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2nd November, 2022

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Ulster Orchestra: presents their new Season of concerts. Highlights this season includes:

10 Nov – On Your Doorstep, From The New World. Join the Ulster Orchestra and Music Director Daniele Rustioni in The Diamond Hall, Coleraine!
Bacewicz Overture for Orchestra
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
Dvořák Symphony No.9 From the New World

Join Daniele Rustioni for an exploration of two works written in exile in the USA (and one written just before its composer fled to exile) that create very different sound worlds.

  • 11 Nov – From The New World, Ulster Hall
  • 24 Nov – Neglected Genius, Ulster Hall

Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3 keeps the energy levels buoyant with a work that is full of character, colour and drama.
Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 Classical
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Farrenc Symphony No.3

1 Dec, Francesca and Daniele
Roxanna & Andrzej Panufnik Modlitwa (‘Prayer’)
Busoni Violin Concerto
Bruckner Symphony No. 7


This is a concert that simply has to be experienced live. There’s a particular magic when conductor and soloist are partners off-stage as well as on – as Francesca Dego brings her incredible talents to the dancing runs of Busoni’s Violin Concerto alongside husband Daniele Rustioni, you can expect some very special musical fireworks.

For further information and to view the new season programme please visit www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk

Oh Yeah Music Centre: presents the NI Music Prize at the Ulster Hall on 16 November 2022. The evening celebrates the best music from across Northern Ireland in the past year. The event features performances from shortlisted artists and a very special Oh Yeah Legend Award to musician and singer from Horslips, Barry Devlin. Visit www.ohyeahbelfast.com for further information.

The NI Music exhibition at Oh Yeah is the only permanent exhibit for popular music in Northern Ireland. There is much to see, including a series of storyboards documenting and plotting the history and the stories of Folk, Punk, Rock, Jazz and more.

Exhibition Opening Times
Mon – Fri: 10am-4pm
Sat: 12-5pm

To enquire about a visit, or for further info and group bookings please contact info@ohyeahbelfast.com or call 02890310845

Moving On Music: presents a series of concerts including:

  • 2 Nov, Jeff Parker, The Black Box
  • 3-4 Nov, The 2022 Jazz Promotion Network Conference
  • 6 Nov, Ultan O’Brien and Nic Gareiss, Duncairn
  • 10-13 Nov, Don Vappie and Jazz Creole tour, various venues
  • 18-20 Nov, Fidelio Trio featuring Cillian Vallely tour, various venues
  • 1 Dec, Group Listening, The Black Box

For further info visit www.movingonmusic.com

The Black Box: For further information visit www.blackboxbelfast.com

Scott’s Jazz Club: Scott's Jazz Club runs a weekly concert in Ballyhackamore club 1a Sandown Road every Friday Night from 9pm. The club provides a welcoming environment for world class jazz music to be experienced in a concert setting. For upcoming performances visit https://www.scottsjazzclub.com/

Portico of Ards: presents a new programme of events for 2022 . Portico introduces £5 tickets As the nights draw in and the heating bills rise, worrying about money is becoming a real issue for many. The Portico of Ards in Portaferry is meeting this challenge head on by offering tickets at significantly reduced prices to many of its concerts.

Highlights include:

  • The Illegals, 5 November
  • Fidelio Trio, 6 November
  • ANÚNA, 12 November

To view the full programme visit porticoards.com

ITMA: 'Drawing from the Well' is an online monthly ITMA series which connects artists with archival materials to inspire new art. To date, nine videos, podcasts and blogs have been created by leading traditional musicians, singers, and dancers, including Louise Mulcahy, Martin Hayes, Edwina Guckian and Cormac Begley. All episodes are free to view online at https://www.itma.ie/drawingfromthewell

Phil Taggart: ChillDaBeats is the brand new show from NI DJ, Phil Taggart. Every week he brings you a soft focus selection of the best alternative chill sounds along with the biggest guests picking some brain soothers in the Soul Food Selection. ChillDaBeats goes live every Sunday. Listen on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/show/0M2IpL7ldc1Rui2aa9meX3 This podcast series is supported by emergency funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Department for Communities.

