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Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 9am 0 Comments Community Arts , Craft , Dance , Drama , Literature , Northern Ireland Music , Visual Arts

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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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Walled City Music Festival: The Walled City Music Festival returns this month (25 – 28 March) with a stunning line-up of world-class musicians and ensembles from across the world. The North West’s premier classical music festival was lucky enough to hold a live event last year (early March 2020), one of the last live events in the city before the first lockdown, and has made the decision to continue its mission of bringing outstanding classical music-making to the heart of cultural life in Derry this year, in a new virtual format.

Audiences will be treated to recitals and concerts from guest artists including world-renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas, contemporary jazz p(f)unk band Miyamoto is Black Enough, Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, revered cellist Li-Wei Qin and virtuosic sibling duo Kirill and Alexandra Troussov (violin, piano).

Co-Artistic Directors Cathal Breslin (Derry) and Sabrina Hu (Texas) will feature in a stunning collaboration of music and dance with the Arizona State University Dance Faculty. This visual spectacle will feature an eclectic mix of modern, hip hop and salsa dancing set to traditional Irish music performed and recorded in Cultúrlann (Derry) and music from five Irish composers; Linda Buckley, Greg Caffrey, Donnacha Dennehy, Jonathan Nangle and Christopher Norby.

Additionally, the festival will present a series of podcasts featuring interviews with guest speakers, zoom workshops for aspiring composers, and a short highlights series from the hugely successful 2020 Walled City Music International Piano Competition. 

All events will be presented on the festival’s website (, Facebook page and YouTube channel and are free of charge to enjoy from the comfort of your own home and in your own time.  For more information visit the brand-new, revamped

Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics: 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. 

Upcoming events include:

24 March
Jo Hunter, 64 Million Artists – Everyday Creativity: Creating cultures of creativity across communities

25 March
Building Creative Communities: A practical workshop exploring citizen-led culture and co-creation for positive social change with Chris Robb, 64 Million Artists

28 March
Cultural Democracy, Community Development and the Old/New Normal with Stephen Pritchard

To view the full programme visit

Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival: presented a series concerts online this year in response to the pandemic restrictions.  You can watch the concert series which features Brian, Kennedy, Owen Denvir, Robb Murphy, Mundy and Benita Hill on the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival YouTube

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



Moving On Music: presents the following events this week,

Thurs 25th March, 4pm
A free online session via zoom led by Musician and Wellness Coach Dr Xenia Pestova Bennett for musicians of all levels, focusing on breathing techniques, and the how the ways in which we breath can impact on performance anxiety, posture, concentration and general health. For full information and to book:

Thurs 25th March, 8pm
Ruth McGinley in concert at Strule Arts Centre Omagh. Ruth will perform a programme featuring works by Satie, Arvo Part, Chick Corea and folk song arrangements by Neil Martin. Available to watch for free on the Strule Arts Centre facebook page:

Friday 26th March – Brilliant Corners; a festival of jazz in Belfast
Hello and welcome to the ninth edition of Brilliant Corners - a festival of Jazz in Belfast!
It’s been a weird one for obvious reasons, and to be honest we struggled to get excited about an online festival…but then the videos started coming in…
Filmed in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Dublin, Maghera and Belfast, we are absolutely blown away by the creativity and effort that has gone into each recording. Thank you everybody involved!

Featuring Lakecia Benjamin’s ‘Music of the Coltranes’, Witch n Monk, Jaimie Branch, Alexander Hawkins Solo, Leïla Martial’s ‘Baa Box’, Benjamin Herman Trio with Oscar Jan Hoogland, ReDiviDeR, Yurodny, Jack Kelly/Joseph Leighton/James Anderson, Scott Flanigan/Meilana Gillard/Dave Redmond, and music intros by Alpha Chrome Yayo.

