2018 UK & Ireland Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is biggest yet!

STORY BY Emmanuelle 4th January 2018

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to the UK and Ireland for 2018, with more shows and more venues than ever before.

The tour features two different collections of brand new adventure films, starring the world’s top explorers on mind-blowing journeys in wild and remote parts of the globe.

“This is the first time we’ve topped 100 shows in the UK and Ireland, which is really exciting!” says Tour Director Nell Teasdale.

“UK and Irish audiences have a huge passion for adventure, so we’re delighted to be able to share these amazing films and their intrepid characters with wider audiences and even more venues.
“We guarantee the tour will inspire viewers to start planning their own outdoor adventures too!”

The tour’s films are chosen from hundreds of films entered into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place every year in the Canadian Rockies. Each screening offers a real sense of community, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts who are into all sorts of outdoor pursuits, and there are free prize giveaways at every event too.

The UK and Ireland tour starts in Edinburgh on Saturday 13 January, and finishes in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, on Saturday 19 May, visiting nearly 60 locations with 105 shows along the way. The tour is part of the wider Banff World Tour, which travels the globe each year, visiting nearly 50 countries and reaching more than 400,000 people worldwide.

The full film line-up is coming soon. Programme highlights include:

Yorkshireman Ben Page is embarking on a solo bikepacking journey in the Canadian Arctic. He starts with romantic visions of perfect solitude, but as the latitude increases and the mercury falls below -30C, he discovers what it truly means to travel alone in this great emptiness.

INTO TWIN GALAXIES – A GREENLAND EPIC Top adventurers Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer are on an extreme mission in Greenland. Using kite skis, the trio tow their white-water kayaks 1,000km over the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the northernmost river ever paddled – and then the challenge gets even tougher. With spectacular cinematography, remote wilderness and a large amount of suffering, this film shows what it’s like to be far out of your comfort zone.


For more information and to book tickets, see www.banff-uk.com.

The UK and Ireland 2018 tour dates are:

• 13 January Edinburgh, Festival Theatre (matinee and evening screenings)
• 14 January Glasgow, The Kings Theatre
• 31 Jan – 1 Feb Inverness, Eden Court Theatre
• 2 February Stirling, Macroberts Arts Centre
• 3 February Pitlochry, Pitlochry Festival Theatre (matinee and evening screenings)
• 6 February Stoke on Trent, Victoria Hall
• 6 February London, New Wimbledon Theatre
• 7 February Oxford, New Theatre
• 7 February Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
• 8 February Hebden Bridge, Picture House
• 8-9 February Leeds, Town Hall
• 9-10 February Keswick, Theatre by the Lake
• 10 February Stockport, Plaza Cinema
• 13 February Guildford, G Live
• 14 February High Wycombe, Wycombe Swan
• 14 February Cheltenham, Town Hall
• 15 February Cardiff, St David’s Hall
• 15 February Swindon, Wyvern Theatre
• 16 February Llandudno, Venue Cymru
• 16 February Dorking, Dorking Halls
• 17 February Liverpool, Plaza Community Centre
• 17 February Christchurch, Regent Centre
• 20 February Torquay, Princess Theatre
• 21-22 February Poole, Lighthouse Theatre
• 22 February Harrogate, Royal Halls
• 23 February Yarm, Princess Alexandra Auditorium
• 23-24 February Truro, Hall for Cornwall
• 27 February Reading, The Hexagon
• 28 February Cambridge, Corn Exchange
• 1 March St Albans, Alban Arena
• 2 March Malvern, Forum Theatre
• 3 March Birmingham, Town Hall (matinee and evening screenings)
• 6 March Brighton, Brighton Dome
• 6 March Leamington Spa, Spa Centre
• 7 March Wimborne Minster, Tivoli Theatre
• 7 March Cheltenham, Town Hall
• 8 March Salisbury, City Hall
• 8 March Stafford, Gatehouse Theatre
• 9 March Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn

• 9-10 March Exeter, Corn Exchange
• 10 March Stockport, Plaza Cinema
• 13-24 March London, Union Chapel
• 14 March York, Barbican
• 15-16 March Whitley Bay, Playhouse
• 17 March Buxton, Opera House
• 20 March Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog
• 21 March Porthcawl, Grand Pavilion
• 22 March Llanelli, Ffwrnes Theatre
• 23 March Malvern, Forum Theatre
• 5-7 April Bristol, Victoria Rooms
• 10 April Cardiff, St David’s Hall
• 11 April Guildford, G Live
• 13 April Liverpool, Plaza Community Centre
• 14 April Llandudno, Venue Cymru
• 17 April Reading, The Hexagon
• 18 April Brighton, Brighton Dome
• 19 April Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall Theatre
• 20 April Cambridge, Corn Exchange
• 21 April Norwich, UEA
• 24 April Weymouth, Weymouth Pavillion
• 24 April Salisbury, City Hall
• 25 April Wimborne Minster, Tivoli Theatre
• 25-26 April Bath, Komedia
• 26 April Portsmouth, The Kings Theatre
• 27 April Dorking, Dorking Halls
• 27 April Leicester, De Montford Hall
• 28 April Leamington Spa, Spa Centre
• 28 April Canterbury, Gulbenkian Theatre (matinee and evening screenings)
• 30 April Abingdon, Amey Theatre
• 1 May Christchurch, Regent Centre
• 2 May Exeter, Corn Exchange
• 2 May Nottingham, Playhouse
• 9 May Dublin, National Concert Centre
• 10 May Kilkenny, Watergate Theatre
• 10-11 May Cork, The Everyman
• 15 May Dublin, National Concert Centre
• 16 May Galway, Town Hall Theatre
• 17-19 May Newtownabbey, Theatre at the Mill


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