What's On Guide May 2019

01 May 2019

What's On Guide May 2019

Arts & Business NI events

Young Professionals on Arts Boards launch event The Black Box, Belfast 9 May 2019 5.45pm-6.45pm (with added bonus of pizza slices from The Boxing Hare Wood Fired Pizzeria) Join us to hear from businesses and previous participants in our Young Professionals on Arts Boards and Board Bank professional development programmes. Our programmes are designed to give professionals valuable experience as non-executive board members. Find out how that leap of faith could reward your business and your talented young managers by pushing their creative boundaries, expanding their experience and growing their confidence. Please share this invitation with your HR leads and any colleagues or other contacts who may be interested in the programmes. Reserve your place (with any special dietary requirements) by email to Sarah 30th April please.


Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas Hillsborough, Co Down 26 April – 28 April 2019 Brought to you by The John Hewitt Society this second Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas will have more than 30 events taking place throughout the village and will include poetry, prose, music, film and talks plus events for families and young people. Try a drop-in children’s event to encounter a crop of boisterous vegetable creatures as you explore the grounds of St Malachy’s Parish Church and meet authors Myra Zepf and Sybil Allen, or poetry reading with Sean Hewitt and Paul Maddern, or Gail McConnell. The full programme is on the website here

City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival Various Venues, Derry 2 May – 6 May 2019 The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is back for its 18th year. The annual celebration of jazz and big bands will feature artists from all over the world and welcome more than 70,000 revellers over the bank holiday weekend. Among the popular acts performing at the festival this year are Marc Almond, Kitty LaRoar, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, Jive Aces, Kaz Hawkins, The Motown Sensations and many many more. Visit the website for the full programme of events.

The 20th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Various Venues, Belfast 2 May – 12 May 2019 A massive offering of literature, music, theatre, words and ideas, comedy, art exhibitions and more in venues all over Belfast City Centre. Dozens of performances including Echo and the Bunnymen, Rufus Wainwright, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, readings with Bernard McLaverty or Marian Keyes, family cabaret in St Anne’s Cathedral and too many more fabulous acts to list here. Download the full programme here

Festival of Fools Various Venues, Belfast City Centre 3 May – 6 May 2019 This year’s Festival of Fools is jam packed full of the best local and international circus and street arts talent. Expect to be dazzled and delighted as professional and community performers from around the globe capture your imagination, wow you with their skills and escort your dropped jaw through the streets of Belfast. Why not take in The Red Trouser Show for precision acrobatics, comedy, fire and a breathtaking finale performed high in the air; or perhaps Able Mabel, a joyful, magical and charming show-girl with a flare for the dramatic and ridiculous who wows families with her legendary escapology routine, comedy and magic tricks; or Bubble Street Cirkus from Italy, a sparkling combination of virtuosic juggling, ladder and slack-rope. There is loads going on so download the programme for the full list. Free to attend.


Wilde Without the Boy & The Ballad of Reading Gaol Grand Opera House 1 May – 4 May 2019 Performed by Olivier Nominee Gerard Logan, Wilde Without the Boy is a dramatic interpretation of ‘De Profundis’, the letter Oscar Wilde wrote to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas, from his cell in Reading Gaol. Two years previously, Wilde had been imprisoned for acts of gross indecency. Brilliant, loving, witty and passionate, Wilde Without the Boy is a glimpse into the humbled, bruised, loving soul of one of the greatest geniuses ever to have lived.

What Girls Are Made Of The MAC, Belfast 1 May – 5 May 2019 1992 and an ad in the local paper declares Band Seeks Singer. In a small town in Fife, a schoolgirl is catapulted into a rock star lifestyle. Grunge has gone global, indie kids are inheriting the earth, and a schoolgirl from Glenrothes is the singer in a hot new indie band. Touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur, living the dream, until she wasn’t. Based on her meticulously detailed teenage diaries, this is the true story of Cora Bissett’s roller coaster journey from the girl she was to the woman she wanted to be.

