Belfast Events http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Events.aspx Upcoming events in Belfast Copyright (c) Belfast City Council. All rights reserved. en 1440<![CDATA[Celtic Spey Casting Challenge]]>Come along to the Celtic Spey Casting Challenge at the Waterworks, Belfast.

Friday 19 May Cross community youth day

Saturday 20 May, 11am

Opening ceremony followed by the competition and family fun

Sunday 21 May, 9am

Final

 

Admission is free.

Spey FishingVenue : Waterworks]]>
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<![CDATA[October to December at Linen Hall]]>Part of Shakespeare Lives Across The Island: Conversations and Celebrations celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death

Date  Event   Theme 
 3 - 28 October 

 Shakespeare Lives Through Sir Kenneth Branagh on Stage and Screen 

 Exhibition 
 5 Oct - 30 Nov 

 Serenity in Landscape by Sorrel Wills

 Exhibition  
 8 Oct, 11am 

 Fontenoy by Liam MacCóil

 Irish book club  
 8 Oct, 12 noon 

 Lost on the Titanic: The Story of the Great Omar with Dominic Riley

 Lecture 
 13 Oct, 2pm

 Shakespeare: Here and Elsewhere

 Workshop 
 18 Oct, 2pm  Prospero’s Prison with the ESC (Educational Shakespeare Company)  Reading 
 26 Oct. 1pm  The Star Man with author Conor O’Clery  Reading 
 27 Oct, 1.10pm   Cakes and Ale by W Somerset Maugham  Reading group
 29 Oct, 11am  Halloween Fancy Dress Storytime and Rhyme  Family event
 2 - 30 Nov  C.S. Lewis and the Island of His Birth  Exhibition
 4 Nov, 10am - 5pm   2016 Readathon  Readathon
 12 Nov, 11am  An Leon, an Bandraoi agus an Prios Éadaigh by C.S. Lewis  Irish book club
 17 Nov. 6.30pm, £8  Colum Sands, Songs of a Storyteller  Performance
 18 Nov, 5.30pm  The Female Line  Book event 
 24 Nov, 1.10pm  Lost Fields by Michael McLaverty  Reading group
 25 Nov, 1pm  History and Legacy of the International Brigades, 1936–2016 with Daniel Kowalsky   Lecture
 7 Dec, 1pm  Michael McLaverty Short Story Award Ceremony  Award
 9 Dec, 1pm

 Patrick Brontë and his Ulster Background: The Untold Story of Literature's Most Famous Father 

 Lecture
 10 Dec, 11am  An tIriseoir by Michelle NicPháidín  Irish book club
 15 Dec, 5.30pm, £5  Victorian Christmas  Family event
 17 Dec, 10am, £3  Mr Hullabaloo’s Interactive Children’s Theatre presents The Winter Wonderland Show  Family event
 22 Dec, 1.10pm  For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway  Reading group

Booking is recommended for all events. To book call 028 9087 2219 or visit www.linenhall.com

For more information visit Shakeseare Lives at Linen Hall, call 028 9032 1707 or email info@linenhall.com

Shakespeare Live at Linen HallVenue : Linen Hall Library]]>
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<![CDATA[Knocknagoney Community Centre annual general meeting]]>Knocknagoney Community Centre are holding their annual general meeting on Tuesday 8 November.

Local residents can be nominated and elected on to the centre management committee. The committee works with staff to develop activities and programmes within the centre and on local area issues, events and projects.

Everyone is welcome!

For more information, please call 077 4706 6273 or email workmans@belfastcity.gov.uk

 

People attending a meeting.Venue : Knocknagoney Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Woodvale boxing sculpture unveiling]]>Come along to the unveiling of a commemorative sculpture of the great boxers and local heroes of the greater Shankill area.

This is the last of three sculptures commissioned to recognise the achievements of local boxers and the tradition of boxing in the city, after Rinty Monaghan at Cathedral Gardens and John Caldwell at Dunville Park.

Boxing sculpture inviteVenue : Woodvale Park]]>
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<![CDATA[The Bootleg Beatles]]>The world’s most acclaimed Beatles band is back!

Six appearances at Glastonbury Festival, several world-tours, numerous radio and TV appearances and many sell-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall are testament to the band’s incredible recreation of the greatest songbook of all time.

They have won over the most-hardened sceptics and drawn critical-acclaim across the globe.  Every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from their witty ‘Scouse’ banter to their ‘inflection perfect’ vocal mimicry.

Bootleg BeatlesVenue : Ulster Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Glenbank Community Garden Halloween Party]]>Glenbank Community Garden invites you to a free Halloween Party. 

There will be a host of events including facepainting, arts and crafts, music, treats, fancy dress and prizes.

All welcome and children must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

Glenbank Halloween PartyVenue : Glenbank Community Garden]]>
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<![CDATA[Halloween Event - CANCELLED]]>This event has now been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.

An evening in the Castle of spooky stories and ghoulish goings-on with a spectacular bias towards Cave Hill and its surroundings.  Meet at Belfast Castle.

 

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

Cave Hill Country ParkVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Starry Sky]]>There will be no moon tonight and if the weather is kind, we should be treated to a great view of the heavens. Meet at Belfast Castle. Wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing. 

 

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

Cave Hill Country ParkVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Terror zone at Blythefield Park]]>We will be hosting a Halloween event “Blythefield Terror Zone” in Blythefield Park on Saturday 29 October 2016 from 2pm - 5pm finishing with a lantern parade along the park path to Roden Street.

Activities will include: Birds of prey, pumpkin carving, face painting, tattoos, storytelling. arts and crafts, creating your own bird feeders and spooky nail art.

Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Please come in fancy dress.

For more information, call Sue 028 90 320202 ext. 3368

Terror zone at Blythefield ParkVenue : Blythefield Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Nina Conti - 'In Your Face']]>Hot on the heels of her 2016 smash-hit season at the West End’s Criterion Theatre, by popular demand Nina Conti is back on the road with her sell-out 2015 show ‘In Your Face’. Strap into the mask as Nina, Monkey and a bag of tricks improvise their way through an adventure of hilarious witchery. No two shows are ever the same!

She’s won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film - all without moving her lips. Expect the unexpected…

 

★★★★ ‘Gut-Bustingly Funny’ Daily Telegraph

★★★★ ‘You will see nothing like it onstage’ Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘In short: a hoot’ The Guardian

★★★★ ‘A hilarious blast… comedy gold’ Metro

Nina ContiVenue : Ulster Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[2016 IPB Pride of Place awards]]>We were very proud to host the 2016 IPB Pride of Place Awards on Saturday 26 November 2016 at Belfast Waterfront. Almost 1000 people from community groups, organisations and councils from all over Ireland came to Belfast to attend the awards ceremony.

Pride of Place is an annual competition organised by Co-operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance. It promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their local neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise.

Winners

The 2016 Pride of Place Awards winners are available from prideofplace.ie/2016-winners

Photographs

Those attendees who got photographs taken at the awards, can download the photos from Keith Wilson Photography, using the password Belfast2016

Belfast WaterfrontVenue : Belfast Waterfront]]>
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<![CDATA[Community Centre Tea Dances]]>Come along to our Age-friendly Tea Dances taking place in our community centres.

To avoid disappointment, please contact the community centre in advance to register.

DateTimeCostCommunity CentreContact to register
Wednesday 28 June 2017 1.30PM - 4PM Free

Knocknagoney Community Centre

028 9076 1432 
Friday 30 June 2017 6pm - 10pm Free

Suffolk Community Centre

 028 9060 2564
Two ladies dancing]]>
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<![CDATA[Christmas in the Park]]>Come along and enjoy a festive family fun day at Drumglass Park with activities including:

  • Face painting
  • Live music
  • Arts & craft stalls
  • Pottery work shops
  • Birds of prey
  • Archery
  • and a special visit from Santa and Rudolph. 

For more information, call Sara 028 90 320202 ext. 3368

There is very limited on street parking and we encourage the use of public transport. (Metro 9A 9B operate on the Lisburn Road route, or visit Translink for more details.)

Christmas in the ParkVenue : Drumglass Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Shining Through by John McSorley]]>The Higgin Gallery at Malone House is hosting the 'Shining Through' exhibition by John McSorley. Everyone is welcome to a preview evening being held on Monday 5 December 2016 from 6pm - 8pm.

The Higgin Gallery is located on the first floor of Malone House.

It's open everyday from 9am to 5pm.

Admission is free.

A painting by John McSorleyVenue : Higgin Gallery, Malone House]]>
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<![CDATA[Irish Garden Plant Society Lecture]]>‘The Making of The Bay Garden’ by Frances MacDonald

Frances MacDonald has worked in gardening for over 35 years. She trained in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. After a spell in Japan, she worked in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Her husband, Iain runs a design and landscaping business and they open their garden - The Bay Garden - in Camolin, Co Wexford to the public during the summer months.

From a neglected orchard and grounds surrounding an abandoned farmhouse and out-buildings, The Bay Garden has been developed by Iain and Frances MacDonald since they purchased it in 1988. It now consists of the Serpentine Garden, Cottage Garden, White Garden, Rose Garden, Hot and Funereal Borders, Pond Garden, Barn Garden, Woodland and Bog Garden and a Formal Vegetable - the last addition being Jardin Sheila which was completed in 2014…and they are now planning the next adventure! This lecture follows their progress over the past 27 years.

Admission is £3 for non-members. 

For more information call Barbara Kelso on 02890861854

Malone HouseVenue : Malone House]]>
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<![CDATA[Christmas at the zoo]]>Join Santa and his elves in the zoo grotto on Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December.

Enjoy Christmas crafts, wrapping and delivering presents for the chimpanzees and many other activities.

Tickets must be booked. 

For more information or to book, call 028 9077 6277 extension 203 or visit www.belfastzoo.co.uk

The zoo keeper and a child preparing feed for the animals at Christmas in the zooVenue : Belfast Zoo]]>
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<![CDATA[Chas and Dave]]>Chas & Dave began writing and performing songs together in 1972, having been friends since the early sixties. Now celebrating their 50th Anniversary by recording their first original album in 27 years, which is a mixture of vintage rock & roll songs and new renditions of their own `rockney` classics. The album also features special guest stars such as Jools Holland, Buddy Holly`s drummer Jerry Allison & Hugh Laurie.

They reached the top twenty in 1979 with `GERTCHA`, which became a nationwide catchphrase. This was followed by `THE SIDEBOARD SONG` (GOT MY BEER IN THE SIDEBOARD HERE). In 1980 they hit the charts with `RABBIT`, which reached No. 8 in the charts and a No. 2 record in 1982 `AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU`. This was followed by further hits `MARGATE`, & `LONDON GIRLS`. In 1986 they had a top six record with `SNOOKER LOOPY`.

They have also written title songs for TV shows `Till Death Do Us Part` and `Only Fools & Horses`.

Chas `n` Dave are great musicians and know how to give an audience a good time. They have gained a cult audience of both young and old and due to public demand they are about to be seen together on stage once more!

Chas and DaveVenue : Ulster Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Beginners Yoga Class]]>Come along to our Gemini Yoga for beginners at Inverary Community Centre.

Classes are open to everyone and no experience needed.

DayTime
Thursday 7pm - 8pm
Friday 10am - 11am

 

Some of the benefits of Yoga include:

  • Flexibility
  • Fitness
  • Improved heart and circulation
  • Promotes weight-loss
  • Relieves stress and anxiety

 

 

 

 

 

Group of people practising yogaVenue : Inverary Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Tommy Emmanuel - It's Never Too Late]]>Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s best-loved musicians. He has been voted Favourite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player and Acoustic Guitar Magazines and his videos have had over 29,000,000 views, leading to sold-out shows worldwide.

Tommy’s distinctive fingerstyle playing, using all ten fingers, is a technique he picked up from his hero and mentor, the legendary Chet Atkins.

His award-winning career now spans five decades and multiple genres including jazz, rock, blues, and country.

Tommy’s new album “It’s Never Too Late” is 14 tracks of original music with no vocals or guests. It’s just pure Tommy – solo.

Tommy EmmanuelVenue : Ulster Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[£1 Female Fitness Classes at your local Better Leisure Centre]]>Better in partnership with WISPA NI (Women in Sport and Physical Activity), through funding provided by Sport NI and the Department for Communities, the Active Women Programme will see a selection of female only, studio based and aqua based fitness classes arrive at various Better centres across Belfast. The classes cost just £1 each.

Females of all fitness levels are welcome to attend the affordable studio-based classes. They will run from 24 January to 31 March 2017.

Start date of course  Centre  Time  Class 
24 January 2017 Grove Wellbeing Centre  10.15am - 11am  Pilates 
25 January 2017 Ballysillan Leisure Centre  11.30am - 12.15pm  Yogalates 
25 January 2017  Ballysillan Leisure Centre

12.15pm - 1pm

Aqua workout 
25 January 2017 Belvoir Activity Centre 5pm - 5.45pm Circuits and weigh in
27 January 2017 Shankill Leisure Centre 9.30am - 10.30am Circuits and nutrition
27 January 2017 Grove Wellbeing Centre 1.15pm - 2pm Aqua workout
3 February 2017 Girdwood Community Hub  10am - 11am Circuits
4 February 2017 Avoniel Leisure Centre 11.30am - 12.30pm Gym induction
6 February 2017 Falls Leisure Centre 10am - 11am Circuits and weigh in
15 March 2017 Belvoir Activity Centre 6.30pm - 7.15pm Ladies gym session


Find out more information at Better

Better LeisureVenue : Better Leisure Centres]]>
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<![CDATA[Launch party at Olympia Leisure Centre]]>Join Better at the new Olympia Leisure Centre on the Boucher Road to celebrate the opening of the brand new Olympia Leisure Centre and enjoy a range of fun, free activities for the whole family.

For adults:

  • 10am – 4pm: Free gym sessions with gym inductions and gym floor workouts
  • 10am – 1pm: Free fitness class taster sessions with group cycling, HIT workouts, pump and aerobics.

For children:

  • 10am - 4pm: Free children’s activities including face painting, balloons, glitter tattoos, and the bouncy castle.
  • 1pm - 4pm: Free taster session with junior gymnastics

For more information visit www.better.org.uk/newolympia

OlympiaVenue : Olympia Leisure Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Walk Wednesday's]]>Join the Connswater Community walking group and walk with them along the Greenway starting on Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 11am.

Facilitated by Greenway leaders, this is a great opportunity to get outside, meet others and explore the Connswater Community Greenway. 

For more information and to register, email laura@eastsidepartnership.com or call 028 9045 1900.

To view more events at the Connswater Community Greenway, visit connswatergreenway.co.uk

Couple walking at the Connswater Community Greenway.Venue : Connswater Community Greenway]]>
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<![CDATA[Building Tropical Plant Cells in Minecraft]]>Children aged 6 – 14 will get the opportunity to look at the exotic and tropical plants and build the cells of these plants. Cost £3.

For more information, visit www.nisciencefestival.com

Botanic GardensVenue : Bowling green at Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Winter Tree Trail]]>Meet at the Palm House; Botanic Gardens

Come along and visit over 500 trees and learn to recognize them in their winter clothes. Includes a guided walk. Cost £3.

For more information, visit www.nisciencefestival.com

Palm House, Botanic GardensVenue : Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[The Magic of Plants]]>A practical demonstration and workshop to understand the often neglected green background of our parks and gardens. Cost £5. Adults only.

For more information, visit www.nisciencefestival.com.

Plants at Botanic GardensVenue : Bowling green at Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Battle of Predators and Pests]]>A practical workshop using modern stereo-binoculars and high magnification microscopes to watch the world of pests and predators do battle on pre-infected plants. Cost £3. Adults only.

For more information, visit www.nisciencefestival.com.

Plants at Botanic GardensVenue : Bowling green at Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Health and Safety Open Day at Woodvale Community Centre]]>We are having a Health and Safety Open day at Woodvale Community Centre to raise awareness of the vast range of activities that take place in the centre. As well as promoting our groups we will also be hosting information stalls from other Council Services, Cancer Lifeline, Wolfhill Advice Centre, the PSNI and the Fire Service.

For more information call us on 028 9035 1548 or email community@belfastcity.gov.uk

 

WoodvaleVenue : Woodvale Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Duncairn Community Centre walking club]]>Every Monday in March we are hosting a walk around the local area of Duncairn.

Walks are suitable for everyone and each walk will last one hour.

Contact 028 9074 0212 for more details.

Date Time
Monday 27 March 9.30am - 11.30am
Couple walking.Venue : Duncairn Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Lost in Narration]]>The exhibition, guest curated by Italian Manuela Pacella, will showcase the work of three Italian artists across all three MAC galleries.

Riccardo Giacconi, art duo Invernomuto and Luca Trevisani, will all be showing in Belfast for the first time and highlights the MAC's continued efforts to celebrate world-class art at the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.

The exhibition is open daily and admission is free.

The MAC are also delighted to announce a very first, children's exhibition audio tour. Ideal for children aged eight years and over. 

To find out more please visit www.themaclive.com

Please note the MAC will be open until 9pm on the evening of Sunday 23 April.

For more information on this event, call 028 9089 2966 or email jen@themaclive.com

Lost in NarrationVenue : The MAC]]>
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<![CDATA[Big Botanic Day out]]>Come along to a range of activities throughout Botanic Gardens, Ulster Museum and Lyric theatre.

For more information, visit www.youngatart.co.uk/festival.

Botanic GardensVenue : Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Lunch club at Duncairn Community Centre]]>Come along to our senior citizens lunch club at Duncairn Community Centre on:

  • Monday 27 March 2017

Enjoy some lunch and a catch up with friends and neighbours.

Ladies at community event.Venue : Duncairn Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Age-friendly Belfast Punjana St Patricks Day Tea Dance]]>Come along to the Ulster Hall to celebrate St Patrick's Day and to enjoy live music and dance.

There will be two Tea Dances.

  • 12 noon - 2pm
  • 3pm - 5pm 

Both sessions are free to attend, and free tickets will available from 9am on Monday 27 February 2017.

Call the Ulster Hall Box office on 028 9033 4455 or visit the box office in person to get your tickets.

Couple at tea danceVenue : Ulster Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[All Ireland Field Archery]]>Field archery involved shooting at targets of varying distance, often in woodland and tough terrain. This event will be the largest field archery event in Ireland in 2017 and is the national championships endorses by the ArcheryNI and Archery Ireland.

The event location (Belfast Castle Estate) has been specifically selected due to the nature of the venue whereby the course can be set in woods with steep slopes and had variations in ground conditions with the additional benefit of the area of open parkland that can be used to promote the sport to spectators and the general public.

The event itself is used as a qualifying event for the 2017 European Field Championships and will attract the top archers from Ireland as well as archers from the UK, including European and World Champions.

Saturday 18 March  Times
Registration 8.45am - 9.45am 
Equipment inspection  9am - 9.45am
Practice targets 8.45am - 9.50am
Assembly 10am
Shooting commences 10.15

 

Sunday 19 March Times
Registration 8.45am - 9.15am
Equipment inspection (new archers only) 8.45am - 9.15am
Practice targets 8.45am - 9.40am
Assembly 9.45am
Shooting commences 10am
Individual semi finals 3am - 3.30am
Individual finals 3.45am - 4.15am

24 targets will be shot each day by all archers and the top 4 archers in each of the main categories will shoot semi-final and final matches in the castle gardens. 

A number of world class archers will be in attendance including, in the gents recurve division 2016 Rio Olympian Patrick Huston who will be going up again Double Olympic Youth Festival Gold medallists Mark Nesbitt and Irish international Garrett Byrne. In the ladies barebow, Great Britain & NI international Joanne Walker will be competing against Irish international archers Orla O’Connor and Jane Langley. 

The gents compound division will be amongst the most competitive with European and World medallists Dean Hamilton and Jordan Mitchell competing against a string of other archers who competed at the recent World Championships, including City of Belfast Archers brothers Darrel & Stuart Wilson.

Belfast CastleVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[An Economy that works for all]]>Part of the Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics 2017

On 21 March 2017 at 1pm, we’re supporting a public discussion event titled ‘An economy that works for all’ – this event is being held by the ‘Imagine Belfast’ Festival of Ideas and Politics and will discuss the idea of place based ‘inclusive growth’ that is referred to in the Belfast Agenda. Further details and tickets for the event can be obtained via the Imagine Belfast website 

Belfast AgendaVenue : City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Pop in to Prop]]>Pop in to our pop-up propagation workshops and learn how to make the most out of your house plants.

For more information, visit www.makinglifebettertogether.com.

Botanic GardensVenue : Botanic Gardens, Palm House]]>
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<![CDATA[Beginners Botanical Art]]>A hands on workshop to develop your skills as a botanical artist. All levels of experience welcome, materials provided. Cost £10.

Botanic GardensVenue : Bowling green at Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Kevin Bloody Wilson]]>Tickets on sale from Friday 1 April at 10am.

Kevin's concerts continue to sell-out around the globe after more than 30 years on the scene.

Selling upward of 4 million records and being nominated for Australian of the Year have helped cement his place as, in the words of Billy Connolly, 'The world's funniest Australian.'

Over 18s only - not for the easily offended

Kevin WilsonVenue : Ulster Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[The Big Walking Trail]]>Join us for a walk through meadows, woodland and gardens which come alive in the spring time.

Walking trails start times are at 10am, 11am and 12noon.

Meeting point at The Stables Café.

We have a choice of 3 trails.

Trail  Woodland trail - moderate  Meadow trail - moderate  Garden trail - easy
Distance  1.93 miles 1.78 miles 1.1 miles

The Lord Mayor will attend and be participating in event activities.  

Activities for kids are from 10am to 1pm and include:

  • arts and crafts
  • balloon modelling
  • face painting
  • little Red Riding Hood and the BIg Bad Wolf at 11am
  • nature trails
  • meet and greet with the Gruffalo and 
  • beat the street group. 
Walking trailVenue : Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park]]>
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<![CDATA[An evening with Sir Anthony McCoy OBE]]>Children’s Heartbeat Trust is delighted to host an evening with 20 time jockey, Sir AP McCoy at Belfast City Hall, with kind permission of the Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell on Friday 21 April.

The goal of our exclusive evening with Sir AP McCoy is to raise vital funds to create a child and family centred environment at the new Children’s Heart Centre which is being built at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The new facility will deliver high quality services for heart children in Northern Ireland, matching the world leading care already provided by our doctors and nurses.

The evening will include a drinks reception, 3 course evening meal, Q & A with all time champion jockey, auction, raffle and music.

