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What’s on in the Arts online!

Wednesday 22nd April 2020 at 11am 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 this week online!

Maiden Voyage, a multi award-winning dance company in NI, wants to get everyone dancing at home!  The company has released their work, Quartet for 15 Chairs, (which is suitable for young and family audiences) and creative resources to download for use at home. These resources include movement ideas to try with props at home (such as newspapers, torch and chairs), join-the-dots activities and colour in sheets.  Visit

Beyond Skin will host a stress reducing MindHarp workshop on Thursday 23rd April via Zoom.  MindHarp uses mindfulness technology that enables everyone to make music.  The MindHarp requires no musical technique, background or prior skill. It is completely accessible to all.  It is played via a simple interface on an Apple iPAD and iPHONE.  The player simply touches coloured and numbered pads which trigger very carefully designed and harmonised musical sounds. It is impossible to play a ‘wrong note’.  For details visit  

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 is about the contribution made to modern nursing by an amazing local pioneering nurse, Agnes Jones, whose spirit and selfless dedication to caring for those in need is shared by our amazing NHS staff today! The film can be viewed at

Also visit to see some of the fun dance films created by local children involved with Studio 2. 

The Belfast Photo Festival has launched a series of Instagram takeover residencies with photographers, Simone Tramonte and Joel Jimenez for the next two weeks. Follow Belfast Photo Festival on Instagram to view each week-long residency:

  • Simone Tramonte (20th - 26th April 2020): Born in Rome, Simone has devoted his life to photography, with his photographic studies focusing on social and anthropological issues. In particular he documents contemporary issues and profound cultural changes, covering stories in Iran, Cuba, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Burkina Faso, Jordan, Central America, Italy, Morocco, Thailand, Malaysia, Central and Eastern Europe, etc.
  • Joel Jimenez (27th April - 3rd May 2020): Joel is a Costa Rican visual artist based in Barcelona, Spain. His work is influenced by the conceptual analysis of space and its possibilities to convey human conditions, emotional and psychological state; and how it correlates with social issues in our contemporary society. Throughout his images, he reflects on the dynamics of identity and memory between people and the environment they inhabit.

Source, a photography magazine, has decided to provide free access to their Digital Edition of 'ISSUE 96 - PRIVACY: Picturing Our Inner Selves' for the entire month of April... Just copy and paste the link and enjoy 

The Lyric Theatre the first in a new four-part series, New Speak Re-Imagined.  While the Lyric stages may be dark, forced to close its doors like every other theatre in the country, the theatre lights will continue to shine online.  The five performances, which were due to take place at Lyric’s Naughton Studio, will now move online and be featured in four weekly instalments as part of Lyric Theatre Online beginning on the 24th April.  Make sure you subscribe to the Lyric Theatre's YouTube channel to enjoy each show will feature invigorating new work from the artists -

New Speak: Re-imagined is available to view for free from 24th April – 22nd May. Due to the nature of the material, the production age recommendation is 14+  To find out more information:

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

Hear award-winning children’s author, Oliver Jeffers, read and

Children’s Books Ireland
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

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 for more information.  Visit

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 for 6 weeks from Monday 13 April until Sunday 24 May 2020.  From animation, visual arts, music, photography, dance and abstract film making, there is something to suit all tastes.  Visit

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

ArtsEkta continue to post interactive dance and music workshops to take part in, downloadable fact sheets & craft resources and other fun content to engage with.

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

The Ulster Orchestra’s new digital platform #UOletsplayathome features one of their players or a performance every day at 3pm on the orchestra’s Facebook page.

Streetwise Community Circus continue with the brilliant, Streetwise at Home, a digital hub where where kids can learn circus skills from professional circus performers.

Verbal Arts Centre’s, My Well Read,

Void Gallery’s weekly exhibition tours and arts activities

Belfast Exposed Photographic Gallery daily activities can be found at 

NI Opera’s weekly Opera Club details can be found at and

Learn to draw and access free online books with BookTrust

Listen to incredible musicians live from their homes

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.  Donations are encouraged with all funds going directly to the performers.  For details on upcoming performances visit  and

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

Bluegrass, gypsy swing and folk family trio, Cup O’Joe, have been hosting regular gigs live from their living room in Armagh.  Visit

Join singer-songwriter, Amanda St John, live from her home on Facebook every Sunday evening from 8-9pm.


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