I Am Maura Lyric Theatre, Belfast 2 May – 4 May 2019 It is 2005. Maura is 15 and trying to find a boyfriend. Only she's surrounded by girls and is starting to think she might actually prefer them. Asking questions in school means awkward blushes and detention. Her only guidance is Martine McCutcheon's 'Perfect Moment' and her best mate Ali. I Am Maura is a light-hearted and deft look at the life changing decisions we all face in our teenage years and how we're woefully ill-equipped to deal with them. Commedia of Errors presents this brand-new, hilariously heartfelt look at young love. Written and performed by Clare McMahon, one of Fishamble Theatre Company's Play for Ireland writers, whose debut play 'Shakespeare's Women' sold out The Lyric and toured NI. Clare's acting credits include the West End, MAC and the BBC's Woman in White. I Am Maura is directed by Benjamin Gould - director of sell-out That Scottish Play! at The Lyric and who directed smash-hit Woman Troubles at the CQAF last year. I Am Maura will also be at Cushendall Golf Club on 10th May and Down Arts Centre on 11th May.

City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival presentsChezzie’s Chance Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 3 May – 5 May 2019 Chezzie’s Chance by Dave Duggan is a new comedy with jazz, featuring a swinging jazz trio and two all-singing, all-acting performers certain to charm you. A hit when premiered at last year’s Festival, this will be a treat for jazz lovers, theatre lovers and anyone who loves a show. Featuring the music of Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine, Freddie Hubbard, Fannie Johnston and more, the play swings to the rhythm of that moment in life when the young leave the nest and Chezzie tells his mother he wants to be a jazz singer.

A Streetcar Named Desire Lyric Theatre, Belfast 4 May – 8 June 2019 Set in the stifling heat of New Orlean’s Latin Quarter, A Streetcar Named Desire follows wilting Southern beauty Blanche DuBois as she attempts to escape her former life and past trauma. Blanche takes up residence in her sister Stella’s cramped two-room apartment, much to the irritation of her boorish and abrasive brother-ion-law Stanley. As details of Blanche’s past come to light, she incurs the suspicion and then the wrath of Stanley, and her sense of reality begins to shatter. A Streetcar Named desire brings the subjects of identity, sexuality, desire and fate into start light in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams, directed by Irish Times Theatre Award winning director Emma Jordan.

Neil Delamere Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 4 May 2019 Fresh from a sell-out tour, the star of BBC’s The Blame Game and Soft Border Patrol, Neil Delamere returns with a brand new show. This time he thinks he has the whole ’illusion of control’ idea sussed. Then again, he would think that wouldn’t he? Age 16+

The Experience of Being Grand Opera House (Baby Grand) 8 May – 10 May 2019 On her 60th birthday Cathy should be celebrating but it rapidly goes downhill. The Experience of Being is a funny, absorbing and moving one-woman play about dwindling power, how to challenge it and why ageism makes growing older far harder than it needs to be. An empowering story of a woman who decides to take back control.

The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World Strand Arts Centre 11 May 2019 A frank and funny new play about friendship, feminism and what it means to be successful, it’s a tale of mid-20s angst as Jane, Bella and Toby deal with the difficulties of accepting adulthood and what that means for their lives.

Fallen Fruit The MAC, Belfast 11 May 2019 What has changed. What has not. What we remember. What we try to forget. In 1989, as the Berlin Wall splits open a young girl looks forward to life beyond communism; a couple unravels, and 80s TV permeates everything. A story of love, breaking free and Europe, from Two Destination Language.

Tommy Tiernan Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 11 May - 12 May 2019 Back on the road again Tommy Tiernan has a new show. He rants and raves, he dances and acts. He tries to be very silly and very serious at the same time. He mixes a love of comic rebellion and a refusal to be conscripted into a rational view of the world with a deep grá for talking and the poetry of everyday speech. Using high theatricality and lots of dirty words, this is a fast paced and exuberant celebration of everything that’s wild, wrong and wonderful about being alive right now. Age 18+

Mother’s Out Front The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 15 May - 16 May 2019 What happens when women get fed up? After five years of ‘thinking globally and acting locally’ to raise awareness of climate change three women, tired of being ignored, decide to protest in Dublin. The protest coincides with a global economic summit. One woman takes a wrong turn, ends up at the summit and decides to singlehandedly change the protest. She kidnaps a certain American, determined to exchange him for a different type of ransom.

