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What's On Guide November 2019

29 Oct 2019

What's On Guide November 2019

Arts & Business NI events

Calling all techies: NI arts organisations need your expertise to help them navigate the weird and wonderful world of all things digital. Our friends at Farset Labs are helping us spread the word and bring together a group of experts and enthusiasts, to explore how connecting technologists with creatives can help cultural organisations respond to and utilise advances in technology in our changing world. No major time commitment required, just a willingness to share your knowledge with other creative people. We have two events planned for November and hope you can come along.

Creative Collisions: Digital Trustees for the Arts – Beer and pizza night

Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast

7 November 2019

We are starting the ball rolling with a get together to get to know each other, let you know what we are hoping to achieve, have some beer and pizza and then head out to a couple of local galleries to enjoy Late Night Art. To register go to https://www.meetup.com/Farset-Labs-Events/events/265681039/ 

Creative Collisions Follow On: Digital Trustees Ideation Workshop

Farset Labs, Belfast

23 November 2019

Following on from our beer and pizza night there will be a three-phase ideation event based in the newly renovated Farset Labs event space, bringing arts practitioners and arts managers/trustees together with a mix of technologists, designers, and product-folks, around the challenges of "Metrics, Impacts, and Fundraising". These three phases closely follow existing Farset Labs ideation processes; Problem Generalisation, Opportunity Viability, and Solution Mapping and will involve splitting into discussion groups to look at common problems. We will round off the session with a bit of a social mixer. To register go to https://www.meetup.com/Farset-Labs-Events/events/265681697/ 

Creativity in the Future of Work

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

14 November 2019

Aimed at both business and arts audiences, this event will showcase the importance of creativity in relation to the future world of work. With the rapid development of new technologies and the need for innovation across all businesses, creative thinking is becoming increasingly important.  We will hear from the Department for the Economy, Ulster University Business School and from our business members on how they are addressing future of work challenges through developing a culture of creativity. To reserve your place email to s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

If your business would be interested in sponsoring any of our Arts & Business NI member events please just let us know.

 

Festivals

Cinemagic Film and Television Festival
Various Venues
1 October – 3 November 2019
Cinemagic have launched their 30th Anniversary Festival Programme! With a jam packed programme of events, screenings and Q+A’s they hope you can get involved! One of the highlights will be Saoirse Ronan with industry professionals in a ‘Conversations in Comedy’ screening and panel event. See Peter Brook’s masterpiece Lord of the Flies, a Q&A and screening with David Bradley who played the lead role in Kes, Amanda Kramer’s provocative and engaging Ladyworld, take a masterclass with an experienced producer examining making a feature film on a low budget or let your children enjoy a class in special effects makeup, prop making or Aardman model making. Special for Halloween is Hocus Pocus showing at Seamus Heaney Homeplace. There is a vast array of treats on offer in this festival for young and old alike so check the full fabulous programme for details https://cinemagic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Cinemagic_BEL_19_WEB.pdf

 

Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF)
Various Venues, Belfast
15 October – 3 November 2019
Belfast International Arts Festival is back and features artists and performers from home and abroad for a world class programme of theatre, performance art, visual art, dance and music. The opening event is a treat of dance, hypnotic sounds and stunning digital visuals in an unforgettable sensory experience from Japanese choreographer Hiroaki Umeda. The programme features music from a huge range of performers including Two Door Cinema Club, Albion Quartet, and La Dame Blanche (Cuban singer, flautist and percussionist). You can go to talks and exhibitions, visit artists’ studios, see films, be amazed by the fabulous La Spire aerial acrobatics show, hear discussions, and there’s no need to limit your enjoyment as many of the events are free to attend  Download the brochure for the full programme of events https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/2019-festival/

 

Sound of Belfast 2019

Belfast

1 November – 10 November 2019

Now in its 6th year, Sound of Belfast is a programme of events coordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and dedicated to celebrating the tireless efforts of local musicians, promoters, industry, community, media, supporters and audiences – this passion combined is what makes Belfast a great music city. Make sure you also check out Translink’s Metro Sessions competition with five short-listed acts getting the chance to perform at a live event outside Belfast City Hall and the winner receiving a great spread of valuable prizes. Try Acoustic Picnic - Oh Yeah’s established family event which is free to attend and encourages young children to take part in the arts.  This year X Wired Ensemble, a brilliant group of disabled musicians, will be making the event extra special. Huge variety of music on offer from Lemoncello to Martyn Joseph to Wynona Bleach as well as garageband sessions at Apple and everything in between. There are loads of events to choose from so go to the programme here www.soundofbelfast.com

 

Outburst Queer Arts Festival

Belfast

8 November – 16 November 2019

Outburst Queer Arts Festival is the annual celebration of queer art and performance in Belfast. They say ‘Outburst is a greenhouse for artists to take creative risks and for events that challenge assumptions and ideas around sexuality, gender and related human rights and justice issues. It’s a queer arts and ideas playground. Come hang out.’ Events have a standard recommended ticket price but where you see a ‘more if/less if’ offer sign you just pay what you can (and that includes a bit extra if you can!) Events include film, opera, dance, moving image and everything in between. The programme of events is here https://outburstarts.com/

