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4th May, 2022

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The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) and Ards and North Down Borough Council: presents the launch of the 2022 Ards and North Down Pipe Band Championships. The event returns to the seaside town of Bangor this year and will take place on Saturday 14 May from 10am in Castle Park.

This highly anticipated championship will be the first competitive pipe band event to take place in Northern Ireland since 2019 after the pandemic cancelled both the 2020 and 2021 events. This championship will feature contests for Pipe Bands, Drum Majors and Highland Dancing.

As is traditional, a short parade of bands will take place in Castle Park Avenue at the end of the day after the finale, results and prize giving. Visit www.rspbani.org for more information.

Duncairn: presents a series of live music including:

  • 7 May - Seacht Líne, Joshua and Connor Burnside
  • 14 May – The Breath, Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum
  • 20 May - Cathal Ó Curráin & Marty Barry
  • 12 June – Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
  • 23 June - Rufous Nightjar, a three-part harmony trio consisting of Branwen Kavanagh, Anna Mieke and Zoe Basha.
  • 25 June - First Fortnight, a festival that aims to challenge stigma around mental health through the arts. Compered by Stephen James Smith and featuring Ciaran Lavery, Nandi Jola and Pete r Murphy.
  • 2 July – The Whileaways. Instinctive sibling-like harmonies, captivating lyrics and melodies mark The Whileaways sound, which has been described as “perfected simplicity” and the band as “masters of arrangement and song-writing “(Irish Echo, USA) .

An Droichead: presents UAINE on Saturday 7 May 2022. Bríd Harper Tony O’Connell Paul Meehan and Lisa Butler are well known and highly respected performers collectively known as UAINE. They recently released their successful debut album entitled “The Dimming of the Day” at the Ennis Trad Fest.

The Ulster Orchestra presents a series of concerts including,

13 May – Rustioni conducts a postcard from Italy
In this concert, the Ulster Orchestra explores music by the generazione dell'ottanta (‘generation of '80’), a group of Italian composers all born around 1880 and who shifted their attention from the operas of Puccini to instrumental music. The programme includes:

Malipiero Fantasie di Ogni Giorno
Casella Concerto Romano for Organ and Orchestra
Respighi Fountains of Rome
Pizzetti Suite: La Pisanella

27 May – Barry Douglas plays the Emperor.
Legendary International pianist Barry Douglas joins the Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s epic Emperor Piano Concerto. The programme includes:

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor
Walker Lyric for Strings
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9

3 June – Rustioni conducts a postcard from the USA
The Season ends with another musical postcard – this time a riotous carnival of rhythm from the USA! The programme includes:

Bernstein Symphonic Dances: West Side Story
Copland Clarinet Concerto
Jessie Montgomery Banner
Gershwin Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture

To view the full programme and to purchase tickets visit www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk

Ulster Orchestra: presents Salon Sessions. With the aim to expand their support of and collaboration with local music artists, the Ulster Orchestra is launched an exciting new digital series, Salon Sessions, which is available to watch on their YouTube channel. Salon Sessions is free to view. For further information on Salon Sessions, please visit www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk

Oh Yeah Music Centre: is delighted to reveal a sixth series of its Women’s Work Festival, 2-5 June 2022, a festival that is open and welcoming to all while placing women in music at the heart of each event. Audiences can look forward to a classic album night celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of Ireland’s best-selling albums of all time, A Woman’s Heart. Six artists including Brigid O’Neill, Bernadette Morris, Rose Connolly, Ria Maguire, Ciara O’Neill and Edel Ní Churraoin will revisit each track made great by Maura O'Connell, Frances Black, Dolores Keane, Sharon Shannon, Eleanor McEvoy and Mary Black.

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.p>

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:

14 May – Junk Drawer EP launch, Ballyhackamore Working Men’s Club
2 June – Rachel Newton, The American Bar
8 June – Matmos, The Sonic Lab
3 July – 13 Vices (New Music Biennial), Southbank Centre

For further info visit www.movingonmusic.com

Northern Ireland Opera: presents one of the most beautiful operas ever written, La Traviata, which returns to The Grand Opera House on 10, 13, 15 and 17 September 2022. Join Northern Ireland Opera as they present a brand-new production of one of the most popular operas of all time: the much-loved and cherished La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi.

