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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 cultural things to do online, much of it supported by the Department for Communities and National Lottery funding.

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FESTIVALS

Jaipur Literature Festival: The greatest literature festival returns for 2021 online.  Set to take place virtually between 19-28 February, the 10-day literary event will feature a line-up of speakers from across the world.  Local writer, Paul McVeigh will be in conversation with Scottish writer, Douglas Stuart, discussing his novel, Shuggie Bain, winner of the Booker Prize.  For full programming details visit www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org 

Cumann Cultúrtha Mhic Reachtain: will broadcast the Oíche Airneáil concert as part of their virtual Sean-Nós na Fearsaide festival.  The concert will take place this Friday 26th February at 9:00pm.  Workshops will also run Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and the festival finishes with a live concert at 9pm Saturday night.  All concerts and workshops are available on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cumannmhicreachtain/

Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics returns with Virtual Programme
-Annual Festival places Belfast on Global Stage with World-Renowned Line-Up

One of Belfast’s most innovative and engaging festivals, Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics (22nd – 28th March) returns for its seventh year.  The week-long festival will host 115 webcasts (the great majority of which are free) during March and will explore the theme, ‘The State of Us’ and pertinent topics including, the centenary of the formation of Northern Ireland, Brexit, climate change, COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter. 

The virtual nature of this year’s event means it has attracted leading global figures and experts from around the world including Noam Chomsky, regarded as one of the leading intellectuals of our age, renowned playwright and commentator Bonnie Greer and a host of local talent.  Other ‘headliners’ include Bill McKibben, Angie Drobnic Holan, Paul Mason, Claire Fox, Gavin Esler, Roman Krznaric, Neil Hegarty, Sinead Gleeson, Charles Leadbeater and Senator Eileen Flynn.  Working with over 50 festival partners, events have been organised, for example, with the British Academy, Ulster Orchestra, Ballet Black, the Chilian arts group Memorante, open Democracy and the Victoria & Albert Museum. The strictly non-partisan festival offers up an eclectic week of online talks, workshops, theatre, comedy, music, film and poetry to help us navigate the challenges of tomorrow.  The Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics 2021 programme is now available to view online via www.imaginebelfast.com

Echo Echo Festival: presents a series of online artist talks, live-streamed performances and other events from 22nd -27th February 2021.  The programme includes online talks with dance artists, plus live-streamed, solo dance performances by artists of the Echo Echo Ensemble. There is also an online photographic retrospective of the past seven festivals, classes and an opportunity to meet and ask questions with the whole Echo Echo team.  All live events are free and accessed through the Zoom link here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84408739610?pwd=TjNoSDhUM1N1Vy9KZFA5VW51WFVtUT09
For more details and timings visit www.echoechodance.com

IMBOLC International Arts Festival: The Winter solstice has passed and the return of light signals the coming of spring.  Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin will present their IMBOLC International Arts Festival online with an exciting line-up of events including music, spoken word, workshops, films, poetry, photography & much more.  They have put together a very special virtual festival for 2021 bringing great performances and events to festival audiences and friends in their homes from 5th February to 19th March 2021.  Stay tuned for more exciting announcements at https://www.facebook.com/imbolcfest

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: will present Clár Imbolc, a virtual festival to celebrate the beginning of Spring.  They have a range of virtual events you can enjoy from the comfort of your home, including their Coirnéal an Cheoil music sessions, the reading circle or art tutorials for young people.  Time to put those resolutions into practice, whether that’s returning to Irish classes after a long absence or beginning something new like yoga. Whether young or old, there is something for everyone.  With a varied and multi-art form programme of events, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich is proud to celebrate the Celtic calendar here.  For full details visit https://www.culturlann.ie/en

Belfast Children’s Festival: The Belfast Children’s Festival returns this March with an extended online programme from 5-14 March 2021.  With contemporary dance based on the theme of hope, a ‘part Lord of the Flies, part Animal Farm’ theatre performance set in a post pandemic future, and an exhibition that explores the magic of everyday items found in the home, the line-up for Belfast Children’s Festival 2021 feels very much like art imitating life.

