Shared Reading 1
Jan
7
to Mar 11

Shared Reading 1

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Mondays 2pm - 3pm - No Registration Required!
Donations appreciated.
Every week. Hosted by: Marnie Kennedy


Shared Reading is a relaxed, social and enjoyable way of connecting with literature and with other people.

Each week a short story and poetry is read aloud and discussed. Participants join in or sit back and listen.

“It is spontaneous, such a joyous experience of all types of literature. Thank you so much.”

We also have a Tuesday class!

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Stories for Little Ones
Jan
8
to Mar 4

Stories for Little Ones

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10:00 – 11:00
Donations appreciated
Every Tuesday
Hosted by: Marnie Kennedy

An hour of fun with books! For parents and their babies & toddlers. Grandparents and other carers welcome too!
We encourage participants to make a voluntary contribution towards running costs. Stories @ The Duncairn is a volunteerled, community literature project with Shared Reading, creative writing and storytelling at its heart. Get in touch if you have ideas or would like to be involved.

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Shared Reading 2
Jan
8
to Mar 12

Shared Reading 2

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Tuesdays 7pm - 8.30pm - No Registration Required!
Donations appreciated.
Every week. Hosted by: Marnie Kennedy


Shared Reading is a relaxed, social and enjoyable way of connecting with literature and with other people.

Each week a short story and poetry is read aloud and discussed. Participants join in or sit back and listen.

“It is spontaneous, such a joyous experience of all types of literature. Thank you so much.”

We also have a Monday class!

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Set Dancing
Jan
8
to Jun 25

Set Dancing

20:30 – 22:00
£4 per night - No registration required
Every Tuesday
Teacher: Ronan Eastwood

For all levels. Beginners most welcome.

Ronan Eastwood has been teaching set dancing at various venues from beginner level right through to the more advanced levels at regular weekly classes throughout Belfast for well over 20 years.

Words don’t adequately describe set dancing — you need to get out & try it, whether at a class or a live céili. Don’t worry if you haven’t danced before, expert tuition at a leisurely pace will be provided; so why not come along & have a bit of craic and a great workout at the same time!

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The Stitch Cafe
Jan
14
to Mar 11

The Stitch Cafe

Mondays 10:30 – 13:30
Donations appreciated
Teacher: Aroona Murphy
No Registration Required.

Love, or want to love knitting and crochet? We meet every Monday for all things knit and crochet. Come and go as you please. It’s FREE to attend, start up materials are supplied and we’re a very friendly bunch!

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Drop in Yoga
Jan
22
to Jul 9

Drop in Yoga

17:15 – 18:15
Donation based
Every week
Teacher: Justine Brown

Taught by qualified Hatha Yoga & Meditation Teacher Justine Brown, this will be a gentle class focusing on breath led mindful movements finishing with a nurturing guided relaxation. The class is suitable for anyone over 16 years old. 

Please bring a cosy blanket for the relaxation and a yoga mat if you have one — there will be a limited number available at the class.

As this is a drop-in donation-based class, there is no need to book — you just turn up on the night and pay what you can afford.

Email justine.brown@belfasttrust.hscni.net with any questions.

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FIFTY
Mar
8
7:45 PM19:45

FIFTY

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Have you heard about FIFTY at The Duncairn? If not, where have you been? We started piloting them six months ago and they’ve become one of the most exciting projects in the city for anyone involved in the arts. FIFTY is an intimate music event, suitable for a wide spectrum of creativity ranging from spoken word to live music, visual art, photography, and whatever else occurs. With a maximum of 50 guests (to encourage good discussion) we are recreating a small intimate atmosphere where we welcome people with a glass of wine and some food — symbolic of communities breaking bread and creating a bond.

Actively targeting members of the community who have an interest in aspects and issues we are highlighting, we invite them to come along and join in. Discussions are topic-based on issues that impact on us all — underfunding communities, community cohesion and innovation, the environment, political change, homelessness, housing, and mental health are just some of the issues that we openly discuss on these nights. So, if you would like to join us for a glass of wine, some nibbles, some positive music, good company, and great conversation, then get your tickets now. Each FIFTY has sold out very quickly.

Indeed, from February 2019 onwards we will not be announcing who is appearing at our FIFTY events — let us surprise you — we won’t disappoint.

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A-Level Art Clinic
Mar
13
to Mar 27

A-Level Art Clinic

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Wednesday 13th, 20th & 27th February
Free

Facing your A Level Art submission in the New Year?… Perhaps feeling a bit lost, isolated and looking for an opportunity to share, chat, hang out with other students feeling the same way about your creative portfolio? Well this is for you!

We are opening our doors in February to offer all you hard working students an opportunity to hang out with friends from your class and other local schools to share ideas or even break down that proverbial blank wall.

Some local artists and art teachers are kindly offering their time and expertise to assist you with all things arty in an effort to provide what you might feel is some much needed inspiration! Tea/Coffee will be on tap, you just need to turn up and make the space your own for a couple of hours.

To express interest, or tell us your coming, please contact debbie@174trust.org, we would love to see you.

