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What's On Guide December 2019

26 Nov 2019

What's On Guide December 2019

Arts & Business NI events

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Arts Uncovered: Charles Wood Corporate Choir

First Church Belfast, Rosemary Street

12 December 2019

Our Arts Uncovered series continues with another informal event to show you something a little bit different and introduce you to an arts organisation and a venue you may not already know. In December we will be at First Church Belfast, Rosemary Streetto hear from Charles Wood Festival. Charles Wood Festival is a renowned choral and organ festival held in Armagh each August to celebrate the work of the city's famous composer. In December 2019 Charles Wood Festival will be launching a very exciting Corporate Choirs Competition. This will offer Northern Irish companies a unique approach to wellbeing and teambuilding by bringing together employees at all levels through an activity that builds trust, improves communication skills, and boosts staff morale. The Festival is delighted to be working with Arts and Business NI on the Corporate Choir project. The Festival will offer each choir entrant a professional Choral Conductor, with whom they rehearse a repertoire of two songs over the course of five sessions leading up to a competition during the prestigious Charles Wood Festival 2020. Come along to find out more, join in some festive singing and have a bite of lunch with us. Reserve your place by email to Sarah at s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

 

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Festivals/Artisan Markets

 

Seacourt Annual Christmas Show
Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor
30 November and 1 December 2019
Mulled wine and mince pies for all at the opening weekend of the annual show. Special offers on Christmas cards and prints. Buy a piece of original art for your loved ones or as a treat for yourself to enjoy every day. Open weekdays from 9.30-4.30pm until Friday 20 December. http://www.seacourt-ni.org.uk/newsandevents

 

Golden Thread Gallery Christmas Market
Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
5 December 2019
Coinciding with Late Night Art, Golden Thread Gallery hosts its unique Christmas Market with beautiful work by craftspeople, artisans and makers of all kinds. Stalls include ceramics, photography, candles, books and special gifts for art lovers. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, mince pies and mulled wine will be provided to get you in the festive spirit.

http://www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk/events/?v=79cba1185463

 

Hark @ St Anne’s Cathedral
St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast
5 December 2019
An atmospheric night featuring live music from various musicians, expect a relaxing festive atmosphere at this inaugural market at Belfast Cathedral. You can browse through items from local artists to find the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, or simply enjoy the performances of music and spoken word. https://www.belfastcathedral.org/events/hark-fair-at-belfast-cathedral

 

Hillsborough Christmas Market
Hillsborough Fort
13 December 2019
Set in the Dark Walk at Hillsborough Fort, the Hillsborough Christmas Market promises a magical atmosphere and lots of festive cheer. The market will be filled with the sounds, sights and tastes of Christmas with an eclectic mix of food, arts and crafts, as well as choirs and musical talent from local schools. Santa might even make an appearance too!

https://visitbelfast.com/event/hillsborough-christmas-market/

 

**GOOD TO KNOW**

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 http://artscouncil-ni.org/the-arts/visual-arts1/own-art

Theatre & Comedy                                                   

Driving Home For Christmas
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
19 November 2019 – 4 January 2020

Grimes and McKee return with another Christmas special. Welcome to the Dander Inn, deep in the Sperrins, one of the many claimants to being the highest pub in Ireland. It is Christmas Eve and a once-in-a-century snowstorm rages over the country. Various travellers take refuge in the pub as the road becomes impassable. Cut off by the storm, they camp out in the pub but when the gas runs out and they have to huddle together for heat, they tell stories to remind themselves that its Christmas and begin to wonder if they will ever make it out. Age 14+ https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Murder She Got Wrote Off: Christmas Special
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
5 December – 14 December 2019
Following the huge demand for Murder She Got Wrote Off - Christmas Special last year, Jessica is making a merry return to The Crescent this December! If you've ever found yourself at a loose end in those days between Christmas and New Year, you've probably played Murder She Got Wrote Off - that is, watching Murder She Wrote while drinking. Now you can recreate that experience with friends and family, in the weeks before Christmas! The Cabot Cove Players invite you to get Merry with Jessica, while they recreate the classic Christmas episode of the greatest amateur sleuth show ever written: A Christmas Secret. It's a live drinking game, so bring your own - you'd only use it to marinate your raisins anyway! Props, costumes, scripts... all the trappings of legitimate theatre, plus professional actors doing what they do best: drinking on the job. Well, it worked for Tom Bosley. Audience fancy dress is encouraged. BYO Age 18+ https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Stranded! Half Cut Cabaret
Strand Arts Centre
6 December 2019
Most Seedhead Arts cabarets will have a tantalizing mix of music, comedy, magic, circus and the truly bizarre. And there’s always a compere on hand to hold that fine line between general merriment and total mayhem! Over 18s only. BYO. https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

 

Broccan Tyzack-Carlin: Don’t Bother
The Black Box, Belfast
8 December 2019
A stand-up poetry show about dead rabbits, chocolate and nostalgia. Multi-award winning performance poet and comedian Bróccán Tyzack-Carlin presents a semi-coherent exploration of nothing, in particular, using some words that rhyme and some more that don’t. Blending surreal humour with storytelling and spoken word, ‘Don’t Bother’ is a unique hour of comedy that is not to be missed. Bróccán is the winner of the Manchester Slam 2018 and the Huddersfield Literature Festival Slam 2019. He was runner up in the Manchester Champion of Champions Slam and a Hammer and Tongue National Finalist 2019. Previous performances include: Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Leicester Comedy Festival, Kendall Calling and the Royal Albert Hall. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Deck the Falls
The MAC, Belfast
10 December – 21 December 2019
This Christmas, comic duo Ciaran Nolan and Gerard Jordan are back with plans, scams and skulduggery to Deck the Falls at the MAC. 2 doormen have a cunning plan, 2 doggy men have a dilemma, 2 auld dolls have an epiphany and 2 greyhounds go on the run… and that’s just in act 1! Don’t miss this hilarious festive comedy by Vincent Higgins. Age guidance: 16yrs + https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

