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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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FILM, LITERATURE, DANCE & DRAMA

Bruiser Theatre Company: presents an online theatre production of Mojo Mickybo by Owen McCafferty

24th - 26th June 2021 at 7pm each evening online
Tickets available via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mojo-mickybo-tickets-154078132843

Mojo Mickybo shows the friendship between two boys growing up in Belfast – a friendship that at first is immune to the sectarian violence taking place around them, but which nonetheless is ultimately destroyed by it.

Mojo and his mate Mickybo are two nine-year-old boys from opposing sides of the sectarian divide. They are 'thick as two small thieves', playing headers, being mouthy, building huts, spitting from cinema balconies and re-enacting their favourite movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They are young cowboys in the making, with the violence of The Troubles only obliquely impacting on them – until finally their friendship is destroyed in a way that they only later come to understand.

This is pure, undiluted storytelling in Bruiser’s trademark dynamic physical style. Fast-paced, darkly funny and action-packed.

Despite venues remaining closed due to the ongoing pandemic, Bruiser is keeping theatre alive and accessible by releasing the production online.
Tickets are available now via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mojo-mickybo-tickets-154078132843 

The Bruiser Arts Academy
Professional Development for Young People in the Arts

Taking place this July, Bruiser’s Arts Academy is an essential part of the training provision available to young actors in Northern Ireland. Participants will experience visually exciting, rhythmic, choral and choreographic elements for which Bruiser is renowned, culminating in professional performances throughout the Summer.

START and Summer Schools

Age: 14 -21 years
Venue: Queen's University, Belfast
Dates: 5th - 15th July 2021

These courses are designed to inspire and challenge young actors, providing them with the building blocks required to further pursue their acting ambitions. The Bruiser team will be joined by a range of industry professionals to coach and guide participants, holding them to a high standard of practice and providing essential experience and insight into the working world.

The Graduate Academy

Age: 18+ years 
Venue: Queen's University, Belfast
Dates: 19th - 31st July 2021

Continuing our commitment to nurturing homegrown talent, The Graduate Academy seeks advanced students, with a real passion to make acting their career. Bruiser will create a bespoke and stimulating experience as each participant will receive tailored coaching to help them reach their full potential. Bruiser fosters a robust and supportive network of industry professionals to immerse our actors into this competitive field. The Graduate digital showcase will be for an audience of directors, casting agents and acting agencies, with the hope that the students will find an agent or gain employment from this event.

Lyric Theatre: presents,

AN EVENING WITH AN IMMIGRANT, written and performed by Inua Ellams, 15th – 19th June 2021.  Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England in 1996 aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London and starting work as a writer and graphic designer.

Part of this story was documented in his autobiographical Fringe First Award-winning play The 14th Tale, but much of it is untold. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua tells his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.

As part of the act of sharing stories and experiences of migration and global human movement across borders, An Evening with an Immigrant will coincide with Refugee Week 2021.  Age recommendation: 14+.  For tickets book at www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

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 Splendid Isolation: Lockdown Dramas - Lyric Theatre

SADIE at the Lyric: available to watch now on BBC iPlayer at BBC iPlayer - Lights Up - Sadie

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

Belfast Book Festival: makes a welcome return from 10 - 13 June with an online programme of live events for book lovers, covering everything from love and politics to Cinderella as a zombie!

Presented by the Crescent Arts Centre, highlights of the festival include Annie Macmanus (BBC Radio 1) unveiling her debut novel ‘Mother, Mother’ which is set in Belfast; Ian McElhinney (‘Derry Girls’) and literary biographer Roy Foster exploring the work of Seamus Heaney; Glenn Patterson (‘The Northern Bank Job’) in conversation with author Conor O’Callaghan; Colm Tóibín (‘Brooklyn’), reading from ‘Queer Love: An Anthology of Irish Fiction’ and a special recorded performance from the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics, Lemn Sissay. 

For up and coming writers and poets, there will be discussions with industry professionals from the worlds of poetry, prose and publishing about how to get your work seen and heard, and the lucky winners of the Mairtín Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story 2021 will also be announced.

Multi-award winning author and Belfast Book Festival patron Lucy Caldwell returns with short stories of love, loss and exile in her new collection, ‘Intimacies’, in the company of fellow author Louise Kennedy (‘The End of the World is a Cul de Sac’) and actor and journalist Mira Sethi (‘Are You Enjoying’). 

