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01 Jun 2017

What's on Guide June

Don’t forget Volunteer Week 1-7 June!!  Make a difference – volunteer today

Volunteering Opportunities

Belfast Photo Festival
Various venues, Belfast
1 – 30 June 2017
Volunteers needed
The 2017 Belfast Photo Festival will bring the busiest and most ambitious programme of exhibitions and events ever seen in Northern Ireland. To help realise this we are looking to form a first-class team of volunteers to help us setup and deliver the Festival. The Festival's success relies on the enthusiasm and hard work of a group of committed volunteers. The Festival offers volunteers the invaluable experience of working with internationally renowned curators, photographers, publishers and photographic professionals and offers the camaraderie of being part of an international experience. In addition, we will be giving away tickets to a selection of events including a number of those within our VIP programme. Visit website for full details.

Sunflowerfest 2017
3 day festival of music and art, Tubby’s Farm Hillsborough
28 – 30 July 2017
Volunteers needed
Sunflowerfest’s line-up will feature a host of new bands and DJs alongside a diverse range of performances, partnerships and attractions with something to appeal to every taste. Highlights will include Crazy P, Rubberbandits, Screaming Eagles, Beauty Sleep, Ben Cutler and lots more.
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Walled City Music Festival
Various venues, Derry/Londonderry
31 May – 4 June 2017
Taking place in venues across Derry, the city’s premiere classical music event returns with a packed programme of recitals by leading artists, innovative projects, workshops and gala concerts.

WCMF: Measha Brueggergosman & Cathal Breslin
1 June 2017 The Glassworks 7.30pm
Leading Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman opens the 9th Walled City Music Festival alongside Co-Artistic Director Cathal Breslin (piano) with a spectacular programme of Ravel and Barber, followed by Duke Ellington, John Cage and Cabaret Songs by William Bolcom. Measha has emerged as one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities of our time and is guaranteed to open the festival with a rousing performance.

Ulster University Music End-of-Year Showcase
Friday 2 June, Christ Church 1.15pm & The Glassworks 7.30pm
The Walled City Music Festival is delighted to feature the end-of-year showcase for Ulster University Music students as part of its festival programme for a third year running. Featuring final performances by students across the full musical range from classical to jazz, pop and rock, alongside a special appearance from guest artist Cara Dillon, high-quality music-making and an end-of-term party atmosphere are guaranteed!

WCMF: NonZeroSum Ensemble
2 June 2017 Culturlann Auditorium 4.00pm
As part of the festival’s Inclusive Creativity strand, the NonZeroSum Ensemble performs the world premiere of Frank Lyons’ new composition based on concepts from game theory, alongside George Crumb’s iconic 1970’s work, Black Angels, for amplified string quartet, and music from Derry’s Acoustronic Ensemble. Combining acoustic and amplified instruments with new technology, a stimulating, intense and surprising listening experience is guaranteed!

WCMF: Cathal, Sabrina & Friends
3 June 2017 The Glassworks 7.30pm
Spend Saturday night at The Glassworks with a generation of Derry’s finest musicians in concert. Co-Artistic Directors of the Festival Cathal Breslin (piano) and Sabrina Hu (flute) welcome Ioana Petcu-Colan (violin), Ruth McGinley (piano), Gerard McChrystal (saxophone), Kim Vaughan (cello) and the Benyounes Quartet to entertain with an encore-style evening full of fun, short, light works – something for everyone to enjoy!

WCMF: Closing Gala Concert with Ulster Orchestra
4 June 2017, Millennium Forum, 7.30pm
Walled City Music closes its 2017 festival with a sumptuous gala concert featuring the internationally-acclaimed Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman and Derry-born pianist Cathal Breslin, supported by the Ulster Orchestra. The evening’s music will include orchestral songs by Berlioz and Mahler and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the great romantic masterpieces of classical music. A highlight of Derry’s 2017 musical calendar, this is an event not to be missed!

