What's On Guide August 2019

01 Aug 2019

What's On Guide August 2019

Arts & Business NI events

We don’t have any member events scheduled in August but we are finalising our calendar of events for the autumn. If your business would be interested in sponsoring any of our Arts & Business NI member events please just let us know.

Blow your own trumpet!

This is a monthly bulletin so if you have a business and arts collaboration event which our other business members could attend please let me know before 20th of the month before, so it can be included here. Don’t be shy – sometimes it is good to blow your own trumpet! Email to Sarah

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios host UU Next Generation School of Art exhibition
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, 5 Commercial Court, Belfast BT1 2NB
25 July 2019 - 22 August 2019
A&BNI business members Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are hosting an exhibition celebrating the next generation of Artists and Makers from Ulster University Belfast School of Art. Their Belfast Front Room located in their architects practice in Cathedral Quarter will become an extended platform to showcase young artists in the city. Gallery opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Just drop in.


Arts Over Borders Summer International Arts Festivals, Enniskillen
Various locations throughout Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry~Londonderry
25 July 2019 - 18 August 2019
Arts Over Borders is a series of three summer international festivals that will run between 25th July and 18th of August 2019 and includes:
Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 25 July – 28 July 2019 Includes a site specific promenade performance of Cascando in the grounds of old Portora Royal School; Assumption read by Adrian Dunbar; Walking for Waiting for Godot at Marble Arch Caves and many more treats.
A Wilde Weekend: Wildetown, Home of the Happy Prince, Enniskillen 2 August – 5 August 2019 Including a bus journey to a secret garden for a reading of The Selfish Giant; a talk by Oscar Wilde biographer Matthew Sturgis and readings in various market town shops in Enniskillen.
Lughnasa FrielFest 6 August – 18 August 2019 Including Homer by the Sea performed on Donegal and Causeway Coast beaches; The Enemy Within (an all-female production) in Derry and Omagh; Faith Healer in a bus journey promenade presentation in West Donegal; plus fascinating talks and more.
Go to the website for the full programmes and to book tickets 

Belfast Pride Festival 2019
Various Venues

26 July – 4 August 2019
Belfast Pride Festival takes in a whole range of colourful parties, cabaret nights, art exhibitions, a family picnic and lots of fun events. Amongst other highlights is the Launch and Awards night on Friday 26th at Belfast City Hall celebrating the work done by community groups. The Belfast Pride Parade (Saturday 3 August) is the biggest cross community parade in the city, the main event in the LGBTQ calendar and one of the key events in Belfast Pride Festival. It is a protest and a celebration, a call for equality, a stand for solidarity, a celebration of the lives of LGBT people in Belfast and is about LGBT messages and expressing support for LGBT people. To see the full programme of events download the programme here

Belfast TradFest
Various Venues

27 July – 3 August 2019
This week long event is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland and brings together both the Irish and the Ulster-Scots musical traditions in a shared celebration of culture and heritage. Descending upon the city in a series of concerts, masterclasses, workshops, talks and sessions, will be a host of renowned traditional musicians including BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Jarlath Henderson, Scottish piping legend Finlay McDonald a host of former TG4 Gradam Ceoil award winners and lots more. For five days, hundreds of budding traditional musicians of all ages will get the chance to learn from traditional music royalty at the Ulster University in a series of masterclasses across 18 instruments. In addition the school will bring jigs and reels to all four corners of Belfast with concerts, demos and talks taking place at EastSide Arts Centre, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, The Duncairn Centre and An Droichead. The heart of the summer school and a packed programme of free sessions and events is located in Belfast Cathedral Quarter

Belfast Improv Comedy Festival
Accidental Theatre, Belfast

1 August – 4 August 2019
A great range of international comedy performers to enjoy and workshops available if you want to hone your own skills. There will be 16 different performances over four evenings, encompassing everything from slow building comedy to fast punchy games, improvised heist movies to musical improv, and solo performances to huge ensemble pieces. A range of workshops with international expert performers can be booked online. Check facebook or the website for the full programme

EastSide Arts Festival
East Belfast and beyond

1 August – 11 August 2019
This celebration of the growing diversity and creative energy of East Belfast delivers a wealth of experiences for all ages. Enjoy a street dance battle event, craft workshops, meet Mr Mess, be entertained with live music both modern and traditional, hear storytellers, songs of the shipyard, see theatre and comedy, and have some fabulous family time in the big top. Glider buses will also be hosting traditional music gigs on board so check the festival website. Dozens of events to choose from so see the programme online here

Féile an Phobail
West Belfast and beyond

1 August – 11 August 2019
Ireland’s biggest community arts festival returns with street theatre, children’s events, parties in the park, concerts, sports, discussions, debates, exhibitions, dramas and readings. Whether your tastes run to music, comedy, joining in a tea dance or a ceili, getting dating advice via opera or enjoying the very best traditional music, then there is something for you. Highlights include Boyzone performing at the biggest Feile concert ever, comedy night with Jake O’Kane and Tim McGarry with their own brand of political satire and critical comedy, Phil Coulter live at Clonard Monastery, the annual James Connolly lecture, The Big Youth Debate with Stephen Nolan, the carnival parade and lots more. Metro and Glider buses will also be hosting traditional music gigs on board so don’t miss out. Check the programme for the full list.