BILLY The MAC, Belfast 16 May – 18 May 2019 Life is messy. BILLY has a multi-purpose, reasonably-priced, space-saving solution. BILLY wants to help you make space. BILLY is about your ‘stuff’ drawer, your plastic bag cupboard and your unused Nutri-Bullet. A disbelieving look at the weird ways we try to order our lives. This is a show for anyone who has ever been excited about a trip to IKEA.

Stranded! Friday Night Live presents Wonder Frog Strand Arts Centre 17 May 2019 Wonder Frog are a 6 person improve comedy group based in Belfast. Shows are improvised on the spot and based upon suggestions from the audience so every show is unique. Over 18 BYO

All Mod Cons Lyric Theatre, Belfast 18 May – 9 June 2019 The Lyric are thrilled to present the premiere of All Mod Cons, the stunning professional debut of playwright Erica Murray. Finding a house is hard. Finding a place to call home is harder. When their mother dies, Jean and Gary are suddenly back together and getting to know each other all over again. On the surface things look different but it’s funny how little has changed. When old friend and useless estate agent Ian offers to help them find a place together, long-buried tensions threaten to derail their already strained relationship.

Cotton Fingers The MAC, Belfast 22 May – 23 May 2019 A smart, funny young Northern Irish woman has a big decision to make about her future. Aoife is hungry and in need of something to do. Cillian makes a mean cheese toastie. As Aoife’s boredom and hunger are satisfied by half an hour in Cillian’s bed, her life changes forever. As social and political upheaval grips the country she loves, can Aoife regain control over her future? Written by award-winning playwright Rachel Trezise at the time of the historic referendum of the 8th amendment in Ireland, Cotton Fingers takes us on a journey from Belfast to Wales.

The Man in the Woman’s Shoes Seamus Heaney HomePlace 24 May 2019 Just as Seamus Heaney’s work was firmly rooted in local small town life, Mikel Murfi’s captivating play The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, is a work of great charm and affection for rural Ireland and its people. Set in 1978, Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has some business to do in town. We observe him as he walks to town and back again in a beautifully observed piece, utterly simple and widely praised. This show is funny, tender and at times downright daft.

Victoria (ballet) Grand Opera House 29 May – 1 June 2019 Northern Ballet’s new biopic brings the sensational story of Victoria to life in dance. Queen Victoria’s irrepressible love for Albert sparked a royal dynasty, but his untimely death brought the world’s most powerful woman to her knees with grief. Now the amazing story of this incredible monarch is brought to life in a production that will be eagerly anticipated by fans of dance, romance and history.


City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival presentsMayor’s Opening Event – A Celebration of Local Jazz Guildhall, Derry 2 May 2019 Officially opening this year’s Festival is Derry jazz legend Gay McIntyre with The Paul McIntyre Trio and a selection of performances from Derry jazz artists including George Hasson, John and Fiona Trotter, Jim Whiteside, Jim McDermott, Joe Quigley, Johnny Quigley and Jackie Molloy. Everyone welcome to hear top quality jazz in stunning surroundings.

City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival presentsMarc Almond Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 3 May 2019 Internationally acclaimed performer Marc Almond will headline the 2019 City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival when he performs at the Millennium Forum. Singer and songwriter Almond has sold over 30 million records in a stellar career that has spanned five decades. His 1981 no.1 hit single Tainted Love with the group Soft Cell broke all records as the track that remained in the US Billboard Top 100 for the longest ever recorded period and topped the charts again in 1989 with his duet with gene Pitney Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart.

Ulster Orchestra On Your Doorstep: Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto Guildhall, Derry 9 May 2019 Northern Ireland’s own virtuoso pianist, Barry Douglas, joins the Ulster Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, often described as one of the best piano concertos ever written and a masterpiece of melodic writing. The programme is completed with Stravinsky’s Petrushka, the tale of a puppet who comes to life and falls in love with a ballerina who in turn loves a Moor, and a duel ensues.

Ulster Orchestra: I Love Country Waterfront Hall, Belfast 11 May 2019 Let those Country Roads take you to the Ulster Orchestra for a fantastic mix of old and new country hits. Performed by the wonderful Capital Voices, this tribute to the Grand Ole Opry features a fantastic playlist from legendary artists including Johnny Cash, The Eagles, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum. With songs such as The Gambler, Blanket on the Ground, Rhinestone Cowboy and Need You Now, you’ll be dancing in the aisles.

