What's On Guide January 2020

13 Jan 2020

What's On Guide January 2020

Arts & Business NI events
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Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
16 January 2020
If you have received an invitation to our annual Awards evening don’t forget to reserve your place by email to urgently. This is our celebration of the very best arts and business partnerships which demonstrate the value of working together to create something amazing. Come and hear their inspiring stories, enjoy some fantastic local performers, have a glass of something chilled with a bite to eat and chat with a great group of guests from the worlds of both business and the Arts. Category winners receive a fabulous handcrafted piece of art to keep so make sure you enter your own partnership next year!

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


Out to Lunch Festival
Cathedral Quarter Belfast
3 January – 26 January 2020
This much-loved festival returns with a mouth-watering array of music, comedy, theatre and film all served up with a tasty lunch. From musicians such as Cerys Matthews and Nine Below Zero, magician Ian Saville and authors Joanne Harris and Val McDermid there is a host of events to enjoy. Many events are less than £10 and gift vouchers are also available so check out what’s happening here

Theatre & Comedy

Dirty Dancin’ in Le Shebeen
The MAC, Belfast
14 January – 26 January 2020
Maggie Muff is back with a bang in the last ever performance of Dirty Dancin' in Le Shebeen. Picking up where she left off (for the very last time!), the dust has settled in the estate and now Maggie Muff and her buck-eejit sidekick, Big Sally-Ann, are planning a birthday party in the Shebeen. Big Sally-Ann’s dream is to dance to the last dance from Dirty Dancing at the party – but she can’t find her rhythm, a dress, or a swimsuit that fits!?! Join Maggie and chums for tales of a front wedgie, being caught-short in Zumba, and a friendship that’s tested to the limit. It's a one-woman show that will have you in tears of laughter, having ‘The Time of Your Life!’ Content guidance: This show contains strong language

Farmer Michael & Kathleen
Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry
17 January 2020
The King & Queen of farming satire, after only 3 years on the comedy scene, Stevo & Sinéad have gathered a following of over 500,000 people worldwide, and over 100 million views on some of their single sketches. They’ve sold out shows all over Ireland and the UK, also collaborated with Official Rugby World Cup. As featured on: RTE, TV3’s Six O Clock Show, CNN, FOX, SKY TV. Over 18s only.

Jake O’Kane - Walks the Line
Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry
18 January 2020
Jake O’Kane’s new show, ‘Walks 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 sixth 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. Show contains adult reference. Suitable for audiences 16 +

Colin Murphy - Colinization
The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
23 January 2020
The star of the award winning BBC series The Blame Game is back on tour with a new stand-up show for 2020, Colinization. Since his last tour he has had a DNA test, become an artist, been to a funeral and built a shed, so the question is; who the hell do you think you are?

Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny
Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry
25 January 2020
Very Limited Availability! Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket. Please note this show was originally scheduled for Friday 18th October 2019. Tickets purchased for the original date and time are valild for this new date and corresponding time. Suitable for audiences 16+

In The Window
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
26 January 2020
Written and performed by Nuala McKeever, directed by Andrea Montgomery. Life hasn’t turned out the way Margaret dreamed. She is lonely as hell, in a house that won’t sell, with no kids, no husband and a job that is deathly boring. So tonight, she’s got a date with a bottle of pink fizz and a bowl of pink pills and she’s going to go out in style. However, her romance with death is rudely interrupted by an intruder, a nosy neighbour and a police officer – a tall, handsome police officer. In her internationally acclaimed comedy hit, Nuala McKeever delivers a poignant, hilarious cocktail to die for about the resilience of the human heart in the face of well, just about everything that can go wrong in our crazy modern lives.

Stranded! Those Who Can’t : Close Up
Strand Arts Centre
31 January 2020
Those Who Can’t are ready for their ‘Close Up’ the 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? What format will best suit their, er, unique ‘talents’? Walk up the (metaphorical) red carpet and join our heroes live on stage as they do their best to find out. Alright, Mr DeMille, Those Who Can’t are ready for their close up. Over 18s only. BYO.