La Traviata tells the tragic love story of the beautiful courtesan Violetta Valéry and the romantic Alfredo Germont. After falling hopelessly in love the two leave the dizzying heights of Paris society for the country, but their relationship threatens to shame Alfredo’s family name. His father confronts Violetta and demands that she leaves Alfredo. In a desperate act of self-sacrifice Violetta agrees, but her decision has terrible consequences.

This stunning new production comprising four performances is sure to delight and move audiences of all ages. It is perfect for anyone looking to experience an opera for the first time as well as for existing opera fans. Northern Ireland Opera is delighted to engage with the Ulster Orchestra to bring this masterpiece with its gloriously romantic score to life. Visit www.niopera.com

Northern Ireland Opera also present the 12th Glenarm Festival of Voice, 26-28 August 2022. Join Northern Ireland Opera and BBC Radio 3 in the beautiful coastal village of Glenarm this August for our annual celebration of song: The Glenarm Festival of Voice. Now in its twelfth year, this much-loved event brings together BBC Radio 3 recitals, outreach events, performances their Artist Development Programme and culminates in the Competition Finale where five singers from across the island of Ireland compete in front of a live jury panel to win the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize and become the NI Opera Voice of 2022. Applications to enter the vocal competition are now open – if you are between the ages of 18-28, born on the island of Ireland and either a singer pursuing career in opera or as a professional pianist. Visit www.niopera.com

The Black Box: presents a series of concerts this spring. 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 visit porticoards.com

A major highlights features Arts Council Major Individual Artist award recipient, Ian Wilson.


The Mladenović-Wilson duo bring together an outstanding Serbian violinist with one of Ireland’s leading composers, also a pianist in his own right. As a duo, Dušica Mladenović and Ian Wilson explore a wide range of music from classical greats such as Schubert and musical mavericks like Erik Satie to more contemporary work by the likes of Arvo Pärt and Wilson himself. The programme includes:

Sonata in A minor, op.137 (1816, 23’) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Fratres (1977, 11’) Arvo PÄRT (b.1935)
from the Book of Longing (1996, 12’) Ian WILSON (b.1964)
Socrates Ungraved (1918/2016, 27’) Erik SATIE (1866-1925) / Ian WILSON

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/


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

  • Translations by Brian Friel, 23 April – 28 May
  • Stones in his Pockets, 7 June – 3 July
  • Breadboy, 28-31 July 2022

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

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.

Of course moving is healthy, physically and psychologically but we aren't striving for those benefits. In our experience they come best as a by-product of exploring movement as a shared, poetic artistic process. The approach Echo Echo take is that older people have enormous poetic potential embedded in their movement lives. Echo Echo take away the expectations that are usually attached to dance as an art - extreme mobility, athleticism, agility - and begin from where people are.

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

The Lyric Theatre and BBC Arts Lights Up: presents, Rough Girls, available to watch now on BBC iPlayer. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0015694/lights-up-series-2-rough-girls

A century after the formation of the first Northern Irish women’s football team, Derry Girls’ Tara Lynne O’Neill’s debut play, enacted by an all-female cast, chronicles the courage and determination of the women who became known as the suffragettes of soccer. Rough Girls was filmed for television at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, with a socially distanced audience, for BBC Arts.

The Playhouse: On the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, The Playhouse in Londonderry presented The White Handkerchief performed in the city's historic Guildhall. This performance recreates the events of 30 January, 1972 and tells the stories of those who were killed and injured on Bloody Sunday. And it features a new generation of talent from Derry and beyond. This new film from BBC Northern Ireland documents the play's development from page to stage over a period of nine months. It includes the creators, local cast members and the families of the victims. Available to watch now on BBC iPlayer. www.derryplayhouse.co.uk

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich and Quotidian: 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.

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich is proud to host the first-ever Irish language Poetry Jukebox curation from February 2022. ‘Cead Aighnis: Leave to Speak’ is a collection of 20 contemporary poems, read by the poets themselves, and with translation to English. Curated by celebrated poet Celia de Fréine, it includes work from Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, Máire Mhac a tSaoi, Proinsias Mac a Bhaird, Philip Cummings and many, many more.