Open House Festival

1 August – 31 August 2019
The 2019 programme for the only month-long festival in Ireland features 163 events in 46 venues over the 31 days of August, with over 600 performers, participants and producers taking part. The 7th annual Bangor Festival combines headline national and international artists with local musicians, writers, chefs and other creatives. Enjoy Folk on a Boat, Island Picnic, the Bangor Rocks Musical Bus Tour, Sir Michael Parkinson in conversation, poet Murray Lachlan Young, The Specials, Ronnie Greer and many more treats. Venues include the seafront, bars, restaurants, a tattoo studio, churches, public parks and a variety of quirky and disused buildings in the town so lots of interesting and memorable experiences to be enjoyed. Many events are free to attend. There is a fabulous digital programme with video here

August Craft Month 2019
Various venues throughout NI

1 August - 31 August 2019
August Craft Month is Northern Ireland’s annual celebration of all things craft. Co-ordinated by Craft NI it is a programme of craft-related events (exhibitions, festivals and fairs, open studios, workshops and more) delivered by a partnership of individuals and organisations across Northern Ireland. Have a go at pottery or silversmithing, learn about linen, make your own candle, or enjoy art exhibitions. There is a vast array of interesting events available. Download the full programme here

Creative Peninsula 2019
Various locations in Ards & North Down

2 August – 11 August 2019
Now in its 18th year, this thriving annual event celebrating professional art and craft features open studios, creative art tours, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations throughout the Borough of Ards and North Down. Visit Seacourt Print Workshop to screen print your brain (eh … what?); watch woodturning or seascape painting; have a go at button making or throw pots. Lots to choose from so download the brochure here

7 Hills Blues Fest

8 August – 11 August 2019
Armagh’s iconic 7 Hills Blues Fest returns for a ninth summer, bringing world-class talent to venues and locations across the celebrated Cathedral City. Firmly established as one of the great blues and roots music events in the UK and Ireland. There are more than 60 free gigs to enjoy. Attracting locals and visitors in their thousands from far and wide each year, the festival will complement a packed schedule of events designed to suit everyone. Whether visiting the city to shop, eat and drink or to see the sights, those bluesy tones won’t be far away. As well as a full programme of music you can enjoy a festival BBQ or picnic. Plan a visit to Armagh this summer for some blistering blues: best served chilled! The programme is here

Shoreline Music Festival, Enniskillen
Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen
9 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
Summer Festival season hits Enniskillen this August. Shoreline Music Festival will take centre stage in the grounds of Enniskillen Castle with an outstanding 3 day line-up of entertainment. The festival kicks off on Friday 9th August with Planet Love, a spectacular outdoor dance event headlined by John O'Callaghan. Saturday and Sunday do not disappoint either featuring top artists such as Feeder, The Logues, Rory & The Island, Olivia Douglas, Nathan Carter and Cliona Hagan.

Caribbean Social
Writer’s Square, Belfast
10 Aug 2019
A whole afternoon of Caribbean festivities from live music, dancing, fantastic food and fun activities to keep the little ones entertained. But what would a Caribbean party be without music! Coming all the way from London before their show at Notting Hill Carnival, Tropical Heatwave will be bringing the finest reggae, calypso and Caribbean carnival music along with a whole host of local DJs and musicians. Free event.

Stendhal Festival of Art, Limavady
Ballymully Cottage Farm Limavady County Londonderry BT49 0NQ
15 August - 17 August 2019
“Experience the Syndrome” at the Stendhal Festival of Art, a unique weekend festival like no other.
The Multi-award winning Stendhal Festival returns for a ninth year this August in the picturesque surrounds of Ballymully Cottage Farm Limavady. With a packed schedule of Music, Comedy, Poetry, Art, a dedicated family programme and much, much more, Stendhal is a cavalcade of creativity for all. As Northern Ireland’s biggest and most acclaimed Grassroots music and arts Festival, expect three days of the very best in international and home-grown talent across a multitude of genres that will entertain, inspire and delight. Immerse yourself in the arts in a creative wonderland that is perfect for a weekend break from the real world. Discover new music, artists and genres while also enjoying the familiar sounds and styles of some of the biggest and best loved acts from all across the globe at incredibly pocket friendly prices.

Clandeboye Festival – A Sense of Place and Landscape
The Clandeboye Estate, Co Down
16 August - 24 August 2019
This year’s festival with Barry Douglas, Camerata Ireland and guests, features Andres Diaz (cello), Nobuko Imai (viola), Michel Lethiec (clarinet), Ailish Tynan (soprano), Elina Vahala (violin) and Richard Watkins (horn) and guest artists Finghin Collins (piano), Eimear McGeown (flute), Catriona McKay (harp), Chris Stout (fiddle), Jonny Toman (guitar) and Daria van den Bercken (piano). There will also be a fashion show with young designers and Musicians of the Future concert featuring students at the Camerata Ireland Academy at Clandeboye. The full programme is available here

The Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School
18 August – 25 August 2019
The festival celebrates the music of Charles Wood and seeks to give singers and musicians an opportunity to perform and develop their talents. The annual summer school in August is for singers, organists and choir directors and is held in all the main churches in Armagh. The Charles Wood Girls' Choir is a week-long residential summer course for girl choristers aged 12-18, proudly supported by Ulster Carpets and Arts & Business NI. Don’t miss their lunchtime concert on Thursday 22 August in St Mark’s Parish Church, Portadown and their performance as part of the Gala Concert on Friday 23 August in the Church of Ireland Cathedral. At the centre of the Summer School is a resident choir, The Charles Wood Singers, which comes together at the beginning of the week to prepare music for various concerts and services under the direction of Dr David Hill, former Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, and Philip Scriven, Assistant Conductor and Accompanist of the Bach Choir. Northern Ireland International Organ Competition is for organists aged 21 and under. The Competition offers substantial monetary prizes, prestigious recital opportunities and masterclasses with leading organists across the globe. Founded in 2011 this competition continues to grow year on year and attracts top organists from the UK & Ireland and beyond. There are a large number of concerts and services scheduled so be sure to look through the brochure and book tickets here

Belfast Guitar Festival 2019
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
28 August – 1 September 2019
Now in its seventh year, the festival is growing from strength to strength. As always, the line-up of events sees the festival bring to the city an eclectic mix of international artists whilst showcasing the wealth of local talent that Northern Ireland has to offer. A host of masterclasses, workshops and performances are available so you will need to check online for all the details. In the finale gig a host of artists will play, sing and rock their way through the hits of The Eagles so don’t miss it. Most events are BYO.