In addition, the 2021 programme will feature Cahoot’s NI’s brain-bamboozling interactive ‘The University of Wonder and Imagination’. Festival favourites like the Book Clinic from Children’s Books Ireland and Baby Rave at Home from Young at Art have been specially adapted for online audiences and Cherrie On Top who performed at last year’s festival will read a selection of diversity and inclusion themed bedtime stories especially for under 5s, throughout the festival. Meanwhile, Young at Art Artists Jane Butler and Duncan Ross asked schoolchildren across Belfast to tell their stories about lockdown and the pandemic from the perspective of the special objects they found within their homes resulting in the ‘My Place’ virtual exhibition.  A full programme is available at www.youngatart.co.uk

International Women’s Day Festival at The MAC: from 4-11th March, The MAC has a packed programme of events to celebrate.  Their International Women’s Day Festival is a time for debate, education, and celebration and The MAC has an exciting line-up of women taking part online.  Visit https://themaclive.com/international-womens-day-2021

 

MUSIC

Moving On Music: The newly launched Middle Aisle agency and development project from Moving On Music, will see two of the roster’s artists performing live streams this weekend:

Ruth McGinley will perform from An Coire in Maghera on Friday 26th February, 8pm, watch from https://www.facebook.com/ancoirearts or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcLztzG2va2c_QCBcrO5wng
Programme will include works by Satie, Piazzolla and folk song arrangements by Neil Martin.

Jack Warnock will perform from Strule Arts Centre in Omagh on Saturday 27th February, 8pm on a double bill with Omagh based folk singer Mollie McKeever. Watch live from https://www.facebook.com/StruleArtsCentre

Catch internationally renowned Belfast born pianist Michael McHale in a digital concert available for free now. The video features the digital world premiere of Áine Mallon’s Raindrop Prelude followed by Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata. The Raindrop Prelude was commissioned by Moving On Music through support from the ACNI commissioning fund, in response to the Appassionata Sonata in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year during 2020. Watch the concert from https://youtu.be/GsOYEsOKnZk or https://www.facebook.com/MovingOnMusic

An Coire Arts Centre: in Maghera will be livestreaming a series of concerts from An Coire's Facebook (ancoirearts) and An Coire's YouTube channel until 5th March.  Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcLztzG2va2c_QCBcrO5wng

Open House: presents The Court House Sessions featuring music and words by local artists.  The recorded sessions can be viewed on their website and social media in the coming weeks.  Some of the upcoming artists include Moyra Donaldson, Colin Bateman, AEON, The Darkling Air, King Cedar and Ken Haddock.  To view all artists taking part visit www.openhousefestival.com

ITMA: Irish Traditional Music Archive has made four previously unheard acetate recordings of legendary Sligo fiddle player Michael Coleman (1895-1945) publically available. The recordings made in New York in 1942 are available to listen to on the ITMA website.

The acetate disc recordings were privately made in 1942, in the New York home of his fellow Sligo fiddle player James ‘Lad’ O’Beirne (1911-1980), almost 80 years ago. Gifted to Galway accordionist Joe Burke by Lad O’Beirne in the 1960s, the two discs have been personally safeguarded by him since that time. ITMA was honoured in 2020 to be entrusted by Joe Burke with the professional digitisation and preservation of these unique Michael Coleman recordings. With the added blessing of Lad’s son, Jim O’Beirne, they have now been preserved for future generations to freely enjoy.

The Coleman recordings are part of ITMA’s growing collection of Sligo masters recorded in New York. Other acetate recordings made in Lad O’Beirne’s home during the 1940s have been recently donated to ITMA by Mick O’Connor who, in turn, received them from Mrs Kathleen Harrington (née Gardiner). Highlights from the previously unheard Michael Coleman recordings, as well as other recently digitised tracks featuring Lad O’Beirne, Andy McGann, Louis Quinn, Martin Wynne and Tim Fitzpatrick, are freely accessible on the ITMA website as part of a blog written by ITMA Director, Liam O’Connor.  Visit www.itma.ie

Live Music Now: Live Music Now provides music sessions for thousands of school children every year and now they have introduced a new series of Facebook Live concerts for schools & families at home every week.  Join them on their Facebook page every Thursday at 2pm for online concerts performed live for early years and key stage 1 aged children.  Concerts last between 35-40mins and each week a different Live Music Now musician will perform a varied programme with opportunities for joining in.  It’s a great opportunity to learn about different instrument and types of music.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/livemusicnow/live/

Live Music Now provides music sessions for thousands of older people every year and now they also are offering free online concerts for older people at home and in residential care homes.  Join them on their Facebook page every Wednesday at 2pm for online concerts performed live for older people. Each week a different Live Music Now musician will perform a varied programme with opportunities for joining in.

