Business Events

Business Member Events

  • Director Connector 04.10.18

    Fancy a new challenge?                                                 
    Thursday 4 October 2018 at 5.15pm
    at Belfast Exposed, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FF

    Join us at a networking event where our Board Bank and Young Professionals programme alumni will share their experiences of volunteering on the board of an Arts organisation. Speakers and a guided panel discussion will compare and contrast the different challenges and triumphs our alumni have faced in their roles, as well as how they have benefitted personally and professionally from their experiences. 

    Give back, learn, network, develop your CV, meet new people, have fun

    We will be having nibbles and drinks and then, to finish off our evening, we will hear about the Late Night Art scheme and will go for a wander together to see what is on offer in our city centre galleries.

    If you have been through our programmes already or if you would be interested in hearing more about them, for yourself or for your staff, just register attendance by email to Sarah at: s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

    https://www.artsandbusinessni.org.uk/business/our-talent-development-programmes

  • Cinemagic Festival Oct 2018

    Cinemagic Festival
    Arts Uncovered
    Date TBC

    Our wonderful friends at Cinemagic are running their children’s film festival again in October and we will join them to celebrate another exciting programme of family-friendly films.

    RSVP to Sarah s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

  • Choose Wisely and Spend Well 28.11.18

    How to choose and manage an Arts partner – An A&B NI business member event

    28 November 2018 8.30am-10am

    The Moreland Room, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Harbour Office

    Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AL

    When you want to take a more creative approach to your business strategy and have allocated a budget, how should you go about selecting an arts organisation and crafting your next steps together?

    Join us to hear from experienced business members who have already been there, done that and done it well. Learn how to choose a partner, make a plan, get started and keep your project on track.

    The purpose of this event is to provide practical guidance for our business guests as to how best to choose and work with an arts partner to ensure outcomes correlate with business objectives, delivering maximum and measurable impact.

    It is anticipated that this will be a very practical session with speakers sharing their experiences of pitfalls to avoid, questions which they wished they had asked at the outset and learnings/recommendations.

    Breakfast provided. 

    RSVP by email to Sarah at s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

  • Arts Uncovered (Golden Thread Gallery) 06.12.18

    Arts Uncovered - Christmas
    Date 6 December 2018
    Venue Golden Thread Gallery

    A relaxed get-together for our business members to get in the mood for Christmas. Join us for a mince pie and a glass of something warming as we enjoy the seasonal arts and crafts market and a tour of the gallery.

    RSVP to Sarah s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

  • Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2019 24.01.19

    Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2019
    Thursday 24th January 2019
    Venue to be revealed

    This is the big one, the highlight of the year, so polish your sequins and practice your surprised face in case your business is one of our winners. At Arts & Business NI we know how to throw a party and with over 100 arts organisations in our membership we are spoiled for choice when it comes to top quality entertainment. We like to celebrate our business and arts partnerships in style so let us put some sparkle into your January.

    RSVP to Sarah s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

  • Arts Uncovered (Void, Derry) 29.03.19

     

    Arts Uncovered
    Date 29 March 2019
    Void, Patrick Street, Derry

    Join us for the next in our Arts Uncovered series: informal, behind the scenes style events which give you the opportunity to find out more about arts organisations and activities you might not have experienced before.

    The curatorial staff of Void will give our guests an introduction to the gallery while we enjoy a light lunch before guiding us through the current exhibition Opened Ground, which topically explores the experience of borders.

    Reserve your place by email to Sarah at s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

  • Trusts & Foundations Symposium 2019 06.02.19

    06/02/2019

    Riddel Hall Belfast

    Our seventh annual Arts & Business Northern Ireland Trusts & Foundations Symposium took place on Wednesday 6th February 2019 in Riddel Hall, Belfast.  Eight Trusts & Foundations attended including representatives from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, BBC Children in Need, Halifax Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, Ulster Garden Villages, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and joining us for the first year, DWF Foundation.

    Follow Up Follow Through

    At the morning plenary we heard from James Magowan, Northern Ireland Development Officer at Association of Charitable Foundations who offered key advice 'Follow up. Follow through.'  Lou Errington from The Paul Hamlyn foundation urged Arts organisations in Northern Ireland to ensure to submit their funding applications Clare Beavan introduced the DWF Foundation, founded from DWF LLP a multinational law firm headquartered in Manchester with 27 offices across the world. 

    Time to recalibrate

    Damian Smyth represented the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and pointed out that the spending on Arts per head per capita in Northern Ireland is £5.37 whereas in other parts of the U. K. this figure rises to £10.58 per person, he highlighted the need to recalibrate to increase this figure for Arts in Northern Ireland moving forward. The morning plenary concluded with a question and answer session addressing NI arts organisation’s main concerns, including the ability to apply to Trusts & Foundations to cover core costs. Trusts & Foundations highlighted that applicants must bear in mind that they are also charitable organisations, therefore they share in some of the issues that small Arts organisations face such as dealing with a limited amount of staff. 

    Reach Out

    There was also a strong emphasis placed on the importance of forging a strong funder-applicant relationship and the necessity to communicate, update and clarify before applying.  Brona Whittaker, Arts Manager at Arts & Business NI reiterated that Arts & Business supports members in their applications to Trusts & Foundations with the understanding that time constraints play a huge role in application rates, therefore she encouraged Arts members to avail of the resources provided in the member only section of the Arts & Business NI website and reach out for support while crafting and refining applications.  

    Access and communicate

    In the afternoon ninety-six knee-to-knee funding surgeries took place with our Arts Members personally meeting the Trusts & Foundations.  Our inaugural Trusts & Foundations Symposium Business Exhibitors were in attendance, including Edwards & Co, Forde Campbell Law, Millar McCall Wylie and Whitenoise who provided helpful advice and services to Arts members throughout the day.

    Photo left to right: Mary Nagele, CEO – Arts & Business NI, Jessica Warner, Programme Manager - The Wolfson Foundation,  Lou Errington, Grants Manager - Paul Hamlyn Foundation, James Magowan, Northern Ireland Development Officer - Association of Charitable Foundations,  Clare Beavan, Foundation Manager – DWF Foundation, Valerie Ingram, Executive Director - Ulster Garden Villages,   Sinéad Tierney, Freelance Assessor - BBC Children in Need, Damian Smyth, Head of Drama and Literature – Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  Photo Credit – Aaron McCracken Photography.

     

  • Shining the Spotlight on Creative Staff Engagement 22.03.19

    22/03/2019

    Belfast Exposed Photography

    Creative Staff Engagement Business Breakfast

    At our recent Creative Staff Engagement business breakfast in Belfast Exposed Gallery, 50 guests heard from business leaders who have seen the advantages of taking a broader view in relation to engaging and developing their staff through creative partnerships.

    Collaborations which have enabled the businesses to

    • develop, educate and engage their staff in unique memorable ways
    • attract and retain staff within a competitive marketplace
    • go beyond simply offering a salary and instead offer a package of experiences that really satisfies their employees’ ambitions as members of a wider society- especially important for millennials
    • engage local communities and stakeholders alongside staff
    • embed staff mental health and wellbeing initiatives

     

    Local singer songwriter Aidan Logan played original music whilst our guests enjoyed breakfast, before we heard from our inspirational speakers.

