Aspect Festival Dates


A quarter of a century has passed since the first Aspects Festival took place and its spirit remains ‘a celebration of Irish Writing’. We are delighted to return each year celebrating, nurturing and exploring the extraordinary literary talent found locally and throughout the island.

Aspects has a tradition of embracing an eclectic range of writing. For our Silver Anniversary, which took place in September 2016, we put together a very special programme. It was hard to contain ourselves knowing that Van Morrison would be performing and talking about his song writing and poetry. And, of course, no conversation would be complete without some special guests - including Kim Catrall, Paul Muldoon, Ian Rankin, Scarlett Sabet and Dr Eamonn Hughes.

We were also delighted this year to launch our very first Aspects book, The Bangor Book. This is a celebration of writing from and about Bangor, a town with a fascinating literary history. You can purchase copies at the North Down Museum gift shop!

Feel free to peruse this site to see the range of events that were on our 25th Anniversary programme. For us, we are beginning to plan a festival programme for 2017 which will inspire both the writer and the reader in you. Everyone is invited to come and join us to celebrate, delight in and discover Irish writing anew.

We look forward to seeing you!

Aspects Festival Team

The beautiful Chamber in Bangor Castle, is the venue for a very special concert by The Darkling Air on Thursday April 20.

Along with Isobel Anderson and The Arco String Quartet, expect ambient soundscapes and haunting vocals underpinned by guitar, piano and strings. Don’t miss it!

Tickets are on sale now at…/music-in-the-chamber-the-darkling…

Price £12 including refreshments.
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SUBMISSION CALL: ForM Sculpture Exhibition 2017
This wonderful annual exhibition returns again to Bangor Castle Walled Garden from 3-25 June.

Applications are currently open for artists to submit works for consideration.
Artists are invited to propose site specific works, or work that responds to the environment of the Walled Garden.

For more information and to download a submission pack, visit:
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SUBMISSION CALL: ForM Sculpture Exhibition 2017 Applications are now open for artists to submit works for consideration for the 2017 ForM Sculpture Exhibition at Bangor Castle Walled Garden. Artists a...

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