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Monday 3rd March 2014 at 9am

Acclaimed stage and screen actor, Ian McElhinney, portrayed Lord Pirrie in the drama 'A Better Boy' at the Brussels Platform last December Image: Acclaimed stage and screen actor, Ian McElhinney, portrayed Lord Pirrie in the drama 'A Better Boy' at the Brussels Platform last December

A collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive Office, the Brussels Platform involves local musicians, writers, dancers, theatre practitioners and visual artists showcasing their talents in the city of the European Parliament, with the aim of promoting the culture and creativity of Northern Ireland in Europe.

Update: March 3rd 2014

Pulitzer and T.S.Eliot Prizewinner Paul Muldoon set for Brussels 

Internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning poet Paul Muldoon is the latest in home-grown talent to represent the arts and culture of Northern Ireland in Europe as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform.

With over thirty poetry collections, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T.S Eliot Prize to his name, and currently serving as Poetry Editor for The New Yorker, Co Armagh born Paul Muldoon will be sharing his extensive literary talents on 6th and 7th March in Leuven and Brussels with readings from his latest collection One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, due from Faber and Faber in the autumn. 

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Update: February 17th 2014

Bateman Bound for Brussels

Under the auspices of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform, the Bangor based novelist, children’s author and screenwriter will be guest of honour of the Northern Ireland Executive Office at the internationally acclaimed Brussels Book Fair (20th-24th February).

The Brussels Book Fair or ‘La Foire du Livre de Bruxelles’ is expected to attract over 70,000 visitors and 14,000 publishers from across Europe and beyond.  Considered a ‘must’ for anyone with an interest in the literary world – including authors, illustrators, publishers, distributors, booksellers, critics, librarians and readers – the high profile event is now in its 44th year.

As well as reading and discussing his work, including his latest novel Fire and Brimstone, Colin will also attend an evening reception hosted by the British Embassy to Belgium, Northern Ireland Executive, Scottish Government and Welsh Government Offices to recognise and celebrate the UK’s contribution to literature.

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Update: February 13th 2014

Emerging Northern Ireland Artists Showcased in Brussels

Artworks from eleven artists from Northern Ireland will be exhibited at the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels, as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform.

The 11 artworks, which were purchased by the Arts Council at the University of Ulster’s end of Year Graduate Show in 2013 as part of their collection, will be exhibited in Brussels from 12th February until 15th August 2014.

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Update: January 20th 2014

Dancing all the way to Brussels

Choreographer and performer Bridget Madden is taking her own style of dance to Brussels next week (Wednesday 29th January) as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform.

Since graduating with a first class honours degree in Dance from the University of Ulster in 2009, Bridget has crafted, through a combination of contemporary and Irish dance, her own unique fused style.  An international artist very much in demand, Bridget has just returned from performing at the largest theatre in Vancouver alongside the D’amby Project and Joel Hanna.

Brussels will be an altogether more intimate event that will see Bridget and dancer partners Charlotte O’ Boyle from Co Mayo and Fiona McCabe from Co Wexford performing ‘An Tobar’, a high powered contemporary dance, to an audience that includes MEPs and opinion formers amongst EU representatives in the unusual setting of the Northern Ireland Office.

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Update: December 2nd 2013

A Better Boy sets sail to Brussels

Acclaimed stage and screen actor, Ian McElhinney, takes on the role of Harland & Wolff’s Lord Pirrie in John Wilson Foster’s drama A Better Boy at the world renowned Bozar Theatre in Brussels later this month as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform (16th + 17th December).

Described as “Beautifully written, frank, uncompromising and fascinating” by Irish Theatre Magazine, A Better Boy is set in 1917, five years on from the sinking of the Titanic.  Lord Pirrie, Chairman of the world’s greatest shipyard, Harland & Wolff, embarks on a soul searching journey into his own past.  Will the most successful industrialist of his era take responsibility for the disaster? Are we about to witness an admission of blame, shame, of pride coming before a fall?  Questions hang heavy in the air.

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Update: April 15th 2013

Traditional Music hits a high note in Brussels

This week (19th April), Belfast born Reverend Gary Hastings – traditional flute player, Archdeacon in the Church of Ireland and current Rector of Galway – will be performing to an audience in Brussels as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform.

In front of MEPs and opinion formers amongst EU representatives in Brussels, Gary accompanied by Kevin Hough on guitar will give a 45 minute performance of traditional music. Gary will share his stories while talking about how his music and interest in the Irish language has allowed him to understand his own people and origins in a way not open to many.

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