Booking Essential. To book please call 028 9031 2228 or email lynn@childrensheartbeattrust.org

Children’s Heartbeat Trust is a local charity which provides practical and emotional support to children and young people born with heart disease in Northern Ireland and their families. Heart Disease is the most common birth defect in NI with 200 babies born every year with a heart condition. Many will require open heart surgery and ongoing treatment for their complex conditions.

 

Sir Anthony McCoy OBEVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Family fun day at Donegall Pass]]>Come along to our family day to have fun and socialise with neighbours.

There are a free activities for all ages and abilities including:

  • seniors tea dance
  • taster activities including food, dance and arts and crafts
  • Donegall Pass photographic exhibition
  • petting zoo, and
  • children’s inflatables, soft play and face painting

Your feedback from the taster activities to help us plan activities for the future.

On the day, you can also share your views on the proposals for an improved play area at Rev. Robert Bradford play park. For more information, visit our Rev. Robert Bradford play park webpage.

For more information please call 028 9032 7661 or email wilsonl@belfastcity.gov.uk

Child with face paintVenue : Donegall Pass Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Park Heritage Walks 2017]]>Walk off your Sunday lunch with a guided walk for the whole family around one of our parks. 

Park  Date  Information 
Cregagh Glen  23 April 2017 

Look at the history and wildlife of this section of the Connswater Greenway. Informal paths, some steep with steps. Good walking shoes recommended.

Meet at entrance to glen on Knock Dual Carriageway.

Barnett Demesne 28 May 2017 

Look at the history and wildlife of the area around Mary Peters Track and Barnett Demesne. Formal and informal paths with some steep inclines.

Meet at the first car park at Mary Peters Athletics Track (just inside the gates).

Lagan Meadows 25 June 2017 

Look at the general history and wildlife of Lagan Meadows. Formal and informal paths with inclines.

Meet at the Knightsbridge park entrance.

Victoria Park  27 August 2017 

Look at the history and wildlife of Victoria Park, and exploring the link along the Connswater Greenway to C.S. Lewis Square. Formal, even paths throughout.

Meet at the main car park in Victoria Park.

Waterworks  24 September 2017

Look at the general history and birdlife of the Waterworks. Formal paths with one steep incline.

Meet at Cave Hill Road entrance.

For more information call us on 028 9027 0467.

ParksVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring Fair]]>Come along to the popular Spring Fair at Malone House this April to experience the flower filled grounds of Barnett Demesne.

There will be a variety of entertainment for all the family including:

  • face painting
  • inflatable assault course
  • bouncy castle
  • pony rides
  • Maypole dancing
  • climbing wall
  • archery
  • Waxy Wax Hands workshop
  • fair ground
  • children’s arts and craft classes
  • birds of prey display
  • Ark open farm
  • exotic reptiles
  • circus skill shows

We will also have a number of stalls selling plants, homemade cakes, confectionary, jewellery and handmade crafts.

In addition, there will be a chance to win a free family pass to the zoo when you join the ‘Beat the Street’ team and take part in their orienteering trail around the park.

We also have accessible leaflets detailing what is available at the fair, and please let us know if you have any special access requirements.

Car parking

Limited car parking for visitors including disabled parking is available at Belfast Indoor Bowls Club, 115 Miltown Road, Belfast BT8 7XP.

Free shuttle buses will run between Belfast Indoor Bowls Club and Barnett Demesne. Shuttle buses start from Belfast Bowls Club at 1pm and the last bus will leave Barnett Demesne at 5.45pm.

Young child with scarecrowVenue : Barnett Demesne]]>
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<![CDATA[WEE]]>Orienteering series.

Follow a short course suitable for all the family or a longer course for those up for a challenge. Open to non-club members. Assistance available for newcomers.

Registration 6.30pm – 7.15pm, orienteering starts between 6.45pm – 7.30pm. Close at 8.30pm.

Call 07971 040 729 or email davy@lvo.org.uk

Ormeau ParkVenue : Ormeau Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast parks primary schools’ athletics at Mary Peters Track]]>Coaching sessions for primary schools in the shot put, long jump and short sprint.

Call 028 9091 8768 for more information

Belfast parks primary schools’ athleticsVenue : Mary Peters track]]>
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<![CDATA[Ladies evening at Finaghy Community Centre]]>Come along to Finaghy Community Centre on Tuesday 9 May and have some girly fun with friends and family.

You can enjoy various treatments including:

  • aromatherapy
  • nails
  • makeup application
  • hair up styles
  • indian head massage, and
  • reflexology.

Treatments will cost £5 each, except gel nails which will be £10.

There will also be a range of products to try and buy, and advice from a registered practising nurse qualified in botox and fillers.

For more information email ohareg@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9062 0474.

 

Nail paintingVenue : Finaghy Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Friday lunch in the park]]>Bring your own lunch and enjoy craft stalls and music from Conor Taggart. 

We also have more Friday lunch in the park events on

Lunch in the parkVenue : Lower Crescent Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Futuristic Fun Day & Space Trail]]>Enjoy a fun filled day for the whole family at Woodvale Park. Space themed event in order to raise awareness for the Lord Mayor’s chosen charity “Positive Futures”.

There will be a wide range of activities on the day for example a space simulator, DeLorean car, face painters, bouncy castles, along with various interactive activities, workshops, in fact there will be plenty for the family to do.

Come along dressed up in your space gear and take part in a trail through our Solar System. Prizes to be won.

Family fun, fancy dress, free admission.

Contact 02890 320 202 Ext. 3656 for any further details.

Futuristic Fun Day & Space TrailVenue : Woodvale Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Mountain Trail Bike Experience]]>Suitable for ages nine to adult.

Hit the Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails, the trails are graded and suitable for all levels of skill, from beginners to the experienced.
We meet you at Shaw’s Bridge and kit you up with bike and helmet before you hit the trails.

£15pp for up to three hours.


Contact Stella or John. Pre booking is required - call 028 9064 6695 or 07749 011 283 or go to www.mobileteamadventure.co.uk

Barnett DemesneVenue : Barnett Demesne]]>
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<![CDATA[Come and Play]]>We're providing outdoor play sessions for parents and children under 4 years.

It’s a chance to have fun, make friends and enjoy playing outdoors with your child.

Activities will include:

  • physical play
  • art
  • dressing up, and
  • messy play.
Ballysillan Play Centre
Monday 15 May 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Monday 22 May 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Monday 5 June 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Monday 12 June 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Monday 19 June 2017 10.30am - 12 noon

 

North Queen Street Play Centre
Wesnesday 17 May 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Wednesday 24 May 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Wednesday 31 May 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Wednesday 7 June 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Wednesday 14 June 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Wednesday 21 June 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Wednesday 28 June 2017 10.30am - 12 noon

 

For more information, please email play@belfastcity.gov.uk

Children playing.]]>
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<![CDATA[Forage on Cave Hill]]>Phil Simpson has a fund of practical knowledge and plant lore. Walk in his company to see what plants we can find.

Meet at the Castle; Please wear suitable footwear and suitable clothing.

Call 028 9029 1357 or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

CavehillVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Good Relations – Networking and Information]]>This event is now fully booked. 

This will be a chance for organisations across Belfast who are involved in good relations to network, learn about other projects and find out about how Belfast City Council can support their work.

The event will provide information on:

  • The Shared City Partnership – which oversees our good relations work
  • The Good Relations Action Plan for 17/18
  • Projects developing good relations in Belfast

For more information email goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 90270663 - please advise of any catering or access requirements. Further details and an agenda will be issued to those who register. 

Attendees will also have the chance to highlight how we can support their work and develop links with groups working on similar issues or in similar areas.

If you have received financial support from the Good Relations Unit over the last 12 months we would ask that you send a representative where possible.

Networking and information at City HallVenue : City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Poet tree picnic]]>Come along to this family fun day organised Compassionate City of Belfast. The event is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Big Lunch initiative.

You can submit a poem to be read out at the “Poetry Jukebox” in advance to barkleys@belfastcity.gov.uk

Bring your own picnic and enjoy a range of fun and interactive games.

Activities include:

  • poetry jukebox
  • craft stall
  • jumps, jingle and jive
  • growing working
  • arts and craft
  • jabberworky performance
  • storytelling
  • stamp and stomp workshop
  • lawn games

Supported by the Parks Small Grants Scheme.

ParkVenue : Lower Crescent Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Dragon Boat Regatta 2017]]>Join Belfast’s first ever Dragon Boat Regatta and help support the Lagan Dragons, Northern Ireland’s only breast cancer dragon boat team.
This exciting family event will have face painting, balloons, prizes, music and is guaranteed to be a fun filled day out for everyone!

Cheer on the 20 teams as they bang their drums and race along the Lagan River in these unique and colourful Dragon Boats.

See Lagan Dragons Facebook page for details.

You can find out more by emailing lagandragons@yahoo.com or call 028 9247 4044

Lagon DragonsVenue : Belfast Waterfront]]>
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<![CDATA[Friday lunch in the park]]>Bring your own lunch and enjoy craft stalls and music from Kellie Smilie.

We also have more Friday lunch in the park events on

Lunch in the parkVenue : Lower Crescent Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Discovered – find out about the work of the Red Cross]]>Discovered is your chance to find out about the work of the Red Cross across the world and around the corner. Meet Henri Dunant (1828-1910), the Swiss businessman who founded the Red Cross movement.

Learn life-saving first aid skills, enjoy vintage fashion from the Red Cross’ Botanic Avenue ‘Vintage & Retro’ shop. Find out about our mobility aids, independent living and refugee support services. Hear what it takes to become a Red Cross volunteer and listen to the personal experiences of Red Cross workers from overseas. Enjoy world music from Beyond Skin, and take part in our family activities and competition.

Free, fun, family event – everyone is welcome.

For more information visit www.redcross.org.uk or call 028 9073 5350.

City HallVenue : Belfast City Hall grounds]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park Cycle - By the Banks of the Lagan]]>Join local author Ben Simon and cycle the lower reaches of the river along the towpath to explore the history through the words of those who have lived and worked there.

Within a lifetime much has changed along the Lagan; the navigation has closed and the old factories have gone, however, many stories and relics remain.

Meet at Lockview car park, Stranmillis at 11am (Duration: 2.5 hours).

Booking essential, call us on 028 9049 1922

Lagan Valley Regional Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Family Fun Day at Lower Crescent Park]]>Come on down to the merry old land of Oz and enjoy a great day out with the family for free.

Join Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow for a jam-packed day full to the brim with activities the whole family can enjoy, such as:

  • face painting
  • story telling
  • lawn games and
  • arts and crafts.

For more information call 028 9024 2338 or visit www.belfastbookfestival.com

Face paintingVenue : Lower Crescent Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Mountain trail bike experience]]>Suitable for ages nine to adult.

Hit the Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails, the trails are graded and suitable for all levels of skill, from beginners to the experienced.

We meet you at Shaw’s Bridge and kit you up with bike and helmet

before you hit the trails.

£15pp for up to three hours.

Contact Stella or John.

Pre booking is required  - call 028 9064 6695 or  07749 011 283

or go to www.mobileteamadventure.co.uk

Mountain trail bike experienceVenue : Barnett Demesne]]>
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<![CDATA[Frock Around The Clock - The Midsummer Vintage and Handmade Fair]]>Frock Around The Clock will be returning to beautiful Malone House Belfast for the fabulous Midsummer Vintage & Handmade Fair on Sunday 11 June and will feature around 50 stalls of vintage, handcrafted and upcycled fashion, furniture, homewares and collectables, textiles and decor, jewellery, sweet treats, toys, art, craft, gifts and artisan food.

Whether you are in search of authentic vintage treasures, beautifully handcrafted designs, or delicious edible goodies, this event has it all! Admission costs only £3 for adults and children under 15 go free.

Frock Around The ClockVenue : Malone House]]>
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<![CDATA[The Flora of Cave Hill]]>Karl Hamilton will guide us on a plant identification walk in the Nature Reserve in Ballyaghagan at the back of the hill. Wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing.  Meet at the entrance to the Park at the top of the Hightown Road.

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

CavehillVenue : Ballyaghagan, Cavehill]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Lough Exploration]]>Join us on a magical exploration and sailing experience of Belfast Lough on board the Brian Boru, a classic traditional gaff rigged wooden sailing ketch. You set sail from Belfast Marina for a two and a half hour exploration sail of Belfast Lough. Then on your return join the Titanic’ Foundations Wee Tram and visit the birthplace of Titanic, experience the story of the shipyard and get close to giants Samson & Goliath.

The event is open to young people from the Belfast City Council area, aged 11 – 15 of all abilities.

Cost: £5 per person

Download an application form to enter

Group 1

10am: Sign in at Belfast Marina with our Community Development Officer and sail training volunteers.

10:30am – 1pm: Board Brian Boru ship at Marina for 2.5 hours exploration sail into Belfast Lough.

A sail training volunteer will accompany the sail with fact sheets of harbour and Lough history and interests supplied by the Titanic Foundation and Harbour authorities.

1.15pm – 2.15pm: Tour of Titanic and docks area on the Wee Tram, with information sheets on the port of Belfast.

2.15pm – 2.45pm: Evaluation and feedback and issue of certificates.


Group 2

11:30: Sign in at Belfast Marina with our Community Development Officer and sail training Volunteers.

12 noon – 1pm: Tour of Titanic and docks area on the Wee Tram, with information sheets.

1.30pm - 4pm: Board Brian Boru ship at Marina for 2.5 hour exploration sail into Belfast Lough.

A sail training volunteer will accompany the sail with fact sheets supplied by the Titanic Foundation and Harbour authorities

4pm – 4.30pm: Evaluation and feedback and issue of certificates. 

SailingVenue : Belfast Marina]]>
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<![CDATA[Speak up on Belfast's Language Policy - Engagement Events]]>We'd like to hear your views on how Irish, Ulster-Scots and other minority languages should be incorporated into our work.

The new policy updates our existing language policy and aims to create a framework which will guide the use of Irish, Ulster-Scots and other minority languages, including sign language by the council. 

Come along to one of our Engagement Events

We are holding information and engagement events to give you the opportunity to learn more about the draft policy and proposed framework and to give your feedback.

Date Time Venue
Tuesday 20 June 2017 10.30am - 12.30pm Belfast City Hall
Thursday 29 June 2017 3.30pm - 5.30pm NICVA, Duncairn Gardens

The same content will be covered so you do not need to attend both. 

We are also holding focus groups.

Registration

Spaces are limited so it is essential you register beforehand. Please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call us on 028 9027 0544 to register. Please provide details of which event you wish to attend along with any special requirements such as accessibility or documents in another language or format. 

Language policy event]]>
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<![CDATA[Fun day at Knocknagoney]]>Come and join in the 50th birthday celebrations of Knocknagoney Primary School where fun and games can be enjoyed by all ages.

Activities include:

  • craft stalls
  • bouncy castles 
  • gaming buses
  • face painting
  • a free barbecue 
  • a disco dome
  • a dog show 
  • funfair games
  • circus workshops
  • special demonstrations.
Children playing at the parkVenue : Knocknagoney Linear Park and Knocknagoney School Playground]]>
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<![CDATA[Dinghy Sailing and Port education]]>Try your hand at sailing and power boats with our educational tour and dingy sailing experience of Belfast port and harbour.

Take the helm of a Hawk sailing boat learning rigging and sail control and then enjoy your lunch (not provided) on the (Titanic Foundation) Wee Tram and visit the birthplace of Titanic. Hear the story of the shipyard and get close to giants Samson & Goliath.

Experience driving two power boats, a Sea rover and Displacement boat on an educational cruise of the port of Belfast. Explore the commercial side of the docks along with shipbuilding and Titanic history. You will also develop environmental awareness of bird and water life.

Cost: £5 per person

Download an application form to enter

Group 1 

9.30am – 12.30pm: Sail

12.30pm - 1.30pm: Wee Tram and lunch (not provided)

1.45pm - 4.30pm: Power boat and education

4.30pm – 5pm: Evaluation and feedback and issue of certificates.

Group 2

9.30am - 12.30pm: Power boat and education

12.30pm - 1.30pm: Wee Tram and lunch (not provided)

1.30pm – 4.30pm: Sail

4.30pm – 5pm: Evaluation and feedback and issue of certificates.

SailingVenue : Belfast port and harbour]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Argentine Tango society 10th anniversary]]>Join us at Belfast Castle for the 10th anniversary weekend of the Belfast Argentine Tango society. 

For more information visit www.belfasttango.com or book here

Belfast CastleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Guided walk - History & wildlife at Lagan Meadows]]>Walk off your Sunday lunch with this guided walk for the whole family, looking at the general history and wildlife of Lagan Meadows. Formal and informal paths with inclines.

Wear Suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing.

Meet at the Knightsbridge park entrance.

Call us on 028 9027 0467 

Barnett DemesneVenue : Barnett Demesne]]>
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<![CDATA[Speak up on Belfast’s Language Policy - Focus Groups]]>We'd like to hear your views on how Irish, Ulster-Scots and other minority languages should be incorporated into our work.

The new policy updates our existing language policy and aims to create a framework which will guide the use of Irish, Ulster-Scots and other minority languages, including sign language by the council. Find out more about our engagement events 

Take part in our Focus Groups

We are holding four focus groups at City Hall during the consultation, each will focus on a particular theme within the policy.

Focus group theme Date  Time
Other minority languages and new comers to the city Monday 26 June 10.30am - 12.30pm
Ulster-Scots language Monday 26 June 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Irish language Wednesday 28 June 10.30am - 12.30pm
Other minority languages and Deaf, partial hearing and/or disabled people Wednesday 28 June 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Registration

Spaces are limited so it is essential you register beforehand. Please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call us on 028 9027 0544 to register. Please provide details of which event you wish to attend along with any special requirements such as accessibility or documents in another language or format.

City HallVenue : City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Drumglass Park and sculpture launch]]>Come along to Drumglass Park to enjoy lots of family fun and activities while we unveil some new pine cone sculptures which created by artist Eleanor Wheeler.

There will be a number of children’s activities on the day including a bear hunt, arts and crafts, lawn games and character appearances and you welcome to join the fun and mark this special occasion.

ParkVenue : Drumglass Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Refugee Awareness and Arabic Culture information session]]>Over the past year and a half a number of Syrian families have been resettled in NI as part of the UK Governments participation in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme.

If you are interested in hearing how the VPR scheme operates and understanding more about refugee and asylum issues in NI, the Consortium supporting the resettlement of families in NI has organized the following information session in partnership with
us. 

This awareness session will cover an introduction to asylum and refugee issues in the UK and NI in particular. It will provide a general awareness of Islamic and Arab culture and factual information about how the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme works. It will allow participants the opportunity to hear directly from Refugees and Asylum Seekers living in Belfast.

 

Refugee Awareness and Arabic Culture information sessionVenue : Provided following registration]]>
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<![CDATA[The Big Lunch]]>Join us for some fun activities for the family and bring a picnic or pick up some free fruit on the day!

Summer fun activities include:

  • bouncy castles
  • live entertainment
  • balloon modellers 
  • climbing wall and much more.

 

Two people picnicking in the parkVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
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<![CDATA[Family fun days at Belfast Zoo]]>It's summer time so swing by with and enjoy family fun at Belfast Zoo including face painting, animal feeding times, bouncy castles and much more.

Normal Zoo opening hours and admission price applies.        

Call 028 9077 6277 or go to www.belfastzoo.co.uk

Penguins at the zooVenue : Belfast Zoo]]>
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<![CDATA[Safer park safer community at Dunville park]]>Sponsored by Belfast City Council through the Parks Events Small Grant Scheme.

 

Call 028 9020 0346

Dunville parkVenue : Dunville Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Friday lunch performance by Jazzmeister]]>Bring your lunch and picnic blanket to the Lower Crescent Park from 12 noon – 2pm and listen to a range of music for all ages. Artists will differ each month.

Free event, no booking is required.

For more information call us on 02890 320 202.

Music in the ParkVenue : Lower Crescent Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Friday lunch in the park]]>Bring your own lunch and enjoy craft stalls and music from Jazzmeister.

We also have more Friday lunch in the park events on

Lunch in the parkVenue : Lower Crescent Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Lark in the park 2017 at Alexandra Park]]>Sponsored by Belfast City Council through the Parks Events Small Grant Scheme.

Call 028 9087 5150

Alexandra ParkVenue : Alexandra Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Butterflies and mini beasts]]>Northern Ireland’s Big Butterfly Count begins today. Find and examine some of our most beautiful wildlife in the company of Catherine Bertrand and learn some of the mysteries of their lives.

Meet at the Castle. Wear suitable clothing and weatherproof clothing. 

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

Belfast CastleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Childrens Multi - Activity Summer scheme Mon - Fri each week]]>Ages 5 to 15 years

Activities include canoeing, rock climbing, archery, laser tag, river tubing and mountain biking. Prices start from £15pp per day or £60pp per week.

Mini-kidz 10am -12.30pm. Adventure kidz 10am – 3pm

 

Contact John or Stella on  028 9064 6695 or 07749 011 283, or go to www.mobileteamadventure.co.uk

Summer schemeVenue : Summer scheme]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park – The Buzz about Bees]]>Come along and learn more about one of the most important species on the planet. Join LVRP staff for a walk through meadows and gardens in search of our busy bees.

Meet at the Lower Car Park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park at 11am (Duration: 2 hours). Cost £2 per head (5 years and over). 

Booking is essential. Call us on  028 90491 922

STLDVenue : Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park - Secret Garden]]>Join us for an evening stroll through Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, famous for the International Rose Garden.  This walk shall focus upon some of the less well known aspects of the grounds and the local history of the Park.

Meet at Lower Stables car park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park at 7.00pm (Duration: 2 hours).

Cost £2 per head (under 12 free). 

Booking is essential. Call us on 028 9049 1922

Lagan Valley Regional ParkVenue : Lagan Valley Regional Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Family Fun Day]]>Join us for a family fun-filled event in the park with activities including:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Foot Darts
  • Climbing Wall
  • Face painting
Face paintingVenue : Finlay Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park – The Beauty of Butterflies]]>Discover butterflies on our meadow walk and learn how to survey these wonderful insects.

Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre at 2pm (Duration: 2 hours). 

Booking is essential. Call us on 028 9049  1922

Lagan Valley Regional ParkVenue : Lagan Valley Regional Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Spooks birthday at Belfast Zoo]]>We can ‘bear-ly’ wait to see you at Spooks 22nd birthday party. Come along and celebrate with special keeper talks, feeding times and the chance to see Spook and Alice open their birthday surprises.