Xmas for Dummies

Grand Opera House, Belfast

10 December – 22 December 2019

Following the success of last year’s sell-out hit On The Shelf, Tara Lynne O’Neill and Chris Robinson are back with another darkly comic antidote to all the usual Christmas schmaltz. It’s Christmas Eve, Tracey is working late to get the shop window ready for the Boxing Day sales. People lose the run of themselves at this time of year but at least it’s peaceful after closing and mannequins are great listeners. Suddenly, finding herself locked in, Tracey is alone …. Or is she? Age 16+ https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Three’s Theatre presents: 1010Oi
The MAC, Belfast
13 December 2019
Three’s Theatre Company join with Outside In and The Simon Community to bring you 1010OI – 2 stories, 2 journeys around the city. A collaboration with The Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival. See Belfast from another perspective. See why things need to change. “Being homeless was a part of my life I never saw coming, we all have stories like you have stories” After interviewing people who have and are currently experiencing homelessness, their stories have been collaborated to create two tales of the city. This is a walking tour of the city so please dress appropriately. Bring your smartphone if you have one, ideally fully charged, and a pair of headphones if you have them. Age guidance: 14+ (some strong language) https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

The Showman is Coming

Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry

13 December 2019

THE SHOWMAN IS COMING – Peter Corry combines the passion of Moulin Rouge, the spectacle of Barnum and the magic of The Greatest Showman in this new show, bringing an eclectic mix of iconic songs from ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Your Song’, ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’, ‘The Show Must Go On’, ‘Spanish Train’ to ‘This is the Greatest Show’. With dynamic dancers, singers and multi-talented performers, this show brings high energy entertainment hosted by internationally renowned Peter Corry, Ireland’s Greatest Showman. For over 20 years Peter Corry has performed throughout the world featuring in not only internationally celebrated musicals such as Les Miserables in London’s West End to the MGM Las Vegas but also in many of his own productions throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. “He is one of the great Irish voices of this age or any other.” The Stage www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Stranded! Seasonal Celebrations with Ursula Burns
Strand Arts Centre
13 December 2019
Ursula has performed everywhere from burning fire escapes to the Royal Albert Hall and most recently on Britain’s Got Talent! She has independently released 5 solo albums, the latest being The Dangerous Harpist. Ursula has composed a wealth of music for Theatre and Circus and toured the comedy circuit and the world with her harp. Join Ursula (and some random dodgy mates) for a seasonal festive special show. She will bring her songbooks and play an eclectic selection with all the sing-along fun trimmings. It will be so beautiful! Think Val Doonican without the fire, or the jumper, or the guitar… actually don’t bother thinking of Val Doonican, just book your ticket and bring your own dodgy randomers and we can have all the fun BEFORE Christmas! Over 18s only. BYO. https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

 

Wonder Frog – Live Improv Comedy
The Black Box, Belfast
18 December 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 never been seen before and will never be seen again. The show is completely made up on the spot, on the night and can’t happen without the audience. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Three’s Theatre presents: Rewilding Winter Cabaret
The Big Top, Writers Square, Belfast
19 December - 22 December 2019
When the fire and mulled wine by the TV isn’t cutting it and you’ve run out of Blue Planet to watch...let Three's Theatre Company warm you up this winter with an evening that was possibly once recommended by David Attenborough himself and all the turtles in the sea. Come inside the Big Top at Writers Square as we team up with Tumble Circus just for you. We put the ‘sexy in the incorrect spelling of ‘sustainability’. Let us entertain you for the evening in a way that's hot...without heating up the planet. We have...Drag Queens bedecked in Biodegradable Glitter; Comedy Burlesque Dancers in Organic Cotton only; Acrobats that won’t leave you hanging; Jugglers doing things with balls you've never seen before; And so much more, without a plastic straw in sight! You can even get yummy ‘Hot Vegan Street Food’ by Curated Kitchen on the night, so be sure to bring your appetite! Tickets on sale now and we expect them to fly out the door ‘with the greatest of ease like that daring young man on a flying trapeze!’ Don't do the sad office party this year, run away with the circus instead! https://www.threestheatrecompany.com/

 

Terry McHugh Mini Strokes of Luck
The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
21 December 2019
Sometimes, when bad things happen people say, “We’ll look back at this and laugh someday.” North Belfast Comedian and former yo-yo Champion Terry McHugh says, “Why wait?!” That’s why, in “Mini Strokes of Luck”, his first new show in two years, Terry will be taking a very funny and honest look at his experience of suffering two mini strokes and the effects they have had on him. Terry will turn a comedic eye on his strokes, his family, his one posh friend and the oddities of country living...... he might even show off his yo-yo skills. Terry will be joined by the hilarious Frazer Robb who has been performing on the Northern Irish Comedy scene for nearly 10 years as a Stand Up and as part of improv group Wonderfrog. This show contains humour which some may find offensive. Not suitable for under 16s. https://ardhowen.com/whats-on/

 

Jake O’Kane Walking the Line
The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
27 December 2019
Jake O’Kane’s new show, Walking the Line, sees Northern Ireland’s most popular comic once again cast his caustic eye over the events of the last year. As always, nothing and no-one are beyond attack as Jake continues his 6th year of sell-out tours. Jake’s show is a heady mix of video, photos and general mayhem as he picks apart our dysfunctional society. Once again, Jake will be ably supported by the talented Terry McHugh. If you’ve already seen Jake perform, you’ll be back for more; if you’ve yet to catch him live, don’t wait too long to book as his shows sell extremely quickly. This show contains humour which some may find offensive. Not suitable for under 16s. https://ardhowen.com/whats-on/

 