 

Atlantic Sessions

Portrush, Portstewart

14 November – 17 November 2019

Musical feast showcasing original music, from traditional to contemporary, electric to acoustic. Performances in pubs, hotels, coffee shops and town halls across the district  Free music trail featuring over 50 live original music gigs in 20 venues with headline ticketed acts also on offer. The programme of events is here www.atlanticsessions.com

Theatre & Comedy

BIAF presents: The Playboy of the Western World
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
8 October – 2 November 2019
John Millington Singe is one of Ireland’s greatest writers and a key figure in the Irish Literary Revival. Met with controversy when it was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in 1907, his brutally hilarious masterpiece, The Playboy of the Western World, is about life on the margins and the lengths we go to, to create a reality more exciting than the place we find ourselves. Reimagined for 2019, this promises to be a Playboy for our times. Pegeen is fed up. She’s not getting younger and is desperate to escape the confines of a life stuck in the middle of nowhere. When the stranger Christy Mahon arrives at her father’s shebeen, with a story that sets the village talking, he is welcomed with admiration by the locals, even Pegeen. But all is not as it seems, and soon the playboy’s past threatens to catch up with him. https://lyrictheatre.co.uk//

 

Dog DLA Afternoon

Grand Opera House, Baby Grand Studio, Belfast

21 October – 2 November 2019

In 2015 Lisburn City Council annexed the sleepy civil parish of Dundonald and ended Castlereagh’s long-established sovereignty. Now, determined to show they mean business, the stalwarts of Dundonald Liberation Army (DLA) plan to rob a bank as a show of strength and to raise much needed funds for the cause. Only they’ve managed to select Manna Food Bank as their target. ‘Norn Iron’ humour reigns supreme in this slick, silly and hilariously outrageous new comedy from local writer Stephen Large. Age 16+ https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Annie

Grand Opera House, Belfast

29 October – 2 November 2019

The smash-hit production of Annie comes to Belfast for one week only direct from London’s West End. Starring Lesley Joseph as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family. With its Tony award winning book and score, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it. https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

 

BIAF presents: Lady Magma: The Birth of a Cult (dance)
The MAC, Belfast
31 October – 2 November 2019
Lady Magma is a celebration of female strength, creeping out of a 1970’s burnt orange aesthetic. The dancers throb, this is the birth of a cult before our eyes. This dance is a ritual, dedicated to desire, to sexual energy, to love. An ode to femininity, performed by a stunning ensemble of international contemporary female dancers, Lady Magma has the possibility to be shocking, pleasurable and above all needed, in light of the historical oppression of women and sexuality across the island of Ireland and indeed internationally. Post show talk with Oona Doherty and cast on 31 October. https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

Caught in the Act
Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown
1 November – 2 November 2019
Little Round Records Ltd presents Caught in the Act, a laugh a minute Conal Gillen comedy play filled to the hoozle with laughter and craic, with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure and a few surprises too. https://www.burnavon.com/whats-on

 

Wireless Mystery Theatre presents A Story of Irish Gothic
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
2 November 2019
An evening of Irish horror is the perfect cosy scare with two classic Irish spook stories reanimated in the dark with live music, two original scores for violin, cello and guitar. In Dracula’s Guest, the expunged prologue from Bram Stoker’s masterpiece, Jonathan Harker finds himself under the watchful eye of an unknown force, while in an unknown country. While in J.S.Le Fanu’s classic Green Tea, a village curate is driven to the brink of madness by terrible visions, but is there something unusual in his mind or in his drink?  Age 18+  https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

CQ Comedy Club: The Frazer Robb Vanity Project
The Black Box, Belfast
2 November 2019
After 10 years of comedy, Frazer Robb has finally decided its time he had his own show. Part stand up show, part podcast, The Frazer Robb Vanity Project will bring you two of the brightest young comic talents each month and a whole lot of one of the oldest. Each month Frazer hosts and headlines and no matter what happens, it will all go online.  https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Sorry For Your Loss

Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry

3 November 2019

Nothing ever happens in the isolated town-land of Bannion, Donegal. But when sisters Barbara and Alice learn of the passing of their uncle Paddy their fortunes are about to change. Hosting an Irish wake – easy, keeping it a secret from their cunning sister and superstitious niece – not so easy. With more twists than a corkscrew, this adult humour show will have you killed with laughter. Age 18+ www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Othello
The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
5 November 2019
The Bright Umbrella Drama Company present a fast paced, modern military dress version of Shakespeare’s classic tale of jealousy, anger and mistaken revenge. The Turks are attacking Cyprus and General Othello, The Moor, is sent with an army by the Venetian Duke to stop their advance. In the claustrophobic atmosphere of a Cypriot military stockade, the psychopathic Iago convinces General Othello that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Othello’s right hand man. The result is an explosion of mistaken motives, violence and murder. https://ardhowen.com/show/othello/