In Northern Ireland’s centenary year and in a turbulent time for unionism, two of our most respected political journalists - Susan McKay and Amanda Ferguson - come together to discuss Susan’s new book, ‘Northern Protestants: On Shifting Ground’.  Featuring over 100 new interviews with people including Toni Ogle, Dawn Purvis and Sammy Wilson, the book covers a range of social justice issues and campaigns, particularly the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

There are events for younger audiences too, with children’s author and poet Joseph Coelho reading from his deliciously creepy take on Cinderella - ‘Zombierella’ - while the team from Young Adult literary journal ‘Paper Lanterns’ will discuss ‘Writing the Teen Voice’.

For all of this plus much more, view the full Belfast Book Festival programme details and book tickets - priced either £3 or free at www.belfastbookfestival.com

Kabosh: Previously untold stories of women as a tool of war are the subject of ‘The Shedding of Skin’, the new play from Kabosh which will have four online screenings from Tuesday 15 - Friday 18 June.

Written by Vittoria Cafolla and directed by Paula McFetridge, ‘The Shedding of Skin’ was created in response to the work of Ulster University Drama lecturer Dr Lisa Fitzpatrick, who has been researching sexual violence in conflict for many years.  Dr Fitzpatrick wanted to explore how her research material could be developed into a creative project and shared with a broad range of audiences, humanising victims and redressing the imbalance of stories from conflict being told with a predominantly male perspective. 

Kabosh will provide a list of resources and further information which will enable audience members to take action about the issues raised in ‘The Shedding of Skin’, whether by raising awareness or by supporting one of the charities which works in this field.

The cast of ‘The Shedding of Skin’ features Vicky Allen as Tereza, Louise Mathews as Ruth, Catriona McFeely as Sinéad and Shannen McNeice as Sam.  The play will be filmed at the Brian Friel Studio, Queen’s University, Belfast and screened online over four days from Tuesday 15 - Friday 18 June, supported by a range of themed panel discussions exploring issues raised by the production. *‘The Shedding of Skin’ includes sensitive content and is recommended for people aged 16 years and over.*

Tickets for ‘The Shedding of Skin’ are £5 per person and can be booked now via www.kabosh.net

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company: This summer Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company launch their Digital Programme, a series of online bite-sized courses, each designed to encourage the exploration of creativity in movement, in the comfort of your own home. The courses are aimed at different age groups and are all led by the highly experienced artist-teachers of the Echo Echo Ensemble. Each course consists of 8 easy to follow videos of roughly 15-20 minutes long which include a variety of playful warm ups and exercises, some technical instruction and much guidance for the development Visit www.echoechodance.com to find out more and register. Once you have completed the sign-up form you will receive links for the programmes directly to your email address and it’s all completely free of charge!

Declan McConaghy Show: Newry based former BBC broadcaster, Declan McConaghy has created a new series of short films where he talks in-depth to creatives from Newry and the surrounding area who have made a contribution to theatre, music, dance and the performing arts in general.  The view the films visit Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/DMCSHOW ) and YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaH9LxmhE8O1Af3Csk-k6vA

The MAC: has launched their new Watch and Listen webpage, where you’re always guaranteed the 'best seat in the house' to enjoy MAC shows, audio plays, talks, films and more, whether you’re at home or on-the-go! The first project to be showcased is their new series of audio plays called On The Street Where We Live

On The Street Where We Live explores love, tragedy and redemption; hope, compassion and forgiveness. It’s funny and upbeat; tragic and heart-wrenching. It’s about real people leading unreal lives in Belfast during the Covid-19 lockdown. It’s about the times we’re living through. It’s about the streets we’re living on.  All eight of the 10 minute long episodes are now available to enjoy for free at www.themaclive.com

The Strand Arts Centre: has reopened to the public.  In addition to their cinema programme the Strand Arts Centre is running a summer programme of creative workshops.  With sessions for children and families, and for adults, there is definitely something for everyone.  A wide range of activities will be on offer, from foraging and hula hoop, to creative writing, photography, paper-cutting, yarn-bombing and even stand-up comedy!

All the sessions will be suitable for beginners, and are designed to encourage us all to emerge from lockdown safely, and creatively, and ready for some fun.  Sessions will take place throughout the summer, at a variety of times during the week. All relevant Covid regulations will be adhered to.

Find out more about the classes here: https://www.strandartscentre.com/classes/

 

MUSIC

Oh Yeah Music Centre: has announced the details of its fifth Women’s Work programme. The festival, which is an annual celebration of women in music, will take place online, across four days and nights and includes a range of activities that are open to all genders and include showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, and workshops.

One of the highlights will include a collective cover of ‘Running Up That Hill’ by Kate Bush. Following a call out for participants, Women’s Work will showcase the results as an online effort led by Katie Richardson. The video will support efforts to raise funds for Women’s Aid.

