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What’s On in the Arts online!

Wednesday 27th May 2020 at 5pm 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 awarren@artscouncil-ni.org with details of your activity and include one photo.

Big Telly Theatre Company: Big Telly Theatre Company, in partnership with the Riverside Theatre & Ulster University, present, The Machine Stops, By EM Forster (Author of A |Room with a View, Howards End) on Saturday 6 June 2020 and Sunday 7 June 2020 – 3pm & 7.30pm.  Following the success of The Tempest and Operation Elsewhere, (watched by 5000 people in 14 countries so far) this is Big Telly's third new show made entirely in isolation and performed via Zoom. 

‘The Machine Stops’ is a spookily relevant short story written by E. M. Forster in 1909. It imagines a future where people live underground in isolated cells, never seeing one another and communicating only by audio and visual devices. A 100 year old story about lockdown, isolation, what we stand to gain from technology and what we stand to lose from the absence of human contact.  Big Telly’s brilliant live online adaptation of The Machine Stops is a rich, creative illustration of Victorian culture and psyche.  Fun, thought provoking and eerily real for our times!  Booking via https://www.riversidetheatre.org.uk/whats-on  Tickets: £15 (Group rates available on request – email r.sturgeon@ulster.ac.uk for more information) Limited capacity per show. Book early!

John Hewitt Society: has launched a new poetry initiative, Poetry Clips: An Archive of John Hewitt Society Contributors. This unique collection will feature a range of short videos showcasing readings from world-renowned poets including Billy Collins and Sinéad Morrissey along with emerging poets such as Stephen Sexton, Susan Dickie and others. New videos recorded by the poets will be released for viewing on The John Hewitt Society website and social media platforms on a weekly basis.  https://www.johnhewittsociety.org/poetry_clips/

VOID: Create your own natural garden decorations with the kids this summer!
VOID art gallery, in Derry-Londonderry, if offering a free Nature Sun catcher workshop with artist, Sinead Crumlish, online at 11am on Saturday 6th June.  Visit @derryvoid Facebook & Instagram
What you'll need: sandwich bag, glue stick, stapler, stick, flowers and leaves, scissors.  They are encouraging those taking part to share their home-made creations online and tag @derryvoid * Please note that this workshop is suitable for kids while being supervised by an adult.

Belfast Photo Festival Instagram Residencies continue at www.instagram.com/belfastphotofestival 

Dino Kuznik (25th - 31st May 2020):  Dino uses photography as a medium to immortalize scenes that are aesthetically unique, with an emphasis on color and composition. Solitude is a driving factor behind Dino's personal work. It reflects a peaceful state of mind, one only attainable after total immersion within the environment he works in.  Experienced as a journalistic photographer, retoucher and a graphic designer of 7 years, he now mostly focuses on his personal body of work and commercial project ranging from artistic portraits, automotive, travel, landscape, documentary and fashion photography.

NI Opera: NI Opera and Richard Yarr’s musical presentation, At Home for Heroes: A Classical Thank You to the NHS and Frontline Workers’, is a one-hour long online concert first broadcast on 25th May to 2,600 viewers across the world.  The classical concert features the below artists who have generously donated their services and is available to watch back at https://youtu.be/0-txefFWyA8

  • Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, with Dearbhla Brosnan (piano)
  • Barry Douglas (piano)
  • Tanya Houghton (harp)
  • The Priests
  • Ruth McGinley (piano)
  • Francesca Dego (violin) & Daniele Rustioni (piano)
  • Ulster Orchestra Musicians: Tamas Kocsis & Michael Alexander (violins); Philip Walton (viola); Charles-Antoine Archambault (cello); and Chris Blake (oboe)
  • Northern Ireland Opera: Ben McAteer, Ellen Mawhinney, John Porter, Dawn Burns with David Quigley (piano)


Lyric Theatre: Little Red Riding Hood & the Big Bad Wolf (Online) is still available to watch for free until Fri 29 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 available to watch for free on the Lyric Theatre YouTube channel: bit.ly/LyricYouTube

Bluebell Arts: Bluebell Arts in Derry-Londonderry, will be hosting a series if spoken word events and opportunities for a wide range of poets, writers, performers and spoken word artists. The poetry slams will be held on Saturday 30 May 2020, Saturday 27 June and Saturday 25th July 2020 at 6 p.m.  To enter email Frank Rafferty on bluebellartsproject@hotmail.com and an entry form and a copy of Slam rules will be sent to you.  The slams will be broadcast live via the Bluebell Arts Derry Facebook group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1718398341644549

Bluebell Arts also is has a variety of online Creative Arts Video Workshops for a wide Range of arts and crafts activities for all ages on the Bluebell Arts Derry YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK0H0YgD4y8UWRYgCcKY6Pg/videos

Community Circus Lisburn: has been sharing weekly workshops online for young people to enjoy and learn new skills.  So far they’ve covered, a variety of circus skills, the history of circus, making a cake in a mug and other fun activities to keep children entertained at home.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/communitycircuslisburn/

Strand Arts Centre: is sharing the magic of movies during life in lockdown with older people in the community.  The East Belfast venue has been on the road delivering Silver Screenings rescue packs, including DVDs of classic films and popcorn, fun facts, trivia and CDs of local artists reciting poetry and singing, to those older people who may feel isolated and in need of some movie magic. 