    Sean McCready MD at Doyle Shipping Group shared some of his exciting collaborations with c21 Theatre Company. Knowing that his staff interact on a daily basis with customers who have disabilities – and that two staff members have children with disabilities themselves – Sean made a strategic decision to address the area and the issues around it. He had noticed some concerns among staff about the use of particular language and terminology around disability and arranged for them to take part in disability equality training.

    Enlisting the help of his trusted long-term arts partner, c21 Theatre Company, allowed Sean to transform his vision into something exceptional. Together, they set about coming up with a way to use the medium of drama to educate and raise awareness about disability. With c21’s expertise, the partners produced a bespoke drama ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ about attitudes towards people with disabilities – performed predominantly by people with disabilities. c21 consulted with DSG staff on their experiences and incorporated them into the script. Initially performed at DSG’s offices, the show then toured to youth groups and schools across Northern Ireland as well as to one-off events hosted by Cedar Foundation and Disability Action NI.

    According to Sean: ‘"It's not about putting thousands of £s into advertising, it's putting TIME into the community; supporting your staff to get properly & deeply involved".

    This amazing project won the Allianz Arts & Business NI Staff Engagement Award 2019 at our ceremony in January.

     

    Gerarda Morton, Legal Manager (Disputes) at Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) shared details of their new partnership with Belfast Ensemble, a truly innovative staff engagement project entitled ‘Intermezzo’. 20 members of staff will be taught an orchestral instrument for one year, working towards Grade One, offering HSF people the chance not just to develop skills in the musical arena, but also to develop soft skills that are equally complimentary to their legal career such as collaboration, commitment and creativity. In addition, the project will reinforce HSF’s focus on mental health and wellbeing amongst their staff.

    Running alongside this, the HSF senior leadership team will receive conducting classes, where they will learn what it means to ‘lead without words’, focusing on non-verbal communication and connection skills, broadening and challenging their perspectives of leadership. The project will culminate in a public performance, where the Belfast Ensemble will be conducted by HSF senior leadership team, and will be joined by the 20 trainee instrumentalists.

    Gerarda commented: ‘Like most businesses, we want to minimise turnover of our people. As business leaders, we have to face the fact that young people in today's market want more than just the 9-5pm office experience. As competition for good people strengthens, we firmly believe that our Arts and Business partnerships enhance the HSF working experience, and secure and enrich our future as a business.

    Nicola Laight, Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator at Farrans Construction told us about their exciting ‘InsideOutside’ project delivered with partner Arts Care, as part of Farrans’ corporate social responsibility under the Considerate Constructors Scheme.  One of its key objectives was to address mental health and wellbeing on construction sites and in the wider community. The Arts Care artist-in-residence conducted workshops with 10 different groups which resulted in the creation of 50 large scale artworks which were displayed on the hoardings around the construction site. To engage with Farrans construction staff, Arts Care set up a table in the middle of the site where they could come during their tea break, explore how to make artworks and express how they felt about working there. “It was an environment where they were able to forget about everything and open up about mental health and stress,” says Nicola. “At first, they were apprehensive, but Bronagh (artist) facilitated things by making the process relevant to them and helping them to produce blueprints that related back to the construction site.”

    It gave the staff involved a huge sense of achievement and pride to see their names up on the hoardings next to their artworks. One participant said that being given the opportunity to create a piece of artwork to display was like putting their own stamp on the building.

    This project allowed Farrans to memorably engage their staff, stakeholder groups and the local community and won the Allianz Arts & Business NI Cultural Social Responsibility Award 2019.

    Deirdre Robb, Chief Executive at Belfast Exposed, gave a brief introduction to Northern Ireland’s premier contemporary photography organisation and to the Arts Council of NI Photography Collection, on display within the gallery. We are very grateful to Belfast Exposed for extending this exhibition especially for our Creative Staff Engagement breakfast event.

    If you would like to explore how you could introduce creative staff engagement into your organisation please speak to the Arts & Business NI team on 028 90735150 or email info@artsandbusinessni.org.uk. We will be happy to meet with you to understand your priorities and to recommend artistic partners and creative projects which will enable you to deliver your objectives in a unique, effective, unexpected way.

  • Young Professionals on Arts Boards 2019 programme launch event 09.05.19

    09/05/2019

    The Black Box

    30 guests recently gathered in The Green Room in The Black Box for a relaxed post-work event to launch the popular Arts & Business NI Young Professionals on Arts Boards programme, which places the best up-and-coming NI business talent on to the boards of leading local arts charities.

     

    Now in its 12th year the Young Professionals on Arts Boards programme is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and provides training and support to ensure young professionals in the early stages of their careers (aged 21-35 years) truly benefit from this practical, hands-on strategic leadership experience.

     

    First up Jess Pearson, Investment Manager with Cunningham Coates Stockbrokers who was placed on to the Board of Queen Street Studios (QSS) outlined her challenging experience of discovering the morning after her first board meeting that core funding had been 100% cut. Jessica opted to remain on the Board in the knowledge that she had full support from the team at A&B NI.

     

    QSS successfully appealed the funding decision and 100% of core funding was reinstated. Since then Jess has been involved in redrafting the organisation’s business plan and has advised on new social media initiatives. Jess commented: “I really cannot emphasise enough how much I have gotten out of this process - my confidence in my own capabilities has increased tenfold, and this is something that I find has helped my own professional performance considerably, too. Along with the personal and professional development benefits, it’s a great way of bringing together people from all industries to give back to the community.”

     

    Wayne Nickels, partner at Cunningham Coates then detailed the benefits of the Young Professionals programme from a business perspective. Wayne outlined that Cunningham Coates has a strong people focus, wanting to recruit - and more importantly retain - the best talent for the future “Arts & Business NI Board Matching programmes benefit the future of the Firm as well as empowering our employees with additional skills and knowledge. It also allows the business to give back to the Arts community.” To date Cunningham Coates have put 4 employees though the Young Professionals programme.

    Margaret Henry, Chief Executive, thrive and Aaron Roddy, Assistant Solicitor at Carson McDowell who was placed on to the Board of thrive, spoke about the Young Professionals programme from an Arts perspective. According to Margaret, “thrive has been involved for 10 years in A&B NI’s Young Professionals as it’s a great source of new and fresh voices to add to the balance across the board. We know we will always get a high calibre of board members who are well trained, so they are clear about their role and responsibilities when joining the board. It also helps that the A&BNI team know thrive and our ethos as an organisation so they can match up with young professionals that fit, which is great.”

     

    Margaret continues “It is a privilege to be involved in someone starting their Board journey and we take that seriously in thrive with a full induction process. We encourage all and especially new board members to come and see us delivering events and get a feel for what we do. We provide information about the wider sector context we work in and we look to organisations such as A&BNI for ongoing board training.”