Normal Zoo opening hours and admission price applies.

Call 028 9077 6277 or go to www.belfastzoo.co.uk

SpookVenue : Belfast Zoo]]>
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<![CDATA[WEE (Wednesday evening event) at Musgrave Park]]>Orienteering series. Follow a short course suitable for all the family or a longer course for those up for a challenge. Open to non-club members. Assistance available for newcomers.

Registration 6.30pm – 7.15pm, orienteering starts between 6.45pm – 7.30pm. Close at 8.30pm.

 Call 07971 040 729 or email davy@lvo.org.uk

Musgrave parkVenue : Musgrave park]]>
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<![CDATA[Baako's birthday at Belfast Zoo]]>Baako was the first gorilla to be born at Belfast Zoo in 16 years and we are delighted to celebrate his third birthday.  Come along and join in the fun with special feeding times, keeper talks and watch as Baako opens his birthday gifts.

Normal Zoo opening hours and admission price applies.

Call 028 9077 6277 or go to www.belfastzoo.co.uk

Baako the gorillaVenue : Belfast Zoo]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park - Woodland crafts - A changing resource]]>Woodlands have been managed, for possibly thousands of years, by people for our benefit. The uses of woodland trees are varied and wide ranging; from the crack of leather on willow to the crack of the shillelagh!  Every wood has a use. Join us for a walk and learn a little more about our trees and how we have used and managed them.

Meet at Malone House car park at 11am (Duration: 2 hours). 

Booking is essential. Call us on 028 90491 922

Malone houseVenue : Malone House]]>
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<![CDATA[Friday lunch in the park]]>Bring your own lunch and enjoy craft stalls and music from The Martello Jazz band. 

We also have more Friday lunch in the park events on

Lunch in the parkVenue : Lower Crescent Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Cregagh Green Family Fun Day]]>Belfast City Council and Cregagh Community Association invite you to join in the celebration at the newly protected Fields in Trust site at Cregagh Green and to launch of the Cregagh Green Active Spaces Programme.

Come along and be part of the celebrations and enjoy a range of free family activities including:


• Kids activities
• Face painting
• Sports taster session
• a football extravaganza
• and much more

Girl getting her face painted at a Family Fun DayVenue : Cregagh Green]]>
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<![CDATA[Family Fun Day at Glenbank Park]]>Join us for a family fun-filled event in the park with activities including:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Climbing Wall
  • Face painting
Face paintingVenue : Glenbank Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Family Fun Day to celebrate official opening of Blacks Road Playground and Sensory Garden]]>We have recently invested £200,000 in Blacks Road to create of a new playground which includes a range fun and exciting play equipment for kids of all ages and abilities, brightly coloured safety surfacing, a new accessible path, fencing to secure the site and tree planting to provide screening and privacy for adjacent properties.


As part of this development, the Department for Communities has invested £130,000 to develop a sensory garden on the site which has a sand play area, music zone, storytelling circle and sensory play equipment all designed to stimulate the senses.


Now, we would like families and the community to join us for a family fun-filled event to launch in the play park with activities including:


• Arts and Crafts
• Urban sports including BMX and scooter display
• Nature education and planting workshop
• Laser tag
• Archery

Two children playing on a slide in a playparkVenue : Blacks Road Playground]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-82308.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-82308.aspx
<![CDATA[Mountain trail bike experience]]>Suitable for ages nine to adult.

Hit the Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails, the trails are graded and suitable for all levels of skill, from beginners to the experienced.

We meet you at Shaw’s Bridge and kit you up with bike and helmet before you hit the trails.

Booking is required. £15 per person for up to three hours.

Contact Stella or John by calling 028 9064 6695 or  07749 011 283 or go to www.mobileteamadventure.co.uk

 

Mountain trail bike experienceVenue : Barnett Demesne]]>
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<![CDATA[Playday!]]>Join us for a fun-filled event in the park with activities including:

  • Arts and crafts 
  • Growing workshop 
  • Inflatables
  • Bouncy castle
  • Facepainting and storytelling
  • Petting farm with milking cow.


For more information call 02890 320 202 ext 3550 or email martinm@belfastcity.gov.uk

Three girls playing on a tyre swing in a parkVenue : Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park]]>
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<![CDATA[A general walk on Cave Hill]]>Cormac Hamill will lead a general history walk to the top of the Hill.

Meet at Belfast Castle. Wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing.

For more information call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

CavehillVenue : Cave Hill]]>
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<![CDATA[The Last Days of Summer Vintage & Handmade Fair]]>Frock Around The Clock will be returning to beautiful Belfast Castle for the fabulous Last Days of Summer Vintage & Handmade Fair on Sunday 20th August and will feature around 35 stalls of vintage, handcrafted & upcycled fashion, furniture, homewares and collectables, textiles and decor, jewellery, art, craft, gifts and more. 

Admission – Adults £3, children go free.

For more information visit www.frockfairsni.com or email hello@frockfairsni.com

The Last Days of Summer Vintage & Handmade FairVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Run Connswater]]>Take part in the first ever Connswater 10k, 5K and children's fun run on Sunday 20 August 2017.

Starting at C.S. Lewis Square you will take in the beauty of Victoria Park, Connswater Community Creenway, Sam Thompson Bridge and the Harbour Estate.

Route information

  1. Start C.S. Lewis Square
  2. Connswater Community Greenway linking C.S. Lewis Square, Mersey Street and Victoria Park.
  3. Around Victoria Park exiting via Sam Thompson Bridge
  4. Harbour Estate returning via Dee Street
  5. Join the Comber Greenway at Dee Street
  6. Finish CS Lewis Square

You can register online at athleticsni.org

For more information call 078 4149 6098 or email mel.boyle@gmail.com

Group of runnersVenue : C.S Lewis Square]]>
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<![CDATA[Bring your grandparents to the park]]>Finding things to do with your grandchildren during the summer months can be quite a challenge.  Join us for a fun-filled event in the park with activities including:

  • oldstyle and lawn games
  • kite workshops
  • play the gathering drums
  • mini mela (Indian and Mexican dance) 
  • growing workshops
  • dance workshops
  • multi-cultural arts and crafts
  • nature trails
  • Grannie Annie sweetshop and food from around the world.

 

Grandparents and grandchildren having fun in the parkVenue : Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park - Edenderry evening trail]]>How better to shake off the working week than a relaxing early evening stroll through the splendor through LVRP. The trail will take you through some of the best scenery and fistas in the park including riverside, hidden hilltop gardens, woodlands and stone age Giants ring.

Drink and snack recommended.

Meet at Minnowburn car park at 5.30pm (Duration 3hrs)

Booking is essential. For more information call 028 9049 1922.

EdenderryVenue : Edenderry]]>
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<![CDATA[Guided walk]]>Walk off your Sunday lunch with this guided walk for the whole family, looking at the history and wildlife of Victoria Park, and exploring the link along the Connswater Greenway to C.S. Lewis Square.  Formal evens paths throughout.

Meet at the car park in Victoria Park.

For more information call us on 028 9027 0467.

Lagan meadowsVenue : Victoria Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Mini Sports Day]]>Connswater Community Greenway are hosting a Mini Sports Day event for everyone to enjoy before going back to school.

They will transform C.S. Lewis Square into a mini sports stadium with free fun for all ages including:

  • athletics
  • football
  • goal keeper training
  • archery
  • hockey
  • boxing
  • table-tennis
  • netball
  • judo
  • tandem cycling
  • rowing
  • chess
  • lawn bowls


Try the different activities on offer or join Fitness Freddy to bust some moves.

The Stenaline Belfast Giants Cheerleaders will lead the celebration and there’ll also be a surprise visit, but we can’t tell you what it is, you will just have to turn up and be part of the fun!

For more information, call 028 9045 1900, email greenway@eastsidepartnership.com or visit www.connswatergreenway.co.uk

CS Lewis SquareVenue : CS Lewis Square]]>
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<![CDATA[Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport]]>The Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport course will be delivered by Sport NI. Sport has the potential to have a huge impact on children, so it is important that structures and coaches are in place to protect children and young people.

Sport Northern Ireland recognises its moral duty and legal obligation to protect children and young people in sport through the creation and promotion of a safe environment which protects them from harm.

A maximum of 20 people are able to attend this course. Details of how to book your space can be found here.

Girdwood Community HubVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
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<![CDATA[WEE (Wednesday evening event) at Victoria Park]]>Orienteering series.  Follow a short course suitable for all the family or a longer course for those up for a challenge. Open to non-club members. Assistance available for newcomers. 

Registration 6.30pm – 7.15pm, orienteering starts between 6.45pm – 7.30pm. Close at 8.30pm.

Call us on 07971 040 729 or email davy@lvo.org.uk

Victoria parkVenue : Victoria Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Bats of Cave Hill]]>Aidan Crean will introduce everyone to these enchanting nocturnal animals whilst walking on Cave Hill. This will give you the opportunity to hear the different sounds of the bats and to discover more during an evening dander.  

Meet at Belfast Castle.

Wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing.

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

CavehillVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Family Fun Day at Waterworks Park]]>Join us for a family fun-filled event in the park with activities including:

  • Boucny castles
  • Climbing wall
  • Face painting
  • Glitter tattoos
  • And much more
Girl getting her face painted at a Family Fun DayVenue : Waterworks]]>
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<![CDATA[Pretty Muddy event. Race for life]]>Pretty Muddy isn’t like any other fundraising event. It is a 5k muddy obstacle course where women of any ability can take part and join the fight against cancer. Organised by Cancer Research UK. 

To register go to www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org

ormeau parkVenue : Ormeau Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park - A treasured landscape]]>Local author Dr Ben Simon will take you on a guided walk to discover the hidden heritage of Belvoir Park Forest and what has contributed to making it one of the most outstanding landscapes near Belfast.

Meet at Belvoir Park Forest car park at 11.00am (Duration: 2 hours). 

Booking is essential. Call us on 028 9049 1922.

Belvoir ParkVenue : Belvoir Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Castle's Bridal Showcase]]>Ever dreamed of having your wedding in a fairy tale castle? Then come along to our Bridal Showcase at Belfast Castle.

You will have the opportunity to meet the staff and view our fantastic facilities and magical surroundings. The perfect venue for your special day. 

For more information call 028 9077 6925.

A bride standing infront of a window in Belfast CastleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Come and play]]>We're providing outdoor play sessions for parents and children under four years.

It’s a chance to have fun, make friends and enjoy playing outdoors with your child.

Activities will include:

  • physical play
  • art
  • dressing up
  • messy play.

Ballysillan Play Centre
Monday 4 September 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Monday 11 September 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Monday 18 September 2017 10.30am - 12 noon
Monday 25 September 2017 10.30am - 12 noon


For more information, call the Ballysillan Play Centre at Benview Community Centre on 028 9072 1941.

 

North Queen Street Play Centre
Wednesday 6 September 10.30am - 12 noon
Wednesday 13 September 10.30am - 12 noon
Wednesday 20 September 10.30am - 12 noon
Wednesday 27 September 10.30am - 12 noon


For more information, call North Queen Street Play Centre on 028 9075 3897.

Two children playing on the grass]]>
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<![CDATA[Walkway Community family funday]]>Walkway Community Association are holding a community family funday at Walkway Community Centre, Finvoy Street. 

  • inflatables
  • play bus
  • photo booth
  • BBQ
  • tea room
  • dog agility
  • face painting
  • ecomentella
  • soft play

Sponsored by Belfast City Council through the Parks Events Small Grants Scheme.

Face paintingVenue : Walkway Community Centre, Finvoy Street]]>
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<![CDATA[Mountain trail bike experience]]>Suitable for ages nine to adult.

Hit the Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails, the trails are graded and suitable for all levels of skill, from beginners to the experienced.

We meet you at Shaw’s Bridge and kit you up with bike and helmet before you hit the trails.

£15 per person for up to three hours.

Booking is required. Contact Stella or John for more information by calling 028 9064 6695 or 07749 011 283 or go to www.mobileteamadventure.co.uk

 

Barnett DemesneVenue : Barnett Demesne]]>
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<![CDATA[The archaeology of Cave Hill]]>Local archaeologist Cormac McSparron will lead a trip to the various remains on the hill from the Neolithic period to the top early Christian period.

Meet at the Park at the top the Hightown Road.

Wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing.

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

CavehillVenue : Cavehill]]>
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<![CDATA[Why does my dog do that? Free talk and questions and answers]]>Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety when left alone? Does your dog pull badly out on walks? Want advice on how to help a dog who reacts badly with other dogs whilst on walks? Or maybe you would like advice on toilet training / puppyhood?

All these areas and more, including information on responsible dog ownership, will be covered by Robin at his talk at Walkway Community Centre, Belfast on Wednesday 20 September at 7pm.

This is an event for humans only, (no dogs), to give dog owners an opportunity to listen and ask questions without any distractions.

Email laura@eastsidepartnership.com to RSVP for this free event in conjunction with Walkway Community Association and Belfast City Council.

DogVenue : Walkway Community Centre, Finvoy Street]]>
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<![CDATA[Guided walk of the Waterworks]]>Walk off your Sunday lunch with this guided walk for the whole family looking at the general history and birdlife of the Waterworks.

Formal paths with one steep incline.

Wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing.

Meet at Cave Hill Road entrance.

For more information call us on 028 9027 0467 

WaterworksVenue : Waterworks]]>
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<![CDATA[Silver Sunday celebration]]>Come along and celebrate Silver Sunday. A UK wide initiative that’s celebrates the value and knowledge of older people contribute to our communities. 

Meeting point at Botanic Gardens bowling pavilion.

Highlights include:

  • walking tour of Friars Bush Graveyard,
  • walking tour of Botanic Gardens
  • free tea and coffee.

This event is suitable for older people and family members. To register for our Friars Bush Graveyard tour please call Age-friendly Belfast on 028 9050 2073 or email anne.ross@bhdu.org

 

Silver SundayVenue : Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Age-friendly Belfast Convention]]>The event to kick off Positive Ageing Month and update you on Age-friendly Belfast.

Come along to find out what is happening the rest of October and see how you can influence making Belfast more age-friendly. There will be information stands and refreshements. Lunch will be provided.

Booking required. Call Anne Ross on 028 9050 2073 or email anne.ross@bhdu.org

Age-friendly BelfastVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Knit and natter]]>If you like to knit and crochet and love to chat come and join the fun!

Joining a knitting group is a great way to socialise and meet new people. 'Knit and natter' groups in libraries are open to everyone - if you wish to escape the busy world or if you are retired and would like new interests, find a group near you.

Meet like minded people and enjoy refrechments while you work on any knitting, crochet or craft project you may be doing.

You don't need to book, just turn up. Part of Age-friendly Belfast Positive Aging Month.

Location Date Time Contact number
Ballyhackamore Library Every Monday in October 2pm - 4pm 028 9050 9204
Cregagh Library Every Tuesday in October 1.30pm - 2.30pm 028 9040 1365
Suffolk Library Every Tuesday in October 2.30pm - 4.30pm 028 9050 9235
Colin Glen Library Every Tuesday in October 12 noon - 2pm 028 9043 1266
Belfast Central Library Every Tuesday in October 10.30am - 12.30pm 028 9050 9150
Falls Road Library Every Wednesday in October 10am - 12 noon 028 9050 9212
Chichester Library Wednesday 4 October 10am - 12 noon 028 9050 9210
Woodstock Library Every Friday in October 2pm - 3pm 028 9050 9239
Finaghy Library Every Wednesday in October 1.30pm - 3pm 028 9050 9214
Ormeau Road Library Every Thursday in October 10am - 12 noon 028 9050 9228
Whiterock Library Every Friday in October 11am - 1pm 028 9050 9236

 

Find out more information at www.librariesni.org.uk

KnittingVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Dogs Trust Community Event]]>All dogs must be fitted with a microchip before licensing. Come along to a Dogs Trust Community Event and find out more. Events will include:

  • Free microchipping
  • Free information leaflets
  • Free check your chip service
  • Free poo bags

Visit Dogs Trust for more information.

Location Date Time
Cregagh Youth & Community Centre Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 October 11am - 3pm
North Queen Street Community Centre Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October 11am - 3pm
Duncairn Community Centre Tuesday 31 October and Wenesday 1 November 11am - 3pm
Concorde Community Centre Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 November 11am - 3pm

 

Find out more information on microchipping and the law.

Dog walkingVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Age-friendly Belfast Tea Dances]]>Live music, dancing and complimentary refreshments are all part of the much loved tea dances.

Part of Age-friendly Belfast Positive Ageing Month.

Booking required. 

Location Date Time Cost Details
Girdwood Community Hub Friday 6 October

12 noon - 2pm

3pm - 5pm

Free

Supported by Punjana.

Call Gillian McEvoy on 028 9032 0202 ext 3765 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk to book.

Belfast Castle Wednesday 11 October

12 noon - 2pm

3pm - 5pm

Free

Supported by Punjana.

Call Gillian McEvoy on 028 9032 0202 ext 3765 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk to book.

Grosvenor Hall Monday 23 October

12 noon - 2pm

3pm - 5pm

Free

Supported by Punjana.

Call Gillian McEvoy on 028 9032 0202 ext 3765 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk to book.

Ligoniel Community Centre Tuesday 24 October

2pm - 4pm

Free

Entertainment by Rosey Hunter Band.

Call 028 9071 9337 or email letzneru@belfastcity.gov.uk to book.

East Belfast Network Centre,

55 Templemore Avenue

Thursday 26 October 2pm - 4pm Free

Supported by Punjana.

Call Gillian McEvoy on 028 9032 0202 ext 3765 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk to book.

Grosvenor Hall

Friday 27 October 1.45pm - 4.30pm

£3

The event is rounded off with afternoon tea.

Call 028 9028 1917 or email jsewell@belfastcentralmission.org to book.

Tea danceVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Cave Hill by moonlight]]>If you ever wanted to experience Cave Hill at night, this is an opportunity not to be missed.  This will be an enchanting walk over Cave Hill, lit only by the light of the full moon.

Wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing.   

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

Meet at Belfast Castle at 7.30pm

Cave hillVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park - Autumn discovery morning]]>The last of four seasonal walks enjoying the splendour of the Regional Park. These walks give you the opportunity for an informal and informative walk with our rangers to learn about the Regional Park.

Meet at the lower car park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park at 11am (Duration: 2 hours)

Booking is essential. Call us on 028 9049 1922.

Sir Thomas and Lady DixonVenue : Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park - Fungal foray]]>Join mycologist Professor Alistair McCracken and LVRP staff to explore the amazing variety of shapes and colours of fungi on a walk through the autumnal splendour of the Regional Park.

Meet at Shaw’s Bridge car park at 11am - duration: 2 hours

Booking is essential. Call us on 028 9049 1922

Shaws bridgeVenue : Shaw's Bridge]]>
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<![CDATA[Mountain trail bike experience]]>suitable for ages nine to adult.

Hit the Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails, the trails are graded and suitable for all levels of skill, from beginners to the experienced.

We meet you at Shaw’s Bridge and kit you up with bike and helmet before you hit the trails.

£15 per person for up to three hours.

Booking is required. Call  Stella or John on 028 9064 6695 or  07749 011 283 or go to www.mobileteamadventure.co.uk

Bike trailsVenue : Barnett Demesne]]>
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<![CDATA[Age-friendly Belfast Adult Taster Session]]>An opportunity to find out about what Gridwood has to offer and also find out about local services and activities. A chance to try something new and continue lifelong learning. Refreshments provided.

Part of Age-friendly Belfast Positive Ageing Month.

Call 028 9521 1068 or email mcevoyg@belfastcity.gov.uk

Girdwood Community HubVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
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<![CDATA[BMX Bootcamp]]>Calling all BMX riders for an intense four week programme of BMX fitness and flat ground skill training.

We’re being supported by Belfast City Council to promote a Sporting Halloween.

All ages, all abilities and all clubs welcome.

So come on, get your BMX out and give it a go!

All you need is a helmet, plenty of energy, the desire to work hard and improve.

A cycling Ireland License is required, but can be arranged on the evening (£5) or beforehand at www.belfastcitybmxclub.com

Please email belfastcitybmxclub@gmail.com with any queries. We look forward to seeing you.

BMX BootcampVenue : Henry Jones Gravel Pitch - Church Road, Belfast BT6 9SB]]>
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<![CDATA[Great Big Quiz]]>Everyone is invited to our great big quiz. Bring a group or come by yourself and make some new friends. Refreshments provided.

Part of Age-friendly Belfast Positive Ageing Month.

Call 028 9032 0202 ext. 3765 or email mcevoyg@belfastcity.gov.uk

Belfast City HallVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Skills Northern Ireland: Helping young people shape their future]]>Skills Northern Ireland is a new, interactive and inspiring two-day career event for young people aged 14-19 years.

Taking place on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 October, in the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Skills Northern Ireland is designed to connect our talented young people with the right job, career and skills opportunities. 

There will be a wide range of employers in attendance over the two days, offering apprenticeships in key industry sectors. Universities and colleges will also be on hand to discuss higher education opportunities and courses and training providers and career guidance organisations will also be present.

This event is free to attend and opening hours are:

Day time opening hours
Wednesday 18 October 9.30am – 3pm
Thursday 19 October 9.30am – 3pm

 

Evening opening hours
Wednesday 18 October 5pm – 7pm


We do recommend that you book your visit online, at the Skills Northern Ireland website, ahead of time.

By attending this Skills Northern Ireland event you will:

  • find out more about your career options
  • discover lots of opportunities and receive first-hand information
  • be able to apply for jobs and apprenticeships 
  • have the opportunity talk to friendly and informative experts.

For more information you can visit the Skills Northern Ireland website or call 01823 362800. Alternatively, you can contact a member of our Economic Development Unit on 028 9027 0482 or email economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk

This event is supported by Belfast City Council.

A school pupil and an adult looking at roboticsVenue : Titanic Exhibition Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Psychic Fiona Stewart-Williams - The Together Again Tour]]>The Together Again Tour with Psychic Fiona Stewart-Williams. Bringing you closer to your loved one in spirit. 

An audience with Ireland's leading psychic and spiritualist medium at Belfast Castle.

For further information call Fiona on 07973 491180 or visit www.psychicfiona.com

Psychic Fiona Stewart-WilliamsVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Age-friendly Ambassador Brunch]]>Would you like to become an Age-friendly Belfast Ambassador? Would you like to find out how you can volunteer to help Belfast become more age-friendly?