Tommy Sands and Artsawonder: In this new online film series, legendary musician, Tommy Sands, films, sings, listens and learns from a singing five times world champion drum major Alan McBride, two young women, Jenna Stevenson and Wendy Graham Hanna, who initiate and drive an Arts hub shop, a rhythmic drum weaver rhythmic drum weaver Damien McKeown and a young woman Bronagh Kelly who lovingly echoes the poetry of her mother. To watch visit Media | Artsawonder (wixsite.com)

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: presents Music Corner, the best of traditional music with great traditional musicians every Saturday. Visit https://www.facebook.com/AnChulturlann/


RUA Annual Exhibition: The RUA Annual Exhibition is one of the most eagerly anticipated exhibitions in the Northern Irish cultural calendar, providing a unique platform for acclaimed artists and emerging talent to showcase their artwork in the fabulous galleries at the Ulster Museum.

The exhibition contains examples of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and more. The annual exhibition can also be experienced online using state of the art technology designed by Paul Marshall of Marshall Media to create an extraordinary virtual tour that brings art to the people wherever they are. The exhibition at the Ulster Museum is free to attend and is now on until 3 January 2023.

Household: is excited to announce the launch of UPHOLD: New Collections, a group exhibition that brings together artwork made by some of Northern Ireland’s most exciting contemporary artists, designers and collectives.

New Collections is a group exhibition that offers an opportunity to view and purchase works by the 25 practitioners and two artist collectives represented on UPHOLD.

UPHOLD is Household's not-for-profit online platform for selling and promoting the work made by artists based or working in Northern Ireland.

This exhibition includes existing work, new works and editions commissioned especially for UPHOLD, and two new editions created in response to some of the themes of Outburst Arts Festival 2022.

Works will also be available to view and purchase online via https://www.upholdart.co.uk/shop

Works in New Collections address themes and issues such as displacement, belonging and nostalgia; transgression and resistance; individual and collective expressions of self identity and desire; nature, the body and society through a variety of media including photography, sculpture, painting, textiles, print, ceramics, drawing, design, and installation.

New Collections opens on Thursday 3 November, 6-9pm at 35DP, 35 Donegall Place, Belfast.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 20 November and will be open weekly to the public from 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. New Collections is free to visit and everyone is welcome. Visit www.upholdart.co.uk

The MAC: presents,

New Exits: 10 Years of Painting Shows, 9 Dec 2022 – 23 March 2023
Free, suggested donation: £3
Booking available but not compulsory

Curated by Dougal McKenzie & Hugh Mulholland

To mark the end of their 10th anniversary celebrations the MAC will present a major exhibition of new painting. The MAC is delighted to announce that the following artists have been selected to participate in New Exits: 10 Years of Painting Shows.

Juste Bernotaite - Hannah Casey Brogan - Megan Burns - Daniel Coleman - Patrick Hickey - Aimee Melaugh - Tim Millen - Jane Rainey - Yasmine Robinson - Cameron Stewart - Kwok Tsui

New Exits whilst set within the context of the many significant painting exhibitions the MAC has presented since its inception, is primarily an opportunity to draw attention to and celebrate the painting practices that have emerged and continue to flourish through the work of graduates of the BA and MFA Fine Art courses at Belfast School of Art since 2012.

The exhibition acknowledges the close relationship and interdependencies of the Belfast School of Art and the MAC and their proximity to each other has informed their work and contributed to their understanding of what it means to be a contemporary painter today.

The Sunken Gallery will become a space for conversation around painting with a rolling programme of talks, screenings and workshops exploring why painters and audiences continue to engage with this form of art making. Visit www.themaclive.com

Belfast Print Workshop: is celebrating 45 Years of Belfast Print Workshop with an exhibition at their premises at Cotton Court in Belfast. Belfast Print Workshop still has thirteen of the original members who were there at the beginning and it is a home for another generation of artists who are now establishing themselves. The Workshop has been a dynamic home for printmakers and it is a pleasure to acknowledge its contribution to the arts in Northern Ireland as we celebrate forty five years of growth and development with this exhibition. Visit www.bpw.org.uk

Craft Northern Ireland: Craft NI is delighted to welcome you to their exhibition, ‘Paper Magic’. The exhibition will focus on the medium of paper, one of the oldest and most familiar materials known to man, and its hidden potential of transformation. Through their artful mastery of skills such as cutting, pulping, folding, oiling and collaging, five talented makers will reveal the magical properties of paper in this new group show.

Exhibiting makers: Sue Cathcart, Jayne Cherry, Susan McKeever, Adele Pound, Emma Whitehead.

Irish Craft Heroes Exhibition, view now until 7 November 2022, Botanic Gardens and Craft NI Gallery, Belfast. Free to view, visit www.belfastinternationalartsfestival.com

Irish Craft Heroes is a highly-visual, outdoor panel trail at Botanic Gardens celebrating Ireland’s inspirational craftspeople and makers whose work has contributed to the rich tapestry of craft and design practice in Ireland. The exhibition charts the evolution of the craft and design sector on the island of Ireland over the last 50 years, and pays homage to the many makers whose work has significant legacy.