Northern Ireland Opera: present, the Rosemary Street Sessions, six short films made in October and November with Northern Ireland Opera's Associate Artists. Northern Ireland Opera will be releasing one each week featuring songs, lieder and opera arias each Tuesday at 8pm over on their YouTube channel.  So far two films are available, soprano Catherine Donnelly performing Philip Martin's arrangement of the WB Yeats poem, 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' and mezzo, Sarah Richmond, performing Franz Schubert's, 'Die Nebensonnen', from his song cycle, 'Winterreise', his setting of poems by Wilhelm Müller. This link takes you to the playlist for the series https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpW0wdBur-HkJLtFzPEVmPWm3v0o-xVI8

Ulster Orchestra: The Ulster Orchestra is delighted to announce the release of a new recording, Our Songs, Our Place, which features nine songs by local songwriters developed through the Orchestra’s Your Song Now project.  With the live music industry thrown into disarray with the Covid-19 restrictions closing venues across the country, musicians have been forced to find new ways to express their creativity. Composer and arranger Paul Campbell approached the Ulster Orchestra in April 2020 with the idea for a project that sought to curate a musical response to the first COVID-19 lockdown.

This became the Your Song Now project, which invited songwriters at any stage of their career to submit a song that spoke to their life and experience of the lockdown. From 69 entries, nine songwriters were selected to work on their songs with mentors Duke Special (2007 Choice Music Prize nominee), Kitt Philippa (NI Music Award Best Album winner in 2020) and Paul Campbell, culminating in this recording, an album that crosses genres and generations, while exploring the common experience of lockdown and how it has changed all our lives.

Our Songs, Our Place is available for purchase digitally from all major online retailers and in CD format from www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/oursongsourplace at a cost of £10 plus package and postage.

Scott’s Jazz Club: Scott's Jazz Club is based at Ballyhackamore Club, 1A Sandown Road. The club was formed by Cormac O'Kane, Colin Harper, Scott Flannigan and Karen Smyth and is a dedicated jazz concert environment featuring amazing sound, lighting and projection mapping.  Keyboard virtuoso, Scott Flannigan, is the club's musical curator and host. The gigs will feature the best of Irish Jazz talent in upcoming performances that will be live streamed online.  Find out more at www.scottsjazzclub.com and https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=676917186352325&id=107191574457823

Armagh Pipers: The Armagh Pipers present a series of concerts in their Fonn Friday’s Concert Series 2020-21.  Visit  www.armaghpipers.com

 

COMMUNITY ARTS / ARTS & HEALTH

Terra Nova Productions: Northern Ireland’s intercultural theatre company creating culturally diverse, professional and community led projects for over 13 years, has been working with some of Northern Ireland’s most exciting freelance artists, from diverse backgrounds, throughout the lockdowns. The company is delighted to announce that the first set of work developed by the artists is ready to view and will be released weekly online (www.terranovaproductions.net) from 26th Feb to 31st March. Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Organisations Emergency Programme, this project provides a platform to showcase artists who, through various art forms, explore and highlight a range of current issues including the impact of the pandemic, family separation and loss, social justice and #BlackLivesMatter.  Visit www.terranovaproductions.net

Roe Valley & Cultural Centre:  has a wonderful range of online activities including craft workshops for children, art workshops for adults, art competitions, storytelling, talks and tours.  For more information visit www.roevalleyarts.com (Please note, these activities are not funded by the Arts Council).

Sole Purpose Productions: will be working in partnership with Solace House in New York to deliver an innovative online project which will use theatre techniques to discuss the signs and symptoms of suicide. They will use the Solace House Suicide Prevention Training and the Sole Purpose Productions’ video of the award winning play, ‘Blinkered’, as a starting point to explore the themes. They will develop ‘Scenes of Intervention’ which will dramatize the training and will illustrate how to approach and respond to this difficult subject. The sessions will also include a live online Q&A with the actors and director who will discuss different aspects of mental health in different and diverse communities. Participants will be invited and guided to devise ‘Scenes of Intervention’ under the direction of Patricia Byrne, Artistic Director of Sole Purpose. The sessions will run over five weeks in February and March 2021. This project is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Self-Arranged Residency Scheme.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/Sole-Purpose-Productions-118776918143791/

In Your Space Circus: has a series of workshops and classes available online.  Current projects include:

Project 1: Circus Together.  Circus Together an opportunity for groups in the Derry area to come together (via zoom initially) to learn about trust, respect, difference and commonality, all through the medium of circus!

