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What's on in the Arts Image: What's on in the Arts

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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Poetry Day Ireland: takes place this Thursday 27th April and the theme is 'New Directions: Maps and Journeys'. Whether you share a poem, read a poem, or programme your own online event, everyone is invited to join in and celebrate.  Poetry is for everyone and there are lots of events taking place online to choose from. Mark the day in your own way in your own social bubble, or just take 5 minutes to sit and enjoy a poem by yourself.  For a list of online events to enjoy visit

Lyric Theatre: present SIGNED VERSIONS of Splendid Isolation Lockdown Dramas.  Last Summer the Lyric partnered with BBC NI, & BBC Arts, supported by ACNI on a new exciting collaboration – Splendid Isolation: Lockdown Drama – a collection of five minute theatrical pieces exploring life in lockdown.  They recently received funding from the Department for Communities to provide signed versions of the show which are available now.

Filmed on location in accordance with social distancing guidelines over several weeks, the pieces explored the positive and negative aspects of social isolation and lockdown. The project was part of a wider national collaboration between BBC Arts, theatres and Arts Councils in each nation during a challenging time for the creative sector.  Each short film was broadcast on BBC Two Northern Ireland and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer where they are still available to watch until June.

Splendid Isolation went on to be nominated for an award by the Royal Television Society, of which we are all extremely proud.  Watch the signed versions 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.  Visit for details of how to watch

SADIE at the Lyric:  The Lyric Theatre is partnering with the BBC for another exciting initiative – SADIE.  Available to watch now on BBC iPlayer at

Sadie is presented as part of BBC Lights Up; a major festival of UK theatre adapted for TV and radio at a time when theatres throughout the UK are closed. Continuing its Culture in Quarantine initiative – bringing arts and culture into the nation’s homes – BBC Arts has partnered with theatres across the country to produce this unprecedented season of 18 plays for audiences at home.

The international premiere of an unflinching new play from David Ireland centres on a Belfast woman reflecting on her turbulent life amidst the troubled past. Sharp-tongued cleaner, Sadie, develops an intense, dysfunctional yet passionate relationship with a much younger man triggering a psychological showdown with the remnant demons of her past. She confronts these ghosts, calling out their contribution to the path life took her down. Expect challenging scenes through painful and harrowing subjects and shocking consequences.

Directed for stage and screen by Conleth Hill, Sadie is the first production on the main stage of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, for a full year due to Covid-19 lockdown. The cast rehearsed in isolation, following Government guidelines, and features award-winning actress Abigail McGibbon, David Pearse, Patrick Jenkins, Santino Smith and Andrea Irvine. It was filmed for television without an audience, giving viewers at home an exclusive first look at David Ireland’s new work.

Sadie is a Lyric Theatre Production in association with Field Day Theatre Company and is broadcast for BBC Arts’ Lights Up festival as part of Culture in Quarantine.

Please note, this production contains strong language throughout and scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.  Visit

Belfast Book Festival: Crescent Arts Centre is excited to reveal the dates for the Belfast Book Festival 2021! The 11th Festival will be a digital celebration of books and will run from the 10th - 13th June.  For updates on programming visit

Accidental Theatre: presents the following events,

Duke Special Gramophone Club, Friday 30th April 8pm.  This month Duke and Chip will be joined by songwriter and poet FRMR, research associate in the creative industries department at Ulster University Dr Hyojung Sun and singer/actress Camille O' Sullivan!  With a guest line-up like that, and tickets starting from just £7, you'd be mad not to join us. Check out the AT website for more info and tickets:

She Wants to be a What? Saturday 8th May 8pm.  Berni Kerr’s gripping new drama explores the journey of a transgender man from a mother’s perspective. It charts with empathy, incisiveness and dark humour the impact on their friends and family circle, and the support that is available. It also touches on the mental health care system.  Writer Berni Kerr commented, “Understanding of the impact of gender transition on family members is not widely discussed and the importance of support cannot be stressed enough. The mother’s experiences of inpatient psychiatric care are explored as she struggles to be heard by carers who, though they care deeply, simply do not know what to say.  Hopefully this play will open up discussion around these matters.”  More info available at

Stray Friday 14th May 7.30pm.  Join us this May for Stray, a delightfully surreal comedy by Cathal J Ferris about identity and escapism!

