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A taste of Belfast in Brussels at the 2021 Out to Lunch Festival

Tuesday 29th December 2020 at 10am 0 Comments

As part of this year’s digital Out to Lunch Festival, the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels will showcase a selection of artists from Northern Ireland online on Tuesday 19th January at 1pm.  The pre-recorded programme features musicians, Anthony Toner, Ursula Burns, Ciara O’Neill and writer, Stephen Connolly, performing in the beautiful and historic Rosemary Street Church.

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Pictured (L-R) is Lynsey Moore, Director of the Northern Ireland Executive Brussels, Anthony Toner, musician and Sean Kelly, Director, Cathedral Quarter Arts.

Foyle O-Bon and Project Sparks receive emergency funding from the Arts Council

Thursday 24th December 2020 at 10am 0 Comments

Foyle O-Bon and Project Sparks, two arts organisations based in Derry-Londonderry, recently received funding from the Arts Council’s Organisations Emergency Programme (OEP) and Health and Safety Programme to enable them to adapt to the Covid-19 restrictions by creating new work online and install equipment to help them to safely deliver their in person.

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Pictured (L-R) are Mark Roberts, Liberty Consortium, Sora Umetsu, Trish Kelly, Katsu Umetsu, Ami Umetsu, Fortan Umetsu, Fiona Umetsu, Nicola Schnurr and Gilly Campbell, Arts Council.

‘The Show In Your Street’ must go on as Christmas comes to the community

Monday 21st December 2020 at 3pm 0 Comments Community Arts , Drama

Cinderella did go to the ball - oh yes she did! And the leading lady was also among a host of local stars who brought some festive magic to the streets of Derry/Londonderry, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Organisations Emergency Programme.

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Pictured is actor, Andrew Porter, who played the role of Buttons.

Cre8 Theatre presents Jack and The Beanstalk panto at the drive-in cinema Belfast

Friday 18th December 2020 at 4pm 0 Comments Drama

Christmas is cancelled! Oh no it isn’t! Cre8 Theatre, in partnership with Let’s Go Hydro, presents a family-friendly drive-in pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, at the drive-in cinema, Belfast, featuring the Giant, Jack, Jill, Dame Ms. Pinch, Daisy Cow and more, supported by the Organisations Emergency Programme through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

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Pictured are actors Holly Greig and Mark Claney.

Nine schools to take part in landmark educational programme

Friday 18th December 2020 at 12pm 0 Comments

Nine post-primary schools in Belfast and Derry~Londonderry are preparing to take part in a landmark programme which aims to boost educational outcomes for students by bringing more creative skills into the classroom.

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Arts Council provides update to Communities Committee on impact of Covid-19

Thursday 17th December 2020 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland was invited to attend the Communities Committee today to provide an update on how a share of the £33 million Cultural Recovery Fund announced earlier this year, has been put to use. The Arts Council put expert analysis and information in front of Committee members in order to provide them with a better understanding of what is facing Northern Ireland’s arts and creative sectors right now.

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Ryan McMullan and the Ulster Orchestra

Public turning to the arts for comfort and welcome distraction during the Pandemic

Wednesday 16th December 2020 at 9am 0 Comments

A new survey commissioned by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland reveals the high numbers of people turning to the arts for solace and relief during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Irish Writers Centre announces new opportunities for Northern Irish writers

Thursday 10th December 2020 at 1pm 0 Comments Literature

With thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 80 writers will be offered support through one of the newly announced schemes for Northern Irish writers at the Irish Writers Centre. Writers from the North can now apply for one of the 40 Writing Course Bursaries , 20 opportunities to receive One-to-One Mentoring and 20 Professional Memberships on offer at the IWC. Each of these schemes are specifically designed to help writers to further their professional development goals.

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Arts Council awards £1million to support the creative sector to safely re-open

Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 2pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland to distribute £1,075,335 capital funding grants on behalf of Department for Communities (DfC).

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Drake Music Project NI senior musician, Tim Leathem picture with his sister Helen Leathem.

Webinar: ACNI Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme 2

Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 1pm 0 Comments

We are pleased to host four information webinars for individuals considering making an application to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme.

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