     

    It was positive word of mouth from the many Carson McDowell past participants that made Aaron Roddy decide to take part in the Young Professionals programme. He wanted to further his own professional development by utilising his legal skills in a different context, commenting “The key to finding my voice on the board of thrive was to not rush the process but let it grow organically alongside my confidence in my position and role on the board, and I feel like this has been of benefit in the long run. I’ve also realised that my voice needn’t be constrained to my particular professional skill set.

     

    “From a professional perspective” Aaron continued, “I have further developed many skills which are complimentary to a career in legal practice. For example, the strategic and critical thinking which is required on a board carries over to the advice which I provide to my clients in private practice. I have also grown in confidence from stepping out of my comfort zone and continuing my own professional development. Finally, from a personal perspective, I enjoyed the training and the friendships I formed with my fellow Young Professionals, and hope that those relationships will continue throughout my career. “

     

    The final speaker, Noyona Chundur Head of Campaigns & Digital Solutions at Invest Northern Ireland was placed on to the Board of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in 2013 via the A&B NI Board Bank programme for middle to senior managers. Noyona loved her job, and didn’t want to leave it; however she wanted to find a fresh challenge. She wanted to be seen as a leader, both inside and outside the organisation, so decided to combine formal learning on the Institute of Directors Company Direction Programme, with practical experience via the Arts & Business NI Board Bank. As a passionate lover of the arts Noyona felt that experience on an arts Board would not only build her leadership skills but would help her make a positive contribution to the sector.

     

    Now Chair of CQAF, Noyona observed “Being on the CQAF Board hasn’t been without challenge. Arts organisations have big ambitions but typically are small operations that run a tight ship, with income and funding secured annually leaving little room for strategic planning. You get to meet incredibly talented, passionate and creative people, who know their craft inside out, but who have also had to deal with some hard knocks along the way given the backdrop of diminishing funding for the arts. CQAF was no exception, so early on I decided my focus would be to help build long-term sustainability by improving strategic direction, governance, resilience and succession planning.”

     

    Noyona continued “There is no doubt that the Arts & Business NI Board Bank helped to hone my leadership skills and augment my track record. But I was also able to use my experiences at CQAF to get appointed to the Board of the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland, where I am now Chair of its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. Invest NI has also seen benefits; as a member of their Senior Leadership Team, I lead cross-cutting strategies for the Northern Ireland economy, deliver against both Programme for Government and corporate scorecard targets, and develop resources and capability to drive business transformation.”

     

    Tania Carlisle, Development Manager at Arts & Business NI brought the inspirational event to an end:  “At A&B NI everything we do aims towards getting the arts and business sectors to work together. Our Board matching programmes, Board Bank and Young Professionals on Arts Boards, help business individuals develop personally and professionally by using their skills on the voluntary Board of an arts charity.

     

    At the same time, their skilled input helps strengthen our arts sector to deliver quality artistic, cultural, social and economic impacts. These partnerships are a classic case of win-win, and a perfect example of pragmatic idealism in practice”.

     

    Arts & Business NI ‘s Young Professionals on Arts Boards programme 2019-20 still has a limited number of spaces available; applications close on Friday 28 June 2019. https://www.artsandbusinessni.org.uk/business/our-talent-development-programmes

    If you would like to find more about their Board Matching programmes please speak to Tania Carlisle on 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk.

  • What's On Guide May 2019

    01/05/2019

    Arts & Business NI events

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

    Festivals

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

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

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

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

    Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Family (all ages, all abilities)

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

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

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

    Story-Tale Adventures Sticky Fingers Arts, Newry 28 April and 5 May 2019 In this magical workshop you will get a chance to create the world from the story and explore it together with your whole family. Every Sunday there is a different wonderful story to explore. 28 April - We’re Going on a Bear Hunt; 5 May - Cinderella. Suitable for families of all ages. Spaces limited so booking essential https://www.stickyfingersarts.co.uk/

    Black Moon The Black Box, Belfast 21 May 2019 Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities, giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

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

    Mini Moon The Black Box, Belfast 25 May 2019 All the fun and craic of Black Moon but this time for the wee ones. If you have a young child with any kind of disability why not join in for an afternoon boogie? The music is low, there are coloured lights and moving visuals, soft cushions, sensory toys, bubble machines and lots of dancing. The Green Room is also open for a coffee, tea or juice or just to escape and chill away from all the dancing. Free to attend. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

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

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

    The Imaginarium Arts & Story Centre Sticky Fingers Arts, Newry Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (plus Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday during summer holidays) The Imaginarium is a very special emporium where children let their imagination go wild. Open the secret door and step in to the magical world of the Imaginarium, a world of exploration and play. Hide in the secret tunnel, jump over the bridge, visit the village in the forest, dress up as a pirate or a dinosaur, sail through the river, make a wish in the well, take the helm and fly to the moon, everything is possible. https://www.stickyfingersarts.co.uk/

    Silver Screenings Strand Arts Centre May 2019 (Thursdays and Sundays) Weekly screenings of classic films for seniors (but open to all). Great opportunity for seniors to meet and interact, and enjoy a trip down memory lane. Free tea/coffee included in ticket price. Free transport for community groups available on request. Screenings in May include Doris Day and Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk and Henry Fonda in 12 Angry Men. .https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

    Exhibitions

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

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

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

    Locky Morris: Once a day every day all day long F.E.McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge 9 February – 18 May 2019 Derry born Morris rose to prominence in the 1980s with his works which used the language of international art to comment on the local realities of life during the Troubles. This exhibition focuses on art primarily made in the period since 2010 and reflects the transition in Morris’s practice from more explicitly political subjects to personal themes of everyday life. The F.E.McWilliam Gallery and Studio itself is dedicated to the memory of the sculptor who was one of Ireland’s most influential and successful artists. Featuring a permanent display of McWilliam’s work as well as temporary exhibitions, it is free to visit. https://visitarmagh.com/places-to-explore/f-e-mcwilliam-gallery/

    Lectures/Talks/Readings

    Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas: Darjeeling Express with Asma Khan Hillsborough, Co Down 27 April 2019 Brought to you by The John Hewitt Society as part of the second Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas, proprietor of acclaimed London restaurant Darjeeling Express, Asma Khan, who has made headlines when she hired an all-female kitchen team and founded a charity for second daughters in India, shares stories and some delicious food with the audience. https://www.johnhewittsociety.org/events/2019/4/27/darjeeling-express-with-asma-khan

    Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas: New to The Parish Hillsborough, Co Down 28 April 2019 Brought to you by The John Hewitt Society as part of the second Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas, author Sorcha Pollak talks about her work New to the Parish: Stories of Love, War and Adventure from Ireland’s Immigrants which chronicles fourteen personal stories of people who have come to Ireland for work, education, retirement, love and in some cases, out of necessity, forced from their homes by death and destruction, given context by succinct analysis of how world events over the past decade have played a role in the migration crisis. https://www.johnhewittsociety.org/events/2019/4/28/migration-new-to-the-parish-with-sorcha-pollak

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

    Take Part

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

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

    Real Sketchy The Black Box, Belfast 2 May 2019 Real Sketchy is an open live sketching event taking place in a bar environment. Over the years it’s developed from something that was largely populated by artists to being somewhere that anyone can have a wee sketch and a laugh over a few pints. Pens, pencils and paper provided for everyone by Ink Monkey. All disciplines welcome – comic, illustration, design etc. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

