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Musicians Ciara O’Neill and Matt McGinn bring the magic of Culture Night to Brussels

Thursday 6th September 2018 at 1pm 0 Comments Music & Opera , International Arts

Singer-songwriters, Matt McGinn, from County Down, and Ciara O’Neill, from Portadown, will bring the magic of Culture Night to Brussels on Friday 21 September, as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform. Image: Singer-songwriters, Matt McGinn, from County Down, and Ciara O’Neill, from Portadown, will bring the magic of Culture Night to Brussels on Friday 21 September, as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform.

Singer-songwriters Ciara O’Neill, from Portadown, and Matt McGinn, from County Down, will bring the magic of Culture Night to Brussels on Friday 21 September as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform.

Hosted by the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels, Culture Night will attract an audience of officials from the EU Institutions, across the diplomatic community and beyond.

Brussels guests can expect to hear songs from Arrow, the second album from songstress, Ciara O’Neill, released in May 2018. From Belfast to Nashville and back again, Ciara has written with some of the best in the business and performed in the famous Bluebird Cafe and to a US TV audience of 60 million.

Hailing from the foot of the Mourne Mountains, the power of Matt McGinn’s voice is matched by the sentiments in his songs. In March of this year, Matt released his third studio album, ‘The End of the Common Man’ to critical acclaim and it’s songs from this album that he’ll perform on Culture Night.

Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said

“The Brussels Platform is all about providing a stage for our local artists to showcase their immense talent and to share the culture and creativity that is inherent to Northern Ireland.  Both Ciara O’Neill and Matt McGinn are wonderful musical ambassadors for the arts here and the Arts Council is delighted to support their showcase in Brussels this Culture Night.”

Andrew Elliott, Director of the Northern Ireland Executive office in Brussels said:

"This region produces far more than its fair share of talent and musical brilliance.  We will continue to showcase our home-grown talent on a European stage and to highlight Northern Ireland’s ever growing reputation as a centre of excellence in the arts. I look forward enormously to welcoming Matt and Ciara to Brussels for Culture Night.”

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is involved in a range of international platforms including the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and artist residencies in Indian, at Ramgarh Shekawati, Rajasthan and Sanskriti. 

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