Out to Lunch Festival: Opera for Lunch – Soup and Song
The Black Box, Belfast
15 January 2020
A musical lunch-time hour with the NI Opera Studio. Enjoy a tuneful lunch with a musical repertoire of international operatic highlights and rare gems from the last two centuries. The young talents of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio will present music from comic opera, operetta and early musical theatre, including works by Rossini, Victor Herbert, Franz Lehár, Donizetti, Johann Strauss and Cole Porter, among others.

Stranded! Seefin
Strand Arts Centre
17 January 2020
Seefin is a string trio who compose inventive, unexpected blends of music, with a unique feel that’s infused with the influences and rich colours of Irish and European styles. With glimmers of classical, traditional and an improvisatory feel of jazz, Seefin create a music without boundaries. Informed by land and seascapes encountered on their wanderings, their music elicits the freedom to linger and savour open spaces and isolation. The group features the distinctive musical talents of Brendan Popplestone (guitar and vocals), Sherry Robinson (cello) and Niall Lynch (violin). The band play original music almost exclusively and find that playing and collaboratively arranging each other’s pieces pushes them further into new territory. While Brendan and Niall use local landscapes to inform their compositions, Sherry’s music is inspired by the landscape of legend and stories from long ago. Over 18s only. BYO.

Out to Lunch Festival: Ulster Orchestra – On Your Doorstep
The Black Box, Belfast
21 January 2020
Latin Rhythms! Let yourself be transported from Baltic Belfast to the fiery flamenco and tangos of Spain and Argentina.
Warm yourself in the heat of Latin rhythms, Ulster Orchestra style, with musicians from the Orchestra performing music by Piazzolla, de Falla and Turina in this Latino lunchtime treat!

Stranded! Tour Alaska with Gerry Norman
Strand Arts Centre
24 January 2020
Tour Alaska is the solo project of A Plastic Rose frontman Gerry Norman featuring Jordan Farndell (violin, guitar, piano) and Ciara O.Neill (backing vocals). Having spent well over a decade on the road touring all over the UK, Ireland and Europe multiple times including arena tours supporting Snow Patrol, Biffy Clyro (with A Plastic Rose) and a 19 date sold out arena tour across Europe with Twenty One Pilots (as session guitarist/pianist with Bry) his solo expedition is a chance for the Sligo raised artist to show a more mellow side by swapping distorted guitars and screaming vocals for the stripped-back sound of acoustic guitar, piano and melodic violin. Lyrically and musically, it’s an intimate experience for both performer and audience, exploring depression, loss, the past, and how love and determination can bring you back to joy. Serious songs with fun banter with the crowd in between songs. Over 18s only. BYO.

The Vanbrugh Piano Quintet with Michael McHale
The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
27 January 2020
The celebrated and much-loved Vanbrugh are returning to Fermanagh to delight audiences in a new guise. Following retirement from quartet performance in 2017 of first violinist Gregory Ellis, Keith Pascoe (violin), Simon Aspell (viola) and Christopher Marwood (cello) continue as The Vanbrugh and perform with selected guest artists. On this occasion they will perform with Belfast born Michael McHale, one of Ireland’s leading pianists who has developed a busy international career and Malachy Robinson, a dedicated chamber musician on the double bass. Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor Schubert: Trout Quintet: Piano Quintet in A Major. Recommended for ages 6+

The High Kings
Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry
29 January 2020
The High Kings are Finbarr Clancy, Darren Holden, Brian Dunphy and, newest member, Paul O’Brien. The High Kings continue to set the bar extremely high for Irish Folk bands across the world and are widely regarded to be at the forefront of the genre. Now after a 12-year journey The High Kings continue to perform in sell out venues across the globe to their ever growing army of loyal fans that span generations.

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.

