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What’s On Guide Christmas 2017

04 Dec 2017

What’s On Guide Christmas 2017

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Arts & Business NI Events

A&B NI Business Member Christmas Event

Elf at Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
14 December 2017
Our business members are invited to bring their family to join us at the gorgeous art deco Strand Cinema on Holywood Road for a private screening of our favourite Christmas film Elf. Numbers are limited so book early (max 4 tickets each). Meet at 4.30pm to collect your free popcorn, screening from 5pm – 7pm, fancy dress encouraged!
Apply by email to Sarah at s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

Festivals

Out To Lunch Arts Festival
Black Box and other venues, Belfast
5 January – 28 January 2018
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival brings Out To Lunch back for the 13th year as they launch OTL13. A fabulous eclectic mix of music and lectures with speakers including Jonathan Meades, Bernard McLaverty, Dave Johns (star of I, Daniel Blake) and music from Wolfgang Flur (ex-Kraftwerk), Shirley Collins, Kaia Kater and many more.
www.cqaf.com/otl2017.html

Theatre

The MAC, Belfast
The Humours of Bandon
1 December – 2 December 2017
A humorous, one-woman show about a teenage girl competing in Irish Dancing. Written by a former Irish Dance champion, this is a unique and infectiously funny play that touches on the emotion and thrill involved in having a true passion. Full of heart, humour and wisdom, this is perfect for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life.
www.themaclive.com

Queens Film Theatre
NT Live: Young Marx
7 December 2017
Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels in this new comedy written by Richard bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre London the production reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man Two Guvnors.
www.queensfilmtheatre.com

The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
Jake O’Kane: Still Sittin’ On The Fence
29 December 2017 & 3 February 2018
Top comic Jake O’Kane will be casting a satirical eye over the preceding twelve months, combining stories and pictures from The Irish News with the madness of the internet to debunk the great, the not so great, and himself. Also featuring one of NI’s brightest emerging comedy talents Terry McHugh in what promises to be a night to remember. Suitable for age 16+.
www.marketplacearmagh.com

Music

Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Fabio Lepore Italian Jazz Quintet
4 December 2017
Fabio Lepore is one of Italy’s top jazz vocalists with a tremendous range and the ability to deliver fast be-bop lines with great clarity alongside a superb tone on the more relaxed material is something of a revelation. Fabio is joined on stage by guitarist Dino Plasmati, alto-saxophonist Carlo Fraccalvieri, bassist Pasquale Votino and Eddie Jones West on drums. This is a Crescent BYO event.
www.crescentarts.org

The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
Singin’ In The Rain!
4 December – 9 December 2017
Enniskillen Light Opera return to The Ardhowen with one of the greatest musicals of them all. The show is fast paced and funny, packed with brilliant and well known numbers such as Make Em Laugh, Good Morning and of course Singin In The Rain. A great family show guaranteed to put a smile on your face an get your toes tapping.
www.ardhowen.com

The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
Cathedrals Partnership Event
5 December 2017
An evening of Advent Meditation in music, poetry, prose and prayer with Armagh Cathedrals Partnership in The Market Place Theatre Studio.
www.marketplacearmagh.com

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
The Divine Comedy
6 December 2017
Since The Divine Comedy’s inception in 1989 Neil Hannon has time and again proved to be one of the UK’s best and most original songwriters. ‘The Divine Comedy is me at my purest. It’s like poitin, completely unadulterated 100 per cent proof Hannon brain. Whether that’s a good thing or not may depend on your taste.’
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
Jesca Hoop
7 December 2017
Jesca Hoop is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who writes and performs in diverse musical styles. She has released five studio albums of her own, as well as live, acoustic and dual albums with others.
www.strandartscentre.com

Sonic Arts Research Centre
Moving on Music presents Eva Zollner & Heather Roche
7 December 2017
A series of free lunchtime concerts in the most advanced music venue in Ireland. Constantly different. Always boundary-pushing. Never dull. Eva Zollner plays accordion, creates something new, crosses borders musically and geographically, connects cultures artforms and people, makes the inaudible audible. Heather Roche is a Canadian born berlin based clarinettist of immense talent and imagination.
www.movingonmusic.com

