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Luminous Soul celebrates a decade of dance with the ‘MeetShareDance’ festival

Friday 23rd August 2019 at 2pm 0 Comments Dance

Open Arts, one of Northern Ireland’s most dynamic arts and disability organisations will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its dance group Luminous Soul by hosting the inclusive dance festival MeetShareDance in Belfast from 5 - 7 September 2019.

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Linda Fearon & Andy Paton from disability dance group Luminous Soul celebrate a decade of dance  with a free public performance at Cornmarket on Sat 7 Sept at 1pm.

Artist, Maurice Orr, tells of life-changing encounter with the Arts

Thursday 22nd August 2019 at 10am 0 Comments Visual Arts

Ballymoney-based painter Maurice Orr is an internationally-recognised artist whose paintings are exhibited and included in public and private collections around the world. He is also disabled, with an ‘invisible’ physical impairment, following illness and life-changing surgery. Today Thursday 22 August, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland published a new piece of research into the benefits of funding awards for deaf and disabled artists like Maurice who claims this award for him was life-changing.

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Maurice Orr

Ulster Youth Orchestra set to perform showcase concerts in Derry and Belfast this August

Wednesday 21st August 2019 at 9am 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Northern Ireland’s award winning and dynamic national youth orchestra set to perform showcase concerts in the Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry and the Ulster Hall, Belfast on 23rd and 24th August 2019.

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Ulster Youth Orchestra

Job opportunity at the Arts Council

Tuesday 20th August 2019 at 12pm 0 Comments Visual Arts

The Arts Council is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland and now has the following temporary vacancy: Part Time Arts Development Officer

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Tourism NI & the Arts Council join forces to launch spectacular arts programme at key tourism sites

Thursday 15th August 2019 at 5pm 0 Comments

'Embrace The Place', an exciting new partnership between Tourism NI and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, will animate four key tourism sites across the region by using the arts to tell the stories of that particular area, offering visitors something new and inspiring to enjoy.

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Pictured (L-R) launching the programme are John McIlDuff, Dumbworld, Neil Martin, Snow Water, Dara Vallely and Anne Hart , Armagh Rhymers, with Paula McFetridge, Kabosh.

Belfast International Arts Festival 2019 Programme Launched

Thursday 15th August 2019 at 12pm 0 Comments Dance , Drama , Literature , Northern Ireland Music , Visual Arts

The programme for the 57th Belfast International Arts Festival has been launched, with a showcase performance by one of the Festival’s signature artists, Cuban-born Parisian musician, La Dame Blanche, who will perform at the Belfast Empire on Saturday 19th October.  (Real name) Yaite Ramos Rodriguez is the daughter of the Creative Director of the Buena Vista Social Club.  Reflecting the festival’s key themes of internationalism and artistic fusion, La Dame Blanche brought guests at the launch to their feet with her infectious and unique blend of hip-hop, cumbia and reggae.

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Terence Brannigan, Chair Tourism NI, Jonathan Stewart, Director British Council NI, La Dame Blanche, Dr Damian Smyth, Head of Drama and Literature at Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Richard Wakely, Artistic Director Belfast International Arts Festival,

Kelly McCaughrain announced as the new Children’s Writing Fellow for NI by Arts Council and Queen’s

Thursday 15th August 2019 at 10am 0 Comments Literature

Award-winning writer Kelly McCaughrain has accepted the post as the new Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

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Kelly McCaughrain announced as the new Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland to shine at Edinburgh International Festival

Tuesday 6th August 2019 at 11am 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council Northern Ireland are supporting three arts organisations from the region to perform at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Pictured (L-R) is actor, James Doran, playwright, Meghan Tyler, actor, Vincent Higgins and dancer, Sam Finnegan. Visit www.edfringe.com and www.eif.co.uk for tickets and further information.

Return of spectacular seven-screen film WITHOUT

Monday 29th July 2019 at 12pm 0 Comments Dance

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company is delighted to announce the return of WITHOUT – the world class seven-screen film installation by Rosemary Lee and Echo Echo that was created for City of Culture 2013.

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WITHOUT - Bridge Street

Ulster Youth Choir celebrates its 20th anniversary with a tour to the Provençal Festival, France

Friday 26th July 2019 at 2pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

The Provençal Festival will welcome 40 of Northern Ireland’s most talented young singers, in concerts from 2-5 August, as part of the Ulster Youth Choir’s milestone 20th anniversary celebrations.  The tour, which is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, follows a spectacular performance  with 240 singers at Belfast’s Ulster Hall on Saturday 27 July, featuring current members of  the organisation’s three choirs plus many of their alumni who have gone on to carve out successful singing careers.

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Pictured (L-R) at rehearsals are Ulster Youth Choir singers,  Anthony Cowan, Victoria Thompson, Artistic Director, Andrew Nunn, Aiobh O’Neill and Jonathan Green.

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