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International Arts Festival: Hollywood royalty Isabella Rossellini set for Belfast stage

Pictured: Isabella Rossellini

Belfast International Arts Festival will be welcoming Italian actress Isabella Rossellini to the Grand Opera House later this year.

The screen icon will appear on the Belfast stage on October 31 2018 with her new one-woman show Link Link.

An Irish premiere, the brand new one-woman (and one dog) show by the Golden Globe-nominated actress and filmmaker, Link Link is a monologue inspired by the animal world, based on scientific research with a comic twist.

The audience will get to see enduring style icon Rossellini transform herself into Aristotle, René Descartes, a medieval theologian, Harvard Professor BF Skinner and Charles Darwin to explore, in her own intriguing way, what distinguishes humans from animals.

Rossellini's monologue will be accompanied by projections of her short comic films, home movies, photos, and drawings whilst her dog Pan, an outstanding supporting artist plays various animals assisted by puppeteer and animal handler Schuyler Beeman.

Belfast International Arts Festival Director, Richard Wakely, said: “The Festival is honored to host one of Europe’s most versatile and celebrated female performers. 

"Isabella Rossellini has graced the screen and stage for many years and her new work, Link Link is an exquisite and comical tour de force that is also thought provoking in its approach to enhancing our appreciation of the animal world.”

Tickets are available now at

With over 120 event including 12 premiers, the full programme will launch on the 16 August 2018.

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Pictured: Isabella Rossellini