Project 2: Every Day Circus.  IYSC are hosting daily Youth Circus classes in specific skills so participants can pick and choose which disciplines they want to skill up in! This project is also open to new participants.

Project 3: Seedlings Circus Online!  The gang at IYSC have designed a new series of digital classes for your little ones (aged 4-8) to get them up and moving in the morning, and to focus on unwinding and mental wellbeing in the afternoon. New participants welcome!

Visit www.inyourspaceni.org and https://www.facebook.com/inyourspacecircus for further details on all of the above and more.

DU Dance: DU Dance Youth Dance Classes are back for four weeks online.  If you know a young person who loves to dance or wants to try something new in 2021 then look no further.  For details and to book classes visit dudanceni.com

Island Arts Centre: in Lisburn is encouraging young people to send a little sunshine by creating and sending a postcard to brighten someone’s day.  All the instructions to make a postcard can be found at https://islandartscentre.com/news/discover-little-posties-and-stay-connected-in-lockdown

Duncairn: watch back their fortnightly arts magazine show called Take 2.  Take 2 explores the uniqueness of our Belfast through music, poetry, imagery, artistry and insightful interviews.  The fortnightly programme airs on alternate Saturday evenings at 8pm on YouTube and Facebook.  You can watch the latest shows back and subscribe to Duncairn’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW8vA0LnFDwumD_oGo2FwqQ?sub_confirmation=1

Streetwise: Fancy learning how to juggle and other circus skills?! In response to Covid 19 Streetwise Community Circus has developed a team of tutors who are now working via Zoom to reach out to those who can no longer participate in workshops. Following the latest round of restrictions we are now offering free zoom coaching to anyone who feels isolated or would just like to use the opportunity to learn something new under the guidance of some of Northern Ireland's most experienced circus street entertainers. To take advantage of this opportunity all you have to do is email Streetwise on streetwiseathome@gmail.com. Suitable for participants who range in age from 8 to 80 plus.

Wheelworks: is offering a jam-packed programme of online arts and craft activities to keep you entertained at home.  Visit www.wheelworksarts.com

Arts Care: has a wonderful range of arts activities available online on their Arts Care 4U Premium +, their online arts delivery channel that everyone can access.  Arts Care’s new dedicated online arts and well-being workshop resource, ‘Break-Time’, accessed via their website to support the mental, emotional and physical well-being of children and young people through the Arts.  All the videos are built on the ‘5 Steps to Well-being’ themes and key funders include Children in Need at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

This new online programme aims to support parents/teachers/play specialists/carers to engage children and young people in the Arts to support their well-being during Covid-19. New art, music, dance & exercise, drama, creative writing and clown doctor’s CDTV videos will be uploaded regularly and it’s all FREE and will give additional much needed creative support for parents, teachers, healthcare staff, play specialists and carers during this difficult time. Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ85xLA2BlQQdrnWBhKw1hw

 

VISUAL ARTS - please continue to check each gallery’s website for details on opening as they are subject to change due to the current Covid-19 regulations.

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: present an online art exhibition, Aesthetic Distance by Vera Ryklova.  Vera Ryklova is a Dublin-based visual artist, working in lens-based media. Performing to the camera she produces series of photographic and video (self-) portraits.

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich’s website now hosts a new page for visual arts and this is the second exhibition they have added so far. You can view the entire exhibition or standalone pieces on this page.  ‘Aesthetic Distance’ by Vera Ryklova will be on display from the 4th of February until the 25th of March.

On Saturday 27th February at 11am, there will be an online workshop with Vera to accompany her virtual exhibition.  The artists will use this online session to create a new piece of work.  Using the power of language, the artist invites people to compose a piece of creative writing in response to her work. This session takes place via zoom, runs for approx. 1 hr and is limited to a maximum of 11 people. Visit https://www.culturlann.ie/en/visual-arts

Belfast Exposed: presents Street View.  Street View provides a multimedia exhibition experience to increase the accessibility and visibility of photography on the streets of Belfast. Street View is a large digital window display, complimented with audio narratives, that showcases contemporary artwork by internationally renowned and local emerging photographers to an external audience on the streets of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

Until 27th February, Street View will present, Tristan Poyser, which features two projects - The Invisible In-between: An Englishman’s Search For The Irish Border and Masked: a Portrait of Amazon - by artist Tristan Poyser. The two projects share a commonality, in that they both explore political, cultural and social issues at a time of great uncertainty. In both projects, Poyser engaged with the public to 'encompass their opinions, hopes and desires about their unique socio-political situations. As a collective, their voices amass an account which is representative of precarious times. Each respondent was invited to tear a print in ‘The Invisible In-between’ to make the invisible visible then to share a written comment about their thoughts on Brexit. In a similar manner, a subset of photographs from ‘Masked’ is a series of 130 Amazon employees asked to write and display their introspections.'