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Brian Finnegan Band
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Brian Finnegan Band

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Brian Finnegan’s mastery of the whistle and flute, and his ability to compose melody entirely unique in resonance and identity, have positioned the Armagh man as a highly regarded, and significant voice in traditional Irish music. Frontman with pioneering bands Flook and Kan, he has also worked with artists as diverse as Cara Dillon, Bebel Gilberto and Ed Sheeran, and for the past decade he’s toured Russia and the Far East alongside Russian Poet Laureate, Boris Grebenshikov. He comes to The Duncairn in March with an electrifying line-up featuring former Kan bandmates, Aidan O’Rourke, Ian Stephenson and Jim Goodwin, with the sensational Sligo songstress Niamh Farrell.

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
Mar
24
10:30 AM10:30

Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session

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FREE EVENT - EVERYONE WELCOME!

Our Super Sundays epitomize everything at The Duncairn that has worked, and their success is all about opening the arts to the community across generations, across cultures, and across the religious and social divide. Re-knitting the very fabric of the community they are well established as one of the best arts and community experiences on Belfast’s cultural calendar. They offer the opportunity to engage with high quality artists and performers over Sunday brunch, with live music, resident DJ, arts and crafts for the kids, good coffee, the resident artist’s shop just across the hall. Super Sundays are a place to meet old friends, meet with the family, bring the kids, or fly solo and see who you get talking to — they’re a fantastic opportunity to meet likeminded souls. So, please do join us on our five-year anniversary. Wake up and smell the coffee, in a good way.

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Daoirí Farrell
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Daoirí Farrell

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Presented by Moving on Music
Within six months of releasing his album True Born Irishman, Daoirí Farrell had won two BBC Folk Awards. Now secured as a significant singer in Irish folk music, the Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player has toured Australia, Canada, Denmark and Belgium, featured at the likes of Festival Interceltique Lorient, Shetland Folk Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival, and toured alongside the Transatlantic Sessions project. 

According to Donal Lunny: “Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade,” and with BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe describing him as “Effortless, instinctive, natural…the real deal,” you really don’t want to miss this.

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Exhibition: Prison Arts Foundation
Mar
28
to Apr 12

Exhibition: Prison Arts Foundation

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Presented by Prison Arts Foundation

The Prison Arts Foundation’s Exhibition… showcases an amazing body of multimedia work created by the men and women currently within the Northern Ireland prison system, as well as those on non-custodial community sentences. Along with showcasing the visual arts, the launch evening will be enhanced by the reading of some of the prisoner’swritings developed through the creative writing programme, with music and light refreshments being served.

Established in 1996, The Prison Arts Foundation Charity was founded to work within the Criminal Justice System to assist the rehabilitation and resettlement of (ex)offenders by engaging them in prosocial, artistic activities: music, ceramics / pottery, visual arts and creative writing, which in turn works to reduce re-offending rates and help build safer communities.

The artwork on display will be available for sale to the general public, and all proceeds will be donated to Victims Support and reinvested back into the programme managed by Prison Arts Foundation.

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Olivia Chaney
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Olivia Chaney

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‘Chaney's voice is a thing of sublime beauty...Forget the labels, she is a major artist, and completely her own person.' 

– The Telegraph ★★★★★

Classically-trained singer / pianist, Olivia Chaney, graduated from the Royal Academy of Music before teaching herself guitar and Indian harmonium. Carving out her own voice in London as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, she delved back to the folk music that inspired many of her favourite musicians and composers. Olivia Chaney signed to Nonesuch Records in New York, joining idols such as Philip Glass, Joni Mitchell and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. She has since released two full-length solo albums, a collaboration with Kronos Quartet, and a record with The Decemberists, which received a Grammy nomination. Her most recent solo album ‘Shelter’ has been described as 'A big, beautiful new record'– Mojo, a ‘finely wrought piece of work’ (Observer), and ‘a transcendent refuge from the storm.’ (Uncut). Combining her love of baroque harmony, modernist minimalism, and the earthiness of folk, she creates music that is both rapturous and melancholic, nostalgic and contemporary. ‘Her voice holds the purity, tension, dignity and sorrow of a heritage full of songs about lost love and cruel fate. But in her quiet way, she’s radical.’ (New York Times). Olivia is joined by regular collaborator, composer/multi-instrumantalist Jordan Hunt, bringing her moving, eclectic compositions and original interpretations of song.

‘Chaney establishes her own voice from the outset. Rare beauty.’ – The Sunday Times

‘A beautifully haunting meditation on the human condition.’ – Sun ★★★★★

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Ben Glover / Orphan Brigade
Mar
30
7:45 PM19:45

Ben Glover / Orphan Brigade

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Presented by The Real Music Club

In early 2018 The Orphan Brigade played their first Belfast show at The Duncairn. A Nashville-based collective founded by local man Ben Glover, Neilson Hubbard and Joshua Britt, they’re drawn to the more esoteric elements of this world. Their first album, Soundtrack To A Ghost Story, revolved around a haunted Civil War house in Kentucky. After that, their time spent in 2500-year-old-caves in the Italian city of Osimo resulted in Heart Of The Cave. But 2019’s upcoming album will resonate with the rich folklore of County Antrim, the homeland of Ben Glover, where the album will be recorded on the sites that inspire the songs.

