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Belfast Poet Laureate Sinead Morrissey wins TS Eliot Prize

Tuesday 14th January 2014 at 1pm 0 Comments Literature

Sinéad Morrissey has won the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry for her latest collection Parallax (Carcanet) which she wrote as an Arts Council of Northern Ireland Major Individual Award recipient in 2012.

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Sinead Morrissey follows in the footsteps of Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon and Ciaran Carson as winner of the TS Eliot Prize.

Rafael Payare unveiled as the Ulster Orchestra’s chief conductor from 2014-15

Monday 13th January 2014 at 4pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Venezuelan maestro set to usher in exciting new era in Northern Irish musical life.

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Maestro Payare will join the Ulster Orchestra in September, when New Yorker JoAnn Falletta’s three-year contract comes to an end

Young Musicians for Ulster Hall showcase

Friday 10th January 2014 at 10am 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Young musicians perform alongside the Ulster Orchestra with concert to be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday 12th January at 8pm.

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Pictured with Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland are soprano Laura Sheerin and Sarah Smith, two of the recipients of the Arts Council's Young Musicians Platform award.

A balancing act - Aughnacloy’s Journey to Peace

Thursday 9th January 2014 at 11am 0 Comments Building Peace through the Arts: Re-Imaging Communities

The community in Aughnacloy is amongst the first to have taken part in a creative engagement process funded under the Building Peace through the Arts programme. This local consultation is the first step towards developing a piece of public art for the village that reflects Aughnacloy’s rich culture and history whilst addressing sectarianism and racism.

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Artist Gwen Stevenson pictured with members of the Spring Chickens group based in Aughnacloy

Lovesong resonates as Derry’s No. 1

Wednesday 8th January 2014 at 5pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

A love song dedicated to a Derry woman has been selected the hit song of this year's City of Culture. Adam Leonard's haunting tribute to his wife Blathnaid has been voted ‘Best Track’ in the Nerve Centre's Resonate music project.

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Dedicated to his wife Blathnaid, Adam Leonard's track My Love was selected as the winner of Resonate

Shining a spotlight on positive mental health

Monday 6th January 2014 at 10am 0 Comments Youth Arts , Arts & Health

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is shining a spotlight on positive mental health by encouraging more people to take part in the arts. 

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Maire Campbell, Artistic Director of Youth Action Northern Ireland and actor Curtis-Lee Ashqar (18), who, with support from the Arts Council, have been working to raise awareness of mental health issues through their Suitcase Theatre productions.

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