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What’s on in the Arts online

Wednesday 26th August 2020 at 3pm 0 Comments

What's on in the Arts online! Image: What's on in the Arts online!

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.

Folk Park Live: Snow Water and the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone, launches ‘Folk Park Live’ this week on 27th August, an new audio-visual exhibition which takes visitors through a 300 year musical journey of Ulster emigration through song.  This new experience features musical talents such as Neil Martin, Jack Warnock, Gemma Bradley, Niall Hanna, Maurice Leyden, Eilidh Patterson, Gareth Dunlop, No Oil Paintings, Cathal Hayden, Mary Dillon and ROE.  The exhibition is the final project in the Embrace the Place series, a partnership between Tourism NI and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which animated key tourism sites across the region by using the arts to tell the stories of that particular area, offering visitors something new and inspiring to enjoy.  

Folk Park Live features recordings of a live performance from each musician, filmed at 12 locations across the Ulster American Folk Park to create a musical experience that can be enjoyed both online and on site.  To visit you can book tickets online in advance to guarantee your timeslot, with a range of ticket options available. The new visitor experience is included in the cost of the ticket. Visit for more information. The experience is also available to view at from the comfort of your home.

In Your Space: In Your Space Circus proudly presents: CARNIVAL OF COLOURS REIMAGINED
This weekend (29th & 30th August) & next weekend (5th & 6th September) #In Your Space will take to the streets of Derry-Londonderry with some amazing circus shows (in top secret locations) and some (pop-up) parades with our amazing walkabout acts!
AND as if that wasn't exciting enough...
for all you staying at home they are inviting you to take a peek inside the Big Top and get a true taste of the circus life... right from your own home!
Paint your face like a tiger... learn to juggle in 5 minutes or sit down, get cosy & watch a gorgeous puppet show!  That's right, they will be streaming live into your living room (or kitchen, we're not sure where you do your laptop lives?) with Laptop Big Top!  Visit

The Duncairn: Carlingford Heritage Centre and The Duncairn in Belfast join forces to bring you a 3 episode series of concerts by Irish musicians: The Carlingford/Duncairn Summer Series. The first episode aired on Sunday 23rd August and included music by Yue Tang & Brian Connor ; Niall Hanna, Rachel McGarrity & Stephen Loughran ; Zoë Conway & John Mc Intyre plus an interview with Creative Director, Ray Giffen. Subscribe to The Duncairn’s YouTube to catch the next two concerts and you can also watch Sunday’s concert back at

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:

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:

Void Gallery: Join artist facilitator Sinead Crumlish at 12 noon this Wednesday online to make your own rainbow and heart mobile. This crafty activity can be done by kids of all ages. Hang it in your window on Saturday 29th August to celebrate Foyle Pride! Just log on to @derryvoid on Facebook or Instagram to find the video. #voidcommunities #voidonline

Moving On Music: MoM’s‘All About….’ Outreach series continues this week Derry based jazz guitarist, Joseph Leighton.  Visit the below links:


Craft NI’s August Craft Month: continues for the final week 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.  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.   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: 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.  Visit


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