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Newry young musician, Martha Guiney, to perform in Washington to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

Wednesday 11th March 2020 at 11am 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Young flautist, Martha Guiney, from Newry, is set to perform at two prestigious Northern Ireland Bureau breakfast events in Washington, on Thursday March 12 March and Friday March 13 March, to mark St Patrick’s Day, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in partnership with the Northern Ireland Bureau North America.

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Young flautist, Martha Guiney

MACHA Productions explores ‘Body Politics’ in new theatre double bill

Tuesday 10th March 2020 at 9am 0 Comments Drama

The power which society has over the bodies of women and girls is the topical theme being explored by Belfast-based theatre company MACHA Productions in its new double bill Body Politics, which will be performed at The MAC from Thursday 19 - Saturday 28 March.

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(L-R) Sarah Reid, Emer McDaid & Louise Parker star in 'Sweeties', part of 'Body Politics' by MACHA Productions

Tyrone singer-songwriter, Bernadette Morris, joins forces leading Irish musician, Eleanor McEvoy

Saturday 7th March 2020 at 10am 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Gifted Tyrone singer-songwriter, Bernadette Morris, was one of fourteen artists to be awarded an Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) funding award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in autumn 2019.  The ACES awards are given in recognition of an emerging or mid-career artist’s talent and to enable them in the creation of a new body of work.  Bernadette Morris has used her award to invest into marketing and artist development to target new markets in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.

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Singer-songwriter, Bernadette Morris

Belfast Children’s Festival begins!

Friday 6th March 2020 at 12pm 0 Comments

With merely hours to go until Belfast Children’s Festival 2020, venues throughout Belfast are gearing up to host the spectacular, thought provoking local and international performances which will explore this year’s themes of home, place and belonging.

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Pictured at rehearsals for Stick By Me, a beautifully crafted, joyful and quirky show about treasuring friendship, is (L-R) performer, Andy Manley with children, Eve McGarry (aged 3), Fergal McKeown and Sorley McKeown (both aged 7)

Arts Council publishes findings from its 2018/19 Annual Funding Survey

Thursday 27th February 2020 at 9am 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today published findings from a survey of 102 arts and culture organisations in receipt of funding through its Annual Funding Programme.

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Pupils from Mercy College Belfast

Arts Council publishes Disability Action Plan and Equality Action Plan 2019-24

Wednesday 19th February 2020 at 1pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has affirmed its commitment to ensuring fair access to the arts for all with the publication of two new documents – the Disability Action Plan and the Equality Action Plan.

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Musicians Rae Solely and Matty Bell from Molto Vivo, project consultant Richie Turner and Graeme Stevenson, Research and Policy Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Leading light in carnival arts, David Boyd, awarded an MBE for services to the arts and community

Tuesday 18th February 2020 at 11am 0 Comments Circus & Carnival Arts

David Boyd, founder-Director, of Beat Carnival, one of Northern Ireland's leading arts organisations, has received an MBE for services to the arts and community. David Boyd, from Holywood Co.Down, set up the Carnival Centre in Belfast, establishing a permanent centre for excellence in Carnival Arts, where visiting international artists come to share their expertise and is considered one of the best Carnival centres in the UK.  David Boyd will receive his MBE at Buckingham Palace on 2nd April 2020.

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David Boyd, founder-Director, of Beat Carnival

£580,000 investment announced to support NI musicians

Friday 14th February 2020 at 12pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

One hundred and seven musical groups, bands and musicians across Northern Ireland are celebrating this week, with news they are set to receive funding to help upgrade worn out instruments and purchase new ones.  Among those set to benefit are schools groups, community choirs, marching and brass bands, and individual professional musicians.

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(L-R) Pauline Klein, Manager, Ulster Youth Orchestra, Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Oonagh Snoddy, Department for Communities, and Katrina Cuddy, Flautist, UYO.

Paragon Studios opens new work and exhibition space on Rosemary Street

Friday 7th February 2020 at 3pm 0 Comments Visual Arts

Experimental arts group, Paragon Studios is celebrating its move to brand new premises on Rosemary Street, Belfast, with the opening of an exhibition by photographer and filmmaker Jacqueline Holt.

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Pictured is Belfast-based artist, Jacqueline Holt

Singer-songwriters from NI to perform in Nashville venue that launched the career of Taylor Swift

Tuesday 4th February 2020 at 1pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Following their performances at this year’s Panarts Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, 11-13 March, three of Northern Ireland’s finest emerging singer-songwriters, Emma Horan, Donal Scullion and Reuben Agnew, will perform in Nashville, Tennessee, supported by Panarts and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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Pictured (L-R) is Reuben Agnew, Emma Horan and Donal Scullion.

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