I Heart NYE: Roaring 20s
The MAC, Belfast
31 December 2019
The roaring 20s are back! Don those flapper dresses or get suited and booted as we ring in the New Year in style. Expect bubbles on arrival, art deco décor and dancing until late with our house band as we welcome 2020. Age guidance: 18yrs + https://themaclive.com/whats-on

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Music

 

Ulster Orchestra: Lunchtime Concert – Christmas Gifts
Ulster Hall, Belfast
5 December 2019
There will be a trio of festive delights in this fabulous lunchtime recital. Humperdinck’s charming overture to his opera Hansel & Gretel was presented to his fiancee as an engagement present, Wagner’s glorious Siegfried Idyll was a birthday present for his beloved wife Cosima whose birthday was on Christmas Eve, and you will be treated to Strauss’s second waltz sequence from Der Rosenkavalier to round off the performance. Tickets are very affordable at £7.50 so why not give them as Christmas gifts? https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/whats-on/

 

Nathan Carter

Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry

6 December 2019

One of Ireland’s favourite entertainers, Nathan Carter returns to the Millennium Forum for his annual Christmas concert. Expect a sensational night of live music and entertainment as Nathan performs his greatest hits as well as a few Christmas classics. Nathan will be supported on the night by special guest Olivia Douglas. Don’t miss it! www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

NI Opera Studio presents: The Enchantress
Culturlann, Derry 6 December 2019

The Black Box, Belfast7 December 2019

Accidental Theatre, Belfast8 December 2019
A corrupt state, a spoiled prince, a woman of the stage: things are about to change in aristocratic Europe, when a womanising crown prince catches the eye of celebrated singer Vivien, whose independence threatens to upset the stately decorum. Written by Irish-American composer Victor Herbert and two of his regular collaborators at a time when the suffrage movement was gaining strength in North America, this operetta has not lost its bite when commenting on inherited power and female ambition, while revelling in the nostalgia of old-world charm. Enjoy luxurious waltzes and witty repartee in this rediscovery by one of the greatest figures of the American musical stage. https://www.niopera.com/events/the-enchantress/

 

Mostly Bob
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
8 December 2019
It's that time again folks..! Your annual opportunity to experience an incredible night of music by Bob Dylan and friends in aid of the Peter Rosser Composition Award, performed by some of the finest musicians on his island. The line-up includes Donal Scullion, Una McCann, Peter McVeigh, Conor McAuley, Conor McGuinness and master of ceremonies the fabulous Cormac O'Kane. If you've never been, then you must come and experience this night of musical eclecticism, partly inspired by Peter's own record collection with everyone fromLou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, The Doors, Van Morrison, Kylie and everything in between. If you have chanced across this inspired evening of musical brilliance over the last three years, you'll definitely want to go again, and this time bring some friends..! All proceeds go to the 2020 Peter Rosser Composition Award in association with the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble. Age 18+ https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

NI Opera Christmas Concert

First Church Belfast, Rosemary Street

11 December 2019
Come and enjoy the NI Opera annual lunchtime Christmas concert on 11th December between 1p.m. and 2p.m. in Belfast’s city centre. The members of the NI Opera Studio will perform an international repertoire of festive music in the beautiful surroundings of the First Church in Belfast’s city centre. With music by Bach, Elgar, Grieg, Weill, and some all-time favourites, this free concert is open to all.  Retiring collection in support of the NI Opera Studio.

https://www.niopera.com/events/christmas-concert/

 

Ulster Orchestra: Messiah at Christmas
The Guildhall, Derry
13 December 2019
What could be more uplifting than the power and glory of massed voices, combined with the Ulster Orchestra? Handel’s Messiah continues to captivate audiences worldwide and remains one of the most widely performed and best-loved oratorios ever written. This year it is brought to life by four acclaimed soloists, the magnificent Codetta choir and of course, the Ulster Orchestra.  https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/whats-on/

 

Ulster Orchestra: The Magic of Christmas
The Millennium Forum, Derry
18 December 2019
This highly popular concert is now a firm fixture in the Orchestra’s festive offering. Conductor Richard Balcombe and West End stars Sophie-Louise Dann and Alex Gaumond will definitely get you and your family in the Christmas mood, with an enchanting programme at this magical night with the Ulster Orchestra.  https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/whats-on/

 

Open House presents: David C Clements
First Bangor Church
19 December 2019
A lovely treat just before Christmas. One of Northern Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters, David C Clements is joined by his full band, the Arco String Quartet and the very special Open House Festival Choir. David has grabbed the attention of music lovers with his heavenly alternative folk sound and exceptional live performances. Hot drinks and mince pies on sale from the church café and the concert will be over in time to make the last train to Belfast – what could be better! https://www.openhousefestival.com/year-round-shows/

 

Sestina presents: Carols at the Museum
Ulster Museum, Belfast
19 December – 20 December 2019
Book early to avoid disappointment for this one! Following two years of sell-out performances, Sestina is delighted to present Carols at the Museum for the third year running. Come and be transported away from the frantic nature of modern Christmas with this hour-long carol concert in the spectacular surroundings of the Ulster Museum featuring music and seasonal readings from across the ages. Tickets on sale from early November. https://www.sestinamusic.com/whats-on

 

Linen Hall Library presents: Van Morrison
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
5 January 2020

Belfast’s iconic Linen Hall Library is proud to present Van Morrison Live at the Lyric, Belfast on Sunday 5th January 2020. This fundraising event will see Van Morrison take to the stage with his full six piece live band in support of the Linen Hall Library. The Linen Hall Library is Belfast's oldest library and one of the city's oldest charities. Since 1788 it has collected books and ephemera and now holds several world-renowned archives. The Library is free to enter, but membership, which brings additional benefits, is encouraged. As an independent library the Linen Hall is funded by grants, membership, donations and fundraising initiatives. Director Julie Andrews says: "We are honoured that a musician as famous as Van Morrison has kindly given his time to help raise funds for one of the most important cultural institutions in his homeland. Van Morrison has always been a friend of the Linen Hall Library and this event is sure to go down in our history as one of the most special" https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Ulster Orchestra: A Night in Vienna!
The Millennium Forum, Derry
5 January 2020
This wonderful New Year concert returns to enchant audiences once again. Let the Ulster Orchestra and highly acclaimed soprano Ailish Tynan take you to the magic and magnificence of the 19th century Vienna ballrooms, with a glittering collection of wonderful waltzes, opulent overtures and playful polkas. An uplifting start to 2020 with the Blue Danube, Radetzky March and more.  https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/whats-on/

