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What’s on in the Arts online!

Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 11am 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.

Ulster Orchestra: The Ulster Orchestra is back and performing live again!  As part of The BBC Orchestras, the Ulster Orchestra perform live from the Waterfront Hall this Friday 4th September for the first concert in a new series to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  In this concert the Ulster Orchestra plays Bela Bartók's haunting Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, conducted by Jac Van Steen.  The concert is presented by BBC’S John Toal and is available at

BBC Ten Pieces Tasters:  Ten Pieces at Home has become Ten Pieces Tasters.  The name might be different but the concept is the same.  No matter where you are – Ten Pieces is here to bring you quick, easy, creative activities inspired by classical music.  Aimed at primary school children, start your school year by writing letters from space inspired by Hans Zimmer's Earth, in collaboration with the National Space Centre. A flexible activity that can be adapted to cover formal or informal letter writing while also learning about space and music.

A new Ten Pieces Tasters activity will be released each month. The full archive of activities is available on the Ten Pieces website for you to dip into at any time. If weekly activities are more your style; Proms at Home have some fantastic activities ready to get stuck in to!  Looking ahead  – the Ten Pieces Tasters film for October will be a word art activity inspired by No Place Like by Kerry Andrew.  Visit

Moving On Music: Joseph Leighton’s  final video for the ‘All About…the Jazz Guitar series’ will take us through tips on how to learn a jazz standard and the best way to approach this. Joe will take us through the jazz standard, ‘Easy to Love’ and the ‘do’s and don’ts’ on how to learn this for the first time.  Next week they will release the first ‘All About… jazz piano’ video, by the fabulous Scott Flannigan. Scott’s 3-part series will teach us all about the blues scale, improvisation and jazz chords.


VOID: Void is delighted to announce the launch of their new website! Here you can find all the latest updates about their events and exhibitions. You can also look back on their past exhibitions and events by searching the archive. There is also a shop where you can search through their artist publications or show your support for the arts by donating or becoming a Void Supporter. Void will continue to create both online and in-house content to bring to their audience so keep an eye on the website for further information.  Their public gallery is also now reopened and will be showing an exhibition by artist, Alan Phelan, echoes are always more muted, from 5th September until 31 October

Folk Park Live: Snow Water and the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone, have launched, Folk Park Live, a new audio-visual exhibition which takes visitors through a 300 year musical journey of Ulster emigration through song.  This new experience features musical talents such as Neil Martin, Jack Warnock, Gemma Bradley, Niall Hanna, Maurice Leyden, Eilidh Patterson, Gareth Dunlop, No Oil Paintings, Cathal Hayden, Mary Dillon and ROE.  The exhibition is the final project in the Embrace the Place series, a partnership between Tourism NI and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which animated key tourism sites across the region by using the arts to tell the stories of that particular area, offering visitors something new and inspiring to enjoy.  Visit  for more information. The experience is also available to view at from the comfort of your home.  The Arts Council went along to hear all about it, watch the video at

The Duncairn: Carlingford Heritage Centre and The Duncairn in Belfast join forces to bring you, The Carlingford/Duncairn Summer Series, a series of three concerts by Irish musicians.  The third and final episode will air on their Facebook page and the Duncairn’s YouTube page on Sunday 6th September.  Episode one aired on Sunday 23rd August and included music by Yue Tang & Brian Connor ; Niall Hanna, Rachel McGarrity and Stephen Loughran ; Zoë Conway & John Mc Intyre plus an interview with Duncairn Creative Director, Ray Giffen.

Episode two aired on Sunday 30th August and included music by The 4 of Us, Emma Langford & Cathie Ryan plus a visit to the workshop of Narrow Water Harps in Omeath.  You can watch both concerts back and catch the final one at

Belfast Exposed: present two exhibitions which will be highlighting the work of a selection of recent graduates from the MFA Photography and BA in Photography and Video at Ulster University.  The exhibitions are:

Anthropology (MFA Exhibition) - 3rd September - 24th October
The works presented are universally human and deeply personal navigations of current climates and a response to exactly this moment in time. The exhibition sits with the process of grief and walks along the borders of small towns and fallen cities. Artists reckon with the aftermath of abuse and make sense of fluctuating architecture and the human effort to heal our natural environment. Perception is questioned and subverted to understand home, gender, and community. Exhibition link:

Human Condition (BA Exhibition) - 3rd September - 24th October
The works presented are a broad exploration of human existence plunging into topics from water quality to fluid gender expression and roles. Further observations on mental health spanning youth to retirement, isolation, healing, and recreational space.  Exhibition link:

Northern Ireland Opera: The Festival of Voice 2020 took place in First Church Belfast on Sunday 30th August in front of a small socially distanced audience.  This is the first time live opera has been performed in the city since before the lockdown. Five finalists from across the island of Ireland competed for the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize and to become the Northern Ireland Opera Voice of 2020. 

David Corr, a baritone from Dublin who is a current member of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio won the overall prize and Andrew Irwin, a tenor from County Fermanagh, won the Audience Prize. The other three finalists were soprano Jade Phoenix, mezzo Sarah Luttrell and bass-baritone David Howes.  NI Opera's Patron, broadcaster Sean Rafferty, presented the awards. A short film about the event with concert highlights will be released on Northern Ireland Opera's YouTube channel at 8pm on 13th September.  Visit


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