Belfast Waterfront
Ulster Orchestra: The Messiah
8 December – 9 December 2017
Belfast Philharmonic Choir and Ulster Orchestra come together to bring you Handel’s choral masterpiece. A central part of the festive season for 275 years this work continues to captivate audiences worldwide and remains one of the most widely performed and best loved classical oratorios ever written.
www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk

Ulster Hall Belfast
Christmas in The City Gala Concert
10 December 2017
Celebrate the magic of Christmas with this evening of festive music and readings, with all ticket proceeds supporting Cancer Fund for Children, Atlantic Youth Trust, Engineers without Borders, Pieta House. This year’s concert features special guest appearances from flautist Eimear McGeown and theatre stars including Anthony Boyle, Fra Fee and Niamh Perry along with performances from Schola Cantorum and the Ulster Youth Orchestra.
www.ulsterhall.co.uk

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Northern Ireland Opera present Midnight Vanities
11 December 2017
The Northern Ireland Opera Studio presents Midnight Vanities, an evening with songs from the Jazz Age and The Threepenny Opera. Take a seat, enjoy a drink and join the singers in a tale of five characters; their hopes, weaknesses and social aspirations, set against the wongs of Kurt Weill, Franz Lehar, Hanns Eisler and more.
www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce Carol Service
14 December 2017
The Annual NI Chamber Christmas Carol Service will take place in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast on Thursday 14 December 2017 by kind permission of the Board and Chapter.
Led by Church Leaders representing the main denominations in Northern Ireland and Christmas music by multi awarding-winning Concentio Chamber Choir, directed by Jonathan Ireland. Traditional Carol Service in St Anne’s Cathedral at 6pm followed by a reception with mulled wine and mince pies at Ulster University Business School Belfast Campus at 7pm. Event kindly sponsored by Ulster University Business School and Lanyon Communications.
www.northernirelandchamber.com/event/ni-chamber-carol-service-4/

The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
Cara Dillon
14 December 2017
Join exceptional Cara Dillon for what will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable festive experience. Cara and her band will perform classic carols, Celtic hymns and other Christmas songs to celebrate and share in the Christmas spirit. If you don’t already know the voice of Cara Dillon you are in for a treat.
www.marketplacearmagh.com

St George’s Church, High Street, Belfast
Sing with Sestina – Handel’s Messiah
16 December 2017
Popular ‘Sing with Sestina’ Messiah returns featuring the spectacular young voices of Sestina and a ‘come and sing’ chorus. Join the early music specialists for an all-day workshop culminating in a performance of Belfast’s only authentic Messiah.
www.sestinamusic.com

The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
Christmas Jazz Club: Martello Jazz Band
16 December 2017
The hugely popular Martello Jazz Band will take centre stage with their distinctive Dixieland 1920’s New Orleans jazz sound. A great Christmas night out with friends.
www.marketplacearmagh.com

Ulster Museum Belfast
Sestina presents Carols by Candlelight
17 December 2017
Join the early music specialists for a spectacular evening of traditional favourites and contemporary carols for an hour-long concert in the stunning surroundings of the Ulster Museum. (Suitable for the whole family).
www.sestinamusic.com

Ulster Hall Belfast
Ulster Orchestra: JTi Lunchtime Concerts: A Box of Festive Delights
19 December 2017
Settle in for a memorable afternoon of festive treats, starting with Debussy’s evocation of memories of childhood toys in Children’s Corner, while Traumerei am Kamin sees Richard Strauss dream by the fireside. And to wrap things up, the perfect Christmas gift, that delightful festive favourite, The Nutcracker.
www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk

The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
Christmas with Cantilena
20 December 2017
Armagh’s sensational a cappella group Cantilena will pour some festive spirit into your Christmas celebrations as they ring in the season in their own inimitable a cappella style. Featuring traditional carols, popular Christmas songs, mulled wine and mince pies you are sure to come away glowing with the spirit of Christmas.
www.marketplacearmagh.com

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Frank’s Place
20 December – 22 December 2017
Join the in crowd a Frank’s Place for a festive evening with the best Frank Sinatra Tribute act around right now. Enjoy a delicious two course dinner in the intimate surroundings of the Baby Grand Studio Theatre and let musical maestro Paul Holgate take you back to a by-gone era with swing classis such as Chicago, I Get a Kick Out of You, That’s Life, and My Way.
www.goh.co.uk