The Luminaire Club: Mother’s Ruin, A Cabaret About Gin The MAC, Belfast 15 May – 16 May 2019 Equal parts historical and hysterical, lose yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret. A raucous journey through 18th Century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru. Discover a little more about your favourite drop with this mixed up musical history lesson delivered with a balance of larky humour, bolshy political consciousness, palpable passion for the subject and sheer joie de vivre.

Ulster Orchestra Lunchtime Concert: Hungarian Spice Ulster Hall, Belfast 16 May 2019 The Lunchtime Concerts Series allows a bite-sized sample of the Ulster Orchestra in its full glory. The concert opens with Weber’s Oberon, moves to Bartok’s Divertimento and concludes with Brahms’ Hungarian Dances 1, 3 and 10. All with flavours of Hungarian spice, what better way to spend a lunch break?

La Dirindina, An Operatic Farce The Black Box, Belfast 18 May 2019 La Dirindina is headed for a stellar career on the opera stage. At least that is what he has been told, and who wouldn’t trust a lecherous singing teacher and an overly ambitious colleague with dubious motivations? Follow La Dirindina’s adventurous journey to La Scala (sort of) with a scandalous libretto by Girolamo Gigli set to music by 18th century composers Domenico Scarlatti and Giovanni Battista Martini. Performed by NI Opera Studio and an instrumental ensemble, in partnership with the Black Box.

Keith James: The Songs of Leonard Cohen The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 18 May 2019 Enigmatic and mysterious, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line. He challenged audiences to listen more carefully, think more deeply and recognise our own fragility. With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and a love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs. BYO Age 18+

The Waterboys Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 19 May 2019 Formed in the early 1980s by Scottish musician Mike Scott, the band has explored a number of different styles, but their music is mainly a mix of folk music with rock and roll. Throughout their career the band have toured extensively, firmly establishing themselves as a prolific live act. They make their much anticipated return to the Forum following the release of their latest album Out Of All This Blue, perhaps their most brilliantly daring and accomplished reinvention of The Waterboys to date.

David Quigley Piano Recital The Market Place, Armagh 24 May 2019 Acclaimed internationally, renowned pianist David Quigley returns to his native Co Armagh to perform a concert that includes popular piano works. His programme includes work from his most recent album Piano Nocturnes, as well as Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Debussy’s Clair de Lune.

Stranded! Friday Night Live presents Lonesome George Strand Arts Centre 24 May 2019 Lonesome George have emerged from Belfast’s session scene with an exciting fusion of traditional tunes and contemporary songwriting that lends an intimacy to their sound that is rare to find. They draw on the ancient traditions of Ireland and combine them with modern influences and analysis. Over 18 BYO

Ulster Orchestra Season Finale: Mahler’s Fifth Ulster Hall, Belfast 24 May 2019 The 2018/19 Finale brings together two recurring themes from across the Season – symphonic pieces on a grand scale and composers taking new and radical approaches to their work. The concert opens with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20, the first time the soloist is given completely different entry music to the orchestra, creating a new style of dialogue between piano and orchestra. The concert concludes with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a work of intense emotion and epic scope, perhaps best known for its glorious fourth movement which formed part of the soundtrack for the film, Death in Venice. Concerto pianist is the acclaimed Inon Barnatan.

Belfast Guitar Night VIII: Dionys Ensemble EP Launch The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 29 May 2019 A love child of jazz, classical music, Indian drones and more than a nod to the ECM roster, Dionys Ensemble’s ability to read one another’s thoughts only bolsters their anything-goes spirit of improve to further heights. Each new tune is a marvel of musical interaction and interplay. The EP entitled Orchard, features original music along with arrangements from John McLaughlin and Kate Bush.

Family (all ages, all abilities)

Baby Circus The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 1 May – 5 June 2019 (Wednesdays 2.45-3.45pm) Come along and have fun with your little wobbler or toddler. Throughout the course you will play games, sing songs and explore various circus skills including acrobatics, juggling and hula hoop in a safe yet stimulating environment. It will be a complete sensory experience for your baby, encouraging creativity, developing spatial awareness and building on essential skills like balance, strength and co-ordination. Parents will have a chance to so some gentle stretches, have a go at some circus skills, socialise with other babies and parents and of course bond with your own little one. Suitable for babies that have started to roll, crawl or shuffle up to 2 years old.

