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Northern Ireland’s arts and artists have made a huge impact on the world stage.

The impact that Northern Ireland’s arts and artists have made on the world stage far exceeds what might be expected from a small country with a small population.

We boast some of the finest writers, actors, artists and musicians in the world today – movie stars Liam Neeson and Kenneth Branagh, rock legend Van Morrison, celebrated flautist James Galway, Ireland’s ‘first family of Folk’, the Sands Family, Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, twice-Turner prize-nominated artist Willie Doherty, playwrights Brian Friel and Marie Jones... to name but a handful of the world-renowned artists whose work continues to put Northern Ireland on the international cultural map.

In addition to the well-established names, Northern Ireland continues to produce gifted artists and arts organisations who are making a strong international impression.

Recent International Projects

Artist of the Month, January 2020 - Anushiya Sundaralingam

Tuesday 7th January 2020 at 1pm

Originally from Sri Lanka, Anushiya moved to Northern Ireland in 1995 and attended the University of Ulster’s College of Art, completing her degree in 1998. Since then she has worked as a full time Artist, and as an Arts Facilitator for numerous public organisations such as the Ulster Museum, schools, hospitals and galleries.

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Remembrance, Gold Leaf on Somerset Paper

Irish language theatre company, Aisling Ghear, showcases new work in New York

Tuesday 17th May 2016 at 2pm

Fresh from success at Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, local theatre company, Aisling Ghéar present their new show, ‘Alice Milligan – a Girl Of Genius’, at the prestigious Cuala Festival in New York this May.  

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Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, local theatre company, Aisling Ghéar will present ‘Alice Milligan – a girl Of Genius’ at

The artist’s diary - Keith Donald in Brussels

Monday 11th April 2016 at 12pm

Renowned saxophonist and clarinet player, Keith Donald travelled to Brussels earlier this year to perform his one-man play, New Bliss at Bozar as part of the Brussels Platform, an initiative developed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels.

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Keith Donald on the stage at Bozar. Photograph credit Alex Donald.