What's On Guide July 2019

01 Jul 2019

What's On Guide July 2019

Arts & Business NI events

We don’t have any member events scheduled in July 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


Open House Festival presents Seaside Revival Bangor-by-the-Sea 4 July – 7 July 2019

Open House Festival presents Seaside Revival, a vintage festival celebrating Bangor’s glorious heyday as a seaside resort. There will be vintage stalls, vinyl DJs, classic cars, a vintage fashion show and lots of live music. Join in dancing from the era of swing, jazz and big band celebrating Bangor’s famous dancehall days and a disco revival for the children of the 70s and 80s. Plus a special resurrection of the legendary Pickie to Pier Swim which was a summer staple from 1910 to the 1970s. Events are free to attend. To find out more follow this link

JHISS 2019: The John Hewitt Society International Summer School The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh 22 July – 27 July 2019

The John Hewitt Society offers opportunities for people from Northern Ireland and beyond to experience literature, art and political debate and to explore issues of difference and identity in partnership with many community, voluntary and non-profit organisations. The aim of the Summer School is to explore political and cultural issues through literature and the arts, and to encourage residents of Northern Ireland/the North of Ireland and beyond to think critically about the world around them. Through lectures, discussions and debate the Summer School raises issues of relevance to our divided society, providing a platform for audiences to engage with speakers from different backgrounds, experiences and points of view. The Society encourages the use of the arts as a means to explore sensitive issues, and offers opportunities for engagement with high profile, high quality artists and writers with creative writing classes to develop the confidence of individuals and help aid their contributions within their own communities. For the full programme of events and to book, follow the link

Ulster Fleadh Castlewellan 22 July – 28 July 2019

In this celebration of Irish traditional music and culture in venues around Castlewellan there will be something to please everyone. You can enjoy dance workshops, crafts, ceilis, marching bands, singing sessions and even a musical bus tour. For the full timetable of events and venues have a look at the website

Belfast Pride Festival 2019 Various Venues 26 July – 4 August 2019

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.

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

Theatre & Comedy

Assembly Required Lyric Theatre, Belfast 3 July – 6 July 2019

Mia is convinced her flat is haunted. She lives alone, and Rob, her non-committal boyfriend, refuses to move in with her. With the strange noises refusing to stop, Mia takes matters into her own hands and orders a friend online. When her artificial friend Ali arrives Mia teaches her how to be the human friend she needs, But Ali isn’t satisfied, she wants a human life and will stop at nothing to get it. Assembly Required is a meditation on what it means to be human, and on how humanity is taught or passed on.

Comedy Lab Comedy Season The Black Box, Belfast 3 July - 31 July 2019

There is a feast of comedy for you at The Black Box throughout July. Choose from Peter Davidson – previewing his Edinburgh 2019 show Peeved; Iain Lee with Katherine Boyle; Bedlam Bazaar; Mary Flanigan; Luke McGibbon, The Wizard of Flaws; Bronagh Diamond and many more. Check the website for the full selection

The Matchmaker Lyric Theatre, Belfast 4 July – 6 July 2019

John B Keane’s beloved hit comedy follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn from all parts of the country. At the centre of this celebrated production is John B Kean’s marvellous and mischievous wit coupled with his unparalleled way with words. John B Keane takes us back to a simpler time, when even phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

Stranded! Friday Night Live presents Paul Currie Strand Arts Centre 5 July 2019

This is an early stages work in progress of his new hour long show Trufficle Musk that will be going to Edinburgh Fringe 2019 and is the follow up to last year’s Edinburgh award winning sell out show Hot Donkey. This new show will see Currie get even more personal than in any previous show. He’ll delve into his personal experience of being bullied, his ongoing struggle with anxiety and mental health and his love of gloves, interpretive dance and ice therapy. Expect truth bombs galore but utter madness and silly life affirming fun in equal measure. Over 18 BYO

Ruairi Woods: Panic Groom Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane 19 July 2019

After his appearance on The Blame Game and his sold out performance of Woodylicious, Strabane’s own Ruairi Woods brings his new show Panic Groom to The Alley. With his unparalleled storytelling and unique physicality Ruairi continues to be amongst Ireland’s elite stand up comedians. He has broadened his horizons with various TV and radio appearances as well as hosting The WoodsTalk Podcast.

JHISS 2019: To Hell in a Handbag: The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism The Market Place Theatre Armagh 23 July 2019

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece The Importance of Being Ernest are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian Propriety in public, but in private? This is the play behind the play; a tale of blackmail, embezzlement and false identity. A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.