We have opportuinites for people aged 50+ to get involved. You can become a mystery shopper, help at events, provide information in your local area and much more!

Part of Age-friendly Belfast Positive Ageing Month.

Booking required. Call Anne Ross on 028 9050 2073 or email anne.ross@bhdu.org

Age-friendly BelfastVenue : Reception Hall, Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[The rocks of Cave Hill]]>Kirsty Lemon is an enthusiast for her Geology profession and she will delight in explaining the geological origins of Cave Hill on this walk over the Hill.

Meet at Belfast Castle.

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

Cave hillVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-80754.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-80754.aspx
<![CDATA[North Belfast Sports Forum]]>We want to develop sport and physical activity opportunities in Belfast so we are hosting an information forum for all sports clubs and groups from North Belfast.

At the forum clubs will hear about funding opportunities, the North Belfast Sports Strategy and there will also be a presentation from Sported.

The evening will finish with a tour of the faciilites at Girdwood Community Hub and networking.

To register your club or group (2 persons per club) please email hairer@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9032 0202 ext 3554.

Girdwood Community HubVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-84863.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-84863.aspx
<![CDATA[Make it Digital]]>Come along and develop your digital skills at the BBC Make it Digital programme.

What will you do?

  • create short videos
  • introduction to graphic design
  • learn how to use social media effectively
  • build web pages and sites
  • develop a digital CV
  • receive progression and careers advice including how to prepare for interviews.

How will you benefit?

  • learn new skills
  • improve confidence
  • work on a real life project
  • develop team working skills
  • flexible for job seekers (under 16 hours per week).

Course details

DayTime
Wednesdays 9.30am – 3.30pm
Thursdays 9.30am – 2pm

 

Places are limited and on a first come first served basis. Students must be 16 and over. 

For more information and to enrol, email makeitdigital@belfastmet.ac.uk




Two teenagers using tablet computersVenue : Girdwood Community Hub, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Silver Screening afternoon movie]]>Join us for a free afternoon screening of Going In Style, a fun movie about three retirees that rob a bank. Ice cream provided!

Part of Age-friendly Belfast Positive Ageing Month.

Booking required. Call Gillian McEvoy on 028 9032 0202 ext 3765 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

Movie projection screenVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Freaky Falls Fright Fest]]>Are you brave enough? Everyone is welcome if you dare!

Events are for 8 - 14 year olds. Children under 8 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

All Halloween events in the community centre will have a tuck shop available.

Event Date Time Further information
UV Disco Thursday 26 October 2017 7pm - 9pm  
Halloween High Tea Friday 27 October 2017 2pm - 4pm With music from Rosie Hunter Band.
Halloween Hunt Saturday 28 October 2017 1pm - 3pm  
Scary Movie Night Sunday 29 October 2017 4pm - 6pm Free ice cream and popcorn.
House of Horrors Monday 30 October 2017 6pm - 9pm At Frank Gillen Centre.
Pumpkin Parade and Fancy Dress Disco Tuesday 31 October 2017 4pm - 6pm Meet at Frank Gillen Centre at 4pm followed by the fancy dress disco in Divis Community Centre.
Is That Too Hot Wednesday 1 November 7pm The play is back by popular demand. Adults only. Admission £5.
Child with their face painted as FrankensteinVenue : Divis Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Club Games]]>Our Club Games invites competitors aged 55+ to compete in a wide range of sport and leisure activites representing your local Better leisure centre.

Sports include:

  • Badminton
  • Short tennis
  • Darts
  • Bowls
  • Table tennis
  • Danderball

Part of Age-frienedly Belfast Positive Ageing Month.

No booking required. For more information call Better on 028 9521 1048

Girdwood Community HubVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
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<![CDATA[Boo at the Zoo]]>Dust the cobwebs off your favourite costume and jump on your broomstick for a FANG-tastic day of fiendish fun.

You can even bring along your own carved pumpkins on the day and watch as the animals tuck into them during the ‘trick or treat’ feeding times.

Swing by with your little monsters this Halloween and don’t forget to dress to impress as children in fancy dress go FREE. 

Normal Zoo opening hours and admission price applies. Terms and conditions apply.

Call us 028 9077 6277 or go to www.belfastzoo.co.uk for more information. 

Boo at the ZooVenue : Belfast Zoo]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park - Ghosts of Belvoir]]>This event is now fully booked.

True tales of lost villages, pagan tree lore, grave robbing and more. Dare you delve into the depths of Belvoir Park Forest at twilight? Suitable for ages 10 and over.

Meet at Belvoir Park Forest car park at 4.30pm - duration: 1.5 hours

Cost £4 per head.

BelvoirVenue : Belvoir]]>
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<![CDATA[Pink colour run]]>Run, jog or walk 5k and raise money for local breast cancer research.

We are encouraging everyone to get in pink, anyone can take part in our Pink Colour Run.

Get involved, call 028 9066 3281 or visit www.cancerfocusni.org for more information.

Pink colour runVenue : Victoria Park, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Consumer Clinic]]>Call in to the office with your consumer enquiries and complaints. Bring along your energy bills for a free evaluation and money saving tips.

Dates of future Consumer Clinics, along with other events, are available by visiting the Consumer Council website

Consumer adviceVenue : Consumer Council, 28 -32 Alfred Street]]>
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<![CDATA[Christmas Craft Fair at Finaghy Community Centre]]>Come along and join us at the Christmas Craft Fair at Finaghy Community Centre.

Wide variety of crafts on over from the local area and Belfast wide. Perfect opportunity to pick up that special gift for Christmas.

Refreshments available.

Christmas Craft FairVenue : Finaghy Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[The festive yuletide vintage and handmade fair (Frock Around The Clock)]]>Frock Around The Clock will be returning to beautiful Malone House Belfast for the festive yuletide vintage and handmade fair on Sunday 26 November.

It will feature around 50 stalls of:

  • vintage, handcrafted and upcycled fashion
  • homewares and collectables
  • textiles and decor
  • jewellery
  • art
  • craft
  • Christmas decor
  • gifts and more.

Whether you are in search of authentic vintage treasures, beautifully handcrafted designs, or delicious edible goodies, this event has it all.

Admission costs only £3 for adults and children under 15 go free.

Frock around the clock at Malone HouseVenue : Malone House]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-86056.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-86056.aspx
<![CDATA[PEACE IV tendering workshop - building positive relations at a local level]]>We’re delivering a free information and advice session for local community and voluntary organisations, businesses or social enterprises interested in tendering opportunities resulting from the PEACE IV Programme’s objective 4.1 ‘Building Positive Relations at a Local Level’.

This session will outline the PEACE IV opportunities, timescales and tendering process and will include guidance and advice on developing successful tenders.

Register

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by emailing economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9050 0512.

Please include your:

  • name
  • organisation
  • phone number
  • email address
  • any special dietary or access requirements.

The PEACE IV Programme is an EU funded programme designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border region. The EU’s PEACE IV Programme is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Belfast City HallVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Hansel and Gretel]]>Find the true meaning of Christmas, as the spectacular Hansel and Gretel play makes its way this festive season to the MAC Belfast.

Discover why friendship, laughter and a big bag of sweets are essential for making Christmas time the happiest, twinkliest and funniest time of the year with loved ones.

Join Hansel and Gretel in a modern version of their classic tale. Expect big songs, an evil witch and an all-important candy trail.

Hansel and Gretel is an all-ages show, but those 5+ will get the biggest kicks.

For more information, visit themaclive.com/event/hansel-and-gretel, call 028 9023 5053 or email tickets@themaclive.com

Hansel and GretelVenue : The MAC]]>
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<![CDATA[Christmas Craft Fair at Divis Community Centre]]>Come along and join us at the Christmas Craft Fair at Divis Community Centre.

Lots of different crafts available along with free tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

For more information contact Joanne 028 9024 2551

Christmas Craft FairVenue : Divis Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Rapunzel - A brand new pantomime adventure]]>Let your hair down with the feisty Rapunzel and friends in a magical re-imagining of this much-loved tale.

Come along to the Rainbow Factory Theatre this November and December and join Rapunzel on her magical adventure filled with laughs, songs and dancing. An unmissable pantomime adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

Ticket prices range from £5.50 - £6.50.

To book your ticket, call 028 9024 0551 or email artsassistant@youthaction.org

 

RapunzelVenue : The Rainbow Factory Theatre, 14 College Square North, Belfast, BT1 6AS]]>
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<![CDATA[Christmas in the park]]>Come along to this free family event, meet Santa in his grotto and help feed his reindeer.

Other activities include:

  • Fairground attractions 
  • Stormtroopers 
  • Face painting 
  • Arts & craft stalls and much more
Snow scene in the parkVenue : Drumglass Park]]>
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<![CDATA[ParkLife December: Super Saturday Club]]>Get into the festive spirit with the super Saturday Club.

There will be lots of seasonal themed activities with the theme of waste recycling.

The super Saturday Club is now fully booked.  

For details of future events, please email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

Child with Christmas crown.Venue : Musgrave Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Christmas at the Zoo]]>Visit the zoo this Christmas and you will be walking in a ‘Wildlife Wonderland’ with festive fun for all the family.

  • visit Santa and his elves in the grotto
  • write a letter to Santa Claus
  • wrap and deliver presents to the cheeky chimpanzees and watch as they open their surprises
  • decorate Christmas tress for the Asian elephants
  • make your own Christmas crafts and
  • wish all of the animals a Merry Christmas at feeding time while they enjoy some special surprises.

Wildlife Wonderland is available on the following dates:

  • Saturday 2 December
  • Sunday 3 December
  • Saturday 9 December
  • Sunday 10 December
  • Saturday 16 December
  • Sunday 17 December

Festivities start from 10am, last admission to the zoo is at 2.30pm and the zoo closes at 4pm. We advise you arrive as early as possible to take part in all of the activities.

Call 028 9077 6277 or go to www.belfastzoo.co.uk

Christmas at the ZooVenue : Belfast Zoo]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park - Yule log and legends]]>Midwinter has been a time of lights, stories and celebrations all across the world for thousands of years.  Join us for a winter walk with a yuletide theme.

Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre at 11am - Duration: 2 hours.

Cost £2.  Booking is essential. Call us on 028 9049 1922

Lagan Valley Regional ParkVenue : Lagan Valley Regional Park]]>
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<![CDATA[PEACE IV consortia building workshop - building positive relations at a local level]]>We're delivering a free information and advice session for local community and voluntary organisations, businesses or social enterprises interested in developing consortia in order to submit joint tenders for opportunities resulting from the PEACE IV Programme's objective 4.1 ‘Building Positive Relations at a local Level’.

This session will outline the PEACE IV opportunities, timescales and how organisations can work in partnership, develop consortia and submit joint tenders.

Register

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Friday 24 November 2017 by emailing economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9050 0512.

Please include your:

  • name
  • organisation
  • phone number
  • email address
  • any special dietary or access requirements.

The PEACE IV Programme is an EU funded programme designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border region. The EU’s PEACE IV Programme is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Belfast City HallVenue : Great Hall, Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Home for Christmas with Niall O'Sullivan and Guests]]>Following his sell out performance earlier this year at the Crescent and the success of his nationwide Valentine’s tour, Niall O’Sullivan and friends are back again and raring to put on another unmissable show that will have you rising to your feet all evening.

Listen to some bright and joyous winter delights including White Christmas, Over the Rainbow and of course, Home for Christmas.

This is a BYO event, so bring a bottle and join us for an evening that is guaranteed to get you in the mood for the most magical time of the year.

Niall O'SullivanVenue : Crescent Arts Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[The magical Christmas vintage and handmade fair (Frock Around The Clock)]]>Frock Around The Clock will be returning to beautiful Belfast Castle for the magical Christmas vintage and handmade fair on Sunday 10 December.

It will feature over 50 fantastic stalls of:

  • vintage, handcrafted and upcycled fashion
  • furniture
  • homewares and collectables
  • textiles and decor
  • jewellery
  • sweet treats
  • toys
  • art
  • craft
  • gifts
  • artisan food
  • Christmas crafts, decor and more.

Admission costs only £3 for adults and children go free.

For more information visit www.frockfairsni.com or email hello@frockfairsni.com

Frock around the clock at Belfast CastleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Sleeping Beauty]]>Join panto dame Nanny O'Business on her hilarious quest to protect Beauty from the evil Spectra.

This fun-filled show, directed by Michael Poynor and Mark Dougherty, and produced by New Lodge Arts will entertain and amuse the whole family.

To book your tickets visit the the New Lodge Arts office, contact Cecilia Heron on 9074 2255 or email at cecilia.heron@ashtoncentre.com

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Girdwood venueVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-86271.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-86271.aspx
<![CDATA[Shh! We Have a Plan]]>The award-winning Children’s Theatre Company, Cahoots NI, are casting a spell over young theatre goers at the Crescent Arts Centre this Christmas as they bring the enchanting tale, Shh! We have a plan to life.

Based on the Chris Haughton book of the same title, adapted by Paul Bosco McEneaney with original music by Garth McConaghie, this nonverbal, delightful and poignant tale follows the journey of some madcap characters, each of whom has a plan - they all want to capture a beautiful bird perched high in a tree!

Join these interesting characters as they learn to love and look after nature while discovering that perhaps freedom and kindness are more important than getting what you want at any cost.

Ticket prices range from £6 - £9

To book and for a full list of times visit www.crescentarts.org

Crescent ArtsVenue : Crescent Arts Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Bridal open day at Belfast Castle]]>Are you dreaming of having your magical wedding at a fairytale castle or a Georgian mansion? If so, come along to our bridal open day and see our elegant venues on offer at Belfast Castle and Malone House.

At our bridal open day you can meet many local wedding suppliers showcasing;

  • Wedding cars
  • Cakes
  • Flowers
  • Entertainment
  • And much more

For more information, call Belfast Castle on 02890 77 6925 or visit our weddings page

You can also find out more about our Malone House 2018 wedding packages.

Bridal open dayVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Bridal open day at Malone House]]>Are you dreaming of having your magical wedding at a fairytale castle or a Georgian mansion? If so, come along to our bridal open day and see our elegant venues on offer at Belfast Castle and Malone House.

At our bridal open day you can meet many local wedding suppliers showcasing;

  • Wedding cars
  • Cakes
  • Flowers
  • Entertainment
  • and much more

For more information call Malone House on 028 9068 1246, or visit our wedding page.

You can also find out more about our Belfast Castle 2018 wedding packages.

Bridal open dayVenue : Malone House]]>
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<![CDATA[Make it digital]]>Develop your digital skills. 

Learn how to help promote yourself and your organisation.

Delivered in conjunction with Belfast Met and the BBC.

This short free course is ideal for anyone interested in learning how to make short films and tell stories using social media and the internet. Ideal for community organisations. 

Dates Times
Wednesday 17 January 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Thursday 18 January 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Friday 19 January 2018 9.30am - 2pm
Wednesday 24 January 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Thursday 25 January 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Friday 26 January 2018 9.30am - 2pm
Wednesday 31 January 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Thursday 1 February 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Friday 2 February 2018 9.30am - 2pm
Wednesday 7 February 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Thursday 8 February 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Friday 9 February 2018 9.30am - 2pm
Wednesday 14 February 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Thursday 15 February 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Friday 16 February 2018 9.30am - 2pm
Wednesday 21 February 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Thursday 22 February 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Friday 23 February 2018 9.30am - 2pm
Wednesday 28 February 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Thursday 1 March 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm
Friday 2 March 2018 9.30am - 2pm

 

Depending on the interests of the group you can choose from the following activities:

  • making a short film to tell a story
  • web design
  • effective use of social media for professional use
  • graphic design
  • learn how news stories are created and broadcast

This event:

  • is open to all ages over 16
  • is on Wednesdays and Thursdays 9.30am - 3.30pm, and Fridays 9.30am - 2pm. There are no classes on Mondays or Tuesdays.
  • has no upper age limit
  • requires no qualifications or previous experience
  • has lunch provided
  • has a tour of Belfast Met film studio
  • has employability and career guidance

For more information and to enrol email makeitdigital@belfastmet.ac.uk

Make it digitalVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
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<![CDATA[Decade of Centenaries]]>At present we are remembering a decade of key historical moments that shaped the history of Northern Ireland and Ireland a century ago. The period from 1912 - 1922 witnessed some dramatic changes. Now, one hundred years on, we are taking time to explore some of the significant events in more detail.

This season we will look at the changing politics of time, exploring the role of women in politics, following the extension of the vote with the Representation of the People Act in February 1918. The extension of the vote under this act made the General Election of 1918 historic in more ways than one and we will explore this election in detail.

All of these events are free to attend, however registration is essential and spaces are limited. If you would like to attend any of these events and have any particular access requirements please contact our Good Relations Unit on 028 9027 0663 or email goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk

Event Date Time Venue
An analysis of the General Election of 1918 and the first meeting of Dail Eireann in the Mansion House in January 1919 Thursday 18 January 2018 6.30pm Banqueting Hall, Belfast City Hall
The Representation of the People Act 1918, and its impact on women in politics Thursday 8 February 2018 6.30pm Banqueting Hall, Belfast City Hall
Belfast City HallVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Age-friendly Community Centre Tea Dances]]>Come along to our Age-friendly Tea Dances taking place in our community centres.

To avoid disappointment, please contact the community centre in advance to register.

Centre Date Time Address Contact number
Olympia Community Centre in National Football Stadium, Windsor Pk Wednesday 24 January 2018 1.30pm - 4.30pm Donegall Avenue, Belfast, BT12 6NA 028 9024 7547
Whiterock Community Centre Thursday 25 January 2018 TBC Whiterock Close, Belfast, BT12 7RJ 028 9032 8623
Duncairn Community Centre Monday 12 February 2018  1pm - 3pm  Upper Mervue Street, Belfast, BT15 2JZ 028 9074 0212
Divis Community Centre Tuesday 13 February 2018 1pm - 4pm 2A Ardmoulin Place, Belfast, BT12 4RT  028 9024 2551
Ligoniel Community Centre Tuesday 13 February 2018 2pm - 4pm  144 Ligoniel Road, Belfast, BT14 8DT  028 9071 9337 
Hammer Community Centre  Wednesday 14 February 2018 TBC Agnes Street, Belfast, BT13 1GG 028 9033 2860
Tea DanceVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Be Prepared Event and Open Day]]>Duncairn Community Centre is having a Senior Citizens “Be Prepared Event” & Open Day. Belfast City Council & other organisations will attend to provide information to Seniors about the various services available to them. The event will also raise awareness in the community of the range of activities that take place in the centre.  

For more information you can email costelloj@belfastcity.gov.uk or feeneyk@belfastcity.gov.uk

Be PreparedVenue : Duncairn Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Branagh in Belfast]]>Fans of Sir Kenneth Branagh will have the opportunity of being in the audience at a special event in the Ulster Hall on 30 January, when the Belfast-born actor will officially become a Freeman of the City. The evening of celebration will feature Sir Kenneth and friends alongside local performers.

Free tickets will be allocated to Belfast residents via a computerised draw.

  • Entry for tickets is now closed.

Pop-up film festival

Belfast will also be holding a pop-up film festival in a day to celebrate Sir Kenneth’s career in the film industry. All screenings are free of charge and will take place in venues across the city. The ‘Branagh in Belfast’ programme will be delivered in partnership with Film Hub NI.

To book your free tickets and for more information on the full programme of events, please visit Film Hub NI.

Branagh in BelfastVenue : Ulster Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Workshop: “Confronting evil: How ordinary people commit genocide and mass killing” - FULLY BOOKED]]>Please note - this event is now fully booked.

In memory of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, Belfast City Council in partnership with the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Justice and Security at Queen’s University, would like invite you to a workshop delivered by Professor James Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keen State College in New Hampshire.

Drawing on face-to-face interviews with over 225 perpetrators of genocide and mass atrocity, this event will explore the process by which ordinary people become capable of committing such extraordinary evil.  

Professor Waller will present on the ordinary origins of perpetrators of genocide and the processes which make these killers capable of such atrocities.

His presentation will highlight how understanding these processes can be vital to resolving current conflicts as well as preventing the future occurrence of genocide.

This event is free, however registration is essential. To book your place contact our Good Relations Unit on 028 9027 0663 or email goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk.

If you would like to attend and have any particular access requirements relating to venue access, diet, or access to written, verbal or visual materials please contact us using the details above.

City HallVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Great highland bagpiping]]>The Gradam Ceoil TG4 traditional music awards comes to Belfast for the first time in its 21 year history!

Come along and experience renowned piper Harry Stevenson as he delivers an illustrated lecture on great highland bagpipe music. Harry will discuss how bagpiping was composed and associated with the Great War of 1914 – 1918.

Take this excellent opportunity to meet an expert soloist, tutor and pipe major of the bagpiping world.

Admission is free and no booking is required.

For more information, visit www.gradam.ie or go to Gradam Ceoil’s Facebook page.

A man playing bagpipesVenue : Ulster Scots Centre, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Science behind the zoo]]>The zoo is a great place to work (even if we do say so ourselves) and there are many varied and meaningful career paths within the field of animal care, welfare and conservation.

Being a zoo keeper is so much more than just shovelling poo and hanging out with animals every day! 

Over 90 per cent of our animal care team are qualified in the science behind animal care, health, behaviour, nutrition and much more.

We know what a challenge it is to decide on your career path or to get your first step on the career ladder. 

Find out more information at www.belfastzoo.co.uk

Belfast ZooVenue : Belfast Zoo]]>
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<![CDATA[Zooper Wildlife Champions]]>Calling all teachers!
Think of the zoo and you usually think of lions and tigers and bears (oh my)! It’s easy to think that endangered animals and the threats they face are a world away from our day to day lives.

The reality is that the problem is right here on our doorstop as some of our own species are facing the very real threat of extinction and they need your help.

Book your session today and turn your class into ‘zooper wildlife champions'.

Find out more information at www.belfastzoo.co.uk

Belfast Zoo - zooper wildlife championsVenue : Belfast Zoo]]>
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<![CDATA[Open day at Girdwood Community Hub]]>Visit Girdwood Community Hub for a range of events including:

  • Bouncy castle Sessions (10 minute sessions between 10am – 12 noon)
  • Face painting and arts and crafts sessions between 10am – 12 noon
  • Basket ball, badminton and table tennis 
  • Junior gym session 10am – 11am (includes group induction)
  • 15 minute class taster sessions between 11am – 12 noon 
  • Free access to the health suite
  • Tour around the gym and book in for a free induction
Bouncy castleVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
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<![CDATA[Murder Mystery – Come die with me at Belfast Castle]]>This event is fully booked.

