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What’s on in the Arts online!

Wednesday 6th May 2020 at 12pm 0 Comments

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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.

#GetCreativeAtHome with the BBC Lockdown Orchestra
#GetCreativeAtHome has online creative activities available for everyone to find a way to get creative while staying home.  There are over 280 creative activities to offer creative inspiration to people of all ages. You can also join the BBC Lockdown Orchestra in a virtual performance of ‘You Got The Love’.  These free (or low-cost) activities cover almost every art form you can think of and most can be done without specialist equipment.  For info on all activities visit and

Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre in Enniskillen, has a free programme of movement activities especially designed for older people as part of their Arts & Older People funding from the Arts Council. The movement sessions are available for everyone at

Verbal Arts Centre in Derry-Londonderry has launched WellRead, a free website aimed at supporting parents of children aged 8- 11 years to nurture a child’s emotional health and wellbeing through storytelling.  The WellRead website features a collection of carefully curated, new and classic, short stories by authors from all over the world.  Accompanied by a series of questions using state-of-the-art chatbot technology parents, are guided through the story to help them spark a conversation with their child.  WellRead is designed to help parents talk to their child about emotional wellbeing and for   a child to learn more about their own feelings as well as the feelings of those around them. It also allows them to explore new ways of solving problems and coping with stress.  To get started with WellRead visit

Belfast Photo Festival has been running a series of week-long Instagram Residencies with inspiring photographers.  The following residencies are available now or coming up soon at   Patrick Morarescu (4th - 10th May 2020) and Madeleine Morlet (11th - 17th May 2020).

Belfast Exposed invite people to get involved in their 'Well-being Through Photography' Staff Engagement Programme.  They have designed packages to work with businesses to support staff working from home. These are challenging times with Northern Ireland experiencing a different type of trauma that is anticipated to have lasting impacts, therefore, anything we can do to support employee’s mental health and well-being through fun and creative activities is a positive action.  If you would like to get involved email

The Lyric Theatre’s commissioned artists are back with episode 2 of New Speak Re-Imagined. This week's episode features brand new music from Katie Richardson and another new dance piece from Ajendance's Zara Janahi. You can also catch up with the hilarious happenings of fly-on-the-wall mockumentary The Great British Lockdown by Amadan Ensemble, isolation info-tainment from Real Talk by Dominic Montague and more cultural musings from Lata Sharma's Sausage Sodas & Onion Bahjees.  Episode 2 is available to watch now the Lyric's YouTube channel. Make sure you subscribe to enjoy invigorating new work from local artists -   New Speak: Re-imagined is available to view for free from 24th April – 22nd May. Due to the nature of the material, the production age recommendation is 14+ 

Little Red Riding Hood & the Big Bad Wolf (Online) - Fri 22 May  The Lyric Theatre have been busy rummaging through their archives for some old favourite shows and they're excited to announce another full production screening for you to enjoy with all the family, for one week only!  The stage is set, the moon is full and and the story of Little Red Riding Hood & the Big Bad Wolf is about to get interesting! Available to watch for free from 22 - 29 May on the Lyric Theatre YouTube channel:  

Rainbow Factory is bringing colour and life into the lives of young people with an ingenious interactive website!  During the current crisis the team at Rainbow are acutely aware of the need to stay connected with young people, support them in their isolation and their anxieties.  With this in mind the Arts Team has been working extremely hard to design and develop a Virtual Rainbow Factory, so that hundreds of young people can continue their beloved performing arts training and ignite old and new friendships.  Safeguarding is of the utmost importance, therefore much of the site is password protected.  You can access via: and CLICK the link to Virtual Rainbow Factory. For more information simply email: and to receive your special password.

ArtisAnn art gallery has a new online exhibition which you can enjoy at home.  The show features art by well known and loved artists, such as Brian Ballard and Neil Shawcross, alongside young exciting talents such as Trina Hobson and Charlie Scott.  These 15 large paintings are bold statement works bringing the big wide world into our homes.  The entire exhibition features works by Keith Ayton, Brian Ballard, Lisa Ballard, Carol Graham, Ciarán Harper, Trina Hobson, Susan McKeever, Charlie Scott, Neil Shawcross and Anka Sikora.  Visit to view.

Say A Great Big Hello Campaign is Arts Care’s latest campaign which asks children and young people at home, throughout our communities, to create an art work, take a photo or write a poem to send a Big Hello message to children and young people in hospitals, cancer care services, looked after children, children with complex ceeds and those children and young People in mental health units at this time.  Email to be part of the online exhibition!

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


Golden Thread Gallery (GTG) is offering reading groups, free family art activity sheets, Q &As with curators and online exhibitions plus more.  For further visit

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.  Visit  

Void Gallery’s weekly exhibition tours and arts activities can be found at

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


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.  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.

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! Visit


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