JHISS 2019: The Wonders of the Wake with Kevin Toolis and Pauline Scanlon The Market Place Theatre Armagh 24 July 2019

The Wonders of the Wake is a totally unique Irish Trad arts show that in laughter, song, keening and haunting Gaelic laments celebrates the ancient rite of the Irish Wake. The hauntingly beautiful Mná Caointe, keening singers, will bring a tear to your eye and shiver in your spine and take you on a 90 minute magical adventure to the best Irish wake you could ever experience. Homer and Yeats and the joys of 2000 year old bardic poetry arise again on stage.

Empyre The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 25 July 2019

Zambia’s spectacular circus collective performs a mesmerising story of power, fantasy and revolution. With heart-in-mouth acrobatics, daredevil circus and a driving soundtrack, Empyre shows a deluded Emperor losing grip on his country and mind. You are officially invited to attend court where Wake The Beast with Circus Zambia and Barefeet Theatre combine forces for an Empirical evening which needs to be seen with your own eyes.


The Weaver and the Factory Maid: Songs of the Linen Trade Linen Hall Library, Belfast 4 July 2019

Maurice Leyden and Jane Cassidy are a husband and wife team of folk singers and song collectors from Belfast who have been performing for over 30 years. Take a journey through the songs of the linen trade which could once be heard across the city.

Summer Music at St. Patrick’s St. Patrick’s Church, Church Street, Coleraine 4 July – 29 August 2019

Visitors to the Causeway Coast and Glens can enjoy a series of Thursday lunchtime concerts held over July and August in St Patrick’s Church, Coleraine. Recitals by local, national and international artists. Admission free. Lunch provided.

Music by the Lake National Trust Crom Estate 6 July 2019

Bring along a picnic and enjoy a rocking evening of folkabilly tunes from local supergroup The Hand Me Downs. Relax by the shores of Lough Erne and enjoy a glass of wine on arrival. Booking essential. Adults and children welcome.

Eiru In Concert Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen 6 July 2019

From Milltown Co Cavan, this folk group evokes the spirit of the goddess of Ireland, Éiru, in a repertoire that is rooted in the Celtic tradition. Blending traditional and Irish folk music with hints of Scottish and modern influences, the strong vocals are supported by ethereal harmonies, melding into a unique Celtic sound.

Lazy Sundays National Trust The Argory 7 July and every Sunday July & August 2019

Laid back tunes and relaxation. Chill in the courtyard while the children are entertained. Optional BBQ feast available.

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.

Peggy Seeger with Calum McColl Seamus Heaney HomePlace 26 July 2019

Making a very welcome return to Ireland, Peggy Seeger – singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, muse – is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. Although in her 80s, her performances, charisma and wit remain undiminished. Join Peggy and her son Calum McColl (an exceptional musician in his own right) for a memorable evening of words and music. The evening will feature some of Peggy and Ewan McColl’s most loved songs, readings from her highly acclaimed memoir and plenty of relaxed family banter.

Rí EP Launch: A Night of Local Music and Storytelling The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 26 July 2019

Join James Downey as he teams up with three local songwriters to provide a night of storytelling and local music. There will be discussion of the acts’ journey into the local music scene as well as performances along with the release of James’ first solo EP under the name Rí. See Marty Murphy & Andersonstown School of Music, Lucy Bell, Alice LA and of course Rí. Age 18+ BYO

Jazz in the Gardens National Trust Mount Stewart 28 July 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 July: Guinness Jazz Band. Free event but admission may apply.

Family (all ages, all abilities)

Black Moon The Black Box, Belfast 2 July 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.

Family Festival 2019 Grand Opera House 6 July 2019

Lots of interesting activities for children of all ages during this fun-packed family festival day. Choose from a family theatre tour, an introduction to Musical Theatre, drama workshops, magic workshops, animation workshops, baby dance or circus skills. Book soon as only limited spaces are still available. Check the website for age ranges and times of sessions.

Chamber Babies The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 7 July 2019

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 (or soothe to sleep).. All Chamber Babies concerts are performed by professional classical musicians from Northern Ireland. We welcome all listeners, no matter how young, including mums with bumps. Concerts are for babies from 0-18 months old. If you bring more than one baby you need to bring more than one adult please.

Storytime Sunday The MAC, Belfast 7 July - 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.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Lyric Theatre, Belfast 17 July – 21 July 2019

See the smash-hit production of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt on tour, direct from the West End, as it returns vividly and noisily in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Join our intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on a quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes, plenty of adventure and a few surprises along the way. Based on the much-loved book, this mischievous celebration of play is the perfect treat for families with children aged 3 and up..

Mini Moon The Black Box, Belfast 20 July 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 25 July 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.

Story-Tale Adventures Sticky Fingers Arts, Newry July 2019

In this magical workshop you will get a chance to create the world from the story and explore it together with your whole family. Every Sunday there is a different wonderful story to explore. 7 July - Winnie the Pooh Adventures. Suitable for families of all ages. Spaces limited so booking essential

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 July 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 July: Elvis Presley in King Creole .


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.

