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Wednesday 22nd July 2020 at 4pm 0 Comments

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

Big Telly: Site-responsive and immersive theatre-makers Big Telly Theatre Company and Creation Theatre present an innovative and fresh take on Lewis Carrolls’ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Teaming up with Charisma.ai, ground-breakers in interactive and immersive storytelling technology, this digitally advanced production, blends live acting and the latest in AI and online video techniques. Audiences will be invited to dive down the rabbit hole to experience a magical theatrical experience, meeting their favourite characters from this much-loved classic along the way. While venues remain in lockdown, the show bridges the worlds of theatre, art and technology and reunites the successful creative team behind The Tempest Live. Alice will be performed live each time across four weeks from 1st – 30th August. Tickets cost £20 per device and the show lasts for approximately 90 minutes. To secure your ticket for Alice- A Virtual Theme Park go to www.creationtheatre.co.uk.

Replay Theatre Company has announced details of a Summer Sensory Resource for Children. Released online every fortnight, stories will take children deep inside the rainforest to share stories of animals and adventure, all within the comfort of their own home. Created especially for young autistic and/or neurodivergent audiences, young explorers will be encouraged to scavenge around their house to find different textures, fabrics and things to relax on to create their very own rainforest camp. For more information go to www.replaytheatreco.org.

Lyric Theatre: The Lyric Theatre has launched its Summer Scheme for 6-18 year olds. For the first time this year’s sessions will be held online with a series of workshops for different age groups. The sessions will include design, film and TV acting and audition technique. There will also be a series of body combat classes, led by Ian McCracken, whose work was recently supported by the Arts Council through the Artists Emergency Programme. All workshops are designed to be fun, interactive and to teach new theatre skills. Go to www.Lyrictheatre.co.uk for more information.

Crescent Arts Centre: Tutors are once again be taking over at the Crescent Arts Centre, with new workshops and classes running over the summer. Still to come is beginners digital photography and  a week long intensive intermediate ballet course. All classes will be conducted online from the comfort of your home, keeping you connected, creative and engaged over the summer. Look on the Crescent Arts Centre’s website for more information https://crescentarts.org/

Rainbow Factory: Youth Action has announced a fantastic programme of events as part of their first ever Rainbow Factory Fringe Festival from 1st-8th August. For those with a love for the performing arts, there is much to look forward to, including screenwriting workshops, audition technique, stage combat, drama and improvisation. There will also be a chance to get involved in helping to create the first ever Rainbow Factory radio show and to be a part of a virtual flashmob. For anyone interested in joining the Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts, this is a brilliant chance to get involved, meet new friends and hone your talent. The Rainbow Factory is open 10-25 year olds with a passion for dance, drama and music. Email vrf@youthaction.org for more information.

Eastside Arts Festival: Eastside Arts Festival will run for 11 days from 6th-16th August. This year’s theme is Moments of Joy and the programmes includes music, theatre, literature, story-telling, visual art, talks and tours. Events can be enjoyed online from the comfort of your own home, outdoors in person, or in a small number of east Belfast locations as part of a live, socially distanced audience.  Among the many things to look forward to will be EastSide Sessions at Portview, which will premiere new recordings by musicians Gareth Dunlop, Edelle McMahon, Dani Larkin and Arborist, in the stunning surroundings of Portview Trade Centre. Kabosh Theatre Company will present The King of East Belfast, a story of ‘Old Godfather Clark’ aka well-known and popular east Belfast bookie, Clark Groves. There’ll also be samba in the park with Beat N’ Drum, drag queen story time, Vault Artists Market and much much more. For the full festival programme and ticket information visit www.eastsidearts.net.

Virtual Feile: The annual summer Féile an Phobail Festival is also moving online this year. The arts strand of the festival contains a mix of pop-up theatre, children’s events, concerts and more. Things to look out for include, the Broads’, three new short plays by local playwright and actor Maria Connolly about the lives of Judy Garland, Bette Midler and Marilyn Monroe, and the International Music Night featuring bands from Italy, Corsica and Spain. Virtual Feile will take place from Thursday 30th July – Saturday 9th August. Go to www.feilebelfast.com to find out more.