A 3-course dinner with live acting entertainment between courses

The event involves all of your guests as teams of Detectives. They must attempt to solve a deadly who-dun it by answering three simple questions: WHO committed the crime, HOW and WHY? Our events are ideally accompanied by a meal and begin with the audience witnessing scripted scenes featuring events that took place in the run-up to the ghastly crime! Your guests will meet each of the Suspects who join them at their tables to be interrogated. "Have you ever had an affair?" "How much money do you have?" "Have you ever been blackmailed?" These are the questions we get asked the most - and who wouldn't want to ask other people them? It's the best excuse for being nosey and getting away with it you'll ever have.

With forensic evidence, police files and more performed scenes you'll quickly find yourself engaged in an interactive mystery that you'll be falling over yourself to solve. Each event concludes with a flash-back portrayal of the actual murder taking place and the announcement of the winning team of guests. A perfect mix of competition, pace and light-hearted hilarity.

For more information call us on 028 9077 6925 or download our menu.

Belfast CastleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Illuminated daffodils at Belfast Castle]]>Marie Curie has unveiled a beautiful ‘Garden of Light’ at Belfast Castle today to mark the launch of the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal – the charity’s biggest fundraising drive which takes place every March.

The lit daffodils demonstrate the light that the nurses bring to terminally people across Northern Ireland, even in the darkest hours.

Visitors will also be able to leave behind a memory to a loved one at the Garden of Light - by writing a message on a daffodil sticker and placing onto a ‘Memory Wall’. The Garden of Light is free to visit and will remain at Belfast Castle until 10am on Monday 12 March. 

Illuminated daffodils at Belfast CastleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Vital Nutrition Cookery Workshop]]>The Vital Nutrition Cookery Workshop will offer a one hour workshop and cookery demo, followed by a family meal. Families can attend after work or school and take part in a fun and interactive workshop, and then sit down to a healthy meal together.

Topics covered will include:
• Back to basics - what is a healthy diet and why is it important?
• What’s on your plate? Portion sizes and food groups.
• Healthy nosh for less dosh - how to eat well on a budget.
• Cook and eat with Jane - Jane will demonstrate a healthy dinner recipe. 

Booking is essential.

Contact Cathryn on 07770 748 778 or mccarrollc@belfastcity.gov.uk to book your place.

Cookery WorkshopVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
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<![CDATA[Only Fools and 3 Courses - Comedy Disco Dinner at Belfast Castle]]>Join us for the dinner event of the year, which combines fine food and comedy action, served up Only Fools and Horses style.

Marlene and Boycie are hosting a Gala Dinner, but will things go to plan with Del, Rodney and Uncle Albert (when I was in the war) on the guest list?

Will Raquel put in an appearance and sing? Surely not after the last time..

Chaos and mayhem with an extra-large portion of comedy is the order of the night.

Expect a lot of fun in a friendly party atmosphere with some of the finest local comedy actors and a professionally produced show with your enjoyment at the top of the menu.

Tickets cost £35 per person and include the show, a three course meal and disco until late. Please contact our reception team for further details on 028 9077 6925 or view our menu.

Belfast CastleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[DiverseCity: Irish cultural and linguistic experience]]>Would you like to learn more about the people, places and communities that make Belfast? Are you interested in visiting different places of worship, understanding why different communities celebrate the events they do?

You must reserve your place in advance by emailing goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0663.

Hosted at An Droichead, an Irish Language Organisation, this experience provides the opportunity for participants to experience Irish culture, music and language.

Sign up to Good Relations emails

Sign up to our Good Relations emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about Good Relations.

DiverseCity]]>
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<![CDATA[St Patrick's Belfast City Cemetery Walking Tours]]>St Patrick's Celebrations - Belfast City Cemetery Walking Tours

A historical narrated walking tour of Belfast City Cemetery which is fun, educational and interactive.

Friday 16 March, 12 noon 

Saturday 17 March, 12 noon 

Meeting point — inside main gates

Dress appropriately for the weather

No dogs allowed

 

City CemeteryVenue : Belfast City Cemetery]]>
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<![CDATA[Age-friendly Belfast Punjana St Patrick’s Day Tea Dance]]>We continue to celebrate St Patricks Day in the Ulster Hall with music and dance. The tea dances will take place on Saturday 17 March 2017, from 12 noon to 2pm and from 3pm to 5pm with live music and a cup of tea!

Free tickets are available from 9am on Monday 26 February 2017 by calling 028 9033 4455 or in person at the Ulster Hall Box Office.

Two women dancing at the Ulster HallVenue : Ulster Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[The Sing For Life Get Creative Concert]]>You may know the Sing for Life Community Choir from their numerous appearances at festivals and their Christmas concerts, but if you don’t, here’s the chance to enjoy one of their amazing performances for free at The Crescent.

For more information or to book click here.

Sing for Life choirVenue : The Crescent]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Guitar Night Presents Adrian Nation]]>The Crescent is thrilled to present the third edition of Belfast Guitar Night featuring acoustic guitar master Adrian Nation.

Adrian Nation has been described by Maverick Magazine as "an acoustic guitar master" and Rock Society Magazine commented "it’s hard to believe there’s only one man on stage" and with his fourth album making noises internationally it now seems justifiable recognition is afoot.

For more information or to book, visit the Crescent Art Centre's website.

Guitar NationVenue : The Crescent]]>
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<![CDATA[Victorian Vignette tours]]>Our Victorian Vignette tours are a free guided tour in the Palm House and Tropical Ravine that will incorporate the history and heritage of the area. Tours take place weekly at the following times:

  • Tuesday: 2pm – 3pm
  • Wednesday: 11am – 12noon
  • Thursday: 2pm – 3pm
  • Saturday 10.30am – 11.30am
  • Sunday 1.30pm – 2.30pm

The tour will meet at the front entrance of the Palm House 10 minutes before tour start time.

Please note that due to demand there may be a waiting list to book. 

Please make all bookings for weekend tours by 2pm on Friday afternoon in order to avoid disappointment.

Booking is essential and spaces are limited to groups of 20 people. To book your space, please email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 078258 56105.

Sign up to our Tropical Ravine emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about the Tropical Ravine.

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Tropical Ravine General Tours]]>A free guided tour that will incorporate the history and heritage of the Botanic Gardens and Tropical Ravine is available on the following days:

Tuesday: 2pm – 3pm
Wednesday: 11am – 12noon
Thursday: 2pm – 3pm

Visitors can only access the lower level of the Tropical Zone during these tours.

Booking is essential and spaces are limited to groups of 20 people. To book your space contact tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

The tour will meet at the front entrance of the Palm House 10 minutes before tour start time.

Please note that due to demand there may be a waiting list to book.

Sign up to Tropical Ravine emails

Sign up to our Tropical Ravine emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about the Tropical Ravine.

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Tropical Ravine: April]]>Tropical Park Life

Wednesday 18 April
1pm - 2.30pm
Free entry

Spring Flower Pot Making
Join the Tropical Ravine team and Park Life for our monthly Tropical Park Life programme in the newly restored Tropical Ravine. This month to welcome the spring after this long winter we’ll be planting Spring Flower pots to take home and watch grow. To book contact tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Spring Fair

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April
1.30pm - 5.30pm
Free entry

Tropical Ravine on tour
The newly restored Tropical Ravine has opened its doors in Botanic Gardens, offering a tropical experience to all who enter. Join us at Spring Fair, where we have taken the Tropical Ravine on Tour and transformed a corner of Malone house into a temporary Ravine for everyone to experience the exotic plants and tropical crafts.

Hillsborough Literary Festival

The Barn Gallery, 7 Main Street, Hillsborough
Saturday 28 April
1pm - 4pm
£10 entry

Beginners Botanical Art Workshop with Irish Society of Botanical Artists
‘A Tropical Glen, a Florilegium’ was produced as a Millennium project by Belfast City Council Parks department. The plants illustrated in this book are housed in Belfast Botanic Gardens glasshouses including the newly restored Tropical Ravine.
To celebrate the restoration of the Tropical Ravine and conservation of the plants housed within it, join the Irish Society of Botanical Artists for this hands on workshop with specimens selected from the Ravines plant collection. This is an opportunity to work alongside an experienced artist to build new skills or develop existing skills in Botanical art. To book visit www.johnhewittsociety.org 

Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring into Girdwood]]>Come along to a free family fun day at Girdwood Community Hub where there will be fun and entertainment for all ages, including;

  • Inflatables
  • Climbing wall 
  • Face painters 
  • Music 
  • Photobooth 
  • Go Karts 
  • Arts and Crafts 
  • Children’s Entertainers 
  • Animal interaction 
  • Multi sports
Girdwood SpringVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
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<![CDATA[Freedom of the City ceremony]]>Former US President Bill Clinton and Senator George J. Mitchell will attend a special ceremony in the Ulster Hall on Tuesday 10 April to receive the honour of Freedom of the City of Belfast.

The Ulster Hall ceremony will be held on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and members of the public will have the opportunity of being in the audience.

The application process is open now and will close on Wednesday 4 April at 5pm.

You can apply for tickets online

Free tickets will be allocated to Belfast residents via a computerised draw.

The deadline to apply for tickets is 5pm on Wednesday 4 April. Successful applicants will be notified via email/telephone by Monday 9 April.

Earlier in the day, President Clinton and Senator Mitchell will also attend a peace conference at Queen’s University Belfast. The Building Peace conference hosted by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s will gather all of the key influencers of the Good Friday Agreement to mark its signing 20 years ago.

Both men will be the 83rd and 84th recipients of the Freedom of the City of Belfast.

Find out more 

Freedom of the City ceremonyVenue : Ulster Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Tea dance in Botanic Bowling Pavilion]]>This event is free and refreshments will be provided. Transport can leave attendees at door of bowling pavilion and collect again.

Music and entertainment by Rosie O’Neill.

Booking is essential – call Sara Barkley on 028 9032 0202 (ext 3368) or email barkleys@belfastcity.gov.uk to reserve your place.

Tea DanceVenue : Botanic Bowling Pavilion]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring Online: Digital support sessions (FULLY BOOKED)]]>Sign up for one of our Spring Online events in Belfast. Improve your digital skills and get online with the support of a business volunteer.

Free, one-hour sessions are available in a number of libraries and community centres across the city. If you have a smartphone, iPad, tablet or laptop, be sure to bring it along and we’ll help you get the most from it. If not – don’t worry – you can use one of ours!”

DateTimeVenue
Thursday 19 April 10am - 4pm Falls Road Library
Thursday 19 April 10am - 4pm Finaghy Library
Thursday 19 April 10am - 1pm Lisburn Road Library
Thursday 19 April 10am - 4pm Suffolk Library
Thursday 19 April 10am - 1pm  Girdwood Community Hub
Thursday 19 April 2pm - 4pm Ardoyne Community Centre
Friday 20 April  10am - 1pm Dee Street Community Centre
Friday 20 April  2pm - 4pm Inverary Community Centre


To reserve your free session contact your local library or call 0345 4504 580, contact your local community centre or call 028 9027 0644 or email martind@belfastcity.gov.uk.

For more information visit Go ON NI.

Digital supportVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Repair Cafe]]> 

Come along to the next Repair Café, this time in collaboration with Loveworks Co-operative.

Bring your broken stuff and get help to fix it for free. There will be volunteers to help with bikes, computers, fabric and woodwork as well as a pop up café and a kids' corner.

For more info or to sign up to volunteer email repaircafebelfast@gmail.com, find the event on Facebook www.facebook.com/repaircafebelfast or on Twitter @repaircafebfast

Repair cafeVenue : Macrory Centre, Duncairn Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring Fair and Flower Show]]>Come along to the popular Spring Fair at Malone House this April to experience the wonderful flower filled grounds of Barnett Demesne.

There will be fun for all the family including a variety of children’s entertainment, music, dance, plant and craft stalls, environmental activities and much more.

Bus service operates from Donegall Square East. Saturday (Metro 8A or 8B) and on Sunday (Metro 8A). Bus times may vary. For more information please call Translink on 9066 6630

Limited car parking for visitors including disabled parking is available at Mary Peters Track, Upper Malone Road, BT9 5PR. Free shuttle buses will run between Mary Peters Track and Barnett Demesne. Shuttle buses start from Mary Peters Track at 1pm and the last bus will leave Barnett Demesne at 5.45pm.

Dogs will not be permitted into the event area with the exception of assistance dogs.

Find out more about how to register to take part in our flower show at Spring Fair here.

Download the full programme below.

SpringFair18Venue : Barnett Demesne]]>
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<![CDATA[Tall Ship Voyages]]>The Tall Ship 'Maybe' is on her way from Liverpool to Belfast.

You can follow her on her voyages here.

Event Date  Age 
Tall Ships Taster voyages Voyage 1: 23 April - 25 April
Voyage 2: 30 April - 2 May
15 - 25 years old 
A Voyage for Carers 27 April - 29 April 18 years old +

 

Want a taste of life on board? This is the perfect opportunity to dip your toe into a Sail Training voyage.

Join TS Maybe for a two day tall ship sailing experience. We head out of Belfast across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man, along the South Coast of Ireland or across to Scotland, depending on the wind direction and weather conditions.

This voyage is a great opportunity to gain experience sailing a traditional tall ship in the beautiful and rugged sailing area of the Irish Sea.

Find out more information.

Sail training]]>
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<![CDATA[Murder - Just What the Doctor Ordered]]>The Crescent is set to to host Isosceles Theatre Company's latest production Murder, Just What The Doctor Ordered.

In Edinburgh, between 1827 and 1828, science and murder cling together in a dance of death. Sixteen people are slaughtered by Burke and Hare, and the devil and all his works prowl the streets of 'Auld Reekie'.

Dr Robert Knox, scientist, doctor and anatomist, waits in Surgeons Square to buy bodies for the sake of advancing medical knowledge. His door is chapped, a body is delivered, money is paid and no questions are asked. A trail of terror leads from West Port to the dissection table of Robert Knox. Murder will out and a price must be paid, even by the anatomist supreme.

For more information vist crescentarts.org.

Just what the doctor orderedVenue : The Crescent]]>
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<![CDATA[A Voyage for Carers]]>Date: Friday 27 April to Sunday 29 April 2018 (2 days) 
Route: Belfast to Belfast
Vessel: Maybe

The parent of a young person, who took part on a voyage in 2017, came to us suggesting she and another Carer would love to go on a voyage themselves! An excellent idea.  In partnership with Sail Training Ireland we are delighted to launch our first voyage in support of carers. You join the TS Maybe for a two day tall ship sailing experience heading out of Belfast across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man, along the South Coast of Ireland or across to Scotland, depending on the wind direction and weather conditions. This voyage is a great opportunity to gain experience sailing a traditional tall ship in the beautiful and rugged sailing area of the Irish Sea. 

Fee: £200

Bursary scheme is also available for further reduction of fees.

Sail training]]>
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<![CDATA[Park Walks 2018: 'Up through the Glen']]>Walk off your Sunday lunch with this guided walk for the whole family, looking at the history and wildlife of Glencairn Park and Forth River Park.

Formal and informal paths, public footpaths with some inclines and steps.

Meet in Glencairn Park beside Fernhill House.

Glencairn ParkVenue : Glencairn Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Tropical Ravine: May]]>Tropical Park Life

Native Walk and Tropical Talk
Wednesday 16 May
1pm - 2.30pm

Join Tropical Ravine team and Park life in the Tropical Ravine to begin a walk and talk about the ancient folklore of our native and exotic plants. Journey back to the Tropical Ravine to create your own fern in a jar to take a little bit of magic home.

Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Compost Awareness Week]]>It’s almost Compost Awareness Week again. To celebrate we are giving away compost made from Belfast’s food waste. Call in to any of our recycling centres from Sun 6 May - Sat 12 May to claim your free bag of compost. One bag per customer, while stocks last. 

  • Turn your rubbishy food into something good! Use your food waste caddy to collect all your leftover food and put it in your brown bin or food waste collection. 
  • What do egg shells, out-of-date food, tea bags and coffee grounds all have in common? They can all go in your brown bin or food waste collection with the rest of your other leftover food. It will be turned into compost instead of going to landfill sites. 
  • Did you know you can put your meat, fish and bones into your food waste caddy, as well as your other leftover food? 
  • Recycling your food waste not only saves money, it helps us meet our targets by keeping waste out of landfill. If we don’t achieve our targets we face heavy fines, so use your food waste caddy every day for all your leftover food. 
  • Worried about your food waste caddy smelling? Change the bag at least once a day and take it out to your brown wheeled bin or your outside food waste bin.
  • You can collect more free compostable bags for your food waste caddy at our recycling centres.
Compost weekVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Teddy Bears' picnic]]>Come along to our Teddy Bears' picnic – see our magical Teddy Bear orchestra in full swing.

There will be a range of activities for pre-school age children including a soft play centre, sensory activities, lawn games, waxy wax hands, face painting, storytelling and much more.

Bring a picnic and make a day of it (picnic blankets will be available)

Parking available in both car parks at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.

Teddy bear picnicVenue : Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park]]>
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<![CDATA[All physical abilities voyage]]>These voyages are for 16 years old and over. 

Date: Wednesday 9 May to Saturday 19 May 2018 (10 days)
Route: Southampton to Belfast
Vessel: Lord Nelson

Join us on this exciting 11 day, 700 nautical mile voyage from Southampton to Belfast, via the beautiful ports of Cherbourg and Cobh in Eire. With all the excitement and hands on sailing of a typical JST voyage, we shall also be joined by historian Geoff Wheeler, who will be bringing to life some of the hidden stories of the Titanic as we visit the same four port stops made by the magnificent white star liner: Southampton, Cherbourg (France), Cobh (Eire) and Belfast.

Whilst you may just wish to enjoy 11 days of Tall Ship Sailing with all the fun and camaraderie this will offer opportunities to attend a series of informal talks and presentations by Geoff and discover the hidden stories of the Titanic. Many of the Titanic’s crew came from Southampton during her maiden voyage. We’ll sail towards Cherbourg, France, where Titanic stopped to pick up passengers, then onto Cobh, Eire where again more passengers boarded before headed across the Atlantic. Finally we end our voyage in Belfast where we will have the chance to see the actual dock where Titanic was built.

Date: Sunday 20 May to Sunday 27 May 2018 (7 days)
Route: Belfast to Liverpool
Vessel: Lord Nelson

Join the crew of Lord Nelson as we sail the Irish Sea from Belfast to Liverpool. Having departed Belfast amidst a maritime festival, we will then arrive in Liverpool in time for the festivities that mark the start of the Biscay Tall Ships Regatta 2018, beginning in Liverpool.

We will arrive on Friday 25 May to give everyone a chance to enjoy the festivities. This voyage is ideal for people wishing to enjoy some sailing as well as the opportunity to soak up the excitement of the regatta in port. A fun filled voyage!

 

Sail training]]>
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<![CDATA[Nature Frenzy Fun Day]]>To help support and raise funds for Parenting NI the Lord Mayor invites you to come along and get ready to explore a nature frenzy fun day at the Waterworks.

Activities will include a bear hunt, nature trail, bouncy castle, face painting, walkabout acts and much more!

Nature FrenzyVenue : Waterworks]]>
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<![CDATA[Lawrence Chambers in the Higgin Gallery]]>Lawrence was born in 1958 in Lisburn, Co Antrim, N.Ireland. A self–taught artist he mainly paints in watercolour, pastel and mixed media. His subject matter is wide and varied, painting landscapes, townscapes, seascapes, and most recently wildlife.
His style would be classed as a loose realist and considers the ability to paint in detail important.

However, knowing when to soften detail and what to leave out takes skill and experience. He has held exhibitions of his own work in Hillsborough, Co Down every year since 2008.

His commissions are wide and varied and his work can be found in private collections in various countries.

PheasantVenue : Malone House]]>
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<![CDATA[Music in the Parks: Festival of Champions]]>Our annual Music in the Parks programme gets underway on Sunday 13 May with performances from:

  • Northern Ireland Concert Band
  • Killyglen Accordian Orchestra
  • Ballygowan Concert Flute Band
  • 1st Old Boys Silver Band

Join us in Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park for an afternoon of music among the flowers.

There will be #MusicInTheParks every weekend throughout May-September. 

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<![CDATA[Family Fun Day and Dog Show at Cherryvale]]>Come along to our Family Fun Day and bring you doggy friends too.

Activities for children: Kite making, face painting, waxy wax hands, balloon modelling, junk art, music and dance, street entertainment and much more.

Activities for pets will include a doggy show (prizes to be won), free microchipping, information and advice on responsible dog ownership.

Dog Show will start at 1.30pm with free registration at the Dog Trust stand from 12 noon for entries in the below categories:

  • Most Handsome Dog
  • Prettiest Female
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Best Pup (under 6 months)
  • Best Veteran (over 7 years)
  • Best Young Handler
  • Best crossbreed
  • Best Pedigree
  • Best Rescue
  • Dog Judge would most like to take home
Family Fun Day and Dog Show at CherryvaleVenue : Cherryvale Playing Fields]]>
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<![CDATA[Murder Mystery – Come die with me at Belfast Castle]]>A 3-course dinner with live acting entertainment between courses

The event involves all of your guests as teams of Detectives. They must attempt to solve a deadly who-dun it by answering three simple questions: WHO committed the crime, HOW and WHY? Our events are ideally accompanied by a meal and begin with the audience witnessing scripted scenes featuring events that took place in the run-up to the ghastly crime! Your guests will meet each of the Suspects who join them at their tables to be interrogated. "Have you ever had an affair?" "How much money do you have?" "Have you ever been blackmailed?" These are the questions we get asked the most - and who wouldn't want to ask other people them? It's the best excuse for being nosey and getting away with it you'll ever have.

With forensic evidence, police files and more performed scenes you'll quickly find yourself engaged in an interactive mystery that you'll be falling over yourself to solve. Each event concludes with a flash-back portrayal of the actual murder taking place and the announcement of the winning team of guests. A perfect mix of competition, pace and light-hearted hilarity.

For more information call us on 028 9077 6925 or download our menu.

Belfast CastleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-87222.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-87222.aspx
<![CDATA[3 Cities Festival Voyage]]>This voyage is for 18 - 30 year olds

Date: Monday 21 May to Thursday 31 May 2018 (10 days)
Route: Dublin - stopping in ports between Belfast and Dublin
Vessel: Pelican of London

Erasmus+ Youth Exchange Voyage
The hugely popular 3 cities festival voyage is back in 2018! Join 27 other people from Belfast, Liverpool and Ireland on board the Pelican of London for the experience of a lifetime! Your Sail Training Journey will bring you into Belfast, Liverpool and Dublin in time for the Maritime Festivals.