 

Removed
Strand Arts Centre
6 November 2019
Removed is a funny and affecting fictional story, told by a character called ‘Adam’ and offers insight into the experiences of growing up in the Northern Irish care system. Removed is not based on one individual, but an amalgam of the many interviews gathered by Fionnuala Kennedy, with Voice of Young People in Care, a group of young people with care experience who are campaigning for changes to the care system in Northern Ireland. https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

 

Outburst Queer Arts Festival presents: Abomination – A DUP Opera
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
7 November – 10 November 2019
After sold out taster performances of Abomination in 2018, The Belfast Ensemble and Outburst Arts presents the major new co-production of the full finished opera to open this year’s Outburst Queer Arts Festival. Fusing opera with drag, cabaret and political satire, acclaimed composer Conor Mitchell and The Belfast Ensemble are back with their most exciting work to date. Featuring historical and recent comments by DUP members on gay rights, trans lives, marriage equality, poofs and perverts, Abomination – A DUP Opera sets the infamous Iris Robinson radio broadcast to live orchestral music, saving Ulster from Sodomy one song at a time! Abomination explores the power of words and challenges us to create a new narrative beyond the bluster and bruising of politicians and media. https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Stranded! Caolan McBride: Sleightly Awkward
Strand Arts Centre
8 November 2019
23 years as a Magician, from performing at kids’ parties to performing theatre shows in Las Vegas and everything in between, professional magician Caolan McBride takes you on a journey through the smoke and mirrors of his world of magic. This is a unique story told with live magic, honesty and without a bunny rabbit in sight. Age 18+ BYO https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

 

Ardal O’Hanlon

Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry

8 November 2019

Ardal O’Hanlon, star of Death in Paradise, Father Ted and My Hero, continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up shows worldwide because he loves it, it’s a compulsion and the world is a funny place. In an age of raging populism, MeToo, identity politics, the end of truth, the collapsing middle ground, peak avocado and £15 gin and tonics, and terrified of being on the wrong side of history, and desperate to prove that his gender, race, age and class don’t necessarily define him, Ardal is forced to saddle his high horse again and ride fearlessly into the culture wars, comedy being the best emergency response mechanism to extreme events. Age 16+ www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Outburst Queer Arts Festival presents: Khansa
The Black Box, Belfast
8 November 2019
Outburst is honoured to welcome acclaimed Lebanese artist Khansa and accompanying musicians to perform as part of the festival opening night celebration. A multidisciplinary performing artist based in Beirut, Khansa is a singer, dancer and songwriter whose middle-eastern avant-pop electronica style draws on a wide range of influences including Arabian musical traditions and belly dancing forms. Noted for their deep, melancholic sound, intense vocals and vibrant imagery, Khansa is physical poetry that plays with gender, intimacy, and redefining masculinity. Stunning, sensual and deeply passionate, this is a rare and beautiful treat for Belfast audiences. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Swan Lake (ballet)

Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown 8 November 2019

Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry9 November 2019

Ballet Ireland in association with EY presents Swan Lake, one of the great love stories of classical ballet as part of a national tour. This most famous of ballets combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery with Tchaikovsky’s majestic score. Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who turned into a swan by day by evil magician Von Rothbart, only to regain her human form at night. Out hunting by the lakeside Prince Siegfried encounters her and falls madly in love but will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell. https://www.burnavon.com/whats-on  www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

The Fetch Wilson
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
8 November – 9 November 2019
This thrilling new play brings you to places you shouldn’t go (but want to) while asking one question – how well do you really know yourself? Inspired by the world of Edgar Allan Poe, The Fetch Wilson is an exciting collaboration between The Corps Ensemble and award-winning writer Stewart Roche (Revenant, The Snake Eaters, Tracer). https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Birmingham Royal Ballet: An Evening of Music and Dance

Grand Opera House, Belfast

8 November – 9 November 2019

An Evening of Music and Dance showcases Birmingham Royal Ballet’s world-class orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, under the baton of NI’s own Paul Murphy alongside internationally-acclaimed dancers who are joined by Belfast-born Melissa Hamilton, rising star of sister company The Royal Ballet. Compered by Noel Thompson, these sparkling performances will include classical pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, and orchestral highlights such as Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre. https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

 

On Your Feet!