The outdoor panel trail launched in Kilkenny Castle in 2021, to coincide with Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s 50th Anniversary since its establishment in 1971. It then toured to Dublin Castle in Autumn 2021, and Galway and Cork in 2022, and now to Belfast. Presented by Belfast International Arts Festival and Craft NI | Curated by Design & Crafts Council Ireland | Supported by National Museums NI.

Craft NI Gallery: Irish Craft Heroes Exhibition: To accompany the outdoor trail, Craft NI will show a capsule exhibition of work from the Northern Ireland-based Heroes, giving people the opportunity to see their stunning work up close, a perfect complement to the outdoor exhibition in Botanic Gardens. NI makers include Seliena Coyle, Jack Doherty, Sara Flynn, Bob Johnston, Alison Lowry, Michael McCrory, Peter Meanley and Cara Murphy. For more information visit www.craftni.org

Golden Thread Gallery: presents ARTEFACTS & ENCOUNTERS Elvira Santamaría Torres, view now until 5 November 2022 at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. Free to view, visit www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

Elvira Santamaría Torres is an internationally acclaimed performance artist whose work has resonated with audiences around the world. Born in 1967 in Mexico City, she has been based in Northern Ireland since 2011. The Golden Thread Gallery is delighted to present this seminal exhibition Artefacts and Encounters as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival.

Using public actions, durational performance and installation, her practice has been focused on drawing attention to the changeable, fragile and ephemeral aspects of life. She looks at fundamental aspects of human behaviour, such as: mental suffering; love; death; mourning; resilience; and consciousness. Her work has evolved through several ‘action’ art forms e.g. public interventions and performance-installation.

Artefacts and Encounters emerged from conversations and dialogue between Santamaría Torres and curators Sarah McAvera and Peter Richards. Questioning how do we engage with performance art, after the performance has taken place? How can a career of performed actions, of moments, be shown in a gallery space? Within the exhibition, Santamaría Torres revisits objects of her past performances. These objects now act as ‘humble prompts’ to re-engage and revisit her performative work.

There will be a series of activities, workshops and performances taking place during the exhibition. https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/2022-festival/

Exhibition Events:

Artefacts and Encounters
1st – 5th Nov - Elvira Santamaria Torres Durational Process Art Performance. Amorphous Artefact.

CCA: presents Fugitive Seeds, 19 Oct – 21 Dec.
Curated by Borbála Soós, Fugitive Seeds, considers how endemic, alien and fugitive seeds connect to colonial histories including in Northern Ireland and more specifically Derry~Londonderry and its port.

The works included help unearth layered histories around plant and human migration and border ecologies. The exhibition and related events reflect on how histories of botanical, zoological and ethno-anthropological explorations have contributed to producing the Other, and the exoticization of certain species and peoples. They consider changing ecologies and (national) identities through stories of belonging, displacement and uprootedness and investigate the feeling of loss when thinking about the connections with far-away lands that might hold clues for one's identity.

Visit www.ccadld.org for further details and background.

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: presents an exhibition by the students of Coláiste Feirste. Every year young, dedicated artists from Coláiste Feirste showcase their artwork in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich. This exhibition gives us an insight into the young people in our community and the subjects that inspire them to create their art. This exhibition is now a yearly event which showcases the immense talent coming out of the Coláiste Feirste art room. The pieces will include work by A-Level and GCSE students across a range of mediums. We are delighted to celebrate the fantastic artistic ability in our community courtesy of budding young artists. This exhibition is dedicated to Nóirín Uí Chléirigh, artist, former teacher at Coláiste Feirste, a great friend of the Cultúrlann and a dedicated Gael. The exhibition is on now until 24 November.

Brexit Sausage le Shiro Masuyama: Join Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich on Thur 1 Dec for the opening night of this exciting exhibition. After Brexit, under the Northern Ireland Protocol it was agreed that Northern Ireland would continue to follow EU rules on product standards to prevent checks along the border. Instead, inspections on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain would take place at Northern Irish ports. This has prompted criticism that a new border has been created in the Irish Sea. Under EU food safety rules, sausages are no longer allowed to enter Northern Ireland from Great Britain. Belfast-based, Japanese artist Shiro Masuyama has realized a new social intervention using sausages to highlight this Irish Sea Border which was created after Brexit. Shiro Masuyama was born in Tokyo. Following international residencies in the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Flax Art Studios, Masuyama moved to Belfast, where he’s been based ever since. As a Japanese artist who has settled in Belfast, he’s in a unique position to question how identity can be influenced by the dominant political forces surrounding us.