 

Paco Pena
The MAC, Belfast
10 January 2020
Paco Pena returns to Ireland in January 2020 in Paco and Friends – the world’s most celebrated flamenco guitarist. Paco Pena embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As a guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor, he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form. Since 1970, Paco Pena has performed regularly with his own hand-picked company of dancers, guitarist and singers in a succession of ground breaking shows. In 1997, Paco Pena was proud to be named Official de la Cruz de la Orden del Merito Civil and in May 2012, he was awarded the Gold medal in the Arts by the John.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. These honours were both bestowed by King Juan Carlos of Spain. https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

Sailortown Folk Night
The American Bar, Dock Street, Belfast
2nd & 4th Thursdays 8pm
Open folk sessions with some of the best musicians in Belfast, compered by Joshua Burnside. Free entry. http://www.americanbarbelfast.com/

 

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. http://www.americanbarbelfast.com/

 

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. http://www.americanbarbelfast.com/

 

Family (younger, older and all abilities)

 

A Christmas Carol
The MAC, Belfast
27 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
This year the MAC brings you a rib-tickling version of the classic festive fable. There’ll be lots of fun along the way as you visit Christmases past, present and future and see if Scrooge can learn from previous mistakes. Expect toe-tapping tunes, laugh out loud capers and a special memorable experience. Suitable for all ages but most appreciated by age 5+ Early-bird and family saver prices available https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

Addams Family Musical
The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
28 November – 7 December 2019
They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether ooky, and Enniskillen Light Operatic are bringing them to the Ardhowen. Following the sell-out success of last year’s production of Annie, this year ELO presents The Addams Family Musical. Romance, oddly enough, is all around in this musical comedy version of The Addams Family, who discover to their horror that daughter Wednesday has fallen in love…with Lucas Beineke, a sweet young man from a ‘normal’ family – a man her parents have never met. If that wasn’t upsetting enough, she confides in Gomez who must do something he’s never done before – he must keep a secret from his beloved, Morticia. All is turned upside-down for the family when they host a dinner for Wednesday’s boyfriend and his parents. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change. The Addams Family is a heart-warming and hilarious story of love, family and friendship…with a twist! It’s sure to entertain whether you are 7 or 700! https://ardhowen.com/show/addams-family-musical/

 

Peter Pan

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
29 November 2019 – 4 January 2020

It’ll be much better than dangerous! It’ll be an awfully big adventure! Paul Boyd returns with an exciting new musical of Peter Pan, adapted from the play by JM Barrie. Neverland is in crisis. Pirates have arrived on the island and the Neverlanders are trying to keep them away. Things are so bad that the fairies have gone into hiding and the mermaids haven’t been seen in the open ocean since the battle began. With fairies, crocodiles, flying children and mermaids, join the Darling children as they embark on the most magical adventure, where hook and the crew of the Jolly Roger come face to face with all of Neverland and the boy who won’t grow up. https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Beauty and the Beast

Grand Opera House, Belfast

30 November 2019 – 12 January 2020

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without panto so join May McFettridge to celebrate her 30th season as the queen of Belfast Pantomime in a magical adventure packed full of comedy, colour and amazing song and dance routines. Dreaming of a happier life, the beautiful Belle finds herself transported to a cursed castle and held captive by a hideous beast. To her surprise, the castle is full of magical characters placed under a spell by an evil enchantress. Can Belle see beyond the monster and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Heart of Winter
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane
1 December 2019
Christmas is coming and Sally can’t sleep – it’s far too hot. The weather has gone topsy-turvy. No-one can remember the last time it snowed or even rained, and her father can’t sell any of his umbrellas. Find out what happens after Sally’s dad reads her a snowy bedtime story and she dreams of her bedroom transformed into a glistening, white field where she meets the glowing heart of winter. A new musical production, the Heart of Winter is all about family, friendship and fun. https://www.alley-theatre.com/whats-on

 

Chamber Babies
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
1 December 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!). Concerts are aimed at babies from 0-18 months old. https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Storytime Sunday
The MAC, Belfast
1 December 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. https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

The Slipped Disco
The Black Box, Belfast
2 December 2019
The Slipped Disco, the best dance music from the 60s and 70s for people in their 60s and 70s (and older!!!). Get your dancing shoes on and get ready for a night of the best dance hits of 60s and 70s, played by DJ Groover! Featuring the best of Motown, disco, Pure Soul, Barry White, ABBA, and more! Plus games and a raffle. Admission is free. For tickets call Engage with Age on 028 9073 5696.https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Black Moon
The Black Box, Belfast
3 December 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. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
4 December – 29 December 2019
A magic mirror, a jealous queen, a poisoned apple and the tiniest friends ever imagined – it’s panto time again at the Forum! Telling the story of the young princess who finds herself on the run from her wicked stepmother and takes refuge in the forest with seven pint-sized men, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves remains one of the best-love pantomimes of all time. Packed with great song and dance routines, hilarious comedy, dazzling scenes and magical special effects, this festive favourite is fun for all the family from 4-94! Featuring William Caulfield and a star studded local and Northern Irish cast with a special ‘magical’ appearance by Daniel O’Donnell, this energetic Christmas treat is sure to be a hit with audiences far and wide. (Please note that Daniel O’Donnell will not appear in person.) Signed Performance – Thursday 5th December 7pm (BSL & ISL). Relaxed Performance & Dementia Friendly Performance – Sunday 15th December 2pm. https://www.millenniumforum.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Energy of Light Discos
Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
13 December 2019
These are monthly discos for young people aged 15+ who are experiencing limited physical, sensory and/or learning disability. https://www.millenniumforum.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Tick Tock Christmas Clock
The MAC, Belfast
14 December – 22 December 2019
Forget Bah Humbug, it’s the countdown to Christmas. It’s time to get creative and make your own bah-jewelled Christmas clock. Wind back time to Christmas past or fast forward to Christmas future, you’ll be sure to enjoy this Christmas present. Perfect for creative kids aged 4 - 11yrs https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