Grand Opera House, Belfast

11 November – 16 November 2019

Direct from London and featuring many of the original West End cast, this extravaganza is the inspiring true love story of Emiliio and Gloria Estefan and charts their journey from Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and all the way to international super stardom. Featuring all of their smash hits including ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’, ‘Get On Your Feet’, ‘Conga’ and many more, this glorious night out is not to be missed. https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Class
The MAC, Belfast
12 November – 13 November 2019
In a parent-teacher meeting gone very wrong, Donna and Brian find out their son is struggling, that’s what his teacher says. So are they going to trust this one? Class is an explosive triple confrontation in a classroom over learning difficulties, love and entitlement. Funny, heart-breaking and beautifully observed, it’s new Irish writing at its finest. Nominated for Best New Play 2017 by the Irish Times Theatre Awards. https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

Midweek Magic Club
The Black Box, Belfast
13 November 2019
Midweek Magic Club is the magic equivalent of a garage band playing in a sweaty basement bar. It’s rough, it’s intimate, it’s full of raw energy and we’re going to be right up in your faces blowing your minds. MWMC is a two and a half hour event which is all about the close up. Close up magic that happens right at your table. It’s an event that allows you to see old friends or make new ones because the micro performances are spread out over the evening, allowing you to socialise and have a beer in-between. There’s really not another night like it in Belfast. It’s always different, always rowdy and ALWAYS worth leaving the house on a Wednesday for. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Outburst Queer Arts Festival presents: Admin
The MAC, Belfast
14 November – 15 November 2019
Oisin left Dublin to pursue his dream of becoming socially mobile. Now he is having an existential crisis in the canned goods aisle at Aldi, trying to remember his mindfulness techniques. Exploring the relationship between class, capitalism and health, this show is about being poor, precarious and lonely, and adding items to your Watched List on eBay in the hopes of feeling better. Content advice: mental health, suicide. Age 16+ https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

Betrothed

Grand Opera House, Belfast

15 November – 16 November 2019

Set against the backdrop of the 1803 Irish Rebellion, Betrothed tells the tale of one of the most remarkable love stories in Irish history. Whilst the dynamic Emmet was rallying his forces to strike a blow against the English, a remarkable young woman, Sarah Curran was anxiously awaiting his safe return. Having secretly agreed to marry once the rebellion was safely out of the way, the young couple’s plans were dashed when Emmet was arrested, tried and hanged drawn and quartered. Sarah’s story takes a further unexpected turn when she chooses to marry an officer in the British Army. Caught between two worlds, can she ever forget the promises of the past? Age12+ https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Stranded! Emer Maguire: Hilarious Humans with very special guest David Meade
Strand Arts Centre
16 November 2019
Emer Maguire flawlessly blends laugh out loud musical comedy, science and Northern Irish charm. She is a TEDx performing musical comedian, an international award-winning science communicator and a double Irish Radio Award winning BBC radio presenter. Her debut solo show was a sell-out at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Hilarious Humans takes a hilarious and sometimes scientific, look at the oddities of human behaviour through Emer’s ingenious musical comedy. From the nuances of being a middle child, to social awkwardness and online dating, Emer explores what it means to be human. Age 18+ BYO https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

 

David O’Doherty: Ultrasound
Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown
16 November 2019
The hairy Enya is delighted to be performing at the Burnavon with a brand new show made up of talking and songs played on the keyboard he got for his confirmation. Once again he will try to fix everything that is wrong with the world. SPOILER ALERT: once again he will fail. Age 16+ https://www.burnavon.com/whats-on

 

Curtains – a musical whodunnit!

Grand Opera House, Belfast

19 November – 23 November 2019

It’s murder putting on a new musical. The star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood has been murdered on stage on opening night. The entire cast and crew are suspects. Time to call in the local detective, Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, Frank has his work cut out trying to find the killer whilst giving the show a lifeline. Starring Jason Manford, Carley Stenson and Samuel Holmes. https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

 

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/

 

Wonder Frog – Live Improv Comedy
The Black Box, Belfast
20 November 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/

 

Stranded! Amadan
Strand Arts Centre
22 November 2019
Amadan are a husband and wife team who have been creating edgy and physical theatre since 2013. Using the styles of clown and bouffon, Amadan want to engage with their audience in a visceral, entertaining, relevant and at times confrontational way. Amadan Ensemble are scraping away the grease paint with their fingernails to reveal The Old Curiosity Show. John Patrick Higgins’ new play sees a thread-bare troupe of troubadours wrestle with three Victorian melodramas, with the shabbiness of their surroundings and finally with each other. Expect buffoonery, slapstick, innuendo and dark humour. Age 18+ BYO https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

 

Letting Go or Losing It
The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
22 November 2019
Nuala McKeever, in her hilarious new show, transforms the awful into the awfully funny by way of her trademark wit and compassion. If you’re gliding gracefully towards the second half of your life, maybe this isn’t the show for you. But if you want reassurance that you’re not the only one struggling with all the things life throws at you, step right up! Weight gain, menopause, bereavement and becoming invisible – just some of the joys that await the woman of a certain age. https://ardhowen.com/show/letting-go-or-losing-it/

 

Those Who Can’t Are Ready For Their Close Up
The MAC, Belfast
30 November 2019
An acclaimed comedy sketch show written and performed by Dan Leith, Rachael McCabe and Stephen Beggs. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a comedy troupe in possession of a huge talent must eventually break into the movies. Those Who Can’t feel their time has come! But what movie to choose? Walk up the (metaphorical) red carpet and join our heroes live on stage as they do their best to find out. Age 15+ https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