£10 gets you access to all 10 concerts exclusively on Vimeo, to watch whenever you like. Hope you enjoy! Book here ->

Ulster Youth Orchestra: released a lockdown recording of Brian Boru’s March to mark St Patrick's Day.  The recording features 71 of Northern Ireland's most talented young musicians! To watch the recording visit

UTV Life Music Special: On 30th March at 8pm, UTV Life will present a music special showcasing a range of talent from Northern Ireland including:

Gareth Dunlop - singer songwriter
Roe - Roisin Donald - singer songwriter from Derry / Londonderry  and BBC/Arts Council Young Musicans’ Platform Awardee
Dea Matrona - Belfast rock trio
Dom Martin - singer songwriter from Belfast
Lisa McHugh - Irish pop and country singer
Jordan Adetunji - Hip Hop rapper from Belfast
Sasha Samara (winner of the last NI Music Awards) - singer songwriter
Ronnie Greer - veteran blues and jazz guitarist
Minnows - indie - rock band

Visit for details or to watch back if you miss the broadcast on UTV. 

Armagh Pipers: the Armagh Pipers marked its 55th anniversary with a concert at 12noon on Saint Patrick’s Day, 17th March and the concert remains on their website to view for a few weeks to view and enjoy.  Performers include their pupils, teachers and parents who have videoed solo and group performances of music, song and dance.   This will be a very much cross-generational concert with performers of all ages from the youngest at six years of age up to the oldest at 81 years of age! Visit

All Points North: is a new series of online music videos promoting local, emerging and established musical talent against the backdrop of venues of historical and cultural significance across Belfast City.  All Points: North is an artist-led collaborative project managed by BEAMA (Belfast Electronic Arts & Music Academy). The team is made up of digital artists and creative arts managers from Northern Ireland; featuring singer songwriter Anthony Toner; electronic producer, DJ and label owner Timmy Stewart and creative arts director John Walls, joined by videographers including Ross McClean and Paul McParland. 

For further details visit :,,,

Outside The Boxis a new arts and music magazine show which showcases talent from Northern Ireland to the world. It premieres on YouTube at 7pm every Thursday where it remains to be viewed afterwards and is presented by Ibe Sesay.  Past and upcoming shows can be viewed at:

Programme 4:  - available from 7pm on 25.3.2021

Programme 3:

Programme 2:

Programme 1:

Live programme from New York’s The Dead Rabbit on St Patrick’s Day

Sean-Nós na Fearsaide: you can watch all three concerts back at

Oíche Airneáil:

Live Concert:

Enda Reilly and Clann Mhic Corraidh:  Cumann Cultúrtha Mhic Reachtain | Facebook

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

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

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: Watch Northern Ireland Opera’s trailer for 'Creating the Anthem' about the collaborative project they’ve been working on to highlight the #WhiteRibbonCampaign to end male violence against women, with Women's Aid-ABCLN and the Ulster Orchestra. 

This short trailer features interviews with Ruth and Jolene O’Hara and Northern Ireland Opera’s General Manager, Cliona Donnelly, talking about the project and the White Ribbon Charter. Co-written by Ruth McGinley and Duke Special and drawing on the experiences of women who've experienced domestic abuse, 'White Ribbon' is performed in this film by Jolene O’Hara and Ruth McGinley.  You will be able to download the fuller version of 'White Ribbon' performed by Jolene, Ruth the Ulster Orchestra and Northern Ireland Opera’s Associate Artists from 9th April with proceeds going to Women’s Aid-ABCLN.  To view the film trailer visit:

Northern Ireland Opera: presents, 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

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 at a cost of £10 plus package and postage.



Beat Carnival: has released a new video documentary, Beat Carnival Creating St Patrick’s Day Parade which takes a look behind the scenes at Beat Carnival Centre, community workshops and some of the past Parade events.  It will be featured on the Home page of their new website and is on the Beat Carnival Youtube channel

Open Arts: presents ZoomFest! 17 workshops between 22nd March and 1st April! Everything from yoga to visual arts!  Workshops are FREE for anyone over 18, who has a disability and is not currently engaged in Open Arts core weekly programme!  Event details can be found on the Facebook event page: Or the programme, in either PDF or plain text version, is available to download from:  Visit to register for all workshops.