Spinning Yarns Festival 2019
Antrim Castle Gardens

31 August – 1 September 2019
A festival of colour, creativity and craft celebrating the wonderful world of all things associated with textiles, in particular wool and linen. Highlights will include a market place with a wide range of traders, both local and from further afield, vintage/country crafts and home-made food and drink, craft displays, workshops and demonstrations plus special guest speakers.

Theatre & Comedy

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

1 August – 4 August 2019
After a sell-out run last summer the smash-hit musical Paperboy is back. It’s 1975 and 12 year old Tony dutifully goes about his paper round. Belfast in the seventies is like the newspapers he delivers, everything is black and white, or orange and green. There are bombings on the evening news but Paperboy is more interested in Doctor Who, the Bay City Rollers and outer space, and of course Sharon Burgess. Paperboy is a heart-warming coming of age new musical drama that bubbles with humour set against the backdrop of 1970s Belfast on the Upper Shankill Road. Based on the much-loved memoir by Irish writer and peace builder Tony Macaulay and adapted for musical stage, with music from platinum-selling Belfast artist Duke Special and writing by stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle.

Walled City Tattoo
Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry
3 August 2019
The Walled City Tattoo in Concert 2019 returns with another spell-binding mix of top class local and international talent. Join the two hundred strong cast as they tell of the building of the city walls in the 400th anniversary of their completion in 1619! A spectacular visual display like no other telling the unique story of our walled city including the Tattoo’s well-established blend of cultural traditions and the high quality drama, music, dance and, of course, that little bit extra, join with others from near and far to celebrate one of the most unique structures on the island – the World Heritage site that is Derry’s Walls.

EastSide Arts Festival: Faust
Strand Arts Centre
4 August 2019
Would you make a pact with the devil? A modern day reimagining of the legend of Faust fusing together physical theatre and traditional storytelling to present an energetic exploration of addiction; be wary of the cult of the ego, the seduction of fame and the celebration of power … just how far would you be willing to go to get what you wanted? Presented by Curious Doings theatre company. Age 12+

EastSide Arts Festival: Living the Dream
Strand Arts Centre

5 August 2019
A sneak preview of this brand new play ahead of its London opening in 2020. Based on a true story, Ana Costea was a former political prisoner in Romania, who upon the overthrow of Ceausescu wrote to George Best explaining that he and John Lennon had given many prisoners hope because they were the essence of the word freedom. On her deathbed the spirits of George and John come to Ana to help her understand unsolved mysteries of her life and she gets to live her dream of meeting George. This abridged staged reading featuring members of the cast will be followed by a Q&A with writer John Warrington, Alex Best and a cast member.

Belfast Blues
Lyric Theatre, Belfast

6 August – 11 August 2019
One wee girl’s story about family, war, Jesus and Hollywood, Geraldine Hughes’ one woman play is a true story told from Hughes’ perspective as a little girl coming of age in war-torn Belfast of the 1980s. Playwright and performer Hughes depicts over 20 characters in the multi-award winning performance, which has played to rave reviews in Chicago, Los Angeles, Belfast, London and New York.

The Miami Showband Story
Grand Opera House, Belfast 8 August – 17 August 2019
The Market Place Theatre Armagh 20 August 2019
Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry 22 August - 24 August 2019
Even if you’re too young to remember the 60s and 70s, this is still the show for you. Told through the eyes of two best friends and Miami songwriters, Fran O’Toole and Des Lee, this incredible new musical weaves us through the amazing roller coaster story of the iconic showband. Written by Marie Jones and Martin Lynch (the team that brought you Dancing Shoes – the George Best Story) The Miami Showband Story takes us through the joyous dancehall days of the 1960s to the tragedy of 1975. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to dance but above all, you’ll have an amazing night out.

EastSide Arts Festival: A Night in November
Strand Arts Centre
10 August 2019
A Night in November (by Marie Jones) tells the story of Kenneth McAllister, a clerk in the local welfare office. Kenneth is a Belfast Protestant who has followed all the rules and has always done what was expected of him until one night in November when he did the most exciting, outrageous, crazy, mad thing he’d ever done.

Muldoon’s Picnic
The MAC, Belfast

11 August 2019
An omnium-gatherum of poetry, prose and music, Muldoon’s Picnic is a cabaret style evening hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant. Returning after a successful Irish tour in 2017 and nine sold out seasons at the Irish Arts Centre in New York, they will be joined by an exciting mix of guests from the world of music and literature in Moya Brennan and Cormac DeBarra, John Banville and Leanne O’Sullivan.

The Wonders of the Wake
Seamus Heaney HomePlace

11 August 2019
The Wonders of the Wake is a totally unique show that, through laughter, song, keening and haunting Gaelic laments, celebrates the ancient rite of the Irish wake. The hauntingly beautiful Mná Caointe, three keening female singers led by the amazing Niamh Parsons, will bring a tear to your eye and a shiver to your spine and take you on an immersive journey to the best Irish wake you could ever experience. The Wonders of the Wake is an artistic collaboration between the acclaimed writer of My Father’s Wake, Kevin Toolis and the world-renowned singers and musicians The Henry Girls, Joleen, Karen and Lorna McLaughlin.