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

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

    Belfast Street Art Walking Tour The Black Box, Belfast 5 May 2019 Belfast is famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of conflice but what about now, where has this tradition of painting on walls led us? Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished, where artists from around the world have come to paint. Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years this is a 2 hours long, gently paced guide to the ever changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

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

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

    Own Art Scheme Own Art makes buying art easier and more affordable than everStarting or growing your very own art collection has never been easier thanks to ‘Own Art’, an interest free loan scheme supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which aims to make buying art more accessible. Own Art makes interest free loans possible for people over the age of 18 in Northern Ireland, who want to buy artwork by a living artist from galleries that are signed up to the scheme.  It works by letting you spread the cost of the artwork over 10 months, making it more affordable to buy the artwork of your dreams. Own Art customers are able to borrow anything from £100 to £2,500. The loan can also be used as a part-payment on higher value items, helping to support more ambitious buying for higher value items. A deposit isn’t necessary. More details on the website here http://artscouncil-ni.org/the-arts/visual-arts1/own-art

    Volunteering

    Festival of Fools *URGENT* Looking for volunteers The Festival is only possible because every year a bunch of fantastic volunteers roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. Why not join them? You’ll be in the thick of the action at the performance venues doing audience surveys, passing round the hats for donations and assisting the performers and Festival staff. You will be fed, get a t-shirt and have great fun! Apply here https://2019.foolsfestival.com/volunteer/

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

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

     

    Business Members please contact Tania for information and support on any of the following Board positions t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

    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. https://www.derryvoid.com/ To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

    PintSized Productions Looking for new Trustees to join the Board PintSized Theatre Company’s recipe is unique and innovative – scour the country for new and emerging talented professionals, mix with established artists, collaborate with different venues and tailor pint-sized projects to make exceptional work. Join them now http://www.pintsizedni.com/ To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

    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. https://www.culturlann.ie/en/about-us To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

    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. http://cca-derry-londonderry.org/about/ To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

  • Celebrating Creative Partnerships

    26/06/2019

    U105, City Quays 2, Clarendon Dock, Belfast BT1 3FD

    75 guests recently gathered in U105 to recognise and celebrate the arts organisations and their business partners who received funding in 2018-2019 from the Arts & Business NI (A&BNI) Investment Programme (funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland), which stimulates and strengthens partnerships between business and the arts.

    The event, kindly sponsored by A&BNI business member Citi, provided inspiration to businesses in the audience by giving examples of how other businesses are partnering with arts organsiations to deliver strategic commercial objectives via creative collaborations.

    Mary Nagele, CEO at Arts & Business NI thanked the business and arts partners for the creativity, energy and vision that they bring to utilising the important fund.

    Each year Arts & Business NI makes the case and applies for the Investment Programme fund within our Arts Council of NI application. In times of limited resources, innovation can be inhibited. The Arts are about pushing barriers and challenges norms - hence arts organisations are perfect partners for fresh thinking and new approaches. This fund offers both the arts and business partners a safe space, an R&D fund, to test opportunities that use creativity through the arts to support private sector companies in addressing key business issues such as retaining and attracting talent, creatively developing staff or to address important societal or wellbeing issues in communities and the workplace.”

    Gilly Campbell, Head of Community Arts and Education at Arts Council of Northern Ireland, welcomed the variety and depth of the partnerships celebrated at the event, highlighting how much the two sectors can achieve when they combine their distinctive strengths.

    These partnerships are bringing a wide range of significant opportunities and benefits to both parties. We are nourishing a healthy interdependency, whereby our communities are strengthened by the presence of a rich creative culture and an enterprising business sector, just as these same communities provide a source of inspiration for our artists and a source of revenue for our businesses. Everyone benefits.

    One of the partnerships supported through the Investment Programme fund was Citi and Tinderbox. Arts & Business NI works closely with all Citi Networks to introduce creativity in to their programmes of activity, and connected Citi disAbility Network with Tinderbox to develop an innovative staff engagement project around mental health, to mark World Mental Health Day 2018. The partners scheduled a dedicated on-site performance of ‘The Man who Fell to Pieces’, a ground breaking comedy that deals with the profound themes of Mental Health, followed by a Q&A around issues raised. 80 Citi staff attended the on-site performance, and participated in the Q&A session.

    Post-performance, Citi followed up with 9 Tinderbox staff workshops over the ensuing months, enabling Citi staff to explore Perception, Inclusion and Diversity.

    Leigh Meyer, Managing Director, Citi Belfast Site Head and key sponsor of the event commented:

    “Thanks to the introduction from A&B NI to Tinderbox, we now have a thriving relationship and have rolled out a series of theatre based Mental Health Awareness workshops, open to all staff, throughout 2019.  We have five diversity networks in Citi Belfast, and utilising the Arts & Business Investment Programme support, in partnership with Tinderbox we have developed a series of fantastic events with each network this year."

    Patrick O’Reilly, Artistic Director at Tinderbox, led guests in an interactive, fun sampler of the Perception Programme workshop currently being delivered in Citi. Additional performances on the day included Katie Richardson and the Glider Band, whilst Beat Carnival performed a rousing drumming finale to the event.

    Another partnership supported by the Investment Programme was ISL Waste Management (ISL),The Grand Opera House and Beat Carnival’s exciting ‘Electro Funk Junk’ project. As a commercial waste management company, ISL Waste Management prioritises supporting education to change perceptions surrounding waste. Aimed at Primary 7 pupils, the school engagement initiative encouraged the school children to think more about recycling, while engaging them in music workshops and technology. Barry Donaghy, MD at ISL commented:

    “Creating music from junk was a fascinating idea and the creativity of all the young people involved was a joy to support. Opening their minds to the fact that we cannot live in a world of single use products is vital and at ISL we are dedicated to helping our children lead the way.”

    Business member U105 kindly provided the fabulous event space - Peter McVerry Executive Director at U105 commented:

    As a keen advocate of the Arts, U105 was delighted to welcome fellow Arts & Business NI members to our state-of the-art waterfront broadcast studios and showcase our hireable event space with stunning views over the ever-changing Belfast skyline”. Please contact Peter if you are interested in the U105 event space.

    An inspirational full colour booklet, kindly designed and printed pro bono by Whitenoise Design Ltd and Nicholson & Bass, was launched at the event, giving summaries and photographs from the 32 amazing partnerships which received funding through the Investment Programme in the last financial year. See the booklet here 

    If you would like to find out more about adopting a creative approach to your business challenges, please speak to Maeve McKervey about A&BNI business membership on 028 90735150 or email m.mckervey@artsandbusienssni.org.uk

  • What's On Guide June 2019

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

    A&BNI 2nd annual Cultural Governance Conference
    The MAC, Belfast
    12 June 2019
    This half-day event (kindly sponsored by our members Forde Campbell LLC) provides individuals involved with voluntary Arts Boards, Committees and Trusts with a concentrated opportunity to network, share experiences and hear from a variety of speakers across a range of topics around ‘Navigating The New Normal’. Arts organisations are in a period of forced dramatic change and the external environment is changing rapidly so an under-resourced cultural sector is having to sharply adapt its business models. We will hear from speakers on flexibility across the income spectrum whilst remaining true to charitable, social and artistic purposes and have the opportunity to take part in practical break-out sessions led by industry experts.  To book your place please go to the Eventbrite Ticket Link Here.

