The Festival is an excellent complement to the creative disciplines in art, design, and the built environment on our Belfast campus.

The busy week of events generates a special vitality throughout the campus and its array of internationally renowned guests brings a unique opportunity for the public and students alike to sample the very best in creativity and innovation.

Ulster University has historically been the principal source for new creative talent in Northern Ireland. It continues to fulfill this increasingly important role and I am delighted that the stature of the Festival has grown in keeping with our position as a leading player in contemporary arts.

Many thanks to the different Festival Directors and the team in the Development and Alumni Relations Office. We are all proud that the Festival has become such a special beacon for the University. It reflects the significant contribution which the creative industries make to our economy and to the quality of life across society.