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What's on Guide November 2018

01 Nov 2018

What's on Guide November 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts & Business NI Events

 

Choose Wisely and Spend Well (A&BNI business member event)
Late November 2018
So you have a budget and the idea of a more creative approach appeals but you aren’t sure how to go about finding an arts organisation and crafting your next step? Join us to hear from experienced business members who have already been there and done that. Learn how to choose a partner, make a plan, get started and keep your project on track. Breakfast provided. Keep an eye on your in-box for your invitation.

 

Festivals

 

Belfast International Arts Festival
Various venues
16 October – 3 November 2018
Reflecting a changing, exciting and culturally vibrant city and the continuing evolution of creative practice from around the world, Belfast International Arts Festival features artists and performers from home and abroad for a world class programme of theatre, performance art, visual art, dance and music. There is a huge variety of events on offer but why not try a Cathedral Quarter Cultural Walking Tour; or Faces of Belfast – an exhibition of 9 oil on canvas portraits by award-winning local artists Joel Simon; an immersive concert film screening celebrating the work of Leonard Bernstein; Handle With Care, a street show for all the family; Link Link, a one-woman show starring Isabella Rossellini; Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, all male comedy ballet; and so much more …
https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/2018-festival/

 

John O’Connor Writing School & Literary Arts Festival 2018
Various venues Armagh
1 November – 4 November 2018
There are no borders, and no boundaries where good writing is concerned. A new generation of writers, poets, playwrights, songwriters, film-makers and audiences will gather again in Armagh to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of language in all its forms, to revisit the work of John O’Connor, and to take inspiration from his beautiful city and from each other. The writing school courses will provide intensive tuition for everyone, including new and emerging writers. As well as the courses on offer there will be novel launches, discussions, interviews and readings. Download the programme here:
http://www.thejohnoconnorwritingschool.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/final-joc-programme-2018.pdf

 

C.S. Lewis Festival 2018
Various venues East Belfast
3 November – 7 November 2018
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Of This and Other Worlds’ giving the opportunity to explore and exercise our imaginations through talks, screenings, workshops, performances and a range of exciting innovative events. Keeping in the spirit of C.S. Lewis’s love of fantasy and mythology, The Day of Magical Thinking (3rd November) is an incredible day of interactive workshops, discussions and events focused on imaginative approaches to creating in a range of different art forms, with lots of tea in between! Join a workshop in creating Abstract Art, or writing Fantasy Fiction or Magic Realism; take part in a youth drama workshop or a book discussion group. On the following days you can learn about the fascinating history of East Belfast on the Gaelic Bus Tour or have a go at Scottish dancing; be inspired to write poetry by joining a walk along the Greenway or be blown away by an evening of jazz, poetry and prose. Visit the website for the full programme of events to suit all ages.
http://eastsidearts.net/event/cs-lewis-festival-2018

 

Echo Echo Festival of Dance & Movement
Various venues Derry and North West
5 November – 17 November 2018
Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement returns for a sixth edition with an outstanding programme of dance, movement and physical theatre performances. Most of the Festival will take place in spaces and places in Derry and around the northwest but for the first time there will also be a few events in Belfast. A wide variety of events suitable for everyone from age 2 upwards. Check the website and click through the picture for the programme.        
http://www.echoechodance.com/festival

 

Outburst Queer Arts Festival
Various venues
8 November – 17 November 2018
Join the 12th Annual Outburst Queer Arts Festival – the annual celebration of queer art and performance - with comedy, talks, panel discussions, poetry, exhibitions, films, music and storytelling in various venues across Belfast. Check individual listings in the rest of our guide below and the Festival website for the full programme of events.           
https://outburstarts.com/festival/

 

Theatre

 

The MAC
Freakshow
31 October - 3 November 2018
Roll up if you dare, for a rare roadshow of revenge. In the 250th year of circus itself, the side show lunatics have taken over the asylum and the madness makes total sense. These fairground attractions have axes to grind and bones to pick. A gloriously absurd expedition into the world of the strange. Marvel at the Portrush Giantess and the Brainless Brothers, the talking corpse and the Pig-Faced Woman. A satisfyingly dark and funny theatre show with the remnants of a dusty velvet and chipped gilt Victoriana. Contains dark humour. Parental guidance advised for under 14s.
www.themaclive.com

 

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
New Playwrights Showcases
1 November – 3 November 2018
The Lyric is delighted to present readings of six new plays (2 per evening) developed through the New Playwrights Programme 2018. The New Playwrights Programme supports new and emerging writers to create new work, through a six month programme of dramaturgical support and masterclasses.
www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

 

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
The Nutcracker (ballet)
2 November 2018
This Ballet Ireland production of the magical Christmas classic is performed by an international cast of world-class dancers and appeals to audiences of all ages. With its fairytale magic, Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, beautiful costumes and a tale of wondrous adventure, this is one of the most delectable Christmas confections imaginable.
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
Stranded! Half Cut Cabaret
2 November 2018
Seedhead Arts bring you a low-fi cabaret, channelling the angry, dirty, rebellious spirit of true cabaret and not the dried up, elitist, expensive events that pass for cabaret these days. Featuring Nana Funk a Liverpool cabaret/burlesque songstress who has years of experience under her belt (and sometimes not much else!). BYO. Age 18+
www.strandartscentre.com

 

The MAC
The Lament of Art O’Leary
2 November 2018
Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon presents his new translation of the greatest love poem in the Irish language Caoineadh Aírt Ui Laoghaire (The lament for Arts O’Leary) set to music by members of the original Irish Celtic Rock Bank, Horslips. Composed in 1773 by O’Leary’s widow Eileen, the lament tells the story of a young hussar’s persecution and murder by a tyrannical landowner, Abraham Morris. Featuring original music composed by Jim Lockhart and performed by members of Horslips, this powerful presentation of a great eighteenth century poem will make for a simply stunning live performance.
www.themaclive.com