Women’s Work is also proud to support the launch of an application process for a new initiative - NI Electronic Workshop led by Hannah Peel. Dani Larkin will launch her highly anticipated debut album ‘Notes for a Maiden Warrior’ and the Oh Yeah Getting To Know series will run two events that will feature an exclusive with Pillow Queens and another session with Dani Larkin.  For all of this and much more, visit www.womensworkni.co.uk

Beyond Skin: as part of Make Music Day on 21st June, Beyond Skin will present the international online premiere of the John Cage piece 4’33”, in partnership with the John Cage Trust. 

Make Music Day is the UK’s largest single-day music festival, encouraging musicians, producers, promoters and music lovers to collaborate and organise in-person and online performances in their communities. Solo performers, groups and music creators of all types are invited to take part, regardless of age, ability or musical genre.  All events can be listed on the Make Music Day UK website, where anyone can search for an event happening in their local area or online.  Visit www.makemusicday.co.uk

The City of Derry International Choir Festival:  has announced plans for a ninth edition of the much-loved and anticipated annual autumn festival, due to take place from 20 – 24 October 2021.  This year’s event will feature a programme of both live and digital concerts, performances, workshops, podcasts and events.

Internationally-renowned guest artists will include the Grammy Award-winning American a cappella ensemble Chanticleer, described as the “world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, and known across the globe as the “orchestra of voices”. The Festival will also welcome acclaimed conductor and composer Bob Chilcott, award-winning Derry chamber choir Codetta, and the Ulster Orchestra, for a programme of live and live-streamed concerts during Festival week.

The Festival has commissioned four brand-new pieces of choral music that will have their world premieres at the October Festival. Catalan conductor and composer (and former adjudicator at the festival) Josep Vila i Casañas has composed two new works for local primary and post-primary school choirs, with texts by Irish poets Enda Wyley and Catherine Ann Cullen. Northern Ireland creative production company Dumbworld will premiere the third part in a series of new works for the Festival entitled A Topography of Love and the festival will also feature a brand-new work for choir and cello as part of the Colmcille 1500 celebrations, with Derry cellist Kim Vaughan.

International choirs from across the world will be invited to participate in a Virtual Choral Trail by submitting video performances of sacred, gospel, pop, jazz and barbershop music, to feature throughout the festival’s digital programme from 20 - 24 October.  The festival will also present a large-scale community programme of performances and workshops for local singing groups.

For more information and updates visit www.derrychoirfest.com or follow the City of Derry International Choir Festival on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

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 from 8pm on their website, Facebook and YouTube channel featuring 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 panarts.org or on Facebook and YouTube at Panarts Belfast Songwriters.

Ulster Orchestra: music and concerts to enjoy include:

Imagined Worlds – available to stream until 27 June

Programme of music:

Rautavaara Lintukoto (‘Isle of Bliss’)
Nielsen Little Suite for Strings
Larsson Trombone Concertino
Sibelius The Tempest Suite No. 2

Conductor Robert Houlihan
Trombone Neil Gallie

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased at www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk

A Morning in May – available to steam until 14 June

Conductor David Brophy makes a welcome return to the Ulster Orchestra, along with guest soloist, Carrickfergus-born Mezzo Soprano Sarah Richmond.

Programme of music:

Mendelssohn Overture: Midsummer Night’s Dream
Respighi Il Tramonto (‘The Sunset’)
Haydn Symphony No. 6 Le Matin

Conductor David Brophy
Mezzo Soprano Sarah Richmond

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased at www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk

Ardowen Theatre, Enniskillen: on Friday the 18th June the Ardhowen is delighted to welcome the Ulster Orchestra with a special performance to delight the Ardhowen’s classical music fans online.  This varied programme, which highlights different sections of the orchestra, will include pieces by Composers including Dvorák, Richard Strauss, Heber, Suc & Gabrieli. This will be streamed on the Ardowen Facebook page at 8pm.

Market Place Theatre, Armagh: presents a live stream with pianist, Ruth McGinley, at 8pm on 25th June 2021.  Tickets are £5 and can be purchased in advance at Ticketsolve - The Market Place

Northern Ireland Opera: catch up with UTV Life on the ITV Player to hear Northern Ireland Opera Artistic Director, Cameron Menzies and mezzo, Carolyn Dobbin, talk about their exciting new cinematic project.  Visit UTV Life - Episode 20 | UTV programmes (itv.com) 

Northern Ireland Opera also has a new series, ‘Northern Songs’ films, celebrating songs by composers from across the island of Ireland, performed in some of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful and historic locations.

This new series features six opera singers: sopranos Catherine Donnelly and Susie Gibbons, mezzo-soprano Margaret Bridge, tenors John Porter and Andrew Irwin and bass baritone David Howes, all winners or finalists of our annual Glenarm Festival of Voice. They have worked with Northern Ireland Opera to create eight spectacular short films directed by Marty Stalker and produced by Causeway Pictures.