Afternoon Blues
The American Bar, Dock Street, Belfast
Every Saturday 2pm
Run by the infamous Chris Roddy of The Rotterdam and The Pound, proper music for grown-ups.

Sailortown Open Mic
The American Bar, Dock Street, Belfast
Every Sunday 7pm
Open session with some of the best musicians Belfast has to offer, compered by David Browne Murray.

Family (younger, older and all abilities)

Energy of Light Discos
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane 16 January 2020
Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry 31 January 2020
These are monthly discos for young people aged 15+ who are experiencing limited physical, sensory and/or learning disability.

Boogie with Jo – Down at the Farm
Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane
17 January 2020
Fun interactive show for children with additional needs from 4yrs to 8yr olds. We will visit the farm in our imagination sing songs and play simple percussive instruments along the way. We’ll blow bubbles, dance with the dingle dangle scarecrow and have lots of FUN. Children are free to move around or sit, as this show is at floor level.

Island Disco
The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
22 January 2020
Those Island Disco is a Fermanagh and Omagh District Council event for adults with a disability, run in partnership with Mencap. Come along to the monthly disco to dance the night away, socialise and make new friends. The DJ will be playing a range of music from ABBA to Derek Ryan. The Bar will be open for attendees to purchase a drink or some snacks. If you can come independently you are welcome to do so; if you need bring someone to support you, they can come for free by completing a PASS Scheme Registration Form. For more information please contact the Box Office or email Suitable for 18+ years.

Moves & Melodies (Age & Dementia Friendly)
Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
monthly starting 23 January 2020
Moves & Melodies is an exciting new 12 month project commencing January 2020 in the Millennium Forum. This is an afternoon of song and dance for 50 people. This project will be provided complimentary and will be held once a month in the Studio Theatre. The music facilitator is Fiona Logue and the dance facilitator is Emma Lindsay from Emma Lindsay Dance. There will be an opportunity to learn new dance skills and sing a range of song styles every month. Booking available from Monday 2nd December 2019.

Movies at the Museum
Ulster Museum
25 January 2020
Cinemagic bring family favourites Missing Link and The Lion King to the screen at Ulster Museum. Golden Globe winning animation Missing Link follows Mr Link as he recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world in search of fun and adventure. In The Lion King (2019) Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother, and former heir to the throne, has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Under the Hawthorn Tree
The MAC, Belfast
30 January – 9 February 2020
Making it's return to the MAC, award-winning children’s theatre company Cahoots NI and the MAC present their stage adaptation of Under the Hawthorn Tree. Based on the internationally acclaimed book by award-winning author Marita Conlon-McKenna and published by The O’Brien Press, Under the Hawthorn Tree follows the journey of three brave siblings as they fight for survival during the Potato Famine in Ireland, 1845. When their father goes to find work and their mother leaves to find him, Eily, Michael and Peggy, starving and faced with the workhouse, embark on a treacherous journey to find the great aunts they have heard of only in stories. This remarkable story of endurance, in a defining moment of Irish experience, is told like never before in the play by Charles Way, directed by Paul Bosco McEneaney with a stirring live original score from Garth McConaghie. Under The Hawthorn Tree is perfect for families and children age 7+

Dementia Friendly Tea Dance
Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
30 January 2020
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.

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.

Silver Screenings
Strand Arts Centre
January 2020 (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 January include Carousel (Rodgers & Hammerstein) and classic Hitchcock thriller Rear Window starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

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.


Reflections On Refusal: Ulster University MFA Take Over
The MAC, Belfast
13 January – 17 January 2020
A series of events and live performances devised by Belfast School of Art MFA students in response to our current exhibition, On Refusal: Representation & Resistance in Contemporary American Art. This series of lunchtime events will take place across the MAC’s galleries and public spaces, showcasing new work by current final year students of the Masters of Fine Art course at Belfast School of Art, Ulster University. The MFA students will programme a series of events and performances using their own practices to draw attention to the exhibition content and to the act of resistance in their local contexts. Free to attend .

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.