Tristan Poyser’s project The Invisible In-between: An Englishman’s Search For The Irish Border, which exhibited at Belfast Exposed in 2019, began as a response to the results of the UK’s Brexit referendum. Poyser spent two years travelling and photographing the full length of the 510 km Irish border.

Poyser's most recent project Masked: a Portrait of Amazon, is a series of performative portraits and still life photographs of the 64 face masks and ephemera he was provided with whilst working at Amazon, during the initial Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. The photographs are a reflection of his doubts, frustrations, anxieties, the change in identity, the lack of control over lockdown and decisions made.  For more information visit www.belfastexposed.org

ArtisAnn: ArtisAnn Gallery, on Belfast’s Bloomfield Avenue, celebrates those people who have left their own homes to come to Belfast to make it their home. Artists from across the UK, Ireland and Europe will be showing work that has been inspired by Belfast, the place that is now their home.  This international exhibition features artists Magdalena Blazejewicz (Poland), Wilhelmina Peace Covington (France), Lenka Davidikova (Slovakia), Valerie Giannandrea McKeag (Italy/Scotland) Santa Leimane (Latvia), Jolita Jarutiené (Lithuania), Gary Shaw (Australia), and Anka Sikora (Poland).  This is an exhibition by seven artists who have chosen to make Belfast their home.

Also at ArtisAnn is the exhibition, On the Shoulders of Giants, by Professor Harry McMahon as part of Northern Ireland Science Festival 2021 from Wed 3rd February to Sat 27th February 2021.  This exhibition is presented online and in the gallery (subject to Covid regulations).

On the Shoulders of Giants is a tribute to the pioneers of science such as Leonhard Euler, Dorothy Hodgkin, J.S. Bell and William Campbell.  Each painting celebrates a significant example of humankind’s attempts to bring conceptual order to what might otherwise be seen as an incomprehensible, chaotic world.  The show should be of interest both to art lovers and to those interested in the history of science.

Professor Harry McMahon’s first degree was in physics; his most recent, after he retired, was in Fine and Applied Art.  In “On the Shoulders of Giants”, escaping from his long-term practice in landscape painting, he overlays diagrammatic references to science and mathematics on complex, near-chaotic, painterly backgrounds.  Based on the work of Greek philosophers like Thales and Eratosthenes, mathematicians like Leonhard Euler and William Rowan Hamilton, and 20th and 21st century scientists such as Dorothy Hodgkin, Belfast-born J S Bell and Ramelton-born William Campbell, this is a must-see exhibition for anyone interested in science and art.  Visit https://www.artisann.org/now-on.html

Catalyst Arts: See https://www.catalystarts.org.uk/whatson for more details of upcoming talks and events. 

VOID: VOID gallery is still continuing to run activities online and their artist educators have planned some great activities for the whole family.

Filling in the squares - a drawing meditation for beginners with Stephanie Gaumond
Saturday 20th February, 11am

Tap into your creative mind and practice deep breathing with short mindfulness drawing meditations that allow you to to take a break and relieve stress.  No fancy supplies are needed - just paper and a pen. It’s easy for beginners and fun for experienced artists. These sessions are devised so that they can be accessed at any time – during a break from school work, first thing in the morning as part of a mindfulness practice, or in the evening time with the whole family.

Blind Drawing workshop with Zoe McSparron
Saturday 27th February, 11am

Learn to explore your own environment through Blind Drawing.

Art Packs - Make your own kaleidoscope!
Available while stocks last.  This activity allows you to make your own kaleidoscope from some simple materials. We have 30 packs available so send an email with your name and address to get yours! Email hello@derryvoid.com today to order yours.