Guy is a timid and over cautious character who has just moved to the big city, finding shelter in the local public house from a thunderstorm and takes each of the characters he meets on a new adventure.  We are plunged into a land full of Guy’s greatest stories, some truth most fantasy, as he confronts his fears and finds the courage he didn’t know he possessed.  Full of quirky surrealism, escapism and reflections on identity and mental health, this show is both hilarious and moving in equal measure!  Join in on the 14th of May for a brilliant piece of physical storytelling:

The Bob Dylan Birthday Bash, Monday 24th May on demand.  The Bob Dylan Birthday Bash is coming to Accidental!

May 24th sees the coming together of three of Northern Ireland's finest songwriters, and arguably biggest Bob Dylan fans, to celebrate the 80th Birthday of this legendary artist.  Join Anthony Toner, Ben Glover & Matt McGinn for a one-off live recorded event where they will be reimagining their own personal favourites from the Bob Dylan songbook, sharing stories about the man himself and enjoying whatever spontaneous banter that may materialise between the three long-time friends  Get your tickets now for this on-demand event:



Phil Taggart: ChillDaBeats is the brand new show from NI DJ, Phil Taggart.  Every week he brings you a soft focus selection of the best alternative chill sounds along with the biggest guests picking some brain soothers in the Soul Food Selection.  ChillDaBeats goes live every Sunday.  Listen on Spotify at  This podcast series is supported by emergency funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Department for Communities.

Tommy Sands and Artsawonder:  In this new online film series, legendary musician, Tommy Sands, films, sings, listens and learns from a singing five times world champion drum major Alan McBride, two young women, Jenna Stevenson and Wendy Graham Hanna, who initiate and drive an Arts hub shop, a rhythmic drum weaver  rhythmic drum weaver Damien McKeown and a young woman Bronagh Kelly who lovingly echoes the poetry of her mother.  To watch visit

Panarts: present PANARTS BELFAST SONGWRITERS™ SERIES,8pm & 9pm virtual concerts every Saturday night.  With music venues closed because of Covid, local charity Panarts plan to keep music alive every Saturday night on their website, Facebook and YouTube channel. Starting 8pm Saturday 24th April, a new series of online thirty-minute concerts will feature some of Northern Ireland’s finest songwriters. Almost forty writers have agreed to perform their original songs In Concert, as part of the PANARTS BELFAST SONGWRITERS™ SERIES and the free shows will feature a wide range of musical styles filmed live. You can follow the free series through the website or on Facebook and YouTube at Panarts Belfast Songwriters.

Portico of Ards: presents a series of live concerts this May.  Livestream concerts coming up in the next few weeks feature, a concert from the alternative traditional music performers TRÚ on Sat 8 May and an afternoon piano recital from pianist Ruth McGinley on Sun 16 May. Live streams are available to ticket holders for one week following the live broadcast. For more information visit

Belfast Tradfest: presents Traditional Music Postcards from Belfast.  Follow Belfast TradFest social channels to catch some local legends describe their traditional music journey in Belfast and perform a tune or two that is significant to their journey.  Featuring Harry Bradley, Úna Monaghan, Francis McIlduff, Caoimhe Ní Cathail, Martin & Christine Dowling, Willie Hill, Conor Caldwell and Méabh Meir. Follow This project was made possible with funding from Arts Council NI Organisations Emergency Programme.

Ulster Orchestra: music and concerts to enjoy include:
Mozart’s Jupiter:
  This is a concert packed full of compositional fireworks and innovative creativity, featuring Principal Clarinet Francesco Paolo Scola as soloist.  The programme of music includes:

Respighi Gli Uccelli (The Birds)
Marcello Bonanno in quella parte del libro della mia memoria (‘In that part of the book of my memory’)
Mozart Symphony No.41 Jupiter

Conductor Michael Collins
Clarinet Francesco Paolo Scola
The performance premieres live online on Friday 27th April at 7:30pm and is available for streaming for 30 days after the live event.  Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased at

Siegfried and Schubert: Irish conductor Robert Houlihan leads the Ulster Orchestra in a programme that starts in one of orchestral music’s most personal moments, but which wakes up to finish in bustling Schubertian style! The programme of music includes

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Dobrinka Tabakova Fantasy Homage to Schubert
Schubert Symphony No.3

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased at

Fanfare for Spring! Celebrate Spring with this lovely concert, featuring Orchestra Leader Tamás Kocsis as soloist.  The programme of music include:

Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks
Mozart Concerto No.5 for Violin Turkish
Haydn Symphony No. 85 La Reine

Esteemed Irish Conductor Sinead Hayes makes a welcome return to the Ulster Orchestra for this beautiful programme.  This concert is now available to enjoy online.  Tickets cost £10 and are available at

Northern Ireland Opera: Northern Songs Series 2 returns in May 2021, NI Opera’s short films where they showcase Northern Ireland’s beautiful landscapes and landmarks with songs written and performed by composers and singers from the island of Ireland.  This season’s opera singers are all either winners or finalists at our Glenarm Festival of Voice and we’ll be visiting stunning locations across counties Fermanagh, Armagh and Tyrone, with a few surprises too. Filmed by Causeway Pictures, this series will feature nine films and a behind-the-scenes project too supported by Tourism Ireland.  Find our more at 

In the meantime watch films from Series 1 of Northern Songs at Northern Ireland Opera - YouTube

Scott’s Jazz Club: is back just in time for spring!  ‘Scott's jazz club bites online' if offering a spring themed weekly series.   Scott will be performing spring themed jazz piano pieces to help us throw away the winter blues and lift our spirits with the spring weather.  Tune in at

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 Box: is 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 for watch afterwards and is presented by Ibe Sesay.  All shows can be viewed at:

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Armagh Pipers: the Armagh Pipers marked its 55th anniversary with a concert which 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

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: presents Music Corner, the best of traditional music with great traditional musicians which is streamed live on their Facebook page every Saturday.  Visit

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



Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival:  Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival unveils the first acts for their September festival.  This year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival has moved from its traditional slot in May to 2nd-12th  September and has unveiled a hosts of new artists set to perform across a range of venues.

A Marquee in Writer’s Square will host the remarkable chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan singing the songs of Nick Cave and festival hell-raisers King Kong Company.  Bell X! will perform a special show in St Anne’s Cathedral with Dowry String and the Black Box will host folk legend Luka Bloom and Americana from The Handsome Family.

A full programme of Music, Theatre, Comedy, Theatre, Literature and Film will be announced in the coming weeks and stringent safety measures will be in place for what organisers hope will be one of the first major celebrations of the arts after sustained periods of lockdown.  Visit

Féile an Phobail: Ireland’s biggest community arts festival returns for its 33rd year from 5th-15th August 2021.  Programme details are still in planning but visit for details as they are released and watch the video promo at

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: welcome the coming of the season of Bealtaine and the heralding of the fairy folk with plenty of virtual events and entertainment. They will celebrate the indigenous festival and welcome the season’s growth and fertility with a varied and creative programme including, ‘Submerged in Echoes’ by Emma Berkery, their artist in residence’s new exhibition, music sessions, reading circles, Bealtaine concert with a host of fantastic musicians, thematic activity resources for young people along with youth art tutorials and more.  Visit



Duncairn: presents a FREE FAMILY ZOOM of The University of Wonder and Imagination, a fun, interactive theatre experience, suitable for all the family to enjoy via Zoom! In this unique experience, Cahoots NI broadcast from an extensive purpose-built set where magic and illusion have no boundaries, bringing a fun filled theatre experience directly to you.

Saturday 22nd & 23rd May - Various showtimes available
Age Recommendation: Children age 7+ and their families.  Please register at

Make sure to catch the new Ring of Gullion Sessions on their Facebook page.  The Ring of Gullion Sessions is a showcase of the many wonderful artists, poets, musicians and historians that live in the area surrounding Slieve Gullion in South Armagh.  It was filmed in the beautiful Bluebell Lane Glamping Site. All episodes are available to watch at

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).

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: presents, Re: New Wallace Collection #4, tthrough a window at R-Space Gallery from 17 April - 14 May 2021 and online via R-Space social media channels and their website.

Following the success of the Re: New Wallace Collection exhibitions since 2018, R-Space will deliver the fourth in a series of collaborative cultural projects involving a Northern Irish artist/maker and the Wallace Collection in London, thus celebrating his historical/cultural connection with Co. Antrim and Lisburn in particular. Re: New Wallace #4 will link the Wallace Collection with the historical past of the Hertford family and their strong links with Lisburn where Sir Richard Wallace was the local MP, benefactor and land-owner.

