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. As the arts sector slowly and safely re-opens we have also highlighted some exhibitions and events to enjoy in galleries and outdoors, supported by National Lottery funding.
Belfast International Arts Festival: The 58th Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF) has been digitally launched with an imaginative and inspirational programme for the times we live in, as Northern Ireland’s leading contemporary multi-artform festival largely goes virtual for 2020. From 12th October to 1st November, inspirational events featuring dance, music, theatre, film, visual arts and discussion will be largely hosted online, with a small number experienced in-person. The impressive programme responds creatively to the current pandemic and explores matters of contemporary interest such as gender equality, multi-culturalism, representation, the climate crisis, and democracy. Visit https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/ to view the full programme and access tickets.
Culture Night Online 2020: Culture Night’s online 2020 core programme has been unveiled with a packed line-up of music, debates, visual arts and thought-provoking films on 18 September. This year’s core programme of commissioned pieces will see venues such as the Belfast Cathedral, Black Box, Oh Yeah Centre and The MAC as the backdrop to what is set to be an exciting evening of entertainment. Among the performers taking part this year in the CNB Online Core Programme are Cherry On Top, Susie Blue, Sinead O'Donnell, tenx9, Charles Hurts, Becha, Stephen Beggs, Paul Currie, George Quinn, Rachael McCabe, Bounce Culture, The Swing Gals and many more.
For more information on this year’s programme go to culturenightbelfast.com or follow #CNB20 #CNBonline on social media. If you're a creator and want to submit your event to Culture Night Belfast this year simply fill out the submissions form at culturenightbelfast.com/cnb-online
Drive-in performances: MayWe with the support of the Arts Council and Catalyst present the LOUGH DOWN LINE UP at Queen’s Road, Belfast on 26-27 September. There are eight drive-in shows to choose from across two days, with a headline performance from And So I Watch You From Afar. There’s also comedy from Lurgan’s Micky Bartlett and performances from Ronnie Greer and his eight-piece band, Joshua Burnside, Ciaran Lavery, Prime Cut Productions and Pan Narran’s, My Left Nut stage show ,Catilin-Magnall Kearns's, 'The Monolgues', Belfast Operatic's 'Songs from Stage and Screen' as well as Mr Hullabaloo and 'Dino Day Out' children's theatre. Tickets are priced from £15-20 per car per show and are available at www.loughdown.eventbrite.co.uk
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: presents their Samhain Programme with a plethora of new events and programmes for all as we transition from Summer to Autumn signalling the arrival of the dark nights as we approach Samhain. There will be a new term of Irish classes catering to all levels along with a new tin whistle course. There is a beautiful new project for children, Play Me a Story, with author Myra Zepf and the Ulster Orchestra. Bàrd, File, Bardd encompasses a fantastic poetry presentation looking at mother tongues with poets, Ciara Ní É, national poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn and Scotland’s Pàdraig Mac Aoidh which will be broadcast on their YouTube and Facebook channels as part of Culture Night, Friday 18th September at 8:30pm.
They also kick off the 30 year celebration of Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiach with an inaugural heritage event, a special art exhibition, Cultúrlann Collection, which will launch in Dánlann Dillon at the beginning of October. They present their fourth virtual concert celebrating the indigenous Celtic festivals, the Samhain concert will showcase the best of traditional music courtesy of Music in the Glen along with storytelling and mumming with Cleamairí Feirste as per the ancient Samhain tradition. The concert will be broadcast on Cultúrlann Facebook and YouTube channels on Friday 30th October at 8:30pm.
LITERATURE, DRAMA & DANCE
Accidental Theatre: will livestream, DIALOGOS, a new performance of poetry, music and dance at 5pm on 12th September. It is the result of a collaboration between dancer, Mayte Segura (Mexico) and musician, Victor Henriquez (Chile) and is supported by the Art’s Council Artist Emergency Programme. Both artists have engaged in a creative dialogue, exploring their experiences as artists living in Northern Ireland. During the past two months they sat, danced, read, played and created this beautiful piece inspired by the richness of Latin-American culture and by their personal journeys into Northern Ireland. Tickets can be booked at https://accidentaltheatre.co.uk/box-office/dialogos
Lyric Theatre and Traverse Theatre: present, Denouement, by John Morton, an audio recorded rehearsed reading from Mon 7th until Sun 20th Sep. John Morton’s brutally comic Denouement was nominated for the inaugural Popcorn Award for playwriting. A co-production between the Traverse Theatre and Lyric Theatre Belfast, it stars real-life couple Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones, Derry Girls) as Liam and Marie Jones (In the Name of the Father) as Edel, is directed by the Traverse’s award-winning Co-Artistic Director Gareth Nicholls (Crocodile Fever, Ulster American) and features sound design and composition by Michael John McCarthy. This production was due to premiere at the Traverse Festival in August before playing on the Main Stage at the Lyric in September. Suitable for ages 16+. Listen to the audio recording at https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/denouement/
JLF London: Teamwork Arts, the producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival and the British Library, present a virtual edition of JLF London, in which the magnificent piazza of the British Library is replaced by the boundless possibilities of the internet. Everything else remains the same - the magic of discourse, the caravan of ideas, the camaraderie of people and the seamless flow of knowledge. This year the festival will open on the 11th of September, with a key note by the High Commissioner of India and will feature over 40 authors including Vidya Balan, Shashi Tharoor, Vikas Swarup, Bernardino Evaristo, Amish, Deepa Anappara, Christina Lamb, Avi Shlaim, John Lanchester programmed across 20 sessions. Visit the below for further details:
Moving On Music: This week Moving on Music premiere the first ‘All About’ Outreach video from jazz pianist, Scott Flanigan. In Scott’s first video, he talks about how jazz and blues can be used to express how you feel through music and allows you the freedom of being able to do your own thing. Scott breaks down the blues scale and explains how to improvise around this. Get your keys ready! Visit:
The Strand Arts Centre: presents Malojian live on Saturday 26th September. The event will also include live visuals from Colm Laverty and a performance from special guest Christopher Coll, who has recently signed to Style Records. Over the last few years Malojian has released four critically acclaimed albums (the last three of which have been short-listed for the Northern Ireland Music Prize). Malojian’s fifth album, Humm is released on Malojian’s brand new label STYLE RECORDS on 18th September 2020. Tickets for the show at The Strand Arts Centre cost £20 and are available at https://www.strandartscentre.com/movies/malojian-with-support-and-live-visuals/
Ulster Orchestra: The Ulster Orchestra is back and performing live from the Waterfront Hall in a new series to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. For the first concert, which took place on Friday 4th September, the Ulster Orchestra performed Bela Bartók's haunting, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, conducted by Jac Van Steen. The concert is available to listen back at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000m6rz
Northern Ireland Opera: The Festival of Voice 2020 took place in First Church Belfast last month in front of a small socially distanced audience. This is the first time live opera has been performed in the city since before the lockdown. Five finalists from across the island of Ireland competed for the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize and to become the Northern Ireland Opera Voice of 2020. A short film about the event with concert highlights will be released on Northern Ireland Opera's YouTube channel at 8pm on 13th September. Visit www.niopera.com
Folk Park Live: Snow Water and the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone, have launched, Folk Park Live, a new audio-visual exhibition which takes visitors through a 300 year musical journey of Ulster emigration through song. The experience is available to view at www.folkparklive.com from the comfort of your home. The Arts Council went along to hear all about it, watch the video at https://youtu.be/_Sf6z8OGY_E
The Duncairn: Carlingford Heritage Centre and The Duncairn in Belfast join forces to bring you, The Carlingford/Duncairn Summer Series, a series of three concerts by Irish musicians including Yue Tang & Brian Connor, Niall Hanna, Rachel McGarrity, Stephen Loughran, Zoë Conway & John Mc Intyre plus The 4 of Us, Emma Langford & Cathie Ryan. You can watch all three concerts back at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKoo6cIKYJQ&list=PLUEHCHma-yNwEnKSGk-ocVnqvb_kiobd6
The MAC: has re-opened its café and galleries to the public. From now until 11th October, The MAC presents the popular, Ulster University BA and MFA Fine Art Graduate Show, across all three MAC galleries. The MAC is open from 10am-4pm Wed-Sun and you must book to attend the exhibition at www.themaclive.com
VOID: Void has a new website! Here you can find all the latest updates about their events and exhibitions. You can also look back on their past exhibitions and events by searching the archive. There is also a shop where you can search through their artist publications or show your support for the arts by donating or becoming a Void Supporter. Void will continue to create both online and in-house content to bring to their audience so keep an eye on the website for further information. Their public gallery is also now reopened and will be showing an exhibition by artist, Alan Phelan, echoes are always more muted, from 5th September until 31st October www.derryvoid.com
Belfast Exposed: present two exhibitions which will be highlighting the work of a selection of recent graduates from the MFA Photography and BA in Photography and Video at Ulster University. The exhibitions are:
Anthropology (MFA Exhibition) – 3rd September – 24th October
The works presented are universally human and deeply personal navigations of current climates and a response to exactly this moment in time. The exhibition sits with the process of grief and walks along the borders of small towns and fallen cities. Artists reckon with the aftermath of abuse and make sense of fluctuating architecture and the human effort to heal our natural environment. Perception is questioned and subverted to understand home, gender, and community. Exhibition link: https://www.belfastexposed.org/exhibitions/anthropology/
Human Condition (BA Exhibition) – 3rd September – 24th October
The works presented are a broad exploration of human existence plunging into topics from water quality to fluid gender expression and roles. Further observations on mental health spanning youth to retirement, isolation, healing, and recreational space. Exhibition link: https://www.belfastexposed.org/exhibitions/human-condition/
University of Atypical: will open to the public from 10th September presenting the re-opening of Brian Kielt’s exhibition, Confessionals. Brian Kielt is a painter based in mid-Ulster who makes work about memory, trauma and anxiety. In 2012 Kielt co-founded the LOFT collective and continues to collaborate with members on numerous projects. This is Kielt’s fifth solo exhibition. His work has featured in several group shows and has work in private collections in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and the USA.
Conscious that many people may continue to shield, they have also organised an online event for those who can’t make it to see the exhibition. A Studio Visit with Brian Kielt will take place on Saturday 3rd of October 2020 from 2pm to 3pm. Join online for an informal tour of the artist’s studio, in the rolling foothills of Glenshane. This is a great opportunity to meet the artist, find out more about his creative process and the ideas that inform his practice, and get a sneak peek of works in progress. Questions for the artist from attendees are welcomed. Register your interest and receive the Zoom link at https://www.facebook.com/universityofatypical
Roe Valley Arts: presents the online Dungiven Regeneration Club Virtual Exhibition from 2nd September until 10th November. Dungiven Regeneration Club (DRC) was established in 2015 to advance the arts culture in Dungiven area and to aesthetically regenerate the area through art. For this exhibition the members of the club have submitted works of art that they have created over the lockdown period. The exhibition highlights the wonderful artistic talent in our local Causeway Coast and Glens Borough and is a brilliant example of how the arts can bring a community together and enhance their local area. https://www.roevalleyarts.com/exhibitions/dungiven-regeneration-club-exhibition