Series 2 will feature Enniskillen Castle, Marble Arch Caves, Ballintoy Harbour, the OM Dark Sky Park, Beaghmore Stone Circles, the Ulster American Folk Park, Armagh Robinson Library, the Armagh Cider Company and Belfast’s Maritime Mile.  As well as art songs, this series also features contemporary songs by Neil Hannon of ‘The Divine Comedy’ and by Duke Special as well as a traditional duet in Irish arranged by composer Neil Martin.  All performances are accompanied by pianist Ruth McGinley and sound recorded by Andrew Simon McAllister.

You can watch series 2 of ‘Northern Songs’ each Thursday at 8pm on their YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/c/northernirelandopera

Red Box Creative: a new online music series, 'Both Sides Now', featuring female artists telling the stories behind their songs.  Produced and presented by Oonagh Derby, this series aims to celebrate and explore the work of our talented female artists.  Oonagh was supported by the Arts Council’s Individual Emergency Resilience Programme (IERP) to research and develop the programme.

The first 3 episodes feature, Janet Henry , Ursula Burns and Cathryn Craig.

To view visit Facebook https://fb.watch/5kQ-JjagC1/ and Youtube https://youtu.be/0ataW716ano

Redbox Creative: Dom Martin from Belfast has just won best acoustic blues performer in the UK Blues awards 2021.  

Redbox recently invited Dom to the studio to talk about his passion for Rory Gallagher in particular and to play a new guitar made by Belfast luthier John O'Neill.   To watch his interview visit https://fb.watch/5oYlV-l6sD/ and listen to a blistering performance in the studio which shows just the skills that Dom won the award for at https://fb.watch/5oX-OZOLhg/

ITMA: 'Drawing from the Well' is an online monthly ITMA series which connects artists with archival materials to inspire new art. To date, nine videos, podcasts and blogs have been created by leading traditional musicians, singers, and dancers, including Louise Mulcahy, Martin Hayes, Edwina Guckian and Cormac Begley. All episodes are free to view online at https://www.itma.ie/drawingfromthewell

Nerve Centre: Beginning with the signing of the Ulster Covenant in 1912 and ending with civil war and the partition of the island in 1922, Ireland was engulfed in a period of tumultuous change and great social upheaval. 100 years later, a Decade of Centenaries is unfolding which allows us to look back, to remember and to commemorate.  The Creative Centenaries project, led by the Nerve Centre, brings together information and resources about the Decade of Centenaries and the work of Northern Ireland's creative sector in commemorating these events. From digital storytelling to educational resources to a sharing of knowledge and expertise, Creative Centenaries brings a fresh approach to the study and memory of this defining period.  For more information please visit www.creativecentenaries.org

Dumbworld: present Fatal System Error, an interactive web-based opera experience created as part of The Royal Opera’s newly-commissioned experimental experiences, 8-bit.  In Fatal System Error, participate in a digital deletion following the last moments of an operatic Artificial Intelligence, its life flashing before its eyes. Featuring a new composition by Brian Irvine performed by Jette Parker Young Artist Alexandra Lowe and members of the Orchestra of the ROH.  Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eD_Es6nMlo

8bit – eight short ‘bits’ of digital opera – brings together some of the most innovative contemporary artists in five short films, two audio performances and a web browser experiment, all of which can be enjoyed from your own home. Expect well-loved repertory in ways you have never experienced before, as well as world premieres of new short works.  The 8bit experience is available to watch from now on the Royal Opera House's social media channels: YouTube, Facebook and Instagram and roh.org.uk

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 https://open.spotify.com/show/0M2IpL7ldc1Rui2aa9meX3  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 Media | Artsawonder (wixsite.com)

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 Belfast TradFest here  This project was made possible with funding from Arts Council NI Organisations Emergency Programme.

Scott’s Jazz Club: ‘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 Scott's Jazz Club | Facebook

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 OutsideTheBox - YouTube

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 Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich (facebook.com)

Open House: presents The Court House Sessions featuring music and words by local artists.  The recorded sessions can be viewed now on their website. Some of the upcoming artists include Moyra Donaldson, Colin Bateman, AEON, The Darkling Air, King Cedar and Ken Haddock. To view the recorded sessions visit https://www.openhousefestival.com/court-house-sessions/

 

FESTIVALS

Belfast Photo Festival:  Belfast Photo Festival is back, from 3-30th June, with a vibrant online and offline programme of immersive exhibitions and large-scale outdoor art works showcased in galleries and public spaces throughout Belfast.  Alongside its physical exhibitions, the festival will also host an extensive programme of online talks and events. Taking “Future(s)” as its theme, this year’s festival features top local and international names and tackles issues as diverse as climate change, migration, the advancement of technology, government surveillance and the power of protest, to explore how the future is shaped by our actions in the present. The Festival is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funds.  To view the full programme visit www.belfastphotofestival.com

Belfast Book Festival: makes a welcome return from 10 - 13 June with an online programme of live events for book lovers, covering everything from love and politics to Cinderella as a zombie!