Once uploaded, all the workshops are on VOID’s Vimeo channel so you can go back and forth to them as many times as you would like.  Find it on their website www.derryvoid.com on Facebook & Instagram IGTV @derryvoid and Vimeo www.vimeo.com/derryvoid/

Craft NI: Visit http://www.craftni.org/ for updates.

Void Gallery is delighted to announce Slowtime by David Beattie - the second Void Offsites commission generously funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  David Beattie’s sculptural commission addresses place, the environment, and our relationship to time through the rhythm of the tides. Beattie places community participation at the heart of the project; inviting the local community to consider the ebb and flow of the river, encouraging participants to rethink their relationship with the river and their natural environment, prompting introspection and an examination of personal and collective histories.

The project will begin with a series of online workshops, the first taking place on the 6th of March at 11am - you can book now by visiting www.derryvoid.com The artist will introduce the project and invite participants to begin the process using their personal smartphones or recording devices for the first number of sessions. A dedicated equipment lending library will be available from the gallery as the project develops through March and April - in line with public health advice. Stay tuned to our social media for further information @derryvoid

The MAC: has a series of new exhibitions across all three galleries - Peter Liversidge, In a Rainbow of Coalitions and Frederic Huska.

The MAC Art at Home: Unlock your imagination with The MAC’s Art at Home activity pack.  The MAC has teamed up with six local artists to create their Art at Home activity pack to help lift your spirits and spark some creativity.  Free to download, these sheets are for anyone to enjoy, whether you are looking for inspiration for home-schooling, would enjoy time out to yourself, or some fun with your family or maybe even your pet.  Designed to enjoy at home, or in a place you call home for now, tucked up in bed or maybe in the great outdoors. Some of the sheets you can work on straightaway, others like the colouring-in are best printed.  Visit www.themaclive.com for updates.

The MAC also present, HOME - Noli Timere, a series of short films as a collective artistic response to our lives in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As announced in the summer, HOME - Noli Timere, has worked to collate the photos, videos, lyrics and literature which have inspired hope in lockdown life. Translated as, ‘don’t be afraid’, Noli Timere was the final text sent by Seamus Heaney to his wife, Marie. The sentiment is equally powerful and appropriate in the context of the current pandemic. Submitted to the project by members of the public and artists alike, these artistic responses to the ongoing pandemic have been transformed into a series of short films that we have released as Facebook and YouTube premieres.  For links to the films visit www.themaclive.com

Golden Thread Gallery: is offering fun online workshops with artist and volunteer, Sophie Daly.  Current workshops includes:

Littler Plastic Family: make your very own little version of your family out of plastic bottles. Plastic is a really difficult thing to recycle, but it is also something that is super hard to avoid using. Let’s have a look at upcycling them instead! Each member of your family probably has their own personal empty bottles lying around, it could be shaving foam, makeup, your baby brother’s ear medicine, anything at all. They will be sure to love their own little Mini-Mes!  Children will also have a little chat about how recycling plastic works. Have fun!  Available online until 6th March.

To access the workshops and keep up to date with new ones visit www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

Belfast Print Workshop:  has three online workshops available online by three of their members as part of Belfast's Festival of Learning's online festival. The workshops are supported by Belfast Learning City. Each workshop is suitable for a different level but all are possible to practice at home, with some equipment required.  Workshops include:

Printing from a Suitcase and Hand Monoprinting by Josephine McCormick
Printing with Card and a Variety of Household Materials by Coby Moore
Cyanotype Print Tutorial by Jonathan Brennan

There workshops remain online for anyone to access.  For full details visit https://www.bpw.org.uk/

 

FILM, LITERATURE & DRAMA

NI Writers Day: The Royal Society of Literature has joined with the Arts Council to celebrate Northern Irish writers and writing as part of the first NI Writers Day in March (Tuesday 23rd March). This free online day of events, hosted in partnership with the Arts Council, will shine a spotlight on our acclaimed poets, playwrights and authors.

NI Writers Day is part of a UK-wide drive by the Royal Society of Literature to broaden its reach and celebrate diversity in literature.  Through its RSL Open Fellowship Programme, 60 new fellows will be elected this year, from communities under-represented in UK literature - particularly working class writers, writers outside of London, writers of colour, and LGBTQ+ writers.  Tickets and information is available at RSL Open: Northern Ireland Writers Day | Royal Society of Literature (rsliterature.org)

Lyric Theatre and Amadan Ensemble: present Not Another Clown Workshop, 4 March – 8 April.  Thanks to support from the Arts Council, Lyric Theatre and their mentor Eric Davis (Red Bastard, Cirque du Soleil) Amadan has designed a brand new course for artists to immerse themselves in a secure & creative space.  Whether you want to work on a new project or simply dream of the time when you can practice your art form with other people then this is the workshop for you!