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

BBC Dance Passion: Don’t miss Flight, a short dance film about that universal desire to fly, led by Northern Ireland choreographer/Co-Director, Jennifer Rooney and Co-Director, Ciarán Haggerty, commissioned by BBC Dance Passion. Flight is part of the BBC series A Season of Arts and available to view now on BBC iPlayer. The film explores that most universal theme - a child’s desire to fly. To watch Flight visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0014fqd

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.

Grand Opera House: presents a new season of programming.

For tickets and to see the full programme of performances visit www.goh.co.uk

Millennium Forum: presents a new programme for 2022 .Visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk for tickets and to view the full performance programme.

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


Stage Beyond: The Millennium Forum’s resident award-winning theatre company for adults with learning disabilities, Stage Beyond, will present ‘The Great Dictator’ on Wednesday, June 15th 2022.

Europe, 1941. Pandora is at war and people are disappearing, people who are different. Dictator Heidi has a doppelganger – Brian, a decorator. When Brian’s sister Hanna goes missing, Brian discovers a terrible secret at his local hospital. In a bizarre case of mistaken identity, fate offers Brian the chance to change history. Drawing on recent historical episodes, ‘The Great Dictator’ asks is how we treat the vulnerable a measure of our humanity?

Based on Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece of the same name, Stage Beyond interrogates what happens when society treats disability like a crime and people with disabilities like criminals. Tickets : £10.00, £8.00 available from the Millennium Forum. Tel. (0044) 28 71264455 or email boxoffice@millenniumforum.co.uk

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. To book 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

Greater Shantallow Community Arts: presents Spill The Tae Youth Led Podcast from the young people at Studio2/GSCA. This amazing group of creative young people have launched their very own podcast and it can be found on Spotify or Apple Podcast.

The Podcast has a strong focus on mental health as part of the EA Health & Wellbeing programme this month. The young people plan, host, interview and edit the Podcast. To date they have interviewed some of their local MLA’s, Councillors, survivors and local Derry’s own Serena Terry, creator of Mammybanter. As well as this they have a voice and a safe place where they can openly talk about mental health and what it means to them.

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.


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 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


Craft Northern Ireland: presents ‘Peter Meanley: New Works’ a solo exhibition which features unique new works by the renowned salt glaze potter Peter Meanley, which he has developed over the last three years. Peter, who has won international acclaim for his mastery of the salt glazing technique, will show fascinating spouted pouring vessels for the first time in 10 years. Peter’s work initially consisted of strikingly engineered teapots and other functional forms. In time, his focus and never tiring curiosity for the world around him and its possibilities led him to make new forms that can ‘contain liquid’ and can be used to pour from. His fascination with these new forms and his continuous exploration of the salt-fired process yielded the compelling spouted pouring vessels which form the core of this exhibition. Apart from his spouted pouring vessels, the exhibition will show Peter’s puzzle jugs. A technically complex piece, the puzzle jug has a perforated collar, making it impossible to pour from, unless the drinker knows there is a hole, or number of holes which they must cover with their fingers, to allow the liquid to flow without spilling. The puzzle jugs were Peter’s lockdown project which he found inspiration for in the early medieval puzzle jugs which served not so much as a drinking tool but as a drinking game (a well-known example of this puzzle jugs is the Exeter Jug, which dates back to 1300 AD).

This unique exhibition is supported by talks which will give the audience a unique opportunity to hear Peter Meanley talk about his work and share insight into his practice, processes and inspiration:

  • 'Peter Meanley: Reflections’ (Ulster Museum, 26 May at 2pm)
  • 'Technical talk: Salt Glazing with Peter Meanley’ (Craft NI Gallery, 28 May at 12pm)

For more information and to register for the talks visit www.craftni.org

RUA: presents new exhibitions on the Ground Floor Gallery at Alpha House including

‘Fondamental’ by artist Bob Sloan SRUA and ‘Wild Places’ by artist Neal Greig Arua. The exhibitions are available to view now until 25 May. Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Alpha House, 1 Rosemary Street, Belfast. Visit www.royalulsteracademy.org

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: presents:

Behind the Eye, an exhibition by Lucy Moyes. This exhibition explores forms and the relationship between illness, nature and the human condition. In Lucy's recent work, she uses combinations of subtle marks contrasting with bold abstract forms, creating a distinctive visual language influenced by both her own experience and the external environment.