Presented by the Crescent Arts Centre, highlights of the festival include Annie Macmanus (BBC Radio 1) unveiling her debut novel ‘Mother, Mother’ which is set in Belfast; Ian McElhinney (‘Derry Girls’) and literary biographer Roy Foster exploring the work of Seamus Heaney; Glenn Patterson (‘The Northern Bank Job’) in conversation with author Conor O’Callaghan; Colm Tóibín (‘Brooklyn’), reading from ‘Queer Love: An Anthology of Irish Fiction’ and a special recorded performance from the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics, Lemn Sissay. 

To view the full Belfast Book Festival programme details and book tickets - priced either £3 or free at www.belfastbookfestival.com

Oh Yeah Music Centre: has announced the details of its fifth Women’s Work programme, 17-20 June. The festival, which is an annual celebration of women in music, will take place online, across four days and nights and includes a range of activities that are open to all genders and include showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, and workshops.

One of the highlights will include a collective cover of ‘Running Up That Hill’ by Kate Bush. Following a call out for participants, Women’s Work will showcase the results as an online effort led by Katie Richardson. The video will support efforts to raise funds for Women’s Aid.

Women’s Work is also proud to support the launch of an application process for a new initiative - NI Electronic Workshop led by Hannah Peel. Dani Larkin will launch her highly anticipated debut album ‘Notes for a Maiden Warrior’ and the Oh Yeah Getting To Know series will run two events that will feature an exclusive with Pillow Queens and another session with Dani Larkin.  For all of this and much more, visit www.womensworkni.co.uk

John Hewitt Society: presents the John Hewitt International Summer School from Monday 26th July until Friday 30th July at The Market Place Theatre, Armagh.  The Society has adapted to deliver a high quality programme within current restrictions and all events will be subject to and compliant with public health guidelines at that time. They will deliver events that are a hybrid of in-person and online and are safe and accessible to contributors and participants.   The theme of this year’s Summer School is, ‘Staking the Future: politics, people & planet’.  For further information visit www.johnhewittsociety.org

Open House Festival: Open House Festival has announced its initial line-up for the 2021 August festival in Bangor, with three weeks of music, comedy, spoken word and classic cinema in the beautiful surroundings of Bangor Castle Walled Garden.

While it will look a lot different to the trademark 140+ events in 40-odd venues festival that audiences have come to associate with Bangor in August, the Open House team are delighted to be back delivering live events once again. All events will be open air, fully seated and Covid-compliant, and there’ll be no need to worry about the weather as audiences will be protected under a stretch canvas cover.

Headline acts include internationally acclaimed Irish musician, Mary Coughlan, comedian, former doctor and author of the bestselling memoir This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay, and bestselling Irish author, Marian Keyes. However, the bulk of performers and artists come from Northern Ireland, with comedians Shane Todd and Paddy Raff, and musicians Duke Special and Dana Masters featured in the programme.

For the full programme visit www.openhousefestival.com

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: welcomes the coming of the season of Bealtaine 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 www.culturlann.ie

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 www.cqaf.com

EastSide Arts Festival: EastSide Arts Festival 2021 will take place 5th–15th August.

The theme this year is ‘connection’ and the festival is very much looking forward to connecting with their audiences at a number of in-person and online events in August (in line with government guidance).  Keep up to date at www.eastsidearts.net

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 www.feilebelfast.com for details as they are released and watch the video promo at August Féile 2021 Announcement - YouTube

 

COMMUNITY ARTS

Duncairn: will present their Wildflower Weekend on 26-27 June.  The Wildflower Weekend is a free, fun, online festival focusing on environmental issues and how we can all come together as a community to show we care about leading greener lives. The mantra of the weekend is recycle/up-cycle/re-use/repair.  Visit www.theduncairn.com for more details.

Duncairn Player: all of the previous video projects can now be viewed from the Duncairn Player including The Duncairn Virtual Cabaret, Take 2, Carlingford and the Ring of Guillion Sessions.  Visit Player — The Duncairn

Greater Shantallow Community Arts: has launched their May-September arts programme for young people.  For dance, visual art, gaming, drama, singing, fitness, dj-ing and much more visit the programme at https://online.fliphtml5.com/sfmw/frue

Wheelworks:  is delighted to support you right now with in person and online workshops in everything from digital music making, street art, animation, coding, drama, Virtual reality and much more.

