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What's on Guide - September

01 Sep 2017

What's on Guide - September

Lots of activities to enjoy over the Bank Holiday weekend plus a new selection for September:

Arts & Business NI
We are now accepting nominations for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2018
Deadline 22 September 2017
The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards celebrate the best examples of arts and business creative partnerships and the outstanding achievements of these collaborations throughout Northern Ireland. If you were involved in a partnership between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 download an application form from the website:

For extra help and advice we are running a workshop on “How to Write an Award Winning Application” on 14 September at our office. To book your place email Kate Livingston at


Cinema Day 2017
Various venues across NI
28 August 2017Cinema Day is a glorious, NI-wide day long whirlwind celebration of the silver screen with screenings and cinema-related events taking place in Fermanagh, Rostrevor, Coleraine, Maghera, Portrush, Derry, Ballyclare, Newtownards, and - yes - even Belfast! With most events free or greatly reduced, Cinema Day is an opportunity for everybody to celebrate NI's rich film heritage as well as celebrating the strength and diversity of all those involved with making and showing films in the present day, from epically scaled multi-screen venues to small film clubs in quirky venues and everything in between! Not to mention having oodles of film-related fun! Check out the packed programme and find relaxed screenings, free tickets for grandparents, or even book to sing and dance your way through Jungle Book at Belfast Circus School.

Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School
Various venues, Armagh
20 August - 27 August 2017
Bigger and better than ever, this year’s programme promises a fresh, varied and inspiring week of concerts, services and workshops. Taking place in all the main churches in Armagh David Hill (Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers) will direct the 40-strong Charles Wood Singers in a programme of events. You still have time to catch the Gala Concert with Will Todd and the Charles Wood Girls’ Choir on 25th and festal evensong on Sunday 27th August. For the full programme of events visit the website.

City of Derry Guitar Festival
North West Regional College, Derry-Londonderry
25 August - 27 August 2017
The 15th City of Derry Guitar Festival will bring world class guitarists for a weekend of workshops, masterclasses and concerts. Renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the accessibility of its tutors, the festival is an offer to all guitar lovers. This year the festival will feature a host of international stars and Amir-John Haddad will make a welcome return with his Flamenco Guitar workshop and a new one on the Arabic Oud. With a selection of full weekend courses, 2 hour workshops and solo concerts there will be something for all you enthusiasts out there. More details on the website.

Belfast Mela 2017
Botanic Gardens, Belfast
27 August 2017
Belfast Mela, the city’s favourite annual global get-together, will be bringing an eclectic feast of arts, music, dance, food and fun to Botanic Gardens this summer. Botanic Gardens will be transformed into an exotic magical garden filled with enticing sights, sounds and smells from around the world serving up a uniquely colourful celebration of diversity, a joyous, fun-filled day our for all the family.

August Craft Month 2017
Various venues
27 August 2017
Annual celebration of contemporary craft and the applied arts in Northern Ireland. Exhibitions, open studios, demonstrations, interactive installations, workshops, masterclasses, pop-up galleries plus pottery open days, makers markets, Maghera Annual Agri Show and Country Fayre, Yarnfolk Festival of Wool, Folktown Market, North Down Craft Collective market, traditional crafts at the Transport Museum, Meet the Makers at Seamus Heaney HomePlace and many more events. Support local craftspeople. Details on the website.

Beatroot presented by Moving on Music
Various venues Belfast
6 September – 9 September 2017Beatroot, roots music week, presents 4 days of incredible roots music without the need to pitch a tent and go unwashed. Go to individual gigs or purchase a full ticket and go to everything. Performers include Joshua Burnside, Daoirí Farrell, Hejira, Cacao, Sue Rynhart and many more. Check the Moving on Music website.

Aspects Festival
Various venues Bangor
14 September – 24 September 2017Join Aspects for their 25th anniversary programme of events bringing stars of the literary world to Bangor to celebrate Irish writing. The eclectic mix features David Park, Frank McGuinness, Colm Toibin and Malachi O’Doherty, actress Carol Drinkwater and poets Michael Longley, Myra Donaldson and Rachel McCrum, and artist Neil Shawcross. Children’s events are also available so check the website.

Culture Night Belfast
Cathedral Quarter and other venues across Belfast
22 September 2017 Culture Night is Belfast's largest, most exciting and inclusive cultural celebration. Now in its ninth year, Culture Night brings together over 250 free events across 100 locations in Belfast City Centre in a single day. The event attracts over 80,000 visitors from Belfast, Northern Ireland and beyond. Programme to be launched 31st August so check the website for more information.

Culture Night Holywood
Holywood Town Centre
22 September 2017 Holywood Culture Night is a volunteer led, local community event that aims to be a fun, free, annual celebration of everything cultural with something for everyone to enjoy. It takes place on the High Street in Holywood and is an inclusive intergenerational event. Programme to follow so check the website for more information.


