Crescent Arts Centre
12th – 18th March: 9.00pm – 11.00pm

Join us every evening during the festival for our friendly club in the Crescent Arts Centre café.

These gatherings provide opportunities for people attending and performing in the festival to engage in convivial conversation, reflecting on their experiences of the festival and meeting up with kindred spirits. There will also be musical interludes and other performances for your delectation. The café will be open for hot drinks and snacks, and you are welcome to bring a bottle of your favourite wine or beer to add to the fun! No need to book a ticket just turn up and be prepared for some imaginative conversation!

MONDAY: Music performance with Maya Goldbloom

Maya Goldblum is an American singer/songwriter based in Derry, NI. She’s cutting her debut concept album, “Light Shadow Boom Boom” this year in Derry. Her aim is to bring new angles to depression through her music and portrait the dualities of life. “Accepting our light and dark qualities as humans.” 


QUB final year drama student Patrick Quinn will perform blinking idiots, scurvy knaves and sluggards. Brexit may not have been on his agenda, but, Shakespeare uncannily had his finger on the pulse of the politics of the nation. Fresh from the success of her Beckett-inspired play Both Sides, writer and critic Jane Coyle has drawn on Shakespearean speeches, as well as works by other writers, philosophers and politicians for this unashamedly one-sided rant about the fall-out from that fateful day in June 2016.

WEDNESDAY: Poetry recital from Milena Williamson

Milena Williamson was born in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing an MA in poetry at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her poetry has been published in The Tangerine. More of her poetry is forthcoming from the Community Arts Partnership’s forthcoming Poetry in Motion Anthology and the Poetry Jukebox in Belfast.

THURSDAY: Screaming Blue Murmur

Screaming Blue Murmur bring scalding lyrics accompanied by a dynamic blend of reggae, funk, soul and jazz.

FRIDAY: Kate Gilbertson music performance

While hordes of young people from Ireland make the trek to the land down-under, Kate Gilbertson felt something was calling her over this way. A Celtic whisper maybe. Now a Belfast local, the Australian-born singer shares her tales of love, loss and self-discovery from her solo journey across the world. Her debut came in 2012 when she was chosen to support Passenger. Since then, Gilbertson has travelled the world with her guitar developing her own sound, which presents a blend of rhythmic and fingerpicking guitar and strong vocals, fusing her Australian country roots with haunting Irish overtones.

SATURDAY: Comedy with Philippa Goode

We’re looking forward to this stand-up comedian who has recently moved to Belfast from the North East of England and will tell you about herself in an overly honest way. After getting people to listen to her on-stage thoughts at home for two years, its now Belfast’s turn to have a Goode time!

SUNDAY: Festival closing party

We don’t know what to expect but it will be fun! Join us in closing out what has been our most successful festival to date.

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12th-18th March


Crescent Arts Café,
2-4 University Road, BT7 1NH


These events are free: BYO

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