For further details visit www.culturlann.ie

VOID Gallery: Void is delighted to present the premiere of Glaswegian artist Luke Fowler’s short feature film Being in a Place – A Portrait of Margaret Tait, featuring the work of filmmaker-poet, the late Margaret Tait. Drawing on a wealth of unseen archival material and unpublished notebooks, the film weaves a complex and personal portrait of Margaret’s life, from the perspective of a fellow artist sensitive to the potential Margaret envisaged for film as a poetic medium. On now until 5 Nov.

Exhibition-inspired drawing booklets

VOID’s drawing booklets are inspired by their current exhibition Being in a Place: A Portrait of Margaret Tait and are now available in the gallery! Explore the exhibition through explorative drawing exercises! Why not pick one up when you visit the gallery?

These booklets are free, suitable for all ages, and available at the front desk throughout the duration of the exhibition. Please note, younger children may need help from a parent when reading the drawing prompts but will still be able to engage in this activity.

Visit www.derryvoid.com for more

Belfast Exposed: presents HERE – Mairéad McClean, Gallery I & Studio Gallery, 6th October – 17th December 2022. Belfast Exposed is delighted to present HERE, the latest solo exhibition from award-winning Northern Irish visual artist Mairéad McClean, examining one of the most contentious episodes of recent Northern Irish history through a personal lens.

The exhibition features a number of McClean’s key works - including newly produced film, print and sculptural pieces - developed from the artist’s family records and images from the historic Belfast Exposed Archive.

Dominating one gallery wall is the site-specific work Learning to Read: Northern Ireland 1971 (2022). This piece uses characters from the reading book series ‘Janet and John’ as an ‘aide-mémoire’ to a time when tensions and anxieties in wider society were felt by those growing up in Northern Ireland.

This new work links to McClean’s award-winning film No More (2013), which is presented here in a split screen projection with the film Broadcast (2016). Entitled Dialogue (2021), this work retells through story, history and memory the period of McClean’s father's internment in Long Kesh prison in 1971/72. This version has new inflections and rhythms and as Shirley MacWilliam writes in the accompanying catalogue essay ‘the film is now oral history, offering up co-incidences and new realisations.’

As HERE seeks to explore what it means to be ‘of’, as opposed to being ‘from' a place, the use of photographs from the Belfast Exposed Archive is essential. Containing over one million images, the Archive is the largest of its kind in Northern Ireland. Not only does the Archive contain a record of the Troubles, but it is also an unprecedented record of everyday life in Northern Ireland during the last four decades, shot through both professional and amateur lenses.

McClean has been able to draw from this unique historical resource while creating new work made for HERE. The work unfolds the complexity of her experience and understanding of the place where she grew up.

Visit www.belfastexposed.org

ArtisAnn Gallery, 70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE
Tue – Fri: 11am to 6pm ; Sat: Noon to 5pm

All artworks are available to buy. You can also buy art from this exhibition through the Arts Council supported Own Art scheme which gives you an interest-free loan over 10 months (and you still get to take the art home immediately the exhibition ends). Visit www.artisann.org


Belfast International Arts Festival: The 60th Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF) continues until November 6, with imaginative, inspiring and intriguing events spanning across the artistic disciplines of music, theatre, dance, film, visual arts and discussion will be hosted throughout the city of Belfast for all to engage with and enjoy. View the programme and book tickets at www.belfastinternationalartsfestival.com

Outburst Queer Arts Festival: returns to Belfast from 11-19 November 2022. The 16th Outburst Queer Arts Festival is on the way! Nine days of queer arts, ideas and collective queer magic in Belfast. Highlights include:

  • David Hoyle, Ten Commandments, 11 Nov, The Black Box
  • Queer Art Market, 12-19 Nov, Sunflower Bar
  • Catflap Launch, 12 Nov, St Joseph’s Church, Sailor Town
  • Transforming Stages, 17 Nov, The Black Box
  • Split Britches, 19 Nov, The MAC

Full event listings and booking available at www.outburstarts.com

C.S Lewis Festival 2022: Join in celebrating the creativity and imagination of one of Belfast's literary greats – C.S. Lewis. The 10th C.S. Lewis Festival will take place from 18th – 20th November and everyone is invited to step through the wardrobe door to explore their creativity and imagination and find out more about C.S. Lewis’ strong connections to his childhood home of east Belfast. The C.S. Lewis Festival, funded by Belfast City Council, will feature a range of exciting new events and firm festival favourites including, C.S. Lewis themed guided walking tours of Strandtown and Belfast City Cemetery, Tumnus Tales, Lewis inspired talks and children’s storytelling. Highlights include:

Outdoor Cinema: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis Square
Fri 18th Nov, 6pm
Pay What You Want
Head to C.S Lewis Square for a special outdoor screening of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. What better place to watch the film based on C.S. Lewis’ book than in a space dedicated to the world of Narnia. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available. Seating will be provided.