Festive Fables
The MAC, Belfast
15 December – 24 December 2019
Wonderful winter tales to spark the imagination. Be transported to Christmas past, present and future as you open the pages of festive storybooks full of magic and enchantment. Join us on Christmas Eve for a special edition of this workshop, where our storyteller will be reading ‘Twas the night before Christmas’. Age 4-11yrs https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

Aladdin
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
17 December – 22 December 2019
You all think you know the story of Aladdin but maybe you don't! Meet Aladdin, the rough and rugged hero struggling to find his purpose in life. Along the way he falls in love with the beautiful princess Jasmine who has been forced to marry the man her father, the Sultan, picked for her. Meanwhile behind enemy lines, the wicked Abanazar, a "trusted" advisor of the Sultan, longs to be king himself and the only way for him to succeed is to find the magical lamp which contains the answers to make his wishes come true. However it's not all doom and gloom. Along the way we meet Mrs Scrubbing-Brush and Wee Sandy, who both work at the local laundrette and have wishes of their own and will prove more important to our hero's story than anyone might think! Come along and let us grant your wishes with a night of entertainment and a story that you've never heard told quite like this. With popular references to motion pictures and a soundtrack that is sure to leave you with your jaw on the floor, Aladdin is perfect entertainment for all the family this Christmas. Featuring a fabulous cast including singing legend Rose-Marie as The Genie. https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Penguins
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
18 December – 22 December 2019

Cahoots NI, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Prime Theatre present ...PENGUINS. When being different brings the most wonderful of surprises... Roy and Silo are two male Chinstrap penguins. Just like the other penguin pairs at Central Park Zoo, they walk, play, swim and dance together. When the duo decide to try and hatch a rock in place of an egg, they find themselves on an adventure that could mean raising a chick for real! Penguins is a unique and engaging show for children about friendship, fun, identity and the ever-changing meaning of family. This delightful theatre and dance production is inspired by a true story reported in the New York Times that touched hearts worldwide. The creative team includes award-winning children’s Director Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney, international Choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra and acclaimed Composer Garth McConaghie. For family and schools audiences 3+ https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Aladdin Pantomime
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane
18 December 2019
Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Aladdin features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother, on a spectacular adventure. Featuring a wish-granting genie, and evil sorcerer and a lamp-full of laughs, it’s sure to take you to a magical place suitable for all the family. https://www.alley-theatre.com/whats-on

 

Dementia Friendly Tea Dance
Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
19 December 2019
The Millennium Forum’s Dementia Friendly Tea Dances are held in the venue’s Studio once a month and for December there is a special Christmas Carol Dementia Tea Dance. 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. https://www.millenniumforum.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Mini Moon
The Black Box, Belfast
21 December 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.  https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

How to Square a Circle
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane
9 January 2020
A heart-warming story of friendship, ego, love and the joys of a cup of tea. With gravity defying acrobatics, aerial dance, cyr wheel and lots of laughter, Ronan Brady and Aisling Ni Cheallaigh, two of Ireland’s leading circus performers explore the realm of the impossible, where possibilities are infinite. https://www.alley-theatre.com/whats-on

 

Family Friendly Art Workshops
Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
1st and 3rd Saturday each month
Family friendly art workshops are held from 11am-12pm on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month in Golden Thread Gallery. They are free to attend but places are limited so book in advance. All materials are supplied along with soft drinks and snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. http://www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk/events/?v=79cba1185463

 

Silver Screenings
Strand Arts Centre
December 2019 (Thursdays)
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 December include Meet Me In St Louis (Judy Garland) on 5th and 12th December and It’s A Wonderful Life (James Stewart) on 19th December. As a special Christmas treat there will be mince pies and Templemore Band playing Christmas Carols before the screening on 12th December! https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

 

The Imaginarium Arts & Story Centre
Sticky Fingers Arts, Newry
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
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. https://www.stickyfingersarts.co.uk/

 

Exhibitions

 

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts: 138th Annual Exhibition
Ulster Museum
18 October 2019 – 5 January 2020
Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland. One of the founding principles of the Academy was to hold an annual exhibition of work by both members and non-members of merit. This year’s Annual Exhibition will be held at the Ulster Museum, Belfast and will showcase original works across the disciplines of the visual arts by emerging and established artists. Most works are available to purchase.https://www.royalulsteracademy.org/annual-exhibition

 

On refusal: Representation & Resistance in Contemporary American Art
The MAC, Belfast
25 October 2019 – 19 January 2020
A group exhibition across all three of the MAC’s galleries exploring ideas of representation, refusal and resistance in the work of a number of contemporary American artists. Featuring new and recent work by Paul Stephen Benjamin, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr, Aria Dean, Troy Michie, Arcmanoro Niles and Sable Elyse Smith. Curated by Clare Gormley. https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

Outburst 2019: Radical Intimacies
Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
8 November – 14 December 2019
Curated by Tendai John Mutambu for the British Council and LUX, an international arts agency that supports and promotes artists’ moving image practices, Radical intimacies investigate the role of gender and sexual identities in a social, political and cultural moment that has seen the momentous erosion of hard-won rights and the value of freely expressing desire. Presented in this programme are various intergenerational perspectives from a range of works that affirm lives lived outside of the norm and lives that resist the age-old axis of heterosexual male power. http://www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk/events/?v=79cba1185463