Belfast International Photo Festival
Various venues, Belfast
1 June - 30 June 2017
This major photographic event attracts over 80,000 visitors a year, celebrating some of the finest national and international contemporary photography across 30 museums, galleries and public venues. The festival includes exhibitions, talks, symposiums, workshops, screenings, masterclasses, portfolio reviews and tours. This year the Festival has taken as its inspiration the visual politics of sexuality and the ways in which the camera is used to construct and deconstruct gender binaries. Exhibitions and events take place across both public and private spheres, in which audiences can engage with discussion around contemporary gender discourse.

Open Submission
3 June – 30 June 2017 St Anne’s Square
A sense of global character unites this series of three exhibitions – a rich seam of people, places and objects that come together to speak to timely, universal themes of loss and longing; class and kinship. These exhibitions have been curated through an international open submission process, with artists selected from 13 countries and judged by an international panel of experts.

Hello Mr.
1 June – 30 July 2017 Naughton Gallery at Queens
A comprehensive survey of the history of Hello Mr. magazine founded by Brooklyn-based Ryan Fitzgibbon in 2013. Hello Mr. is a community of “men who date men” and consistently features an intelligent collection of articles, stories, interviews, photographic essays and reviews.   

Fashion – Blurred Lines, A Matter of Attitude
4 June – 30 July 2017 Ulster Museum & Victoria Square
This world exclusive exhibition presents some of the globe’s most influential fashion photographers, with imagery shot for iconic publications, which include British Vogue, Italian Vogue, Vogue Paris and Vogue Homme amongst others.

Annual Group Exhibition
3 June – 11 June 2017 Ulster University Art Gallery
This annual exhibition will launch the new photographic talent graduating from Belfast School of Art’s Department of Photography. Graduates have built successful careers, won awards, published photobooks and exhibited widely.

Artist/Curator Talks – Lewis Bush
1 June 2017 Belfast Exposed
This is one of a number of Artist/Curator talks included in the festival. Lewis Bush is a UK based photographer, writer and curator interested in power and the ways it is created and contested. Belfast Photo Festival is delighted to welcome Lewis to Belfast Exposed for this artist talk, where he will discuss his upcoming photobook. “Shadows of the State” which is to be published later in 2017, explores technologies or espionage through open source research and satellite imagery. Too many events to list here so be sure to visit for more information.

Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival
Queen's Quay and Titanic Quarter
16 June - 18 June 2017 Belfast’s quaysides will play host to the 2017 Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 June. This will be a free, action-packed, family-fun weekend. The event will take place at Queen's Quay, The Arc and Titanic Slipways as part of a trio of consecutive maritime festivals happening across the UK and Ireland in Belfast, Dublin and Liverpool.

Over the three days you can enjoy:

Belfast Book Festival
Various venues, Belfast
7 June - 17 June 2017
The Belfast Book Festival returns this year, bigger and better that ever! Now in its 7th year, the festival is growing from strength to strength and events will span over 10 days! Based at the Crescent Arts Centre, this year’s festival brings to the stage a broad range of both local and international stars. We have lots of variety in our line up so no matter what your preferred genre to read is, you will be sure to find an event, which will be of interest to you. Featuring well-known authors, comedians and journalists, the festival boasts something for all tastes and interests!

Family Fun Day
Lower Crescent Park
10 June 2017
Come on down to the merry old land of Oz and enjoy a great day out with the family! ​Join Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow for a jam-packed day full to the brim with fun activities the whole family can enjoy! Best of all our Family Fun Day is FREE to attend!

Mastering Character, Landscape and Plot in Crime Fiction - A workshop with Anthony J Quinn
Crescent Arts Centre
11 June 2017
Learn how to craft a killer story for film, fiction or TV – an unmissable workshop with bestselling author Anthony J Quinn, whose debut Disappeared was a Daily Mail crime novel of the year, and a Sunday Times best book of the year. Whether you want to write a crime novel, a police procedural or a TV drama to rival The Fall, this masterclass will help give your story a riveting landscape, convincing, nuanced characters and a roller-coaster plot.

Everything A Debut Novelist Needs To Know - A workshop with Paul McVeigh
Crescent Arts Centre
17 June 2017
The launch of his acclaimed debut novel The Good Son, saw Paul travelling the world with invitations to events and festivals, selling foreign and stage rights, being shortlisted for numerous awards and winning the Polari Prize. The Good Son was given out free around the UK as part of Word Book Night this April two years after its release. Paul is back home in Belfast for this class on how to prepare for upcoming publication, give your debut the best chance for success and how to keep that momentum going. 