Christmas at C.S. Lewis Square
C.S. Lewis Square
Sat 19th Nov, 1pm - 5pm
Head to C.S. Lewis Square for some early festive fun and Narnia inspired activities...

Christmas Market - This special Narnia themed market including home-grown produce and local traders will be the perfect chance to support local businesses while getting ready for Christmas!

Family friendly activity - During the market children can enjoy a variety of activities including arts and crafts, face painting, street performances, storytelling, activity in magical imagination pods, Narnia inspired Minecraft Workshops (taking place at EastSide Visitor Centre, booking required) and the C.S. Lewis Square Christmas Tree light switch on

Imagination Pods - Explore our ‘snow-globe’ imagination pods which will be beautifully decorated with Narnia-esque winter foliage, magical twinkling lights, fresh & faux foliage and snowy trees to create the perfect setting for children and families to enjoy sensory play (early years – 8yrs), storytelling (age 4-11 yrs), and walk-about characters (all ages).

EastSide Choir - The EastSide Choir will ease you into the seasonal spirit with performances of traditional carols, Irish folk songs, and family favourites. Make sure to warm up your voices and get ready to sing along!

Family Aslan Watercolour Painting Class EastSide Visitor Centre
Sun 20th Nov, 2pm & 3.30pm
Pay What You Want
Sinead from the Art and Design Studio will lead a beginners’ watercolour class suitable for the whole family. She will guide you through each stage of painting Aslan, the iconic lion from C.S Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series. Recommended for children aged 6+

To view all events visit the EastSide Arts website https://www.visiteastside.com/events?mc_cid=0f147e5c81&mc_eid=5144fde791

Sound of Belfast: The Oh Yeah Music Centre has announced details of its Sound of Belfast 2022 programme. Now in its 9th year, this annual celebration, dedicated to the sounds of the city will be live and reverberating across Belfast 10th – 20th November.

The festival starts with Get On It to mark the second birthday of Yeo Magazine. Oh Yeah is also hosting its own 15th birthday bash with DJs, cake and more. There’s the annual NI Music Prize, which will see a presentation to and performance from Barry Devlin and Horslips friends. Other festival highlights include Dana Masters, Winnie Ama and Siobhan Brown who will mark a very special event at the Mandela Hall highlighting the legacy and impact of Ottilie Patterson.

Sound of Belfast runs between 10th – 20 November and full details can be found at www.soundofbelfast.com


Accidental Theatre: presents,

Iranian Night - Women Life Freedom, 8pm 12th November 2022
After a sell-out show in July, Behnam Pour and friends return to fill your senses with Persian joy, while highlighting the current plight of women in Iran.

Visit https://accidentaltheatre.co.uk/box-office/iranian-night-nov

Cosmic Jam, Thursday 17th November 8pm
Accidental Theatre open mic nights are back – from outer space! They’re providing a full backline so you can rock up and experiment with a range of instruments and an excited audience.

Visit https://accidentaltheatre.co.uk/box-office/cosmic-jam-nov

Quotidian: presents the following as part of this year’s Belfast International Arts Festival

