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Leading performance artist, Sinéad O’Donnell, launches exhibition inspired by female empowerment

Thursday 21st February 2019 at 9am 0 Comments Visual Arts

“We are all sisters in this world we have to support each other. Our place and understanding of place in this world is the same in our beings to survive, to resist oppression and to join and merge through artistic forces. My work created a meeting point, through performance art, to be free.”  (Sinéad O’Donnell, performance artist).

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Pictured is Joanna Johnston, Arts Council of Northern Ireland with artist, Sinéad O’Donnell.

New fund opens to help arts organisations renew and replace equipment

Tuesday 19th February 2019 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts of Council of Northern Ireland has opened a funding round that aims to help arts organisations renew their working environment.

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Northern Ireland musicians showcased at major music gathering, Folk Alliance International, Canada

Monday 18th February 2019 at 9am 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Two of the region’s top emerging artists, Stevie Scullion of Malojian and singer-songwriter, Brigid O’Neill, took part in this year’s Folk Alliance International, the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community.  Also attending the five-day event in Montréal, Canada, was Lyndon Stephens, artist management for Malojian.

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Pictured (L-R), is Joanne Wright, Arts Council of Norther Ireland with Brigid O’Neill, Stevie Scullion and Lyndon Stephens.

Arts Council publishes its 2018 Annual Funding Survey

Friday 15th February 2019 at 9am 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has released data from its 2017/18 Annual Funding Survey.

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Culture Night Belfast 2018

Poems by late poet Pádraic Fiacc gifted to Belfast schools

Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 10am 0 Comments Literature

Secondary schools across Belfast are set to receive a copy of the late Padraic Fiacc’s Selected Poems Ruined Pages, in memory of the influential poet who died aged 94 at the end of January.

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Pictured are year 11 students from Malone Integrated College with Principal Katrina Moore, James Kerr from Verbal Arts and Gilly Campbell from the Arts Council.

Sam McCready (1936-2019)

Monday 11th February 2019 at 4pm 0 Comments Drama

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has learned with great sadness of the death yesterday of Sam McCready, Belfast actor, author, poet, director, teacher, painter, and a founding member of the Lyric Players Theatre.

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Tales of Life on the Lagan celebrated at Waterways Storymaking Festival

Tuesday 5th February 2019 at 12pm 0 Comments

The stories of the Lagan Navigation were brought to life on Saturday (2nd February) at a special awards ceremony celebrating the creative talent of the communities that connect with the waterway.

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Pictured are young writer Aisling Smyth,10, from St Theresa’s Primary School in Lurgan, composer Bridgett O'Neill, who composed a special piece for the festival, Brian Cassells, OBE, Chair of Lagan Navigational Trust and poet Olive Broderick.

Belfast Exposed launch exhibition of works from the Arts Council’s Contemporary Art Collection

Wednesday 30th January 2019 at 9am 0 Comments Visual Arts

A special exhibition at Belfast Exposed featuring selected photographic works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s contemporary art collection is now open.  The exhibition has come about as part of the Arts Council’s new Art Lending Scheme, a free scheme which is open to curators, galleries, and organisations interested in putting works from the Collection on public display.

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Pictured launching the exhibition is Deirdre Robb, Chief Executive, Belfast Exposed with Joanna Johnston, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Daniele Rustioni to become new Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra

Friday 25th January 2019 at 9am 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

The Ulster Orchestra is delighted to announce that Daniele Rustioni will be its new Chief Conductor to succeed Rafael Payare in September.

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Internationally-renowned Italian maestro, Daniele Rustioni

Pádraic Fiacc (1924 – 2019)

Monday 21st January 2019 at 1pm 0 Comments Literature

Belfast poet, renowned for his writing on the Troubles, dies, aged 94.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has learned with sadness of the death of the Belfast poet, Pádraic Fiacc, who died last night at the age of 94.

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