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Ye Vagabonds & guests
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Ye Vagabonds & guests

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New Album Launch & Concert

fRoots Magazine described Ye Vagabonds as: “Capable and nuanced carriers of a flame ignited eras ago … Appalachian and Irish, folk revival, and so muchmore. Couched as the songs [are] in a timeless belonging, they [are] sieved through the 21st century lens of a new generation.” With fans including Lisa Hannigan, Roy Harper and Glen Hansard, a lot has been happening with the duo since they appeared at The Duncairn.
They’ve been touring Ireland, UK, Europe and Canada, and we’re delighted that the lads have chosen to launch their new album with us here in Belfast. You don’t want to miss this.

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
Apr
7
10:30 AM10:30

Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session

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FREE EVENT - EVERYONE WELCOME!

Our Super Sundays epitomize everything at The Duncairn that has worked, and their success is all about opening the arts to the community across generations, across cultures, and across the religious and social divide. Re-knitting the very fabric of the community they are well established as one of the best arts and community experiences on Belfast’s cultural calendar. They offer the opportunity to engage with high quality artists and performers over Sunday brunch, with live music, resident DJ, arts and crafts for the kids, good coffee, the resident artist’s shop just across the hall. Super Sundays are a place to meet old friends, meet with the family, bring the kids, or fly solo and see who you get talking to — they’re a fantastic opportunity to meet likeminded souls. So, please do join us on our five-year anniversary. Wake up and smell the coffee, in a good way.

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FIFTY
Apr
12
7:45 PM19:45

FIFTY

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Have you heard about FIFTY at The Duncairn? If not, where have you been? We started piloting them six months ago and they’ve become one of the most exciting projects in the city for anyone involved in the arts. FIFTY is an intimate music event, suitable for a wide spectrum of creativity ranging from spoken word to live music, visual art, photography, and whatever else occurs. With a maximum of 50 guests (to encourage good discussion) we are recreating a small intimate atmosphere where we welcome people with a glass of wine and some food — symbolic of communities breaking bread and creating a bond.

Actively targeting members of the community who have an interest in aspects and issues we are highlighting, we invite them to come along and join in. Discussions are topic-based on issues that impact on us all — underfunding communities, community cohesion and innovation, the environment, political change, homelessness, housing, and mental health are just some of the issues that we openly discuss on these nights. So, if you would like to join us for a glass of wine, some nibbles, some positive music, good company, and great conversation, then get your tickets now. Each FIFTY has sold out very quickly.

Indeed, from February 2019 onwards we will not be announcing who is appearing at our FIFTY events — let us surprise you — we won’t disappoint.

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Paul McKenna Band
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Paul McKenna Band

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According to the New York Times, the Paul McKenna Band is: “The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years.” McKenna himself has long been ranked among the finest younger singers and songwriters, with a powerful, emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs. He and his band draw on both Scottish and Irish roots in a dynamic array of original and traditional material, and songs by like-minded authors including Peggy Seeger, Alistair Hulett and Jim Reid. Currently working on their fifth album, maybe this show will give a hint of new music yet to be released.

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The Wonders of the Wake
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

The Wonders of the Wake

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Presented by CQAF

The Wonders of the Wake is a totally unique Irish Trad Arts show that in laughter, song, keening and haunting Gaelic laments celebrates the ancient rite of the Irish Wake.

Our hauntingly beautiful Mná Caointe, three keening female singers, will bring a tear to your eye and shiver in your spine and take you on a 90 minute magical adventure to the best Irish wake you could ever experience.

The Wonders of the Wake is artistic collaboration between the acclaimed writer of My Father’s Wake author Kevin Toolis and the world renowned Henry Girls, Joleen, Karen and Lorna McLaughlin.

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The Fretless
May
8
7:45 PM19:45

The Fretless

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Presented by Moving On Music in conjunction with CQAF

We’re delighted to host Canadian folk four-piece The Fretless, in association with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Moving On Music. “We all come from a background of traditional music, whether it’s Canadian or Scottish or Irish roots,” the band’s fiddle and viola player Karrnnel Sawitsky told fRoots Magazine. “But along with this tradition, The Fretless aim to push boundaries,” the article continues. They “deconstruct” and “transform” their music, aiming: “to take whatever we’re doing to a different place.” Innovative and energetic, they take string music beyond expectation, transforming traditional tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. An absolute must-see.

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FIFTY
May
10
7:45 PM19:45

FIFTY

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Have you heard about FIFTY at The Duncairn? If not, where have you been? We started piloting them six months ago and they’ve become one of the most exciting projects in the city for anyone involved in the arts. FIFTY is an intimate music event, suitable for a wide spectrum of creativity ranging from spoken word to live music, visual art, photography, and whatever else occurs. With a maximum of 50 guests (to encourage good discussion) we are recreating a small intimate atmosphere where we welcome people with a glass of wine and some food — symbolic of communities breaking bread and creating a bond.

Actively targeting members of the community who have an interest in aspects and issues we are highlighting, we invite them to come along and join in. Discussions are topic-based on issues that impact on us all — underfunding communities, community cohesion and innovation, the environment, political change, homelessness, housing, and mental health are just some of the issues that we openly discuss on these nights. So, if you would like to join us for a glass of wine, some nibbles, some positive music, good company, and great conversation, then get your tickets now. Each FIFTY has sold out very quickly.