 

Derek Jarman: The Last of England
Void, Derry
16 November 2019 – 18 January 2020
This year marks the 25th anniversary of renowned artist Derek Jarman’s death and his work still feels urgent and contemporary. The exhibition will focus on the GBH paintings series along with his film The Last of England (1987) which were selected as they reflect and resonate with the current political environment, especially within the context of Northern Ireland. https://www.derryvoid.com/

 

Together Now: The Engagement Project
FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge
23 November 2019 – 1 February 2020
The F.E. McWilliam Gallery is delighted to present Together Now: The Engagement Project. Together Now is a large group exhibition of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture and film by artists from the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT), in Callan, Co. Kilkenny and artists from very different practice contexts from all over Ireland, who have been working together in residencies and other forms of engagement since 2014. Curated by Catherine Marshall, and following a symposium at KCAT in Callan at the end of 2018, this exhibition, drawing on the work of the 24 artists, is touring to venues across Ireland. The work on show has been made as a result of collaborations and conversations between the artists from KCAT and artists who prioritise social engagement, performance, installation and a variety of media from film and video to very un-traditional interpretations of traditional media such as painting and sculpture. Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland Touring Grant, this exhibition is engaging, challenging, colourful and fun. Most of all, it is focused on encouraging awareness of the diversity of arts practice. It will be accompanied by a publication from the Together Now symposium. https://visitarmagh.com/places-to-explore/f-e-mcwilliam-gallery/

 

Seamus Heaney Exhibition
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
26 November – 31 December 2019
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of Seamus Heaney, and explore through his words and imagination the people and place that so inspired him. Described by Michael Longley as “an echo chamber for the poet’s beautiful lines”, Seamus Heaney HomePlace features a fully interactive exhibition over two floors, filled with personal stories, images and the voice of the poet himself. A recreation of his Dublin study will transport you back to 1995, when Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Previously unseen artefacts, transcripts and books kindly donated by the Heaney family are also on display, ensuring a truly unique and illuminating experience for all. http://www.seamusheaneyhome.com/

 

Agreement: The People’s Process
Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
7 December 2019 – 18 January 2020
A contemporary art exhibition reflecting on 20 years of peace in Northern Ireland. To mark twenty years since the signing of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement, this exhibition examines the role of art as an aid in conflict transformation, reflection and peacebuilding. Shortly after the signing of the Agreement, artist Raymond Watson managed to persuade politicians involved in the negotiations, to allow him to take a cast of their hands and produce a powerful, significant and unique artwork that captures a momentous and historic event in Irish history. http://www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk/events/?v=79cba1185463

 

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 take an evening stroll around the city. Download the map here https://www.belfastartmap.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/BAM_web_v2.pdf

 

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.  https://discovernorthernireland.com/Art-on-the-Rails-Bangor-P83918/

 

Lectures/Talks/Readings

 

Conservatours

Ulster Museum
5 December 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 museum collections. From meteorites to mammoths, taxidermy to T-Rex, you’ll learn the tools and techniques used to preserve treasures for future generations to enjoy.  https://www.nmni.com/whats-on

 

The Enabling Note: Seamus Heaney and Beowulf
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
6 December 2019
2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of publication of Seamus Heaney’s ground-breaking translation of Beowulf and we are delighted to welcome Faber poetry editor and poet Matthew Hollis, poet Bernard O’Donoghue and academic Rosie Lavan to explore this iconic translation. Featuring discussions on and readings from Beowulf, this event will explore the success of Heaney’s translation, the story at the heart of Beowulf and the enduring appeal of this oldest of stories. http://www.seamusheaneyhome.com/

 

A Tribute to Ciaran Carson, The Belfast Poet
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
9 December 2019

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University Belfast and the Irish Secretariat in Belfast, invite you to attend the Lyric Theatre Belfast for a special evening to honour the great Belfast poet Ciaran Carson (1948-2019). A distinguished panel of speakers, writers, musicians and friends will share their stories of Ciaran, his writing, his music and his love of Belfast. Hosted by Glenn Patterson, writer and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University Belfast and featuring readings from the current Ireland Professor of Poetry, Frank Ormsby, Sinéad Morrissey, Michael Longley and more. This is a free event but booking is essential. https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Christmas at the HomePlace Hearth
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
14 December 2019
With Anthony Toner, Neil Martin, Glenn Patterson and John McCullough. Following last years sell out festive show, four friends once again gather at the hearth at HomePlace for an evening of music, poetry and banter. Expect some songs, readings and recitations and some memories of Christmas – including songs from Anthony Toner, piano from Rod McVey, some cello and uilleann pipe music from Neil Martin and readings from acclaimed author Glenn Patterson. The evening promises some mirth, some beautiful music (festive and otherwise) - and renditions of pieces by talents as diverse as Patrick Kavanagh, John Hewitt and the (accidentally) hilarious William McGonagall. What better way to start the wind-down for Christmas? http://www.seamusheaneyhome.com/

 

TENX9
The Black Box, Belfast
18 December 2019
Tenx9 is a storytelling night where 9 people have up to 10 minutes each to tell a real story from their lives. Get there early as this is an event which consistently gathers a queue around the block! https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Slow Art Sundays

Ulster Museum

First Sunday of each month
Allow yourself to experience art in a new way on a mindful journey of discovery, one art piece at a time. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Visitor Guides will lead participants in an engaging and in-depth look at works of art displayed in the Ulster Museum. Free to attend but limited places available so book through the website. Suitable for adults and older children.  https://www.nmni.com/whats-on

 

