Musicians Brigid O’Neill and Joshua Burnside arrive in Brussels for Culture Night Showcase
Local singer-songwriters Brigid O’Neill and Joshua Burnside will bring the spirit of Culture Night to Brussels on Friday for a special showcase performance, 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. The event will coincide with this weekend’s Culture Night Culture Day celebrations in Belfast, which showcases Northern Ireland’s arts and cultural scene.
On Friday night Brigid O’Neill will perform a selection of songs from her latest album ‘Touchstone' and previous EP release 'Arrivals and Departures’, as well as a number of as yet unrecorded new songs, including one from her 'Heritage in Song' Project , curated in association with the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society. While award-winning alternative folk artist Joshua Burnside, who is currently on tour with dates across Ireland, the UK, America and beyond, will share some of his latest music, infused with Latin rhythms and world music.
Speaking about the Brussels Platform, Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the immense talent we have here in Northern Ireland. Both Brigid O’Neill and Joshua Burnside are wonderful musical ambassadors for the arts here and the Arts Council is delighted to support this weekend’s showcase in Brussels for 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 Brigid and Joshua 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.