All of their workshops are bespoke to suit you and your organisation, whether that's driving to your venue in our mobile studio, the ArtCart, or bringing their professional artists to you virtually to delivery online masterclasses.   To book your perfect digital and arts activities just email lisa@wheelworksarts.com and visit www.wheelworksarts.com

EastSide Arts: check out EastSide Arts’ YouTube channel which includes lots of videos of their past work, event launches and festivals.  They have also been uploading lots of our recent online event recordings to the channel and these range from the series of EastSide Greenways webinars to events that took place during C.S. Lewis Festival.  Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDZ02s2XSQ6tLcJyD_3S3kQ

Friendship Packs- I Got You Dolly, Love Cher.  EastSide Arts has created the ‘Friendship Pack’. The Friendship Pack is free and is all about bringing you together with a loved one through the power of music and laughter.  It’s free, dementia-friendly and features the following goodies:

The DVD of ‘I Got You Dolly, Love Cher’**
An uplifting quote card
Tea and biscuits for two people

EastSide Arts has 500 packs to give away so there’s plenty to go around!  If you, or someone you know, would like a creative ‘pick-me-up’ then get in touch to reserve your Friendship Pack by emailing calling Aimee on 07526003325 or emailing aimee@eastsidepartnership.com

** ‘I Got You Dolly, Love Cher’ is an entertaining musical comedy featuring some of Dolly and Cher’s greatest hits. This show will warm your heart, make you smile and have you dancing and singing along from your sofa.

EastSide Learning's Covid Year: EastSide Learning team has been sharing a number of highlights from the past year and how they adapted their work during the pandemic on the EastSide Learning Facebook page, these include:

Early years and family support packs
STEM summer school
Bedrock reading programme
Online training-social and emotional wellbeing
Supporting teachers and classroom assistants

You can view all the updates on their Facebook page. 

Eastside also present their Moments of Joy Exhibition which is now on display at Holywood Arches (442-446 Newtownards Road). For this exhibition, local people donated objects that represented a moment of joy they have experienced since March 2020. They hope that by sharing these, you will be inspired to find the things that help when circumstances are challenging.

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: a heritage project celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, the pioneering arts and cultural Irish language centre situated in the heart of the Gaeltacht Quarter on Falls Road in Belfast, will be officially launched online on 6th May 2021 at 8pm. Thanks to support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, a special programme of events has been created, including an oral history project, a heritage website, a photographic exhibition, a lecture series, educational and art activities for children, an interactive exhibition and a concert.  A photographic exhibition,’30 Years A-Growing, will be live on their new heritage website www.culturlann30.com from 6th May 2021, with pictures from our own archive, that of Belfast Media Group and private collections.

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).

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.

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 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 note visual art galleries are permitted to open to the public in from 24th May 2021, please check galleries websites for opening times as not all galleries may open from 24th May.

Golden Thread Gallery: is delighted to be premiering the installation of Suzanne Lacy’s, Across and In-Between, 12th June – 14th August, presented in association with IWM Imperial War Museum, The Whitworth and Ulster University. Co-commissioned and presented as a work-in-progress for the closing season of 14-18 NOW and the Belfast International Arts Festival; the project amplified the voices and experiences of border residents during Brexit negotiations through words, imagery, sound and performance, providing them an opportunity to reclaim the landscape around them.

Across and In-Between will be shown across the entirety of The Golden Thread Gallery. The installation consists of: Border People’s Parliament; a series of portraits, a soundscape and The Yellow Manifesto in Gallery One; The Yellow Line; a 3-screen video projection shown in Gallery Two; and additional photos alongside a 29’ documentary film, Across and In-Between: Voices from the Border in Ireland, shown in the Project Space.  For further information visit www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: presents, Tim Franco: Unperson | North Korean Defectors , a photographic exhibition as part of Belfast Photo Festival’s 2021 offering running from 3 June - 30 July 2021.  https://www.culturlann.ie/en/visual-arts

Tim Franco is a French-Polish photographer born in Paris in 1982. In 2005, he moved to China where he started documenting the country’s incredible urbanization and its social impact while collaborating with newspapers such as Le Monde, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. In 2016, Franco moved to South Korea where he started working on a long term project about North Korean defectors.  In documenting North Korean defectors Franco travelled to the crossing points where they made their escape, aiming to capture the diversity of landscape that is the background of North Korean defection.