 

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Comedy Ballet)
2 November – 3 November 2018
For more than 40 years, the all-male comedy ballet company, affectionately known as ‘The Trocks’, have been delighting audiences of all ages at sell-out performances featuring their fabulous sense of fun and their flawless dance. Established in New York, the Trocks are now loved world-wide for their sassy spoofs and hilarious homages to classical ballet, where 18 dancers each transform into two personas, both male and female! Every performance frivolously froths with tutus and testosterone, blush-pink ballet pumps, fierce false eyelashes and prima ballerina attitude, however, what makes this company extraordinary is their immaculate technique, daring physicality and impeccable comic timing.
www.goh.co.uk

 

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
Jimeoin – Ridiculous (Comedy)
3 November 2018
Notorious for being ridiculous, Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed as one of live comedy’s masters. His brilliantly observed ever-evolving and hilarious stand-up has also made him the undisputed award-winning star of numerous TV shows. Grab yourself a ring-side seat for a knock out performance in an unforgettably hilarious evening of world-class stand-up with Ireland’s champion UFC (unbelievably funny comedian).
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Crescent Arts Centre
The Story of William, Who Died
3 November 2018
London 1890. This play combines poetic language, fast paced physical theatre and mask to tell the enchanting story of William, an Irish artist who moves to London to pursue his dreams and struggles to survive as the industrial revolution sweeps the city and his mental state begins to decline. It aims to explore the subject of mental illness and the healing power of art in a creative and cathartic way in hopes of opening the conversation and reducing stigma surrounding male mental illness.
www.crescentarts.org

 

Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
It Only Takes A Minute
6 November 2018
C21 Theatre Company brings this superb one woman show, performed by actress Anna Kyle. The production focuses on the life of Michelle, a young woman with Asperger’s. The punchy fast-paced script is assisted by the music and lyrics of Take That, as the band becomes Michelle’s confidants, mentors and best friends in the solace of her bedroom as she grows up in the 1990s.The piece is a mix of fun, excitement, uncertainty and sometimes an all too real overload of emotion, casting a light on the increasing number of females with undiagnosed Asperger’s and their struggle living in a neuro-typical society.
https://www.roevalleyarts.com/events/it-only-takes-a-minute

 

Grand Opera House, Belfast
La Fille Mal Gardée (Ballet)
7 November – 10 November 2018
Birmingham Royal Ballet brings the sunniest and funniest of ballets to the Grand Opera House. La Fille Mal Gardée (The Wayward Daughter) is the story of Lise who has a choice to make. Loaded country bumpkin or penniless hunky farmhand? Of course there’s no contest but her mother has other ideas. Heels are dug in and sparks fly as a mother-daughter battle ensues. Mixing spectacular classical ballet with slick comedy and live music from the Royal ballet Sinfonia, this is sure to delight the whole family.
Extra: on Friday 9 November there will be a free pre-performance talk giving you an opportunity to hear about what it takes to be performance ready. Talks will be given by dancers of the Company as well as various members of staff.
Extra Extra: on Saturday 10 November there is a chance to watch an open Company class on stage to see what a ballet dancer does to prepare for a day of rehearsal and performance.
www.goh.co.uk

 

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Letting Go or Losing It
7 November – 11 November 2018
An evening with Nuala McKeever. If you’re gliding gracefully towards the second half of your life, maybe this isn’t the show for you. But if you want reassurance that you’re not the only one struggling with all the things life throws at you, step right up! Weight gain, menopause, bereavement, becoming invisible and comfy shoes, Nuala McKeever tackles them all in her hilarious new show by way of her trademark wit and compassion. Strong language.
www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

 

The MAC
Aon by Ériu Dance Company
9 November 2018
Who am I? The me I let you see? Former Riverdance principal dancer Breandán de Gallaí’a latest creation Aon, explores what it’s like to be unattached in the digital age of internet dating and smart phones. De Gallai has teamed up with the stellar cast of Irish dancers to bring us a story of uploaded personal profiles more in line with who we think we should be rather than who we really are. Aon encourages us to throw off our masks, to shed our armour, and to join in a dance of liberation.
www.themaclive.com

 

The MAC
Outburst Queer Arts Festival presents: Love Song to Lavender Menace
11 November 2018
Love Song to Lavender Menace comes fresh from roaring success at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a sell-out run at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. James Ley’s Scottish 80s gay RomCom comes to Outburst for one night only. Nostalgic bookseller Lewis and party boy Glen star in this funny, celebratory play about Scotland’s radical, lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop that began in the cloakroom of Scotland’s first gay nightclub and became the beating heart of Edinburgh’s LGBT+ community. With its brilliant gay 80s soundtrack, will-they-won’t-they romance and a timely nod to the importance of queer books and queer spaces for pre-internet LGBTQ generations, Love Song to Lavender Menace is a history lesson as deeply entertaining as it is poignant. Age 16+
www.themaclive.com

 

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Lords of Strut: Absolute Legends
11 November 2018
All their lives they wanted to be famous. To get there they need to make the perfect dance routine but they need your help. In this dance fantasy adventure brothers Sean and Seamus rock out some banging moves, run into trouble, have a few tantrums, cause a teensy bit of mayhem and find out if fame is really what they’re looking for after all. Street performance World Champions, unlikely heroes of smash hit RIOT and Britain’s Got Talent favourites, Lords of Strut deliver their most ridiculous and sublime family show to date. Rip-roaringly funny, fantastically bizarre and absolute legends!
www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

