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Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Monday 11th December 2017 at 4pm 0 Comments Dance , Drama , Film & TV , Northern Ireland Music , Own Art , Literature , Take it away scheme , Traditional Arts , Visual Arts , Comedy , Craft

Support your local artists this festive season by buying something special for your loved ones. We have rounded up some ideas for that perfect Christmas present.

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Tickets to live performances, exclusive artwork and new albums by local artists including Niall Hanna could be finding their way into your stocking this Christmas.

Give the gift of a great read this Christmas

Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 8am 0 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.

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Female lines edited by Dawn Miranda Sherratt-Bado and Linda Anderson, Rita by Myra Zepf, Undertown by Anothy J Quinn and Sidelines by Michael Longley

A Bursary and a Strategy by Angela Graham

Friday 23rd June 2017 at 10am 0 Comments Literature

Angela Graham, a Welsh-speaking TV Producer from Northern Ireland, was awarded a Literature Wales Writers’ Bursary 2017 to complete a collection of short stories. She describes getting to grips with the business side of writing.

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Strangford Lough by Angela Graham

Do what you love, and love what you do.

Monday 20th March 2017 at 12pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Singer-songwriter Triona Carville is our latest guest contributor and in this blog she talks about the early stages of her career, finding her big break and the artists who have helped shape her development. 

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Singer-songwriter Triona Carville is one of Northern Ireland's most talented young musicians with fans including Van Morrison, Brian McFadden and Joan Armatrading.

One billion thank yous from the National Lottery

Thursday 9th March 2017 at 3pm 8999 Comments Dance , Literature , Drama , Northern Ireland Music , Community Arts , Visual Arts

National Lottery Players have changed the landscape of the arts & creative sector in Northern Ireland. Since 1994, The National Lottery has invested £155 million in the arts sector, distributed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Jackie O'Sullivan, National Lottery Promotions Unit Director has written this piece about the importance of that support. 

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Pianist Ruth McGinley is just one of the artists to have benefited from National Lottery support. In 2016 she released her debut album Reconnection with a Lottery funded ACES award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Bringing a festival of dance and movement to life in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 28th February 2017 at 10am 5234 Comments Dance

Ailbe Beirne, Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company Manager and Co-Producer of the Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement talks about his role with the festival, the origins of the idea and outlines how the festival has gone from strength to strength over the past 4 years. 

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Dones by Leilani Weis (Barcelona) at the Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement

Maiden Voyage explore life, love and loss in new work

Friday 10th February 2017 at 3pm 0 Comments Dance

A brand new triple bill exploring sensitive issues such as miscarriage and infant death, relics of our past and lives lost, and the relationship between our physical and spiritual body is to be premiered in The Mac by Belfast Dance Company, Maiden Voyage Dance, in early March. 

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Acclaimed local and international choreographers are joining forces for the new commissions focusing on the issues of life, love and loss

Bringing new life to opera in Northern Ireland

Thursday 19th January 2017 at 3pm 24 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Northern Ireland Opera is about to bring the black comedy Powder Her Face to the stage of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. It’s the last production that will directly involve their artistic director Oliver Mears who heads off to London shortly to take up the reins as director of opera at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Guest writer, Alan Meban caught up with Oliver to find out more about the production and to reflect on his time with the company. 

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Soprano, Mary Plazas, in rehearsals ahead of her performance as the dazzling Duchess of Argyll in Northern Ireland Opera’s, Powder Her Face

David Park - An author in India

Thursday 19th January 2017 at 9am 0 Comments Literature , International Arts

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council, accalimed author David Park is this week attending the globally renowned Jaipur Literature Festival in India. David has been documenting his trip through this blog. 

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Author David Park pictured alongside textile sculptor Lauren Scott and Sonya Whitefield, Arts Council of Northern Ireland is currently attending the Jaipur Literature Festival in India, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council