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Tapas and tunes at the MAC

Thursday 6th February 2014 at 3pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Moving On Music and Belfast Music Society in association with the MAC, recently launched Night Music.   Night Music is a new series of short concerts on the first Wednesday of the month, involving top Irish and Northern Irish musicians. High quality chamber music presented in an informal setting, along with opportunities to eat, drink and meet the artists. 

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Pictured at the launch of Night Music, taking place this spring at the MAC, are Violist Errika Horsley and Cellist Martin Johnson from the Altissimo Quartet with Ciaran Scullion from the Arts Council.

Sweet 16 for the Belfast Children’s Festival

Thursday 6th February 2014 at 3pm 0 Comments Youth Arts

Belfast Children’s Festival has revealed their jam-packed programme for the 16th annual festival and Arts Council Chairman Bob Collins was on hand to celebrate its launch. 

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Getting in on the act, Belfast Lord Mayor, Mairtin O'Muilleoir was joined at the launch by Gavin O'Connor, Youth Arts Officer, Patricia Freedman, Chairperson, Young at Art, Bob Collins, Arts Council Chairperson, and Ali Fitzgibbon, Festival Director

£500,000 craft bursary for NI artists

Wednesday 5th February 2014 at 11am 0 Comments Craft

A new annual craft bursary worth £15,000 per year has been announced by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the newly formed Rosemary James Trust, thanks to the generosity of a local pioneer and patron of the arts.

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Pictured at Craft NI celebrating the launch of the award are local sculptor Eamonn Higgins and Dr. Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts at the Arts Council.

NI dance delegation makes its mark at British Dance Edition 2014

Wednesday 5th February 2014 at 11am 0 Comments Dance

Members of a Northern Ireland dance delegation are back on home soil today after a successful weekend representing Northern Ireland at British Dance Edition 2014 in Scotland, the UK dance industry’s leading showcase event which profiles the very best of dance to visitors from across the globe.

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Choreographer Luke Murphy & Company

Friel double bill and new comedy launch a new season at the Lyric Theatre

Tuesday 4th February 2014 at 10am 0 Comments Drama

Spring bursts into life at the Lyric Theatre with two plays by one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights, Brian Friel opening an exciting new year of drama at the Belfast theatre.

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Gavin Drea as Gar Private and Peter Coonan as Gar Public in Brian Friel’s acclaimed play Philadelphia, Here I Come! at the Lyric Theatre Belfast until 8 March

Sticky fingers host European Delegation for Small Size, Big Festival

Monday 3rd February 2014 at 3pm 0 Comments Youth Arts

More than 300 delegates from across Europe including representatives from the arts, children’s rights and political sectors from 12 different countries will be arriving in Newry this week for the ‘Small size, big festival’ event and conference taking place from 6th-9th February.

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Take it Away in 2014

Friday 31st January 2014 at 9am 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Purchasing that instrument of your dreams is now easier than ever with the ‘Take it away’ musical loan scheme, funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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.  Musician Cara Gribben pictured with the guitar of her dreams purchased at Matchetts Belfast through the Arts Council’s Take it Away scheme

A marvellous night for a Moondance in Newry

Thursday 30th January 2014 at 11am 0 Comments Youth Arts

In the words of Van Morrison, it is going to be a marvellous night for a Moondance next week (7th, 8th, 9th February) with the grounds of Narrow Water Castle set to stage a theatrical spectacular.  

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The Small Size, Big Festival will welcome artists and organisations from 12 European countries to Newry for 4 days

New play raises universal issue with a Northern Ireland perspective

Thursday 30th January 2014 at 9am 0 Comments Drama

The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave, by debut playwright Donal O'Hagan and produced by Accidental Theatre, opens at the Baby Grand (Grand Opera House) on 25th February and runs through 1st March before touring five regional venues in Northern Ireland.

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The Kitchen, the bedroom and the grave stars Noel Magee, Jason McLaughlin and Maggie Cronin

Lyric Theatre announces new Executive Producer

Wednesday 29th January 2014 at 2pm 0 Comments Drama

After an extensive review of its operations, the Board of the Lyric Theatre is delighted to announce the appointment of the acclaimed director Jimmy Fay to lead the theatre.

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Jimmy Fay is today announced as the new Executive Producer for Belfast's Lyric Theatre

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