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What’s On Guide November 2017

27 Oct 2017

What’s On Guide November 2017


Moving on Music presents Tempered Festival
Various venues Belfast
1 November – 5 November 2017Second edition of the festival presenting a contemporary music week including concerts and screenings from a range of local and international performers. Includes renowned New York string quarter ‘Jack’; Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble; screening and live music soundtrack to ‘Football as Never Before’ and lots more. Check the website for details

Sound of Belfast 2017 Festival
Various venues Belfast
2 November – 11 November 2017 Sounds of Belfast returns as a dedicated showcase for local artists with a mix of live gigs and talks, awards, conferences and music industry days as well as community programming and special events. Also includes The Northern Ireland Music Prize in Association with Blue Moon and the launch of Native, a music mart for local artists. Check the website for details.

John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival
Various venues Armagh
2 November – 5 November 2017
A 4 day festival in which some of the best writers in the English language converge to teach, read, perform, debate and inspire. Take part in an intensive writing course or dip into a wide range of exhibitions, panel discussions, literary and entertainment events. Artists include Lemn Sissay, Louis de Bernières, Frank Ormsby and many more. More details online

Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement
Various venues Derry
7 November – 18 November 2017 Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement returns to Derry for its 5th edition with an outstanding programme of dance, movement and physical theatre. Performances include a series of improvisations in various city locations led by members of Moldovan dance group Voices; German children’s dance company Mini-a-Tour with magical work ‘Fallen from the Moon’ suitable for ages 4 and up; Swedish company Lavadans with a multi-media production and many more. More details of the website

Outburst Queer Arts Festival
Various venues Belfast
9 November – 18 November 2017
Outburst Queer Arts Festival is the annual celebration of queer art and performance in Belfast and showcases great local and international queer work and supports the development of queer arts at home and internationally. Events include Alternative Miss World, films, music, comedy, cabaret, drama, storytelling workshops and curated conversations.

C.S. Lewis Festival
Various venues, Belfast
18 November – 22 November 2017
The C.S. Lewis Festival based in the author’s homeland of East Belfast celebrates the legacy of Lewis through themes of storytelling, imagination and spirituality with events including talks, lectures and tours, exhibitions, workshops, theatre, poetry, spoken word and film screenings. This year’s theme is taken from his book ‘Surprised by Joy’ and this also is the theme of the festival’s new micro-poetry competition. Read more online

Armagh Georgian Festival
Various venues Armagh
23 November – 26 November 2017
Armagh’s much loved Georgian Festival marks the beginning of the Christmas festive season. Historic buildings open their doors and Armagh’s ancient streets buzz with evocative Georgian costumed figures, street entertainment and festive market stalls, hosted by traders in traditional costume and offering high quality gifts and locally produced artisan food and drink. Celebrations include a themed Children’s Christmas market, horse and carriage rides, live music, talks and tours plus a dramatic light show as darkness falls. More details on the festival website.


Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Frank Carson – A Rebel Without a Pause
1 November – 5 November 2017
Dan Gordon in his brilliant show directed by Ian McElhinney. Written and performed by A&B NI Board Member Dan, this one-man show has earned rave reviews for its quick-fire gags and celebration of the man, the myth and the mouth that was Frank Carson. “Dan Gordon’s portrayal of Carson is note perfect …showing the man who lived beneath the catchphrases, and the true spirit of his soul” British Theatre Guide «««««

Dungannon Court House
Kabosh Theatre: Lives in Translation
2 November 2017
Kabosh’s newest production celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman, who in fleeing the conflict of her home becomes trapped in a different struggle within the suffocating bureaucracy surrounding asylum seeking. Based on interviews with female Somali refugees, local support workers and community organisations, this poignant new drama explores how recent asylum seekers are forced to navigate support systems through translation.

Craic Theatre, Coalisland
The Memory of Water
10 November 2017
Castlehill Theatre Group Dungannon presents this award winning play about 3 sisters returning home on the eve of their mother’s funeral. As each sister comes to terms with reality, family secrets and memories of the past open old wounds.

The Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown
Ballet Ireland presents Romeo & Juliet
11 November 2017
Based on Shakespeare’s tale of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Against a backdrop of ancient feuds and gang warfare, the ill-fated young couple falls hopelessly in love, but their families are bitter enemies. In order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything. This modern retelling of a classic ballet is choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple.

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Ten Plagues
12 November 2017
This award-winning AIDS polemic comes to the Lyric stage for one night only. Tracing one man’s journey through a city in crisis, Ten Plagues charts the great plague of 1665. Part torch song, part Schubert, this groundbreaking piece of music-theatre was originally written for iconic singer Marc Almond and is presented here for the first time in Northern Ireland. Drawing parallels with the emergence of AIDS it looks at the impact of living through the onslaught of disease. Show is followed by a cabaret of Ravenhill/Mitchell’s ‘Queer Cabaret Songs’.

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
An Evening with Tristan & Kristina
12 November 2017
Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rihanoff and Tristan MacManus, present an evening of breathtaking dance routines – for one night only. With amazing ballroom and latin routines such as the waltz, the paso doble, the samba and favourites the Charleston and the Argentine tango.

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Son of a Preacher Man
21 November – 25 November 2017
Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield and choreography of Craig Revel Horwood, this sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical play will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written. Age 12+

The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
The Screwtape Letters
21 November 2017
Searchlight Theatre Company’s award winning and critically acclaimed production based on the brilliantly funny classis apologist book by CS Lewis. This dazzling production gives a witty insight into the frailties of human nature with a telling accuracy. Screwtape’s aim is to mentor his junior devil into tempting their ‘subject’ into a secure damnation. A sparkling adaptation full of perception and mockery and truth.

Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
Christmas Gothic
23 November 2017
Christmas: a time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future; a time of feasts and festivities, of holy and mistletoe; a time of visits and visitations, a time of … ghosts? Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the deep, wintry dark …


Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Moving on Music presents Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble
2 November 2017
Opening concert of Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble’s 2017/18 season presented as part of Moving on Music’s Tempered Festival. Premiere of a brand new commission by Ian Wilson. Achinet features bass and Bb clarinets and the concert mixes big hitters with delicate, fleeting music and wonderful experimental compositions.

The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
The Ronnie Greer Blues Band
11 November 2017
Blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer returns with his powerhouse band featuring some of the finest musicians in the country. Ronnie’s distinctive guitar playing, melding visceral Chicago style licks with be-bop inspired jazz lines, has been critically acclaimed as world class.

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Cosi fan Tutte
17 November – 19 November 2017
Northern Ireland Opera presents a new production of Mozart’s great comedy of love, temptation and partner-swapping. A&B NI’s favourite opera conductor Nicholas Chalmers returns to conduct the Ulster Orchestra in a production staged by award-winning director Adele Thomas and designer Hannah Clark. Starring leading soloists from home and abroad this opera features some of Mozart’s most sublime and spectacular music.

Celebrating the launch of the NI Opera Young Professionals Ticketing Scheme, NI Opera are offering young professionals a 10% discount to Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte in the Grand Opera House 17-19 November plus an exclusive pre-show event – click on this link for

Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Stella Sings Ella – 100 years of Ella Fitzgerald
17 November 2017
An evening celebrating the life and music of the great Ella Fitzgerald with Stella Bass and Hugh Buckley. 2017 is the centenary of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald, widely considered to be one of the greatest and most innovative singers of all time, and an American icon. The evening will feature many of Ella’s signature tunes including Manhattan, Every Time We Say Goodbye, Lady is a Tramp, and many more.

Sonic Arts Research Centre
Moving on Music presents Music from Maynooth
23 November 2017
A series of free lunchtime concerts in the most advanced music venue in Ireland. Constantly different. Always boundary-pushing. Never dull. Music from Maynooth: recent work by staff and students of Ireland’s largest music department. Free but pre-booking essential.