Indeed, from February 2019 onwards we will not be announcing who is appearing at our FIFTY events — let us surprise you — we won’t disappoint.

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The Breath
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

The Breath

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Presented in partnership with CQAF

We’re over the moon to host Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum’s band, The Breath, at The Duncairn. Perhaps you’ve seen Connolly here before in another glorious manifestation called Honeyfeet? Either way, The Breath are equally as glorious. Connolly’s soulful, utterly engaging voice — whether delicate and hushed or powerful and gutsy — is coupled with Stuart’s understated brilliance.

Their latest album Let the Cards Fall, is a collection of songs allowed to mature and breathe without losing the multi-textured kaleidoscope of sound that marked their debut, Carry Your Kin. And you can hear them perform these songs live at The Duncairn. Yes, we’re very, very excited about this.

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Francis McIlduff
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Francis McIlduff

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CD Launch & Concert

Francis McIlduff is a son of the McPeake family and plies his trade as one of the best pipers in Ireland, as well as the bodhran and whistle. A regular Belfast session player and a member of band At First Light, the renowned musician has eventually completed his debut album Theodore Street: He describes it as: “A collection of tunes influenced by what has happened over the years with my family and friends.” It’s a personal collection with every note written, and every instrument played, by McIlduff himself. Don’t miss this very special launch of a quiet man telling his story through music.

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Amy May Ellis & Anna Mieke
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Amy May Ellis & Anna Mieke

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Respectively unique in their own style, each of these rising talents have graced both The Duncairn main stage, and the Fifty stage. Wicklow musician, songwriter and composer, Anna Mieke composes and performs on guitar and bouzouki, using cello and piano in other projects. And while traditional Irish music such as Sean-nós singing and fiddle have been a focus, her travels strongly influence her music.
We first saw Amy May Ellis here when she supported Slow Moving Clouds, and we sussed her as a quiet, mighty talent. “This precocious, magical North York Moors songwriter quietly takes the breath away,” according to The York Press, and we agree.

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
May
26
10:30 AM10:30

Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session

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FREE EVENT - EVERYONE WELCOME!

Our Super Sundays epitomize everything at The Duncairn that has worked, and their success is all about opening the arts to the community across generations, across cultures, and across the religious and social divide. Re-knitting the very fabric of the community they are well established as one of the best arts and community experiences on Belfast’s cultural calendar. They offer the opportunity to engage with high quality artists and performers over Sunday brunch, with live music, resident DJ, arts and crafts for the kids, good coffee, the resident artist’s shop just across the hall. Super Sundays are a place to meet old friends, meet with the family, bring the kids, or fly solo and see who you get talking to — they’re a fantastic opportunity to meet likeminded souls. So, please do join us on our five-year anniversary. Wake up and smell the coffee, in a good way.

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The Unthanks
May
31
7:45 PM19:45

The Unthanks

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All I can say about the Unthanks is that they make my heart beat faster, or smile a lot, or cry. They mean it. And not in some dreary 'authentic' way that feels like a penance for the listener, but just natural. They sing and play what the hell they like, and if you've heard nicer harmonies this year, I may call you a liar. I'm glad to be around at the same time as them."

Martin Freeman

"The Unthanks seem to regard folk music the same way Miles Davis regarded jazz: as a launch pad for exploring the wider possibilities."

Uncut

'Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence'

The Independent

"I had to take a single summary of what Alfie and I have being doing over the years to the proverbial desert island I wouldn’t take one of our own records. I’d take the crystal clear interpretations of The Unthanks."

Robert Wyatt

"Rachel and Becky's voices are one of the true wonders of 21st-century music"

NME

"It is their ability to pare back extraneous matter and to stare unflinchingly into the very soul of a song that makes them a spellbinding experience"

BBC Music

"Just beautiful"

Lauren Laverne

"Haunting, original and magnificent"

The Guardian

"Music as tough as it is gentle, as ancient as it is modern, and as coldly desolate as it is achingly intimate.. a sensationally graceful sound that can be epic and subdued, dreamy and specific, as well as supernaturally ancient and defiantly modern".

Paul Morley, Observer Music Magazine

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
Feb
17
10:30 AM10:30

Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session

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FREE EVENT - EVERYONE WELCOME!

Our Super Sundays epitomize everything at The Duncairn that has worked, and their success is all about opening the arts to the community across generations, across cultures, and across the religious and social divide. Re-knitting the very fabric of the community they are well established as one of the best arts and community experiences on Belfast’s cultural calendar. They offer the opportunity to engage with high quality artists and performers over Sunday brunch, with live music, resident DJ, arts and crafts for the kids, good coffee, the resident artist’s shop just across the hall. Super Sundays are a place to meet old friends, meet with the family, bring the kids, or fly solo and see who you get talking to — they’re a fantastic opportunity to meet likeminded souls. So, please do join us on our five-year anniversary. Wake up and smell the coffee, in a good way.