Belfast Waterfront
Ulster Orchestra: The Magic of Christmas
21 December 2017
Acclaimed West End star Anne-Jane Casey joins the Orchestra for this new spectacular show. Featuring many of your Christmas favourites such as Winter Wonderland and White Christmas, you’ll definitely feel that Santa Claus is coming to town!
www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk

The MAC, Belfast
Ryan Vail & Joshua Burnside
29 December - 30 December 2017
Two of Northern Ireland’s most interesting new musicians come together on one bill for a very special night of music. Ryan Vail strides the worlds of classical and electronic music and has been shortlisted for the Northern Ireland music prize in 2016. Joshua Burnside plays with the folk genre in a distinctive quirky style and has been shortlisted for the Northern Ireland music prize 2017.
www.themaclive.com

The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
Sharon Shannon
4 January 2018
Sharon Shannon, the button accordion player from Co Clare, has toured with a vast array of top flight musicians including Bono, Sinead O’Connor, The Waterboys, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and many more. Her music mixes traditional Irish, reggae, country, Native American, bluegrass, rap, dance and more and she has multi-platinum album sales and two Meteor awards to her credit.
www.marketplacearmagh.com

Family

 
The MAC, Belfast
Hansel & Gretel
28 November 2017 – 7 January 2018
Join Hansel and Gretel in a modern version of their classic tale of a magical Christmas adventure and discover why friendship, laughter and a big bag of sweets are essential to making Christmas the happiest, twinkliest and funniest time of the year with family. Expect big songs, an evil witch and an all-important candy trail. All ages but best suited to 5+. Signed, audio-described and relaxed performances available.
www.themaclive.com

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Beauty and The Beast
30 November 2017 – 6 January 2018
A modern twist on a timeless tale, with a fresh score of original songs and enchanting visuals, this exciting new family musical will have audiences of all ages enthralled. A sweet-natured singer-songwriter makes a deal with an all-powerful music producer and now he’s got everything he ever wanted, fame, fortune, stardom but he’s turning into a monster. Can Belle save him from his wicked ways?
www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
Jack & The Beanstalk
1 December – 31 December 2017
A gigantic beanstalk, Daisy the Cow, magic beans, a goose that lays golden eggs and the nastiest of giants – it’s panto time again at the Forum! Packed with great song and dance routines, hilarious comedy, dazzling scenes and magical specials effects, Jack & The Beanstalk is fun for all the family. Suitable for ages 4 upwards.
www.millenniumforum.co.uk

The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
Sleeping Beauty Panto
2 December – 24 December 2017
This full-scale spectacular traditional pantomime will combine wonderful music, song and dance, colourful costumes, memorable characters and loads of audience participation in a lively and sparkling Christmas adventure. Suitable for ages 5 upwards.
www.marketplacearmagh.com

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Peter Pan
2 December 2017 – 14 January 2018
Peter Pan is packed full of magical panto ingredients that audiences have come to expect – comedy, outrageous costumes, stunning scenery and special effects…along with a few surprises thrown in. Starring May McFettridge, Claire King, David Badella and Paul Burling amongst others, this show is sure to delight. Signed, captioned, audio described and relaxed performances all available.
www.goh.co.uk

The MAC, Belfast
Storytime Sunday
3 December 2017 (first Sunday of every month)
Relax with your little ones at the MAC on the first Sunday of each month for some fun story time in our wonderful Family Room.
www.themaclive.com

The Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown
Humpty Dumpty’s Big EggVenture
3 December 2017
The classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty is brought to the stage in this wonderful interactive singing and dancing production. Humpty Dumpty is going on a big adventure to climb the highest wall in the Kingdom but he needs your help. Sing along, solve puzzles and meet lots of famous children’s characters along the way. Suitable for ages 1 – 7 years.
www.burnavon.com

Riverside Theatre Coleraine
Ali Baba & The Naughty Thieves
4 December - 9 December 2017
Riverbank Productions brings you all the ingredients for a traditional panto; a comical hero, his beautiful and clever fiancée, a panto dame, a villain and naughty thieves. Enjoy the show as this brainless
woodcutter with no money stumbles upon riches beyond his wildest dreams. Suitable for ages 5 to 10 years.
www.ulster.ac.uk/riverside

Belfast Waterfront
Sleeping Beauty
6 December 2017 – 7 January 2018
A dream of a pantomime. You’ll love this traditional Christmas adventure brought to you by a fabulous cast of larger than life characters. A beautiful princess is doomed to sleep for a hundred years. Can anyone break the spell and wake her? You won’t know unless you go!
www.ulsterhall.co.uk

