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Newtownards couple win trip of a lifetime to India in celebration of the Jaipur Literature Festival

Saturday 15th June 2019 at 9am

Pictured is winner Jacqueline Dickson with her husband Billy Dickson and Damian Smyth, Arts Council of Northern Ireland (middle).
Image: Pictured is winner Jacqueline Dickson with her husband Billy Dickson and Damian Smyth, Arts Council of Northern Ireland (middle).

Jacqueline and Billy Dickson, from Newtownards, have won a trip to the Jaipur Literature Festival in India this January 2020, in celebration of the festival’s first visit to Northern Ireland on 22-23 June, with a packed weekend of events planned for the Lyric Theatre Belfast and Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy.

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Preparations underway for JLF Belfast

Monday 10th June 2019 at 11am

Barbara Wickham, British Council Director for India, is pictured with Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Image: Barbara Wickham, British Council Director for India, is pictured with Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Barbara Wickham, British Council Director for India, is pictured with Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, at the Lyric Theatre, where preparations are underway for the JLF Belfast.

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The only month-long festival in Ireland is open for business

Friday 7th June 2019 at 9am

Launching the programme for the 7th Open House Festival in Bangor
Image: Launching the programme for the 7th Open House Festival in Bangor

King of the chat show sofa, Sir Michael Parkinson, leading forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes, and BBC Radio 6 Music’s poet-in-residence Murray Lachlan Young are among the multitude of artists and performers joining The Specials, Villagers and The Staves at this year’s Open House Festival Bangor in August.

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