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Joshua Burnside and Ryan McMullan among the latest 21 artists to receive support from PRS Foundation

Saturday 20th April 2019 at 12pm 0 Comments

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Joshua Burnside and Ryan McMullan among the latest 21 artists to receive support from PRS Foundation

Thursday 18th April 2019 at 1pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, together with PPL, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Invest NI and Spotify reveal the next 12 artists who will receive support from the pioneering Momentum Music Fund.  

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Joshua Burnside, And So I Watch You From Afar and Ryan McMullan

Arts Council launches pioneering programme to bring great art to schools across Northern Ireland

Tuesday 9th April 2019 at 10am 0 Comments Visual Arts

World-renowned sculptor, Brendan Jamison, has officially launched the Art Lending Scheme for Schools, a new visual arts initiative from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  The scheme offers schools the opportunity to exhibit works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Contemporary Art Collection and aims to increase opportunities for young people to be inspired by and engage with high-quality visual arts.

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Pictured (L-R) are pupils Evie Close and Kenadie Butler with Suzanne Lyle, Arts Council, Maeve Walls, Department For Communities, teacher, Robin Cahoon and artist, Brendan Jamison with his sugar cube sculpture, Henry Tate’s Mausoleum.

Ebrington Primary School and Thornhill College win BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year

Sunday 7th April 2019 at 5pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Thornhill College and Ebrington Primary School, Londonderry have been named as Northern Ireland’s top senior and junior school choirs in the live final of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year.

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Ebrington Primary School, Junior winners of BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year

The Arts Council announces Annual Funding of £12.8 million for 97 key arts organisations

Thursday 4th April 2019 at 12pm 0 Comments Youth Arts , Visual Arts , Northern Ireland Music , Literature , Community Arts , Craft , Dance , Drama , Circus & Carnival Arts

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) today (4 April 2019) announced annual funding of £12.8 million for 97 key arts organisations from its exchequer and National Lottery resources. Government funds of £8.4million will maintain the core costs of 97 arts organisations while £4.3 million of National Lottery funding will support their programming costs. The Arts Council’s Annual Funding Programme (AFP) is the most significant allocation of public funding for the arts in Northern Ireland each year.

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Pictured are dancer, Vasiliki Stasinaki, Gilly Campbell, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Emma McEvoy and Ciara Lyttle

Gear up for the first ever JLF Belfast

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 4pm 0 Comments Literature

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in partnership with the British Council and the producers of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in India, have unveiled plans for a landmark event in June, set to bring in the magnificent energy and atmosphere of one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular literary festivals to Belfast.

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Pictured is Noirin McKinney, Arts Council for Northern Ireland, Sanjoy Roy, Festival Producer for the Jaipur Literature Festival, and Colette Norwood British Council Northern Ireland with members of Arts Ekta and Sitar player, Daniel Perswick

Grand Opera House to undergo major restoration programme to mark 125th anniversary

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 11am 0 Comments

Work to restore the Grand Opera House, one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic buildings, will begin in the New Year as the Theatre announces support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Belfast’s Grand Opera House

Arts Council hosts creative careers event to inspire future creative workforce

Thursday 28th March 2019 at 3pm 0 Comments Craft , Dance , Drama , Film & TV , Literature , Northern Ireland Music , Traditional Arts , Visual Arts

An event aiming to inspire young people to take up a career in the creative industries took place at the Lyric Theatre Belfast, hosted by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and supported by the Department for Communities. The event gave over 200 school children, careers advisors and further education students the opportunity to hear from professionals working in theatre, music, fashion & design, animation and digital technology.

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Pictured (L-R) are St Mary’s students, Stephen White, Aton McVeigh and Anton McVeigh with Kwame Daniels, Bounce Culture.

Shakespeare at The MAC a ‘Dream’ come true for Open Arts!”

Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 12pm 0 Comments Drama

Open Arts, one of Northern Ireland’s most dynamic arts and disability organisations will be stepping into the spotlight at The MAC on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April for a unique production of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

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Fairy King and Queen Oberon and Titania (Gareth Smyth & Michelle Porter), sprinkle a little magic ahead of Open Arts 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at The MAC on 26-27 April.

Belfast to welcome Man Booker Prize-winning author Anna Burns

Friday 15th March 2019 at 8am 0 Comments Literature

Man Booker Prize-winning author Anna Burns, whose standout 2018 novel Milkman captured the ultimate prize in literature last year, is set to come to the Lyric Theatre Belfast next month for a special evening event on Monday 15th April. The event will be jointly hosted by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Faber Members, in association with the Lyric.

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Man Booker Prize-winning author, Anna Burns

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