    A&BNI Celebrating Creative Partnerships
    U105 Clarendon Dock, Belfast
    26 June 2019
    Aimed at both business and arts audiences, this event (kindly sponsored by our members Citi) will showcase the mutually beneficial results of businesses working together with arts partners. It will recognise the partnerships who received financial support through the Arts & Business NI Investment Programme, which is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. With in-depth testimony from some of the most successful recent pairings, this event will inspire you to view your company's R&D through a more creative lens, try something new and reap the rewards. To book your place please email Sarah s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

    Arts & Business NI business member partnership events
    If you have a business and arts collaboration event which our other business members could attend please let me know before 20th of the month before, so it can be included here. Don’t be shy – sometimes it is good to blow your own trumpet! Email to Sarah s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

    An exclusive Q&A with Oliviero Toscani
    Ulster Museum, Belfast
    13 June 2019 6pm
    Our business member Alexander Boyd Displays has had a very successful relationship with Belfast Photo Festival for the last few years. This year, as part of the Festival, they are holding a Q&A with world renowned photographer Oliviero Toscani in the Ulster Museum. Oliviero Toscani has produced Award winning photography for Vogue, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Stern, Liberation and more. He has been awarded the Lions d’Or four times, the UNESCO Grand Prix, Grand Prix d’Affinge on two occasions....the list goes on...Toscani has exhibited at the Biennale Venice, Triennale of Milan, Museums of Modern Art in Mexico City, Helsinki, Rome, Lausanne and Frankfurt. From 1982 to 2000 he built the identity, corporate image, communication strategy and online presence of United Colors of Benetton transforming it into one of the world’s most recognized brands as Creative Director. This is your opportunity to gain insight into the man behind the photography. Limited tickets are available for this event at £15 on 028 9030 1115 or email barry@alexanderboyd.com

    Festivals

    Belfast Book Festival
    Various Venues
    7 June – 16 June 2019
    Festival goers will be treated to the best international and local talent at the Crescent Arts Centre and partner venues across the city. If you have never been to the Festival before, make this year your first, you won’t be disappointed. Choose from current affairs, fiction, non-fiction, crime, poetry and more. Fascinating, entertaining and controversial discussions and conversations to enjoy. See Lord David Owen on President Trump, Prue Leith on her fiction writing, or catch Michael Longley at 80, A Celebration; Medbh McGuckian in conversation with Padraig Regan; Ian Sansom, The Sussex Murder; or Roddy Doyle in conversation with Glenn Patterson. Lots of events available so check the website for the full programme. https://belfastbookfestival.com/whats-on

    Docs Ireland – festival of international documentary film
    Various Venues, Belfast
    12 June – 16 June 2019
    Part of Belfast Film Festival, Docs Ireland is the first industry focussed all-Ireland International Documentary Festival and will be based in Belfast. As well as affording the public the chance to watch a huge variety of documentary films, filmmakers also have the opportunity to meet top decision-makers, international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors. There is a whole section on music documentaries - try Shellshock Rock which displays all the raw energy and excitement of the 1970s punk rock scene in Northern Ireland, or Scott Walker in 30th Century Man. There are Irish Premieres, Irish and International works, observational, talking docs and shorts, and even virtual reality experiences. Check the full programme here https://belfastfilmfestival.org/docs-ireland

    Jaipur Literature Festival
    Various Venues
    21 June – 23 June 2019
    For the first time ever JLF comes to Belfast to celebrate literature and the rich diversity in thought that it inspires. JLF embodies the magnificent spirit of Jaipur’s annual literary carnival bringing its inclusive and infectious camaraderie to Northern Ireland with a heady mix of writers, thinkers, poets, balladeers and raconteurs. The festival will reinforce South Asia’s unique literary heritage and JLF’s international programme while infusing it with flavours true to the proud literary legacy of Ireland. Starts on 21st June at Harbour Commissioners with the inaugural address followed by readings and folk poetry; events on 22 June are at Lyric Theatre and on 23 June at Seamus Heaney Homeplace. Visit the website for the full programme of events. http://jlflitfest.org/belfast

    Belfast City Blues Festival
    Various Venues, Belfast
    28 June – 30 June 2019
    Now going into its eleventh year, this year’s programme has something for everyone. With over 60 FREE live gigs, ‘Blues on the Boat’ music cruises and the festival’s new attraction ‘Blues at the River, Music and Food Fest’ live from Donegall Quay at the Big Fish, this year’s Belfast City Blues Festival is not to be missed! Venues also include St George’s Market, more bars than you can shake a stick at and a bunch of hotels too. This is going to be a Belfast take-over! Find the full programme here https://belfastcityblues.com/

    Theatre

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

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

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

    Something in the Air
    The MAC, Belfast
    28 May – 9 June 2019
    On 15th August 1969, Bombay Street in West Belfast was burned to the ground. Hundreds of families fled south escaping the violence but one young woman lost more than just her home. Fifty years later, she is forced to confront the events of that summer in a way she could never have imagined. Post-show talk with writer Laurence McKeown and Spike Murray on Tuesday 4 June. https://themaclive.com/whats-on

    The REAL Housewives of Norn Iron
    Grand Opera House
    3 June – 16 June 2019
    Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
    22 June 2019
    Housewives from every walk of life are flung together in this rip-roaring comedy, packed with characters you’ll know and love and brought to you by Leesa Harker and Andrea Montgomery. Think you’ve seen drama with the housewives of Orange County and Beverly Hills? Well you ain’t seen sparks fly until you’ve seen The REAL Housewives of Norn Iron! https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/ and https://www.millenniumforum.co.uk/whats-on/

    Belfast Girls
    Luminaire Club at The MAC, Belfast
    5 June – 23 June 2019
    Packed with songs from the Belfast GIRLS Facebook page, this comedy play will have you dancing in the aisles and laughing all night. Premium seating includes a complimentary drink and waiter service before the show and at the interval. Big Bernie is having a hard time with her new PIP assessment, Michelle has a dream of going to Santa Ponsa but Shankill Joe may just be about to throw a spanner in the works for both of them. Age 16+ https://themaclive.com/whats-on

    The Memory Detective
    Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
    9 June 2019
    The Millennium Forum’s resident theatre company for adults with disabilities, Stage Beyond, present The Memory Detective. In a retirement home somewhere in the city, Grace Campbell searches her memories of dance halls, shirt factories and childhood streets looking for her lost love. But Grace needs help so she hires a memory detective. Expect a fun-filled play with songs, laughter and some smooching. https://www.millenniumforum.co.uk/whats-on/

    The Girl on the Train
    Grand Opera House
    11 June – 15 June 2019
    Samantha Womack stars in a gripping stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ popular novel. Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love, or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated. This gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment. https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