Fashion Fridays

Ulster Museum

Second Friday of each month
Friday 13 December is your last chance this year to enjoy #FashionFridays at the Ulster Museum. Join an in-depth curator-led tour of the outfits and inspirations behind the latest fashion exhibition #ViceVersa. Encompassing centuries of style, this exhibition explores the enduring influence of menswear on women’s fashion and vice versa. Free to attend. https://www.nmni.com/whats-on

 

Take Part

 

Maritime Mile Heritage Tour
Starting from SS Nomadic
28 November – 29 November 2019
National Lottery funding has been so important to Titanic Quarter, so we are saying #ThanksToYou for our funding with a free Maritime Mile Heritage Tour for National Lottery ticket holders. Spend the morning exploring the Maritime Mile’s industrial heritage with us. During this speedy historic encounter, you will board Titanic’s little sister and experience the world’s last remaining White Star vessel. Walk the decks, explore the ship and take a journey through over 100 years of maritime history. Moving on for coffee at the Titanic Hotel Belfast, you will also have the opportunity to visit the Drawing Offices where RMS Titanic & SS Nomadic were designed and learn about the most important building in the Shipyard’s history. Travelling in style on the Wee Tram, next stop is the Great Light, one of the largest optics of its kind ever built in the world. Finally, discover HMS Caroline, a unique survivor from the First World War. Explore the impressively recreated cabins that have been restored as if it were 1916 and discover Caroline’s fascinating connections to Belfast’s maritime past. Sold out but to put your name on the reserve list, please email courtenay@titanic-foundation.org.

 

CinePunked presents: An Introduction to Wes Anderson
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
1 December 2019
Loved by critics and fans alike, Wes Anderson’s distinctive and visually striking work appears regularly on lists of the greatest films ever made. From quirky comedy to faux documentary to stop-motion animation, Anderson’s films defy easy classification. Learn about his unique approach to the medium, his off-beat narratives, and his instantly recognisable visual style in this one-off workshop led by film experts Robert JE Simpson and Dr Rachael Kelly. Through in-depth analysis of selected clips, a bit of film history, and a lot of guided discussion, you will learn how to apply the language of film analysis in engaging with and critically evaluating this fascinating and audacious filmmaker. https://crescentarts.org/courses/cinepunked-presents-an-introduction-to-wes-anderson 

 

The HomePlace Book Club
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
1 December 2019
A story is always better if you have someone to share it with and what better spot to meet and share stories that HomePlace. Join Carol O’Doherty and Patricia Broderick for this relaxed and friendly book club. Meeting monthly, the club chooses accessible and entertaining books relating to themes found in Seamus Heaney’s work. Book for discussion in December: Golden Child by Claire Adam http://www.seamusheaneyhome.com/

 

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
The Black Box, Belfast
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 December 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.  https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Real Sketchy
The Black Box, Belfast
5 December 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.  https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Purely Poetry Open Mic Night
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
6 December 2019
Join Poetry NI and The Crescent as we present Purely Poetry Open Mic Night. 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. Quite simply, we want your poems, and we want you to enjoy the experience of reading them to us! To take part, just sign up at the start of the night (registration opens at 8.15pm). All names are drawn out from our Magical Hat of Randomness, and each person has seven minutes max to read, so that we can give as much time as possible to people wanting to read. Spaces are limited to 22 slots (we have to let the staff get home at some stage!) Purely Poetry open mic night runs the first Friday of the month and is event is BYO! Please visit www.poetryni.com for more details https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Seacourt Seasonal Workshop
Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor
7 December 2019
Make 2019 a handmade Christmas by booking onto a seasonal workshop at Seacourt. Make cards, wrapping paper, gifts and treats for your friends and family. Family friendly session on Saturday 7 December.  http://www.seacourt-ni.org.uk/newsandevents

 

Maritime Mile Christmas Photography Tour
Titanic, Belfast
7 December 2019
Flex your photography prowess and join us on our very first evening photography tour. You'll have the opportunity to access the highlights of Belfast's Titanic Quarter after hours and explore the lit-up Maritime Mile in all its Christmas glory. Stops will include Hamilton Dock, Titanic Slipways & the Great Light. Featuring a festive food stop at Titanic Hotel Belfast, this is sure to be a winter evening with a difference. For booking details email info@titanic-foundation.org

 

Drawing Workshop
Void, Derry
12 December 2019
Drawing workshop with Stephanie Gaumond focused on the exhibition of work by Derek Jarman. Explore Derek Jarman’s exhibition The Last of England through drawing in this relaxed session with Stephanie Gaumond. Materials are provided but if you would like to bring your own please feel welcome to do so. Book online https://www.derryvoid.com/

 

Christmas Decoration-Making Workshop
Void, Derry
14 December 2019
Get into the festive spirit with the annual drop-in Christmas decoration making workshop. This family workshop is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit by making decorations for your home or as gifts for friends and family. Book online https://www.derryvoid.com/

 

CinePunked presents: It’s A Wonderful Life – guided discussion
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 17 December 2019

Accidental Theatre, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast 18 December 2019
Regularly voted the greatest Christmas film of all time, It’s A Wonderful Life has become a seasonal fixture in the hearts and minds of many a festive fan. But it wasn’t always so. In this one-off workshop led by film experts Robert JE Simpson and Dr Rachael Kelly, you’ll learn about the movie’s troubled history, from its inception as a short story, through a stormy development process, to the critical and commercial mauling that caused director Frank Capra’s career to enter it’s final decline. Through in-depth analysis of selected clips, a helping of film history, and a lot of guided discussion, you will learn all about this beloved family favourite, surrounded by an atmosphere of festive cheer! 

https://crescentarts.org/courses/cinepunked-presents-its-a-wonderful-life 

 

Useful info

 

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 http://artscouncil-ni.org/the-arts/visual-arts1/own-art

 