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Venture
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Venture

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“ven_ture started by after a conversation about working on some new arrangements and ideas for the voice and accordion and fiddle and after some try outs the idea became real.
The trio loves making new arrangements for old music whilst composing new melodies keeping in mind the unique sound produced by voice accordion and fiddle keeping to non conventional new sounds in the process. ”

Ven_ture are:
David Munnelly (accordion) from Mayo is widely regarded as one of the most influential Irish accordion players of his generation: he has played with legendary Irish bands De Dannan and The Chieftains, and for 15 years fronted The David Munnelly Band. In recent years, his skills as a composer and arranger have come to the fore and David now works on a wide variety of music projects, ranging from the multi-award winning pan-European accordion five-piece Samurai, and duo McGowan Munnelly through his experimental solo compositions, to the high-energy traditional Irish band Mórga.

Anne Brennan (Vocals) is from Maam in North Connemarra Anne is a member of the well known and distinguished group “The Brennan Sisters”. Anne comes from a family steeped in traditional music and song and has toured throughout Ireland and Europe as a solo artist. Anne has shared the stage over the years with some of Irelands most talented artists, including: Paul Brady, Sharon Shannon, Declan O’ Rourke, Gerry O Connor, Arty McGlynn, Steve Cooney, Mundy and Damien Dempsey to name but a few and continues to tour as a solo artist and with various bands throughout Ireland and Europe.

Joseph McNulty (Fiddle) is an accomplished musician on both fiddle and bodhran. He credits a lot of his success to having spent years in the company of Peter Horan R.I.P. who was regarded as one of Sligo’s finest musicians. He was almost 70 years Joseph’s senior and to Joseph he was more than a musician, he was also like a mentor.
Joseph is devoted to Irish culture and when he was 15 left his native home in Mayo to immerse himself in Irish culture living in Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Arann Islands where he continued his education became fluent in the Irish language.
Joseph began to play traditional Irish music at a competitive level at a young age and by the age of 14 had won 5 all-Ireland tittles and 4 world titles. Most recently Joseph Joseph has toured with Ragús in mainland Europe and has spent time working in the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. He also teaches both fiddle and bodhran and spends much of the summer teaching in summer schools passing on his love and understanding of Irish music.

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Remembering Neil Johnston
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

Remembering Neil Johnston

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For over forty years Neil Johnston was a reporter and feature writer for the Belfast Telegraph. In 1976 he reviewed Leo Rowsome’s LP Classics of Irish Piping and found himself “struck by the beauty and starkness of Irish music and song that was on my own doorstep.” The die was cast, and he began a music column in the Belfast Telegraph celebrating the local folk and traditional music scene, during some of the darkest years of the Troubles. At The Duncairn, Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey will headline this evening of music to remember Neil, alongside the Sands Family, Len Graham, Maurice Leyden, Sean Donnelly, and Jane and Frank Cassidy.

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Lecture/Recital: Bunting Then And Now
Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

Lecture/Recital: Bunting Then And Now

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Presented by Dun Uladh. Free Admission.

Lecture / Recital with Conor Caldwell

Edward Bunting began his career as a music collector in 1792 at the Belfast Harpers’ Assembly in Belfast. This monumental event, in which harpers came together in an attempt to revive the ancient Gaelic music tradition, took place in Waring Street and was organised by individuals who wold later form the Society of United Irishmen. Bunting transcribed the music form this meeting and subsequently collected music from every corner of the country, the first large-scale traditional music collection known in Europe.

This illustrated talk highlights examples from the Edward Bunting collection which are found in the contemporary repertoire of Irish musicians. Tunes have been reborn, recast, and remade in the time since Bunting’s publication, while a small number remain virtually untouched.

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FIFTY
Feb
8
7:45 PM19:45

FIFTY

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Have you heard about FIFTY at The Duncairn? If not, where have you been? We started piloting them six months ago and they’ve become one of the most exciting projects in the city for anyone involved in the arts. FIFTY is an intimate music event, suitable for a wide spectrum of creativity ranging from spoken word to live music, visual art, photography, and whatever else occurs. With a maximum of 50 guests (to encourage good discussion) we are recreating a small intimate atmosphere where we welcome people with a glass of wine and some food — symbolic of communities breaking bread and creating a bond.

Actively targeting members of the community who have an interest in aspects and issues we are highlighting, we invite them to come along and join in. Discussions are topic-based on issues that impact on us all — underfunding communities, community cohesion and innovation, the environment, political change, homelessness, housing, and mental health are just some of the issues that we openly discuss on these nights. So, if you would like to join us for a glass of wine, some nibbles, some positive music, good company, and great conversation, then get your tickets now. Each FIFTY has sold out very quickly.

Indeed, from February 2019 onwards we will not be announcing who is appearing at our FIFTY events — let us surprise you — we won’t disappoint.

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Intermediate Painting and Drawing
Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Intermediate Painting and Drawing

Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£90.00 full rate + £80.00 concession rate
Taught by: Patricia Campbell UWS

* For concession rate, please call us on 02890747114 *

This exciting course is ideal for those who have completed an introductory course in painting and drawing, who would like to develop their skills further.
Participants will explore and build upon their core skills and confidence in exploring line, tone and colour by engaging with a range of techniques and media. Throughout the course, we will study a range of interesting past and contemporary artists work to inform your own art practice. 
We will cover a range of topics, such as portrait painting, observational/perspective techniques and colour theory with a focus on developing your passion for drawing and painting.