Linenopolis 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.

Late Night Art Various Galleries, Belfast 4 July 2019 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

Zipporah Reynolds – Plant Boom The Black Box, Belfast 4 July – 28 July 2019

Plant Boom is a playful series of bold, graphic etchings and cuttings in perspex by Belfast based artist Zipporah Reynolds. This series pulls into focus and accentuates patterns combined with colour splayed across plants and their foliage. Houseplants have been in the spotlight of popular culture boasting as an escapism and sanctuary from the haze of busy day to day life. This exhibition celebrates the joy brought to us by the boom in plant culture.

Slow Art Sunday Ulster Museum, Belfast 7 July 2019

The Ulster Museum invites you to experience art in a new way: s l o w l y. In a busy, bite-size world, Slow Art Sundays offer a chance to spend time with art in a relaxed environment. Visitor Guides will lead participants in an engaging and in-depth look at works of art on display in the galleries. Free to attend but booking essential. Suitable for adults and older children.

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.

Museum Lates Ulster Museum, Belfast 25 July 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.

Art on the Rails Project 24, Queen’s Parade, Bangor 28 July 2019 (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.


The Seamus Heaney Centre at QUB 2019 First Collection Poetry Prize No Alibis Bookstore, Botanic Avenue, Belfast 2 July 2019

The Seamus Heaney Centre at QUB has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Poetry Prize for full first collection, supported by Glucksman Ireland House and the Atlantic Philanthropies. The winner will be announced during the Seamus Heaney Centre’s annual Poetry Summer School at the Awards Night at No Alibis Bookstore. The prize is awarded to a writer shoes first full collection which has been published in the preceding year, by a UK or Ireland-based publisher.

Looking for the Northlight: John Hewitt and the Literature of Linen Linen Hall Library, Belfast 5 July 2019

In association with The John Hewitt Society with Dr Frank Ferguson, Ulster University. Throughout his adult life, the poet, critic and curator, John Hewitt, maintained a fascination with the work of poets who had a connection to the linen industry in Ulster. He collected and anthologised their work, made pilgrimages to their homesteads and tried to celebrate and maintain their memory in the public imagination. In this talk, Dr Frank Ferguson will trace the impact of the Rhyming Weavers on Hewitt’s work and suggest that their influence and example has far reaching consequences for literature and culture today.

Max Porter & Sarah Moss in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson Seamus Heaney HomePlace 6 July 2019

Max Porter’s first novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, won the Sunday Times Peter Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. A recent production starring Cillian Murphy met with great acclaim when performed in Dublin last year. His second novel, Lanny, was published earlier this year. Sarah Moss is professor of creative writing at the University of Warwick. She is the author of four novels including Night Walking which was selected for the Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2011 and Ghost Wall which has been longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Max and Sarah will be in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson whose collection of essays, Constellations, will be published next year.

JHISS 2019: The John Hewitt Lecture – Hewitt as Example The Market Place Theatre Armagh 23 July 2019

Terence Brown, fellow Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, where he was formerly Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature, will explore how the act of translation can serve as a paradigm for poetics in a divided society. Dr Brown is a distinguished scholar, teacher and literary critic in the area of Anglo-Irish literature. His research interests and teaching topics are reflected in his book titles and include Tradition and Influence in Anglo-Irish Poetry, Cultural Nationalism 1880-1930 and Northern Voices Poets from Ulster.

JHISS 2019: Reporting the Troubles The Market Place Theatre Armagh 24 July 2019

In Reporting the Troubles (Blackstaff 2018) over 65 renowned journalists, including Kate Adie, Bill Neely, Gloria Hunniford and Martin Bell, tell their own compelling stories of working in Northern Ireland during the troubles. A landmark book, a history of the Troubles told by the journalists who were on the ground from the beginning and including many of the biggest names in journalism from the last fifty years, Co-editor Ivan Little and author and journalist Susan McKay will discuss the experience of working through those years.

Take Part

Costume Design Workshop (for ages 12-21) Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 3 July – 5 July 2019

This year’s costume workshops will bring colours to life using cable ties, red noses and strips of recycled materials. Come along and create moveable, wearable art. No previous skill necessary. Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm and have some fun. Workshops are free but you do need to commit to attend on each of the three days.

DJing Workshop (for ages 12-21)

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 3 July – 5 July 2019 with showcase on Saturday 6 July

DJing with Bounce Culture is all about you! Your music, your mixes, learning skills that will allow you to find tunes that connect with your inner rhythm and future dancefloors. Whether you are DJing for the first time, wanting to rock a party or start your own podcast, the Bounce Culture crew will show you how to select and mix the right tune at the right time. Controllers and software to CD decks and vinyl, all will be available for you to develop your skills or begin your journey as a DJ. Workshops are free but you do need to commit to attend on each of the three days and the showcase on Saturday.