  • AMBIGUITIES - Poetry Jukebox at Crescent Arts Centre, 5 Oct – 6 Nov. Twenty contemporary poets present new poems projecting 100 years into the future. In the context of a turbulent present – the centenary of partition, the climate crisis, and the troubled modern world – Quotidian commissioned twenty of our finest and most innovative poets to project their vision one hundred years into the future; the result is AMBIGUITIES. Poets in this special Poetry Jukebox edition include, Conor Cleary, Anna Loughran, Annemarie Ní Chuirreann, Cathal Póirtéir, Charles Lang, Mel McMahon, Cherry Smyth, Kerri Ní Dochartaigh, John Kelly, Nandi Jola, Linda McKenna, Susannah Dickey, Jess McKinney, Emily Cooper, Gerald Dawe, Allan Gillis, Scott McKendry, Sacha White, Paul Maddern and Siobhan Campbell.
  • BIND will be screened at the QFT from 23 Oct to 6 Nov. Bind is a sumptuous poetry and dance film set in the exquisite Robinson Library in Armagh. An innovative cross art-form collaboration, directed by leading choreographer Eileen McClory, with original text by poet and producer Maria McManus. BIND explores the legacy of binds between past and present, the tension between elevation, elites and access to knowledge, progress and change, the visibility and constraints on women, and how a visionary institution contributes to progress in the modern world. Note: In-person screening on Sat 22 Oct at 4pm in QFT, tickets £4. It will be followed by a Q&A with members of the creative team such as Director & Choreographer Eileen McClory, poet and producer Maria McManus, filmmaker Conan McIvor and Composer Katie Richardson
  • Acts of Commission. Quotidian bring you two newly commissioned poems; What Pa Saw at the Benders by Sinéad Morrissey and The Vocation by Nick Laird. In digital video podcasts Poetry Ireland editor Nessa O’Mahoney talks with Sinéad Morrissey and Nick Laird. Tune in to hear them read and discuss their poems and creative processes. Pocket poems – Ever playful, fresh and innovative, Quotidian will also produce limited edition ‘business cards’ for your wallet or pocket. These collectable cards will include a scannable QR code link to the poets’ audio recordings – look out for your free copy at many of the festival venues!

The Playhouse: presents the following,

  • Don Vappie and Jazz Creole, 12 November
  • Lilliput Christmas Craft Fair, 19 November
  • The Producers, 9-20 November
  • Beyond Belief – The Life and Mission of John Hume, 31 March-7 April 2023

For a full programme and tickets visit www.derryplayhouse.co.uk

Waterside Theatre and Arts Centre:

  • Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi cover band, 4 November
  • Pat Shortt and Faye Shortt Live in Well, 11 November
  • Family Shark Show, 12 November

Visit www.watersidetheatreni.com

Linen Hall Library: the Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution. Founded in 1788, it is the oldest library in Belfast. The library is free for all to enter and enjoy. The Linen Hall Library offers a year-round programme of arts and cultural events featuring authors, academics, historians, performers, and much more. To view the events programme visit www.linenhall.com

Grand Opera House: presents a series of shows including the highlights below:

  • Sing-A-Long-A Dirty Dancing, Friday 04 Nov 2022
  • Sing-A-long-A Encanto, Fri 04 Nov 2022 - Sat 05 Nov 2022
  • Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman, Sat 05 Nov 2022
  • MAMMA MIA!, Tue 08 Nov 2022 - Sat 26 Nov 2022
  • Cinderella, Sat 03 Dec 2022 - Sun 15 Jan 2023

For tickets and the full programme please visit www.goh.co.uk

Lyric Theatre: presents a new programme for 2022/23 with highlights including,

Big Man: a new Lyric Theatre Production written by Paul McVeigh and starring Tony Flynn, 27 Oct – 13 Nov.
Holding hands across Ardoyne, two men in pursuit of love move beyond the barrier of age and conflicting gay experience in Paul McVeigh's latest play.

Big Man is an evocative one man show that explores love at first sight and whether it ever truly works out. Held together by their shared working-class background and experience of devastating loss, what if the very things that brought them together end up pulling them apart?

  • A Warning to the Curious: Two Ghost Stories by M R James, 20-22 Nov
  • Revved, by An Grianán Theatre, 17-20 Nov
  • The Snow Queen, 25 Nov – 31 Dec
  • Grimes and McKee Christmas Craic’er, 2-30 Dec
  • Pigeon and Plum’s Vaudeville Circus, 7-23 Dec

For further details on all events and to buy tickets visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

Millennium Forum Derry-Londonderry: presents a new season of music, comedy, theatre and more. Highlights include:

  • Nutcracker Sweeties Ballet, 9 November
  • Joanne McNally Prosecco Express, 25-26 Nov
  • Fontaines D.C. 6 Dec
  • Ulster Orchestra Messiah, 9 Dec
  • Nathan Carter, 9 Dec
  • Ulster Orchestra Magic of Christmas, 20 Dec
  • Fureys, 29 Dec

For the full programme of events visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk

THE MAC: presents a fantastic programme of events this autumn and winter with this month’s highlights including:

The King of East Belfast, 12 Nov, 8pm
Stephen Beggs and Kabosh present The King of East Belfast. Join local theatre maker Stephen Beggs and find out the story of how gambling came to be legalised in Belfast; the extraordinary story of ordinary people and the sacrifices that were made along the way. In partnership with Kabosh, The King of East Belfast is written and performed by Stephen Beggs and directed by Paula McFetridge.