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Photography Level 2
Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Photography Level 2

Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£70.00 full rate + £60.00 concession rate
Taught by: Stan Nikolov

* For concession rate, please call us on 02890747114 *

Introduction to Digital Photography Level 2 - Photo Project

This course will provide an introduction to digital photography. You will learn how to control the settings of the camera and how that affects the image. We will cover all the basics like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure, depth of field, as well as composition and different styles of photography such as documentary, portrait, architecture, event photography etc. and also how to sequence images to be able to tell a story.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop your own portfolio project / photo essay and will have an opportunity to try editing software such as Photoshop.

At the end of the course you will also get a chance to get your work printed in the form of a small book or portfolio.

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Sewing and Textiles
Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Sewing and Textiles

Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£80.00 full rate + £70.00 concession rate
Teacher: Bernadette Carlin

* For concession rate, please call us on 02890747114 *

Come along to our friendly relaxed beginner and intermediate sewing classes. Learn to use a sewing machine and gain some foundation sewing skills. These classes are designed to build the knowledge and confidence necessary for participants to complete a number of sewing projects over the course of 8 weeks. Each class will introduce you to new skills and techniques and give you something to take home and be proud of!

Some of the projects will include: bunting, a lined tote bag, a lined make-up bag with a zip and an introduction to free motion embroidery.

If you have your own sewing machine please bring it along if not, we have some machines available.

This is a great opportunity to learn new or improve your sewing skills.

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Follow on Ceramics
Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Follow on Ceramics

Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£90.00 full rate + £80.00 concession rate
Taught by: Eimear O’Caoilte

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Have you completed the beginner’s ceramic course? Well come along to the follow-on class! During these 8 weeks participants will take the knowledge they have gained during their beginner’s sessions and develop their skill and creativity further. Introducing new clays and making techniques, participants will expand on their designs and finished products to a higher and more professional finish

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Gaeilge / Irish Language
Feb
4
7:00 PM19:00

Gaeilge / Irish Language

Registration is free, Donations are appreciated

Mondays 7-9pm
8 week course

BUN RANG ÍOCHTAR / LOWER BEGINNERS CLASS

If you have never had previous contact or have only had very minimal contact with the Irish language, then this is the class for you. Each September, the bunrang íochtar starts afresh with a new cohort of learners and we assume that you have had no previous knowledge of Irish.

Teacher: Tarlach Ó Branagáin

MEÁN RANG UACHTAR / UPPER IMPROVERS CLASS
Unfortunately, we have had to postpone due to a late change in the teachers schedule. Apologies to all who have registered. Class will return next term.

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Fashion Design: Quick Makes
Feb
4
6:30 PM18:30

Fashion Design: Quick Makes

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
6 week course
£60.00
Taught by: Chloe Dougan


This informal class is fun for all skills level. The class will be split into 2 easy make projects throughout the duration of the 6 weeks and you will be making your very own kimono and
easy fitting top. The class will learn sewing skills, basic pattern cutting knowledge and sewing terminology.

Sewing skills helpful but not necessary. You may bring your own sewing machine and tools if you wish although centre will provide these.

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Intro to Ceramics
Feb
4
6:30 PM18:30

Intro to Ceramics

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£80.00 full rate + £70.00 concession rate
Taught by: Eimear O’Caoilte

This introduction class is designed solely for beginners to learn and gain experience in hand building ceramics. Through the course of the 8 weeks, participants will develop their making skills and learn different hand building techniques from pinch pots to slab building a vase. Finishing off with glazing techniques, participants can develop further creative ways to complete their work.

Its for beginners, so come along and have some fun!

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Crafting For Beginners
Feb
4
6:30 PM18:30

Crafting For Beginners

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
6 week course
£60.00 full rate
Taught by: Debbie Young


All ye beginners get ready for a new adventure in arts and crafts. 6 weeks of glorious, fun filled permission to play activity!!!

We will be working with a wide variety of arts and crafts materials to make work such as, a miniature piece of felt textile art, or perhaps have a go at crafting a new member to your family in the guise of a felted Angel; we will be jumping into embroidery to design and create your very own piece of hoop art; getting sticky having a dabble at one of the widely enjoyed trend crafts of the day Decoupage, and if we aren’t exhausted by all this new learning then we can have a go at Victorian Quilling and Interior Wreath making.

Geared towards absolute beginners, this short course gives you insight into how easy it is to bring out your creative side, while making quality work that you will be proud to keep or give as a gift. We all have it in us, come give it a try!

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Intro to Print Making
Feb
4
6:30 PM18:30

Intro to Print Making

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£80.00 full rate + £70.00 concession rate
Taught by: Lucy Turner

* For concession rate, please call us on 02890747114 *

A course to enable students to experiment with four printmaking techniques. Students are asked to bring visual material on first day.

This course is open to beginners.

