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A year in the arts 2016

Wednesday 21st December 2016 at 3pm 1254 Comments

As we hurtle at a break-neck speed towards the end of yet another year, it would be remiss of us if we didn’t take the opportunity to look back at some of our highlights of the past 12 months. 

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One of highlights of the 2016 Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival, Taylor MAC's performances in Belfast were a standout for several of our officers looking back over the past 12 months.

Christmas gift guide 2016

Thursday 15th December 2016 at 10am 0 Comments Visual Arts , Literature , Drama , Northern Ireland Music , Craft

Treat your loved ones this festive season by buying local and support your local artists at the same time. We have rounded up some ideas below for that all important perfect present created by local artists.

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Tickets to live performances, exclusive artworks and new albums by local artists including pianist Ruth McGinley could well be finding their way into your stocking this Christmas.

Give the gift of a great read this Christmas

Monday 12th December 2016 at 12pm 1437 Comments Literature

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud to support many of our leading literary greats as well as some of the most talented emerging writers of our generation. Damian Smyth, head of literature selects some of the best works published by local writers over the past 12 months. 

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Looking for a great read this Christmas? We have you covered with a selection of the best work published by local authors over the past year.

Embrace the arts this festive season

Monday 5th December 2016 at 11am 1656 Comments Youth Arts , Northern Ireland Music , Drama , Community Arts , Comedy , Circus & Carnival Arts

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for many of our leading arts organisations. We’ve prepared a short guide on some of the productions and performances taking place in venues across Northern Ireland this December.

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What the Donkey Saw featuring an all-star cast at the Lyric Theatre is just one of the theatrical highlights this December

An artist in India - Ellie Niblock

Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at 10am 33694 Comments Visual Arts , International Arts

Emerging visual artist Ellie Niblock traveled to India earlier this year supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Ellie has compiled this short blog recounting her residency at Art Ichol. 

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Outburst queer arts festival celebrates 10 years

Friday 11th November 2016 at 3pm 1821 Comments Community Arts , Drama , Literature , International Arts , Northern Ireland Music , Voluntary Arts

Outburst, Belfast’s cutting-edge international queer arts festival is back this week with a ten-day programme of LGTBQ+ theatre, performance, comedy, visual art, literature and more.

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Critically acclaimed musical satirists Bourgeois & Maurice present a provocative, thought-provoking and cuttingly hilarious guide to engaging with the complex issues of today’s geo-political climate at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival between 10 & 19 Nov

Meet the ACES 2016

Tuesday 8th November 2016 at 10am 2131 Comments Literature , Northern Ireland Music , Visual Arts

17 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2016/17. But just who are this year's award recipients? 

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Pictured are ACES recipient from left Paul Kane (musician), Conor Lamb (uilleann piper) and Rachel Kelly (writer)

BBC Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme

Monday 31st October 2016 at 1pm 95111 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Are you performing the BBC Ten Pieces? The new BBC Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme could be for you.

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Applications now open for BBC Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme. Expressions of interest must be submitted by Monday 21st November.

Diving into the Blue with Replay Theatre

Friday 21st October 2016 at 12pm 500 Comments Drama , Youth Arts , Arts & Disability

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Drama and Dance officer, Gilly Campbell shares her experience of Replay Theatre Company's 'Into the Blue' which focuses on children and young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD).

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Into the Blue was developed by Replay Theatre Company's former Artistic Director, Anna Newell in collaboration with composer, David Goodall
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