Grand Opera House, Belfast
19 August – 24 August 2019
Selladoor Productions present the definitive 30th anniversary tour of Fame The Musical starring Keith Jack, Mica Paris and Jorgie Porter. Based on the phenomenal 1980 pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash-hit which follows the lives of students of New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows and the ultimate elation of life. This bittersweet, uplifting triumph of a show explores the issues that confront many young people today. Featuring the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and actors as they transform from star-struck pupils to superstars, Fame The Musical will indeed live forever!

She Wants to be a What?
The Playhouse Theatre, Derry
21 August 2019
Sole Purpose Productions and Foyle Pride are delighted to present this play as part of the 50 years since Stonewall celebrations when two transgender women of colour fought back. Gwen is an open minded mother, she is always out protesting putting the world to rights, she believes in equal rights for everyone. Until … something happens to change her world. Performed by a local cast and directed by Patricia Byrne, this gripping drama explores the journey of a transgender man from a mother’s perspective.

The Phantom Strikes Again (and again…and again…)
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane

24 August 2019
In this comedy a travelling theatre group are set for a night of music and entertainment, when suddenly the lights go out and the mysterious Phantom appears. Stealing the cast one by one, the audience will have to deduce who among the assembled personages could be the dreaded Phantom and work out why his kidnappings never quite go according to plan … Can you solve the case?

Millennium Forum, Derry
28 August - 31 August 2019
Friendsical is an original and unique new parody musical inspired by the gang in Friends, the iconic TV show (This is a loving parody not to be confused with the Warner Bros Entertainment Inc series Friends). When Ross’s wife leaves him for another woman, he fears he will never find love again. But them Rachel runs back into his life … will he end up with his one true love? With original new songs such as (He’s her) Lobster!, Richard’s Moustache and You’re Over Me, When Were You Under Me?. The gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut and a dinosaur convention – what could possibly go wrong?

 In The Heart Of The Country
The Market Place Theatre Armagh
29 August – 31 August 2019
In 1968 there was momentous change taking place throughout the world with the Vietnam War, student revolts, communism and Civil Rights movements all high in the headlines. This drama reflects on how a farming community in mid-Tyrone dealt with the complex issues that arose from the search for Civil Rights. At that time dancing and country music were the main social diet and one young couple’s love of country music transcended age old tribal barriers but not without a price to pay. The price of peace is often more expensive than we ever bargain for. In this case it most certainly was.

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

31 August – 14 September 2019
Ireland, 1847. Two brothers. One potato. No holds barred. A new play written and performed by Conor Grimes and Kevin McAleer and directed by Conleth Hill.

Shirley Valentine
Lyric Theatre, Belfast

31 August – 5 October 2019
Shirley is a housewife. Her kids have left home and she finds herself talking to the wall while she makes chips and eggs for her husband. Out of the blue her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for 2 weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and on a voyage of discovery starts to see the world and herself in a very different light. Starring Tara-Lynne O’Neill in Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy. Age 14+


Belfast TradFest: Skin, Wind and Reed
Strand Arts Centre

1 August 2019
Belfast Tradfest will celebrate the repertoires of Scotland and Ireland through bagpiping, snare drumming, Uillean piping, fifing, flute, tin whistle and Bodhrán. Featuring some of the world’s finest musicians Finlay McDonald, Mary Bergin, John McSherry. Gareth McLees, Harry Bradley, Kevin Crawford, Willie Drennan and John Joe Kelly. .

Summer Jazz Nights with Jazz Gazette
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane

2, 16, 23, 30 August 2019
The summer nights would not be the same without the soulful sounds of Jazz Gazette, the North West’s most loved jazz ensemble. Sit back, relax and enjoy the summer evenings in the Alley Bar with Jazz Gazette and special nights.

Lazy Sundays
National Trust The Argory

4, 11, 18, 25 August 2019
Laid back tunes and relaxation. Chill in the courtyard while the children are entertained. Optional BBQ feast available.

Songs of the Shipyard
St Martin’s Church

5 August 2019
Peacock Angell draws the audience into the world of working-class Northern Irish shipyard poet and dramatist Thomas Carnduff, performing original musical settings of his poems interwoven with fascinating biographical excerpts from early 20th century Belfast. Violinist/singer Ruth Angell brings her spellbinding voice, and Sid Peacock his dextrous acoustic guitar, to this truly captivating mix of music, poetry and history. With special guest Steve Tromans.

Jacques Offenbach: Bicentenary Festival
The Black Box, Belfast

8 August 2019
Join the NI Opera Studio in celebrating the bicentenary of Jacques Offenbach, the father of operetta. Expect two light hearted and subversive musical farces with frivolity, cross-dressing and ear-worms aplenty. Both pieces will be performed in an informal setting, sung in French with English dialogues and translations. Tulipatan – An Island Just Like This: him or her, he or she, how can you tell and does it matter when you are in love? To find out travel to Tulipatan, an island where nothing is quite as it seems. Daphnis and Chloe – Or How To Make A Move: what to do when you fancy each other but don’t quite know how to handle the more intimate details? Rest assured, help from above is at hand with Pan, a divinity with robust worldly expertise and the street cred to match it. Sharpen up your love techniques in this naughty musical farce.