Lucy works intuitively, using her drawings as her starting point for making. The collection of these drawings helps Lucy visualise and navigate the various influences that feed into her printmaking. In her work, there is an abundance of organic shapes, harsh expressive marks, subtle textures, rhythms as well as particular formations that seem both at odds and harmonious at the same time.

Lucy employs a range of printmaking techniques to achieve a desired results, however, she also embraces unintended outcomes, she uses it to adapt and integrate to her work. Lucy is a local artist who studied and graduated in Fine Art Printmaking at the Ulster University. Since then Lucy has joined Belfast Print Workshop and is an artist at Conway Mill. She is an award-winning artist and has been exhibited in countries including Greece, China and Japan and has been part of both public and private collections.

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: also presents Disturbances, An exhibition by Euan Gébler.

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich is pleased to present Euan Gébler’s first solo exhibition, ‘Disturbances’, in the Gerard Dillon Gallery. Euan was awarded this show as part of the Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich Student Graduate Award, 2021. ‘Disturbances’ is an exhibition of photography and sculpture exploring the relationship between culture and landscape. It deals with the uncertain boundary between the natural and man-made worlds.

Euan visited a number of sites of human interaction with the landscape, including quarries across the North of Ireland, as well as factories, timber farms and landfills. Euan Gébler is an artist based in Belfast. He graduated from the Belfast School of Art with a BA in Fine Art in 2021. For his graduating work, he was longlisted for the 2021 RDS awards.

Both exhibitions are available to view form 5 May. For further details visit www.culturlann.ie

CCA: presents two solo exhibitions by Mark Buckeridge (NI/RoI) and Ona Juciūtė (LT), participants in the second iteration of the DeMo reciprocal residency programme, a partnership between CCA, Lithuanian Culture Institute and Kaunas Artists' House. The exhibitions feature new work by the artists following their participation in the residency programme and continues until 2 July. Visit www.ccadld.org for further details and background.

Island Arts Centre: presents, Tribes and Tribulations solo exhibition by Award winning Artist Helen Merrigan Colfer continues to May 21st Island Arts Centre. An stunning exhibition of monumental scale featuring 37 Sculptures of exquisite detail and a witty & wistful Lock Down diary celebrating life,compassion and companionship during Lockdown.The exhibition really is like living in a magical wonderland.A gifted artist who has captured themes of important to us all at this time.

An exhibition suitable for all ages and stages in life and guaranteed to lift your spirits and nourish curious minds. As part of this year's NI Mental Health Festival there will be two dedicated tours and talks with Helen Merrigan Colfer & Noelle Mc Alinden May 14th at 12.30pm to 1.30pm and repeated at 2.pm to 3.30pm. Contact Island Arts Centre for details

VOID: is delighted to present BLACK MED SECCO, a solo exhibition by Invernomuto, the name of the artistic personality created in 2003 by Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi. For their exhibition at Void, Invernomuto will create an immersive sonic, physical and visual environment referencing the Mediterranean basin.

In gallery one, through their research in the textile collection of the Museum Studio Del Tessuto (Fondazione Ratti, Como) Invernomuto have created a walled work using moiré textiles that allude to the refraction and movement of the sea. This pattern is replicated in the live stream in gallery two of Black Med. This is an online platform (accessible on blackmed.invernomuto.info) that acts as an archive of music. Black Med is compiled by Invernomuto and a vast array of invited artists and contributors. As part of the live projection stream the music is accompanied by projected slides containing theoretical texts and backstories that enliven the score. This music archive demonstrates the dynamic, multi-cultural sounds and music that emerge from this region and beyond. The intention of the project is to create an open and live system so anyone can upload new sounds into it: the goal is to have a growing archive, a Black Med magma, which constantly evolves. Visit www.derryvoid.com

UNBOXED: Thousands of participants aka Lumenators are being recruited from across Northern Ireland, by outdoor art experts Walk the Plank, to help create large-scale outdoor artworks in some of the region's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for Green Space Dark Skies, part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, from April to September 2022.

Gathering at designated Northern Ireland locations at dusk, Lumenators will be guided along pathways or waterways carrying smart lights that will enable digital choreography captured on film, while also being sensitive to the night-time environment. To protect these amazing places, the exact locations will only be revealed to the Lumenators who have registered to take part. There will be no spectators, but anyone can take part for free as long as they sign up in advance.

UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is funded and supported by the four governments of the UK and is commissioned and delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council, Creative Wales and EventScotland. If you would like to take part in Green Space Dark Skies register at https://greenspacedarkskies.uk/get-involved/

Golden Thread Gallery: presents an exhibition by Golden Thread Gallery Mentoring & Exhibition Award winner Drydan Wilson, focussing on the physical actions of skateboarding as a way of making art. The exhibition looks at the interaction between the practitioner and their environment, exploring the distortion of architecture and the subversion of its original purpose. 28 April – 28 May 2022. www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

Belfast Exposed: Presents the following exhibitions:

Gallery 1: We, Us, Them
On now until 23 May.

We, Us, Them is a collaborative exhibition between Belfast Exposed and the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne which acts as a platform through which seven female artists explore personal reflections on communal history, identity and place. The project's ambition is to connect and promote indigenous languages and cultures, acknowledging the positive changes and achievements of such communities surviving and adapting to their changing environments.

The exhibition opened in Belfast on the 3rd March 2022 with a parallel exhibition underway simultaneously at the Centre for Contemporary Photography Australia. The Belfast exhibition will feature 5 of Australia’s most contemporary female photographers and videographers, and Belfast photographer, Deirdre Robb, and socially engaged artist, Lesley Cherry. It will bring together over 40 images and videos in a celebration of the power of community, communities of artist's, women, extended family and of the Irish Traveller and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to society in their native country.

Gallery 2: The Truth is in the Soil -- Ioanna Sakellaraki Date: 3rd March -- 21st May

Seen to be Heard solo exhibition by Jennifer Willis at Belfast Exposed - April 28th.

A delegation of Ladies featured in Jennifers moving portraits living with Secondary Breast Cancer presented a compelling manifesto to the Health Committee and Elected Representatives in Stormont March 16th. For further details visit www.belfastexposed.org

R-Space: presents presents “Oh, l’eau l’eau!”celebrating 150th anniversary of the first Wallace drinking fountains in Paris.

Re: New Wallace #5 (“Oh, l’eau, l’eau”) runs from 9 April – 6 May 2022 at R-Space Gallery (32 Castle Street, Lisburn) and online via R-Space Social media channels and www.rspacelisburn.com

The Wallace Artist Residency programme, presented by R-Space Gallery, Lisburn in association with the Wallace Collection, London is now in its sixth year.

For Re: New Wallace #5 three artists were selected to work remotely and have been jointly commissioned to create the first animated short film on the story of the first Wallace fountains erected in Paris in 1872 by Sir Richard Wallace during the Paris siege. (Later, he was to donate five to Lisburn, two of which remain: in Castle Gardens and Wallace Park).

Northern Irish Artists Meg Earls and Neil Foster are collaborating with French composer Nelson Santoni on the work. The finished piece will be previewed at R-Space (together with all artwork to date) and is scheduled to be screened in Paris later in the year during the city-wide celebrations there in association with the Society of the Wallace Fountains. (http://www.wallacefountains.org/)

Visit www.rspacelisburn.com

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


Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival: continues until 8 May with a fantastic programme of music and comedy. Highlights this week includes,

  • Ruth McGinley, 6 May
  • Malojian, 7 May
  • Brigid O’Neill EP launch, 7 May

Visit www.cqaf.com for the full programme of events.

Belfast International Arts Festival: marks 60th anniversary
Following hot on the heels of Cristal Palace, a major two-day spectacle held in April, is a series of festival events in May, including Between Tiny Cities (6–7 May) at The MAC, an exhilarating hip hop b*boy battle between two dancers, one from Cambodia and one from Australia, and a selection of family-friendly events set to take place in July and August

  • 6 May - Festival Cultures in Northern Ireland: BIAF at 60, a 1-day symposium
  • 10 May - Ayanna Lloyd Banwo and Amanda Smyth talk
  • 12 May - Emilie Pine and Audrey Magee talk

For more information on events to mark the 60th anniversary of the Belfast International Arts Festival visit belfastinternationalartsfestival.com

Women’s Work Festival: The Oh Yeah Music Centre is delighted to reveal a sixth series of its Women’s Work Festival, 2-5 June 2022, a festival that is open and welcoming to all while placing women in music at the heart of each event. Audiences can look forward to a classic album night celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of Ireland’s best-selling albums of all time, A Woman’s Heart. Six artists including Brigid O’Neill, Bernadette Morris, Rose Connolly, Ria Maguire, Ciara O’Neill and Edel Ní Churraoin will revisit each track made great by Maura O'Connell, Frances Black, Dolores Keane, Sharon Shannon, Eleanor McEvoy and Mary Black.

