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George Sampson Dances in Donaghmore!

Wednesday 16th December 2009 at 12pm 0 Comments

Britain’s Got Talent’s ‘singing in the rain’ star George Sampson visited Beam Creative Network in Donaghmore on Saturday to facilitate a dance workshop with forty children from the ‘ImagineAction’ project.

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Boyzone Star gives Masterclass in Donaghmore

Wednesday 16th December 2009 at 12pm 0 Comments

Forty teenagers from a sporting background were given top tips on how to pursue a career in music and sport today from Boyzone star Shane Lynch.

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Arts Council Residencies and All that Jazz

Monday 14th December 2009 at 11am 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is giving local musicians the chance to travel to New York to study with some of the best jazz musicians in the business.

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Arts Council Residencies and All that Jazz

Building of the new MAC will soon be underway

Thursday 10th December 2009 at 11am 0 Comments

The Arts Council welcomes the announcement that construction of the new £17.5 million MAC arts centre is due to commence before Christmas.

Supported by the Arts Council, the MAC will be based in the city’s Cathedral Quarter. The new arts facility will be six stories high and will boast two theatres, a large visual space, dance and rehearsal studios, café and public access areas. This multi-million pound art venue, which is due to open in 2011 has been planned to keep pace with the artistic expectations of a modern society; and designed to make a real contribution to the social, economic and cultural re-generation of Northern Ireland.

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Lottery invests £845 MILLION in good causes

Tuesday 8th December 2009 at 11am 0 Comments

Northern Ireland has undergone a massive programme of civic regeneration to the tune of over £845 million thanks to National Lottery funding for good causes.

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Baroness May Blood MBE and comedian Tim McGarry, Trustee of the  Grand Opera House, Belfast, celebrate 15 years of National Lottery Funding

Arts Council launches Troubles Archive

Tuesday 8th December 2009 at 11am 0 Comments

A new archive containing many of the key artistic works produced against the backdrop of the Troubles has officially been unveiled at the Ulster Museum.

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Arts Council Chief Executive Roisin McDonough is pictured at the launch of the Arts Council’s Troubles Archive in the Ulster Museum with contributing essayists Imelda Foley and Stuart Bailey, Mike Maloney and Martin Dowling

Community Choir launch 13 track CD

Tuesday 8th December 2009 at 11am 0 Comments

Northern Ireland based Open Arts Community Choir (OACC), star of TV’s ‘Last Choir Standing’ competition in 2008, is launching a 13 track CD with music to suit every taste and generation.


The CD, which is being launched in Bangor’s new library ‘Curve’ on Wednesday 9th December, is the result of years of performances and includes tracks such as ‘Something Inside So Strong’ by Labi Siffre and ‘Moon River’ from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Community flocks to help re-image Clooney

Wednesday 2nd December 2009 at 4pm 0 Comments

Three steel sculptures and a mosaic installation have been unveiled in Derry’s Clooney estate as part of the Arts Council’s £3.8 million Re-imaging Communities Programme. The culmination of two years hard work, the project received £44,500 funding through this arts-led regeneration programme in December 2007.

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Artist Susan Hunter is pictured with Adele Dunn,  Clooney Estate Residents Association

Tigers Bay Young People ‘Change’ the Face of the Community through Re-Imaging Project

Wednesday 2nd December 2009 at 4pm 0 Comments

A new artwork reflecting the identity and aspirations of people in the North Belfast community of Tigers Bay has been unveiled as part of a re-imaging project.

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Open Arts launches disability dance programme

Tuesday 1st December 2009 at 4pm 0 Comments Arts & Disability

Belfast based arts and disability company Open Arts recently launched Luminous Soul, a three year dance development project, funded by the Legacy Trust UK.

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Culture Minister Nelson McCausland, Chair of the N.I 2012 Leadership Group provides the music for Luminous Soul, a 3 year disability dance project funded by the Legacy Trust UK, with Lorraine McDowell, Director of Operations Arts Council N.I, with project

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