So Sing On with Eilidh Patterson
Seamus Heaney HomePlace

8 August 2019
Eilidh Patterson is a warm engaging performer of startling clarity. With songs that cut straight to the heart, delightfully accurate guitar playing and her signature pure vocals, she immediately connects with audiences everywhere. In recent years she has performed in the States, the UK and in Europe. Eilidh is currently touring across Northern Ireland celebrating the release of her third studio album Sunshine. This project pulses with positivity, displaying the depth and versatility of Eilidh’s song-writing with beautiful new songs about life and love that have a strong sense of roots and place.

Music by the Lake
National Trust Crom Estate

10 August 2019
Bring along a picnic and enjoy a fantastic evening of jazzy pop classics from Midnight Graffiti with a glass of wine on arrival. Booking essential. Tearoom also open. Adults and children welcome. Booking required.

The Slipstream Summer Show
The Black Box, Belfast

11 August 2019
Colm McIntyre and the Slipstream band are back. Fresh from launching his debut album and touring with Cormac Neeson, Colm McIntyre is backed by the Slipstream band, an array of the top musicians in the country with everything from grooving bass, swinging keys to screaming saxophone, they have been compared to artists like Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen. Supported on the night by String Ninjas and singer-songwriter Paddy Collins.

Music Sundays
National Trust Mussenden Temple

11, 18, 25 August 2019
Enjoy some local musical talent to accompany your Sunday afternoon walk.

Ulster Youth Orchestra Summer Concerts
The Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry 23 August 2019
Ulster Hall, Belfast 24 August 2019
90 of Northern Ireland's most talented young musicians will take to the stage bringing energetic, high quality live orchestral music to the Guildhall and Ulster Hall. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this fabulous programme.
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes by Weber
Liebremann Concerto for Flute & Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6, Pathetique

Chris Keys Live at The Crescent
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 
24 August 2019
Chris Keys will be joined onstage by Paul Tierney and Gareth Hughes on electric guitar and bass as the band plays songs from Chris’ first album Life in Motion and a selection of new material which will feature on his forthcoming second album. Chris writes songs mostly with hints of folk, blues and Americana as well as the occasional pop and rock record.  With a distinctive voice, an easy listening sound and haunting melodies, this show is not to be missed. BYO. 18+

Jazz in the Gardens
National Trust Mount Stewart

25 August 2019
Bring your picnic (no BBQs) or enjoy some on-site catering and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart. Guest performers in August – Martello Jazz Band. Free event but admission may apply.

Afternoon Blues
The American Bar, Dock Street, Belfast

Every Saturday 2pm
Run by the infamous Chris Roddy of The Rotterdam and The Pound, proper music for grown-ups.

Sailortown Open Mic
The American Bar, Dock Street, Belfast

Every Sunday 7pm
Open session with some of the best musicians Belfast has to offer, compered by David Browne Murray.

Family (all ages, all abilities)

Tom Sweeney’s Tots and Teddies Singalong
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane

3 August 2019
Join favourite children’s singer Tom Sweeney for a fun filled hour of songs and stories for tots and their teddy bears. Singing, action songs, rhymes and movement are sure to make a Saturday in summer a very special time at the Alley Theatre. It’s a sunshine party-time to all the family, plus teddy of course.

Storytime Sunday
The MAC, Belfast
4 August 2019
Relax with your little ones at the MAC on the first Sunday of each month for some fun story time in the Family Room. Sit back and listen to some tales, fables and yarns all told by a professional storyteller.

Black Moon
The Black Box, Belfast

6 August 2019
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.

Fair Weather Fridays
Conway Square or Ards Arts Centre

9, 16, 23, 30 August 2019
Enjoy fantastic outdoor performances for all the family (in the event of inclement weather the performances will move into the Arts Centre). A different performance each week including Dr Nick with his incredible unicycling, fire-juggling and plate spinning; Fizz Wizz Pop where Miss Shell’s show stars a fun and colourful underwater creature who will sing her way beautifully into your heart; Mr H who comes equipped only with a broom, a table and a chair to perform his spectacular acrobatics; and Jitterbug Jackson, a mix of circus, comedy, dance, poetry, science and song. Free to attend

Storytelling at the Museum
Ulster Museum, Belfast

14, 20, 26 August 2019
Discover the cosy nook of the Natural History galleries somewhere between Deep Time and The Ice Age where you can join in free interactive storytelling sessions and activities. Each month is themed differently with plenty of adventure, chances for using your imagination and craft skills as well as fun learning. August theme is Harry & the Bad Knight. Age 4-8 with carers. Booking required.

Shh! We Have A Plan
The MAC, Belfast

14 August – 18 August 2019
Shh! We Have A Plan is an enchanting theatre production for young audiences by the multi-award winning Cahoots NI. Packed full of magic, music and puppetry, your little adventurer will be enchanted and amazed as they follow three madcap explorers on a quest to catch the most beautiful bird in the forest. This captivating non-verbal show is based on the book by Chris Haughton. Age 3+

Animation Workshops
Seamus Heaney HomePlace

21 August 2019
Join CanDo Academy for these fun animation workshops for children, introducing participants to the various kinds of animation, including working with Lego. Age 6-13 years

Energy of Light Disco
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane

22 August 2019
Boogie the afternoon away with DJ Oliver with a range of music from pop, country, dance and more. Disability and Autism friendly event.

Mini Moon
The Black Box, Belfast

24 August 2019
All the fun and craic of Black Moon but this time for the wee ones. If you have a young child with any kind of disability why not join in for an afternoon boogie? The music is low, there are coloured lights and moving visuals, soft cushions, sensory toys, bubble machines and lots of dancing. The Green Room is also open for a coffee, tea or juice or just to escape and chill away from all the dancing. Free to attend.