Music

 

Jordan Adetunji
The Black Box, Belfast
2 November 2019
Jordan Adetunji has been making serious waves in music circles. This year he has been shortlisted for the Best Live Act and BBC/Ohyeah Contender Award at the NI Music Prize. Additionally Jordan is the first urban artist or band out of NI to be recognised at the prestigious Urban Music Award (UMAs) and DBE Music Award in London where he also won Best rnb and soul act. With pure energy and a party vibe this gig will showcase some of the best pieces of the Belfast rap artist’s vast catalogue of work and will be performed with some of the best live musicians in this genre. Jordan and his entourage of hip-hop and rnb band, DJs and support acts will set off a spectacular evening of high energy entertainment. The evening will also feature a production of visual arts to blend this production together as a fitting highlight in the Sound of Belfast series of events. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Malojian at the Museum
FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge
2 November 2019
An intimate performance after dark in the gallery from Malojian. Over the last few years Malojian has released 4 stunning solo albums, collaborating with some musical legends like Steve Albini, who earned his chops producing Nirvana and The Pixies. But it’s Malojian’s own voice and songs, described by Q Magazine as ‘achingly beautiful’ that sets him apart from the crowd. Malojian will be supported by the wonderful Mandy and Graham Bingham. Street food, drinks and gallery tours all available. Age 18+ https://visitarmagh.com/places-to-explore/f-e-mcwilliam-gallery/

 

Phil Coulter: Return to Tranquility
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane
2 November 2019
Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties. Even fewer can match the range of Phil Coulter’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley. As Phil trawls through his 50 years of creativity enjoy some of the big hits alongside some which he thought should have been big hits. An original retrospective on the work of one of our finest, it’s a show for every music lover.  https://www.alley-theatre.com/whats-on

 

Cash Returns – San Quentin

Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry

2 November 2019

Smash hit band Cash Returns makes their way back to the stage with an exciting new show to mark the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s legendary San Quentin album. The award winning JP Mac as the Man in Black along with June Carter and electric live band will bring audiences back to 1969 when Cash blew away the inmates of San Quentin penitentiary and the rest of the world with one of the most famous and iconic live musical performances in front of TV cameras. Enjoy A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk The Line, San Quentin and a whole lot more. www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Thundering Down

Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry

6 November 2019

In 1982 three Derry brothers got together and formed an Irish folk band. Thundering Down was born and the band have never stopped playing but it has been over thirty years since they performed a concert in Derry. Don’t miss it. www.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

Ulster Orchestra: Mendelssohn and More!
The Marketplace Theatre, Armagh
8 November 2019
Join players from the Ulster Orchestra in The Market Place Studio Theatre for a wonderful evening of music. Dvorak’s American String Quartet is something of a chamber counterpart to his New World Symphony and is a shimmering, delightful work, full of folk influences that characterise the composer’s work. Puccini’s Crisantemi is a beautiful elegy, written in memory of a friend, while Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings is one of his earliest compositions and full of the sunny optimism and cheerful exuberance of youth.  https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/whats-on/


Los Dramaticos
Playhouse, Derry 8 November 2019

The Black Box, Belfast21 November 2019
Los Dramaticos invite you on a musical voyage around the Spanish-speaking world. Their sound is a mix of flamenco guitar, the charango (a 10-string from the high Andes), and vocal harmonies used to interpret well-known songs and melodies from both sides of the Atlantic. If you like joyful melodies, hot beats and tragic lyrics join them for some passionate Latin grooves. Dancers welcome! https://www.derryplayhouse.co.uk/eventshttps://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Declan O’Rourke Live

The MAC, Belfast
9 November 2019
Nominated for Best Singer and winner of Best original Song at the inaugural RTE Folk Awards 2018, Declan O’Rourke comes to the MAC. Fresh from re-releasing his classic debut ‘Since Kyabram’ last year, O’Rourke is not standing still and continues to forge his unique brand of original songs, drawing on influences both rich and diverse. He is renowned for delivering stories and music with epic performances that keep his audiences coming back year after year for more. https://themaclive.com/whats-on

 

Eva Cassidy: The Story
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
14 November 2019
Inspired by her favourite artist, award winning musician Elsa Jean McTaggart portrays the life of Eva Cassidy through video, voice and song. With voice and guitar she brings alive the essence of Eva as she relates songs to the beautiful and yet tragic story of one of the world’s iconic voices. Eva Cassidy is an icon of acoustic music with wistful and emotional vocals, beautiful guitar accompaniments, she had the power to move audiences through her interpretation of well-known songs. Elsa has been described as one of these very few people with a distinctive enough voice to do the music and songs of Eva Cassidy justice. BYO event Age 16+ https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Ulster Orchestra: Rustioni Conducts Eroica
Ulster Hall, Belfast
15 November 2019
Featuring Strauss – Don Juan; Berg – Violin Concerto; Beethoven – Symphony No3 Eroica. Richard Strauss’s version of Don Juan focuses on someone looking for, but never finding, his idealised version of love and the work moves through climaxes and disappointments, ending in the protagonist’s death in a duel. Berg’s Violin Concerto was dedicated to Alma Mahler’s daughter Manon and its highly-wrought tragedy is a sublime memorial to both her and Berg himself. Beethoven’s Eroica is one of the masterworks of classical music and at the time of its premiere was the largest, most radical and most complex symphony ever written. https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/whats-on/