Creative Space available for hire
Belfast Exposed, Donegall Street, Belfast

Belfast Exposed is a photographic gallery located in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and offers three contemporary, multi-purpose spaces available to hire at affordable prices. There are a range of spaces available including two galleries exhibiting internationally renowned artists and local photographers, as well as a studio, and all are suitable for meetings, wine receptions, presentations, seminars, business events and more. They are happy to partner with local restaurants to support your catering needs. See more information here https://www.belfastexposed.org/venue-hire/

 

Creative Space available for hire
Void, Patrick Street, Derry
Void have a variety of flexible rooms available for hire. Conveniently located between Strand Road and Queen Street, the modern, airy spaces are suitable for formal and informal occasions, meetings, conferences, seminars, performances, private functions and exhibitions. Void has full disability access and offer technical assistance and equipment hire on request. To find out more email to admin@derryvoid.com or check the website https://www.derryvoid.com/space-equipment/

 

Creative Space available for hire
Golden Thread Gallery, Great Patrick Street, Belfast

Golden Thread Gallery (GTG) is a medium-scale, publicly funded, contemporary art gallery based in Belfast and is available to hire for corporate events, product launches, seminars, conferences, filming and parties. There are two large gallery spaces, a smaller project space, front foyer and back foyer. The venue can accommodate up to 150 guests. The Gallery is a ground floor space and fully wheelchair accessible, including a designated bathroom. See more information here http://www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk/about-us/venue-hire/?v=79cba1185463

 

Volunteering

 

EastSide Arts
East Belfast
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 https://www.eastsidearts.net/get-involved

 

Young at Art
Belfast

Are you interested in the Arts? Do you want to work with children and young people? Do you want to learn new skills and meet new people? Young at Art and Fighting Words Belfast are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support their wonderful work. To find out more about getting involved use this link https://www.youngatart.co.uk/volunteer-0

 

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 https://cinemagic.org.uk/volunteer/

 

Volunteering on a Board

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

 

Belfast Music Society
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
Since 1921, Belfast Music Society has promoted world-class chamber music concerts in Northern Ireland’s capital city and concerts from our annual International Festival of Chamber Music are regularly broadcast by our partner, BBC Radio 3. BMS’s annual Northern Lights Mini-Fest also gives young, outstanding Northern Ireland artists regular recital opportunities. Our very successful Chamber Babies concert series provides an introduction to music from a very early age, as well as providing a quality, tailor-made musical experience for parents and carers! And our innovative Night Music series with partners Moving On Music provides a platform for the very best composers from the island of Ireland. You would be joining us at a time when exciting plans are being made for our centenary in 2021, which we hope will be the springboard for even more chamber music provision in the years to come. This is your opportunity to shape the future of this wonderful Society! Currently, the specialist roles of Treasurer and Secretary are available; we also welcome applications from any BMS supporter or Friend interested in chamber music who would like to play a part on the Board, especially those with skills and knowledge in the areas of PR/Marketing and/or familiarity with Social Media. To request an Application Pack, please contact the BMS Chair, John Harmar-Smith (m: 07932 636932) By email: harmarsmith@yahoo.com Or by post: 48 Dunclug Gardens, Ballymena BT43 6NN. Closing soon. http://www.belfastmusicsociety.org/

 

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. Currently seeking a treasurer. To find out more follow the link https://crescentarts.org/about/our-people/join-us

 

Young at Art
Belfast

In addition to being the creator of the annual Belfast Children’s Festival, Young at Art engages with children and adults through a host of engagement programmes, an events agency, professional training, special ticketing schemes, resources, and support for developing theatre for young audiences. Young at Art is managed and run by a small dedicated team of staff. Their work is overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors, drawn from the arts, education, youth and business sectors. The Board meets a minimum of 5 times each year with a number of sub-committees. Young at Art is looking for potential new Board members with skills in PR and the youth sector. To find out more about getting involved use this link https://www.youngatart.co.uk/who-we-are/staff-board

 

Seacourt Print Workshop
Bangor

Seacourt Print Workshop is a creative hub in Bangor providing a unique space for engaging in creativity whatever your training or life circumstances.  The workshop is a place where people can come to make art, develop their skills and talents and connect with others. They operate an open access printmaking studio and their printmaking family includes printmakers, multidisciplinary artists, visiting artists, amateurs, children, young people, those with mental health and disability who print to improve their well-being, and people who love printmaking. They are entering an exciting new phase of development and are seeking energetic and knowledgeable individuals to enrich and enhance their board. To find out more about getting involved use this link http://www.seacourt-ni.org.uk/newsandevents

 

Wheelworks

Looking for new Trustees to join the Board

WheelWorks is a dynamic youth arts charity which has been Creating New Worlds across Northern Ireland since 1995. They run workshops, programmes, projects and a social enterprise that combine traditional and digital art forms in creative ways that make a difference. Working mainly with people aged 4-25 they also do some work that brings older and younger people together. They are looking for three new board members (aged 18 and over) and are particularly seeking individuals with experience in marketing and PR, the arts and creative industries, youth service, and people management/HR. https://www.wheelworksarts.com/news

 

The Golden Thread Gallery
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
Golden Thread Gallery (GTG) is a medium-scale, publicly funded, contemporary art gallery based in Belfast that is recognised as having charitable status. It provides a welcoming space for the public to engage with contemporary visual art, and has grown steadily since it was founded in 1998. GTG is recognised for its engagement with recent histories and re-imagined futures: the majority of its programme is engaged with offering the public a contextual experience of the visual art of our time. GTG is a member of the Plus Tate network, a lead partner in the Draw-Down-the Walls collaboration, and is accredited by Investors in People. They are looking for active, hands-on doers. Entrepreneurs and change-makers. Individuals with capital development would be very welcome. You must be up for being part of a transformation! http://www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk/?v=79cba1185463

 

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 follow the link https://www.derryvoid.com/ 

 

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 follow the link https://www.culturlann.ie/en/about-us 

 

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