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.

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.

Jude Bailey-O’Hare
The Black Box, Belfast
2 January – 2 February 2020
Exploring the deterioration of a mind. Using first and second-hand experiences of toxic behaviour within a relationship as the subject matter while extracting the essence and feeling involved in those experiences through a trial and error process of stitching techniques to create an atmosphere within each piece that will push the audience to question and explore the meaning behind every action taken within their own relationship.

Left Right and Centre
Ulster Museum
Until 9 February 2020
Cornelia Parker (born 1956) is one of the most outstanding artists of her generation, and this exhibition celebrates the acquisition by the Ulster Museum of her major new video work, Left Right and Centre, 2018. Made in response to the 2017 General Election, Left Right and Centre was filmed in the chamber of the House of Commons using a drone-mounted camera and a wind machine. Newspapers are scattered throughout the chamber suggesting powerful hidden forces and the manipulation of the media during what has been described as one of the most important elections in recent history. Parker’s work consistently challenges and subverts many of the deeply-held traditions of contemporary life.

Mark Garry: Songs and the Soil
The MAC, Belfast
30 January – 19 April 2020
This exhibition across all three of the MAC’s galleries will represent the most significant presentation of Mark Garry’s work to date, developed specifically for the MAC over the last two and a half years and comprising a series of installations and individual works under the combined title Songs and the Soil. These works explore interrelated research areas and material interests that are reflective of Mark Garry’s multidimensional approach to a subject and exhibition-making. Songs and the Soil engages with the related subjects of landscape and music/sound, looking at each element from historical, social and culturally perspectives and points where these elements combine or intersect. Mark Garry is driven by a fundamental interest in observing how we navigate the world and the subjectivity inherent in these navigations. His work is characterised by delicate site-specific installations which are meticulously constructed, combining physical, visual, sensory and empathetic relationships that intersect the gallery and form connections between a specific space and each other.

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.

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

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.


Out to Lunch Festival: Stephen Sexton & Leontia Flynn
The Black Box, Belfast
14 January 2020
Leontia Flynn has published four collections of poetry with Jonathan Cape. Winner of the AWB Vincent Literary Award in 2014, her most recent book, The Radio (2017), was described as “an outstanding book from a poet who is not only one of the best writers of her generation but who seems, more and more, to be the voice of that generation.” (The Irish Times). Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, it won the Irish Times Poetry Prize.
As a boy, video games were a way for Stephen Sexton to slip through the looking glass. His remarkable debut If All the World and Love Were Young was winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. In these poems about the death of his mother, this moving, otherworldly narrative takes us through the levels of Super Mario World. It is a daring exploration of memory, grief and the necessity of the unreal.

Out to Lunch Festival: Val McDermid
The Black Box, Belfast
16 January 2020
Britain’s Queen of Crime Fiction, with more than 30 books to her name and 16 million worldwide sales, comes to Out to Lunch to discuss her new novel How the Dead Speak. Her work was adapted for the successful Wire in the Blood ITV series starring Robson Green and for the last 20 years she has produced at least one fresh story per year and says she has no notion of slowing down. McDermid is from Kirkcaldy and is a keen Raith Rovers fan. She also broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and has become a regular on BBC1’s Question Time panel.

Derek Jarman: Remembering Derek
Void, Derry
18 January 2020
Mary Cremin in conversation with Norman Rosenthal, independent curator and art historian and former exhibitions director of the Royal Academy of Art. Join us as Mary and Norman discuss his memories of Derek and the London art scene of the 70s and 80s.

The Black Box, Belfast
22 January 2020
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!