 

Belfast Guitar Night X: Jacky Bastek
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
29 November 2019
The 10th edition of Belfast Guitar Night welcomes Jacky Bastek, a singer, songwriter, composer and Fingerstyle Guitarist from Eppstein, Germany. Her progressive sound stems from a wide range of influences, forming a genre hopping innovative style. Her method of creating rhythm though tapping and beating her guitar, seamlessly blended with her haunting elegant vocals creates the illusion of an entire band through a singular artist. BYO event https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Moving on Music presents: FEARS with support from Laura Groves
The Black Box, Belfast
29 November 2019
Fears is the solo project of Dublin born musician and producer Constance Keane. Combining reflective electronics, acoustic samples and haunting vocals, Fears invites the listener into an ethereal journey, blurring the boundaries between music and visual art. One of Moving on Music’s 2018/19 Emerging Artists, Fears continues to beguile and inhabit all those who listen. Laura Groves is a recording artist, songwriter and producer and has been recording and releasing music for the past ten years. http://www.movingonmusic.com/

 

Manukahunney Great Soul Night Out
The Black Box, Belfast
30 November 2019
The Manukahunney Big Band is back for some of their infectious authentic high energy live performance in an all out, dance your socks off night from beginning to end. With their musical interpretations of some of the world’s most iconic and perhaps lesser known soul and funk artists you will be compelled to dance all night long. Supported by super cool soul DJ Dj Dee, who get those soul juices flowing before and after the live show. Book early. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

ADVANCE NOTICE! 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

 

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)

 

Storytime Sunday
The MAC, Belfast
3 November 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

 

Black Moon
The Black Box, Belfast
5 November 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/

 

Eng-AGE
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
6 November 2019
This event is delivered as part of The Crescent’s Eng-AGE programme and offers a range of arts and crafts activities for you to try your hand at. Plus, you get to take your creations home with you. Help and guidance will be provided by professional artists throughout the event and all abilities and disabilities are welcome. Free to attend but book in advance. Age 60+ https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Peter & the Wolf, a family adventure

Grand Opera House, Belfast

9 November 2019

Especially for families and younger audiences, Birmingham Royal Ballet will present a programme which includes a danced performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, and an orchestral performance of Tubby the Tuba, introduced and narrated by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s own storyteller. The performance will also feature the famous and well-loved pas de deux from The Nutcracker. https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Pink & Blue
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
17 November 2019
Boys wear blue and girls wear pink. Or can they wear both? Is it true that girls and boys are so different? Two clowns discover Pink and Blue and playfully explore all these questions. With silliness and fun, come along and join us for this show that aims to find out if we can all be who we want to be and accept others as they are too. A non-verbal show featuring the music of composer Neil Foster. Age 4+ https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Mini Moon
The Black Box, Belfast
23 November 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/

 

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

 

Dementia Friendly Tea Dance
Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
28 November 2019
The Millennium Forum’s Dementia Friendly Tea Dances are held in the venue’s Studio once a month. The events are free with an afternoon of entertainment and music. The Tea Dance begins at 2pm and finishes at 3.30pm. Refreshments are provided by the in-house restaurant from 2pm. Free to attend but booking essential. Advise any dietary or access requirements when you book. https://www.millenniumforum.co.uk/whats-on/

 

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/

 

Energy of Light Discos
Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
29 November 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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

Silver Screenings
Strand Arts Centre
November 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 November include The Pajama Game (Doris Day) and Tootsie (Dustin Hoffman). https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

 

Exhibitions

 

Temporary/Permanent
Ulster Museum
10 September – 10 November 2019
This exhibition of photographs taken by the well-known Belfast photographer Frankie Quinn marks the 50th anniversary of the first peace wall being erected in Belfast. Quinn began his work on the peace lines in 1994, believing it was important to document these structures which seemed vulnerable to removal as the peace process began. The first series of photographs was published by Belfast Exposed on 31 September 1994, the day the first IRA ceasefire began, and at a time of optimism. The photographs in Series II were taken in 2002 by which time the mood had changed and sectarian tensions had heightened again. https://www.nmni.com/our-museums/ulster-museum/Home.aspx

 

Peter Richards ARUA: The Square
ArtisAnn Gallery, Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast
3 October – 2 November 2019
The Square is an exhibition of new works by Peter Richards that invites visitors to see something appear as something other, reminding them of their role as the unreliable author of their own truths. Sometimes it is difficult to believe what you think you see. Peter Richards is an artist based in Belfast, a long-standing member of the Royal Ulster Academy and an esteemed gallery curator. He works in a range of media including forms of photography, installation and performance. https://www.artisann.org/coming-soon.html