Lyric Theatre, Belfast
The Ladykillers
10 June – 8 July 2017
A riotous, blackly comic tale of deception, greed and afternoon tea…Living alone in her ramshackle Victorian house, with only her beloved parrot General Gordon for company, Mrs Wilberforce becomes unwittingly embroiled in an ingenious heist plot when she lets her spare room to the charming yet mysterious Professor Marcus and his motley gang of ‘musicians’. But when Mrs Wilberforce discovers what they’re really up to, the Professor decides it’s time for her to take her final bow…. Don’t miss this hilarious and critically acclaimed adaptation of the classic Ealing Comedy, written by renowned comedy writer Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd, Black Books) at the Lyric this June! 

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Giselle (Ballet)
21 June – 24 June 2017
English National Ballet performs in Northern Ireland for the first time. Moving from idyllic village life to a moonlit world full of mystery and menace, Mary Skeaping’s classic production of Giselle features some of ballet’s most dramatic scenes and, accompanied by Adolphe Adam’s famous score is performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Giselle is a haunting tale of innocence, betrayal and the redemptive power of love.  A young peasant girl falls in love with a handsome Duke, Albrecht, who hides his nobility and his engagement to another. When this deception is revealed, Giselle is driven to madness and dies of a broken heart - only to be greeted by the vengeful spirits of abandoned brides who are ready to welcome Giselle into their fold, and force men to dance to their death. Will Giselle’s love protect the Albrecht from his fate?

Millennium Forum, Derry
Adrian Knight
21 June – 24 June 2017
Master hypnotist Adrian Knight returns to the Millennium Forum with a completely new show. Adrian holds the audience spellbound with his amazing demonstrations of mind reading and levitation and with his hilarious use of hypnosis. With his magnetic personality and sharp sense of wit, you won’t know where the time went . . . or how on earth he did THAT! Expect to see and experience mind-blowing mentalism and, of course, hilarious hypnotism.

The MAC, Belfast
Sinnead: One night only… for two nights
16 June – 17 June 2017
Ireland’s hottest pop sensation is coming to The MAC. There will be no magic tricks, Sinnead is not a magician she is a popstar. Promoting an album that could one day be released, pony panto fans will know and love Sinnead. Accompanied by an all-star band led by Donal Scullion, with choreography by Neil O’Brien. The show will also feature some of Northern Ireland’s musicians, and some dancers too. Good ones. If you’ve ever been to pony panto at The MAC, then you’ll remember the truly stand-out act “Sinnead”. With the body of Britney, the soul of Bob, the ego of Bono and the voice of Beyoncé, Sinnead presents the arena show tour that everyone might just have been waiting for.

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
6 June – 10 June 2017
Bill Kenwright’s “Amazing”, “Wonderful” and “Brilliant” production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues on its record breaking tour. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colours, this magical musical, the UK’s longest running, is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me. 


St Thomas’ Church, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast
Moving on Music present Chamber Choir Ireland – The Orthodox Spirit
20 June 2017
A unique recital of Russian Orthodox Church Music from the 17th to the 20th centuries as we visit the Russian masters and inhabit the world of church Slavonic with extracts from Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, and works by Bortniansky, Stravinsky and more.

The Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Robert Mizzell
14 June 2017
Robert Mizzell was born in Louisiana, USA. Spending his childhood days around the shores of Lake Bistineau, Robert often dreamed of being a country music star. After graduating from Doyline High School, Robert served in the US Army, and after several jobs, events in Robert's life took him to Ireland. Once there he decided to pursue his dream to be a country music star. Robert has made his home in Ireland for over a decade. He served his apprenticeship in Country Music since he first arrived here and is now one of the top Country artists in Ireland, his popularity spreading with extensive airplay in Europe and such distant territories as Australia. As anyone who ever attended a Robert Mizzell show will testify, Robert with his band The Country Kings put on an energy filled show, brimming with Country flavour.

