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The Playhouse reveals its £4.6 million refurbishment

Monday 30th November 2009 at 12pm 0 Comments

On Friday 27th November 2009, the award winning Playhouse Theatre celebrated its official re-opening. The Playhouse received £1.3 million from the Arts Council towards the restoration, refurbishment and extension of the historic arts building, which will keep the Playhouse in the heart of Derry City Centre.

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2009 Traveller Focus Week (30th November - 4th December 2009)

Thursday 26th November 2009 at 5pm 0 Comments

The Equality Commission for the third year is co-ordinating a series of events and activities that promote understanding and awareness of traveller issues across Northern Ireland.  In recognition and support of this week the Arts Council is highlighting the role of the arts in developing understanding as well as celebrating the diversity that exists in Northern Ireland today.  The Arts Council has funded a number of awards to organisations that support and work with the travelling communities.  For more information click here (PDF)

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Ratheen regeneration project completed

Monday 23rd November 2009 at 4pm 0 Comments

A series of colourful murals depicting scenes from community life were unveiled in Cookstown today. The £6,373 project funded through the Arts Council’s Re-imaging Communities Programme, has seen the Ratheen Avenue play park transformed, with sectarian graffiti removed and 12 artworks installed to create a new shared space.

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Pictured is artist, Bernie Wilson, with Cookstown District Council Chair,  Councillor Tony Quinn.

Vetting and Barring Scheme

Tuesday 10th November 2009 at 11am 0 Comments

The new Vetting & Barring Scheme, established under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups legislation, introduces increased safeguards for children and vulnerable adults. It aims to prevent unsuitable people from undertaking certain paid or volunteer work with children or vulnerable adults, and it will do this by vetting all those who wish to work with vulnerable groups and barring those where the information shows they pose a risk of harm.

If you work or volunteer with children or vulnerable adults, or you employ people to do so, then the scheme will affect you. Further information from http://www.isa-gov.org

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Belfast Festival showcases rising stars

Saturday 17th October 2009 at 3pm 0 Comments

Four of Northern Ireland most gifted young musicians will perform in the Ulster Hall as part of the Ulster Bank Festival at Queen’s free classical showcase.

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Kim Vaughan, who will be playing the cello as part of the showcase

Connections Launch Makes a Splash

Tuesday 29th September 2009 at 10am 0 Comments

Pictured performing at Queen’s Physical Education Centre are professional synchronised swimming team, Aquabatix during the launch of the Legacy Trust UK Connections programme. The performance was part of Northern Ireland Screen’s, Game On! a season of free sports-themed films and events presented by Queen’s Film Theatre and Belfast Film Festival.

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Professional synchronised swimming team, Aquabatix

Creative industries benefit from £5million boost

Monday 28th September 2009 at 10am 0 Comments

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Nelson McCausland, today (23rd September) joined Roisín McDonough, Chair of the Creative Industries Innovation Fund Consortium and Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, to announce the opening of the latest round of funding through the £5 million Creative Industries Innovation Fund.

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Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Nelson McCausland with Roisín McDonough,  Chair of the Creative Industries Innovation Fund Consortium and Chief Executive of the  Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Ireland’s most eminent poets visit the Arts Council

Thursday 17th September 2009 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council recently had the pleasure of welcoming three of Northern Ireland’s most esteemed poets to its premises. Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Ciaran Carson are pictured with Arts Council Chairman Rosemary Kelly and Chief Executive Roisin McDonough at MacNeice House in Belfast.

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International artists flock to Belfast

Tuesday 15th September 2009 at 12pm 0 Comments

Belfast welcomes the world of comedy, music, drama and dance this October as the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s creates headlines for the 47th year, presenting international talent of the highest quality.

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Festival Director Graeme Farrow is pictured with Arts Council Vice Chair Damian Coyle at the Ulster Bank Festival at Queen’s programme launch

Seamus Heaney Recognises Contribution of Exciting New Lyric Theatre

Tuesday 15th September 2009 at 12pm 0 Comments Architecture , Literature

The performing arts in Northern Ireland laid a firm foundation for a bright new future, with the unveiling of a ‘Threshold Stone’ by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney to celebrate the start of construction on the Lyric Theatre’s new state-of-the-art home on its Ridgeway street site in Belfast.

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Lyric Chairman Mark Carruthers and Arts Council Chairman Rosemary Kelly OBE are pictured with Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney

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