Dementia Friendly Tea Dance
Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry

29 August 2019
The Millennium Forum’s Dementia Friendly Tea Dances are held in the venue’s Studio once a month. The events are free with an afternoon of entertainment and music. The Tea Dance begins at 2pm and finishes at 3.30pm. Refreshments are provided by the in-house restaurant from 2pm. Free to attend but booking essential. Advise any dietary or access requirements when you book.

The Imaginarium Arts & Story Centre
Sticky Fingers Arts, Newry

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (plus Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday during summer holidays)
The Imaginarium is a very special emporium where children let their imagination go wild. Open the secret door and step in to the magical world of the Imaginarium, a world of exploration and play. Hide in the secret tunnel, jump over the bridge, visit the village in the forest, dress up as a pirate or a dinosaur, sail through the river, make a wish in the well, take the helm and fly to the moon, everything is possible.

Silver Screenings
Strand Arts Centre

August 2019 (Thursdays and Sundays)
Weekly screenings of classic films for seniors (but open to all). Great opportunity for seniors to meet and interact, and enjoy a trip down memory lane. Free tea/coffee included in ticket price. Free transport for community groups available on request. Screenings in August: 8th August Some Like It Hot (Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe) with a special treat of a live jazz performance before the film; also showing 9 to 5 (Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton)


Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection
F.E.McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge

31 May – 28 September 2019
Featuring 30 works from the prestigious Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation which owns the finest collection of Scottish art in private hands, plus additional loans from National Museums Northern Ireland, this new exhibition celebrates work from the four key Scottish Colourist artists, alongside artists who were early influencers of their work. The artists FCB Cadell, JD Fergusson, GL Hunter and SJ Peploe, represent some of the greatest achievements in Scottish art and are amongst the most admired of early twentieth century British painters. The F.E.McWilliam Gallery and Studio itself is dedicated to the memory of the sculptor who was one of Ireland’s most influential and successful artists. Featuring a permanent display of McWilliam’s work as well as temporary exhibitions, it is free to visit.

The Art of Selling Songs: Music Graphics from the V&A
Ulster Museum, Belfast

14 June – 15 September 2019
Drawing from the V&A’s long-standing collection of music graphics, this exhibition explores how graphic design wraps around music, and considers the past, present and future of the artform. A century of trends in visual culture, graphic design and consumerism are framed within the world of popular music marketing. The exhibition also celebrates the contribution of a range of well-known artists and designers from the late 19th century to the 21st century and reflects the changes in printing methods, design trends and how performers influenced how they wanted to portray their personality.

Candida Powell-Williams: Command Lines
Void, Derry

22 June – 24 August 2019
Command Lines is a theatrical installation of sculpture, performance and animation by artist Candida Powell-Williams. The works re-imagine the iconic tarot as a three-dimensional experiment in symbolism, action, story-telling and magical thinking. Her work builds on the play between performance, technology and sculptures that act as props to her fantastical stage setting calling into question structures of reality.

Linen Hall Library, Belfast
1 July – 31 August 2019
The Linen Hall Library launches Linenopolis, a major new exhibition celebrating, examining and spotlighting the historic social and industrial linen industry of Belfast and Northern Ireland. Central to Linenopolis is an exhibition which features items from the linen industry loaned from contributors such as the Public Record Office of NI, artwork themed around the industry and a photographic display from Belfast Exposed focusing on city buildings that played a part in the commercialisation of linen.

Danilo Correale: They will say I killed them
The MAC, Belfast
19 July – 13 October 2019
A major new film commission by Italian artist Danilo Correale. They will say I killed them, is the result of an in-depth investigation into Italian cinema from the 1950s to the 1980s that for different reasons were left on shelves in the form of screenplays, or filed away in the minds of directors, without ever becoming films because of censorship. Through an immersive interplay of lights, shadows, and camera movements, the audience is led through fragments of untold stories panning from a film about Italian Colonialism, to a thriller about the history of an Italian terrorist group, to a romantic play about the life of Simone Weil.

Rationalism on Set: Glamour and Modernity in 1930s Italian Cinema
The MAC, Belfast

19 July – 13 October 2019
An exhibition exploring a little-known period of Italian cinematic history, highlighting the strong Modernist influence apparent in the set designs created for a number of romantic comedies during the inter-war years. Many architects recognised the powerful role that cinema could play in popularising modern architecture; some got personally involved with set design, while others vocally supported their colleagues’ efforts to reflect in film settings the latest developments in architecture and to educate the public by familiarising them with modern design.

Mark McGreevy: Flop Sweat
The MAC, Belfast

19 July – 13 October 2019
Flop Sweat is built on McGreevy’s collected archive of personal and found imagery drawn from the media and everyday experience. These new paintings play with the unquestioned assumptions of taste, usually landscapes that seemed to have been created by the same innocuous actions and activities that appear in his painted realities. McGreevy’s paintings are purposefully wonky and embedded in the anxiety of the material and the interior world. Depicted in his paintings, spaces of seemingly little value and out of place mass, middens, declivities, dumping sites, and weird islands reveal objects that no longer hold their original meaning, creating a jittery unease.

Mervyn Marshall – Dead Time
The Black Box, Belfast

1 August – 25 August 2019
Dead Time is the name given to the period of time between sugar harvest when Cuba sees a rise in unemployment and workers return to the cities. Demonstrating the remarkable resilience and adaptable nature of the Cuban people, this series attempts to capture this sense of time; as it’s spent, killed or simply lost. Mervyn Marshall is a 26 year old photographer and filmmaker from Belfast.