Black Box, Belfast
Moving on Music present Joseph Leighton Trio
18 June 2017
Joseph Leighton is one of the finest young jazz guitarists to emerge on the Irish jazz scene. He has performed alongside established jazz musicians Meilana Gillard, John Leighton and MOBO nominee David Lyttle. He was selected as one of Moving On Music’s ‘Emerging Artists’ in 2016, and was one of the youngest musicians to be awarded a place on the Jazz Course at the Banff Centre, Canada. Having since studied with the likes of David Lyttle, Mike Walker, Vijay Iyer and Jesse Van Ruller, Leighton has swiftly developed his own voice mixing traditional and contemporary approaches and performing a combination of jazz standards with original material. A regular on the jazz scene in his hometown of Derry, Joseph has performed recently at Brilliant Corners Festival of Jazz in Belfast, Derry City Jazz festival, Ards International Guitar Festival and Stendhal Festival of Art.

The Market Place Theatre, Armagh
The Elder Glee Club
15 June 2017
The Elder “Singing Panthers”, an all-male chorus, is proud of the great choral music tradition at Elder High School. The Glee Club performs year round at concerts, cabarets, competitions, as well as making guest appearances (both civic and religious) throughout the Cincinnati Area. Most recently, the Glee Club performed the National Anthem at a Cincinnati Reds Baseball Game and an FC Cincinnati Soccer Game. The Glee Club was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, as a part of the Shawnee Press 75th Anniversary Concert. In the summer of 2015, the Glee Club toured Austria, Switzerland, and Germany, and is looking forward to their concert tour this summer to Ireland.


Millennium Forum, Derry
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
17 June – 18 June 2017
Direct from a smash-hit WEST END season and international tour. Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Join our intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure! Adapted for the stage from the modern classic written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

The MAC, Belfast
Baby Rave Afrobeat
10 June 2017
A unique dance and music event for children under 4 years old and their parents. Boogie with your baby to specially selected music in an ambient “club” environment, decorated with hanging decorations, soft materials and sensory toys such as parachutes and inflatable balls. A team of dance leaders, together with the parents, ensure that the children dance and explore rhythm and music, experiencing the joy and exuberance of a rave, baby style.

Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown
Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre Company present Magic of the Mummy: Tales of Ancient Egypt
2 June - 22 June 2017
The story of how the first ‘Mummy’ was created is an enthralling and bitter family struggle; a story of life, death, love and jealousy! Find out the history of Osiris, Isis and Set and their role in ancient Egypt. The story is woven into the fabric of the tomb as the Explorer takes you on a journey crossing the land of Egypt and entering the underworld where you can see Annubis preparing the first Mummy. Meet the Gods, Ra and Thor, and how they shaped the ancient world. Beautiful rod puppets, intriguing shadow sequences, and masterful storytelling are the key elements in this children’s show, which magically brings the Egyptian world to life. Suitable for ages 5+ / school groups.

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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.

Strand Arts Centre
Strand’s Monthly Heritage Tours
17 June 2017

Monthly Heritage tour with our expert projectionist and Film enthusiast Alan McClurg. Come hear about The Strand’s history, its unique Art Deco architecture and traditional movie theatres. Get behind the scenes to see the workings of both our original 35mm film projector and the new digital projectors. Watch selected footage from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Archive. Only 10 places available, pre-book to avoid disappointment. If you have a group of more than 6 people we will put on another tour for you – please email: / 02890655830

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


Ulster Museum
Artist as Thief
From 2 June 2017
This exhibition explores how artists have been influenced throughout their careers by looking back at the history of art. It demonstrates how artists reference the past in the compositions and the techniques they employ to create their artworks. One of the unique selling points of the Ulster Museum Art collection is the paintings gifted by Sir John Lavery, and this exhibition uses these paintings to make connections with the historic art collection and reveal ‘stolen’ ideas and techniques. Providing an unexpected interpretation of familiar works, you will be sure to see some of our most well-loved paintings in a new light.  