    A Night in November
    Lyric Theatre, Belfast
    12 June – 21 June 2019
    The 25th anniversary production of A Night in November. The stunning multi-award winning play from Marie Jones tells the story of Kenneth McAllister, a clerk in the local welfare office. Kenneth is a Belfast Protestant who has followed all the rules. He loved who he was supposed to love. He lived where he was expected to live. He fought who he was taught to fight. That is, until a night in November when he did the most exciting, outrageous, crazy, mad thing he’d ever done.  https://lyrictheatre.co.uk//

    Killymuck
    The MAC, Belfast
    13 June - 14 June 2019
    Killymuck is a black comedy based on a fictitious housing estate in Northern Ireland. Niamh navigates life through the parameters, trials and tribulations of a kid from the benefit class system. Lack of opportunity, educational barriers, impoverishment, addiction and depression are the norms as her struggle to escape the underclass stereotype becomes a priority. Shortlisted for the Filipa Braganca Acting Award and longlisted for Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.  https://themaclive.com/whats-on

    Brendan Galileo for Europe
    Lyric Theatre, Belfast
    15 June 2019
    Brendan Galileo is determined to make his mark on Irish political life and save the local school of music from being converted into apartments for racehorses by joining the ranks of the European Parliament. However, with his voice so lost in a sea of tribal bureaucracy he must take drastic action to improve his public profile. He must represent his country in the most vicious diplomatic catfight in the continent – the Eurovision Song Contest. A hilarious new play by Fionn Foley about keeping your integrity at the world’s foremost convention of kitsch.  https://lyrictheatre.co.uk//

    ‘Yes’ Molly’s Soliloquy
    The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
    17 June – 18 June 2019
    A theatrical adaptation for stage based on the enigmatic final chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Infused with music from Montiverdi’s opera, Conor Maguire’s adaptation offers a fresh interpretation of this most challenging and cherished piece of literature. Molly Bloom lies in bed, her husband Leopold having returned home and fallen asleep beside her and so begins one of Joyce’s most breathless, raunchy and explosive pieces of writing. Molly reminisces on memories of past affairs, her current liaison with Blazes Boylan, her suspicions regarding Leopold Bloom’s clandestine sexual encounters and her early days with Bloom. Age 18+ BYO  https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

    Rock of Ages
    Grand Opera House
    18 June – 22 June 2019
    Rock of Ages is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true! Strictly Come Dancing champion Kevin Clifton plays the lead role in this ultimate 80s rock n roll musical, the biggest party in town. Age 12+ https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

    Jaipur Literary Festival
    Lyric Theatre, Belfast
    22 June 2019
    Acclaimed literary stars Marcus Du Sautay, Pico Iyer, David Park ad Patrick Gale amongst others will discuss topics like the Kohinoor diamond, national conflicts, changing borders, the evolution of identity, creativity and more in over a dozen sessions at the Lyric Theatre. The day starts with a musical concert and will be followed by exciting and engrossing sessions starting every hour.  https://lyrictheatre.co.uk//

    Belfast Ensemble presents BASH! Triple Bill
    Lyric Theatre, Belfast
    28 June - 29 June 2019
    Belfast Ensemble is two so they are taking over the Lyric for a weekend of celebrations. The triple bill will be part retrospective, part celebration of the future and all fabulous. House of Usher is an electric fusion of orchestra, video and actors in a high octane response to Poe’s horror classic; The C*** of Queene Catherine is a work for a solo performer with chamber quintet. Written on the cusp of a referendum, it explores what happens when Europe divides in two Tudor-style. You may already have seen an excerpt of Doppler Effect at our Awards in January. Lunaria (a flower that blooms every two years) is a new work for the New Music Biennial and explores what is possible when artists of many disciplines make work together for two exciting years. See it at the Lyric before it goes to Southbank Centre London and Hull as part of the UK’s leading new music festival.   https://lyrictheatre.co.uk//

    Stranded! Friday Night Live presents Earth to Alice
    Strand Arts Centre
    28 June 2019
    Alice McCullough’s award-winning and unconventional poetry performances have captivated audiences as she plays with the boundaries between spoken word, comedy, storytelling and theatre. In this new adaptation of her critically acclaimed one-woman show, after a break from performing that included two admissions to a mental health ward, Alice tackles the stigma of mental illness head-on as she interweaves poetry, comedy and song. Expect laughter, some tears, and a life-affirming kick in this re-emergence of a talent not to be missed. Over 18 BYO https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

    Belfast Ensemble presents BASH! The Pirates of Penzance
    Lyric Theatre, Belfast
    30 June 2019
    Belfast Ensemble is two so they are taking over the Lyric for a weekend of celebrations. To close the BASH weekend, the ensemble present a one off concert performance of G&S’s comic masterpiece. Revolutionary music theatre for its time, Pirates irreverently tells the story of a group of undesirables that take on the establishment’s sense of duty and redefine the notion of a sea border. With orchestra and a top notch cast (including A&BNI’s own Marcella as Edith plus staff from A&BNI members Herbert Smith Freehills) this classic gets a 21st century update for one night only. https://lyrictheatre.co.uk//

    Music

    Stranded! Friday Night Live presents Alana Henderson
    Strand Arts Centre
    7 June 2019
    Cellist and singer Alana Henderson weaves pop, folk and classical elements to craft a sound which is strikingly unique. Her work has included a two-year stint as Hozier’s touring cellist and 2019 sees Alana back with a new EP, her trademark cello now bolstered with shimmering electronics and ghostly slide guitar. As with her previous work, the themes revolve around love and relationships in various states of evolution, but it is in the angle from which Alana launches these songs that makes for fresh and vital listening. Over 18 BYO https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

    Kieran Goss and Annie Kinsella
    Lyric Theatre, Belfast
    9 June 2019
    Veteran Irish songwriter Kieran Goss and singer Annie Kinsella released their debut duo album ‘Oh, the Starlings’ in March this year. Goss has long been considered one of Ireland’s greatest songwriters. Together with singer and artist Annie Kinsella, who has joined him onstage on his recent tours, they have enchanted audiences with their live performances and won rave reviews. With songs, stories and harmonies that transport the listener to another world, this is music from the heart, for the heart … A show to make you laugh and cry … A show to move you with its honest beauty … A show not to be missed.  https://lyrictheatre.co.uk//

    The Luminaire Club: Kaz Hawkins
    The MAC, Belfast
    9 June 2019
    Kaz brings new material, and a new stage set to the MAC’s Luminaire Club for a special show before heading off to Europe for the summer. Award winning Belfast singer songwriter Kaz Hawkins tours with special guest Sam York on piano and as her support act. Using her life story in music Kaz has wowed audiences across Europe and her honesty and love for her fans makes her one of Northern Ireland’s best loved performers.  https://themaclive.com/whats-on

    David Lyttle Trio
    The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
    14 June 2019
    Described by the Independent as ‘representing the best in jazz coming out of Ireland’ MOBO Award nominated drummer David Lyttle has performed all over the world and collaborated with a long list of jazz visionaries. He performs here with three hugely promising Irish talents who he has mentored over the past five years. https://ardhowen.com/whats-on/

