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Minister approves Arts Council’s Strategy for the Arts

Monday 27th October 2014 at 2pm 0 Comments Acquisitions , Architecture , Arts & Disability , Arts & Health , Arts and Older People , Building Peace through the Arts: Re-Imaging Communities , Circus & Carnival Arts , Community Arts , Craft , Dance , Drama , Film & TV , Intercultural Arts , International Arts , Language Arts , Literature , Northern Ireland Music , Public Art , Traditional Arts , Visual Arts , Voluntary Arts , Youth Arts

The Arts Council’s five-year strategy for the arts was published today following the recent approval and endorsement of the document by the Minister for Culture Arts and Leisure.

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Maurice Orr, artist. Donal McCann photography.

Roaring good fun at free family festival

Friday 24th October 2014 at 11am 0 Comments Community Arts , Circus & Carnival Arts , Youth Arts

Botanic gardens will be transformed this weekend as the African Savannah comes to Belfast. 

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Botanic Gardens will be transformed this Saturday as the African Savannah comes to Belfast with free African-themed family activities and workshops. Pictured are twins Ríonach and Méabh MacElhatton (age 5) and Katie McKavanagh (age 5).

Making Connections: Research Higlights from the MA in Arts Management

Thursday 23rd October 2014 at 5pm 0 Comments

In collaboration with Arts Council Northern Ireland, The School of Creative Arts at Queen’s University Belfast will present findings from MA in Arts Management at the Brian Friel theatre on Thursday 6th November from 5pm to 7pm.

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Echo Echo officially open studios and launch international festival

Thursday 23rd October 2014 at 12pm 0 Comments Dance

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company officially opened its new home last week. The purpose-built premises accessed directly from the city’s historic walls at Magazine Street house two dance studios, one with performance capability, and a range of office and ancillary spaces. 

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The new facilities will provide a welcome boost for dance and performing arts in the north west.

Art in the Eastside brightens up the city

Monday 20th October 2014 at 2pm 0 Comments Visual Arts

Winter may be approaching but the streets of East Belfast are about to brighten up; Creative Exchange’s Art in The Eastside project is preparing to dominate the streets of the East of the city once again with it’s colourful array of art from international, national and local artists.

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Festival warms up for city-wide cultural celebration

Thursday 16th October 2014 at 2pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music , Drama , Visual Arts , Community Arts

As the 2014 Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s prepares to open the doors to a 17 day, city-wide, celebration of arts and culture Director Richard Wakely warmed up with a host of voices preparing for The Big Big Sing - just one of the 110 events from 18 countries that will be filling venues all over the city of Belfast as part of this year’s event.

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Pictured are singers Deirdre Conlon and Claire Megoran with members of the Sing For Life Choir, Crescent Arts Centre, who will be taking part in the Big Big Sing event at Whitla Hall on 25th October, just one of 110 events which make up the Ulster Bank Be

Quercus Ensemble bring Songs, Games and Dances across Northern Ireland

Wednesday 15th October 2014 at 3pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Quercus Ensemble, the dynamic and innovative chamber music ensemble from Derry-Londonderry, will be performing their new show entitled, ‘Songs, Games and Dances at the Café de Paris’, across Northern Ireland, as part of their five-date tour around the region, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s NI Music Touring Programme.

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Pictured launching the tour is ensemble leader, Kim Vaughan cello, Zara Benyounes violin and Emily Holland violin with Ciaran Scullion, Arts Council.  The tour starts on 21st October-8th November taking in Strabane, Newtownabbey, Omagh, Armagh and Derry

Win tickets to the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s

Thursday 9th October 2014 at 12pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Music lovers are in for a treat this weekend as the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s will be taking to the streets to give away 25 pairs of tickets to this year’s Music Club.

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Pictured is Maria McAlister, Arts Council, Susan McCleary, Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen¹s and musician, Stevie Scullion.

Artists open their doors to the public

Tuesday 7th October 2014 at 1pm 0 Comments Visual Arts

In an exciting first for the city, the Belfast Open Studios project, hosted by Visual Arts Ireland, is an invitation to the public to come and see how artists work and to take a glimpse into the creative processes. 

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Fourteen studios across Belfast will be opening their doors to the public from the 22nd to 26th October as part of the Open Studio Project.

Laureate na nÓg, Eoin Colfer, launches island-wide storytelling tour

Tuesday 7th October 2014 at 10am 0 Comments Literature

The first event in the Once Upon a Place tour took place recently at the On Home Ground festival in Magherafelt. 

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