Stand Up & Comedy Workshop (for ages 12-21) Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 3 July – 5 July 2019 with showcase on Saturday 6 July

Are you interested in learning how to write and perform stand-up comedy? Join comedian Peter E Davidson (BBC The Blame Game and Live at The Sunflower) for a series of fun workshops which will look at joke construction, performance tips and how to get started in stand up. Workshops are free but you do need to commit to attend on each of the three days and the showcase on Saturday.

Creative Writing Workshop (for ages 12-21) Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 4 July – 5 July 2019 with showcase on Saturday 6 July

Frank Rafferty is a performance poet and occasional stand up comedian. He has performed at festivals, venues and clubs throughout the UK and Ireland. He is also the organiser of the annual Ulster Poetry Slam and one of the co-ordinators of the All Ireland Poetry Slam Championship. . Workshops are free but you do need to commit to attend on each of the days and the showcase on Saturday.

Hip Hop Workshop (for ages 12-21) Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 4 July – 5 July 2019 with showcase on Saturday 6 July

Urban Shock Dance Company will provide a hip hop through the ages workshop. Hip Hop encompasses a wide range of performance expressions including graffiti, break dancing, DJing and rapping. During the workshop you will learn about the different styles and match them to different music eras. Work will include Breaking, Hip Hop, Foundations and Street Styles. Suitable for dancers of all abilities from beginners to advanced. Workshops are free but you do need to commit to attend on each of the days and the showcase on Saturday.

Theatre Tech (Lighting and Sound) Workshop (for ages 12-21) Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 4 July 2019 with showcase on Saturday 6 July

Millennium Forum are hoping to attract the next generation to forge their new careers as sound and light engineers and give them an insider view of life in their own Tech Team. Using state of the art technology in the Main Auditorium you will look at the practices technicians and designers use to enhance a performance. You will also cover essential in-depth theory on the principles of sound, acoustics and gain structure as well as explaining all about the equipment, components and settings used. There will be training on ‘patching in’ using the mixing desk, understanding and using EQ, noise gates and compression. Workshops are free but you do need to commit to attend on each of the day and the showcase on Saturday.

Real Sketchy The Black Box, Belfast 4 July 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.

That Killer First Chapter with Paul McVeigh Seamus Heaney HomePlace 6 July 2019

Have an idea for a novel and don’t know where to start? Have you finished your novel and want to make sure you get the attention of agents, editors and publishers? This course will help you write a gripping first chapter that avoids the rejection pile. With lots of no-nonsense advice and practical exercises, this course has sold out in London and internationally. Paul McVeigh has written for radio, news media, stage and television and is the author of multi-award winning novel The Good Son which was given out around the UK as part of World Book Day.

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour The Black Box, Belfast 7, 14, 21, 28 July, 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.

Alley Bar Open Mic Nights Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane 25 July 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

Drop In & Draw Ulster Museum, Belfast 27 July 2019

Explore and recreate drawing styles and techniques under the expert guidance of local artist Keith Ayton. Join him monthly in the Sculpture Gallery in the Ulster Museum where you be exploring a different theme each time. Theme for July is Selling Songs. Booking essential.

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 and Seaside Revival Bangor 1 August – 31 August 2019 (& 4 - 7 July)

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. Open House also presents Seaside Revival in July, a vintage festival celebrating Bangor’s glorious heyday as a seaside resort. To find out more about getting involved use this link

JHISS 2019: The John Hewitt Society International Summer School The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh 22 July – 27 July 2019

The John Hewitt Society offers opportunities for people from Northern Ireland and beyond to experience literature, art and political debate and to explore issues of difference and identity in partnership with many community, voluntary and non-profit organisations. The aim of the Summer School is to explore political and cultural issues through literature and the arts, and to encourage residents of Northern Ireland/the North of Ireland and beyond to think critically about the world around them. Volunteer to be part of this amazing work by checking this link or sending an email to

August Craft Month Call for Event Registrations

August 2019 CRAFT NI invites you to register a craft-related event for August Craft Month 2019. August Craft Month is Northern Ireland’s annual celebration of all things Craft and is a series of events delivered by a partnership of individuals and organisations across Northern Ireland. The aim of August Craft Month is to shine a spotlight on Craft and the art of making things by encouraging as many people as possible to make, see, learn about and buy Craft. Priority will be given to events that are high quality, innovative, focus on skill-sharing and the acquisition of new skills, engage a diverse and wide range of audiences, create an equal geographical spread of events across NI, consider collaboration between craft and other art forms. To submit an application use this link

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

Cinemagic Belfast 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

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

PintSized Productions Looking for new Trustees to join the Board

PintSized Theatre Company’s recipe is unique and innovative – scour the country for new and emerging talented professionals, mix with established artists, collaborate with different venues and tailor pint-sized projects to make exceptional work. Join them now 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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