Festival of Fools launched in Belfast

Festival of Fools launched in Belfast

The 11th annual Festival of Fools has been launched in Belfast with trapeze artists, jugglers and silent clowns all in the mix for this year's programme.

The festival runs across the May bank holiday weekend and includes an international selections of painters, mime artists and acrobatics.This year's event will kick off with an acrobatic comedy from Spanish company Capitan Maravilla who monkey around as they somersault over a specially customised Mini Cooper full of surprises.The following three days will also focus on the comedy with more than 120 street shows and 30 walkabout performances across Belfast's Cathedral Quarter and City Centre.Launching the event, Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtin O'Mulleoir, said: "The annual Festival of Fools is a highlight in our city's cultural calendar."Running into its 11th year, it continues to grow in popularity and content, and this year looks set to be bigger and better than ever. There is something for all the family to enjoy and - with all of the events running free of charge over the May bank holiday weekend - I would encourage everyone to experience the fun and laughter on offer."Will Chamberlain, Director of the Festival of Fools said: "This year we are looking forward to the biggest street theatre celebration ever seen in Northern Ireland."We have some of the world's finest modern clowns performing on the streets of Belfast cementing the Festival of Fools international reputation as an outstanding experience for audiences to enjoy a laugh."We're at the launch of the fool-tastic @foolsfestival at @belfastcircus. Loads of great stuff happening!! pic.twitter.com/NjjszMAmXX— Northern Ireland (@DiscoverNI) April 1, 2014

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