City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival presentsJazz Arts, Crafts and Face Painting Guildhall, Derry 4 May – 5 May 2019 Join in with fun for all the family at the Guildhall’s Main Hall from 1pm-5pm and celebrate all things Jazz.

Storytime Sunday (age 1-3 years) The MAC, Belfast 5 May 2019 Relax with your little ones at the MAC on the first Sunday of each month for some fun story time in the wonderful Family Room. Sit back and listen to some tales, fables and yarns all told by a professional storyteller.

Story-Tale Adventures Sticky Fingers Arts, Newry 28 April and 5 May 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. 28 April - We’re Going on a Bear Hunt; 5 May - Cinderella. Suitable for families of all ages. Spaces limited so booking essential

Black Moon The Black Box, Belfast 21 May 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.

Brainiac Live Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 22 May - 23 May 2019 Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls, science’s greatest and most volatile live show is returning with a vengeance. Based on the multi-award winning TV show, Brainiac Live is back, more mischievous than ever before, it will lead you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful.

Mini Moon The Black Box, Belfast 25 May 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.

Lego Animation Blick Shared Studios 25 May 2019 Can Do Academy and Blick Shared Studios collaborate for this workshop for children aged 6-14 years. The workshop will allow participants to make a complete animated Lego film on an iPad, using sound effects, visual effects, titles and lots of imagination. Learn the basic principles of stoop motion animation using special iPad apps and receive a copy of your film at the end of the session.

Energy of Light Disco Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 31 May 2019 These are monthly discos for young people aged 15+ who are experiencing limited physical, sensory and/or learning disability.

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 May 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 May include Doris Day and Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk and Henry Fonda in 12 Angry Men. .


A Visibility Matrix Void, Derry 16 April – 8 June 2019 A Visibility Matrix is an artwork that explores the politics and conditions of visibility. Initiated by Dublin-based artists and long-term collaborators, Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne, the exhibition assembles contributions from a distributed panel of artists, film-makers and others with a synchronised, multi-channel video installation. The artwork speculates on an alternative to the composite formed by subject + smartphone + online-video-sharing-platform that has come to represent the current standard of visibility.

Frances Hegarty & Andrew Stones: The Land That … The MAC, Belfast 12 April – 7 July 2019 The Land That … is a video and mixed-media project by Frances Hegarty and Andrew Stones, based on their collaborative engagement with a ten-acre plot of land in Co Donegal. Ongoing for over five years, the work considers this land from the artists’ combined personal perspectives, and as a miniature territory in a discussion about ‘Land/s’ in a wider anthropological, cultural and political sense.

Christopher James Burns: Limbo Land The MAC, Belfast 12 April – 7 July 2019 Christopher James Burns is a Belfast based artist whose practice draws upon the particular context in which he lives. In this exhibition he presents a landscape of sculptural forms assembled from both personal and found artefacts. Arranged across three islands within the Sunken Gallery, these objects are imbued with the history, culture and visual codes that have come to define Northern Irish identity, and speak to the peculiarities of a place once aptly described by Seamus Heaney as a ‘limbo land’.

Locky Morris: Once a day every day all day long F.E.McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge 9 February – 18 May 2019 Derry born Morris rose to prominence in the 1980s with his works which used the language of international art to comment on the local realities of life during the Troubles. This exhibition focuses on art primarily made in the period since 2010 and reflects the transition in Morris’s practice from more explicitly political subjects to personal themes of everyday life. 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.


Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas: Darjeeling Express with Asma Khan Hillsborough, Co Down 27 April 2019 Brought to you by The John Hewitt Society as part of the second Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas, proprietor of acclaimed London restaurant Darjeeling Express, Asma Khan, who has made headlines when she hired an all-female kitchen team and founded a charity for second daughters in India, shares stories and some delicious food with the audience.

Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas: New to The Parish Hillsborough, Co Down 28 April 2019 Brought to you by The John Hewitt Society as part of the second Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas, author Sorcha Pollak talks about her work New to the Parish: Stories of Love, War and Adventure from Ireland’s Immigrants which chronicles fourteen personal stories of people who have come to Ireland for work, education, retirement, love and in some cases, out of necessity, forced from their homes by death and destruction, given context by succinct analysis of how world events over the past decade have played a role in the migration crisis.

An Afternoon with Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon Seamus Heaney HomePlace 11 May 2019 Wendy Cope has been responsible for some of the best-known and most-quoted lines in contemporary poetry. Her witty lyrics and pitch-perfect parodies have gained her a readership far beyond most of her peers. Her collections have confirmed her reputation as a classic English humorise. She will be joined in The Helicon by her husband, Lachlan Mackinnon who is also a prize-winning poet.

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Poetry for Young Writers (13-16 yrs) The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 29 April – 10 June 2019 (Mondays 4.30pm-6.00pm) This course is an introduction to writing poetry for young people aged 13-16 and is an introduction to different types of poem and to different techniques for starting to write. Students will explore how to develop their own voice and think about how identity can be expressed through poetry. The course will cover a variety of forms such as haiku, prose poetry, found poetry and shape poetry. A range of poems by contemporary writers will be read to help understand what poems aim to do. The course will involve practical exercises and informal, constructive discussion of one another’s writing.

Drama The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 2 May – 27 June 2019 (Thursdays 7pm-9pm) This dynamic, constantly evolving and popular course is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Both old and new students will be warmly welcomed to a safe and fun environment where you will enjoy developing your creativity and making new friends. Each week the class will start with a group voice warm-up and drama games, then develop skills by working on improvisation, acting exercises and text work. You will also workshop scenes from a specially selected play-text.

Real Sketchy The Black Box, Belfast 2 May 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.

Purely Poetry Open Mic Night The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 3 May 2019 Welcoming readers of all styles and experiences, from first timers to old pros, Purely Poetry Open Mic Night fosters an open, laid back and encouraging atmosphere for people to read their work, and to listen in comfort. To take part, just sign up at the start of the night. All names are drawn out from the Magic Hat of Randomness, and each person has seven minutes max to read. Sessions run on the first Friday of the month. BYO

DIY Film for Young People The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 4 May – 29 June 2019 (Saturdays 11.30am-1pm) Would you like to learn how to make a film in 9 weeks? In this practical and fun course you will be introduced to every aspect of the process which culminates in the production of a short film. This DIY class is ideal for young people who want to gain a foundation in film-making or just have some fun making a film. All equipment and materials provided. Also includes a theatre screening of the finished film.

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour The Black Box, Belfast 5 May 2019 Belfast is famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of conflice 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.

City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival presentsDance Workshops Silver Street, 34-38 Shipquay Street, Derry 6 May 2019 Join in with fun dance workshops at Silver Street with professional dancers Sue and Gary Caley.

Creative Writing Workshop The Burnavon, Cookstown 11 May 2019 A practical workshop on the everyday craft of writing with the aim of sparking ideas for new work. All levels of experience welcome from experienced writers to first-timers, poets and fiction writers alike. The workshop will be fully participative with attendees taking part in writing exercises throughout the morning. Come with writing materials and be prepared to write. Led by Bernie Magill, author of two novels (one of which was named by Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year in 2012) and a collection of short stories.

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


Festival of Fools *URGENT* Looking for volunteers The Festival is only possible because every year a bunch of fantastic volunteers roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. Why not join them? You’ll be in the thick of the action at the performance venues doing audience surveys, passing round the hats for donations and assisting the performers and Festival staff. You will be fed, get a t-shirt and have great fun! Apply here

Young At Art: Fighting Words Belfast Volunteer Training 9 May 2019 Fighting Words Belfast runs free creative writing workshops for children and young people aged 6 to 18. School and youth groups set out on a story-writing journey with trained volunteer mentors, working at first collaboratively and then individually to create new stories. All participants leave as published writers with their own storybook. Come along to find out how you can encourage children’s creative potential by becoming a Fighting Words Belfast volunteer. To sign up email to

The Black Box, Belfast Looking for volunteers The Black Box run a programme of regular social activities for adults and children with learning disabilities and for other groups in need of support. Their projects are organised and produced by a small army of volunteers and passionate people. If you feel like changing lives get in touch


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

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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