Week one
— Housekeeping
— Look at past examples discuss ideas from imagery brought by each student
— Mono printing

Week two
— Simple book binding with last week monoprints for note taking over the duration of the course
— Start collagraph plate

Week three
— Finish collagraph plate
— Start dry point plate

Week four
— Print collagraph plate
— Finish dry point
— Start lino cut

Week five
— Look at the three examples of printmaking & consider working now with one discipline

Week six
— Print all plates
— Start specialising

Week 7
— Print to edition

Week 8

— Print & conclude

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Introduction to Painting and Drawing
Feb
4
6:30 PM18:30

Introduction to Painting and Drawing

Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
8 week course
£90.00 full rate + £80.00 concession rate
Taught by: Patricia Campbell UWS

* For concession rate, please call us on 02890747114 *

Participants will be taught and guided in a relaxed, creative and fun environment by Ulster Watercolour Society Artist, Trisha Campbell. This course is ideal for beginners wishing to learn new drawing and painting skills and for those would like a refresher course.

Throughout the course we will experiment with a range of artistic techniques, both traditional and experimental whilst covering a range of subject matter. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of media including: pencil, charcoal, watercolour, acrylic, inks and pastels. We will look at past and present artists work to inform your creative ideas and artwork.

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Improvers' Fiddle
Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

Improvers' Fiddle

A tune a week! Build your traditional music repertoire with this ten-week intensive course in traditional fiddle music. Led by Conor Caldwell ( Craobh Rua and North ) this class is ideal for improving musicians, especially those looking to increase their knowledge of session tunes.

Each class will include advice on ornamentation, variations and good technique in violin playing. Students will also get the chance to listen to rare archival recordings and increase their knowledge of the history of Irish fiddle playing.

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The Lonesome Ace Stringband
Feb
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Lonesome Ace Stringband

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** Presented by Moving On Music **

Coming from a tradition that has inspired and brought together generations of people, the Lonesome Ace Stringband bring grit, skill and abandon to oldtime, Appalachian folk music. Musicians Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are: “Three of the most accomplished oldtime musicians on the planet,” according to WAMU, Washington DC. Come to this show and catch the energy, passion, and burnished character within this particular brand of American roots music, performed with a refreshing vibrancy that is too often missing.

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Exhibition: Four Corners
Jan
31
to Feb 8

Exhibition: Four Corners

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Presented by Four Corners

Artist Barbara Dass presents a corpus of work driven by wanderlust for the nooks and crannies of her beloved Belfast. The images, mainly of crosses, had their origin on Good Friday 2016 when Dass, Professor of Design at Belfast School of Art, Ulster University journeyed through the streets of Belfast city centre, meditating on Jesus’ final hours.

Over the next two years Dass walked the four corners of Belfast exploring public spaces, parks and playgrounds, wandering through alleyways and streets, and recalls that her journeys sculpted a landscape of strange artefacts in the imagination, declaring the presence of the scandalous forgiveness of Christ’s cross. The exhibition is the visual narrative of Dass’s personal passage through Belfast’s terrain, the imagining, the making, the thinking and the praying.

This exhibition is generally open on weekdays throughout the festival. However, it may be occasionally closed for space reasons, so attendees are advised to check by phoning The Duncairn, (028) 90747114.

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JPTrio, The Ex Isles & guests
Jan
27
7:45 PM19:45

JPTrio, The Ex Isles & guests

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JP Trio is a Trad-Hop collective formed in county Sligo reemerging from a brief hiatus. The core consists of Brothers Ted (Electric Guitar & Banjo) & Jos (Keyboard & Accordion) Kelly along with fellow Sligo man Paul Leonard on drums.

The Trio are very much at the forefront of a new vision to sculpt a path linking traditional Irish rhythms

and melodies with aspects of hip hop and jazz. The lads plans include collaborating with singers and musicians across the Emerald Isle in an innovative process that knows no boundaries.

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Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session
Jan
27
10:30 AM10:30

Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session

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FREE EVENT - EVERYONE WELCOME!

Our Super Sundays epitomize everything at The Duncairn that has worked, and their success is all about opening the arts to the community across generations, across cultures, and across the religious and social divide. Re-knitting the very fabric of the community they are well established as one of the best arts and community experiences on Belfast’s cultural calendar. They offer the opportunity to engage with high quality artists and performers over Sunday brunch, with live music, resident DJ, arts and crafts for the kids, good coffee, the resident artist’s shop just across the hall. Super Sundays are a place to meet old friends, meet with the family, bring the kids, or fly solo and see who you get talking to — they’re a fantastic opportunity to meet likeminded souls. So, please do join us on our five-year anniversary. Wake up and smell the coffee, in a good way.

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Rhob Cunningham, Buí & guests
Jan
26
7:45 PM19:45

Rhob Cunningham, Buí & guests

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Singer-songwriter Rhob Cunningham has just returned from a year in Vienna, where he wrote, recorded and released his seventh album, entitled Step Outside.

Having previously fashioned albums with a similar ethos in Reykjavik, Nashville, Paris and Berlin, it soon becomes clear that he’s a musician that is only ever passing through.

The Dun Laoghaire native is no stranger to Belfast, he opened for former bandmate Lisa Hannigan in Mandela Hall, Cunningham has also performed with Cathy Davey, Duke Special & Neil Hannon.

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SIVE, Molloy & Caldwell + guests
Jan
25
7:45 PM19:45

SIVE, Molloy & Caldwell + guests

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Combining haunting, multi-layered vocals with delicately woven musicality and an undeniable charm, Sive is an artist unafraid to differentiate from the norm. With a voice that “sweeps along displaying folk and jazz nuances with the confidence of one who knows”, her unique sound weaves together her love for the craft of songwriting with her enthusiasm for experimentation and intricate arrangements.