 

Grand Opera House, Belfast
The Band
13 November – 24 November 2018
For five inseparable 16 year old girls in 1992, the band is everything. We join them as they reunite after 25 years apart and try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting the boyband whose music became the soundtrack to their lives. Starring the winners of the BBC’s Let It Shine, Five to Five, The Band features the music of Take That and has become one of the most successful musical theatre tours ever.
www.goh.co.uk

 

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Outburst Queer Arts Festival presents: The Doppler Effect
14 November - 17 November 2018
The Belfast Ensemble returns to Outburst festival with their stunningly original show. First seen at the Lyric last year, this new version tells the story of one gay man’s night in the city he calls home. A floating cube suspends a string trio and actor in the air, merging night club, concert, stage play and visual art. Part installation, part underground junk concert, this intense immersive show presents the best of what’s new in music theatre. To close Outburst, the ensemble will present a special ’one-off act two’ event after the Saturday performance – not to be missed!
www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

 

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
Walled City Tattoo
16 November - 17 November 2018
The Walled City Tattoo returns to the stage this year headlined by StickStoff, the Basel based drumming sensation. The group will be joined by a total cast of over 300 in what promises to be a huge spectacle including Highland and Irish dancing, massed pipes and drums and a number of powerful vignettes. This event has entertained over 25,000 people since 2013.
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Bah, Humbug!
17 November 2018 – 5 January 2019
New from Grimes and McKee, Ebeneezer Scrooge is the richest property developer in Belfast, and the most tight-fisted. His latest batch of hastily built and poorly finished apartments are going on sale on Boxing Day and so what if people have to camp out on the street to try and get on the list for one? But Scrooge has an unsettling visit from his former business partner who has been dead for ten years warning that he must change his ways. So will he change his ways or will he remain the same old capitalist pig he has always been?
www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

 

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
Walled City Tattoo
16 November - 17 November 2018
The Walled City Tattoo returns to the stage this year headlined by StickStoff, the Basel based drumming sensation. The group will be joined by a total cast of over 300 in what promises to be a huge spectacle including Highland and Irish dancing, massed pipes and drums and a number of powerful vignettes. This event has entertained over 25,000 people since 2013.
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Bah, Humbug!
17 November 2018 – 5 January 2019
New from Grimes and McKee, Ebeneezer Scrooge is the richest property developer in Belfast, and the most tight-fisted. His latest batch of hastily built and poorly finished apartments are going on sale on Boxing Day and so what if people have to camp out on the street to try and get on the list for one? But Scrooge has an unsettling visit from his former business partner who has been dead for ten years warning that he must change his ways. So will he change his ways or will he remain the same old capitalist pig he has always been?
www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

 

The Black Box
Wonder Frog, Comedy Improv Night
21 November 2018
Belfast’s best improv comedy group serves up an hour of hot, fresh off the cuff comedy. Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog come up with comic scenes that have never been seen before and will never be seen again. The show is completely made up on the spot, on the night, and it can’t be done without you!
www.blackboxbelfast.com

 

Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
Stranded! Friday Night Live – Holly Hannaway: Keep Calm and Croon On
23 November 2018
Are you stressed? Fatigued by fake facts? Well cry no more, for one night only Keep Calm and Croon On is here to dry you off, heal your body and soothe your soul with some sweet sweet music. Following a sold out show in the Belfast Comedy Festival last year, the Jingle Belle is back with more life changing advice than ever. Keep Calm and Croon On will help you beat the fear of modern living and get you ready for the rest of the day. A mix of the genuine and bizarre that is not to be missed. BYO. Age 18+
www.strandartscentre.com

 

The MAC
Gearóid Farrelly: Home Truths (comedy)
24 November 2018
Comedian Gearóid Farrelly takes his brand of chatty stand-up comedy on the road this autumn discussing everything from Trump to decluttering and why you shouldn’t toilet train a cat. Gearóid has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world, supporting Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK. This year he toured Ireland with Neil Delamere and appears every week on his Sunday Best show on Today FM.
www.themaclive.com

 

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
Off Your Trolley
24 November 2018
Award winning comedian, Conal Gallen is bringing his brand new comedy to theatres across Ireland. A rip-roaring laugh a minute tale of life in a hospital ward. It’s packed with craic, confusion and constant laughter. Where the story leads? Nobody knows, not even the actors some nights. Showing us hospital life as it has never been seen before, they’ll have you in stitches as they prove laughter is the best medicine.
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Market Place Theatre, Armagh
A Christmas Carol
25 November 2018
Dickens’ mystical Christmas fable brought to life – a perfect Christmas treat. Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson, brings us Dickens’ classic festive fable. Famed for bringing multiple characters to vivid life, Masterson recreated Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs and more, in an enchanting performance that will dazzle and linger long in the memory. Guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.
https://visitarmagh.com/places-to-explore/the-market-place-theatre-arts-centre/whats-on/

 


Music

 

Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Ulster Orchestra: On Your Doorstep
1 November 2018
Discover the magic of a full, live orchestral concert right on your doorstep as the Ulster Orchestra brings you its Music of America concert featuring the most beautiful music from Dvorjak and Bernstein. Elements of Native and African American traditional music made their way into Dvorjak’s ninth symphony ‘From the New World’ whilst Bernstein believed American music should be eclectic. Join world-renowned star violinist Baiba Skride and the Ulster Orchestra for a magical and memorable evening.
https://visitarmagh.com/places-to-explore/the-market-place-theatre-arts-centre/whats-on/

 