Beyond Skin: is asking women to get involved in the Peace In Mind: 100 Project, a one-of-a-kind project in Northern Ireland, focused on sharing the stories from 100 women.  The plan for this project is to create 100 pages, with 100 pieces of art from 100 women. This artwork will then be bound into a beautiful book, hand crafted with sustainable & ethical materials by Wilhelmina Peace.  This book will travel, and a temporary digital version will be made available online.  This book will then be placed in a time capsule to be opened in, you guessed it...100 years! To sign up visit

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 ( 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

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 (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

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 and for further details on all of the above and more.

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

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 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

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



R-Space: in Lisburn presents an online exhibition, The Life of Objects, by Lucy Turner, from 6th March until 2 April 2021.  To view visit

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: present an online art exhibition, Submerged in Echoes, by Emma Berkery from 1st April 2021.  Submerged in Echoes is a new virtual exhibition by artist Emma Berkery. Associate artist with Cultúrlann for the last number of years, Emma presents an exhibition of new work developed and created in An Chultúrlann itself. Emersed within the life and language of the building, the artist produced works in a variety of media reflecting her experiences during this time. Works include abstract paintings, and text based screen prints. Challenging both artist and viewer, many of the paintings are produced with a limited palette and suggest both physical and psychological spaces.  Visit

VOID: Join artist facilitator Sinead Crumlish to make an ornament out of balloons and papier-mâché in celebration of Easter.

Bunny Bag Workshop
With Sinead Crumlish
Saturday 27th March, 11am

Artist facilitator Sinead Crumlish will guide you through creating your own Easter egg hunt bag.

Once uploaded, all the workshops are available for free on their website at, social media @derryvoid on Facebook and Instagram IGTV, as well as their Vimeo channel @derryvoid. You can go back and forth to view them as many times as you’d like.

Art Packs
Make your own pencil case!
Available while stocks last

Void’s art packs have been overwhelmingly popular and they are delighted to announce the latest activity - create your own pencil case! As usual, it is first come first serve so email now to reserve your pack.  * Suitable for ages 8+.

Void Offsites
Slowtime - David Beattie

Void Offsites continues with a new project Slowtime by artist David Beattie, generously funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They are inviting the community to get involved by recording audio in and around the River Foyle. Why not grab the kids and your smartphone, take a wander around the Foyle, recording the sounds you hear along your way and send them in to them?

You can send your recordings to For more information visit the website where you can find a Zoom recording of the first workshop which went ahead on Saturday 6th March.

Void Youth Programme
Void held the first two sessions for Void's new Youth Programme online recently and were delighted to hear what you want from it. There is still time to get involved so if you are aged between 14-20, email Zoe on

Belfast Exposed: working with Translink, local Belfast Photographic Gallery, Belfast Exposed will this week launch a competition to capture the 'Natural Connections’' which have sustained, surrounded, supported and encouraged people and communities since 23 March 2020, the first day of lockdown last year.  The competition will run from 1 March – 22 April (Earth Day) and can be entered online.

To get involved in the photographic competition, participants can send images taken since 23 March 2020 until Earth Day on 22 April 2021, capturing ‘Natural Connections’ using the hashtag #NaturalConnections2021 on social media.  Entries can also be emailed to

ArtisAnn: Visit

Catalyst Arts: for more details of upcoming talks and events. 

Craft NI: Visit for updates.

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 for updates.

The MAC also presents, 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

Golden Thread Gallery: is offering a series of fun workshops online which can be accessed at

Belfast Print Workshop: present a series of workshops as part of Belfast Learning City's Festival of Learning.  In 2020 Belfast City's Festival of Learning did not go ahead as planned, and instead took the form of an online festival. Five Belfast Print Workshop artists, Danielle, Helen, Josephine, Jonathan and Coby have been hard at work and prepared online workshops for you to try at home.