 

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

 

Spiritlands by Triskele Artists
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane
4 November – 30 November 2019
A collection of visual poetry by Triskele Artists: John Kavanagh, Sinead Smyth and Stephen Shaw. Celebrating our spiritual connection with the deep natural northern worlds, invoking the spirit of landscape, animal, layer and land. Triskele Artists are 3 new talents from Derry and Inishowen. They have been exhibiting together since 2017 and have shown their amazingly rich work in Belfast, Derry, Inishowen and Dublin.   https://www.alley-theatre.com/whats-on

 

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/

 

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

 

In conversation with Polly Devlin
Grand Opera House, Belfast
5 November 2019
Polly Devlin OBE, writer, broadcaster, filmmaker, was born in rural Co Tyrone. Age 21 she won a Vogue talent competition and was catapulted into the heart of Swinging Sixties London, working for Vogue as a writer, then as features editor. Two years later she went to work in New York for Diana Vreeland on American Vogue. In her new book Writing Home, she talks about the people she has known, among them John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Peggy Guggenheim, Diana Vreeland, Jean Shrimpton, Princess Margaret and the issues that have preoccupied her. https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

 

A Comedy of Madness
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
6 November 2019
The heritage of comedy is a troubled one - littered with the shells of those whose genius is inextricably linked with mental health struggles. From Spike Milligan to Marty Feldman, Tony Hancock to Stephen Fry, Kenneth Williams to Robin Williams, their comedy pushed boundaries while they struggled in their private life. From sectioning to suicide, debasement to depression, this event explores the genius and instability of some of our comedy legends, of changing attitudes to mental health language and treatment and the challenges of owning conditions of the mind in the public gaze. Presented by acclaimed comedy historian Robert Ross and film historian Robert JE Simpson in association with Cinepunked, this is a special event focussing on male mental health-related issues.  https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Sincerely: Tony Slattery in Conversation with Robert JE Simpson
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
7 November 2019
Tony Slattery is a legend of the British comedy scene, the King of Improv. Hot on the heels of his Edinburgh fringe run, Tony will be in conversation with Robert JE Simpson discussing his work as a comic and his mental health battles. As a member of Cambridge Footlights, his dashing good looks and sharp surreal timing made Tony Slattery a star and a regular on tv and in theatre. In the 1990s Tony suffered a very public breakdown after which he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since then Tony has continued working in stand up and improve comedy, whilst campaigning for mental health awareness. Age 16+ https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Stuart Maconie: Jarrow, Road to the Deep South
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
10 November 2019
Stuart Maconie is a journalist and bestselling author of travel, culture and social history books as well as one of Britain’s best-known radio presenters. The imagery of pilgrimage features often in the work of Seamus Heaney and in October 2016, Stuart Maconie took on his own pilgrimage, walking 300 miles from Jarrow in England’s northeast to London, retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade on its 80th anniversary.  http://www.seamusheaneyhome.com/

 

TENX9
The Black Box, Belfast
20 November 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/

 

Alice Oswald: A Reading
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
23 November 2019
Poet Alice Oswald initially trained as a classicist then worked as a gardener before her first collection of poetry, The Thing In The Gap-Stone Stile received a Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Oswald often works in book-length projects and like Seamus Heaney is known for her interests in landscape, environment and ecology. In the 20 years since her first collection of poetry was published she has won a multitude of prizes and awards and has just been announced as Oxford University’s latest Professor of Poetry, a post also held by Seamus Heaney. Appearing with Gail McConnell.  http://www.seamusheaneyhome.com/

 

John Higgs: William Blake Now – Why He Matters More Than Ever
The Black Box, Belfast
24 November 2019
An exclusive opportunity to spend an evening with John Higgs as he discusses his new book.  The visionary poet and painter William Blake is a constant presence throughout contemporary culture – from video games to novels, from sporting events to political rallies and from horror films to designer fashion. Although he died nearly 200 years ago, something about his work continues to haunt the twenty-first century. What is it about Blake that has so endured? In this illuminating essay, John Higgs takes us on a whirlwind tour to prove that far from being the New Age counterculture figure that many assume him to be, Blake is now more relevant than ever. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Take Part

 

Fingerstyle Guitar
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
16 September – 9 December 2019
Fingerstyle guitar refers to a range of techniques which open up new possibilities, allowing the guitarist to play melody, harmony and rhythm at the same time. This can be seen in the likes of Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), John Martyn, Tommy Emmanuel and Ed Sheeran who often use unconventional and creative techniques. This course will teach you the fundamentals of fingerstyle guitar including: an overview of the basic techniques; a step-by-step approach to learning fingerstyle guitar songs; how to arrange any song for solo guitar. At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to put your skills into practice and play alongside your fellow students at a Belfast Guitar Night as part of an ensemble led by your instructor. No experience with fingerstyle guitar is necessary, although you should be able to change between basic chords with ease. Both acoustic and electric players welcome. Age 16+ https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Art After Dark

