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Monday 20th March 2017 at 12pm 0 Comments Music & Opera

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 35 Comments Dance , Literature , Drama , Music & Opera , 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 new life to opera in Northern Ireland

Thursday 19th January 2017 at 3pm 24 Comments Music & Opera

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

Christmas gift guide 2016

Thursday 15th December 2016 at 10am 0 Comments Visual Arts , Literature , Drama , Music & Opera , 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.

Embrace the arts this festive season

Monday 5th December 2016 at 11am 1656 Comments Youth Arts , Music & Opera , 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

Outburst queer arts festival celebrates 10 years

Friday 11th November 2016 at 3pm 1821 Comments Community Arts , Drama , Literature , International Arts , Music & Opera , 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 , Music & Opera , 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 Music & Opera

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.
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