MAC Saturday Art Club: Puppet Emporium, 12 Nov, £3

Come and make your very own puppet from scratch in our puppet-making emporium. An afternoon of family fun in the MAC, kids and their adults will get to make puppets in the style of Indonesian shadow puppetry. The MAC’s exhibiting artist, Ron Mueck, started his career as a puppet maker - after the workshop, don't miss exploring his life-like sculptures in our galleries. The boring bit for parents/guardians: Book a time slot and drop-in anytime within the hour. Recommended activity time: 30mins.

Cinderella, The Midnight Princess, 30 Nov 2022 – 8 Jan 2023, £12.50 - £25
Presented with their partners, the award-winning children's theatre company Cahoots, the MAC is excited to announce that our Christmas show for 2022 will be the much loved fairy-tale, Cinderella. You shall go to the ball, and have a ball too at this enchanting show for the whole family (with a MAC twist on the original tale, of course). Cinderella will be a heart-warming, poignant, fun family show packed with magical moments, incredible illusions, and stunning songs.

On The Shelf, 9 – 23 December, various times, £12.50 - £20

A Christmas show that’s strictly for grown-ups. Starring Tara Lynne O’Neill (Ma Mary from Derry Girls) as Paula who, this Christmas Eve, finds herself firmly back on the shelf. Following its sold-out run in 2018, this smash-hit comedy is back with an updated version for the MAC that’s bigger and better than ever.

It’s Christmas Eve. Paula has a list and she’s checked it twice. She has the flat, the car and the career. Now all she wants for Christmas is the ring! Her boyfriend has other ideas though and she ends up back On The Shelf.

Faced with spending a lifetime of Christmases alone, she decides to peel off the spanx, pour a drink or twelve and dish the dirt on love, life and turning 40. Like the rest of Paula’s night though, things don’t quite go to plan with the arrival of an unusual and unwanted house guest (Chris Robinson (Bouncers).

Join The MAC for a laugh-out-loud cracker. Time to get together for a guaranteed great night out this Christmas. https://themaclive.com/event/on-the-shelf

DU Dance (NI): presents Belfast Boys, physical dance theatre for boys aged 7-11 years at the Crescent Arts Centre. Classes at 2-3pm every Saturday. No experience is necessary. Book at info@dudanceni.com

Echo Echo: presents Introduction to Body Wisdom Movement for Over 50s on Tuesday evenings 7pm - 9pm at Echo Echo's studios on Magazine Street, Derry-Londonderry. Join Echo Echo for a short introductory evening course in Body Wisdom Movement and Dance for the over 50s led by Echo Echo's Artistic Director Steve Batts.

Any men and women 50 years and upwards can join, no matter the level of physical ability or experience. To register please visit https://www.echoechodance.com/whatson/introduction-to-body-wisdom-movement-dance

For more details on al of Echo Echo’s classes and events visit www.echoechodance.com

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich presents

Poetry Jukebox. Poetry Jukebox are #ChangingTheMessage! This project aims to share beautiful, profound and life-affirming words and change the words on our streets, opening hearts and minds, putting poetry to work where it belongs: everywhere, for everyone. As well as pressing buttons on the physical jukebox outside the Cultúrlann, poetry-lovers will be able to listen online at https://www.culturlann.ie/en

Crescent Arts Centre: has launched a new season of the Crescent’s Creative Learning Programme where you can explore a hobby, brush up on your creative talents, or have a go at something new. Visit https://crescentarts.org/courses

Seamus Heaney HomePlace: has released details of their new winter-spring 2022 seasonal programme of events. Visit www.seamusheaneyhome.com for tickets and information.

Declan McConaghy Show: Newry based former BBC broadcaster, Declan McConaghy has created a new serfies of short films where he talks in-depth to creatives from Newry and the surrounding area who have made a contribution to theatre, music, dance and the performing arts in general. The view the films visit https://www.facebook.com/DMCSHOW or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaH9LxmhE8O1Af3Csk-k6vA


Tumble Circus: present Winter Circus at Writer’s Square Belfast, 16 Dec 2022 – 3 Jan 2023.
Expect modern, high skilled acts, including acrobats, aerialists and jugglers in this one hour extravaganza. Winter Circus is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

Full price tickets cost £14, tickets for children (12 and under) cost £10, and under twos go free. A family of four tickets can be purchased for £40.