Mockingbird Theatre’s Anne Gallagher and Ronan Carr have produced a wonderful new short film. The Final Cut tells the story of two barbers who reunite for one last haircut during lockdown – a bitter sweet story that proves we are never really apart from the ones we truly love. View it on YouTube now: https://youtu.be/tR9VsckoIJg

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

VISUAL ARTS

CCA: CCA in Derry-Londonderry: has just released their Postbox Puppet Party by Kit Rees!
This summer CCA’s family workshop comes directly to you. Postbox Puppet Party, designed by Kit Rees, brings a collection of characters through your letterbox. Each pack contains materials, equipment and three pages of designs to colour and cut out. Using paper fasteners you can bring your puppets to life. Kit’s Granny Margaret arrives with her dog Ringo. They are accompanied by Monkey who asks that you draw something for him to hold. You can also  invent your own character using the extra objects, robo and dino arms, tails and tentacles. Watch Kit’s animation here to introduce you to the activity.  They are offering 70 free packs on their Online Shop. These will be posted out to you to take part in CCA Derry~Londonderry Summer family workshop.  Please share your creations with us by tagging @CCADLD on Instagram and Twitter or emailing images of your work to info@cca-derry-londonderry.org  Visit http://cca-derry-londonderry.org/public-programme/7310/ for more details.  Check out Kit’s video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGPFkpCO_Lg&feature=youtu.be

CCA’s artist takeovers are continuing with upcoming contributors Priya Mistry, Luis Jacob and Jan McCullough whose work will feature in CCA when we reopen later in the year. http://cca-derry-londonderry.org/news/social-media-takeovers/

Golden Thread Gallery (GTG) is offering reading groups, free family art activity sheets, Q &As with curators and online exhibitions plus more.  For further visit www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

The Belfast Photo Festival has been running a series of week-long Instagram Residencies with inspiring photographers at www.instagram.com/belfastphotofestival  

Void Gallery’s weekly exhibition tours and arts activities can be found at www.derryvoid.com Also tune in every Wednesday at 9pm on Void’s Facebook to hear recommendations from Void Director, Mary Cremin, fro podcasts and other cultural things to do online related to visual arts.   Visit https://www.facebook.com/derryvoid

Belfast Exposed Photographic Gallery has a range of daily activities can be found at https://www.facebook.com/BXGallery 

ArtisAnn: art gallery has regular online exhibitions which you can enjoy at home and also purchase through the Arts Council’s Take it Away Scheme.  Visit www.artisann.org to view.

The MAC: The MAC’s Instagram account over the next seven weeks will act as a platform for two online artist commissions in response to the experiences of lockdown and social distancing.  Visit https://www.instagram.com/themacbelfast/

The MAC is also calling on everyone to save those rainbows!!  The MAC is asking all those children to keep their amazing rainbow drawings and paintings for a very special exhibition when the MAC re-opens.   Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details on how to send them to The MAC, but until then keep your drawings safe and don't stop making art!  Visit https://www.facebook.com/theMACBelfast

MUSIC

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: Cla has a range of online digital activities this month aimed at young people under the theme of The Solar System.  Join them online for music, art and science activities to learn about the Solar System! Mark 20-24 July in your diary to learn all about the moon and stars.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/AnChulturlann

They are also featuring a Song of the Day of their Facebook and Twitter providing an opportunity to promote music and heritage and to support musicians who have lost out in gigs and concerts during the pandemic. If you’re a musician and would like to contribute to the series, contact bronagh@culturlann.ie

Belfast Music Society (BMS): will present their popular concert series, Chamber Babies, for ‘little listeners’ and their mums and dads online.  This week with the second of three short online concerts features local musicians Aisling Agnew (flute), Tanya Houghton (harp), Ruth McGinley (piano), William Curran (clarinet) and Cecily Smith Nesbitt (cello). Concert 2 and 3 will go live on Wednesday 22 July and Wednesday 5 August* (tbc), and all three programmes are available on demand for a month following release. Watch on BMS’s website, www.belfastmusicsociety.org, or on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/belfastmusicsociety/

Music from Northern Ireland on Spotify: featuring some of the best music from the region in a Spotify playlist featuring some Arts Council supported artists.  Have a listen at https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4TdCKE2vt7mtJaEP2445WE

ITMA: The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) are running a series of music initiatives and online learning opportunities on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/ITMADublin