The MAC, Belfast
Muldoon’s Picnic
2 September 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon makes his return to Belfast for one night only at the MAC with Muldoon’s Picnic, an omnium-gatherum of words and music. Rarely staged outside of New York, audiences can expect a music and literature extravaganza. Muldoon and his house band will be joined by special literary and musical guests including songwriter Duke Special, violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire and writer Lisa McInerney.

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
The Weir
5 September – 30 September 2017
On a stormy night in Brendan’s pub, isolated above a Leitrim town, the men are gathering for their daily pint. The arrival of a stranger, a beautiful woman, spurs them to impress her with stories. They are stories of souls past, spirits present and spectres unforeseen. One story however is more chilling, more sinister and more real than any of them could have imagined.

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Neil Delamere (comedy)Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pensioner (Rule of Thumb)
9 September – 15 September 2017
Award-winning comedian Neil Delamere is one of the top acts working in the Irish comedy scene today. Neil’s dad asked him to help deliver Meals on Wheels. He agreed and their lives would never be the same again, except for the bits of their lives that didn’t change.

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Dirty Dusting
19 September – 23 September 2017
When 3 cleaners are threatened with redundancy they feel their lives are coming to an end until a chance wrong number gives them a new business start-up idea – why not run a telephone sex line? A searing indictment of ageism in the 21st century heavily disguised as a hysterical, laugh out loud, heart-warming comedy. (Show contains adult references).

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
The Successful TD
21 September 2017
The Successful TD follows the trials, tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the “October Elections”. Written by John B Keane in 1967, he displays his edge for humour and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today. Peppered with Keane’s gallery of madcap characters, this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.

The MAC, Belfast
Paul Currie (comedy) Cats in My Mouth
23 September 2017
The master of surreal nonsense and bohemian clownarchy is back with his brand new show. Strap in for more fun and nonsense from the hairy idiot man-child and allow yourself to be taken in hand into a true circus of silly.


Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Amy McAllister presented by Moving on Music
27 August 2017
Beguiling delightful and outstanding trad music. Co Antrim born harpist and singer Amy McAllister is an exciting new talent on the traditional music scene. Drawing on her traditional roots, she adopts a contemporary approach to her music with clear and distinctive vocals and a contemporary harp style. Amy has toured North America, Canada, Japan, represented Ireland at the Rio Harp Festival and was selected as one of Moving on Music’s “Emerging Artists” in 2016. Free concert as part of Belfast Mela.

Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Booka Brass Band presented by Moving on Music
27 August 2017
Ireland’s original urban brass band were a group of students drawn together by their classical background and desire to experiment musically. Since starting in 2012 they have enjoyed a critically acclaimed debut EP, a sold-out nationwide tour, collaborations and live performances with Irish music heavyweights including The Frames, Lisa Hannigan, Jape and James Vincent McMorrow.

The Ulster Museum, Belfast
Sestina present The Little Match Girl Passion
9 September 2017
For the first time, Sestina will explore music of the 21st century, with a fascinating programme of contemporary choral masterpieces. Each of the works chosen have a link with early music, the period with which the ensemble is most strongly associated. The programme will include David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion, along with works by Sir James Macmillan, Jan Sandstrom, Philip Moore and Roderick Williams.

The Playhouse, Derry
The Social Conscience of the Song
23 September 2017
Musician and lecturer Dr Liam Campbell returns with his critically acclaimed musical performance and discussion on the history of songs of conscience. The show traces their social, cultural and political realities. Songs by Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel and Grandmaster Flash will feature. Liam will be joined on stage by some musical friends and you are free to bring along a musical instrument to join in following chords on the big screen. 


The MAC, Belfast
Storytime Sunday
3 September 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
The Fine and Dandy Market
24 September 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
30 September 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.

Take Part

The Black Box
Black Moon
5 September 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!

Cathedral Quarter Belfast
First Thursdays Belfast
7 September 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.

Grand Opera House, Belfast
European Heritage Tours
9 September – 10 September 2017
Fancy seeing behind the scenes at the Grand Opera House? As part of the European Heritage Open Days programme there is availability on just one free tour session on Saturday 9 September at 10am. Places are limited so you will need to be quick off the mark to secure your spot!

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.


CCA Gallery, Derry
Sarah Pierce: No Title
22 July – 16 September 2017
CCA is pleased to invite you to No Title, a solo exhibition by Sarah Pierce that hones in on dementia as a marked disorder which also has the potential to reorder how we structure concepts of personal narrative and subjecthood.

Carol Rhodes: Survey
Dougal McKenzie: A Dream and an Argument
30 June – 8 October 2017
This is the first solo presentation of Carol Rhodes’ work in Ireland. Over the past 25 years Rhodes has produced a body of paintings and drawings rich in resonance and complexity. Her landscapes are fictional syntheses resulting from a re-mixing of readymade imagery. Drawing from an eclectic range of photographic material, she combines fragments from different sources to create compositions that become the skeleton for her paintings.

In a major new body of work Douglas McKenzie brings together key elements of his interest in history and storytelling through images and investigates whether it is possible to represent these as memory in painting. McKenzie’s work weaves together fact and fiction, melding objective history with subjective narrative.