This 6 week online course will combine the playful curiosity of Clown, the rigour of the Bouffon and the creative expression and possibilities found in devised theatre to explore how we can build our creative muscles and get ready to make work.   You will engage in exercises, work in collaboration with other artists and have the space to engage in creative conversation to assist with your work or practice.  There will also be will be four guest speaker sessions, one of whom will be Eric Davis, where you can benefit from the experience of established artists and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Limited spaces available, visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

Kabosh: Kabosh theatre company presents, Before You Go, by Laurence McKeown and directed by Paula McFetridge with James Doran, Lisa Duffy and Eimear Fearon.  A new play about the fragility of love, Sorcha O’Hagan is leaving for Australia. Her bags are packed. Only an overdue conversation with her father remains. Before she goes. 

Presented online from 2nd to 4th March 2021 and is suitable for ages 14+.  Tuesday - 7.30pm, Wednesday 1pm, Thursday 7.30pm (with post show discussion).
This event will be streamed online. During the week of the shows, you will be sent a link to access the stream from the comfort of your own home. Only one ticket is needed per screen.  Book your tickets at https://kabosh.net/production/before-you-go/

Maiden Voyage: Maiden Voyage Dance, Northern Ireland’s commissioning company for contemporary dance, will present ‘Turnabout’, a new family friendly show exploring children’s thoughts on hope, as part of this year’s Belfast Children’s Festival from 6 - 14 March.

Choreographed by Jennifer Rooney (whose stage credits include Once, Good Vibrations and Teenage Kicks) with new music from internationally acclaimed composer Elaine Agnew, the text for Turnabout was inspired by stories of hope created by Belfast primary school pupils at workshops by poet Olive Broderick.   

In a first for Maiden Voyage, the company has collaborated with Belfast Philharmonic Society to work with 80+ young voices from Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs to bring this text to life in Elaine Agnew’s musical score.

Free screenings of ‘Turnabout’ by Maiden Voyage Dance will be available online and on demand as part of Belfast Children’s Festival from 6 to 14 March.  Book your places now at www.youngatart.co.uk/festival 

To book a free ‘Turnabout’ primary school or group workshop with Maiden Voyage Dance, email engage@maidenvoyagedance.com

Seamus Heaney HomePlace: Former US Poet Laureate opens ‘In Conversation’ series from Seamus Heaney HomePlace .  Tracy K Smith, United States Poet Laureate (2017-2019), is to open a new virtual ‘in conversation’ programme at Seamus Heaney HomePlace this month (from 22 February) which features Pulitzer Prize winners and three Booker longlisted authors.  Taught by Seamus Heaney at Harvard, the Pulitzer prize-winner and author of four acclaimed collections, will be discussing her work with Daljit Nagra, poet in residence at BBC Radio 4, in the first of six online events.

‘For air and friendly talk’- a series featuring writers in conversation, a title which takes its inspiration from the poem ‘Twice Shy’ where Seamus Heaney recalls a riverside walk with his wife Marie in the early stages of their courtship, will also feature some of Ireland’s foremost novelists, Colum McCann, Donal Ryan and Kevin Barry along with writer Cathy Rentzenbrink and another Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Paul Muldoon.  Leading the discussions will be the journalist and writer John Self, writer Jan Carson, broadcaster John Kelly, Emma Warnock and Paula Shields.

Please note, each individual event will be available for a limited time only and T&Cs apply. Visit: http://seamusheaneyhome.com/ for further information. (Please note this event is not funded through the Arts Council). 

Strand Arts Centre: With its latest temporary closure due to lockdown restrictions, Strand Arts Centre has teamed up with film distributor Dogwoof to begin virtual screenings.  The first film on offer is resonant new documentary MLK/FBI, uncovering the extent of the FBI's surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Based on newly discovered and declassified files, utilizing a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government's history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals.

Featuring interviews with key cultural figures including former FBI Director James Comey and directed by Emmy® Award-winner and Oscar®-nominee Sam Pollard, MLK/FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment.

MLK/FBI is available to view from now at www.strandartscentre.com

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