Writers Square Belfast
Tumble Circus present The Winter Circus
8 December - 27 December 2017
Belfast’s own Tumble Circus are back in Writers Square for a spectacle of circus and comedy in their iconic fully heated big top. Forget what you think about circus and experience world class acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and the unique humour that has made Tumble Circus an international award winning modern circus company.
www.tumblecircus.com

Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
Christmas Classic Films
28 November 2017 – 7 January 2018
A wonderful range of classic Christmas films to enjoy at the not-for-profit art deco arts centre in East Belfast. Choose from Elf on 9th, 16th and 23rd December; Frozen on 9th, 16th and 23rd December; Home Alone 2 on 14th and 24th December; It’s a Wonderful Life on 22nd December; Miracle on 34th Street on 24th December.
www.strandartscentre.com

Crescent Arts Centre
Shh! We Have a Plan
13 December – 24 December 2017
Award winning children’s theatre company Cahoots NI are casting a spell over young theatre goers this Christmas as they bring this enchanting tale to life. This nonverbal, delightful and poignant tale follows the journey of some madcap characters, each of whom has a plan … they all want to capture a beautiful bird perched high in a tree. The quest becomes and obsession and the obsession becomes the absurd. Bring along the family and prepare to be enchanted. Relaxed performances available. Suitable for ages 3 – 8 years.
www.crescentarts.org

Take Part

Crescent Arts Centre
The Fine and Dandy Market
3rd December 2017 & 17 December
Held every month the market showcases the work of independent artists, designers, illustrators and crafters alongside collectors of records, books, vintage wares and quality local food and drink produce. The market is an alternative hive of creativity with an emphasis on all things grassroots and locally produced. It’s a great place to spend a Sunday morning with special events and themed markets being held throughout the year.
www.crescentarts.org

Cathedral Quarter Belfast
First Thursdays Belfast
7 December 2017
Belfast’s famous Cathedral Quarter will be playing host to a range of cultural events on the first Thursday of every month. ‘First Thursdays’ is the brand new initiative from Destination CQ showcasing the talent and culture within Belfast’s culture hub. Over thirty different venues helped to make the launch of ‘First Thursdays’ a massive success. Visitors and locals enjoyed a wide variety of fun activities throughout the day, including a series of live music performances across the Cathedral Quarter, exciting street performances and excellent food and drink promotions from some of Belfast’s top restaurants and bars.
www.firstthursdaysbelfast.com

The Black Box
Black Moon Disco
5 December 2017
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. The club is on the first Tuesday of each month (usually) and is from 7pm to 10pm. It is £3 entry and £1 entry for parents and carers. If you would like to arrange for a group to come along please get in touch!
www.blackboxbelfast.com

F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge
Textile Christmas Decorations with Jane Mathers
7 December 2017
Come along and explore a variety of textile print, embroidery and embellishment techniques to create bespoke Christmas decorations for your home or as a gift. Book online.
www.capartscentre.com/2017/11/textile-christmas-decorations-with-jane-mathers-7-dec/

Queens Film Theatre
Dementia Friendly Events – White Christmas
9 December 2017
A successful song and dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and join together to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen with music by Irving Berlin this is a true classic. Screenings open to all but particularly suitable for people living with dementia and their family, friends and carers. Tea, coffee, biscuits and a chance to socialise for 30 minutes before the film.
www.queensfilmtheatre.com

F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge
Festive Wreaths with Lorna Brownlee
14 December 2017
Join local florist, Lorna Brownlee, for a festive evening of Christmas wreath making. Using beautiful foliage, cinnamon sticks, berries, cones and orange slices, Lorna will guide you step by step in creating a perfect Christmas wreath for your front door. All materials provided but please bring your own scissors. Book online.
www.capartscentre.com/2017/11/festive-wreaths-with-lorna-brownlee-14-dec/

Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
Polish Christmas Legend
16 December 2017
Join in at this family-friendly one actor theatre performance followed by arts & crafts workshops and a chance to sample traditional Polish snacks. Performed in English by Polish Theatre Group based in Belfast. Suitable for ages 5 to 12.
www.strandartscentre.com