R-Space Gallery
Shiro Masuyama
15 September – 13 October 2017
Japanese artist Shiro Masyama work that runs the panoply of practice, ranging from performance to sculpture, installation, photography and video. In this new solo show he will present the outcome of his recent use of flax plants and shamrock plants as materials for his art practice.

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. 


Arts & Business NI
Are you GDPR Ready? Data Protection for Voluntary Organisations
1 September 2017
As the GDPR enforcement date approaches, Arts & Business NI Member Vertical Structure will take us through the data privacy changes and steps you need to take to get your voluntary organisation GDPR ready! This Lunchtime Session will take place on 1 September 2017, 12.30pm to 1.15pm in Belfast Exposed, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

Arts & Business NI
Modelling not Muddling
5 September 2017
Mark Robinson is founder of Thinking Practice, an organisation that works to build a more adaptive and more resilient arts and cultural ecology. He is best known in cultural policy as the author of the influential papers such as, Making Adaptive Resilience Real, and has given keynotes, talks and workshops both nationally and internationally. Mark will be speaking at our event Modelling Not Muddling and sharing case studies of the business models of 18 cultural organisations that have changed and become more resilient. He will also highlight some of the uses of business modelling in addressing the challenges organisations face, and the roles of leaders and boards in making change. This event will take place on 5 September 2017, 8.30am to 11.30am in Grand Opera House, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

Arts & Business NI
Creative Training demonstration event
8 September 2017
Professional artists from local organisations will demonstrate their arts-based training processes and discuss the tangible business benefits they produce, such as developing communication and presentation skills; leadership development; problem solving; team-building and vocal coaching. A business representative will share their experience of creative training in their workplace. With an opportunity to engage directly with the artists this event is for any HR specialist with an interest in personnel development. Join us at Lyric Theatre 12.30pm. Confirm your place by email

Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre, Derry
His Holiness The Dalai Lama
10 September 2017
Public talk by the Patron of Children in Crossfire. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will talk on “Compassion in Action” to celebrate 20 years of saving and changing lives. Aimed at encouraging people to be the change they want to see this event will not only feature the Dalai Lama as a keynote speaker but other well-known local and international speakers and entertainers. The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is the spiritual leader of Tibetan people and a key proponent of world peace, the transformative power of compassion and the universal right to happiness.

The Black Box
Mind on the Run: Basil Kirchin Story in association with Touch Sensitive Records2017
10 September 2017
Basil Kirchin is the forgotten genius of post-war British music. His remarkable life stretched from the days when British dance music mutated into rock’n’roll, through a headlong succession of film scores and pop songwriting, before retreating to Hull, where he created sonic landscapes that still challenge convention while seeking out an increasingly reclusive existence until his death in 2005. A pioneer of musique concrète described by Brian Eno as “a founding father of ambient”, Kirchin’s intriguing history represents a collision of popular and experimental musical cultures that predate and define much of the music we hear today. Touch Sensitive DJs and Q& A with director Matt Stephenson. As part of the event we will also be screening ‘Abstractions of Holderness’, a collaborative work by Esther Johnson, St. Etienne’s Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs. Abstractions of Holderness is an audio-visual work inspired by Basil Kirchin’s 1970’s residency in East Yorkshire.

Volunteering Opportunities

Arts & Business NI
Closing date 18 September 2017
Young Professionals on Arts Boards 2017-18 Programme

Could you share your professional skills to help a cultural organisation be as efficient and effective as possible? In return YOU get:

  • the excitement and distinction of sitting on a cultural business board of directors,

  • the knowledge you are giving something back to your community,

  • a creative route to personal and professional improvement.

The Young Professionals on Arts Boards Programme is for people up to 35 years old. It costs £450+VAT for A&B NI members or £500+VAT for non-members, and includes:

  • a 1-1 diagnostic session to find out your unique skills, interests and motivations,

  • three governance training seminars to help you understand your roles and responsibilities as a (Non-Executive) Company Director,

  • facilitated opportunities to join the Board of an arts organisation,

  • your own account manager to support you throughout the duration of your Board term,

  • your photo and pen pic being featured in our Investing in the Arts brochure,

  • plus ongoing invitations to A&B NI’s arts and business training seminars, events and networking opportunities.

 Interested? Contact or 028 9073 5150  

In Your Space Circus, Derry & Strabane
9 September – 10 September 2017
Volunteers needed
In Your Space Circus love getting into the festival spirit with new folk and every year invite a team of people to come and join the festival team. There will be Big Tops, Baby Tops, Stretch tents, open air music, fun and hopefully sun and frolicks!

This is a two day (and night) festival PACKED with an array of Local, National and International Artists and Acts. In Your Space Circus want to provide new and creative opportunities for everyone.

Volunteer positions include but are not limited to:

Tent Crew; Site Maintenance; Site Crew; Traffic Management; Stewards; Information Point; Technical; Collecting Donations; Runner; Stage Crew; Evaluations; Front of House Staff; Media (Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, etc).

Why not apply now for Carnival of Colours 2017! Apply

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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