R-Space’s selected artist this year is Matthew Wilson, an artist living and working in Northern Ireland. A recent graduate of Belfast School of Art, he has previously been included in exhibitions such as the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2018, London and the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition 2019, Belfast. In 2019, he was granted a scholarship to attend the New York Academy of Art Summer Residency. He has worked on a number of commissioned projects, both with institutions such as Ulster University and Queens University and within the local community.  For more details visit

aemi online: is an ongoing virtual exhibition space for new and existing moving image work by Irish and Ireland-based artists.   Each work showcases on the platform will screen for a fixed duration and will be accompanied by a commissioned introductory text that will remain accessible after the film has drawn to a close.  Previous exhibitions and upcoming works will be listed at

CCA: presents, URGENCIES (2021), opens offsite across Derry~Londonderry and online.

It is the second iteration of CCA Derry~Londonderry’s biennial group exhibition. The artwork selected for the exhibition comes from an open call that seeks to take the temperature of what emerging artists working today with a connection to our region consider to be urgent.

Two key themes of identity and environment thread throughout the off-site exhibition as well as many other topics encompassing both deeply personal experiences and global political events. The artists explore questions of care and labour (Siobhán Kelly), mental health (Brian Farrell, Lucie McLaughlin), borders, technology and nature (Bryony Dunne, Christopher Steenson), home and self-expression (Kathryn Graham, Michael Hanna, Patrick Hickey), pollution and the effects of global crises (Martin Boyle, Edy Fung) and the role of the artist and communication (Frank Wasser).

URGENCIES (2021) was selected by artist Locky Morris and CCA Director Catherine Hemelryk and features new and recent work ranging in media from print, film, photography, sound, painting, manifestations online and in daily life.

URGENCIES (2021) would usually be held within CCA’s galleries at 10–12 Artillery Street, however due to the ongoing pandemic, the project is taking place offsite and online. Artworks are visible across our city through the windows of landmark buildings, commercial spaces, homes and arts organisations also currently closed to the public.  Visit the interactive map for locations here URGENCIES (2021) - Google My Maps

Available online now is: Tricks of the Trade by Jan McCullough.  Explore the gallery space and read Instructions on the Assembly of Workspace, a publication made in collaboration with writer, Wendy Erskine.  To see the show visit

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: present an online art exhibition, Submerged in Echoes, by 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: Void has launched its online viewing rooms - bringing their exhibitions programme to your screen so that you can enjoy the artworks they present despite COVID-19 restrictions or your own location. Follow the link to have a look around our current exhibition and see a selection of works from each artist.  Find the link here

Void’s Guardians of Time Lost Film Screenings: to coincide with Before the Cypress Broke exhibition, Jowe Harfouche has selected 4 films that will be available over the course of the exhibition. 

The next two films that will be screened on Void's website are Birds of September (2013), Sarah Francis on the 8th of May and A Feeling Greater Than Love (2017), Mary Jirmanus Saba on the 22nd of May. Both screenings are free but booking is essential in order to receive the private viewing link - book via the links below. A link will be sent 30 minutes prior to the screening of the films.  Book on the links below.

Birds of September (2013)

A Feeling Greater Than Love (2017)

Art Packs – 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.

Their next art pack takes inspiration from David Beattie’s Offsites project Slowtime. In your Expand the Image pack, you will receive 2 photographs taken by the River Foyle along with an instruction leaflet that will give a little guidance in how to approach the activity. Adults and kids alike can enjoy it! To order yours, please email

ArtisAnn: presents an online exhibition, Creative Undoing, by Carol Graham RUA from Wed 31st March to Sat 1st May.  Carol Graham is a well-established and critically acclaimed artist whose work is held in many important collections. This includes the permanent collections of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Museum.  Her work is also held in private collections, public institutions, businesses and galleries across the UK, Ireland, USA, South Africa and Australia.

Stemming from her work with art therapy groups, this new development in Carol’s work derives from collages using photocopied fragments that are then ‘filled in’ using acrylic, oil, and other mixed media. Over time, the space between the fragmented photographed assumed a greater importance and became the focal point of these exciting new works. 

All artworks are available to buy, and can be delivered free of charge.  You can also buy art from this exhibition through the Arts Council supported, Own Art scheme, which gives you an interest-free loan over 10 months (and you still get to take the art home immediately the exhibition ends).  Visit

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

Craft NI: Visit for updates.

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:


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.  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


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