Taking “Future(s)” as its theme, this year’s Belfast Photo Festival tackles issues as diverse as climate change, migration, the advancement of technology, government surveillance and the power of protest, to explore how the future is shaped by our actions in the present.  For more information on this year’s festival, visit www.belfastphotofestival.com

Void:  is now reopened to the public at their new location at 10 Waterloo Place, Derry-Londonderry. 

Void Gallery is delighted to present CHOREOGRAPH, the first solo exhibition of Elizabeth Price in Northern Ireland, from 22 June – 21 August 2021.  Price’s distinctive film works inhabit the digital world using computer animated voices, graphics and a saturated videography that give the works a dystopic sensibility, exploring the human experience from industrialisation to the digital age. 

The films are anthropological, often exploring mundane objects and imbuing them with a relevance, and situating them within an historical moment.  Emerging from this period of lockdown, where technology became our means of connection to the world, Price’s work embodies this notion of the cognitive harmony between the body and the machine. The title CHOREOGRAPH, a term derived from the Greek words: dance (chorus) and to write (graphy) is a reference to how the multi-screen works synchronise in the space aligning with the rhythms of the music, dance and writing and narrative that unfolds in the pieces.

How to book: visitors can attend the gallery space without booking in advance - with the exception of groups of more than 6 attendees. VOID will monitor attendance to ensure that they maintain a safe number of visitors at all times. If you would like to book in for your group or if you would prefer to arrange a private visit please do not hesitate to contact Void at hello@derryvoid.com or phone 028 7130 8080.

For more about the exhibition and to visit their viewing rooms please go to www.derryvoid.com

Void online workshops: a variety of fun and creative workshops can be found online at www.derryvoid.com, on Void’s Vimeo channel, and also on Facebook and Instagram IGTV @derryvoid so you can go back and forth to them as many times as you would like.

Belfast Exposed: is currently showing three showstopper exhibitions.

Gallery 1: AEON – Marcel Rickli
Gallery 2: A LIGHTNESS OF TOUCH – MFA Photography Graduates
Street View: YAN WANG PRESTON

After being closed for most of last year, Belfast Exposed welcomes the public back on 3rd June with a visual feast of three showstopping exhibitions that promise to both excite and challenge audiences. The three exhibitions – Aeon, A Lightness of Touch and Street View: Yan Wang Preston - celebrate both international and local artists. Rickli’s and Preston’s work are underpinned by a concern and reverence for the environment and affirms Belfast Exposed’s commitment to show work that focuses on, and highlights, environment issues. Belfast Exposed, despite the covid-19 pandemic and multiple lockdowns, has spent the last year supporting and promoting new talent and the exhibition ‘A Lightness of Touch’ is a continuation of that commitment and essential work for the development of the photographic and art infrastructure of Northern Ireland.  For further details visit www.belfastexposed.org

R-Space: presents, Materials Messages and Meaning 9 - Remember

Available to view until 25 June 2021, 11am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday - Free Admission

Participating artists:
Hannah Magill - Niamh Clarke - Patrick Colhoun - Rita Duffy - Susan Hughes - Zara Lyness

Six artists based in Northern Ireland have been selected from an open call as part of R-Space’s Materials, Messages and Meaning series. Now in its ninth year, these exhibitions explore artists’ different approaches to materials, methods of production and messages within their work.This year we have selected artists who have responded to the theme 'Remember'.

No booking is required but please see their website and social media for applicable Covid-19 restrictions of entry to the Gallery. Artist talks will also be streamed on their website and social media at 2pm on 29 May.  For more details visit www.rspacelisburn.com

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry (CCA): presents,

MODERNISMS: legacies of Northern Irish modernism
Artists: James Ashe, Rachael Campbell-Palmer, Philip McCrilly, Grace McMurray, Ben Weir
Curators: Catherine Hemelryk & Matt Retallick
Dates: 29 May–18 September 2021

CCA Derry-Londonderry presents MODERNISMS, an exhibition of five artists responding to themes of modernism in Northern Ireland. From architecture and infrastructure, to everyday domestic design, the artists are brought together and ask us to look again, revealing the remarkable in the commonplace. From weaving and textiles, tower blocks and fireplaces, abandoned shoe factories and churches, MODERNISMS demonstrates the complex and nuanced influence of modernism on all our lives. The exhibition is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, DCSDC and BAN.

Open noon–6pm, drop in and sign in for track and trace when you arrive or book a bubble ticket during their special bubble hours from ccadld.org/shop

Visit www.ccadld.org for further information.

Catalyst Arts: presents, "And, if we observe the present", a new exhibition by four emerging artists who engage with photographic practice, from across Ireland. Accompanied with a publication by three emerging writers responding to the new commissioned works. Realised with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and in partnership with the Belfast Photo Festival 2021.