The Black Box
Los Dramáticos
3 November 2018
Los Dramáticos invite you on a musical voyage around the Spanish-speaking world. Their sound is a mix of flamenco guitar, the charango – a 10 string from the high Andes – and vocal harmonies with which they interpret well-known songs and melodies from both sides of the Atlantic. If you like joyful melodies, hot beats and tragic lyrics join them at the Green Room for some passionate Latin grooves. Dancers welcome!
https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

The MAC
Hugh Tinney
4 November 2018
Dublin pianist Hugh Tinney will perform in Belfast as part of his 12 date Irish tour celebrating his 60th birthday. The programme’s balance of old and new brings together the works of Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert as well as Irish composer Ian Wilson and British composer Thomas Adés. Hugh Tinney is one of Ireland’s most celebrated concert pianists and has toured to more than 35 countries since winning first prize at both the 1983 Pozzoli and 1984 Paloma O’Shea international piano competitions and has made a major contribution to Irish concert life for over 30 years.
www.themaclive.com

 

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
The Jive Aces: Big Beat Revue
4 November 2018
No strangers to local audiences, the six piece Jive Aces are a high energy jive and swing band. They were the winners of BBC TV’s Opportunity Knocks and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists in 2012. The band is recognised as one of the top swing bands in the world. Averaging 300 shows a year they have worked with Van Morrison, Keely Smith and performed on Strictly Come Dancing and many more. The live show includes classics like When You’re Smiling, Mack The Knife, and Sing, Sing, Sing plus originals taken from their various albums.
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
Stranded! Friday Night Live - Aaron Shanley & Edelle McMahon
9 November 2018
Aaron Shanley is a singer-songwriter from Lisburn. He has toured extensively supporting Foy Vance, Hozier and The Divine Comedy and was nominated for the 2017 NI Music Prize. ‘There’s surely some kind of connection with the young Dylan as he makes those words and sentiments tumble with much authority’ Stuart Bailie, BBC. Aaron performs with guitarist and vocalist Edelle McMahon. BYO. Age 18+
www.strandartscentre.com

 

The Black Box
Ronan Guilfoyle’s ‘Life Cycle’
14 November 2018
Ronan Guilfoyle (bass) Michael Buckley (saxophone) Chris Guilfoyle (guitar) Jim Black (drums). To mark his 60th birthday one of Ireland’s leading composers and jazz musicians and a major figure in Irish musical life for several decades, Ronan Guilfoyle has composed a suite of music called ‘Life Cycle’ and assembled a world class ensemble to perform it. Despite being a self-taught musician Guilfoyle has written music for symphony orchestras, toured the world with some of the greatest musicians in jazz, recorded more than 50 albums and founded Ireland’s first non-classical performance degree programme.
www.blackboxbelfast.com

 

Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Moving on Music presents: The Piatti Quartet
16 November 2018
The Piatti Quarter are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. They have toured worldwide and were prize-winners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and have garnered a host of awards and critically acclaimed recordings. Their programme for HomePlace will feature two new short works by emerging NI composers Áine Mallon and Christopher McAteer alongside Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor Op.10 and Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.59 No.2 which featured in Seamus Heaney’s choices for Desert Island Discs.
www.seamusheaneyhome.com

 

St George’s Church, Belfast
Moving on Music presents: Chamber Choir Ireland – Before Bach & After II
18 November 2018
This is the second concert in the ‘Before Bach and After’ series, where Chamber Choir Ireland present the complete motets of Bach, together with related works by Brahms, Schutz, and a variety of medieval and contemporary composers. In this programme, CCI look at what has come after Bach, with a completed triptych by David Fennessy as well as several of Bach’s motets coupled with a trio of 13th century compositions.
http://www.movingonmusic.com/

 

Sonic Lab, Belfast
Moving on Music presents: Manchester Collective – Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg
20 November 2018
The wild, seductive chords of Schoenberg’s masterpiece have intrigued and confounded audiences for over 100 years. This season, Manchester Collective brings this sensual and dangerous world to life, performed in English, in a new translation by David Pountney. Pierrot Lunaire is presented by NTS/BBC Radio 6 broadcaster Elizabeth Aiker, who will guide audiences through the emotional wreckage of this musical apocalypse.
http://www.movingonmusic.com/

 

The Black Box
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
25 November 2018
Idris Ackamoor, a veteran of Cecil Taylor’s Black Music Ensemble, is one of those cosmic jazz warriors who, like Pharoah Sanders and Marshall Allen, simply never stopped. In 2016, the inspirational Ackamoor reformed his 70s Afro-jazz outfit to release the acclaimed album We Be All Africans on Strut. The Pyramids’ signature sound combines spiritual jazz with a heavy dose of Frafra music from Northern Ghana. ‘Expansive, danceable body and soul music that simultaneously channels Tony Allen and Sun Ra while retaining their unique signature sound’ - The Crack Magazine.
www.blackboxbelfast.com

 

Crumlin Road Gaol
‘18’ In Honour of Belfast Suffrage
25 November 2018
Belfast based composer Keith Acheson’s 18, is a work for 2 female choirs, amplified strings, keyboard and tape celebrating/commemorating the history of women’s suffrage in Belfast. Performed at Crumlin Road Gaol, the piece is a site-specific work which, whilst highlighting the building’s unique structure, will draw on stories from some of the key women involved in the struggle for equality in its 100th year anniversary. Through their own words, interspersed with original text by poet Maria McManus, the work attempts to create a memory space in their honour.
www.crescentarts.org

 