R-Space Gallery
Cybertage – selected new work by Gary Shaw
10 June – 24 June 2017
Working under the pseudonym of Byte Marx, this selection of new work uses digital imaging to create a visual commentary on the socio-political malaise in Northern Ireland and beyond. Through a deliberate use of parody the work promotes an alternative reality through the strange juxtaposition of people, objects, materials, textures and apparatus. Subtle visual metaphors offer a heightened, distorted and thought provoking view of the world. Gary Shaw studied Fine Art at the University of Ulster, graduating in 1986. His early work featured conventional collage techniques, printmaking, photo montage and video. Over recent years Shaw has refocused on his practice after 25 years as a cultural management professional.

CCA Gallery, Derry
Basic Communities / Soft People
20 May – 8 July 2017
CCA is delighted to present Basic Communities / Soft People, a solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist Philipp Kremer. The exhibition features two recent series of paintings that depict groups of human figures, alternating between convivial scenes of reading and dancing (Basic Communities) and scenes that suggest people in a more violent and eruptive state of relationship (Soft People).

The idealism described in Kremer’s Basic Communities series is matched with a dense, compositional airlessness, painted with colours that offset the tonalities of skin, clothing and background environment. The works in the Soft People series are more capacious in their approach, registering the horror of their subject matter through light and gestural marks that suggest the human body in a cruel state of subjection. Across the two series, Kremer’s works evoke questions of representational ethics in art’s address of human suffering and the promise of social togetherness alike.

The Complex Seer
20 May – 8 July 2017
The Complex Seer is a presentation of recent work by Emily McFarland. The exhibition focuses on cinematic depictions of revolutionary action, borrowing its title from an essay by Martin Walsh that considers the relationship between Bertolt Brecht (the German playwright and theorist) and cinema. The Complex Seer includes a video installation and wall based works that draw upon footage from a range of films, including the fiction/documentary Ice and La Chinoise, one of Jean-Luc Goddard’s most political works. These films were produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s at a time when countercultural activity dominated the media and political landscape. In different ways they portray groups of radical students and young people who conspire to effect the upheaval of mainstream society. The Complex Seer features works that use this imagery as a way of recoding the cinematic conventions of depicting revolutionary action, while also exploring the ways in which these conventions have become absorbed in today’s understandings of political change.

Arts & Business NI at Eastside Visitor Centre
Introduction to Board membership
1 June 2017
The role of a Board Member is a complex one. There are many responsibilities that go with accepting a Board placement however not all new Board Members are made fully aware of what those responsibilities are, or how they can make a positive contribution. This Intro to Board Membership course introduces new Board Members and those who would like a refresher, to their roles and responsibilities and to current good practice. The cost of the training course is £25 + VAT for members (£50 + VAT for non-members) and lunch will be included. This event will take place on 1 June, 1pm to 5pm in the Eastside Visitor Centre, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

Arts & Business NI at Black Box
Investing in the Arts
16 June 2017 12.15pm-2.00pm
Aimed at both business and arts audiences, this event will feature winning Arts/Business partnerships from the Allianz Arts & Business Awards 2017. Business representatives will speak about their award winning arts projects and there will also be short creative excerpts from the projects themselves. 

This event will showcase the importance of business support of the arts as a whole and will also recognises the arts organisations and their business partners who received funding under the Arts & Business NI Investment Programme which is funded by the Arts Council Northern Ireland. The Investment Programme stimulates and strengthens partnerships between business and the arts. This event is important in recognising these partnerships and showcasing the creative projects funded by the fund.

Belfast City Council at Reception Hall, Belfast City Hall
Dementia-friendly masterclass for retail and hospitality staff: Recognising the signs
9 Jun 2017 9.30am – 11.30am (registration, tea and coffee from 9:00am)
If your business operates within the retail and hospitality sector, and delivering first-class customer service is your business's priority, especially when it comes to working with customers with dementia, then you may be interested in signing up for our free masterclass. The session will help you take simple, practical and inexpensive steps to ensuring that your customers, especially those with dementia, can access your business service with ease.

Delivered in partnership with Belfast Health Development Unit, this masterclass will help you:

  • develop your knowledge and understanding of dementia

  • be able to identify customers who may have dementia, and ways to assist them and their family members

  • learn the skills to help you relate, communicate and support customers with dementia

  • become a dementia friend.

    Please note that all participants will receive a certificate at the end of this masterclass.

    To book your free place at this workshop, please contact Economic Development on 028 9027 0482 or email


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