The voyage programme will include Erasmus+ themes of employability, active citizenship and inclusion and diversity.

Fee: £400. 

Bursary scheme is also available for further reduction of fees.

Sail training]]>
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<![CDATA[European Neighbours day]]>We’d like to invite local residents, families and community groups to come along to the centre to meet neighbours and to see our user groups showcasing their activities from dance exhibitions to knitting display.

There will also be advice on how you can take part and booking the venues, it is a real mix of what occurs every day on the local doorstep.

There will be light refreshments throughout.

The European Neighbour event initiative was originally set up in Paris in 2000, aims to foster community cohesion and create better neighborhoods where people enjoy living. Across Europe, over 30 million people celebrated the day last year and more are expected to join this year.

KnittingVenue : Highfield Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Park Walks 2018: 'Into the Woods']]>Walk off your Sunday lunch with this guided walk for the whole family, looking at the history and wildlife of the Belfast Castle Estate.

Formal and informal paths with some steep inclines.

Meet at the entrance to Belfast Castle.

Belfast CastleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Evening Fun at Marrowbone]]>
Come along to our evening event at Marrowbone Millennium Park where there is music and entertainment for all the family with events including face painting, bouncy castles, mega slide, balloon modelling, foot dart and much more.

RabbitVenue : Marrowbone Millennium Park]]>
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<![CDATA[The Big Lunch at Belfast Castle]]>Events will include bouncy castles, face painters, balloon modellers, climbing wall, ‘Babcock and Bobbin’ street entertainers.

Picnic facilities are available so you can bring your own lunch, and there will also be a BBQ where you can buy food.

For more information visit The Big Lunch

The big lunchVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[The Big Lunch]]>Come along to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park to help Bo peep find her missing sheep.

There will be a number of fairytale characters that you will meet along the way to help.

Fairytale nature trails will begin at 11am, 12noon and 1pm from the front of the stables coffee shop and finish at Wilmont House where there will be a number of activities for families including music by Megan Mooney, lawn games, a rodeo sheep, balloons, wacky wax hands and face painting.

Alternatively, at Belfast Castle the Big Lunch will include bouncy castles, face painters, balloon modellers, climbing wall, ‘Babcock and Bobbin’ street entertainers.

Picnic facilities are available so you can bring your own lunch, and there will also be a BBQ where you can buy food.

All activities are free of charge.

For more information visit The Big Lunch

Big LunchVenue : Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-90721.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-90721.aspx
<![CDATA[Youth Exchange Voyage]]>This voyage is for 16 - 17 year olds.

Date: 04 June to 14 June 2018 (10 days)
Route: Dublin - visiting Liverpool to Dublin
Vessel: Pelican of London

Erasmus+ Youth Exchange Voyage
The hugely popular youth exchange voyage is back in 2018! Join 27 other people from Belfast, Liverpool and Ireland on board the Pelican of London for the experience of a lifetime! This voyage begins in Dublin were you learn the ropes' of the traditionally rigged, three masted square rigger. 

Depending on the wind directions other ports of call may include The Isle of Mann, Carlingford and Belfast.

The voyage programme will include Erasmus+ themes of employability, active citizenship and inclusion and diversity.

Fee: £400

Bursary scheme is also available for further reduction of fees.

Sail training]]>
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<![CDATA[City Hall grounds exhibition: Music and photography]]>The camera’s role in capturing individuality within the music industry and the industries influence on the formation of identity.

Disciples of Music by James Mollison

Over three years photographer James Mollison photographed fans outside different concerts. He was fascinated by the different tribes that attend them, and how people emulate celebrity to form their identity.

As he photographed, he began to see how the concerts became events for people to come together with surrogate ‘families,’ a chance to relive their youth or try and be part of a scene that happened before they were born.

 

Belfast City HallVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Open Day and Alzheimer’s Society Fundraiser]]>Concorde Community Centre is holding an Open Day combined with a charity fundraising coffee morning for the Alzheimer Society. There will be ballots with cakes & buns sold with all proceeds raised going to support the work of the Alzheimer Society.

People attending will have the opportunity to look round the centre and find out more about what we do.

Concorde commutiyVenue : Concorde Community Centre]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-92103.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-92103.aspx
<![CDATA[ParkLife June: Super Saturday Club]]>Enjoy the end of term with our super Saturday club party.

The Super Saturday Club is now fully booked.  

If you are interested in future events, please email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

Children playing in park.Venue : Ravenhill Bowling Pavilion]]>
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<![CDATA[Flowers at the Frontline – a talk with Frances Green]]>In recounting how a young woman from Belfast came to be doing the flowers at the frontline of the Second World War, ‘Flowers at the Frontline’ considers the role of women and the part both they and fresh flowers played in boosting morale at home and overseas.  Following her journey across both sides of the Irish border, and on to North Africa and Italy, it shines light on little known aspects of social history - and flower arranging!

To book visit www.belfastbookfestival.com

Tropical RavineVenue : Ulster Museum, Belfast Room]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91624.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91624.aspx
<![CDATA[Global Peace Index Launch 2018]]>Join The William J. Clinton Leadership Institute and the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast in partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace and Belfast City Council for the free launch of the Global Peace Index 2018 and a conversation about a positive peace framework for Northern Ireland.

Steve Killelea the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace will be the keynote speaker. Steve will be flying in from Sydney to launch this year’s Global Peace Index in Belfast following similiar launches at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and The Hague. Steve is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and an international leader at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace.

The Global Peace Index is published each year by the Institute for Economics and Peace, which is now the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyse peace and to quantify its economic value. As well as the Global Peace Index launch Steve will also be talking about the Institutes Positive Peace Report and how it is relevant to Northern Ireland 20 years after the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement.

Agenda:

6:00pm – Reception

6:30pm – Welcome and Opening Remarks

6:45pm – Talk from Steve Killelea

7:30pm – Q&A with Steve Killelea

7:50pm – Closing Remarks

8:00pm – Finish

Places will be limited on the night so booking through Eventbrite is essential. We are expecting a high demand for this event so please RSVP early to avoid disappointment.

Click here to register.

For additional information contact Enda Young. Email: enda.young@qub.ac.uk, Tel: 028 9097 4338

PeaceVenue : Riddel Hall]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91343.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91343.aspx
<![CDATA[Sir Robert Salisbury: The Field Of Dreams]]>When Sir Robert Salisbury and his wife Rosemary were nearing retirement, they moved back to County Tyrone from Nottinghamshire, bought a fifteen-acre site and started to build a house. ‘It was when we first spent time on the land we now owned that Rosemary asked whether I noticed anything odd. Eventually I gave up. “There is no birdsong,” she said, “In terms of wildlife, this land is absolutely barren.”

Join Robert in the beautiful setting of the Botanic Gardens Palm House to learn of the inspiring story of how he and Rosemary, both enthusiastic gardeners, transformed an unloved rural wasteland into a thriving, renowned wildlife garden - home to lapwings, hares, yellowhammers, otters, bats and many other species that hadn't been seen in the area for many, many years.

Find out more at www.belfastbookfestival.com

Palm houseVenue : Palm House, Botanic Gardens]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91634.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91634.aspx
<![CDATA[Irish Writers Centre Takin The Mic: Read At The Ravine]]>The Irish Writers Centre’s monthly open-mic night, Takin the Mic, comes to the Belfast Book Festival for a very special Tropical Takeover.

Join IWC Roaming Writer-in-Residence Jan Carson on her last stop in Belfast’s Tropical Ravine as she hosts a line-up of special guests, writers from the “Postcard Stories” Project and, of course, open-mic performers of spoken word, poetry, comedy and music.

Sign up to perform on the Irish Writers Centre website or come along to hear an evening of exciting work from writers from across the island.

Find out more at www.belfastbookfestival.com

Taking the micVenue : Tropical Ravine, Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Plants of the Tropical Ravine Exhibition]]>Plants of the Tropical Ravine is an exhibition celebrating the newly restored building and plant collection housed within.

Taking place in the Belfast Room of the Ulster Museum from Friday 15 June to Sunday 29 July, the exhibition will show photographic and painted work from local artists Lisa and Brian Ballard, Diana Oxlade and Stuart A Robinson. It will focus on the Tropical Ravine plant collection before, during and after the building’s restoration.

A full programme of engagement will take place throughout the exhibition for people of all ages, including foraging and scientific art workshops.

This exhibition is free however we advise checking ahead of time to ensure space is available to enter as it is used for other events and activities Tel: 028 9044 0000

Find out more on the NMNI website

Tropical RavineVenue : Ulster Museum, Belfast Room]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91614.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91614.aspx
<![CDATA[Repair Café Belfast]]>The next Repair Café takes place on Saturday 16 June at the Women’s Tec, 29 Chichester Avenue in North Belfast BT15 5EH (www.womenstec.org). Repair Cafés help people to get items fixed for free that might otherwise lie unloved at the back of a cluttered cupboard or end up in landfill. Instead it is brought back to life.

The Repair Café Belfast relies on a team of volunteers who offer their time to repair everything from electronics, fabric items, bicycles, broken zips and many other things. The fixers repair what they can for free. And, if they can’t repair something, they offer advice on where to bring it for a more thorough service.  Other volunteers will make tea and coffee, buns and cakes, and explain the process to people when they arrive to serve at the café.

If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer fixer, baker or just to welcome people to the Repair Cafés, contact repaircafebelfast@gmail.com.

Visit www.facebook.com/RepairCafeBelfast for more information.

Repair cafeVenue : Women's Tec]]>
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<![CDATA[Science Festival: Tropical Plant Art with Lisa and Brian Ballard]]>Come and join artists Brian Ballard and Lisa Ballard, father and daughter, inside the Tropical Ravine. Working alongside the artists, exploring the exciting and unusual range of flora and fauna through drawing and painting. Some experience recommended, but not essential, bring along pencils, pastels, paints or whatever your preferred medium is to explore this exciting opportunity in the tropical environment of the Ravine in the heart of Belfast. 

Brian and Lisa will be hosting two workshops on the following dates:

  • 16 June 2018, 11am - 1pm and
  • 24 June 2018, 11am - 1pm

To book for 16 June, visit www.getinvited.to1/

To book for 24 June, visit www.getinvited.to2/

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine, Botanic Gardens]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91667.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91667.aspx
<![CDATA[Forage on Cave Hill]]>Phil Simpson has a wealth of practical knowledge and plant lore.

Walk in his company to see what plants we can find. Meet at Belfast Castle.

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

Forage on Cave HillVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Science Festival: Botanic Foraging]]>Join us on a Botanic Gardens forage, for a walk, some chat and a bit of something to eat – who knew we had so many home grown things to eat right on our doorstep.  

To book, visit www.getinvited.to/

Tropical RavineVenue : Botanic Gardens, meet at Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Science Festival: Children’s (10- 16 yrs) Tropical Art with Lisa and Brian Ballard]]>Join father and daughter, artists Brian and Lisa Ballard for a fun art workshop exploring the exciting Tropical Ravine in Botanical gardens Belfast. Enjoy experimenting alongside the artists inside the Ravine. Bring along pencils, pastels, crayons or whatever you prefer to use. 

To book, visit www.getinvited.to/

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine, Botanic Gardens]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91674.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91674.aspx
<![CDATA[Walk and sketch in city parks]]>Participants are invited to join two artists to walk through the parks with regular stops for observing and sketching, with encouragement and support from the facilitators.

For more information call 028 9023 5912 or email wideskies@virginmedia.com

Date Venue
Sunday 17 June  Botanic Gardens 
Sunday 1 July Barnetts Demesne
Sunday 22 July Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park 
Sunday 29 July Victoria Park
Sunday 12 August   Waterworks
Sunday 26 August Ormeau Park
Sunday 2 September  Cave Hill Country Park
Sunday 9 September Botanic Gardens
Sketch in our parksVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[The Belfast City International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Championship 2018]]>The Belfast City International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Championship 2018, takes place at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club from 23 - 29 June 2018.

Ulster Branch Tennis Ireland expect to welcome over 100 junior players from across Europe and Ireland to lead an impressive programme of world class tennis competition.

For more information, visit www.ulstertennis.co.uk

TennisVenue : Windsor Lawn Tennis Club]]>
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<![CDATA[Park Walks 2018: 'Off to the Tropics']]>Walk off your Sunday lunch with this guided walk for the whole family, looking at the history and tropical plants of Botanic Gardens.

Formal paths throughout.

Meet in front of Palm House.

Botanic ParkVenue : Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Family Fridays at St George’s Market]]>If you're looking for inspiration for new places to go and fun family activities to do this summer, then come along to our Family Fridays at St George’s Market, where you and your children can enjoy a wide range of fun and creative crafts for free.

Family Fridays will take place from Friday, 29 June – Friday, 17 August between 12noon – 2pm.

DateActivity
Friday 29 June Decorate a clam shell with glitter glue
Friday 6 July Create and decorate a seagull
Friday 20 July Make and decorate a fish
Friday 27 July Create and decorate a hen
Friday 3 August Make a moving caterpillar
Friday 10 August Make a flower and plant some seeds 
Friday 17 August Make a giant sunflower


For more information on this event, call the Markets team on 028 9043 5704 or email markets@belfastcity.gov.uk

A family enjoying painting activities]]>
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<![CDATA[Ultimate Strongman Master World Championship 2018]]>Come and cheer on strongmen from around the world as they battle it out over 2 days in this super human strength feast featuring nine disciplines.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.ultimatestrongman.tv

Ultimate StrongmanVenue : Crumlin Road Gaol]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-93595.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-93595.aspx
<![CDATA[School's out at Girdwood Community Hub]]>School's out at Girdwood Community Hub on Saturday 30 June from 1pm – 4pm.

This is a free public event so come along and enjoy activities which include:

  • bouncy castles
  • go karts
  • face painters
  • balloon modellers
  • climbing wall and
  • music.

 

Girdwoord fun dayVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-92642.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-92642.aspx
<![CDATA[Belfast Zoo Explorers’ Club]]>Keep your ‘little explorers’ busy this summer with the adventure of a lifetime at our Zoo’s Explorers’ Club!

Explore the wonderful world of animals through a five-day programme (9.15am to 3.30pm) of:

  • animal encounters
  • VIP behind the scenes access
  • crafts
  • animal enrichment
  • and the chance to meet the zoo keepers.

Our Zoo Explorers' Club is held on these dates:

2 to 6 July
23 to 27 July
30 July to 3 August
13 to 17 August
20 to 24 August

Find out how to book your place at www.belfastzoo.co.uk

 

Belfast Zoo Explorers’ ClubVenue : Belfast Zoo]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91155.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91155.aspx
<![CDATA[Bing Live!]]>Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are coming to Belfast in the first ever Bing stage show!

Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they find out how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan…

Don’t miss the chance to see your little one’s face as their favourite characters are brought to life in this brand-new show. Full of fun, laughter and music, Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.

Going to the theatre… it’s a Bing thing!

Bing liveVenue : Waterfront Hall]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-93780.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-93780.aspx
<![CDATA[Aghalee Art Club in the Higgin Gallery]]>A group of enthusiastic painters who meet regularly to explore their media and improve their work while learning from each other and enjoying the social aspect.

The Aghalee painting group is a group of enthusiastic painters who meet regularly to explore their media and improve their work while learning from each other and enjoying the social aspect. There are some very experienced painters and those who are fairly new but all are passionate about paint and with the experience of a few exhibitions already behind them continue to go from strength to strength.

The artists work on pieces of their own choosing when not developing new techniques as a group.

Please enjoy the exhibition and perhaps one of these paintings will soon be gracing the walls of your home.

Aghalee Art ClubVenue : Malone House]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-92145.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-92145.aspx
<![CDATA[Sail The Classic Sailing Ship Brian Ború]]>Fantastic opportunity for Belfast based young people. Thanks to generous funding from Belfast City Council there are a number of heavily discounted places. 

Voyage 1 Voyage 2
Age 15 - 17 Age 18 - 30
15 - 21 July  22 - 28 July 
Belfast to Derry/Londonderry Derry/Londonderry to Belfast

 

For information and booking contact Sail Training Ireland: info@sailtrainingireland.com or call +353 (0)1 839 5636

Sailing]]>
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<![CDATA[This is Not a Table - Ping Pong Table Tour]]>Artist Robin Price has adapted a traditional Ping-Pong table so each bounce on the table’s surface triggers an audio-visual effect creating an interactive and fun musicbased game for all ages.

You will be able to find the Ping-Pong table in the following places:

VenueDate
City Hall grounds Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July
Victoria Square Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August
Lanyon Place
(Central Station)
Friday 14 September
Culture Night
Black Box Outreach Space,
Lower Garfield St
Friday 21 September



Kindly funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland with support from Belfast Fablab, Farset Labs and PS2.

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

 

Ping Pong tableVenue : various]]>
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<![CDATA[Science Festival: Irish Society of Botanic Artists Art Workshop on Plants and Pollinators - 2 Day workshop]]>Explore the world of plants and bees through art. Join award-winning botanical artist Shevaun Doherty for a watercolour painting class that will appeal to nature lovers of all ages and skills. Each class will cover basic drawing, colour theory and watercolour techniques, as well as fun facts on plants and pollinators. 

Part one 19 July, 1pm – 4pm
Part Two 20 July, 1pm – 4pm

To book, visit www.getinvited.to/

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine, Botanic Gardens]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91682.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91682.aspx
<![CDATA[Q Radio Summer Session]]>Enjoy local music talent in the heart of the city with Q Radio. Pop up to the Q Terrace on College Street where we’ll be showcasing the best in local talent this summer, every Friday from 4pm to 5pm.

BandDate
Travis is a Tourist  20 July
Lavengro 27 July
Chase the River 3 August
Wanderers 10 August
ROE  17 August
Rebekah Fitch 24 August


This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

Travis is a touristVenue : Fountain Centre Terrace, College Street, Belfast]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94324.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94324.aspx
<![CDATA[Cave Hill Adventurous Playground - Family Fun Day]]>We’re inviting you to come along and enjoy a fun filled summer day at the Adventurous Playground in the grounds of Belfast Castle on Saturday 21 July 2018.  

We’ll have a range of fun activities to suit all ages. Activities will include:

  • a bouncy castle;
  • drumming circle;
  • face painting;
  • balloon modelling;
  • garden games and much more

All activities are free of charge. Garden games include Snakes and Ladders, Jenga, Twister and Hopscotch.

A maximum capacity of 100 people is allowed.

For more information call Mark Turner on 9032 0202 ext 3641 or email turnerm@belfastcity.gov.uk

Limited parking available at the playground. Alternative parking at the Castle.

Cave Hill Adventurous PlaygroundVenue : Cave Hill Adventurous Playground]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94207.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94207.aspx
<![CDATA[Science Festival: ‘Under the Lens’ Scientific Art with Jennifer Delaney]]>Enjoy this drop in session of scientific colouring with ‘Life under the Lens’ colouring book artists, Jennifer Delaney. Explore the hidden beauty of microscopic life through colouring with Friends and Family. Allow yourself to escape to a world beneath the lens and marvel at the beauty of life in its smallest form. All colouring Materials will be provided.

To book, visit www.getinvited.to/

Tropical RavineVenue : Ulster Museum, Learning Zone]]>
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<![CDATA[The flora of Cave Hill]]>Karl Hamilton will guide us on a plant identification walk in the Nature Reserve in Ballyaghagan at the back of the hill. Meet at the entrance to the Park at the top of the Hightown Road.

Please wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing.  

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

Cave HillVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91019.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-91019.aspx
<![CDATA[Belfast Music Bus Tour - Live and Unplugged]]>The Belfast Music Tour is a journey across the city that reveals the music, the artists and the landscape that have brought character to the city.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy tunes and tales from Them and Van Morrison, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk, to punk rock and Hollywood soundtracks.

This two-hour bus trip starts at the beautifully restored Ulster Hall and finishes at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, where visitors can take in the NI Music Exhibition, the only permanent exhibit for popular music in NI.

This special series of events over the summer will include live music from local musician’s that will pay homage to some of our best loved Northern Irish songs, as you take in the sights and sounds of the city.

Tours will take place on Saturday 28 July and Saturday 25 August from 2pm to 4.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 concession).

For more information and to book your tickets, contact Visit Belfast on 028 9024 6609 or visit visitbelfast.ticketsolve.com

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

Belfast Music Bus TourVenue : Starts at Ulster Hall and ends at Oh Yeah Music Centre]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94329.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94329.aspx
<![CDATA[Kevin and Karen Dance - The live tour 2018]]>Following a sensational sell-out debut tour last year, Strictly's Kevin and Karen Clifton are back in 2018 with a brand new show. Expect a sultry, hip-swinging journey through the Waltz, Cha Cha, Fox Trot, Tango and Salsa. It’s a high-energy performance filled with sassy tunes, heart-pounding choreography and sparkling costumes.

Kevin and Karen will dazzle audiences as they weave their own spellbinding style of ballroom magic. Backed by a supporting cast of dancers and a live 12-piece show band, Kevin and Karen’s most famous, edge-of-your-seat routines are brought to the stage propelled by passion.

Kevin and KarenVenue : Waterfront Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[August Craft Month 2018]]>August Craft Month is Northern Ireland’s annual celebration of craft.

August Craft Month is a series of events delivered by a partnership of individuals and organisations across Northern Ireland.  It is co-ordinated by CRAFT NI on behalf of the craft sector and is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the National Lottery.

August Craft Month showcases the talent of local artists, makers and designers alongside international makers.

August Craft Month shines a spotlight on craft and the art of making things by encouraging as many people as possible to make, see, learn about and buy craft.

Enjoy an array of events including exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, fairs and festivals. 

For more information and the full event listing, visit www.augustcraftmonth.org

#augcraft18

 

Craft monthVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[August Féile Festival]]>Ireland’s biggest community arts festival, August Féile, returns to Belfast for its 30th year running! Don’t miss out on the largest festival project within Féile Phobail’s annual events calendar.

This year, Féile celebrates a huge milestone with its 30th birthday and from its humble beginnings in 1988, to becoming Ireland’s biggest Community Arts Festival and Summer School.

The August Féile has become a landmark annual event with increasing local, national and international visitor numbers year on year. The theme for Féile 30 is a ‘Community Celebration of Global Culture’.