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
Cara Dillon
30 November 2018
Cara Dillon will be touring her Christmas show ‘Upon a Winters Night’ in what will be a magical and memorable festive experience. Having released her highly acclaimed album in 2016 Cara and her band will be capturing the mystery of Christmas with a collection of songs ancient and modern providing a welcome antidote to 21st century Yuletide excess. Christmas is one of Cara’s passions and this album and live show prove it. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences, winning awards and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. ‘Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice’ – Mojo Magazine.
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Family

 

The Black Box
Mini Moon
3 November 2018
If you have a young child with any kind of disability why not join in for an afternoon boogie? The music will be low, there will be coloured lights and moving visuals, soft cushions and lots of dancing and enjoying yourselves. The Green Room will be open for tea, coffee or juice or just to chill out from all the dancing. Mini Moon is a monthly event supported by Children in Need.
www.blackboxbelfast.com

 

The MAC
Storytime Sunday
4 November 2018
Relax with your little ones at The MAC on the first Sunday of each month for some fun story time in the wonderful Family Room. Sit back and listen to some tales, fables and yarns all told by a professional storyteller.
www.themaclive.com

 

Crescent Arts Centre
A Box
8 November 2018
Remember when you were a child when every box was a magic box, the excitement when you didn’t know what was inside and you could hardly wait to open it to find out? You could hide things in it, travel through space in it, surf big waves, glide through a snowstorm, or snooze in it. Join Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company for a playful interactive children’s dance-theatre performance and discover what’s in the box. Age 4+
www.crescentarts.org

 

Ulster Museum
Storytelling at the Museum
14 November 2018
Join in at a cosy nook of the Natural History galleries somewhere between Deep Time and The Ice Age for free interactive storytelling sessions and activities. Each month is themed differently from bugs and beasts to dinosaurs and space travel. There will be plenty of adventure, chances for using imagination and craft skills as well as fun learning. While Dippy is visiting Ulster Museum, stories and activities will be dinosaur themed. Free but booking for each child is essential.
https://www.nmni.com/

 

Crescent Arts Centre
Chamber Babies
18 November 2018
Chamber Babies concerts are very informal events with short programmes that are designed for babies and adults alike. You can walk, sway, crawl, roll, dance or just chill out to a careful selection of short classical pieces designed both to engage and enchant. Age 0-18 months.
www.crescentarts.org

 

The MAC
The Elves and the Shoemaker
27 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
Presented with award-winning children’s theatre company Cahoots, The MAC presents this heart-lifting and funny bone-tickling version of the classic fairy tale. It’s the story of a kind-hearted cobbler who gets a helping hand from a party of nocturnal pixies. Expect laugh out loud capers and keep your eyes out for some of the fairyland’s best-known characters who just might pop up to make it Belfast’s funniest, festive family show. Suitable for all ages.
www.themaclive.com

 

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
Peter Pan
30 November – 30 December 2018
Join Peter Pan, Wendy and the Darling family on their spine-tingling adventures to Neverland where they meet Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and his murderous motley crew. Peter Pan is packed with fantasy, bucketfuls of fun and amazing stunts. With a powerful mix of music, dance and plenty of audience participation, it’s guaranteed to entertain and delight children of all ages.
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
Silver Screenings
November 2018 (Thursdays)
A wonderful range of classic films, including in November, The Wizard of Oz (with Judy Garland) and Kind Hearts and Coronets (starring Alec Guinness). Silver Screenings are chosen particularly for their appeal to senior citizens but are open to all. Free transport available to community groups. More information on the website.
www.strandartscentre.com

 

Take Part


The Black Box
Real Sketchy
1 November 2018
Running since 2012 this is an open live sketching event taking place in a bar environment. Over the years it has developed from something that was largely populated by artists to being somewhere that anyone can have a wee sketch and a laugh over a few pints. Although inspired by the spirit of street art, it is now really interested in the cross-pollination of different disciplines like comic, illustration, design etc and how this plays out in a live environment, in a crowd of people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds. Plus beer. And music. Pens, pencils and paper provided by Ink Monkey.
www.blackboxbelfast.com

 

Crescent Arts Centre
Purely Poetry Open Mic Night
2 November 2018
On the first Friday of each month The Crescent welcomes readers of all styles and experiences, from first timers to old pros. Purely Poetry fosters an open, laid back and encouraging atmosphere for people to read their work, and to listen in comfort. To take part, just sign up at the start of the night. All names are drawn out at random and each person has seven minutes max to read. BYO.
www.crescentarts.org

 

Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
Lantern Making Workshop (C.S. Lewis Festival)
2 November 2018 (also 3 November at EastSide Visitor Centre)
Light your way into Narnia with your own magical willow and tissue lantern. Participants in the workshops will be offered the opportunity to join a community lantern parade on Saturday 8 December. Suitable for all ages but adult supervision required for under 16s. Free event but booking essential.
http://eastsidearts.net/event/lantern-making-workshop

 

Crescent Arts Centre
CityDance 2018: Taster Dance Classes
2 November - 4 November 2018
For 3 days the CityDance Festival will take centre stage at The Crescent as they deliver a weekend of dance discovery to celebrate dance in all its wonderful forms. The festival includes free dance classes led by professional dancers, a dance showcase and ends with a performance by professional contemporary dancer Ayesha. Join in free taster sessions on Friday 2nd in various community centres, then watch a world and contemporary dance showcase at The Crescent on 3rd, and see Ayesha Mailey perform her new piece ‘See Me Disappear’ at The Crescent on 4th November. No previous experience required.
www.crescentarts.org

 

