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What’s On in the Arts Online

Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 2pm 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!

To be included in the What’s On guide please email with details of your activity and include one photo.

Poetry Day Ireland: this year’s Poetry Day Ireland will take place on Thursday 30 April. While events this year may have been cancelled, Poetry Ireland are asking people to mark the day by reading a poem and sharing their favourites.  Don’t forget to share details and photos using the hashtag #PoetryDayIRL

To mark the day, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has been working with poet, Maria McManus, creator of the Poetry Jukebox, to invite poets to read and share one of their own poems based on this year’s theme of There Will Be Time.  To hear the poets reading their works visit  

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. There’s lots more to come - Paul Howard, Myra Zepf and a special message from UK Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell. Cressida was due to visit Northern Ireland this month and so BookTrust is very excited that she has recorded her top creative writing tips for pupils to try out at home.  Visit

Get your favourite pair of PJs ready for BookTrust’s, Pyjamarama, taking place this Friday 1 May. Check out the exciting schedule and plan a day of fun for you and your family featuring an array of favourite children’s authors and illustrators, including Cressida Cowell, Chris Riddell and Ed Vere, for digital readings, drawing lessons and much more. Visit for all the details!

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: In celebration of the Celtic Bealtaine festival, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich will be streaming a live concert on Friday 1st May at 8:30pm featuring musicians from all over Ireland.  Visit

Big Telly proudly present Operation Elsewhere 2-4 May: Big Telly will present a live virtual visit to mythical Ireland, where faeries and changelings are amongst us. The time is now for a secret mission to ... Elsewhere.  Operation Elsewhere is a one hour live show packed with adventure, comedy and craic for the whole family to enjoy together.  Tickets are on sale now from Creation Theatre at

Golden Thread Gallery (GTG) are offering the following online:

New Visual Arts Reading Group, Mondays 10.30 am to 11.30 am.  Each week listen to different visual arts texts read by Brian McAvera, celebrated playwright, art historian, critic and curator.  Email marking it ‘Visual Arts Reading Round’ to sign-up. Places are limited!

Free Family Art Activity Sheets From GTG - you'll find all the activity sheets on the GTG News webpage 

GTG Curators Q&A - Over the next few weeks the GTG curatorial team, Director Peter Richards and Exhibitions Officer Mary Stevens, will be answering questions and discussing the processes involved in exhibition making in the Gallery.  Visit 

Explore GTG current exhibitions, Dissolving Histories, and More Bad News online at

For further details on the above and more visit

Belfast Exposed: is encouraging people to take part in their 'Home Life' Project.  They invite you to join them in sharing your photographs documenting your life at home during isolation. They are sharing their favourites every day, and hope to produce an exhibition in their gallery later in the year to showcase the project.  If you would like to get involved, you can share your photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag - #BXHomeLife Or, you can email your photographs directly to them at

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!  You can also watch back and join in!  Visit

#GetCreativeAtHome has online creative activities available for everyone to find a way to get creative while staying home.  There are over 200 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. Delve into the listings and find something to spark your creativity!  BBC Arts is also supporting #GetCreativeAtHome with a range of online content and broadcast programming. A new series of online masterclasses has been launched - with the first two episodes featuring Sir Antony Gormley and Clare Twomey now live on the Get Creative Facebook page   For info on all activities visit

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


The Belfast Photo Festival has launched a series of Instagram takeover residencies with photographers.  Follow Belfast Photo Festival on Instagram to view each week-long residency.  This week it’s Joel Jimenez (27th April - 3rd May 2020), visit 

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

Void Gallery’s weekly exhibition tours and arts activities

Belfast Exposed Photographic Gallery daily activities can be found at


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 on the orchestra’s Facebook page Visit their Instagram page for a series of pop-up performances

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

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.

The Journal of Music hosts a weekly Digital Concert Planner here


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


The Lyric Theatre the first in a new four-part series, New Speak Re-Imagined.  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.  New Speak: Re-imagined is available to view for free from 24th April – 22nd May.  Visit


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

Verbal Arts Centre’s, My Well Read

Learn to draw and access free online books with BookTrust

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

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 Also visit 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 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.

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.


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