1. Rewilding Winter Cabaret in Writers Square
Experience something different this winter with the Rewilding Winter Cabaret, a wicked, unconventional, environmentally friendly, late night, gender neutral, Belfast brewed cabaret; all under the heated Tumble Circus Big Top in Writers Square. Join Tumble Circus and Three’s Theatre Company for a night of sustainable cabaret that you won’t forget, 19th – 22nd December 2019.
Details and booking here https://visitbelfast.com/event/rewilding-winter-cabaret/
2. Classes at The Vault Studios
February 8th – 9th develop some new skills with the Make Tower Street Teach Again Weekender at Vault Artist Studios. Over the weekend there are classes available on a wide range of skills and crafts including Linocut Printing, Willow Weaving, Experimental Drawing and Adult’s Beginner Hula Hoop to name just a few.
Check out the full line up here http://www.seedheadarts.com/courses
3. Courses at the Crescents Arts Centre
If learning new skills is on your New Year’s resolutions list then check out the many courses and workshops on offer throughout the year at the Crescent Arts Centre. Whether its dance, music, visual arts or creative writing; the Crescent has something to offer for everyone.
See the full line up of courses here https://crescentarts.org/
4. Gift vouchers for Out to Lunch and Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
For those of you wanting to beat the January blues, there’s no better way than to get out there and experience some arts and culture throughout the coldest month. Out to Lunch has an incredible line up of events running from January 3rd – 26th and for those who have their sights firmly set on the summer there are also pre-releases for this year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival already on sale.
Find out more here https://cqaf.com/
5. Looking towards the Summer
If thoughts of longer days and (fingers crossed) higher temperatures are getting you thorough the winter months then look no further than the Early Bird ticket sales for Sunflower Fest (24th – 26th July) and Stendhal Festival (6th – 8th August), both of whom are celebrating their 10th anniversaries in 2020.
Stendhal Early bird tickets https://www.stendhalfestival.com/
Sunflower Fest early bird tickets https://sunflowerfest.co.uk/early-bird/
6. Open House Festival
If you can’t wait until summer for that festival feel then check out the Open House Festival gigs taking place in Bangor across the year, and of course the festival in August.
Get details here https://www.openhousefestival.com/
7. Original art by a Seacourt Print Workshop Member
For the person who has everything, why not pick up some original art by a Seacourt Print Workshop member. Exhibitions run throughout the year and the gallery is open for viewing weekdays 9.30am to 4.30pm, or email Emma Drury on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make an appointment for a private evening or weekend viewing.
Find out more about Seacourt here https://www.seacourt-ni.org.uk/
8. Donation to BookTrust Northern Ireland
Christmas can be a difficult time for children who are vulnerable or in care. A surprise book gift shows them that they’re special. A one-off £10 donation to BookTrust will send one festive book parcel to one child who is vulnerable or in care. A one-off £50 donation will send five festive book parcels to five children who are vulnerable or in care.
Find out more here https://secure.booktrust.org.uk/donation/
9. Gift vouchers for the Lyric Theatre or The MAC
Treat someone, or yourself, to a gift voucher for the Lyric Theatre or The MAC and book in for some of the great shows coming up early this year. In The MAC you can look forward to Cahoots NI’s Under the Hawthorn Tree and a double bill from dance company Maiden Voyage, while at the Lyric you can see their productions of Shirley Valentine and Good Vibrations or Bruiser’s 1984 and C21’s Dream, Sleep, Connect.
10. Arts and Crafts at the Duncairn
Opened in late 2018, the brand new Shop at the Duncairn features original pieces from local artists including Chloe Dougan, Eimear O'Caoilte, Michael Reid and Debbie Young. With a range of textile, fashion, print, jewellery, ceramics and wood craft on offer, gifts are priced from as little as £8 for a child's hand-knit hat, up to £80 for framed lino-cut, limited edition prints. Purchases don’t just benefit the artists, as 30% of all proceeds also go directly to supporting the arts programme at the Duncairn.
Gift vouchers are available and can also be used for workshops and gigs at the centre. Find out more at https://www.theduncairn.com/shop-at-duncairn
11. A year of stories
Dive into 2020 with some storytelling courtesy of the Armstrong Storytelling Trust; events taking place monthly in Tullycarnet Library. January features Senem Donatan Mohan, February Colum Sands and in March hear from Clare Muireann Murphy.
Details and tickets here https://armstory.org.uk/
12. The gift of film
Treat someone to the gift of film this year with a Belfast Film Festival Gift Voucher, applicable to any of their year round film events including those during the festival.
Find out more at https://belfastfilmfestival.ticketsolve.com/products/regular
Arts & Business is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.