Skainos Centre, Belfast
Super-Duper Writing Workshop with Jim Doyle (C.S. Lewis Festival)
3 November 2018
Now let’s face it, you haven’t really given this idea much thought. You just thought you would wake up one day, be a superhero and capes away! It’s not that simple. What’s your day job? What’s your alter ego name? How do you keep your superhero status secret? This superhero workshop is here to help you conceal your secret identity, make you think on your feet and teach you how to write a convincing backstory as well as devise your superhero name, superpower and secret hide-away. Age 8-12. Book online.
http://eastsidearts.net/event/super-duper-writing-workshop-jim-doyle

 

Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
Drama Workshop for Adults
3 November 2018
Sorcha Shanahan and Gemma Walker-Farren are the ‘MakeyUppers’ an original comedy storytelling act. Together they specialise in devising theatre and have a combined 30 years’ experience in theatre making with groups of all ages and abilities across the UK and Ireland. They will guide participants through the theatre-making process from initial themes and ideas to performance skills, creative writing, stage craft, right up to the final production.
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/riverside/whats-on/drama-workshop-for-adults

 

Seamus Heaney HomePlace
The HomePlace Book Club
4 November 2018
A story is always better if you have someone to share it with and what better spot to meet and share stories than HomePlace. Join Carol O’Doherty and Patricia Broderick for this relaxed and friendly book club. Meeting monthly the club chooses accessible and entertaining books relating to themes found in Seamus Heaney’s work.
www.seamusheaneyhome.com

 

The Black Box
Black Moon Disco
6 November 2018
Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills. The club is on the first Tuesday of each month (usually) and is from 7pm to 10pm. It is £3 entry and £1 entry for parents and carers. If you would like to arrange for a group to come along please get in touch!
www.blackboxbelfast.com

 

The Black Box
Outburst Queer Arts Festival presents: Collaborative Singing For Resistance
10 November 2018
Participants will be guided through an exploration that will turn into a composition process. You will create a song that will serve as a resistance and resilience mechanism to talk about experiences, history and demands as a community.
www.blackboxbelfast.com

 

The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
Island Disco
28 November 2018
Island Disco is a Fermanagh and Omagh District Council event for adults with a disability. Come along to the monthly disco to dance the night away, socialise and make new friends. The DJ will be playing a range of music from Abba to Derek Ryan. The bar will be open for drinks and snacks. Come independently or bring someone to support you at a reduced fee.
https://ardhowen.com/whats-on/

 

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
Dementia Friendly Tea Dance
29 November 2018
The Millennium Forum’s dementia friendly tea dances will be held monthly in the Studio. The events are free with an afternoon of entertainment and music. Refreshments sponsored by Arbutus at the Forum. Free but booking required.
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
Energy of Light Discos
30 November 2018
A monthly disco for adults who are experiencing limited physical, sensory and or learning ability. DJ Oliver will have you dancing to a range of music including pop, country and the very best dance hits. So come along and enjoy the music, dance and have fun. Age 15+ free for carers and parents.
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

The Black Box
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
4, 11, 18, 25 November 2018
Starts from outside The Dark Horse in Commercial Court. Belfast is famous for its street art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you murals of conflict but what about now? Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished and where artists from around the world have come to paint. Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years this is a 2 hour long, gently paced guide to the ever changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter.
www.blackboxbelfast.com

 

The Burnavon, Cookstown
Autumn Workshops now available
November 2018
There is a great range of workshops available this autumn – in November you can try your hand at arm knit blanket workshops, old time dancing, loom weaving, bath bomb and soap making, or Christmas willow weaving. There are a host of other classes in the coming months so check the website for the full list and perhaps some of your Christmas presents could be hand-made this year.
https://www.burnavon.com/arts-culture/news/Autumn-Workshops-Now-Available-

 

Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
Girdwood Community Hub, Belfast
DU Dance: Belfast Boys Physical Dance Theatre
Ballymoney: Fridays 4.00pm-5.00pm age 8-11 or 5.00pm-7.00pm age 12-18
Girdwood: Saturdays 2.30pm-4.00pm age 8-10
No experience necessary. Physical dance theatre for boys. Only £1 per session. Belfast Boys Physical Dance Theatre was set up as a cross community group for boys aged 8-10 years. It is often difficult for boys to opt to get involved in dance and other creative activities as they are encouraged instead towards sports. Even if they do join they are often the only boy in a class of girls. Belfast Boys was set up to positively discriminate towards them, to see dance as a skilful physically challenging and really enjoyable activity.
http://www.dudanceni.com/our-classes/

 

Dungannon Youth Resource Centre, Dungannon
DU Dance: Suteminis and Sutemos
Wednesdays 6.00pm-7.00pm age 8-11 or 7.00pm-8.30pm age 12-24
No experience necessary. Youth dance theatre. Only £1 per session. Focusing on intercultural dance work and performing at both local and international events the groups include young people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds. Suteminis are aged 8-11 years and Sutemos are aged 12-24 years.
http://www.dudanceni.com/our-classes/

 

Beat Carnival
Tiny Beat & Junior Beat
Tuesdays
Have you got a tiny artist in your life? Tiny Beat (ages 3-8) is a time for your children to explore their creative side through play. We teach a wide range of art forms including percussion, performance, dance and lots of making!
Junior Beat (ages 9-15) is for children looking for more of a challenge and the opportunity to exercise their growing skillset. We teach a lot more drama and making with this group, at the request of the children. Parents of Tiny Beat kids ("Beatniks"!) get opportunities for their own skills training, making it a great way for you to learn alongside your child as part of a vibrant community. The content of each of our classes is designed in partnership with the kids (and parents), so get involved and tell us what you would like to do! For more info contact Rebecca at workshops@beatcarnival.com

 

Exhibitions

 