The Ulster Orchestra’s new digital platform #UOletsplayathome features one of their players or a performance every day on the orchestra’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ulsterorchestra Visit their Instagram page for a series of pop-up performances https://www.instagram.com/ulsterorchestra/

NI Opera and Richard Yarr’s musical presentation, At Home for Heroes: A Classical Thank You to the NHS and Frontline Workers’, is a one-hour long online concert first broadcast on 25th May to 2,600 viewers across the world.  The classical concert is available to watch back at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0-txefFWyA8&t=15s

At Home with Northern Ireland Opera: is offering a range activities for children online.  Activities are available on their You Tube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKddGiZ5vY-msXyUq0ni4zQ and includes:

  • Kitchen Percussion with Cathryn Lynch
  • A Singing Session with Sarah Richmond
  • Dance with choreographer Jennifer Rooney: Bizet’s Carmen
  • Stage Make-Up with Connie McGrath
  • Learn To Conduct with Sinead Hayes
  • Science of the Voice with Dr Trevor Agus
  • Making Props with Noleen and George Stevenson
  • Superhero Costume with Carla Barrow

 

Pitched for primary school children, these are fun, interactive videos which adults might want to join in on too!  There’s also a singing lesson for older children with Sarah Richmond. Future projects in the pipeline include set design and more singing projects too so watch this space!

The Duncairn’s Virtual Cabaret, features a live stream series of performances from some of Ireland, Scotland & the UKs finest musicians, poets and artists on Facebook and YouTube.  Watch back at  https://www.facebook.com/TheDuncairn 

Musician, Matt McGinn and Cormac Neeson host a global and virtual 'In the Round' music session using Facebook Live with special guests from around the world.  Visit www.facebook.com/groups/cocoons

Bluegrass, gypsy swing and folk family trio, Cup O’Joe, have been hosting regular gigs live from their living room in Armagh.  Visit  https://www.facebook.com/cupojoemusic

Join singer-songwriter, Amanda St John, live from her home on Facebook every Sunday evening from 8-9pm. https://www.facebook.com/amanda.stjohn.79

Live Music Now has adapted their current Art’s Council Arts & Older People programme project by creating a series of short videos to take isolated audiences on a musical journey with local musicians, Conor Lamb and Deirdre Galway.  Enjoy online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp_AoOpiob4&feature=youtu.be

BBC Ten Pieces is offering free online Connecting The Dots workshops with BBC musicians.  These FREE, interactive sessions connect UK primary schools with BBC musicians and are available until the end of term.  In the workshop, children get to meet a musician from one of the BBC’S orchestras and choirs, hearing them perform and can ask questions.  Find out more at https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ten-pieces/connecting-the-dots/zntsf4j

Glasgowbury in Draperstown, has been continuing to deliver classes online and for the month of April alone delivered of 56 weekly music lessons,  58 dance classes and creative mentoring sessions.  A number of young music makers, Ruairí O'Kane, Nathan Murray, Cora Rafferty and Gemma Bradley recorded a beautiful rendition of, Somewhere over the Rainbow, in support of frontline NHS staff and as a lockdown challenge for the kids.  Watch the video on their Facebook page here https://m.facebook.com/stella.glasgow.3/posts/2507045582730141?comment_id=2507052522729447&src=email_notif

Oh Yeah Music Centre Belfast’s dedicated music hub, Oh Yeah Music Centre, has partnered with Belfast Live to create the Lockdown Sessions, an online series which promotes and supports Northern Ireland’s music community.  From interviews with local musicians to live performances, it’s unmissable! Visit https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/all-about/lockdown-sessions

Dún Uladh are hosting a series of Saturday Night Sessions on the first Saturday of each month with local folk and traditional musicians.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming sessions https://www.facebook.com/dunuladh 

Newry Chamber Music (NCM): Introducing NCM’s new online concert series ‘Live In Your Lounge’.  The six-week series started on Wednesday 24th June at 7:30pm on their You Tube channel.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/newrychambermusic for details on all upcoming concerts.