Come along with your family and friends, and enjoy some fun-filled activities including:

  • large outdoor music concerts including Olly Murs
  • traditional music 
  • comedy 
  • insightful talks, debates and tours 
  • marvellous theatre
  • visual arts, family and community events and more.

Most events are free to attend.

For more information, visit www.feilebelfast.com, call 028 9560 9984 or email info@feilebelfast.com

August FéileVenue : various citywide]]>
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<![CDATA[EastSide Arts Festival]]>EastSide Arts Festival is an annual summer festival that showcases the brilliant creative talent that lies within east Belfast, as it serves up a sizzling feast of events.

Locations across the EastSide and beyond feature:

  • music
  • comedy
  • movies
  • theatre, talks
  • workshops
  • exhibitions
  • poetry
  • events for the young and old
  • community events, and
  • heritage tours.

Each year sees the festival growing in ambition and reach, with more venues getting involved, a wider mix of events on offer and greater celebration of the thriving arts scene in east Belfast.

For more information call 028 9045 1900 or email eastsidearts@eastsidepartnership.com. For the full festival programme, visit www.eastsidearts.net



Performers at the EastSide Arts FestivalVenue : Various across east Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Pre Market Engagement / Information Session – T1903 Tender for the delivery of the Belfast Full Fibre Programme – Asset Reuse]]>Belfast was officially announced as one of 13 cities to receive an award from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Local Full Fibre Network Programme. 

The project, led by Belfast City Council, recognises that the provision of quality, reliable high-speed connectivity is a necessity for a 21st century economy and society. The Council has identified an opportunity to make available public sector duct assets within the city to encourage the rollout of fibre infrastructure by commercial operators. This is part of the Council’s Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) initiative and is referred to as Public Sector Asset Reuse (PSAR). 

The Council seek to procure a suitably qualified contractor to survey the assets and undertake any remediation works which may be required, to ensure that the assets are fit for purpose. The objective is to be able to consider offering non-discriminatory, open access to the assets on an ad hoc basis, at a market rate, whenever an access request is made. 

The Council has appointed FarrPoint to provide support throughout this process. The council is holding a Market Information Session to be held at the Council offices (9 Adelaide Street Belfast, BT2 8DJ) on Friday 3 August from 2pm – 4.30pm. The information session has a dual purpose of covering the procurement of survey and remediation works, and also to look at the appetite of the market in utilising the ducts. 

Anyone interested in attending the session is requested to register by emailing Suzanne Clarke clarkes@belfastcity.gov.uk as early as possible.

Pre Market EngagementVenue : 9 Adelaide Street Belfast, BT2 8DJ]]>
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<![CDATA[Pre Market Engagement / Information Session - T1902 Tender for the delivery of the Belfast Full Fibre Programme – Anchor Tenancy]]>Belfast was officially announced as one of 13 cities to receive an award from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Local Full Fibre Network Programme. 

The project, led by Belfast City Council, recognises that the provision of quality, reliable high-speed connectivity is a necessity for a 21st century economy and society. As a result, the Council is seeking to future proof its network connectivity requirements for the next 20 to 25 years through the installation of gigabit capable network services through Public Sector Anchor Tenancy (PSAT) and Public Sector Asset Reuse (PSAR) projects. This PIN is in relation to the PSAT project. 

Through the PSAT approach, the Council intends to procure flexible gigabit connectivity services as an anchor tenant across its entire estate, through the long-term right of use to dark fibre. The PSAT infrastructure will consist of ducting and fibre optic cables connecting key locations across the city that can then be made available to Belfast City Council and any delivery partner as a service, when and where required. The Council intends to assume prime responsibility for the installation and maintenance of active equipment used on its own network, and the ongoing provision of managed services – however, the Council reserves the right to use one or more Service Providers to provide either or both functions in the future. The Council at this stage is open to the possibility of a multi-supplier Framework Agreement that can be accessed by Belfast City Council and other public sector bodies. 

The Council has appointed FarrPoint to provide support throughout the PSAT LFFN procurement. 

The council is holding a Supplier Market Engagement Day to be held at the Council offices (9 Adelaide Street Belfast, BT2 8DJ) on Friday 3 August from 09.30am – 11.45am

The Council shall host one on one sessions from 11.45am to 1.15pm. These sessions will be conducted to the same agenda with each organisation given equal access time to the Council.

Anyone interested in attending the session is requested to register by emailing Suzanne Clarke clarkes@belfastcity.gov.uk as early as possible.
Pre Market EngagementVenue : 9 Adelaide Street Belfast, BT2 8DJ]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94876.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94876.aspx
<![CDATA[What's on this August at St George's Market]]>Summer is in full swing at St George's Market this August. Enjoy some delicious food along with the best live music at our award-winning market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

And while you are there, treat yourself to something special from our wide range of local traders. There are gifts to suit every taste.

Sign up for our email newsletter to keep up-to-date with all that's happening at St George's Market.

 

DateMusicianTime
Friday 10 August Davy Watson 11am-3pm
Saturday 11 August Rory Lavelle 10.30am-3pm
Sunday 12 August Kyle Suckling 11.30am-4pm
Friday 17 August Phil Dalton 11am-3pm
Saturday 18 August  Paul Dean 10.30am-3pm
Sunday 19 August  Jukebox Unplugged 11.30am-4pm
Friday 24 August Ken Haddock
Face painting in the market 
11am-3pm
Saturday 25 August The Leading Ladies
Face painting in the market
10am-3pm
Sunday 26 August The Lagan Band
Face painting in the market
11.30am-4pm
Friday 31 August Mark Anthony  11am-3pm
St Georges MarketVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Summer Dingy Sailing Experience]]>Two hours sailing on a Hawk keel boat learning basic helm and sail control then  30 minutes on the power boat Rosy exploring the docks and finish with a trip on the Titanic Wee Tram and visit the birthplace of Titanic, experienced the story of the shipyard and also get close to giants Samson & Goliath.

Places are limited.

For Booking contact Community Services Section, Community Development Officer Stephen Tate by emailing tatestephen@belfastcity.gov.uk

SailingVenue : Belfast Marina]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94131.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94131.aspx
<![CDATA[Respect Human Rights Film Festival]]>Respect Belfast Human Rights Film Festival will take place between 5 - 10 August 2018.

The festival will screen a range of films/documentaries that promote a wider understanding of Human Rights subjects such as:

  • immigration
  • asylum
  • women’s rights
  • war and conflict
  • mental health
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) rights
  • workers rights
  • environmental concerns
  • healthcare
  • austerity
  • disability issues. 

For more information, call 02895 609 526, email info@respectfilmfest.com  or visit www.respectfilmfest.com


Human Rights Film FestivalVenue : Cultúrlann McAdam Ó’Fiaich, 216 Falls Rd, Belfast BT12 6AH]]>
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<![CDATA[Global Music School]]>The Global Music School will give an opportunity for participants to get hands on in workshops with different percussion music from around the world including:

  • Indian Dhol Drumming
  • African Djembe Drumming
  • Chinese Lion Drumming
  • Japanese Taiko Drumming.

Come on down to Belfast City Hall and have a go. Suitable for all ages.

This event is delivered by Arts Ekta

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

A man playing an Indian Dhol drumVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94319.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94319.aspx
<![CDATA[The World as we See it]]>Belfast based photographer Mark Brown captures those special moments above and below the earth’s crust.

Dublin based visual artist Irene Uhlemann shares nature’s winged beings. Val Hennigan, Dublin based Printmaker shares a selection of interesting narrative images - and Belfast based NVTV reviewer, enabler and artist Mo McDevitt offers "joy in colour" – a mixed media selection.

Celebrating lifeVenue : Malone House]]>
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<![CDATA[Vault Artist Studios gig night]]>Vault Artist Studios are taking over the old college building on Tower Street and are welcoming you inside to meet their artists and see how creative sparks fly.

This community of painters, sculptors, photographers, urban beekeepers, musicians, street artists, puppet makers and performers will breathe life into the disused building.

Music is an integral part of Vault and, to celebrate the opening, there will be performances by Blue Whale, Ursula Burns, Neil Foster and more.

This event is part of the Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

Vault Artist StudiosVenue : Tower Street Campus, east Belfast]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94338.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94338.aspx
<![CDATA[Titanic Dance]]>Guaranteed to mesmerise and enthral, a cast of world class Irish dancers and musicians set the scene for this showpiece musical spectacular that’s been taking the world by storm!

Titanic Dance tells the story of the world’s most famous ship, from its beginnings in the Belfast shipyard to its tragic end in the Atlantic Ocean. Family and friend alike will love this delightful, romantic and emotional journey of hope, aspiration, love and heartbreak.

Titanic DanceVenue : Waterfront Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Live music at the Belfast Barra Community Market]]>Enjoy a series of live music events in Sailortown, one of Belfast’s unique historical neighbourhoods. Various local musicians will perform on Friday evening and events will include a screening in the iconic St Joseph’s Church.

On Sunday 12 August, the Community Market (from 1pm) will include:

  • stalls
  • activities
  • screenings
  • talks and presentations.

Special music performances and events will also take place in St Joseph’s Church.

This event is free to attend. For more information, please visit www.householdbelfast.co.uk

This event is part of the Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

Belfast Barra Community MarketVenue : St. Joseph’s Church and various venues and public spaces across Sailortown]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94355.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94355.aspx
<![CDATA[5k Family Fun Run]]>Heart Research UK and Subway® are hosting their ever-popular 5K fun run at Ormeau Park in Belfast on Sunday 12 August 2018.

Sign up online at www.5ksubway.com or come along to the registration tent on the day from 10.30am.

Under 12’s can participate for free with everyone else paying just £8 in advance or £10 on the day.

This includes a free t-shirt, a free Subway® lunch, a finisher’s medal and access to the Family Village which will host all the entertainment, including the NFL Flag Presented by Subway® - so lots of activities to get involved with.

Fun runVenue : Ormeau Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Confetti - Summer Recital]]>Join members of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio for a lunchtime recital when they will perform a selection of arias and songs including the world premiere of a specially commissioned song cycle (funded by ACNI) by Belfast composer Greg Caffrey setting poems by acclaimed poet Ciaran Carson.

This recital is part of the annual Summer Recital Series, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and features a top roster of local talent every Wednesday at 1.15pm from 18 July to 29 August.

Free admission. For more information, visit www.niopera.com

This event is part of the Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

Greg CaffreyVenue : First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street]]>
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<![CDATA[Hex Hue at the Tropical Ravine]]>Immerse yourself in the magical surroundings of the Tropical Ravine for a special, debut performance from Hex Hue - the new musical project from Belfast based musician Katie Richardson.

The music is introspective alternative pop, laden with harmonies and influenced by artists such as Alt J, Perfume Genius, St Vincent and Lykke Li. Entrance via Lower Foyer. Remember to dress cool and bring a bottle of water - it will be warm.

Tickets are free but booking is required. Visit www.eventbrite.com for tickets.

This event is part of the Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

Katie RichardsonVenue : The Tropical Ravine, Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Andersonstown Summer Street Fair]]>We’re supporting the ‘Andersonstown Summer Street Fair’ taking place on Saturday 18 August, from 12 noon – 4pm.

The family-friendly event will bring together various activities and offerings designed to create a feel good factor for businesses and residents alike.

What to expect

Businesses will be able to promote their trade and offer products on the day. Special offers and promotions will be available for one day only.

Attendees at the event can receive a catalogue of vouchers that can be redeemed in each of the participating businesses.

Street activity will entice local residents, and people from further afield to attend and create a street fair atmosphere.

Activities will include:

  • street food sampling
  • GAA coaching session for kids
  • face painting
  • live music
  • balloon modelling

Attendees will be encouraged to visit businesses, sample their goods and experience their services while meeting business owners and their employees.

The event is part of the WestSpend campaign which is supported by Belfast City Council.

The event supports local businesses in the Andersonstown Road area by attracting footfall and customers on the day which may have been affected by the ongoing road works and construction work.

West Belfast FestivalVenue : Andersonstown Road]]>
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<![CDATA[World’s Largest Human Poppy]]>You can become a record breaker by participating in the attempt to form the world’s largest human poppy. 

Participants will assemble at the Sydenham Road.  The Guinness Book of Records will be present to adjudicate and record numbers entering the site, then everyone taking part will be issued with a red or black waterproof poncho. 

Marshalls will guide participants into the poppy shape and an aerial photograph will capture this living, human artwork which will put Belfast on the map. 

The current world record is held by China and we need 3,000 volunteers to become the new record holders. 

This event is taking place as part of a series of events to commemorate the centenary of Armistice 11.11.18 as Belfast remembers those who died during World War 1.

Please pre-register your attendance by emailing poppyworldrecord@gmail.com.

Participants must be over 16.  Children are welcome to attend but they must be supervised by an adult.  Under 16s will not be able to form part of the poppy due to Guinness Book of Records regulations.

PoppiesVenue : Sydenham Road]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-95059.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-95059.aspx
<![CDATA[The Great Belfast Busk Off]]>Belfast streets are full of skilled musicians from all walks of life. To celebrate, we’re inviting musicians and bands from all disciplines to take part in a The Great Belfast Busk Off – a competition which will run live across the city in just one afternoon.

It will be judged by local music industry VIPs and prizes include recording time in Half Bap Studios, run of 100 CDs and vouchers for Dawsons Music. All participating bands will be invited to an exclusive gig hosted with Help Musicians NI in a secret location that evening to celebrate.

You can register for the competition at Belfast One's website or in person at Dawson’s Music on Royal Avenue or Matchett’s Music on Wellington Place.

Registrations for the competition will close at 6pm on Friday 10 August 2018.

This event is held in partnership with Belfast One, Destination CQ Bids and Help Musicians NI and is part of the Belfast Music Summer Season 2018.

A band buskingVenue : Various locations around the city centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Gig-sitter]]>Parents, you can finally attend a proper gig, kid-free, guilt-free. Enjoy a 90 minute session by local band The Scallions in the main space, while the kids attend a music workshop in the Green Room led by top Bounce Culture’s DJ Kwame Daniels.

Collect your kids at the end of your session or let them enjoy the music too.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children or £12 for a family ticket (four people). Call 028 9024 4400 for more information.

This event is part of the Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

Gig-sitterVenue : Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Elevate - Morning Rave]]>Early-morning and sober-rave movements are the latest trend in London and this is your chance to try it out. Events such as this give you an energy boost and improve your overall sense of well-being, the idea is to “Dance yourself happy!”

It’s in this spirit that SARC (Sonic Arts Research Centre) are combining their cutting-edge speaker system with Belfast-based DJ collective GIRL to invite you to roll out of bed and onto the dance floor.

It is advised not to wear shoes with heels, and to wear comfortable shoes with a reasonably thick sole. Food and drink is not permitted in the lab, but can be consumed in the foyer. Water will be available in the foyer.

Tickets cost £5. For more information and to book, please visit www.residentadvisor.net

This event is part of the Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

Elevate - Sonic LabVenue : Sonic Lab, Sonic Arts Research Centre]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94418.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94418.aspx
<![CDATA[Butterflies of Cave Hill]]>Cormac Hamill will lead a group along his regular bufferfly transect, in the expectation of
finding some of the 17 species regularly found on Cave Hill.

Meet at Belfast Castle.

Please wear suitable footwear and suitable clothing.

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

Butterfly Cave HillVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Caribbean Social at Writers Square]]>Enjoy carnival vibes courtesy of Steel Drum maestros and Notting Hill stalwarts Tropical Heatwave at the inaugural Caribbean Social.

Expect an afternoon of reggae, dance, DJs and Young at Arts kids workshops and much more as well as a range of genuine Caribbean Street Food stalls to provide you with a fresh alternative Sunday lunch. Free to take part, come on down and join in on the day.

We are hosting this event in partnership with Destination CQ BID and ASCONI.

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

Caribbean drumsVenue : Writers Square]]>
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<![CDATA[Summer Youth Voyages]]>Voyage 1
Date:
Monday 20 August – Sunday 26 August 2018 (7 days) 
Age: under 21s
Route: Dublin - Belfast 
Vessel: Maybe

Voyage 2
Date:
Monday 27 August – Sunday 2 September 2018 (7 days)
Ages: under 25s
Route: Belfast - Dublin 
Vessel: Maybe

Erasmus+ Youth Exchange Voyages
Sail on board Tall Ship Maybe for an amazing nautical adventure. You will become the crew of Tall Ship Maybe, involved in every aspect of sailing a classic Tall Ship; without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t move! You will be involved in hoisting sails, rope work, steering, keeping watch, cooking in the galley and general duties on board. You will be sharing this voyage with 12 other young people from across the UK and Ireland. You will learn skills in team work, communication and leadership and make new friends, building confidence and having fun.

Setting off, we sail around the Irish Sea and Firth of Clyde, exploring this interesting sailing area. See amazing scenery. Spot amazing wildlife, maybe even a Whale or two and swim in the Irish Sea! Most importantly you will have a fantastic adventure shared with new friends and this etched in your memory forever.

The voyage programme will include Erasmus+ themes of employability, active citizenship and inclusion and diversity.

Fee: £450

Bursary scheme is also available for further reduction of fees.

Sail training]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast boys summer sessions]]>Would your boy be interested in learning theatrical dance?

Du Dance NI will be running fun, creative dance and movement session for boys from Thursday, 23 August to Sunday, 26 August at Girdwood Community Hub.

Why not ask them to come along and learn a new skill? It doesn't matter if they have experience or not, everyone is welcome!

A professional dance facilitator will be leading the dance sessions and there will be a group trip out on the Sunday. Regular sessions will continue on Saturdays from September. 

Tickets cost £10 per person.

For more information, visit www.dudanceni.com, call 028 9033 0956 or email info@dudanceni.com

Belfast Boys Summer SessionsVenue : Girdwood Community Hub, Belfast]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-95473.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-95473.aspx
<![CDATA[Full Moon Festival]]>The Full Moon Festival will celebrate the fabulous outreach projects at the Black Box, including Black Moon, Creating Connections, Mini Moon and Moon Base, projects for and by people with a range of learning disabilities, autism and aspergers.

The festival will celebrate performers with learning disabilities and provide an outlet for creative expression and enjoyment for the community in Belfast.

There will be:

  • a film screening of Wizard of Oz as part of Cinema Day
  • performance by Trevor Lemon, Elvis impersonator extraordinaire
  • performance from Drake Music
  • talks on issues affecting people with learning disabilities and how they can, or cannot, access the arts.

For more information, email sarah@blackboxbelfast.com or call 028 9024 4400.

Elvis at Black MoonVenue : The Black Box 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA]]>
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<![CDATA[Shrouds of the Somme exhibition]]>The evocative Shrouds of the Somme exhibition, remembering the thousands of servicemen from the Ulster and Irish regiments, or from Belfast, who died in the Battle of the Somme and have no known grave, is to be held in Belfast from 23 August – 16 September.

3,775 miniature shrouded figures will be laid out in the Garden of Remembrance at Belfast City Hall, representing those from the Ulster and Irish regiments, or from Belfast, with no known grave and whose names are on the Thiepval Memorial. 

As a lasting legacy of the project, relatives of those who lost their lives are being asked to share photos and stories of the men, telling who they were, where they were from and what they did.

The aim of the project is that, by bringing the individual to the forefront of these unimaginable numbers will help the nation to truly understand the scale of the loss of those who gave their all.

Memories, stories and photographs are being collected through the Commonwealth War Graves Commission digital archive.

Shrouds of The SommeVenue : Garden of Remembrance, Belfast City Hall]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-92851.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-92851.aspx
<![CDATA[Face painting at St George's Market]]>Add a touch of magic to your bank holiday weekend and turn your little ones into superheroes or animals, anything they wish, with the help of our amazing face painters.

They will be in the market on the following dates and times:

DateTime
Friday 24 August 10am-2pm
Saturday 25 August 11am-2pm
Sunday 26 August 11am-3pm

 

For more information on these free events, call the Markets team on 028 9043 5704 or email markets@belfastcity.gov.uk

A girl with her face paintedVenue : St George’s Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Undergrowth - 24hr Festival]]>Magik Door and Accidental present a city of music festival in a day. Bands, DJs, sound installations, poetry and performance art meld in a 24-hour counter-culture fest, with two evening gigs, overnight and morning dance parties and chill daytime sets all happening in 12-13 Shaftesbury Square.

Get a ticket to take you from dusk to dawn, dawn to dusk, or join in for the full non-stop weekend. Tickets cost £20 for the full weekend or £10 for one day.

For more information call 028 9032 5881 or visit www.accidentaltheatre.co.uk

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

Accidental TheatreVenue : 12-13 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Féile An Droichead at Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church]]>Féile An Droichead, now in its tenth year, is a four-day Irish culture and traditional music festival which brings national and international talents to various locations throughout Belfast.

This is a special, pop-up concert we are presenting as part of Summer Season 2018. We are delighted to host this event in Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church. 

For more information, call 028 9028 8818 or visit www.androichead.com

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

Riddel’s WarehouseVenue : Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church]]>
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<![CDATA[Good Vibrations: The musical pop-up performances]]>We have teamed up with Beannchor and The Lyric Theatre to bring the much anticipated Good Vibrations Musical to the city centre for a special pop-up performance from the cast. This will give you a taste of what’s in store for this sure-to-be hit musical opening at The Lyric on 1 September.

Join them in the Cathedral Quarter to reminisce about the hay day of Belfast Punk! Terri Hooley will make a guest appearance at a pop-up DJ Set in the Bullitt courtyard.

For more info on the Good Vibrations Musical, visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

Good vibrations castVenue : Cathedral Quarter]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94459.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94459.aspx
<![CDATA[Floral Hall comes to City Hall]]>A retro afternoon of dancing and music celebrating the bygone era of music halls and show bands from the 1920s to 1950s. Entertainment by the Martello Jazz Band and Bellehoppers.

Tea and refreshments provided.

This event is free to attend but must be booked. Call 028 9050 2073 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

Swing dancingVenue : The Great Hall, City Hall]]>
http://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94453.aspxhttp://belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-94453.aspx
<![CDATA[Do you Hear What I Hear? Sound Walking Tour]]>Accompanying the Ping Pong Table Tour will be a unique Sound Walking Tour. Sonic Artist John D’Arcy invites you on a listening-walk where your ears will be transformed using specialist software along with everyday smart phones and headsets.

Experience what it might be like to live with hearing loss. Or maybe you’d like to listen like a dog, a cat, or a bat?

Try these hearing simulations along with others that turn our everyday sounds into music. Belfast will never sound the same again.

