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What’s on the Arts online!

Wednesday 19th August 2020 at 10am 0 Comments

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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 things to do online, supported by National Lottery funding.

Clandeboye Festival: continues throughout this week with a series of online concerts celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.  The festival will premier online from the 18 - 22 August via the Camerata Ireland website. Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through its National Lottery funds, stay-at-home audiences will be treated to five concerts showcasing the full cycle of Beethoven’s magnificent piano concertos, with Artistic Director Barry Douglas as soloist and conductor.  This innovative recording project from the only all-Ireland chamber orchestra will be released over five evenings, from the 18 - 22 August, when the live Clandeboye Festival would have been taking place. ‘Clandeboye At Home’ will then remain online until August 2021 for audiences across the globe to stream on demand. For further details visit the below: and, or Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @CamerataIreland

Moving On Music: MoM’s‘All About….’ Outreach series continues this week with premiereof the first video from Derry based jazz guitarist, Joseph Leighton. In Joseph’s first video, he will talk about all things jazz guitar, looking at the specific instruments and gear used to create the genre’s unique sound. Joesph will also talk to us about key musicians that have influenced his style of playing and who we need to listen to! Visit the below links to access:

Beyond Skin: presents LIVING GREEN PICTURES. The aim of LIVING GREEN PICTURES is to bring together art and agriculture as a language of life and sustainability. A series of six online workshops, in English & Spanish, will enable intergenerational cultural exchange, creative interdisciplinary activities and the sharing of different experiences. A wide range of participants can take part in this project and it’s suitable for anyone who likes planting, agriculture, gardening and art can participate.  Workshops begin on Friday 21st August at 3pm via zoom  To register to take part email and visit  for more information.

Craft NI’s August Craft Month: continues throughout August and showcases the  work of local craft makers in a series of virtual events to celebrate just some of the outstanding work that goes on throughout Northern Ireland.  In addition to the digital events, which include a webinar series with some of the leading names in the craft world, there will be a special exhibition at Craft NI’s gallery throughout August and September.  Visit

Mela at Home: Northern Ireland’s biggest celebration of cultural diversity, the Belfast Mela goes virtual for 2020 with a week-long series of more than 50 free events planned from Monday 24th August to Sunday 30th August.  Highlights of this year’s Mela at Home, sponsored by Sensata Technologies, include a wonderful line up of music, dance, food, art, theatre, discussion and wellbeing from around the world presented by local artists and performers living in Northern Ireland.   An engaging and interactive Mela at Home festival map transports visitors to a virtual Botanic Gardens with a range of new exciting events on offer each day including spectacular performances on the World Stage, a variety of cookery demonstrations in the Palm House, relaxation workshops in the World of Wellbeing, plus interactive theatre, animation, storytelling and much more for children.   Visit

Northern Ireland Opera: is bringing live opera back to Belfast.  Northern Ireland Opera is bringing The Festival of Voice their much-loved annual celebration of singing to Belfast this August, with a theme of Myths and Legends, in partnership with BBC Radio 3. All events will be performed live in the First Church Belfast on August 28-30th and recorded: BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the recitals in the early autumn while the competition finale will be filmed and released via the Northern Ireland Opera YouTube channel in September.  Usually this celebration of the best young opera voices from the island of Ireland takes place in the beautiful coastal village of Glenarm. While they cannot be there this year due to COVID 19, NI Opera is delighted to still be able to bring live performance to Belfast across three days of recitals.

This year’s finalists are David Corr (baritone), David Howes (bass baritone), Andrew Irwin (tenor), Sarah Luttrell (mezzo-soprano) and Jade Phoenix (soprano). The winner is awarded a monetary prize and the chance to attend Canto al Serchio in Tuscany, run by Belfast-born international baritone, Bruno Caproni, one of Northern Ireland’s most successful opera stars.

The Glenarm Festival of Voice also features three BBC Radio 3 Recitals. This year they will welcome soprano Ailish Tynan, mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley and baritone James Newby, with accompanist Simon Lepper.  They’ll be bringing a wonderful range of concerts exploring our theme of ‘Myths and Legends’.  These performances will also be recorded in the First Church, Belfast and broadcast in the autumn on BBC Radio 3.  Visit


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