British Council literature opportunity
Open call for short story writers
Closing 31 December 2017
The British Council in Turkey aims to build a bridge between Turkish and UK writers, facilitate dialogue between literary professionals in both countries, and create a platform to showcase works by Turkish and British writers to new audiences. To support this initiative, the British Council is launching a short story competition, on the theme of ‘diversity’ in partnership with two literary institutions: ITEF-Istanbul Tanpinar Literature festival in Turkey, and Word factory in the UK. Winning stories will be published on a new British Council digital platform, alongside specially commissioned stories by established authors from turkey and the UK. All stories will be translated into the other language (English/Turkish). Find out more on the website
www.capartscentre.com/2017/11/open-call-for-short-story-writers-closing-31-dec/

Void, Derry
Void Youth Forum
Ongoing
The Void Youth Forum will be a group made up of young people aged between 14-17 years with an interest in visual art. The aim is to create a youth-led working group, supported by Void, where participants come together regularly to get involved in the life of the gallery, gain valuable experience and give a fresh perspective on our exhibitions and learning programmes. Members of the youth forum will set out the terms of engagement and act as co-authors with Void at every step of the process and will meet professional artists, curators and other creative professionals; programme events for young peers; become part of a close-knit collective; experience life in a leading contemporary art gallery; explore ways of representing their perspective on Void’s programme; utilise the potential for work experience, skills and learning development. See the website for more information.
www.derryvoid.com/engage/void-youth-forum.php

Beat Carnival
Tiny Beat & Junior Beat
Tuesdays
Have you got a tiny artist in your life?
Tiny Beat (ages 3-8) is a time for your children to explore their creative side through play. We teach a wide range of art forms including percussion, performance, dance and lots of making!

Junior Beat (ages 9-15) is for children looking for more of a challenge and the opportunity to exercise their growing skillset. We teach a lot more drama and making with this group, at the request of the children. Parents of Tiny Beat kids ("Beatniks"!) get opportunities for their own skills training, making it a great way for you to learn alongside your child as part of a vibrant community. The content of each of our classes is designed in partnership with the kids (and parents), so get involved and tell us what you would like to do! For more info contact Rebecca at workshops@beatcarnival.com

Crescent Arts Centre
Crescent Arts Centre Book Club
1st Wednesday of every month
Love to read? Join the Crescent Arts Centre Book Club. If you haven’t read the book, no problem! Open Door - Join at any time. Simply email outreach@crescentarts.org to register in advance.
www.crescentarts.org

Crescent Arts Centre
Arts and Older People Project: Silver Celebrations
Ongoing 2017
Calling all older people aged 60 plus! Would you like to get involved in an exciting project, in which you will learn contemporary dance theatre in a supportive and fun environment and also have the opportunity to be involved in a local touring show? Email Ann at outreach@crescentarts.org for further details or call 028 90 242338.
www.crescentarts.org

Exhibitions

Ulster Museum
Royal Ulster Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition
6 October 2017 – 7 January 2018
Still one of the highlights of the Northern Ireland arts calendar attracting over 85,000 visitors the 136th Annual Exhibition will showcase original works across the disciplines of the visual arts by emerging and established artists.
www.royalulsteracademy.org

The MAC
Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness
20 October 2017 – 14 January 2018
Curated by artist John Walter, this exhibition brings together international artists and architects to explore the nature of visual awkwardness. Shonky is a slang term meaning corrupt or bent, shoddy or unreliable and is used here to celebrate a particular type of visual aesthetic that is hand-made, deliberately clumsy and lo-fi, against the slick production values of much contemporary art.
www.themaclive.com

Ulster Museum
Game of Thrones® Tapestry
22 July 2017 – 4 March 2018
From Winterfell to the Iron Islands, this epic 77 metre long tapestry brings to life the infamous locations and story of the most popular television series of all time in the style of the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Weaving the story from Seasons 1-7 this is a fabulous opportunity for fans to reminisce over all the action leading to the finale of Season 7. The locally sourced Irish Linen has been delicately hand embroidered by a team of 30 stitchers at the Ulster Museum and Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. (Age 18+ due to graphic scenes)
www.nmni.com

