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What's on Guide July

01 Jul 2017

What's on Guide July


Celtronic 2017
Derry various venues
28 June – 2 July 2017
Ireland’s longest running electronic music festival, Celtronic, celebrates its seventeenth anniversary this summer. This year’s festival kicks off with a massive party at St Columbs Hall on Wednesday 28th June with Chicago’s finest THE BLACK MADONNA who returns to Derry following a festival stealing performance in 2016. Also on the bill will be one of the most exciting DJs on the planet, Detroit DJ MIKE SERVITO.  Day 2 is at The Guildhall and features Ben UFO, Job Jobse and Or:la. Day 3 at Nerve Centre featuring Carl Craig, Shit Robot, Bekuz DJs and Flux DJs. Day 4 is at St Columbs Hall with Ellen Allien, Levon Vincent, The Cyclist and Darren Allen. Day 5 is at 57 and The Gweedore and features Move D, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda, The Queen & Disco and more.

Sunflowerfest 2017
Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough
28 July – 30 July 2017
This year’s theme of 'A Parallel Universe' places a focus on futurism. Organisers and designers are collaborating to create a festival experience that will guide visitors through space and time, a unique combination of art and science. Entwined with the music there is the 'magic' of poetry and comedy, storytelling, interactive theatre in the Enchanted Glade of Mystery and Surprises and pop up performances and treasure hunts around the 10 acre site.

Festival Organiser, Vanessa Magowan says "With so many new additions this year including many new acts and performances, new venues, camping and glamping areas and many new creative spaces, Sunflowerfest 2017 promises to be the most exciting festival to date and the hottest gig of the summer. We are excited to be working with a number of new partners too, including Boojum and their street food mobile, the NI Science Festival who will be bringing W5 to the festival and lots of out of this world sci-fi treats. Tonic Health and Wellness are set to deliver a holistic micro-festival in our Bliss Area offering essential chill out time to festival-goers, promoting a healthy way of life to individuals, groups and families who can try new activities, explore healthier choices and discover a life lived differently. We are also looking forward to working with our charity partner RSPB again for an alternative look at the festival and its surroundings and also the Eden ProjectCommunities."

Too many acts to list here so be sure to visit the website for more information.

Dalriada Festival
Glenarm Castle
18 July – 25 July 2017
Dalriada Festival July 18-25, Glenarm Castle Billed as Northern Ireland’s biggest cultural and heritage Festival, the main objective of the Festival is to recycle and share talent, renew passion and belief in our local area and regenerate excitement in our land, its people and our shared cultural heritage. Attracting in excess of 20,000 visitors this festival has something for everyone from Highland Games, Fine Foods, Celebrity Chef demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music and children’s entertainment to large outdoor concerts.

Belfast Guitar Festival
24 July – 26 July 2017
In its second year the Belfast Guitar Festival, run by Paul McMordie, is one of the city’s newest events supporting up and coming artists. From folk, Americana, blues and rock to flamenco, indie, jazz and percussive (tappy tap stuff to you and me) this is a festival for music lovers and music players. In the industrial urban setting of T13 this festival is family friendly and gives artists the opportunity to experiment with new material as well as play their well known tracks and covers.

John Hewitt International Summer School
The Marketplace Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh
24 July – 29 July 2017
The aim of the Summer School is to explore political and cultural issues through literature and the arts, and to encourage residents of Northern Ireland to think critically about the world around them.

Through lectures, discussions and debate, the Summer School raises issues of relevance to the divided society in Northern Ireland, providing a platform for audiences to engage with speakers from different backgrounds, experiences, and points of view. The Society encourages the use of the arts as a means to explore sensitive issues, and offers opportunities for engagement with high-profile, high-quality artists and writers; our creative writing classes develop the confidence of individuals and help aid their contributions within their own communities. See the website for the full range of events.

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival
Various venues
26 July  – 3 August 2017
The fourth Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, Happy Days, will take place over two long weekends, between 23 July and 3 August 2015. The annual Beckett festival is directed by Sean Doran. With its multiple and atmospheric locations, the festival boasts performances in all of Enniskillen’s four churches, the 300 seat Ardhowen Theatre on the banks of Lough Erne, at Portora Royal School, and off the beaten track, in the underground caves of Marble Arch, on remote islands, and hidden locations in the countryside.


Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Gulliver’s Travels
28 July – 30 July 2017
This summer, voyage to unknown lands and lose yourself in a world of mythical creatures as Jonathan Swift’s classic satire is brought to life on stage.A spectacular musical adaptation from platinum-selling singer-songwriter Duke Special, comedian Andrew Doyle and the team behind the West End smash hit Once the Musical. YMT’s hugely successful production Gulliver’s Travels, returns to Lyric Theatre Belfast this July, evoking a magical world like no other. Step aboard, the adventure awaits…

Millennium Forum, Derry
West Side Story
27 July – 29 July 2017
The Millennium Forum Youth Musical Group brings the dynamic musical to our stage. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is set in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. This milestone musical explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs, The Jets and The Sharks. Leonard Bernstein’s musical score has become a classic, with Maria, America, Somewhere and I Feel Pretty, becoming recognisable hits.Book by Arthur Laurents. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince. By arrangement with Roger L. Stevens.

The MAC, Belfast
British Final Festival of One Act Plays 2017
7 July – 8 July 2017
The British Final is a UK annual event. Competing teams, winners of their respective One Act Final, from Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales will compete for the prestigious Howard De Walden Trophy. The plays may be by well-known playwrights or completely new writing. An experience of the cream of Amateur Theatre, not to be missed. An adjudication of each performance will be given each evening and Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales will all present finalists.


Music in the Parks - Belfast
Various Belfast City Council locations
2 July – 30 July 2017
Check the website for the full list of free musical performances which cover everything from harp recitals during Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park to brass bands in C.S. Lewis Square and a host of other treats for you to enjoy during July.

The Burnavon Cookstown
July Celebrations Concert
8 July 2017
Our annual July Celebrations Concert brings you a fantastic line up of music and dance to enjoy! This promises to be an evening which not only showcases musical talent in our district, but which introduces the Bright Light Dance Troupe from Belfast and Cup O’Joe from Co. Armagh. Completing our 2017 line up is KasK, who will be performing a fusion of traditional Scottish and Irish music, guaranteeing top notch entertainment. The evening will be compered by entertainer and comedian Gary Wilson, who is sure to light up the room with his banter and shenanigans!


Grand Opera House, Belfast
Family Festival
4 July – 6 July 2017
The Grand Opera House is delighted to present its first ever Family Festival. The Festival has a wide range of activities for children and young people and their families. As well as a wide range  of workshops, the building will come alive with circus performers, face painters, balloon modellers, a treasure hunt as well as a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of Northern Ireland’s oldest Theatre. Workshops for Street Dance, Paper Marbelling, Drama, Clayrazy & Lego, iPad Animation, storytelling sessions and an opportunity to have Tea with Tinkerbell and Peter Pan.

Take Part

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Dumbworld - Let Me Count the Ways
22 July 2017
“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” - William James 100 people of all communities, cultures, backgrounds and ages will take over the stage of the Lyric Theatre in this radical new theatre performance exploring matters of common concern, through song conversation and questions. Conceived and created by Dumbworld, and co-authored by the 100 participants, this unique production will capture a real snap shot of Northern Ireland today. Would you like to take part? Dumbworld are looking for 100 people from a broad spectrum of communities, cultures, backgrounds and ages to join us for this radical new music theatre performance, exploring the invisible and sometimes unusual forces that connect us as human beings.

Please contact Clare Hamilton for further information: or check out the website:

Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre
Animation Summer School
31 July – 4 August 2017
Over the five-day programme you will learn the latest in stop-motion animation practice and 2D animation using Photoshop and After Effects.  The Summer School will include sessions on story devising, stop-motion animation techniques and the principles of animation led by Joel Simon. Joel has been working as a professional animator and animation workshop facilitator for 19 years and founded Flickerpix Animation Studios.  His master classes are based on real industry experience and include Stop motion animation, 2D animation, storyboarding, character creation and stop motion workshops and we are delighted to be able to offer aspiring young animators this exciting opportunity to gain real industry experience.

You must be:

•Aged 15-19 •Able to commit to the whole week – 10am-4pm on the 31st July – 4th August

•As excited as we are about making, watching and talking about animation!

Closing date for applications is 5th July 2017

Go to the website to get more information and download an application form.

Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre
Film School Week
7 August – 11 August 2017

Are you aged 14 – 16 and enthusiastic about filmmaking?

Do you want to make your very own film with other young people?

Will you be free for 5 full days from Monday 7th to Friday 11th August 2017?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above, you might be interested in Nerve Belfast’s Film Week, taking place in the Ulidia Resource Centre, Belfast. You will learn about the filmmaking process, have a specific role as part of a film crew, and make a short film together. You will also have the opportunity to invite friends and family to a screening of your film on the final day. The course is free and will be run by Nerve Belfast’s friendly Creative Media Trainers. We don’t expect you to have any filmmaking experience, just as long as you’re enthusiastic and willing to learn.

Closing date for applications is 5th July 2017

Go to the website to get more information and download an application form.

Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music
Various venues, Belfast - accepting bookings now
31 July – 4 August 2017
This ground-breaking summer school brings together Traditional Music students, artists, performers and tutors from all sections of our Traditional Music communities. The summer school will showcase their talents in the City of Belfast through a programme of classes, talks, lectures, performances and concerts with some of the biggest names in the world of Traditional Music. Limited number of places per class so book early. Details about all masterclasses, concerts and talks are on the website.

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 to register in advance. 

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 for further details or call 028 90 242338.

Beat Carnival
Tiny Beat & Junior Beat

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


Bill Saunders: Side Steps These Ferried Measures Rise
30 June – 24 September 2017
This is the first major institutional exhibition by Belfast based artist Bill Saunders, who works primarily in sculpture. In this exhibition, Saunders considers the very site where artwork is made — the profound “thinking space” that is the studio — as a source of inspiration for his work.

R-Space Gallery
Dealing with Debris – Sarah McWilliams and Lesley Whitehead
15 July – 29 July 2017
Whitehead and McWilliams, artists working in Kings Heath, Birmingham, have been in dialogue about their practice for the last two years. Dealing with Debris showcases their individual creative journeys during this time: McWilliams’ work literally ‘dealing’ with the debris of modern life whilst Whitehead’s interrogates the debris of Post modernism.

Ulster Museum
Conflicting Images
26 May – 19 Nov 2017
In the late 1960s, simmering social and sectarian tensions erupted into street conflict in Northern Ireland.  International photojournalism, its style honed in the Vietnam War, flew in to witness and report. This overview was quickly challenged by a wave of young, local press and freelance photographers, driven to bring local perspective, experience and context to the wider world picture. At the same time, photography was used, as ever, to capture a more personalised record of time, event and place. It also continued to be employed to inform broader local agendas in areas such as planning and marketing. This exhibition draws on the Ulster Museum’s expanding collections of photography of the recent past, to look at how the visual record of life in Northern Ireland developed during the years of ‘The Troubles’.This is a Free exhibition. This exhibition is located in “Window on History” temporary gallery, in the Ulster Museum.


The Market Place Theatre, Armagh
John Hewitt International Summer School: Panel Discussion
24 July 2017
With Seamus Mallon, Steve Aiken, Steven Agnew, Naomi Long, & Peter Osborne.
Seamus Mallon was the first deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2001. He was also the Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) from 1979 to 2001. Steve Aiken was elected to the Assembly in 2016 to represent South Antrim for the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP). He is Party spokesperson on the Economy. Steven Agnew is the leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland. He was elected as an MLA to the Northern Ireland Assembly in May 2011. Naomi Long is leader of the Alliance Party. She represented Belfast East in the United Kingdom House of Commons from 2010 to 2015, and previously represented the same constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. Peter Osborne was formerly chair of the Parades Commission, and currently chairs the Community Relations Council.

Supported by Stratagem

Volunteering Opportunities

Belfast International Arts Festival – Poppies: Weeping Window
6 October – 28 October 2017
Volunteer Poppy Ambassadors needed
Belfast International Arts Festival and the Ulster Museum are recruiting a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help deliver a world class visitor experience to everyone who visits the Poppies: Weeping Window sculpture during its time in Belfast – and to help with a broad programme of associated events. While there is no formal closing date applications may close should there be an excess of volunteers. Roles will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Belfast International Arts Festival
6 October – 28 October 2017
Volunteers needed
Volunteering with Festival is a fun and rewarding way to gain insight into running events and a great way to network and gain industry contacts.We are seeking dynamic and hard-working volunteers to help deliver a world class visitor experience to everyone who visits the Belfast International Arts Festival.   Volunteers will be the first point of contact to welcome guests and audiences, and assist the Front of House Manager in running the events on the day.

Closing Date: Friday 1st September 2017 at 4pm but applications may close earlier should there be an excess of volunteers.

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.

National Trust - Mount Stewart Conversations
October 2017
Volunteers needed
Volunteers turn good events into amazing experiences. With lots of different ways for you to get involved, find out more about what you can bring to the Conversation.

Mount Stewart Conversations is a two-day festival on 14 and 15 October that will see some of the best minds in literature, politics, arts, music and performance come together in one place to create something truly magical. And the really exciting part is that YOU can be part of this unique event by joining the volunteer team. Whether you are free to participate in the whole weekend, or you’d just like to do a single shift, your help will be invaluable to the success of the event. We currently have vacancies across a number of key volunteer roles. Check the website for more information. Information Sessions on Wednesday 24 August between 10am and 1pm and on Saturday 27 August between 1pm and 4pm.

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