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Newtownards couple win trip of a lifetime to India in celebration of the Jaipur Literature Festival

Saturday 15th June 2019 at 9am 0 Comments Literature

Jacqueline and Billy Dickson, from Newtownards, have won a trip to the Jaipur Literature Festival in India this January 2020, in celebration of the festival’s first visit to Northern Ireland on 22-23 June, with a packed weekend of events planned for the Lyric Theatre Belfast and Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy.

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Pictured is winner Jacqueline Dickson with her husband Billy Dickson and Damian Smyth, Arts Council of Northern Ireland (middle).

Preparations underway for JLF Belfast

Monday 10th June 2019 at 11am 0 Comments Literature

Barbara Wickham, British Council Director for India, is pictured with Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, at the Lyric Theatre, where preparations are underway for the JLF Belfast.

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Barbara Wickham, British Council Director for India, is pictured with Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The only month-long festival in Ireland is open for business

Friday 7th June 2019 at 9am 0 Comments Comedy , Drama , Film & TV , Literature , Northern Ireland Music , Visual Arts

King of the chat show sofa, Sir Michael Parkinson, leading forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes, and BBC Radio 6 Music’s poet-in-residence Murray Lachlan Young are among the multitude of artists and performers joining The Specials, Villagers and The Staves at this year’s Open House Festival Bangor in August.

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Launching the programme for the 7th Open House Festival in Bangor

UK and Ireland first as interactive Jump Trump installation opens in Belfast

Thursday 6th June 2019 at 3pm 0 Comments Visual Arts

Jump Trump, the interactive visual art installation by Dutch artists Erik Kessels and Thomas Mailaender, has gone on display for the first time in the UK and Ireland as part of the 2019 Belfast Photo Festival.

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Image © Erik Kessels, Unseen Amsterdam, 2017

Stage is set for 13th Belfast Mela Festival at Botanic Gardens

Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 1pm 0 Comments Dance , Northern Ireland Music

Northern Ireland’s largest celebration of cultural diversity, the Belfast Mela returns to Botanic Gardens on Sunday 25th August from 12 noon until 6pm for its biggest festival ever with principal sponsor Sensata Technologies.

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Mexican dancers Mayte Segura and Denise Navarrete with hosts U105’s Carolyn Stewart and UTV’s Julian Simmons and Nisha Tandon, Executive Director of ArtsEkta and founder of the Belfast Mela in Mela’s stunning Chinese Dragon Boat at Botanic Gardens.

Asma Khan, Star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, launches programme for Jaipur Literature Festival Belfast

Thursday 30th May 2019 at 2pm 0 Comments Literature

Star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, founder of charity, Second Daughters Fund, and owner of Darjeeling Express restaurant, Asma Khan, visited Belfast on Wednesday 29th May to launch the JLF Belfast programme of events.

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Pictured is celebrity chef and author, Asma Khan

Young jazz musicians invited to apply for Jazzlife Alliance mentorship programme

Thursday 23rd May 2019 at 4pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Jazzlife Alliance is offering young jazz musicians the opportunity to apply for its second round of mentorships with its artistic director, MOBO Award-nominated jazz musician, David Lyttle.

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Jazz Musician David Lyttle with fellow musicians

Sarah McIntyre gets school kids bubbling with creativity

Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 11am 0 Comments Literature

From spider teachers to lion astronauts and beetle spies, children’s illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre inspires children to get creative in primary schools across Northern Ireland

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Children’s illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre inspires children to get creative in primary schools across Northern Ireland

New Creative Learning Fund will support fresh approach in the classroom

Friday 17th May 2019 at 10am 0 Comments Visual Arts , Northern Ireland Music , Dance , Drama , Literature , Craft , Film & TV

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Education Authority and the Urban Villages Initiative are backing a new three-year programme to inject more creativity into the classroom, in a bid to improve educational outcomes for students.

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Year 10 students, Odhrán McCart, Francine Faloon and Alliemarie Conway are pictured with teacher Gilah McCarroll, Marie O’Donoghue from the Education Authority, Jennifer McAlorum from Nerve Belfast.

Festival tackles role of photography in the era of fake news

Thursday 16th May 2019 at 3pm 0 Comments Visual Arts

Northern Ireland’s premier month-long visual arts festival, the Belfast Photo Festival, will take over art galleries and dominate outdoors spaces throughout Belfast this June with experiential and engaging exhibitions exploring the role of photography in the era of post-truth, alternative facts and fake news.

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Pictured (L-R) launching the 2019 Belfast Photo Festival are Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Deirdre Hargey and Michael Weir, Belfast Photo Festival Director.

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