occasion for the festival, especially considering the pandemic years and the challenges of recent cuts to Arts funding. We will, of course, be paying homage to the musicians, bands and artists who have contributed, supported, and inspired the festival over the years, but importantly this is also a moment to look to the future.”
Dónal adds “Belfast TradFest is showcasing some of the best music these islands have to offer. Established and emerging musicians come here to create and perform, and audiences are attracted to enjoy our cultural treasures at first hand. Sharing our music and our arts is a vital part of our human existence, connecting us and enriching lives, and we cherish that. We are so excited to bring this full programme of events to the people of Belfast and to invite many new visitors to our city from all over the world.”
Tickets & further information about Belfast Tradfest 2023 can be found here.