Own Art scheme
Own Art makes buying art easier and more affordable than ever
Starting or growing your own art collection has never been easier thanks to Own Art, an interest free loan scheme supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which aims to make buying art more accessible. Own Art makes interest free loans possible for people over the age of 18 in Northern Ireland, wanting to buy artwork by a living artist from galleries that are signed up to the scheme. It works by letting you spread the cost of the artwork over 10 months, making it more affordable to buy the artwork of your dreams. Own Art customers are able to borrow anything from £100 to £2500. The loan can also be used as a part-payment on higher value items, helping to support more ambitious buying. Staff in the galleries can take you through the application process (a credit check is involved) and decisions are instant. For a list of the galleries visit the website:
http://artscouncil-ni.org/the-arts/visual-arts1/own-art

 

Oriel Gallery, Clotworthy House, Antrim
Graphic Editions – Fine Art Print Exhibition
6 November 2018 – 5 January 2019
Belfast Print Workshop in partnership with Prism Print International are pleased to present this exhibition showcasing ambitious and excellent work from across the spectrum of printmaking techniques by local and international artists. BPW is the oldest printmakers collective in Northern Ireland. Over the last 40 years they have supported the development of local artists and continue to provide a connection between Belfast and the global arts community through residencies and exchanges. Prism Print International was founded in 2012 as a collective and forum for cross-cultural exchange through fine art printmaking and international exchange exhibitions. This is their first collaborative project with Northern Irish printmakers.
https://www.bpw.org.uk/content/international-graphic-editions-exhibition

 

The Black Box
Outlaws
8 November 2018
A new ongoing collaborative illustration and storytelling project between Outburst Arts and illustrators Mel Carroll and Jamie Beard. Outlaws is in development as a visual queer history of the gay male experience in Northern Ireland throughout the mid to late 20th century. Honing in on the themes and issues at the heart of this lived experience, and focusing closely on the 1970s, Mel and Jamie are inviting anyone with a story to tell to come and be a part of this unique new project as they aim to illustrate what is often a hidden history in Northern Ireland, amplifying voices visually with raw honesty and heart.
https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

The MAC
MAC International 2018
9 November 2018 – 31 March 2019
MAC International is the largest arts prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK, offering artists from around the world an opportunity to exhibit at the MAC in Belfast. Now in its third edition, MAC International presents a snapshot of the most exciting and ambitious art practices from across the world. Chosen from more than 800 submissions, the shortlist comprises 13 artists from around the world, working across a range of mediums including photography, film, installation, sculpture and drawing. The MAC International 2018 Prize will be announced on 8 November. Public exhibition of shortlisted artworks open from 9 November onwards. Free admission.
www.themaclive.com

 

Lectures/Readings/Talks

 

Market Place Theatre, Armagh
An Audience with Susan Lynch
3 November 2018
Born in Co Armagh to an Irish father and an Italian mother, Susan Lynch is one of Northern Ireland’s leading actors, widely known for her work in television and film. Lynch has carved an admirable reputation internationally as a screen and television actor, being a three time IFA winner. During this year’s John O’Connor Writing School Susan will join playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville for a conversation about her life and career.
https://visitarmagh.com/places-to-explore/the-market-place-theatre-arts-centre/whats-on/

 

Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
Remembering Shadowlands (C.S. Lewis Festival)
4 November 2018
Film screening and introduction by composer, George Fenton. 25 years ago, the late Sir Richard Attenborough directed Sir Anthony Hopkins in one of the world’s best loved films, Shadowlands. In addition to the performances, a major character in the movie is the music of Oscar-nominated composer George Fenton. Working with Attenborough from as far back as Gandhi, George knew exactly what was required and elevates the film with a stunning score performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. George will introduce the 25th anniversary screening of Shadowlands as well as participating in a Q&A hosted by Tim Burden. Book online.
http://eastsidearts.net/event/remembering-shadowlands

 

Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Roger McGough: As Far As I Know
4 November 2018
Hilarious and surreal, Roger McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay too. His latest book ‘It Never Rains’ is a collection of new verses with drawings by the author. President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. A member of legendary pop-poetry groups The Scaffold and GRIMMS, and co-author of ‘The Mersey Sound’ the best-selling poetry anthology of all time, he now presents the long-running ‘Poetry Please’ on BBC Radio 4. Roger McGough’s new show features a fine selection of vintage, classic and surprising poems. With support from Tony Wright and presented in association with the John O’Connor Writing School.
www.seamusheaneyhome.com

 

EastSide Visitor Centre, Belfast
Exploring the Protestant Imagination (C.S. Lewis Festival)
5 November 2018
Join writers Jan Carson and Phil Harrison and academic Connal Parr for this reading and panel discussion about the Protestant Imagination. Is there a distinctively Protestant approach to creativity? How has the Protestant Imagination impacted culture from C.S. Lewis onwards? What does the Protestant Imagination look like in 21st century Northern Ireland? Book online.
http://www.eastsidearts.net/event/exploring-protestant-imagination

 

Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast
Nigel Oxley – Artist Talk
10 November 2018
To accompany his current solo show ‘The Crimson Heart: Part 1; Ewa’s Story: Part 2; My Father’s War’, artist and master print-maker Nigel Oxley will discuss the extraordinary stories behind the work based on his father’s lived experiences as a prisoner of war from 1942-1945, stories the artist was never told directly, but discovered several years after his father’s death while sorting through his effects. Oxley will talk about the diverse technical processes utilised in creating his imagery which often uses the original artefact as part of the printing matrix.
https://www.capartscentre.com/2018/10/nigel-oxley-artist-talk-10-nov/

 