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Armagh Pipers Club
Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

Armagh Pipers Club

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Jarlath Henderson, Cúig, Niall Hanna,
Rioghnach Connolly & more

Tickets £25 inc pre-concert reception.

Drinks reception 6.30 - 7.30. Concert starts at 8pm.
This is not a BYOB event - Strictly No alcohol at the concert

In the 2018 BBC Radio Folk Awards, Armagh Pipers Club, the traditional music teaching charity founded in 1966, received the prestigious ‘Good Tradition’ award. This recognised the work of the Club over five decades, during which it has trained thousands of musicians and nurtured some of the brightest and best in today’s folk music scene.  At present the volunteer-led Club has almost 200 students attending up to 50 classes per week, delivered by 30 tutors of professional standard.  It organises the longest-running international festival of pipe-based music, the William Kennedy Piping Festival, now in its 25th year. 


The Piper’s Club is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a benefit concert in the Duncairn Arts Centre, fixed for Saturday 19 January 2019.  Several distinguished past pupils of the club have volunteered their services, including Jarlath Henderson, uilleann piper, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist; the brilliant young group Cúig; award-winning vocalist Niall Hanna, and the world-renowned vocalist and instrumentalist Ríoghnach Connolly.  There will also be a superb group of musicians from the Club including current and past tutors, led by harpers Eilis Lavelle and Emer Mallon, along with sister and brother Méabh and Tiarnán Smyth. 

Tickets can be ordered from the Duncairn (www.theduncairn.com), at £25 including a pre-concert reception.  Armagh Pipers Club hopes that fans of traditional music will support this special event, knowing that every pound raised will go towards securing the future of one of Ireland’s longest-established music teaching centres.

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Drama: Cuss the World
Jan
17
7:15 PM19:15

Drama: Cuss the World

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Thursday 17th January
Free
Doors: 19:15 Show: 19:45

Following the warmly received Diablo, we are thrilled to have a return visit from Spanner in the Works —this FREE event is not to be missed. Donations gratefully accepted.

Written and directed by Patricia Downey, CUSS THE WORLD follows five teenagers whose lives are growing increasingly out of control. Meet Jane, whose brother Peter is doing time for drug-dealing and death driving; then there’s David and Douglas constantly trying to avoid their violent father. Next is Amy who may be following in her pregnant sister’s footsteps. Finally, Anne, whose current hobbies include getting drunk and selling prescription drugs. Along the way we also meet mothers who share their thoughts about bringing up troubled teenagers.


CUSS THE WORLD will resonate with anyone trying to understand or come to terms with the realities of serious issues facing this generation’s young people, and with anyone who no longer doubts that drugs are an issue that cut across class, gender, age, rural and urban communities.

To book your seat please email debbie@174trust.org or contact our booking office on reception@174trust.org - community and youth groups bookings very welcome.

There will also be a superb group of musicians from the Club including current and past tutors, led by harpers Eilis Lavelle and Emer Mallon, along with sister and brother Méabh and Tiarnán Smyth.

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Jan
12
12:00 PM12:00

People's Pop Up Pharmacy

Please join us for our very first North Belfast Family Friendly People’s Pop-Up Pharmacy. We, in partnership with the Public Health Agency Clear Project and The Belfast Trust are delighted to provide an opportunity for you all to explore the positive ways in which you can encourage and restore your wellbeing and mental health.

A FREE fun filled few hours in the depths of what is usually a gloomy, money-mans-gone time! All activities are free plus the kids will receive a little complimentary lunch bag… So why not!!

On the day will be… Our North Belfast Pop-Up People’s Pharmacy where you will receive a social prescription and a little handmade gift! face painting, family arts & craft activity, Health Information Stands, Holistic Therapies, Barber, Beauty Therapist, Music by our res dj Paddy, Fun Physical Activities, our Shop at The Duncairn will be open and last but not least a wonderful opportunity to attend our Resilience Workshop.

No booking required.

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Exhibition: 20 Years of A Changing Belfast
Jan
10
to Jan 24

Exhibition: 20 Years of A Changing Belfast

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Presented by Aisling Ghéar Theatre Company

We are delighted to welcome Aisling Ghéar Theatre Company’s exhibition: 20 years of Aisling Ghéar, 20 years of a changing Belfast. The work charts the company’s highlights over 20 years, running in tandem with key events in Belfast’s history during that period.

Specifically, on the 16th January, this exhibition will be open to north Belfast secondary schools. The company will give a presentation about the exhibition detailing the story that Aisling Ghear wish to share, and in support of the presentation there will be a snipet from one of the company’s productions, delivered by local actors who are featured in the exhibition.

This event will be bi-lingual and would be suitable for students of Irish, drama and history.

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David Keenan
Jan
5
7:30 PM19:30

David Keenan

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"Not just another young lad with an acoustic guitar, Keenan is the sound of Tim Buckley and Brendan Behan arguing over a few jars, while Kavanagh deals Dylan a suspicious hand of cards, and Anthony Cronin and Jack Kerouac furiously try to scribble it all down"


Pat Carty Hotpress Magazine

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