Moving On Music: will also be releasing a series of short concerts every Friday.  They’ve put together great little series that reflects their live concert programme, with a mix of jazz, classical, folk and all the stuff that doesn’t fit neatly elsewhere. Concerts are short and sweet (15 – 25 mins), informal and beautifully performed.  Videos will be posted on Facebook and YouTube and available to watch whenever suits.  Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSt_rHc0Bc&t=10s

Moving On Music: continue with their new ‘All About…’ outreach video series featuring tutorials and demonstrations from world-class classical and jazz musicians.  Each video will offer insight, advice and techniques for budding musicians, and an opportunity to practice alongside the tutor.  Tune in this week for tutorials on jazz voice from Aoife Doyle.  Visit http://www.movingonmusic.com/portfolio/all-about-outreach-series/ 

Distant Sky Festival: As the festival can’t happen this year, Snow Water and Smarts produced a film with the islanders featuring musicians, Neil Martin, Reevah, Ciara O'Neill, writer, Glenn Patterson and Tour Alaska, presented by Joe Lindsay. The film is an opportunity to engage in a virtual festival to bring our finest artists to all corners of the world and is supported by Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland.  Watch the film back at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDNOicC9wHQ&feature=youtu.be

DANCE

Maiden Voyage, a multi award-winning dance company in NI, wants to get everyone dancing at home!  The company has released their work and creative resources to download for use at home.  Visit https://maidenvoyagedance.com

Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre in Enniskillen, has a free programme of movement activities especially designed for older people as part of their Arts & Older People funding from the Arts Council. The movement sessions are available for everyone at https://www.dylanquinndance.com/contemporary-exercises

DU Dance: Will you accept the DU Dance Challenge?  DU Dance is putting together a series of weekly challenges to get everyone dancing at home! Follow their social media for weekly updates and share your dancing with the hashtag #DUDancechallenge Visit http://www.dudanceni.com/challenge/

THEATRE

The MAC: has launched a new online video project, HOME, a collective artistic response to our lives in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic and they want you to get involved.  They are working with a team of video and photographic artists, actors, and musicians to realise the videos and are asking the public to submit photos that capture their experiences of lockdown.  Plus, if you have a favourite poem, song lyrics, lines from a play or passage from a novel about NI or by an NI’s artist, please send those too. These extracts will accompany the videos and will be read by people from all walks of life.  The MAC want to celebrate all the moments that have given discomfort, joy, and reassurance these past few months, fusing them together to create a unique communal perspective of all of our experiences.  To get involved visit https://bit.ly/2C0zpzM

The Bruiser Virtual Arts Academy is coming to a laptop near you!  Committed to nurturing home-grown talent, Bruiser Theatre Company are excited to launch the Bruiser Virtual Arts Academy, running from August 2020. The Bruiser Virtual Arts Academy is an intensive eight-week online programme that provides extraordinary performing arts training for passionate young artists. This new virtual arts academy is the closest Bruiser can get to the rehearsal room experience; fostering collaboration, team work, performance skills enhancement and providing a unique insight into Bruiser’s process.  The Level 1 Virtual Summer School is for students aged 12-16 and the Level 2 Virtual Summer School is for students aged 17-21.  For an information pack and application form, email summer@bruisertheatrecompany.com or call Lisa May on 07813 162961.

Waterside Theatre: Waterside Theatre, in Derry-Londonderry, has an online programme of classes for families, children, young people and Care Homes to help us shake off those lockdown blues.  We have lots of your favourite artists delivering workshops in dance, drama, storytelling, movement, music and visual art.  For more information on our timetable and how to join in and get creative contact aj@watertsidetheatre.com

Strand Arts Centre: Comedy sketch trio, Those Who Can’t, is delivering a series of ‘Strand-ed at Home?’ online sessions as the Strand Arts Centre’s lockdown artists not in residence. From Zoom meetings and overzealous home parenting to creating new recipes with cupboard leftovers (how many uses are there for butter beans?), these short, sharp, satirical commentaries provide a mockumentary style response to our new ways of working and living.  Videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz9MWF16sj0nwvtbBgnMeKA

Kabosh: with investment from the Arts & Business NI Creative Seed Fund Kabosh has commissioned actor, Gerard Jordan, to create 3 video tutorials with his 10-year-old daughter, Eve.  The Apptastic Tutorials offer you and your family an entertaining step-by-step guide to get the most out of 3 free creative apps: Snapseed (photo editor), Gacha Life (comic strip storyboard) and Funimate (dance video).  The perfect way to keep you all creatively inspired and entertained in lock-down.  Get in touch if you’d like to purchase the tutorials or find out more information at info@kabosh.net; Purchasing the app tutorials is one of the ways you can help support local artists and Kabosh during this difficult period.   Watch the Apptastic Tutorials trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k84kIPu8DE