There’s the annual showcase, now considered the jewel in the Women’s Work crown and always a strong snapshot of the incredible talent coming out of the whole island of Ireland. This year welcomes Sprints, Cherym, Problem Patterns, Girl For Sale, Winnie Ama, Don Chi, Susi Pagel, Aoife Wolf and Clara Tracey with a DJ set from Get In Her Ears.

Moving On Music will welcome the wonderful singer and harpist Rachel Newton at the American Bar. There is Electro Pop with Bobbi Arlo + Guests at The Black Box, including an after party of late night floor fillers. The Women in The Shadows event explores the idea that behind every great man is a great woman and features performances and stories from Duke Special, Ferna, Alice LA, Dark Tropics and Rachel McCarthy.

Moving onto discussion, there will be conversation and special events with Shukria Rezaei a Hazara from Afghanistan who will be in conversation with Judith Hill of UTV, while Musicians Union ask about Safe Spaces in Sound and PPL and Help Musicians are on hand for advice sessions. There are walking tours, discussions on women’s safety at night, film screenings, industry advice and a Music Producer Meet Up hosted by Shade Music. There are family events including a St George’s Market take over, plus The Created Life Podcast with Amanda St John. Safe in Sound and Three’s Theatre Company will present ‘I believe her’ - a night of audio experience, discussion and music. room for some Sister Ghost, Zine workshops, gig poster art and A Woman Making it Work with Paula Stevenson aka ‘The Future Her’ and Rosin Whyte. We are thrilled to have Hannah Peel and the NI Electronic workshop launch at Sound Advice. Visit www.womensworkni.co.uk

Belfast Tradfest: returns from 23-29 July 2022 with a jam-packed week full of traditional music, song and dance, featuring some of the best trad musicians from across these islands. Join us this summer for a series of concerts, workshops, talks, lectures, sessions, ceilí & festival club! Visit www.belfasttraditionalmusic.com

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: is delighted to bring a plethora of new events and programmes for the coming months as we transition from Spring to Summer. This year’s Bealtaine programme got off to a brilliant start with a book launch ‘Bone and Marrow | Cnámh agus Smior’ by Samuel K. Fisher and Brian Ó Conchubhair. For the youth there will be Na Bopóga, Fall’s Road Youth Club and Aisling Óg and for the rest there will be a mixture of new Irish languages classes, Áine Ní Bhreisleáin will be coming with her show ‘Bladhaire’, an album launch with Kevin Meehan and much much more! However this is only a taster of what they have to offer. Be sure to have a look at the full programme of events available at www.culturlann.ie

Open House Festival at The Walled Garden: Open House Festival returns to the stunning setting of Bangor Castle Walled Garden this August, with an exciting line-up of music, comedy, theatre, classic film and spoken word events.

Headline acts include Beth Orton, Martha Wainwright, Paul Brady, Paddy Raff, Eddi Reader, Villagers, Duke Special and the Hothouse Flowers, as well as festival favourites Celtic Soul, Ronnie Greer and Manukahunney. Specially commissioned events include Berts To Bangor, recreating the amazing jazz music performed at Berts Jazz Bar in the Merchant Hotel, Belfast. This year’s Classic Film screenings include Thelma and Louise and Chicago.

The fully seated events will take place on the Walled Garden lawn under a beautifully lit stretch tent, providing an outdoor garden experience but with protection from the elements. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Vie the current Walled Garden programme at www.openhousefestival.com

Waterways Storymaking Festival: Over the past four years, the Waterways Storymaking Festival has offered a chance for people all over Northern Ireland to reflect and connect in a deeper way with the unique beauty of our waterways. With the continuing support of the National Lottery through the Arts Council, the festival this year will run through the first six months of 2022, offering an opportunity to share with each other thoughts, reminiscences or pure flights of fantasy on the theme of 'Waterways'. Visit https://www.thewaterwayscommunity.org