They have posted these projects on our social media channels during January and March 2021, and they remain available for you whenever you feel the urge to print at home! Some equipment or materials may be necessary for part of the work demonstrated, we've included that information whenever possible.  Check out the projects below:

Let's explore colour and shapes to make decorative papers. Danielle Morgan demonstrates basic printmaking techniques using a soft rubber block and tub of funky foam to make bespoke stamps.
This video explores:
• Tinting paper
• Carve a rubber stamp
• Make a stamp with funky foam shapes
• Printing with a gelli plate and stencils

A fun easy project which can be enjoyed with young children. There's no age restriction on creativity, but supervision may be required for using a carving tool.

This “how to” tutorial by Helen Lavery tutorial will take a beginner about 30 minutes to complete. Once practiced, a book can be completed in 5 - 10 minutes, plus drying time.

Today, the Turkish fold can commonly be found to store traditionally large maps for convenience. This folding technique has since become popular with artists, creating an interesting collapsing structure that unfurls pages at surprising angles, resulting in an interesting variation on the classic concertina.

Enjoy creating these out of finished artworks to give a new lease of life, or create with blank pages for future use. Once you have the basics, there are so many variations that can be discovered, adding a wealth of playtime and creativity.

These small books will delight at any age, and can be used for a variety of journaling and notebook purposes and as gifts.

Join Artist and Printmaker Josephine McCormick at Belfast Print Workshop, as she demonstrates some enjoyable and creative printmaking techniques that you can undertake at home with some equipment bought in advance. The video covers drypoint, collograph, and monoprinting with cut stencils (you can make monoprints without a home press). This video is suitable for the complete beginner 15+ or someone that would like to expand their printmaking skills.

You don't need a print press or ink to make a print at home! With this photographed workshop by artist Coby Moore learn how to print at home using acrylic paints or watercolour and materials you have in the house. Use a CD, card, or cartridge paper to make great prints. This workshop is suitable for adults or for kids, with help of an adult. People who have visual impairments might also give this a try using textured objects like a CD or a flat stone.

This workshop, by Jonathan Brennan, looks at the cyanotype process, also called blueprints or sun prints, a process almost as old as photography itself. Choose your level of difficulty: printing with paper and A & B solutions is easy and suitable for all ages, all you need is daylight and tap water. If you choose to create the solutions from chemicals, the level of difficulty rises. A sunny day is best, but even overcast days can produce images. Let yourself experiment and have fun!

For full details visit 

Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre: launches new virtual arpillera exhibition on Children’s Rights
Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre is hosting a powerful new virtual exhibition until 30th May charting global progress on the journey to realising children’s rights.  ‘Arpillera Voices for #ChildrensRights’ is a collaboration between Conflict Textiles, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre and Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc and builds on previous collaborations over the past 10 years.

Through the medium of brightly colored patchwork pictures known as arpilleras, the exhibition highlights the path to recognising children’s rights, particularly relating to family life, play, education, health and protection from violence.  Asking the vital question, ‘How can we embrace a culture of children's rights?’, the two phase exhibition opened at Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc in Badalona, Spain on November 10th 2020, marking the 30th anniversary of the UN General Assembly adoption of both the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Rights of the child.  The second phase sees the exhibition moving to Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre to coincide with spring, which traditionally heralds the return of outdoor play for children.

The exhibition will also inspire the creativity of primary pupils thanks to a partnership with Balnamore Primary School and teacher Catherine Martin. This project focusing on the right of children to play will start on April 19th and will culminate in a virtual exhibition of the artwork created by the pupils.  The Arpillera Voices for #Childrens Rights exhibition will run online at It’s also part of the live archive of Conflict Textiles where it will be available to view at



Prime Cut Productions & The MAC: present, Father The Father, by Gilly Campbell, online from 8-17 April.  It is 1973 and Daughter is born to an unwed single mother from Downpatrick but who was her father? 45 years later she begins the journey to find out and discovers that the Derry man is not at all what she expected.  'Father the Father' was born out of Gilly Campbell's need for catharsis in documenting her thoughts, feelings and questions surrounding the search and discovery of her father after 45 years of not knowing who he was, never mind meeting him.