To find out more and get involved visit www.strandartscentre.com

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

VISUAL ARTS
 

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 www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

The Belfast Photo Festival has been running a series of week-long Instagram Residencies with inspiring photographers at www.instagram.com/belfastphotofestival  

Void Gallery’s weekly exhibition tours and arts activities can be found at www.derryvoid.com

Belfast Exposed Photographic Gallery daily activities can be found at https://www.facebook.com/BXGallery 

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.  Visit www.artisann.org to view.

MUSIC

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 https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4TdCKE2vt7mtJaEP2445WE

The Ulster Orchestra’s new digital platform #UOletsplayathome features one of their players or a performance every day on the orchestra’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ulsterorchestra Visit their Instagram page for a series of pop-up performances https://www.instagram.com/ulsterorchestra/

NI Opera’s weekly Opera Club details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/NorthernIrelandOpera and www.niopera.com

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 https://www.facebook.com/TheDuncairn  and www.theduncairn.com

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 www.facebook.com/groups/cocoons

Bluegrass, gypsy swing and folk family trio, Cup O’Joe, have been hosting regular gigs live from their living room in Armagh.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/cupojoemusic

Join singer-songwriter, Amanda St John, live from her home on Facebook every Sunday evening from 8-9pm. https://www.facebook.com/amanda.stjohn.79

The Journal of Music hosts a weekly Digital Concert Planner here https://journalofmusic.com/news/digital-concert-planner-25-31-may-2020

DANCE

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 https://maidenvoyagedance.com/get-dancing-at-home/

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 https://www.dylanquinndance.com/contemporary-exercises

DU Dance: Will you accept the DU Dance Challenge?  DU Dance is putting together a series of weekly challenges to get everyone dancing at home! Follow their social media for weekly updates and share your dancing with the hashtag #DUDancechallenge Visit http://www.dudanceni.com/challenge/

THEATRE

Waterside Theatre: Waterside Theatre, in Derry-Londonderry, has an online programme of classes for families, children, young people and Care Homes to help us shake off those lockdown blues. We have lots of your favourite artists delivering workshops in dance, drama, storytelling, movement, music and visual art.  For more information on our timetable and how to join in and get creative contact aj@watertsidetheatre.com

Strand Arts Centre: Comedy sketch trio, Those Who Can’t, is delivering a series of ‘Strand-ed at Home?’ online sessions as the Strand Arts Centre’s lockdown artists not in residence. From Zoom meetings and overzealous home parenting to creating new recipes with cupboard leftovers (how many uses are there for butter beans?), these short, sharp, satirical commentaries provide a mockumentary style response to our new ways of working and living.  Videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz9MWF16sj0nwvtbBgnMeKA

BOOKS & LITERATURE

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 https://bit.ly/2SgsgjO

Hear award-winning children’s author, Oliver Jeffers, read https://www.instagram.com/oliverjeffers/ and https://www.oliverjeffers.com/

Learn to draw and access free online books with BookTrust https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/?q=&sortOption=AtoZ&pageNo=1

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 www.mywellread.com

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 https://childrensbooksireland.ie/resources/imaginenation

Creative Writing with Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre: Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady is connecting the local community through creativity with virtual arts activities for all ages.  All activities are free with something for everyone, including writing and illustrating short stories, making poems and reading their favourite books.  For more information to go www.roevalleyarts.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COMMUNITY/YOUTH ARTS

#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.  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 www.getcreativeuk.com

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: www.therainbowfactory.co.uk and CLICK the link to Virtual Rainbow Factory. For more information simply email: VRF@youthaction.org and to receive your special password.

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 info.beyondskin@gmail.com for more information.  Visit www.beyondskin.net/online-workshops

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 https://vimeo.com/26079607 Also visit  https://www.facebook.com/Studio2Derry 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.  From animation, visual arts, music, photography, dance and abstract film making, there is something to suit all tastes.  Visit https://www.wheelworksarts.com/festival

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 https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCQ85xLA2BlQQdrnWBhKw1hw

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 needs and those children and young People in mental health units at this time.  Email info@artscare.co.uk to be part of the online exhibition!

Arts Ekta storytelling series: Join ArtsEkta every Thursday for their fabulous online storytelling series, 'World of Words'. Each week a line-up of amazing storytellers, writers and poets from around the world will be taking over their Facebook page with tales, myths and legends. There will also be an opportunity for people to get involved in an exciting creative writing competition with winners having their stories professionally animated. Keep updated with all online offerings at www.facebook.com/artsekta1 

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. https://www.facebook.com/streetwisecircus

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 https://www.facebook.com/New-Lodge-Arts-1332279066830930/

New Lodge Arts has created the Boredom Buster Activity Book. The book is filled with games, creative challenges, colouring in, stories and much more and is guaranteed to keep kids entertained!   The booklet was designed by local artists and the New Lodge Arts staff team.  Download your copy here https://www.ashtoncentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/New-Lodge-Arts-Activity-Pack-2020.pdf

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