Young at Art: have shared Spark Arts For Children resources following recent national and international events and protests, to give parents, carers and those who work with young people some tools and language to respond to questions from children about racism.  They said, 'These conversations are opportunities to seek understanding, to explore themes relevant to our lives and for children to learn about themselves and the world they live in, the first steps in raising an anti- racist child.......We can all make a difference to the lives of our children and we hope these resources are helpful to you. #BlackLivesMatter

Resources:
Embrace Race - Diverse Books for Children https://bit.ly/3h8bWMN
Parent Toolkit - How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism https://bit.ly/2MFU0eq
Books and resources to help children understand racism https://bit.ly/2MGwn5B
BookTrust - Anti-racism is for everyone https://bit.ly/3dMZhgm
Google Books - Antiracist Baby https://bit.ly/3h9rU9x

The Local Artists Podcast: is a brand new podcast that features conversations with local artists and people who work in the arts sector in Northern Ireland.  The most recent conversation features  playwright and Arts Council of Northern Ireland Dance and Drama Officer, Caoileann Curry-Thompson.  Visit  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1060303/4152152-caoileann-curry-thompson

Crescent Arts Centre: will soon be launching the summer term of their Creative Learning Programme with online tutors from the comfort of your home.  Keep up to date at https://crescentarts.org/courses

Spanner In The Works Theatre Company: produces theatrical works that shine a light on challenging and important social issues.  Recently the company has been making extracts of their plays available to the public on their Facebook page, followed by signposting to professional organisations that can offer help in dealing with issues raised.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/247607848617712

Watch it back! Splendid Isolation - Lockdown Drama:  As part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine, which aims to continue to bring culture into the homes of audiences during lockdown, BBC Arts, the Lyric Theatre, BBC Northern Ireland, with support from National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, have created six brand new film dramas from some of Northern Ireland’s biggest names in writing and acting.  The dramas explore the positive and negative aspects of social isolation and lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Watch all six at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08hplv9

BOOKS, POETRY & LITERATURE

John Hewitt SocietyThe John Hewitt Society is delighted to announce its first ever virtual Summer School, named for this year only as The John Hewitt Digital Festival of Literature and Ideas, taking place from Monday 27 July – Saturday 1 August.  The Society was set to present its annual International Summer School at The Market Place Theatre in Armagh this month but was forced to cancel in March due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Festival will be in two parts. Free-to-view talks, readings and panel discussions will take place on Thursday 30 July, Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August. They will be complemented by the popular creative writing workshops which will be held on Monday 27, Wednesday 29 and Friday 31 July. The fee for a course of three workshops over three days is £60. All workshops and events can be booked through the website: www.johnhewittsociety.org

The group has also launched a new poetry initiative, Poetry Clips: An Archive of John Hewitt Society Contributors. This unique collection will feature a range of short videos showcasing readings from world-renowned poets including Billy Collins and Sinéad Morrissey along with emerging poets such as Stephen Sexton, Susan Dickie and others. New videos recorded by the poets will be released for viewing on The John Hewitt Society website and social media platforms on a weekly basis.  https://www.johnhewittsociety.org/poetry_clips/

Jan Carson: Belfast-based writer Jan Carson has created a series of short films during lockdown aimed at writers wishing to develop their talent. The interactive workshops are available to view now on YouTube and can be watched individually or as a complete writing course.  Based on the ideas of French writer Xavier de Maistre in his book, Journey Around My Bedroom, each session will encourage participants to explore the creative potential in the small spaces in which they currently find themselves, using familiar objects and the view from their window to create new stories.  Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7rMBcno1PovZO3UQ-2vUHw/videos