At once sad and hopeful, this is just one story from the dark ages of secrecy that surrounded "illegitimate" children in Ireland. Giving a voice to those who are its legacy, this is a deeply personal tale of one woman's relationship to her father and the questions she has always wanted to ask him. Not an ode, but rather a woman taking ownership of the past, her identity and ultimately, her father.

Abigail McGibbon (Sadie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Everything Between Us (Irish Times Best Supporting Actress)) stars in this one-woman play brought to you by the award-winning Prime Cut Productions (Removed, Red, Scorch) and the MAC. Watch the digital world premiere online at 8pm on Thursday 8 April and on-demand until 11:59pm on Saturday 17 April.  Tickets start at £8 and are available from

The Strand Arts Centre: presents

‘Lovers Rock’ plus discussion – Thursday 25th March, 8pm
As part of the Imagine Belfast festival, watch a screening of Sir Steve McQueen’s Small Axe film ‘Lovers Rock’ plus a discussion after the film with Lori Gatsi-Barnett (JoinHer Network), Johanna Leech (Strand Arts Centre), Esther Andare (Golden Thread Gallery) and a special guest.

In 2020 McQueen released Small Axe, a collection of five films documenting stories of hard-won victories in the face of racism and love letters to black resilience and triumph in London’s West Indian community 1960-1980s. The title references a proverb – “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe” – that was popularised by Bob Marley in his 1973 song “Small Axe”.  Visit

Stories that Shaped the Strand – Sunday 28th March, 2pm
This special ‘tour’ for Imagine Belfast will uncover and reimagine not just the physical spaces but the ideas, stories, memories and people that have shaped the Strand Arts Centre (formerly the Strand Cinema) over the years.

The tour will draw upon voices recorded as part of the ‘Strand Stories’ project to date, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and uncover the social and cultural significance of the Strand since its origin as a local ‘picture house’ in 1930s Belfast.  Visit

Waterways Storymaking Festival: Don’t miss this year’s Waterways Storymaking Festival Event, coming to you online for the first time. The event celebrates the superb entries from the 2020/21 Festival, with the winners announced during the event. Shortlisted poems and prose entries will be performed and the top photographic entrants will be sharing their inspirational waterways images.

The host for the event is John Daly. With a long career as a presenter and producer in tv and radio of shows such as "The Voice of Ireland", we are delighted John is able to act as our host.

Liam Hanaway, Arts Council Chairman, representing our major supporter this year, will make some opening remarks to officially launch the event.

He will be followed by a photomontage of the shortlisted photos and the announcment of the photography prizewinners by Jude Rankin

There will also be music from local songstress Ciara O'Neill.

Well known and loved for his programmes collecting and telling local stories, including "Lesser Spotted Ulster", Joe Mahon, will be announcing and congratulating the prizewinners in the prose category and in the final section of the event, the poetry shortlist will be announced by Olive Broderick, local poet and author of the recent 'Night Divers' anthology.

Don't miss it, register at

Lyric Theatre and Irish Arts Center New York: present, In the Pause Between Now and Next, a filmed monologue written by Jan Carson and presented in partnership with the Irish Arts Center, New York as part of their Grásta initiative. Directed by Rhiann Jeffrey, performed by Nicky Harley, and filmed and edited by Ross McClean.  Premiering April 6. Tickets can be registered for free through the Irish Arts Center at

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich Poetry Competion 2021: The winners of the Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich poetry competition will be announced on Wednesday 24th March at 7pm across their social media platforms.  The Cultúrlann’s staff and the organisers of this year’s competition were delighted to receive so many brilliant entries. This is the second year of the poetry competition and in contrast to last year, there will be no prize-giving night in the Cultúrlann itself because of Covid-19 restrictions. The winners however will still be celebrated on Wednesday night.  Visit


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