Museum Lates
Ulster Museum, Belfast

29 August 2019
Enjoy the galleries and exhibitions of the Ulster Museum after hours with live music, drinks, coffee and chat. All galleries and exhibitions will remain open – an excellent opportunity to enjoy the latest displays at your leisure and the perfect way to start your wind-down to the weekend.

Late Night Art
Various Galleries, Belfast

First Thursday of every month
Late Night Art Belfast happens across the whole of Belfast on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene. Guided tours available but alternatively you can just wander in and out and enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles as you enjoy an evening stroll around the city. Download the map here

Art on the Rails
Project 24, Queen’s Parade, Bangor

Last Sunday of each month
A monthly curated art and music festival featuring over 30 exhibitors of art and contemporary craft to inspire, relax, revive and stir your senses. Bring a picnic or enjoy food and refreshments from the traders on-site, sit back in the deck chairs and lose yourself in the music or try a free craft taster session and take home a piece of art. Free event.


Open House Festival presents In My Life: Alan Johnson in conversation with Stephen Walker
Seamus Heaney HomePlace

4 August 2019
Alan Johnson is best known for serving as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010. Before that he filled a wide variety of cabinet positions and was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. His award-winning childhood memoir was published in 2013 and was followed by two further volumes. His latest book In My Life – A Music Memoir vividly transports us to a world of jukeboxes, heartfelt love songs and heart-broken ballads, of smoky coffee shops and dingy dancehalls. Alan will talk books, music and perhaps politics with BBC NI’s political reporter Stephen Walker.

Tales and Tunes with Liz Weir
Tullycarnet Library, Belfast

5 August 2019
Join Liz Weir and friends for a relaxing afternoon of tales and tunes in Tullycarnet Library. Tullycarnet has been hosting yarn spinning outings for adults for the past 26 years and during this special event, a variety of storytellers and musicians will accompany Libraries NI Storyteller-in-Residence Liz Weir. Free event but booking essential.

About The Place: Poetry Brunch
Seamus Heaney HomePlace

10 August 2019
With Jo Burns, Maureen Boyle and Una Mannion. For this unique poetic experience, the audience will be transported by bus to a secret location in the landscape surrounding HomePlace for a special afternoon of poetry readings and music in the company of three award-winning poets.

Peace and Reconcile Art Programme: afternoon of art and culture
Tullycarnet Library, Belfast

10 August 2019
Documentary visual artist Lise McGreevy says “my aim with Peace and Reconcile is to strip away the politics that divide us here and promote and celebrate the cultures and heritages that unite us traditionally”. Join her at Tullycarnet Library to celebrate her Psychedelic, Hitchcock Belfast exhibition with an afternoon of art and culture to showcase Northern Irish languages and heritages. Lise will facilitate an art workshop to entertain the children (ages 4-8years) using Ulster Scots/Irish languages, while the adults relax and enjoy traditional NI ballads by NI Opera, Ulster Scottish songs by Fergus Woods, Irish songs by Emma Bell and original poetry by Jim Johnston. Tea, coffee and refreshments on arrival.

Pádraig Ó Tuama in conversation with Michael Leunig
The Black Box, Belfast

14 August 2019
A one-time special conversation with the extraordinary Australian artist Michael Leunig.  Michael Leunig is a cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet who has been declared a living national treasure in his own country. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans fifty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme.

Take Part

Real Sketchy
The Black Box, Belfast

1 August 2019
Real Sketchy is an open live sketching event taking place in a bar environment. Over the years it’s 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. Pens, pencils and paper provided for everyone by Ink Monkey. All disciplines welcome – comic, illustration, design etc.

Creative Contemporary Dance Course (for ages 12-18)
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

1 August – 29 August 2019
During this Contemporary Dance course you will learn to explore different ways of moving and dancing. You will be taught various contemporary dance skills and sequences and use creative exercised to create your own dances. By the end of the five weeks you will have worked together to create an exciting and unique dance piece. You do not need to have any previous experience in dance, just a desire to learn new dance sills, meet new people and have fun.

Particulars of Place with Stephanie Conn
Seamus Heaney HomePlace

3 August 2019
Join award-winning poet Stephanie Conn in this poetry-writing workshop exploring the pull of place. Examining the power of place in some contemporary poems, the session will then turn a magnifying glass on places that are meaningful to us; places that move us, frighten us, comfort or inspire us. Places that make us want to write! Stephanie Conn’s poetry has been widely published and she has been shortlisted in several literary competitions and was awarded the inaugural Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing.

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
The Black Box, Belfast

4, 11, 18, 25 August 2019
Belfast is famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of conflict but what about now, where has this tradition of painting on walls led us? Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished, 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 hours long, gently paced guide to the ever changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter. Starts at Duke of York, finishes at Black Box.

Collage and Print for Kids (for ages 7-11)
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

5 August – 9 August 2019
This course is suitable for kids aged 7-11 who enjoy art or would just like to give it a go. Working loosely around a theme, your child will have fun designing and making their own prints. They will create their own collage using a variety of paint techniques to make a final picture combining collage and print which they can take home at the end of the course.

Craft Workshop with ceramicist Ashley Sheppard
Linen Hall Library, Belfast

14 August 2019
Taking inspiration from the many textures found in textiles, learn how to make and decorate your own unique ceramic tea light holder with ceramicist Ashley Sheppard, using air dry clay. Take your creation home with you to keep or give as a gift.