Fighting Words Global Writing Lockdown: are calling on all frontline workers and their children to hear your stories!  Fighting Words NI – in partnership with Fighting Words - is running a project to draw together a collection of writing to capture the experiences, thoughts and ideas of frontline and key workers and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Frontline workers includes, but is not limited to, medical workers, delivery drivers, shop assistants, emergency workers, post office staff, bus drivers – and their children.  Submissions can be fiction or non-fiction and we welcome all forms of creative writing including prose, poetry, comics, illustration, and song lyrics.  Visit their website for details on this and all other writing initiatives that you can get involved in https://www.fightingwordsbelfast.co.uk/

Seamus Heaney HomePlace: created a lockdown series, Keeping Going, featuring special readings and musical performances from some of the region’s finest artists including Neil Martin, Rosemary Jenkinson, Maureen Boyle, Glenn Patterson, Stephen Sexton, Anthony Toner and the Ulster Orchestra.  A ll episodes are available to watch back at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiz1SIhXX5SyH3HwkhRXs2w?view_as=subscriber

BookTrust: has launched BookTrust NI HomeTime which features a new video every week from NI authors and illustrators.  From free online books, author readings, activity sheets, competitions, videos to live drawalongs, BookTrust HomeTime has been designed to keep families busy and enjoying reading.  Malachy Doyle, Andrew Whitson and Jan Carson have created content for the BookTrust NI HomeTime page, reading stories, teaching us how to draw characters and sharing ideas for keeping in touch through Postcard Stories.  Visit https://bit.ly/2SgsgjO

Hear award-winning children’s author, Oliver Jeffers, read https://www.instagram.com/oliverjeffers/ and https://www.oliverjeffers.com/

Learn to draw and access free online books with BookTrust https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/?q=&sortOption=AtoZ&pageNo=1

Verbal Arts Centre: in Derry-Londonderry has launched WellRead, a free website aimed at supporting parents of children aged 8- 11 years to nurture a child’s emotional health and wellbeing through storytelling.  The WellRead website features a collection of carefully curated, new and classic, short stories by authors from all over the world.  Accompanied by a series of questions using state-of-the-art chatbot technology parents, are guided through the story to help them spark a conversation with their child.  WellRead is designed to help parents talk to their child about emotional wellbeing and for   a child to learn more about their own feelings as well as the feelings of those around them. It also allows them to explore new ways of solving problems and coping with stress.  To get started with WellRead visit www.mywellread.com

Children’s Books Ireland has launched the #ImagineNation campaign bringing together leading Irish children’s authors and illustrators to create a free 24-page #ImagineNation playbook available for free download to children from all over Ireland to enjoy.   The playbook has activities, puzzles, poems and short stories from some of Ireland’s best children’s writers and illustrators to delight, entertain and spark creativity.  Download your copy at https://childrensbooksireland.ie/resources/imaginenation

Creative Writing with Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre: Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady is connecting the local community through creativity with virtual arts activities for all ages.  All activities are free with something for everyone, including writing and illustrating short stories, making poems and reading their favourite books.  For more information to go www.roevalleyarts.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Bluebell Arts in Derry-Londonderry, will be hosting a series if spoken word events and opportunities for a wide range of poets, writers, performers and spoken word artists. The poetry slams will be held on Saturday 30 May 2020, Saturday 27 June and Saturday 25th July 2020 at 6 p.m.  To enter email Frank Rafferty on bluebellartsproject@hotmail.com and an entry form and a copy of Slam rules will be sent to you.  The slams will be broadcast live via the Bluebell Arts Derry Facebook group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1718398341644549

COMMUNITY/YOUTH ARTS

#GetCreativeAtHome : #GetCreativeAtHome has online creative activities available for everyone to find a way to get creative while staying home.  There are over 280 creative activities to offer creative inspiration to people of all ages.  These free (or low-cost) activities cover almost every art form you can think of and most can be done without specialist equipment.  For info on all activities visit www.getcreativeuk.com

Rainbow Factory is bringing colour and life into the lives of young people with an ingenious interactive website!  During the current crisis the team at Rainbow are acutely aware of the need to stay connected with young people, support them in their isolation and their anxieties.  With this in mind the Arts Team has been working extremely hard to design and develop a Virtual Rainbow Factory, so that hundreds of young people can continue their beloved performing arts training and ignite old and new friendships. Safeguarding is of the utmost importance, therefore much of the site is password protected.  You can access via: www.therainbowfactory.co.uk and CLICK the link to Virtual Rainbow Factory. For more information simply email: VRF@youthaction.org and to receive your special password.

