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What’s on in the Arts online!

Thursday 2nd April 2020 at 12pm 0 Comments


As more and more artists and arts organisations from Northern Ireland go digital to connect with audiences staying at home, the Arts Council has rounded up just some of these fantastic things to do online!

The Ulster Orchestra has launched their new digital platform #UOletsplayathome featuring one of their players on video every day at 3pm on the orchestra’s Facebook page.  Watch this space for more more digital offerings to follow in the coming weeks.

Making up for the cancellation of the Irish Times Theatre Awards this weekend, The Belfast Ensemble and Outburst Arts are celebrating their nomination for 'Best Opera' by live streaming their critically-acclaimed production, Abomination: A DUP Opera, on Friday 3rd April at 9pm. This is the first operatic stream coming from Northern Ireland, and viewers are being asked to spread the word far and wide to help celebrate Northern Irish achievements in this wonderful, riotous genre! Check the Belfast Ensemble Facebook page for details.

The Duncairn performing arts centre in north Belfast has launched, The Duncairn Virtual Cabaret, a live stream series of forty plus self-shot performances from some of Ireland, Scotland & the UKs finest musicians, poets and artists over the coming weeks on Facebook and Youtube. Donations are encouraged with all funds going directly to the performers featured to assist them during this time of financial hardship, when most are facing a loss of income.  Episode 1 will take place on Saturday 4th April at 8:30pm at Donations can be made in advance of the show on their website or during the live stream via PayPal. 

Musician, Matt McGinn, is back this weekend with Cormac Neeson as together they host a global and virtual 'In the Round' music session using Facebook Live. This week their special guests are Brigid O'Neill here in Northern Ireland, Kamber Kigin way over in Nashville, and Alex Francis in London. Alex is the brother of James Bay, and has a voice that could possibly shun that big man himself.  Join the group NOW to make sure you don't miss it.

Streetwise Community Circus has launched, Streetwise at Home, where children and adults can tune in and learn how to juggle, balance and other circus skills from some of their brilliant professional circus performers

Bluegrass, gypsy swing and folk family trio, Cup O’Joe, have been hosting regular gigs live from their living room in Armagh.  Hear the impressive former BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalists at

Don’t forget that the below artists and arts organisations are still rolling out terrific digital arts content for people of all ages:


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