    The Magic Flute
    Grand Opera House
    27 June – 29 June 2019
    Set in a spectacular world inspired by the Victorian futurism of HG Wells and Jules Verne, this enthralling Magic Flute perfectly balances the opera’s beguiling mix of comedy, fantasy and pantomime with a profound story of the search for wisdom, love and truth. A handsome prince, a damsel in distress, sorcerers, priests and a bumbling bird catcher – all are given life in Mozart’s sublime blend of lyrical love duets, folk-like ditties and the explosive coloratura of the Queen of the Night arias. Sung in English with English subtitles. Age 12+ FREE PRE SHOW TALK on 29 June – want to know more about the opera you are going to see? Reserve a place on this free half-hour talk to delve deeper into the opera, enhancing your enjoyment and extending your knowledge. https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/

    Belfast City Blues Festival: Rob Strong & His Band with Tony Villiers and The Villains
    The Black Box, Belfast
    28 June 2019
    Irish Soul and R&B legend Rob Strong takes to the stage with his band for this one off festival gig. The man who was at the forefront of the Irish blues and soul scene back in the seventies, still to this day performs over 150 shows per year. Rob still has a powerhouse voice that if anything has become even stronger over the years, Tony Villers is a prolific and multi-talented singer and songwriter who will perform with an amazing band featuring Doc Doherty on guitar.  https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

    AVA and Quiet Arch present ‘Borders’ by Elma Orkestra and Ryan Vail
    The MAC, Belfast
    28 June 2019
    Uniting two of Ireland’s most forward-thinking musical propositions, Eoin O’Callaghan aka Elma Orkestra and Ryan Vail, Borders is a singular collaborative project. Spanning symphonic ambience to widescreen electronica, it’s a genre-warping meeting of the minds from two of the country’s most innovative artists. The show features video mapping, lasers, lights coming together in a fully immersive sound and audio experience.  https://themaclive.com/whats-on

    Jazz in the Gardens
    National Trust Mount Stewart
    30 June 2019
    Bring your picnic (sorry no BBQ’s) or enjoy the on-site catering and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart. Guest artist for June is Siobhan Pettit.  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart/whats-on

    Family (all ages, all abilities)

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

    Black Moon
    The Black Box, Belfast
    4 June 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/

    Summertime Story ‘n’ Rhyme (age 6-18 months)
    The MAC, Belfast
    13 June & 27 June 2019
    A fun session of Stories and Rhyme to bond with baby and make the most of your time. The greatest gift you can give a child is time – nurture your bond with baby in these storytime sessions, with some fun songs, exciting tales and rhythmical rhyme. 13 June for age 12-18 months (walking); 27 June for age 6-12 months (not walking) https://themaclive.com/whats-on

    The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse (a new children’s opera)
    Brian Friel Theatre, Belfast 16 June 2019
    Sean Hollywood Centre, Newry 17 June 2019
    The Ardhowen, Enniskillen 18 June 2019
    Strule Arts Centre, Omagh 19 June 2019
    Market Place Theatre, Armagh 21 June 2019
    The Playhouse, Derry 22 June 2019
    Pamplemousse the grapefruit is upset. And lonely. His mouse neighbours aren’t very friendly unless he’s crying sweet juicy tears and what makes it worse is he can’t squeeze through their mousehole to try to get to know them. Will he ever find someone who likes him just as he is? A heartwarming tale of Pamplemousse’s identity crisis set against evocative and playful music by local composer Greg Caffrey. The opera will be performed by the young talents of the NI Opera Studio and the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble. Free music and craft workshop for children and parents for 1 hour before each performance. Age 7+ https://www.niopera.com/whats-on/

    Jack and the Beanstalk
    The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
    15 June 2019
    Fee Fi Fo Fum! It’s a giant of a show, we’d love you to come! This classic fairytale gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for 5 magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show with enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big leafy explosion! Age 3+  https://ardhowen.com/whats-on/

    Mini Moon
    The Black Box, Belfast
    22 June 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/

    Baby Daddy
    The Black Box, Belfast
    23 June 2019
    With three beardy men, powerful live instruments, lots of rumbling songs and a bit of rough and tumble, this show is the daddy of them all. Baby Daddy is a show for babies aged 6-18 months with an all-male cast. It takes place in a specially designed tourable theatre space, playing to 6-8 babies at a time (and their grown-ups) It utilises Replay’s knowledge of sensory theatre, music and play, and expertise in working with babies to create a unique, safe and fun-filled show full of making friends and laughter. https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

    Zog
    Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
    26 June – 27 June 2019
    Large in size and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a gold star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know, he tries very hard and bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. The plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet, a duel with the knight Sit Gadabout the Great. Zog comes to life in this magical adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s much-loved book with a sumptuous folk score and featuring live musicians. https://www.millenniumforum.co.uk/whats-on/

    Energy of Light Disco
    Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
    28 June 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/

    Story-Tale Adventures
    Sticky Fingers Arts, Newry
    June 2019
    In this magical workshop you will get a chance to create the world from the story and explore it together with your whole family. Every Sunday there is a different wonderful story to explore. 2 June – Dr Seuss; 9 June – The Gruffulo; 16 June – Brain the Smelly Bear; 23 June – The Queen’s Knickers; 30 June – The Tiger That Came to Tea. Suitable for families of all ages. Spaces limited so booking essential https://www.stickyfingersarts.co.uk/

    The Imaginarium Arts & Story Centre
    Sticky Fingers Arts, Newry
    Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (plus Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday during summer holidays)
    The Imaginarium is a very special emporium where children let their imagination go wild. Open the secret door and step in to the magical world of the Imaginarium, a world of exploration and play. Hide in the secret tunnel, jump over the bridge, visit the village in the forest, dress up as a pirate or a dinosaur, sail through the river, make a wish in the well, take the helm and fly to the moon, everything is possible. https://www.stickyfingersarts.co.uk/

    Silver Screenings
    Strand Arts Centre
    June 2019 (Thursdays and Sundays)
    Weekly screenings of classic films for seniors (but open to all). Great opportunity for seniors to meet and interact, and enjoy a trip down memory lane. Free tea/coffee included in ticket price. Free transport for community groups available on request. Screenings in June include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith) and The Producers (Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder) .https://www.strandartscentre.com/whats-on/

    Exhibitions

    Late Night Art
    Various Galleries, Belfast
    6 June 2019 First Thursday of every month
    Late Night Art Belfast happens across the whole of Belfast on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene. Guided tours available but alternatively you can just wander in and out and enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles as you enjoy an evening stroll around the city. Download the map here https://www.belfastartmap.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/BAM_web_v2.pdf

    Mary Morgan – Forgotten for Now
    The Black Box, Belfast
    6 June – 30 June 2019
    Forgotten For Now is a series of photographs taken across New York City. Exploring ephemeral qualities of the everyday, these images aim to act as a deconstructed narrative of human presence. ‘Intrigued by the aftermath and remnants of people and experiences gone by, I wanted to create a place within these images where the temporal can exist.’ Life’s bits and pieces linger within these photographs and we wonder about these brief encounters that have been forgotten for now.  https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