The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
My Father’s Chair
2 November 2017
My Father’s Chair is a performance for families about the nature of fatherhood. What is it like to have a Dad? What is it like to be a Dad? What makes the relationship between Dads and kids unique and special? How does society view the role of fathers in children’s lives? A funny, challenging and emotional journey for audiences. A Father’s voice and perspective in the world of theatre for your audiences age 6+.

The MAC, Belfast
Storytime Sunday
5 November 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.

Crescent Arts Centre
Lego Animation with iPads
18 November 2017
These mini animation master classes are a great introduction for children to the colourful world of Lego animation. 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. Your child will learn to use special iPad apps and they will receive a copy of their film at the end of the session. (Age 8-14)

Crescent Arts Centre
The Fine and Dandy Market
19 November 2017
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.

Crescent Arts Centre
Chamber Babies
25 November 2017
For babies aged 0-18 months and their carers. Chamber Babies was started by Belfast Music Society and is designed to offer the best live classical music to the youngest listeners. The concerts are very informal and the short programmes are enjoyed by babies and adults alike. So walk, sway, crawl, roll, dance or chill to a selection of short classical pieces carefully chosen to engage and enchant.

The MAC, Belfast
Hansel & Gretel
28 November 2017 – 7 January 2018
Join Hansel and Gretel in a modern version of their classic tale. Expect big songs, an evil witch and an all-important candy trail. All ages but best suited to 5+

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Cathedral Quarter Belfast
First Thursdays Belfast
2 November 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 for some of Belfast’s top restaurants and bars.

The Black Box
Black Moon
7 November 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!

Belfast Design Week
Design Startup: Build Your Own
7 November – 9 November 2017
Belfast Design Week is all about creating new projects and businesses. Design Startup is a 3-day series of practical business skills workshops to help generate ideas, take ideas to the next level and help startups take their products and services to market. This programme is open to those working in both digital and physical areas of design. More information on the website below

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Dementia Friendly Events - Casablanca
14 November 2017
During World War II former lovers Rick Blaine and Ilsa (Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman) are reunited by chance in Casablanca. As Ilsa’s husband tries to outwit the local Nazis and escape from Morocco, Rick and Ilsa re-kindle their love. 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.

Crescent Arts Centre
Drawing and Painting for Teens (age 13-16)
16 September – 9 December 2017
Looking for a new hobby, building a portfolio, looking towards your future profession or just drawing for fun? This is the class for you. Covering topics such as composition, sketching techniques, clothed-figure drawing, keeping a journal, but ultimately painting methods and techniques. Dress for mess.

Void, Derry
Void Youth Forum
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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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.

R-Space Gallery
Materials Messages and Meaning
28 October – 23 November 2017
This group exhibition will explore artists and makers different approaches to the materials they choose to work with and why, the messages and meaning they wish to convey using those materials, what those messages are and the methods of production and process they use to make the work.

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)


Arts & Business NI
Business Breakfast – Arts & Community
24 November 2017
Business Breakfast at James Street South Restaurant on Friday 24th November from 8.30am – 9.45am. Our speakers will include Damien O’Neill, Head of Marketing, Allianz; Sinéad Smith, Corporate Responsibility Manager, A&L Goodbody Dublin; Jenni Barkley, Communications & Corporate Responsibility Manager, Belfast Harbour.Join us for a delicious trademark James Street South cooked breakfast and hear our speakers explain the business benefits their organisations gain from their relationships with the Arts and how they choose the partnerships that work best for them to engage with their local communities. Particularly suited to those with CSR responsibilities.

Volunteering Opportunities

Outburst Queer Arts Festival
9 November – 18 November 2017
Volunteers needed
Outburst is now recruiting volunteers to help out on the run up to and during the 11th Annual Outburst Queer Arts Festival. They need reliable, motivated and friendly people of all genders and ages to be part of the team and to support them in their work for social change through the arts. Tasks range from audience support and door duties to running to the shop for last minute tape, marketing and artist support. Tasks for all physical abilities. Relevant expenses covered. Contact details are on the website below.

The MAC, Belfast
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.

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.

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