Lectures

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
In Conversation with Rosemary Jenkinson
9 December 2017
As her time as Writer-in-Residence draws to a close, join Rosemary Jenkinson in conversation with Literary Manager Rebecca Mairs to celebrate her year with the Lyric. Gain an insight into Rosemary’s writing ethos, including how she writes, why she writes and for whom she writes. Rosemary is currently working on a number of projects for the Lyric, the Abbey, Accidental Theatre and c21.
www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
Sunday Literature Salon
10 December 2017
Ease your way into Sunday mornings with this new monthly literature salon for authors, poets and playwrights – and those who just want to listen to what they have to say. In partnership with Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s. This month featuring Gerald Dawe in conversation. Second Sunday of every month.
www.strandartscentre.com

Volunteering Opportunities

Cathedral Quarter Trust
Closing 29 December 2017
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
Cathedral Quarter Trust is inviting Expressions of Interest from individuals who are interested in serving as Trustees of CQT. They are looking for individuals who are based in, or have an interest in, the Cathedral Quarter area, and who can make a dynamic and positive contribution to their work, particularly in the areas of Arts, Culture, Heritage, Business and the Community and Voluntary sector. To find out more and download an Expression of Interest Form check the website.
https://www.capartscentre.com/2017/11/call-for-expressions-of-interest-for-trustees/

Golden Thread Gallery
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
Golden Thread Gallery is a medium-scale, publicly funded, contemporary art gallery with charitable status based in Belfast. Recognised for its engagement with recent histories and re-imagined futures, the majority of its programme is engaged with offering the public a contextual experience of the visual art of our time. GTG have an opening on their Board for a curious individual and would particularly welcome someone with a legal background. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk
www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

Digital Arts Studios
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
DAS which is located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter was established in 2003 and facilitates artists in the production of innovative new digital art work. Their mission is to promote the convergence of art and technology and they provide invaluable access to resources, equipment and training along with artist residencies, public talks, exhibitions and screenings. This cutting edge organisation is looking for Board members. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk
www.digitalartstudios.com

The John Hewitt Society
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
The John Hewitt Society promotes literature, arts and culture inspired by the ideals and ideas of the poet John Hewitt. The Society was established in 1987 and provides opportunities for individuals across Northern Ireland to explore issues of difference and identity through literature and creative writing. They are looking for Board members with marketing and legal skills. To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk
www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk


WheelWorks
Looking for new Trustees to join the Board
WheelWorks is a youth arts organisation working with children and young people aged 4 – 25 who may not otherwise have access to high quality artistic activity. They work in partnership with all types of communities throughout NI to provide taster workshops and issue based programmes which help young people learn new skills and express themselves through traditional and digital art. WheelWorks are looking for a Treasurer to join their Board.  To find out more please contact Tania at Arts & Business NI tel. 028 90735150 or email t.carlisle@artsandbusinessni.org.uk
www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

The Black Box
Now accepting donations
Within their programme Black Box run a huge range of social events for children, young people and adults with learning difficulties. Without their donors Black Box Trust couldn’t continue with their amazing charitable outreach work. They have just launched a new donation scheme so they can accept donations for small sums. Check out the website for more information about how to give and exactly what you could support either by donating or by volunteering.
http://www.blackboxbelfast.com/charity/

The MAC, Belfast
Ongoing
Volunteers needed
With 363 days of activity throughout the year the MAC welcomes volunteers from all walks of life. As a valued member of the MACtivist team you will have the opportunity to get involved in many aspects at the MAC including the galleries, theatres and creative workshops. So unlock your imagination and make new friends along the way by becoming a volunteer.
https://themaclive.com/about-us/volunteer

Fighting Words Belfast
Ongoing, Various venues, Belfast
Volunteers needed
Do you like stories? Do you want to work with children and young people? Do you want to learn new skills and meet new people? Fighting Words Belfast is a creative writing project for young people from the age of 6 upwards in Northern Ireland. We are a place dedicated to writing, where young people can explore their imaginations and have fun expressing themselves.

We run free workshops for school and youth groups, during which participants work collaboratively and individually to create a piece of writing unique to them. Most workshops take place during the school day, but after-schools, evening and weekend sessions are also on offer. Volunteers give three hours of their time per workshop and spend two hours with the participants helping them create exciting new stories. We are looking for all sorts of people to volunteer to spend some time with children and young people. The roles for Fighting Words volunteers are:

Writing mentor - Story-maker – Illustrator - Production helper

If you’d like to spark a young person’s imagination visit the website.
www.youngatart.co.uk/volunteers

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www.belfastexposed.org
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