    Art in the Garden
    Culloden Estate and Spa, Cultra, Holywood
    15 June – 1 July 2019
    Hastings Hotels and Gormleys Fine Art are delighted to present Art in the Garden. The Culloden Estate will play host to a unique art exhibition including the largest collection of Dali’s works seen in Ireland. Fourteen pieces from the Dali Universe in Switzerland will lead the exhibition which will contain over 120 sculptures housed both in the estate grounds and in the hotel itself. Work by some of the world’s top names will be on display including Andy Warhol, Banksy, Picasso, Miro, Lucien Freud, Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and many more. The exhibition is free but fabulous private dining and afternoon tea packages with guided tours are also available. Find out more here: https://d2x0kq5o78djd2.cloudfront.net/www.hastingshotels.com/culloden-estate-and-spa/upload/docs/cull-art-in-the-garden-a5-flyer_lr.pdf

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

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

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

    Guided Tour in Spanish: The Land That … and Limbo Land
    The MAC, Belfast
    15 June 2019
    Spanish speakers, join the MAC’s curatorial intern Adrian Ramos for this tour of the current exhibitions, The Land That … and Limbo Land. Get a unique insight into the thinking behind both projects which explore the complex relationship between memory, identity and place. Para los hispanohablantes, únase al curador interno del MAC, Adrian Ramos, en este recorrido por nuestras exposiciones actuals, The Land That … y Limbo Land. Obtenga una vision única del pensamiento detrás de ambos proyectos, que exploran la compleja relación entre memoria, identidad y lugar. https://themaclive.com/whats-on

    Art on the Rails
    Project 24, Queen’s Parade, Bangor
    30 June 2019 (last Sunday of each month)
    A monthly curated art and music festival featuring over 30 exhibitors of art and contemporary craft to inspire, relax, revive and stir your senses. Bring a picnic or enjoy food and refreshments from the traders on-site, sit back in the deck chairs and lose yourself in the music or try a free craft taster session and take home a piece of art. Free event.  https://discovernorthernireland.com/Art-on-the-Rails-Bangor-P83918/

    Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection
    F.E.McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge
    31 May – 28 September 2019
    Featuring 30 works from the prestigious Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation which owns the finest collection of Scottish art in private hands, plus additional loans from National Museums Northern Ireland, this new exhibition celebrates work from the four key Scottish Colourist artists, alongside artists who were early influencers of their work. The artists FCB Cadell, JD Fergusson, GL Hunter and SJ Peploe, represent some of the greatest achievements in Scottish art and are amongst the most admired of early twentieth century British painters. The F.E.McWilliam Gallery and Studio itself is dedicated to the memory of the sculptor who was one of Ireland’s most influential and successful artists. Featuring a permanent display of McWilliam’s work as well as temporary exhibitions, it is free to visit. https://visitarmagh.com/places-to-explore/f-e-mcwilliam-gallery/

    Lectures/Talks/Readings

    WW19: Beauty Queens, Music & Activism – A Conversation
    The Black Box, Belfast
    9 June 2019
    Presented by Escuelas de Paz and Beyond Skin. Genesis is a Colombian musician, children’s champion, peace activist and the founder of Genesis Stars Foundation (a school meeting the needs of girls using music in education). Genesis is also a beauty queen with over 16 crowns to her name. So how does Genesis use her success to protect and empower young women, is it a contradiction to promote the unrealistic expectations of beauty competitions or a useful tool for engagement?  https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

    Love, Death and Dirty Divas with Liz Lochhead
    Seamus Heaney HomePlace
    15 June 2019
    From the bittersweet to the rude and raunchy, Liz Lochhead mixes poems and monologues to spellbinding effect, accompanied here by the witty, soulful saxophone of Steve Kettley. Award winning poets Liz Lochhead and David Cameron are joined by Steve Kettley and by Eugene Kelly who toured with The Vaselines and Eugenius. Expect songs, poems and laughter in this lively evening, featuring one of Scotland’s greatest poets. https://seamusheaneyhome.ticketsolve.com/shows

    Take Part

    The Possible City: Art Workshops with Nathan Crothers
    The MAC, Belfast
    1 June, 15 June, 29 June 2019
    This drop-in family workshop considers ideas within the current exhibitions, The Land That… and Limbo Land. Experiment, build, play and help to create a collaborative city of the future. Each individual response will be combined to create a collaborative sculptural installation that imagines a ‘possible city’ that will develop over the course of the exhibitions. How do you shape a city? What buildings, attractions and environments will you create? How do you envision the city of the future? Workshops facilitated by artist Nathan Crothers. Open to all ages. No need to book, just drop in. https://themaclive.com/whats-on

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

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

    Real Sketchy
    The Black Box, Belfast
    6 June 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/

    Life Drawing for Teens
    The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
    9 June 2019
    In this clothed life drawing workshop you will explore aspects of short-pose figure study using charcoal, pencils, ink and pastels. Particular emphasis will be given to portrait study. Plenty of technical and practical guidance as well as inspiration. Basic materials provided. Age 13-16. https://crescentarts.org/whats-on

    Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
    The Black Box, Belfast
    9 June, 16 June & 23 June 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/

    TENX9
    The Black Box, Belfast
    19 June 2019
    9 People, ten minutes, true stories. Join this ever-popular storytelling community where you can have the opportunity to take part or just listen to others as they spin their tales https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/

    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

    Volunteering

    The Black Box, Belfast
    Looking for volunteers
    The Black Box run a programme of regular social activities for adults and children with learning disabilities and for other groups in need of support. Their projects are organised and produced by a small army of volunteers and passionate people. If you feel like changing lives get in touch https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/charity/
    Business Members please contact Tania for information and support on any of the following Board positions t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

    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. https://www.derryvoid.com/  To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

    PintSized Productions
    Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
    PintSized Theatre Company’s recipe is unique and innovative – scour the country for new and emerging talented professionals, mix with established artists, collaborate with different venues and tailor pint-sized projects to make exceptional work. Join them now http://www.pintsizedni.com/  To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

    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. https://www.culturlann.ie/en/about-us  To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

    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. http://cca-derry-londonderry.org/about/ To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

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    Phone: 028 9073 5150
     
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    Maeve at m.mckervey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk
    Sarah at s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk
     
    For information about volunteering and board membership contact:
    Tania at t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

  • 03/09/2019

    The Fundamentals of Arts Board Membership


    Join us for an event on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at the Arts & Business NI offices, 2 Paulett Avenue at 12.30 - 4.30pm.

    This half-day workshop looks at best practice and at the realities of arts charity governance.
    We’ll take a thorough look at the compliance requirements of being on a Board, covering roles and responsibilities plus managerial, legal and financial duties. But that’s only half of the picture!  

    We’ll also discuss organisational performance, business models, income streams and what makes a Board/Board Member effective.
    For: Trustees/Board Members or anyone who is considering joining a Board or would like refresher on the changing requirements.

    Cost: £25+VAT (Sandwich lunch included) Tickets available directly on Eventbrite via this link.

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