The Black Box
Outburst Queer Arts Festival presents: Scenes from the Revolution - Book Launch and Panel Discussion
11 November 2018
Kick off a day of theatre focus with the launch of Scenes from the Revolution: Making Political Theatre 1968-2018, a new book edited by Kim Wiltshire and Manchester-based Northern Irish playwright, Billy Cowan. Celebrating 50 years of political theatre in Britain through essays and interviews, including LGBTQ work, the book explores a rich history of political theatre and asks how might theatre makers now apply these approaches in a politically troubled world? A panel of local and international writers and theatre makers will explore the role of queer theatre and storytelling in engaging with some of the biggest issues faced right now both locally and globally.
www.blackboxbelfast.com

 

Volunteering Opportunities
Business Members please contact Tania for information and support on any of the following positions t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

 

Belfast Exposed
Volunteers needed
Belfast Exposed have a dedicated team of volunteers who assist staff in the day-to-day running of the gallery. While invigilating in the gallery is a primary element of the role, volunteers can also get involved with installing exhibitions, and assisting at events such as openings, talks and workshops. Volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with many having established or currently developing their own photographic practice. In the past there have been a series of volunteer led projects, including critiques, workshops and exhibitions. Though unable to pay volunteers, Belfast Exposed can contribute to travel expenses and also offer free access to the darkroom and computer room and a discounted rate for their training courses and workshops. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

 

Belfast Print Workshop
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
Is your day-job missing a generous helping of colour or creativity? Are you feeling the need to give something back to the Arts you get so much enjoyment from yourself? Do you have skills that could make a difference outside of the office? Belfast Print Workshop might be the answer! 
BPW are seeking Board Members that are passionate about supporting the arts in Northern Ireland. With an interest in fine art printmaking and with a background in business or the public sector with professional skills and experience, by coming onto the Board you will be joining the charity at an exciting time as they look ahead to their future growth and development.
BPW are particularly interested in individuals who have skills or experience in any of the following areas: Finance and accounting, HR, Marketing, Fundraising Trusts and Foundations, Website Design.
BPW is a charitable company limited by guarantee, established in 1977 to welcome artists interested in the practice and promotion of the art of printmaking. As a membership-focused atelier, BPW provides a fully equipped and purpose-built studio with year-round access for a capacity of 100 artists.
BPW offers an extensive programme of practical courses, alongside open studios and demonstrations, designed to enhance public knowledge, understanding and appreciation of printmaking. BPW also provides opportunities for residencies, exhibitions, skills and professional advancement, to support the income, wellbeing and livelihood of its artists and the communities they work with. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

 

Void, Derry
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
Void is a contemporary art space in Derry with up to 5 exhibitions per year showing the work of established international and Irish artists. A key element to the gallery is the Void Engage programme, which places participation, engagement and learning at the heart of Void, making contemporary visual art accessible to visitors of all ages. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

 

Seacourt Print Workshop
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
Seacourt Print Workshop are seeking board members who can bring a fresh, enthusiastic and active approach to voluntary work with a small well respected charity. Seacourt is an artist and printmaking studio facility established in 1981 and situated in Bangor, Co Down. Through sustained high-quality, artist-led printmaking activities and programmes for the public, schools, community and well-being groups, Seacourt has established itself as a leading and innovative printmaking community resource.  Seacourt is in a positive period of transition with a newly appointed full time Director and an ambitious plan to consolidate and expand services to a wider audience beyond North Down and the Greater Belfast areas, to include Derry/Londonderry, Enniskillen/Omagh and ultimately other areas. If you have a background in business or public sector work and an interest in promoting and supporting the arts Seacourt would like you to consider applying to join their Board of Directors. They need three external Board members with a background in either Finance/Accountancy, Marketing/Promotion or Law/HR/Volunteering to contribute their knowledge, understanding and skills to enrich and enhance our Board as Seacourt work to meet the challenges of ensuring good governance and the opportunities that good strategic leadership can bring to the organisation. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk
 
Sestina Music
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
Sestina is a vocal ensemble based in Belfast made up of young singers who have been hand-picked at the beginning of their professional careers.  It is Sestina’s aim to nurture and encourage their excellence through mentorship and collaboration with world-class professionals, and to present performances of the highest quality and energy.  To date, the ensemble has performed all the major stage works of Henry Purcell (The Fairy Queen, King Arthur and Dido and Aeneas), and has collaborated with some of the finest specialist early music practitioners in the world. To find out more contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

 

Tinderbox Theatre Company
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
Tinderbox Theatre Company is based in Belfast. Formed in 1988, it is one of Northern Ireland’s longest established and most respected independent theatre companies. Tinderbox is dedicated to the creation of new work for the theatre, the artists who create it, and the artistic environment in which its work takes place.
Tinderbox produces two to three productions per year, carries out a range of initiatives to develop new work for the theatre, and runs a year-round Outreach Programme in schools and communities across Northern Ireland and a theatre training school. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

 

Arts Care
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
Arts Care, founded in 1991, is a unique Arts and Health Charity based in Northern Ireland. In partnership with Health and Social Care Trusts throughout Northern Ireland, Arts Care engages 19 artists-in-residence, a team of NI Clown Doctors and many project artists who facilitate and co-ordinate participatory workshops and performances. Believing in the benefits of creativity to well-being, Arts Care makes all forms of art accessible to patients, clients, residents and staff in health and social care settings. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

 

The MAC, Belfast
Volunteers needed
With 363 days of activity throughout the year the MAC welcomes volunteers from all walks of life. As a valued member of the MACtivist team you will have the opportunity to get involved in many aspects at the MAC including the galleries, theatres and creative workshops. So unlock your imagination and make new friends along the way by becoming a volunteer. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

 

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