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Arts Council announces £6.9m emergency funding to individuals working in the Creative Economy in NI

Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, on behalf of Department for Communities (DfC) and in collaboration with Future Screens NI, has announced details of 1,562 individuals working in the Creative Economy, who are set to benefit from £6,910,794 of emergency funding.

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Jordan Adetunji, Belfast Alternative hip hop artist

Lockdown theatre project showcases NI’s prominent and emerging Intercultural Artists

Tuesday 23rd February 2021 at 5pm 0 Comments

Terra Nova Productions, Northern Ireland’s intercultural theatre company creating culturally diverse, professional and community-led projects for over 13 years, has been working with some of Northern Ireland’s most exciting freelance artists, from diverse backgrounds, throughout the lockdowns. The company is delighted to announce that the first set of work developed by the artists is ready to view and will be released weekly online (www.terranovaproductions.net) from 26th February to 31st March.

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£94,000 awarded to d/Deaf and Disabled Artists

Monday 22nd February 2021 at 2pm 0 Comments Arts & Disability

Forty-four d/Deaf and disabled artists have been awarded £94,000 in funding to create new work and support them through the Covid-19 crisis.

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Deaf and Disabled Artist Support Fund

Artists from NI showcased at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the greatest literary show on Earth!

Friday 19th February 2021 at 10am 0 Comments Literature , Northern Ireland Music

Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas.  The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe.  This year the Jaipur Literature Festival will be presented entirely online due to the pandemic and will feature a number of artists from Northern Ireland including, poet, Stephen Sexton, writer, Paul McVeigh, musician, Jason O’Rourke and BBC NI & Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Young Musicians’ Platform Awardee, Jack Warnock.

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Paul McVeigh, Jason O'Rourke, Jack Warnock, Stephen Sexton

Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics Returns with Virtual Programme

Thursday 18th February 2021 at 4pm 0 Comments

One of Belfast’s most innovative and engaging festivals, Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics (22nd – 28th March) returns for its seventh year. The festival launched its virtual programme for 2021 today (18th February) with comedian Tim McGarry.

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One of Belfast’s most innovative and engaging festivals, Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics (22nd – 28th March) returns for its seventh year. The festival launched its virtual programme for 2021 today (18th February) with comedian Tim McGarry.

First NI Writers Day will Celebrate Home-grown Talent

Thursday 18th February 2021 at 10am 0 Comments Literature

The Royal Society of Literature has joined with the Arts Council to celebrate Northern Irish writers and writing as part of the first NI Writers Day in March (Tuesday 23rd March).

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Pictured: Writer Paul McVeigh, RSL Director Molly Rosenberg, playwright Shannon Yee, short-story writer Wendy Erskine, novelist Glenn Patterson and Chair of the RSL, Daljit Nagra

Open House Presents The Court House Sessions

Wednesday 17th February 2021 at 3pm 0 Comments

For the first time in a year, Open House Festival Bangor is opening its doors for a series of events – albeit not live ones just yet.

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The Florentinas

Survey of Freelance Theatre and Dance Practitioners in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 16th February 2021 at 11am 0 Comments Dance , Drama

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has commissioned a piece of independent research to explore new ways of working for freelance theatre and dance practitioners.  This follows a request from the Freelance Theatre Collective for funding to help artists develop, create and produce work independent of existing company structures. Annabel Jackson Associates Ltd have been appointed to complete this assignment and will report back in March, 2021.

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Dancers

Play in a New Way at the 2021 Belfast Children’s Festival

Monday 15th February 2021 at 10am 0 Comments Youth Arts

With contemporary dance based on the theme of hope, a ‘part Lord of the Flies, part Animal Farm’ theatre performance set in a post pandemic future, and an exhibition that explores the magic of everyday items found in the home, the line-up for Belfast Children’s Festival 2021 feels very much like art imitating life.

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Maeve McGreevy, Clara Kerr, Adam Ashford and Michael McEvoy, Maiden Voyage Dance at the launch of Belfast Children's Festival 2021, which will take place online from 5-14  March.

£10.86 million emergency funding offered to 168 arts and cultural organisations across Nl

Thursday 11th February 2021 at 4pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (Thursday 11th February 2021) announced funding offers of £10,864,610, from their Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations (SRPO), to support 168 cultural organisations affected as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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SSE Arena, Belfast

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