Opening on the 3rd of June from 11am. Queuing may be required for limited capacity inside the gallery. Masks must be worn, hand sanitiser available on location. Publication launch online with Belfast Photo Festival on Wednesday the 16th of June.   Further details can be found at https://www.belfastphotofestival.com/and-if-we-observe-the-present

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 https://www.culturlann.ie/en/visual-arts

ArtisAnn: The ArtisAnn gallery in Belfast is hosting a new exhibition by the renowned print maker Margaret Arthur. She is a member of the prestigious Royal Ulster Academy of Arts and was one of the founder members of Seacourt Print Workshop.  This exhibition is inspired by the ever-changing light and colour of the coastlines and tides of Counties Donegal and Down

She exhibits widely in Ireland, the U.K., and throughout Europe, and in the U.S.A., where she lived and worked for a year, holding a solo exhibition at The Russell Rotunda, a Senate building in Washington DC.    In 2007 she spent six months in California, printmaking at Stanford University, and at the Pacific Art League. In 2018 she was an invited artist at the Franco/Japanais Exhibition in Paris and Tokyo.

Margaret lives and works in County Down, and studied Fine Art painting and etching at Belfast College of Art before taking a post graduate degree in printmaking from the Brighton College of Art. In 1981 she co-founded the Seacourt Print Workshop and was its Director until 2013. She remains an honorary life member and a member of the board of directors. 

The exhibition runs at the ArtisAnn Gallery, 70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast from Wed 2nd June to Sat 26th June 2021.  All artworks are available to buy.  You can also buy art from this exhibition through Own Art, an Arts Council supported 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 www.artisann.org

Causeway Coast and Glens:  An exhibition featuring ‘100 Famous Sons and Daughters of the Causeway Coast and Glens’ is now available to view online.

The list, selected from public nominations, is part of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s NI 100 programme marking the centenary of Northern Ireland.

Council’s NI 100 Working Group, supported by local historians, shortlisted 100 people who were born or lived within the Borough, and whose achievements over the last century are worthy of recognition.  The exhibition helps to tell a story about the people of the Borough while highlighting their contribution to the first 100 years of Northern Ireland. https://niarchive.org/projectitems/100-years-famous-sons-and-daughters-of-the-causeway-coast-and-glens-showcase-exhibition/

For more information about Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s NI 100 programme visit https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/ni-100

Craft NI: presents, EMERGING TALENT EXHIBTION

In partnership with Ulster University and curated by Kim Mawhinney, Senior Curator of Art, Ulster Museum, Craft NI is delighted to present the work of the Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing Graduates of 2020. The work selected presents a range of works including functional, non-functional, figurative and abstract works across a breadth of materials, exploring a range of concepts, skills and processes.

Exhibition Dates: Monday, 17 May 2021 - Thursday, 17 June 2021
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Where: Craft NI Gallery, 115-119 Royal Avenue
Visit http://www.craftni.org/ for updates.

The MAC: present three exhibitions; Ambera Wellmann in the Upper Gallery, Maya Balcioglu in the Tall Gallery and Jaap Pieters in the Sunken Gallery.  All exhibitions are available to view in person from now until 8th August 2021.

Ambera Wellmann in the Upper Gallery
This is the first exhibition in the UK and Ireland by Canadian-born and New-York based painter, Ambera Wellmann, whose paintings of amorphous figures resist the binaries of active and passive, male and female.

Maya Balcioglu in the Tall Gallery
Maya's first institutional exhibition consisting large scale works on paper, latex and fabric completed over a 15-year period. Her mark-making hovers around formlessness, reminiscent of stains left from bodily fluids and stigmata like appearances located in an in-between state of consciousness and slumber.

Jaap Pieters in the Sunken Gallery
Dutch artist Jaap Pieters is a stalwart specialist of Super 8mm filmmaking and has created dozens of films on the small-gauge “amateur” medium over the course of four decades. Jaap’s films will be shown on three showreels rotating throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Visitors must book to visit The MAC galleries at www.themaclive.com

Belfast Print Workshop: present 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.  For full details visit https://www.bpw.org.uk/  Check out the projects below:

PRINTED PAPERS: MAKING DECORATIVE PAPER, available here: vimeo.com/522795919
TURKISH FOLD: ADHESIVE BOOKMAKING TUTORIAL, available here: bit.do/BPW-FOL-5
PRINTING FROM A SUITCASE AND HAND MONOPRINTING, available here: vimeo.com/498318473
PRINTING WITH CARD AND A VARIETY OF HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS, available here: bit.do/BPW-FOL2
CYANOTYPE PRINT TUTORIAL, available here: vimeo.com/498704048

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