Armagh County Museum
1 November 2019
Join in an evening of printing, drawing, painting and doodling. Take your inspiration from the darker side of the museum’s collections, from Victorian taxidermy to mysterious stone carvings. There will be experts on hand to guide you along the way, all abilities welcome, no prior experience required. Materials will be provided along with music and a pop-up bar to help the creativity flow. Booking required. Age 18+  https://discovernorthernireland.com/Art-After-Dark-Armagh-P85148/

 

The HomePlace Book Club
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
3 November 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 November: Let This Be Our Secret by Deric Henderson http://www.seamusheaneyhome.com/

 

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
The Black Box, Belfast
3, 10, 17, 24 November 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/

 

Introduction to Silk Painting
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
5 November – 10 December 2019
This course introduces the basics of silk painting and allows you to develop these techniques to create your own pieces as the weeks go on. You will be shown how to stretch and frame the pieces. Silk painting is often reported to be a therapeutic medium and with its range of lively colours it can be great fun to experiment with. No experience required. Age 16+ https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Floral Art – Christmas Magic
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
7 November – 12 December 2019
This course is ideal for those who have a little experience of flower arranging but would like to expand their knowledge of techniques and materials. Looking at the work of top floral designers, you will aim to replicate their style bringing a little glamour and sparkle to your home. Age 16+ https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Real Sketchy
The Black Box, Belfast
7 November 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/

 

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Training classes

Grand Opera House, Belfast

8 November 2019

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a ballet class with a leading ballet company? Or wanted to meet and be taught by a professional dancer? To celebrate the arrival of the world-renowned Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Music and Dance events at the Grand Opera House, the company is offering a series of training workshops for aspiring dancers. All workshops are linked to the company’s current repertoire and led by a Birmingham Royal Ballet dance artists and a pianist. It is intended that these sessions will be inspirational to those taking part to continue their enjoyment and passion for dance. Classes based on grade level rather than age. Please see the website for more details   https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

 

One Day Workshop: Copper Etch Introduction
Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor
9 November 2019
Intaglio printing means ‘in the lines’. The artist draws with a needle onto a copper plate that has been covered with acid resistant wax. When the plate is immersed in acid the bare metal exposed by the lines of the drawing is eroded. Once the etching process has been completed the plates are inked and run through the printing press. http://www.seacourt-ni.org.uk/

 

CinePunked presents: An Introduction to Steven Spielberg
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
10 November 2019
From film-school brat to Hollywood legend, Steven Spielberg is arguably one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. Love him or hate him, his impact on mainstream film has been huge and lasting. Learn about the man, the myth, and the filmmaking process n 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 Spielberg’s work. Age 16+ https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

Outburst Queer Arts Festival presents: Queering the Story LGBTQ+ storytelling from Belfast to Beirut
The Black Box, Belfast
11 November 2019
In this special event in partnership with British Council Lebanon, we explore storytelling traditions and forms and examine how these have been revitalised and enriched by exciting new queer voices. Included in the panel are Artist in Residence, seasoned storyteller Richard O’Leary and Dima Matta writer, professor, actor and spoken word artist from Lebanon. Dima founded the popular storytelling initiative Cliffhangers in 2014, which has since become a vital space for women and LGBTQ+ people in Beirut to share their own stories. Join in an informal and welcoming evening of storytelling and discussion. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

 

Sounds of Wellbeing: Music & Poetry For All Seasons
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
16 November 2019
In this workshop you will explore and compare the rhythms of the seasons through music and poetry. You will be encouraged to consider the turning of the earth’s seasons and the turning of our own seasons of life. You will explore songs and rhythms of transition and poems which identify with aspects of your life’s journey. Prior to the workshop it would be beneficial to consider any music or poetry which you consider to be a soundtrack of your life. By the end of the workshop you will come away with songs and examples of poems which you can use for further development. No previous experience of writing or music is needed. https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

 

One Day Workshop: Salt Etch
Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor
23 November 2019
An introduction to an alternative intaglio (in the lines) process. This day course will cover preparation of an aluminium plate using floor polish and cooking fat. Participants should bring a photographic or hand drawn image from which their plate will be prepared. Images need to have areas of strong contrasting tones. http://www.seacourt-ni.org.uk/

 

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.

 

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

 

Belfast International Arts Festival
Belfast
15 October – 3 November 2019

Volunteering with BIAF is a fun and rewarding way to contribute to the local arts community in Belfast. They are seeking dynamic and enthusiastic volunteers to help deliver a world class visitor experience to everyone who comes to Festival.   Volunteers are often the first point of contact to welcome guests and audiences, and assist the Front of House Manager in running the events on the day. To find out more about getting involved use this link https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/get-involved/festival-volunteers/

 

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

 

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 

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 follow the link http://cca-derry-londonderry.org/about/

 

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