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Wednesday 29th July 2020 at 9am 0 Comments

What's on in the Arts online! Image: What's on in the Arts online!

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.

VOID: Void needs your help! Plinth Commission recipient Alan Phelan will launch his project on the Derry Walls in September 2020. This is a crowd-sourced sculpture and we would like YOU to get involved. Participants will make their own flower sculpture at home using papier-mache and it will be assembled on site. Materials provided - available from Void now. Flowers to be submitted by 10th August. For more details of how to get involved please see or phone 028 7130 8080. 

Newry Chamber Music: will host the finale of their concert series, Live In Your Lounge, this Wednesday 29th July at 7:30pm on their YouTube channel.  The final in the popular online series features, Ciaran Hinds (narrator), Joanne Quigley McParland (piano), Rose Redgrave (viola), Joe Cutler (piano), Francesco, Paola Scola (clarinet) and David Quigley (piano).   The concert is free to view with donations accepted.  Visit and to watch the entire concert series visit

Moving On Music: continue with their All About…video series with flautist, Aisling Agnew from Wednesday 29th July, focusing on birdsong and the classical flute.  Aisling Agnew is a Belfast born flautist who regularly performs worldwide at many high-profile concerts and is currently the flautist with Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble. In Aisling’s 3-part video series, she will be exploring the use of birdsong throughout the different eras of music, looking specifically at composers such as Vivaldi, Bartok and Messiaen.  Visit the below links to discover more.


Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: the third concert in Cultúrlann online series which will go live Friday the 31st July at 8:30pm and will celebrate the indigenous festival of Lúnasa. It will also be part of Ireland’s biggest community festival, Féile an Phobail.  The concert will be streamed on Cultúrlann’s YouTube channel with the best of musicians from home and abroad. Among the line-up will be Dónal O’Connor, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Gráinne Holland, Troda, Brian Finnegan, Micheál McGoldrick and more. The concert will be hosted by broadcaster Caoimhe Ní Chathail.

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: will also run a Virtual Summer Scheme for young people from 17-21 August.  They are offering a series of exciting online workshops covering music, drama and dance as-well as cooking lessons, sports and crafts activities, so there is something to suit all tastes and interests.  The cost is £10 per child or £15 for two.  Email to register.

Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre: on Saturday 1st August Dún Uladh will host a live music session with Niall Hanna.  A grandson of the legendary traditional singer Geordie Hanna, the ‘Lough-shore’ style of singing is strongly represented in his music. Juxtaposing the old with the new, Niall’s own song ‘Sweet Lough Neagh’ demonstrates his skill in composition, praising the tranquillity of his native Derrytresk, and the surrounding area in County Tyrone. In recent years Niall has toured Europe and Australia and has collaborated with many of Ireland’s finest musicians and singers such as John McSherry, The Rapparees, Martin Meehan, Buille and Cathal Hayden. The performance begins at 8pm for more information on online sessions and further events e-mail

EastSide Arts Festival: From the 6th - 16th August join EastSide Arts Festival as they present an 11-day programme of inspiring and creative events featuring music, theatre, literature, story-telling, visual art, talks and tours under the theme, Moments of Joy.  This year’s 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.  For the full festival programme and ticket information visit Follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #ESAFest20.

Kabosh: Kabosh theatre company crowns 'The King of East Belfast' in a brand new EastSide Arts Festival show.  Theatre fans who have been missing live performance during lockdown won't have long to wait as Kabosh brings its new show ‘The King of East Belfast’ to the Connswater Shopping Centre.  Presented in partnership with the EastSide Arts Festival, the play has been written by and stars local actor Stephen Beggs.  ‘The King of East Belfast’ will be a live, socially distanced performance with a maximum audience of 22 people per show.  Measures which will be available to ensure audience and performer safety will include masks, sanitiser, allocated seating, restricted numbers and regulation spacing.

The 45-minute show will be performed in a unit at Connswater Shopping Centre at 8pm from 7-9 August and 12-16 August, and 2.30pm matinees on 12 and 15 August 2020, as part of the EastSide Arts Festival.  There will be post-show discussions after performances on 8, 12 (matinee) and 15 (evening show).  Tickets for ‘The King of East Belfast’ are £10 and are available to book now - visit and search ‘The King of East Belfast’.

Walled City International Online Piano Competition: took place from 1-24 July online this year.  Overall the competition featured 41 participants from 17 different countries across the globe. Adjudicators from the USA and Asia, together with Festival Director Cathal Breslin, from Derry and world-renowned Northern Irish pianist, Barry Douglas, whittled down the exceptionally high standard performances to six extremely talented young pianists, aged between 15 and 31 years.

The finalists included: Katherine Benson (USA), Elzbieta Bilicka (Poland), Yung-Li Chen (Taiwan), Alexander Malikov (Canada), Takuma Onodera (Japan) and Clara Siegle (Ireland).  Elzbieta Bilicka, from Poland, took home the Gold Medal and as part of the prize will host a winner’s recital and full tuition scholarship at the Walled City Music Festival in Derry/Londonderry in 2021.  The final round performances, which feature newly recorded, 30 minute solo recitals from each player, are now available to view on YouTube.  For a list of all winners visit and to watch a series of spectacular performances from throughout the competition visit



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