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Another year over…highlights from the last 12 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017 at 10am 0 Comments

Top news stories from January - December 2017 Image: Top news stories from January - December 2017

We take a look back at some of the arts stories that made the headlines throughout 2017.


  • Launch of the ARTiculate Programme – a £600,000 investment in bespoke arts activities to promote health and wellbeing - Read article
  • Finance Minister announces his plans to purchase new art for the Civil Service Art collection to value of £160,000 - Read article
  • Acclaimed author David Park and textile sculptor Lauren Scott make final preparations for their journey to India - Read article
  • Creative partnerships celebrated at Allianz Arts & Business Awards 2017 - Read article



  • Singer-songwriters tune up ahead of Belfast Nashville festival appearances - Read article
  • Laureate na nÓg heads back to school in his home city - Read article
  • Not to be missed Field Day Weekend at Seamus Heaney HomePlace curated by Stephen Rea - Read article
  • Spellbinding Night Music at the Ulster Museum & Duncairn Arts Centre - Read article



  • 150 female writers join forces for International Women’s Day - Read article
  • Over 2,000 older people to benefit from £160,000 Arts Council funding - Read article
  • Nivelli’s War set for Broadway - Read article
  • North Coast songstress, Hannah McPhillimy, sets her sights on New York - Read article



  • One Final Show-Stopper from Nerve Centre’s Musician-In-Residence - Read article
  • 237 year old violin presented to Ulster Youth Orchestra leader - Read article
  • Citywide arts programme promotes positive mental health - Read article
  • International speakers attend ‘The Art of Caring’ Conference in Belfast - Read article



  • Oh Yeah Belfast presents a festival celebrating women in music - Read article
  • Heaney legacy honoured as first Children’s Writing Fellowship announced - Read article
  • School Choir of the Year 2017 winners announced - Read article
  • £33,000 awarded in April to support community based arts projects - Read article



  • 29 and counting! Dazzling programme of events unveiled for August Féile - Read article
  • Kabosh set to open Dresden festival - Read article
  • City-Centre graffiti project helps ARTiculate positive mental health message - Read article
  • Arts Council announces Annual Funding decisions worth £13 million for 107 key arts organisations - Read article



  • The Playhouse launch unique digital arts project - Read article
  • £1.5 million Arts Council National Lottery funding awarded to local projects - Read article
  • Young, aspiring ballerinas perform with world-class dance company, English National Ballet - Read article
  • Local young actors follow in the footsteps of Ed Sheeran - Read article



  • The Oh Yeah Legend Award and NI Music Prize in association with Blue Moon - Read article
  • Festival fever hits businesses at Bangor’s Open House - Read article
  • Vive La France at the 16th Clandeboye Festival - Read article
  • Swedish a cappella sensation The Real Group to kick off this years’ Choir Festival in Derry - Read article



  • Roll Up Roll Up! Carnival of Colours celebrates its 10th birthday - Read article
  • Seamus Heaney HomePlace celebrates over 40,000 visitors in first year - Read article
  • Poet Sinéad Morrissey wins Forward Prize for Best Collection - Read article
  • Opera for babies at Culture Night Belfast - Read article



  • Chris Riddell visits Belfast pupils to encourage doodling, drawing and visits to school libraries - Read article
  • Surprised by Joy at the C.S. Lewis Festival - Read article
  • Own Art makes buying art easier and more affordable than ever - Read article
  • Magherafelt school launches mental health awareness campaign - Read article



  • Older people across Northern Ireland set to benefit from arts investment of £192,000 - Read article
  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland Honours Four Major Artists - Read article
  • 20 creatives from Northern Ireland scoop Arts Council ACES awards - Read article
  • Four artists set to represent Northern Ireland on an Indian adventure - Read article



  • Seamus Heaney International Visiting Poetry Fellow Announced - Read article
  • Young Musician, Niall Hanna, launches first album of Traditional Folk Music - Read article
  • The Challenge Fund - Arts and Culture Programme launched in Fermanagh and Omagh District Council - Read article
  • Furniture designer, Brian McKee and ceramicist Anne Butler, receive £15,000 craft awards - Read article


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