Local Artists Collective
The Black Box, Belfast

17 August 2019
This art fair is not like most – in attendance will be poets, musicians, dancers, painters, sculptors, animators, sketchers, textile-makers, writers, carpenters and more. It’s all about helping to promote art of all kinds and encouraging the public to invest in local skills and talents t=rather than purchasing online. There are people making the most amazing creations in their garden sheds and makeshift studios all over so let’s support one another.

Wonder Frog Improv Comedy
The Black Box, Belfast

21 August 2019
Belfast’s longest running 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 not been seen before and will never be seen again. The show is completely made up on the spot on the night.

Alley Bar Open Mic Nights
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane

22 August 2019
Hosted by local musician Liam Cannon. Enjoy original talent from all over the North West. If you would like to take part contact Emma Devine at

Miscast (open mic event)
Lyric Theatre, Belfast

24 August 2019
Miscast madness is back at The Lyric and as usual they (and you) will be performing a whole range of inappropriately cast numbers, open mic style. This is an open mic night with a live pianist strictly for songs from musical theatre, film and TV. The only catch is you can’t sing as a character you could be conventionally be cast as. If you want to sing or you just want to know what it’s all about, get in touch through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (all @miscastbelfast) Cash only at pop up box office – no online booking Age 18+

Ten x 9
The Black Box, Belfast

28 August 2019
Tenx9 is a storytelling night where 9 people have up to 10 minutes each to tell a real story from their lives. You can volunteer to take part or just enjoy listening, the choice is yours.

Ulster Museum, Belfast

August 2019
Discover what it’s like to be a natural science conservator. This guided tour will reveal what goes on behind the scenes in caring for the Ulster Museum collections. From meteorites to mammoths, taxidermy to T-Rex, you will learn the tools and techniques used to preserve these treasures for future generations to enjoy.

Arts Summer Courses – all ages
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

August 2019
There is a great range of summer courses available at Crescent Arts Centre so check their website for felt making, digital photography, embroidery, writing crime fiction, wood carving, film making, life drawing, painting of all sorts, sewing and much more. Whether you want just a single day event or a series of classes, there is a multitude of options available.

Own Art Scheme
Own Art makes buying art easier and more affordable than ever

Starting or growing your very 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, who want 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 £2,500. The loan can also be used as a part-payment on higher value items, helping to support more ambitious buying for higher value items. A deposit isn’t necessary. More details on the website here


Open House Festival

1 August – 31 August 2019
Open House Festival in August is a mammoth month long festival of music and arts in the stunning seaside town of Bangor, Co Down. If you are enthusiastic, motivated and reliable you can help make this event a resounding success. To find out more about getting involved use this link

Culture Night Belfast

20 September – 21 September 2019
Just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any better, Culture Night Belfast this year will be much more than just one fabulous night of wall to wall wonderful events – this year it will be followed by Culture Day with its own full programme of exciting and cool performances. They will be looking for volunteers to help organising on both the Friday and the Saturday so keep an eye on Twitter and their website for opportunities to sign up and get involved

EastSide Arts
East Belfast

Various dates
EastSide Arts organise a year-round programme of events throughout east Belfast including festivals and community projects. Events include EastSide Arts Festival, CS Lewis Festival, Woodstock Rhythm & Blues Festival, Artful Ageing, HOME Project, and CS Lewis Square events. They need help with a wide range of duties covering everything from front of house, workshop assistance and set building to general enquiries and more. Volunteer to be part of it by following this link


September - December
Do you have a love for film and film events and want to help Cinemagic? They are on the look-out for volunteers to help during their busy Festival periods in Belfast from September to December 2019. Volunteer roles are varied and include filming at events, providing administrative support and being a friendly face for children, families and young people at public events. It you are an enthusiastic, committed and hard working person who would love the opportunity to work with Cinemagic then follow the link to get involved

Volunteering on a Board

Business Members please contact Tania for information and support on any of the following Board positions

Crescent Arts Centre
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board

The Crescent Arts Centre is Northern Ireland's leading multi-artform provider of creative learning classes and workshops, with a vibrant programme of live arts events, outreach activities, exhibitions and the Belfast Book Festival. Moving into a new strategic development period, the Crescent wants to equip itself with a broad and appropriate skills base to ensure growth, with board members providing leadership and experience to the board on growing the organisation’s income and the development of activities that also fulfil their purpose and values. Our priorities are to extend our reach, develop new partnerships, build their profile and create new strategic collaborations. The successful candidates will have experience working at senior levels in relevant organisations.  Experience in the public, private, community or voluntary sectors and knowledge of good governance is desirable. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email

Walled City Music
Interested in being the Chair of Derry's leading promoter of classical and contemporary music?
WCM’s vision is to put outstanding classical music-making at the heart of cultural life in Derry. For over ten years Walled City Music’s summer chamber-music Festival (WCMF) has attracted artists of international calibre from around the world. In addition it has run many workshops, master-classes and outreach activities, to enable more people to develop their own skills and experience of music-making and interact with some of the outstanding musicians attending the Festival.  In 2011 it extended its activity year-round by launching a concert series, with events held monthly, and in 2014 it extended its range further by promoting opera, experimental jazz and touring across Northern Ireland. In October 2013 Walled City Music, in partnership with City of Derry Civic Choirs launched the City of Derry International Choral Festival, a major new contribution to the musical life of Northern Ireland and the international choral calendar. find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email

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

Culturlann McAdam O Fiaich, Belfast
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board

Culturlann Irish language and arts centre in Belfast is looking for new trustees to join the board. Must be Irish language speakers.  To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email

CCA Gallery, Derry
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board

Centre for Contemporary Art fosters a wide range of artistic, curatorial and critical practices through five programme streams: research and production, exhibition-making, public programmes, publishing, and residencies. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email

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