Strung On Air: A St Brigid’s Celebration
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
31 January 2020
Featuring Moyra Donaldson, Bernie McGill and Maria McManus, with music from Brigid O’Neill. ‘As if St Brigid once more/ Had rigged up a ray of sun/ Like the one she’d strung on air/ To dry her own cloak on’ Seamus Heaney, ‘The Clothes Shrine’. As a celebration of St Brigid’s Day, HomePlace is delighted to present three of Northern Ireland’s leading women writers, reading their work alongside the beautiful music of Brigid O’Neill. Bernie McGill is the author of two novels and one short story collection and her work has been anthologised in the award-winning collections The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore. She is currently Writing Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast. Maria McManus is a poet and playwright. Her most recent collection is Available Light and she has published three other collections of poetry. Maria is currently a poetry mentor for the Poetry Society and the creator of Ireland’s first Poetry Jukebox. Moyra Donaldson is a poet, creative writing facilitator and editor who has published four collections. Her most recent collection, Carnivorous, was published by Doire Press in 2019. Critically acclaimed artist Brigid O’Neill is a genre-spanning singer-songwriter whose evergreen music appeals to all generations. Her latest album Touchstone sees her effortlessly weave elements of folk, country and jazz into her relatable tales of happiness, heartbreak and the human condition.

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.

Ulster Museum
6 February 2020
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.

Take Part

Women Carers Music Project
The Black Box, Belfast
weekly for 12 weeks starting 5 January 2020
The Black Box is partnering with Oh Yeah Music Centre to deliver a relaxed and interactive music-based project for female identifying carers who are in a caring role with people with learning disabilities. The project is free to attend, no music experience is necessary just an interest in meeting new people and exploring ways of connecting through chat, music and workshops. Lots of suggestions for workshop themes and most suitable times already received but get in touch to find out more and give your own preferences by email to Seonaid at or complete the form online here

Belfast Gallery Walking Tour
The Black Box, Belfast
11 January 2020
Starting from The Black Box this is a two-hour walking tour of some of Belfast’s best-loved art galleries. Discover the hidden gems of a well-established thriving contemporary arts scene in Belfast and enjoy artworks from both local and internationally acclaimed artists.

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
The Black Box, Belfast
12, 19, 26 January 2020
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.

Derek Jarman: Poetry evening
Void, Derry
15 January 2020
Poetry evening with spoken word artist Frank Rafferty. Join us for an evening of poetry inspired by Derek Jarman. Bring along your favourite poem or just come by to be inspired.

Saturday Theatre Club – from age 3
The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
25 January 2020
Have your kids caught the acting bug? Do they dream of becoming the next Liam Neeson, Bronagh Gallagher, or Adrian Dunbar? Why not give them a head start with the Ardhowen’s very own Saturday Theatre Club?! Join Shauneen this spring as she focuses on essential elements of stage performance featuring Disney and musical chart hits, historic plays, and poem recitation. Students will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of topics, such as dance-drama and improvisation/acting techniques, in a non-competitive environment. Saturday Theatre Club is mostly about encouraging self-expression, boosting confidence and having fun!

Writing Memoir with Malachi O’Doherty
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
25 January 2020
‘It started where I always like to start, in the ground of memory and sensation’ Seamus Heaney, Stepping Stones. The poetry of Seamus Heaney was firmly rooted in the everyday life he experienced. The contemporary memoir, be it in essay or full-length form, has become a modern publishing phenomenon. Every life, no matter how ordinary, contains universal truths that can speak to readers. Join journalist, biographer and author Malachi O’Doherty in this hands-on workshop focusing on techniques that will allow you to hone your life experience and writing craft in order to best tell the stories from your life.

Sew Macho
The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
30 January 2020
Guys, come learn how to sew! Join Vintage Exchange for this unique beginner’s taster session, designed specifically for men. Learn all the basics of machine and hand sewing and how to make and mend items for your home and yourself. Perfect for the modern man. Please bring your own sewing machine. If you don’t have a machine, we have a limited number of machines available for use (free of charge). Booking essential.

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

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

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 or check the website

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


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

Young at Art
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

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: Or by post: 48 Dunclug Gardens, Ballymena BT43 6NN. Closing soon.

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

Young at Art
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

Seacourt Print Workshop
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

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.

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!

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

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

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