Beyond Skin has launched #ArtsDialogue Online Workshops, an international collective of musicians, artists, producers, writers & peace activists with workshops including graffiti/street art - joropo dance - sound & healing - creative mindfulness - refugee awareness - hiphop/grime/trap production - Indian arts - South Indian & Tanzanian cookery, mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki tuition - songwriting for social change - decompress stress - unlocking voice & rhythm  and Youth4Peace Training.  Most private group workshops will be hosted through Zoom and Northern Ireland groups have access to part or fully funded workshops. Contact info.beyondskin@gmail.com for more information.  Visit www.beyondskin.net/online-workshops

Studio 2 Greater Shantallow Arts in Derry has re-released a 30min film they produced with Dan Gordon and featuring Bronagh Gallagher in honour of our wonderful NHS staff.  The film can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/26079607 Also visit  https://www.facebook.com/Studio2Derry to see what other wonderful things they are doing.  
Wheelworks has launched the Make, Do, Create Festival consisting of a series of free artist-led creative workshops, ideas and inspiration that will take place online every day.  From animation, visual arts, music, photography, dance and abstract film making, there is something to suit all tastes.  Visit https://www.wheelworksarts.com/festival

Arts Care’s new channel allows everyone at home take part in their range of visual arts workshops, ‘stay active’ movement sessions, music and singing, storytelling, poetry reading and t enjoy the wonderful clown doctors.  The channel also offers a range of participatory arts workshops especially for older people in residential care or who are self-isolating at home.   Visit https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCQ85xLA2BlQQdrnWBhKw1hw

Say A Great Big Hello Campaign is Arts Care’s latest campaign which asks children and young people at home, throughout our communities, to create an art work, take a photo or write a poem to send a Big Hello message to children and young people in hospitals, cancer care services, looked after children, children with complex needs and those children and young People in mental health units at this time.  Email info@artscare.co.uk to be part of the online exhibition!

Arts Ekta storytelling series: Join ArtsEkta every Thursday for their fabulous online storytelling series, 'World of Words'. Each week a line-up of amazing storytellers, writers and poets from around the world will be taking over their Facebook page with tales, myths and legends. There will also be an opportunity for people to get involved in an exciting creative writing competition with winners having their stories professionally animated. Keep updated with all online offerings at www.facebook.com/artsekta1

Streetwise Community Circus continue with the brilliant, Streetwise at Home, a digital hub where people, young and old, can learn circus skills from professional circus performers. https://www.facebook.com/streetwisecircus

New Lodge Arts: New Lodge Arts hosts a weekly dance session every Monday at 6.30pm live from New Lodge Arts Facebook page.  What a great way to start the week ahead with loads of energy!  Get the whole family involved! Visit https://www.facebook.com/New-Lodge-Arts-1332279066830930/

New Lodge Arts: has created the Boredom Buster Activity Book. The book is filled with games, creative challenges, colouring in, stories and much more and is guaranteed to keep kids entertained!   The booklet was designed by local artists and the New Lodge Arts staff team.  Download your copy here https://www.ashtoncentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/New-Lodge-Arts-Activity-Pack-2020.pdf

Community Circus Lisburn: has been sharing weekly workshops online for young people to enjoy and learn new skills.  So far they’ve covered, a variety of circus skills, the history of circus, making a cake in a mug and other fun activities to keep children entertained at home.  Visit  https://www.facebook.com/communitycircuslisburn/

Strand Arts Centre: is sharing the magic of movies during life in lockdown with older people in the community.  The East Belfast venue has been on the road delivering Silver Screenings rescue packs, including DVDs of classic films and popcorn, fun facts, trivia and CDs of local artists reciting poetry and singing, to those older people who may feel isolated and in need of some movie magic.  To find out more and get involved visit www.strandartscentre.com

Bluebell Arts has a variety of online Creative Arts Video Workshops for a wide range of arts and crafts activities for all ages on the Bluebell Arts Derry YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK0H0YgD4y8UWRYgCcKY6Pg/videos

Stickyfingers: in Newry has created a series of popular short and fun tutorials with their artists to on their Facebook page to encourage people to get creative at home! Visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/stickyfingersartsnewry/about/

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