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Other Voices Belfast

Monday 23rd October 2017 at 12pm 0 Comments Music & Opera

Other Voices Belfast, 26-28 October 2017 Image: Other Voices Belfast, 26-28 October 2017

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the latest body to add its support to Other Voices Belfast, a major international 3-day music event celebrating the very best in new musical talent, creativity and technology.

Today, Other Voices have announced that Ryan Vail will take to the stage at The Duncairn on Saturday October 28th. The internationally lauded Derry-born electronic artist will perform as special guest with Jealous of the Birds at the musical conclusion of the three-day Other Voices Belfast festival. The line-up also features Touts, Rosie Carney, Picture This and Beoga, and each act will be giving away tickets through social media for lucky fans to attend the intimate live TV recording. Further ticket competitions will run on local media and funder pages. See for the details. The performances will be broadcast on BBC and RTE television in November.

Digital DNA's Creative Quarter will welcome local community groups from across Belfast on October 26th and 27th. Workshops on how technology can empower communities will be taking place at Girdwood Community Hub, Houben Centre, Denmark Community Centre and Intercomm. Speakers now confirmed include Wayne Denner, the bestselling author of The Student’s Guide to Epic Online Reputation, Young Enterprise on inspiring young people to be entrepreneurs and Invest NI, who will be discussing music industry career opportunities across Northern Ireland. Catalyst Inc, the Belfast based science park and Belfast film production house Speed Motion will be exploring the exciting potential for the creative industries in the city. Real life community challenges will be tackled by tech-heads and community leaders during the Creative Quarter Hackathon. There are a limited number of free places left for these exciting workshops, those interested can register at

The Duncairn will host The Belfast Edge, a half day conference on Saturday October 28th. Introduced by Other Voices founder Philip King and 174 Trust Director, Rev. Dr. Bill Shaw OBE, The Belfast Edge will be a high energy discourse around creativity, culture, technology and education. Lisa Toland, Head of Economic Initiatives and International Development at Belfast City Council, Peter Edgar, Head of Growth at digital innovation firm Dawson Andrews and further panellists will look at creativity, community and investment as part of the Belfast Agenda. Anne Morrison, Chair of BAFTA’s International Committee, will moderate an exploration of the future of Creative Belfast with many contributors, including Hilary Copeland, General Manager of the John Hewitt Society and Digital DNA founder Gareth Quinn.

Belfast’s musical heritage will be the talking point for the final panel, which will include the BBC’s Rigsy, folk piper Jarlath Henderson, Champion Sound Music Management and Quiet Arch label owner Lyndon Stephens, electronic artist Ryan Vail, Other Voices’ Philip King and more. The Belfast Edge will also feature live performances by Derry singer-songwriter Rosborough, Belfast musician and composer Katharine Phillippa, along with Ryan Vail and Jarlath Henderson.  The event is free to attend and will be a great networking opportunity for those working in arts, culture and policymaking in Northern Ireland.

There are a limited number of free tickets available, register at

For those who cannot attend, The Belfast Edge will also be streamed live on Facebook at the @IrelandsEdgeHQ page.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland have also announced their investment in Other Voices Belfast. Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, commented:

“We are delighted to add our support to Other Voices Belfast and there is much to look forward across the three days. The tailored programme of live music, talks and workshops will reflect the strength of our music sector and celebrate the indigenous talent which is alive and thriving here in Northern Ireland. Bringing together voices and creative minds from the across the arts, technology and creative industries, Other Voices Belfast will be broadcast worldwide, showcasing the very best of Northern Ireland talent.”

Other Voices Belfast is supported by Belfast City Council, The 174 Trust, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Department for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Creative Ireland, BBC Northern Ireland, RTE, Tourism Northern Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

For more information on Other Voices Belfast see and follow all the events at @OtherVoices on Facebook and @OtherVoicesLive on Twitter and Instagram. Share your Other Voices Belfast experiences #OtherVoicesBelfast

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