For discount group bookings and complimentary tickets for carers, contact bookings@tumblecircus.com

Tickets available at https://www.wegottickets.com/JossersBigTop

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: is offering events and courses in abundance with something for all. Highlights include:

A brand-new version of an old tale. This is Luaithríona (Cinderella) the panto for the 21st century! With music, dance and female solidarity. And of course, we will have special visitor at the end. Cultúrlann and Aisling Ghéar are delighted to bring this revamped tale written by Seán Ó Muireagáin to the stage this Christmas. Show take place on Sat 3 Dec at 12noon and 6pm.

Further information on all events, workshops and courses can be found in their programme available on www.culturlann.ie

Cathedral Quarter Arts: presents Fionn’s Window. Visitors to Belfast’s historic Cathedral Quarter are invited to divine their way around the area in a journey of discovery and inspiration which has its origins in the Druidic traditions of our collective past and the mythology that has endured.

Following on from last year’s successful Ogham Grove installation for Culture Night, the Cathedral Quarter Trust (CQT) is presenting Fionn’s Window, named after Irish hero Fionn MacCumhaill, a warrior chieftain and druid. Fionn’s Window launched on June 21, to mark the Summer Solstice. Fionn’s Window comprises a series of hand-made wooden plaques, representing each of the twenty-five Ogham characters. The plaques have been placed in various locations around the Cathedral Quarter, enabling visitors to divine their own journey and answer their own personal questions. Read more at www.culturenightbelfast.com

Crescent Arts Centre: has a new term of classes to book and enjoy now. Fancy learning to speak some Italian before your holiday to Italy this year? Well now’s your chance! From visual arts, language classes, acting, dance, music making and more, there’s something to tantalise all tastes. Visit www.crescentarts.co.uk

Duncairn: has released details of their new programme of theatre, music and digital classes. Highlights include:

  • 6 Nov - Ultan O’Brien & Nic Gareiss
  • 12 Nov - Return of the 100 Club
  • 13 Nov - Super Sunday
  • 17 Nov - Joel Harkin
  • 18 Nov - Cinder Well
  • 10 Dec - Brian Finnegan
  • 17 Dec - Rachel Mae Hannon

For Further details visit www.theduncairn.com

Duncairn Player: all of the previous video projects can now be viewed from the Duncairn Player including The Duncairn Virtual Cabaret, Take 2, Carlingford and the Ring of Guillion Sessions. Visit https://www.theduncairn.com/player

Eden Place Arts Centre: has an exciting range of courses and workshops to get your creative juices flowing including wood sculpture, Inner Lanscapes, Abstract Art, Ceramics, Painting for Beginners, Contempoary Botanical Watercolours, Landscape Painting Life Painting, Spinning and Weaving plus Portrait Painting, among others. All courses are designed for adults aged 18+. Visit www.edenplaceartscentre.com

Wheelworks: unique to WheelWorks Arts is their state of the art ArtCart — a mobile arts studio that travels to your venue and opens up to provide an additional studio space for workshops and is packed full to the brim with digital equipment such as ipads, music and film making technology.

Virtual ArtCart activities take place at your own venue. Where outdoor space is limited, Wheelworks bring the ArtCart creativity inside your centre. They also come with a full outdoor suite — marquees, stage sound, lighting and outdoor heaters.

This unique space allows your young people the opportunity to experience professional equipment in a custom-made studio. It allows your centre to offer a range of socially distance spaces and utilises outdoor space.

To book your perfect digital and arts activities just email lisa@wheelworksarts.com and visit www.wheelworksarts.com

Streetwise: Fancy learning how to juggle and other circus skills?! In response to Covid 19 Streetwise Community Circus has developed a team of tutors who are now working via Zoom to reach out to those who can no longer participate in workshops. To take advantage of this opportunity all you have to do is email Streetwise on streetwiseathome@gmail.com. Suitable for participants who range in age from 8 to 80 plus.

Arts Care: has a wonderful range of arts activities available online on their Arts Care 4U Premium +, their online arts delivery channel that everyone can access. Arts Care’s new dedicated online arts and well-being workshop resource, ‘Break-Time’, accessed via their website to support the mental, emotional and physical well-being of children and young people through the Arts. New art, music, dance & exercise, drama, creative writing and clown doctor’s CDTV videos will be uploaded regularly and it’s all FREE. Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ85xLA2BlQQdrnWBhKw1hw

Greater Shantallow Community Arts: presents Spill The Tae Youth Led Podcast from the young people at Studio 2.

As well as having a voice the young people are developing their communication skills, confidence and self-awareness as well as learning skills in sound engineering and digital editing, skills they can take with them into their future career paths. You can find the podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcast but also by clicking this link below.