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Reassemble for Purpose - contemporary art at Platform Arts
A couple of weeks ago it was contemporary dance ; today at lunchtime it turned out to be contemporary art. It could be some time before I develop an expert appreciation about either of these artforms! Above the Poundstretcher at the end of Belfast’s Queen S...
A couple of weeks ago it was contemporary dance; today at lunchtime it turned out to be contemporary art. It could be some time before I develop an expert appreciation about either of these artforms! Above the Poundstretcher ...
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NI Science Festival (19 Feb-1 Mar): maths, sound science, films, games, zombies & stars
The inaugural NI Science Festival starts this week and over 11 days it will explode 100 events in venues across Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Glengormley and beyond. Festival Director Chris McCreery jumped from a career in lobbying and public affairs to set up an...
The inaugural NI Science Festival starts this week and over 11 days it will explode 100 events in venues across Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Glengormley and beyond. Festival Director Chris McCreery jumped from a career in lobbying...
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Review: Salome (NI Opera) - a big piece of musical theatre & strong performances with an intense & macabre plot
Opera is a form of slow-motion storytelling, with larger than life characters and their huge voices and big gestures injected into an over-the-top plot that inhabits an enormous stage. Richard Strauss’ Salome – based on Oscar Wilde’s play – adds horror into...
Opera is a form of slow-motion storytelling, with larger than life characters and their huge voices and big gestures injected into an over-the-top plot that inhabits an enormous stage. Richard Strauss’ Salome – based on Oscar...
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Rev Ian McNie: "If Presbyterian Church elects a woman moderator ... they will have my full, complete & utter support"
Rev Ian McNie (Trinity Presbyterian Church) was elected moderator-designate last night after 12 of the 19 Presbyteries across Ireland put their weight behind the Ballymoney minister. He’ll take over from the current moderator Rev Michael Barry on 1 June, on...
Rev Ian McNie (Trinity Presbyterian Church) was elected moderator-designate last night after 12 of the 19 Presbyteries across Ireland put their weight behind the Ballymoney minister. He’ll take over from the current moderator...
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4 Corners Festival - Lord Mayors, forgiving, and Scottish Gaelic Psalms - spanning boundaries & healing relationships
For several years the 4 Corners Festival has been developing conversations across Belfast, introducing people to different corners of the city, spanning boundaries – physical, emotional and cerebral – in a bit to transform relationships and help heal the ci...
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Salome: fantastic music, outstanding soloists, the Ulster Orchestra & a story that will knock you for six
Cross posted from Slugger O'Toole ... Oliver Mears rejects the notion that opera has to seen as elitist, incomprehensible and alienating. NI Opera’s artistic director explained to me that the four-year old company choose “the most dramatic” works to perform...
Cross posted from Slugger O'Toole ... Oliver Mears rejects the notion that opera has to seen as elitist, incomprehensible and alienating. NI Opera’s artistic director explained to me that the four-year old company choose “the...
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Review: Stitched Up ... peace walls coming down, along with standards in the National Death Service
Kate (Roisin Gallagher) comes home buzzing with excitement at the news that her years of negotiation have paid off and there is a political agreement to bring down all of NI’s peace walls. But in a flash her mood changes when she notices a letter on the kit...
Kate (Roisin Gallagher) comes home buzzing with excitement at the news that her years of negotiation have paid off and there is a political agreement to bring down all of NI’s peace walls. But in a flash her mood changes when...
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Preview: Stitched Up (by Rosemary Jenkinson) - NHS whistleblower and a peace facilitator in a moral conundrum
Rosemary Jenkinson’s new play Stitched Up premières at the Lyric Theatre next week. Directed by C21 Theatre Company ’s Stephen Kelly, Stitched Up is a one act play starring Richard Clements as an NHS surgeon Aidan who has turned whistleblower in order to tr...
Rosemary Jenkinson’s new play Stitched Up premières at the Lyric Theatre next week. Directed by C21 Theatre Company’s Stephen Kelly, Stitched Up is a one act play starring Richard Clements as an NHS surgeon Aidan who has turn...
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God of Carnage / The MAC (until 21 February) - turning a childish altercation into a parental pantomime
Filling the width and height of the MAC’s main stage, Ciaran Bagnall’s set is reminiscent of a pressure cooker with wooden ribs curving up above a living room’s soft furnishings. A cream carpet cries out not to be sullied as the four actors make their chore...
Filling the width and height of the MAC’s main stage, Ciaran Bagnall’s set is reminiscent of a pressure cooker with wooden ribs curving up above a living room’s soft furnishings. A cream carpet cries out not to be sullied as ...
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Be a tourist in your own back yard ... reduced entry to Titanic Belfast this weekend for NI residents
Titanic Belfast was open for 27 months before I set foot in the exhibition halls . I suspect I’m not alone in having deliberately avoided the hysteria and queues at its opening and then less consciously never got around to going along until some relatives c...
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And be sure to check out the Frank Browne photography exhibition in the Andrews Gallery!
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Review: The 5th Province ... contemporary dance leading to a head full of questions!
A couple of weeks ago I posted an interview with the artistic director of Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre on Slugger O’Toole. It was the blog's first ever post about contemporary dance, and also my first foray into an unknown art form. listen to ‘Talking to @iamD...
A couple of weeks ago I posted an interview with the artistic director of Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre on Slugger O’Toole. It was the blog's first ever post about contemporary dance, and also my first foray into an unknown art f...
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Susan Picken explains ... Conversations about Cinema: Impact on Conflict season at Queens Film Theatre
Queens Film Theatre is curating a season of films under the banner of Conversations about Cinema: Impact on Conflict . Earlier today, Head of QFT Susan Picken told me about the collaboration with other independent cinemas like Bristol Watershed and Chapter ...
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