Equipment provided.

The Sound Walking Tour will be at the following venues:

VenueDate
Victoria Square Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August

Lanyon Place
(Central Station)

Friday 14 September
Culture Night
Black Box Outreach Space
Lower Garfield St

Friday 21 September

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

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<![CDATA[Mini Moon]]>Once a month a Mini Moon rises on the Black Box, glittering on a disco afternoon for young children with learning disabilities and their families and friends. The kids will have a whale of a time in a safe disco environment with low music and plenty of mats to lie on!

Entry is £4 per child and parents and carers can go free.

Recommended for children aged 1 – 7 years old.

For more information, visit www.blackboxbelfast.com, call 028 9024 4400 or email admin@blackboxbelfast.com

Mini moon at the Black BoxVenue : The Black Box]]>
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<![CDATA[Park Walks 2018: 'Down in the Hollow']]>Walk off your Sunday lunch with this guided walk for the whole family in Orangefield and Dixon Playing Fields, with a look at the history and wildlife of this section of the Connswater Greenway.

Formal paths throughout.

Meet at the Grand Parade entrance to Orangefield Park.

Orangefield ParkVenue : Orangefield Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Employability and skills stakeholder information session]]>Come along and find out about the work that our Employability and Skills team is doing to help people in Belfast develop new skills to get jobs or change careers.

Along with our partners we’re working to develop a city for working and learning, where everyone can fulfil their potential as part of our Belfast Agenda.

At this information session you can meet the team and find out about the support we provide including:

  • employment academies,
  • careers support and work experience for young people, and
  • support to start or grow a business including social enterprises and self-employment.

Register your attendance
Please register to attend by emailing economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0482, giving details of special dietary requirements or reasonable adjustments you require to attend.

Sign up for email updates
If you’re a partner organisation interested in working with us or finding out more about our support programmes, please sign up to receive regular email updates - register for updates

Belfast City HallVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Local Development Plan - consultation events]]>We are responsible for developing a Local Development Plan for Belfast, working with local people, to create a clear vision of how the council area should develop and what it will look like in the years to come.

Our draft Plan Strategy sets out the overall aspirations for the future development of Belfast and policies to be used in assessing planning applications.

You are invited to come along to the following public consultation events where you can give us your feedback on the draft Plan Strategy:

LocationDate Time
Skainos Centre Tuesday 18 September  6pm - 8pm
Belfast City Hall Thursday 20 September 10am - 2pm
Olympia Leisure Centre Tuesday 25 September 6pm - 8pm


For more information on these drop in sessions or queries on the Belfast Local Development Plan - draft Plan Strategy, please email localdevelopmentplan@belfastcity.gov.uk

  
  
 

  
  

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<![CDATA[Models of governance for social enterprises and co-operatives]]>If you are thinking about setting up a social enterprise or co-operative, let us and Work West help you with your journey by participating on the Go Social programme.

Come along to our workshop on Wednesday 29 August to learn more about the different models of social enterprise.

This workshop will equip you with the knowledge of key legal structures to help you decide the most appropriate structure for your social enterprise. 

Key topics include:

  • understanding the difference between a co-operative, a private company and a social enterprise
  • understanding different models of social enterprises (company limited by guarantee, charity, community interest company, other legal structures will also be detailed)
  • how to identify the legal structures that best reflect the type of organisation
  • understanding members and community ownership and the co-operative advantage: co-operatives and surplus
  • defining co-operatives and their principles
  • introduction of workers’ co-operatives, community co-operatives, housing co-operatives and other types of co-operatives.

To register your interest in attending this event, please complete our online registration form

Models for GovernanceVenue : Skainos Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Drive By Shooting Street Opera]]>Drive-by Shooting is a Street Art Opera projected as a stencil style animation on city walls with its operatic soundtrack broadcast through headphones. Similar to other operas, it’s a story of passion and revenge, but this comic story plays out an age-old scene of betrayal on a grimy city street.

Come along and witness this fantastic 15-minunte opera about a scorned elderly lady out for revenge on her wayward husband at the following venues:

DateTimeVenueBox Office
Wednesday 29 August 8pm - 10pm (4 showings) Girdwood Community Hub Email 
Thursday 30 August 8.30pm to 10.30pm (8 screenings) Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich www.culturlann.ie/en/whats-on
Friday 31 August 8.30pm to 10.30pm (8 screenings) Library Street, city centre https://drivebyshootinglibraryst.eventbrite.co.uk
Saturday 1 September 8.30pm to 10.30pm (8 screenings) 12-13 Shaftesbury Square https://accidentaltheatre.co.uk/whats-on
Sunday 2 September 8.30pm to 10.30pm (8 screenings)

Vault Artist Studios, Tower Street

https://drivebyshootingtowerst.eventbrite.co.uk


This is free to attend. Headphones will be provided. 

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Season 2018. Find out more.

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<![CDATA[Rhythm and Blues meets the Ulster Orchestra]]>Having heard Davy Watson play at an event, and impressed by his extraordinary voice and music, the Ulster Orchestra invited him to collaborate.

Davy, a seasoned performer whose credits include Glastonbury, opening for Beth Hart at the Royal Albert Hall and touring with Bob Geldof, was subsequently given an ACES Award by the Arts Council of NI, enabling the production of special arrangements for Davy and the Orchestra by Graeme Stewart. The result is a unique night of original rhythm and blues and the magic of a live orchestra!

Tickets cost £12.

To book and for more information, visit www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

Davy WatsonVenue : Ulster Hall, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Focal Festival]]>This three-day open-air night festival showcases the best that Northern Ireland has to offer. Unlike any other festival in Belfast, Focal Festival will exclusively focus on the best local music, food producers, brewers and distillers.

For tickets and more information, visit www.focalfestival.com

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

Focal festivalVenue : Crescent Park, Lower Crescent, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Fifty - Music and Arts Social]]>We’re fifty years on from the momentous worldwide push for social change (Counter Culture and Civil Rights Movement) of which artists played a pivotal role.

‘Fifty’, inspired by the historic events of that period, is a series of monthly creative get-togethers in the Duncairn Cafe, which will be specially transformed to give a Bohemian nightclub or 1960s Greenwich Village Coffee House feel.

It will feature a performance from one headline act, one local support act, a 30-minute open mic or stage slot and a visual artist and writer or poet to capture the event in image and prose.

Tickets cost £5. 

For more information call 028 9074 7114 or visit www.theduncairn.com

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

DuncairnVenue : Duncairn Arts Centre Café]]>
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<![CDATA[Music Lessons for all!]]>Music lessons for all, taking place across Belfast this September. 

The Andersontown Traditional and Contemporary Music School welcomes all, ages seven to adult, to come along and try out a new instrument. 

Instruments include guitar, bass, whistle, fiddle and many more.

It’s your time to shine! 

For more information visit www.andersonstownmusicschool.com/, email atownmusicschool@gmail.com or call 028 9043 4894. 

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<![CDATA[What's on this September at St George's Market]]>Summer may be drawing to a close, but the party atmosphere is still in full swing at St George's Market this September. Take a seat and enjoy our delicious food along with the best live music at our award-winning market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Or why not peruse our wide variety of stalls? There's something for everyone with arts and crafts, vintage artefacts, unique gifts and jewellery too.

Sign up for our email newsletter to keep up-to-date with all that's happening at St George's Market.

 

DateEntertainmentTime
Saturday 1 September  Chris Keys 10.30am-3pm
Sunday 2 September

The Knievels

11.30am-4pm
Friday 7 September Kyle Suckling 11am-3pm
Saturday 8 September Terry Sharpe 10.30am-3pm
Sunday 9 September The Dave Taylor Project 11.30am-4pm
Friday 14 September To be confirmed To be confirmed
Saturday 15 September Jackie Rainey 10.30am-3pm
Sunday 16 September Jukebox Unplugged 11.30am-4pm 
Friday 21 September Paul Mervyn 11am-3pm 
Saturday 22 September Gerry McCabe 10.30am-3pm
Sunday 23 September The Dave Taylor Project 11.30am-4pm
Friday 28 September Mark Anthony 11am-3pm
Saturday 29 September Kyle Suckling 10.30am-3pm
Sunday 30 September The Folkin' Eejits 11.30am-4pm

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Family Fun Day at the Waterworks]]>This annual fun day is the perfect chance for families to come along to the Waterworks and enjoy a fun-filled day with their children at the top pond in the Waterworks.

There will be a range of fun activities to suit all ages and an opportunity to try your hand at Spey Casting, with the Fishermen of the Waterworks.

Activities will include

  • Climbing wall
  • Drumming circle
  • Face painting
  • Balloon modeller
  • Bouncy castles
  • Foot darts

All activities are free of charge. There is no parking at the event.

For more information call Mark Turner on 028 9032 0202 ext 3641 or email turnerm@belfastcity.gov.uk

Waterworks fun dayVenue : Waterworks]]>
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<![CDATA[ParkLife clubs: September]]> 

ParkDateTime
Falls Park Saturday 1 September 2018 2pm - 3.30pm 
Fullerton Park Saturday 1 September 2018 10am - 11.30am
Ballysillan Playing Fields Saturday 1 September 2018 10am - 11.30am
Alderman Tommy Patton Memorial Park  Saturday 15 September 2018 
10am - 11.30am
Tullycarnet Park  Saturday 22 September 2018 10am - 11.30am
Botanic Gardens Saturday 29 September 2018 10am - 11.30am

Booking for the Saturday clubs is essential. 

For more details and to book a place, please email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

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<![CDATA[Black Moon]]>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 - 10pm. Entry is £3 for adults and £1 for parents and carers. Please get in touch to make group arrangements.

For more information, visit www.blackboxbelfast.com, call 028 9024 4400 or email admin@blackboxbelfast.com.

Black Moon in the Black BoxVenue : Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Emerging Artists Show 2018]]>

ArtisAnn is proud to be showcasing the works of recent graduates from the School of Art at Ulster University. The east Belfast gallery will be the first to provide a professional group show featuring this year’s class of emerging young talent. 

The exhibition will feature the work of: 

*Dan Ferguson

*Aimee Melaugh

*Harriet Underwood

*Pamela Walker

Ken Bartley, co-owner of ArtisAnn, says: 

“This is a very varied show, with two common linkages:  all are recent graduates and all are of the highest quality, with every indication that they will be ‘names’ of the future.”

The exhibition is free to attend and all are welcome.

Gallery Opening Hours

Tue – Fri: 11am - 6pm

Saturday: 12pm - 5pm

For more information, visit www.artisann.org, call 07726326390, or email mail@artisann.org

All information is correct at the date of publication. 

Dan Ferguson Art WorkVenue : ArtisAnn Gallery]]>
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<![CDATA[Go-2-Tender two-day workshop]]>We’re working in partnership with InterTradeIreland to deliver a Go To Tender programme which has been developed to give SMEs the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts in their own jurisdiction and on a cross-border basis.

This two-day workshop, which takes place on Thursday 6 and Thursday 20 September, and half-day mentoring is aimed at SMEs who are new to tendering or who want to improve their basic tendering skills.

For more information and to register, please visit the IntertradeIreland website.

TenderVenue : Malone House]]>
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<![CDATA[Molto Vivo Gig @Atypical Gallery]]>They say that music is the art of rule breaking, and nothing could be more true for this alternative rock band, Molto Vivo. Described as “The Pixies met Green Day and had a baby”, Molto Vivo are sure to have you dancing along at this bewitching live show!

This is a free event but booking is required.

Call 028 9023 9450 or visit www.universityofatypical.org for more information.

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

Molto VivoVenue : Ground Floor, Cathedral Quarter Workspace]]>
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<![CDATA[Celebrating ten years of Late Night Art – Belfast’s best kept secret]]>The first Thursday of every month sees up to twenty galleries across Belfast welcome visitors for an evening celebration of visual art.

Between 6pm and 9pm, you can visit the city’s galleries at your own pace, enjoy a complimentary drink, and meet the artists exhibiting their work.

Organised bus and walking tours depart from City Hall.

Tickets cost £10 per person for the bus tour. To book your tickets, visit www.belfastarttours.co.uk

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<![CDATA[Face of Skills Northern Ireland Competition]]>The search is on for the Face of Skills Northern Ireland.

Do you aspire to be a TV presenter, radio DJ or YouTuber? If yes, then apply to be the "face" of Skills Northern Ireland 2018.

We’re searching for a new presenter, who will be followed by a film crew as they explore Skills Northern Ireland, the largest careers, skills, jobs and apprenticeship event in Northern Ireland, returning to Belfast this November.

Last year, Cool FM breakfast presenter Paulo Ross took on the exciting role and can be seen in the video meeting visitors, exhibitors and VIPs while trying out various careers.

This year, we want to give you the opportunity to gain experience, giving you a great wow factor for your CV.

To apply

You must be aged between 16-25 years to apply and are required to submit a 60 second video clip explaining why you should be the face of Skills Northern Ireland. Be as creative as possible, and show off your outgoing, approachable personality!

The entries will be judged by a panel including media professionals and PR experts. Winners will be chosen, to cover the event in Belfast on either Wednesday 7 November or Thursday 8 November so you must be available from 8am – 3pm for these dates.

The deadline to enter the competition is Friday 7 September 2018 and the winners will be notified by the end of September.

For more information and to submit your entry, visit the Prospects Events website.

A reporter]]>
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<![CDATA[Fawlty Towers dining experience]]>Join us for the dinner event of the year which combines a sumptuous three course meal and classic comedy action as Basil, Sybil and Manuel do their very best to look after you in their typical crazy style.

Chaos and mayhem are served in large portions and very likely to interrupth the proceedings, but all should end well, as the stars of hotel and catering management do everything they can to keep the evening on course!

Expect a big fun night out in a friendly party atmosphere with some of the comedy actors in the land, professionally produced to the highest standards and with your enjoyment always at the top of the menus.

A faultless show that guarantees to reach chuckle muscles you never knew you had.

Belfast CastleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast International Tattoo]]>The 6th annual Belfast International Tattoo is an Ulster Scots-based, cosmopolitan music and dance showcase featuring over 600 performers.

The concert-style event, which attracts thousands of visitors to Northern Ireland each year, is a celebration of marching bands, song and dance, featuring a national and international line up of both military and community-related performances.

Line up:

  • The Band of the Irish Guards
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipes and Drums
  • South African Irish Regiment Pipes and Drums
  • The Band of the Ghurkha Rifles
  • The Belfast International Tattoo Massed Pipe and Drums
  • Amigo Leiden Band (Netherlands)
  • The Flying Grandpas (Germany)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police Flag Party
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police Dancers 
  • Lucerne Marching Band (Switzerland)
  • Imperial Corps of Drums (Liverpool)
  • Millar Memorial Flute Band
  • Gurjit Singh Sidhu and the VIP Dholies and Dancers

Tickets

You can buy tickets via www.belfastinternationaltattoo.com

Matinee - £35. (Family tickets (four) are also available for £100 for the matinee show)
Evening show - £40
VIP tickets are also available.

Please note: no booking fee applies to tickets bought through the event website.

Tickets can also be purchased via www.ticketmaster.ie or www.ssearenabelfast.com. A £3.95 booking fee will apply to each ticket.

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 028 9031 9319, email info@belfasttattoo.com or visit www.belfastinternationaltattoo.com 

Belfast International TattooVenue : SSE Arena, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Bats of Cave Hill]]>Aidan Crean will introduce everyone to these enchanting nocturnal animals whilst walking on Cave Hill. This will give you the opportunity to hear the different sounds of the bats and to discover more during an evening dander.  

Meet at Belfast Castle.

Wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing.

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

Bats Cave HillVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[European Heritage Open Days at City Hall]]>City Hall will celebrate European Heritage Open Days 2018 on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September. Open from 10am each day, a variety of activities will take place at City Hall for all the family to enjoy.

Belfast City Hall Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent baroque revival style City Hall. Designed by Alfred Brumwell Thomas and completed in 1906, the guided tour lasts 45 minutes. View the exquisite interiors of the Council Chamber and Great Hall, marvel at the height of the dome and view the beautiful stained glass windows. Guided tours will take place hourly at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm.

Belfast City Hall Visitor Exhibition

Explore the history of Belfast and City Hall like never before with the newly opened Visitor Exhibition. Take a journey through the themed rooms and discover the people, the industry and corporation that made Belfast the City it is today. Enhance your experience by picking up a free audio headset to help you self-guide (normally charged at £3.50).

Belfast City Hall Static Display of Vintage Motorcycles in the grounds

Celebrating the EHOD theme of "The Art of Sharing" for 2018 you can encounter in the beautiful grounds of Belfast City Hall a stunning static display of vintage motorcycles courtesy of the Northern Ireland Section of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club. From pre-WW1 motorcycles to classic racers from the 1960s, a wide range of machines will be on display and members will be on hand to share information about these fascinating machines from a bygone era.

Belfast City Hall Children's Quiz Challenge Competition

Do your little ones enjoy a puzzle? Sixteen themed questions encourage children to explore the rooms of our new visitor exhibition centered around the history of Belfast. Walk the old city streets, explore the language of the citizens, marvel at the engineering of our industrious past. Pick up your quiz sheet at reception and return before 4pm to be entered into our prize draw! Suitable for ages 5-12 years.

Belfast City Hall 'A Tale of Two Cities' Film Screening

Join us for screenings throughout the day of 'A tale of Two Cities' narrated by Kenneth Branagh. This documentary charts the period in which the Belfast's landmark building, its City Hall was constructed. Thank you to Hotshot Films and BBC Northern Ireland for kind permission for the screening.

Heritage toursVenue : City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Open Heritage Belfast Weekend]]>Join Ulster Architectural Heritage (UAH) from 8-9 September for a weekend that will showcase Belfast’s red brick heritage.

Red brick is a key component of Belfast’s identity, which too often we take for granted. The city’s rapid growth in the nineteenth century could only have happened because the abundant clay of the Lagan Valley made good, cheap bricks. Though Belfast’s brickworks declined through the 20th century, their legacy lives on in the buildings around us.

Open Heritage Hub

Riddel’s Warehouse (87-91 Ann Street) will act as our heritage hub for the weekend, where a brand new exhibition on the legacy of red brick will be on display in the spectacular atrium.

The tours of Riddel’s Warehouse building are now sold out. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for any re-released tickets, please email info@uahs.org.uk – these tickets will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. 

You can also pick up a printed children's heritage trail of local buildings.

Open Heritage locations

As part of Open Heritage Belfast, the red brick buildings below will also be open.

Location

Date Time Accessibility and facilities

Heritage Hub, Riddel’s Warehouse, 87-91 Ann Street

8 September 10am - 4pm Disabled access restricted to the ground floor. 
  9 September 10am - 4pm No toilet facilities.
East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue 8 September 11am - 4pm Fully wheelchair accessible.
  9 September 1.30pm - 4pm  
Carnegie Oldpark Library, 46 Oldpark Road 8 September 11am - 4pm Disabled access restricted to the ground floor. 
  9 September  11am - 4pm No toilet facilities.
Conway Mill, 5-7 Conway Street 8 September 10am - 5pm Fully wheelchair accessible.
  9 September Closed  
First Presbyterian Church, 41 Rosemary Street 8 September 10am - 4pm Building accessible via ramp. 
  9 September 11.30am - 4pm  
Queen’s University Belfast, University Road 8 September Closed Fully wheelchair accessible.
  9 September 10.30am - 3.30pm  

 

Other buildings will be opening during the weekend as part of European Heritage Open Days. Find out more at: www.ulsterarchitecturalheritage.org.uk/openheritage or view all the building locations on the Open Heritage Belfast Map.

 

More information

For more information contact Ulster Architectural Heritage: 

T: 028 9055 0213

E: info@uahs.org.uk

www.ulsterarchitecturalheritage.org.uk/openheritage

Social media

#OpenHeritageBelfast

www.facebook.com/ulsterahs

www.twitter.com/ulsterahs

Open Heritage BelfastVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[European Heritage Open Days at the Tropical Ravine]]>The newly restored Tropical Ravine and existing Palm House are both open for European Heritage Open Days 2018. Experience the Tropical Ravine by reading the informative interpretation throughout, giving the you the opportunity to learn more about the heritage and conservation of the building and Gardens.

Victorian Vignette Tour

Join us for a tour of the Palm House and Tropical Ravine with one of our Bot Crew, taking place 10.30am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

For tour booking email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9031 4762

Friar’s Bush Graveyard drop in

Friar’s Bush Graveyard will be open again this year for European Heritage Open Day weekend for drop in and self-led visits. Friar’s Bush is thought to be Belfast’s oldest Christian burial ground, dating back to pre-Christian times. It is recognised as Belfast’s official famine site with a plaque on the grounds, presented by the Irish Government in 1995. The site also contains the mass grave of hundreds of victims of Belfast’s 1830’s cholera epidemic.

Free, Drop In, you do not need to book this event - find out more about the Friar's Bush

Sign up to Tropical Ravine emails

Sign up to our Tropical Ravine emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about the Tropical Ravine.

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Proms in the Park Northern Ireland]]>BBC Proms in the Park Northern Ireland is returning to the well-known Titanic Slipways, Belfast, giving local audiences the opportunity to join in on the music-making spectacular event, that is the Last Night of the Proms.

This concert is BBC Northern Ireland’s biggest outside broadcast event of the year. It offers both home-grown and international talent, performing alongside the Ulster Orchestra, under the baton of David Brophy.

A star-studded line up has been secured for this year's event, including:

  • music legend Midge Ure
  • Broadway star Kim Criswell
  • classical guitar supremo Xuefei Yang, and
  • internationally acclaimed mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital.

Also taking to the Proms stage will be Lurgan-born acclaimed classical-crossover Baritone Karl McGuckin and the Ulster Youth Choir. The line-up is completed by an appearance from 10 members of the cast of Titanic Dance, the show which tells a heart-gripping love story as the ship makes its maiden voyage across the Atlantic.

Please note all tickets to the event have been allocated.

For more information and terms and conditions, visit the BBC Proms in the Park website at www.bbc.co.uk/events/e5gwxj

Titanic building BelfastVenue : Titanic Slipways, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[NI Chamber Annual Networking Conference and Business Showcase]]>We’re supporting the Annual Networking Conference and Business Showcase which provides local businesses with a platform to promote their products and services in Belfast’s original marketplace.

Come along to hear talks from an array of speakers including David Meade and see what the exhibitors have on offer to support your business. 

For more details and to register for your place, please visit the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry website.

NI ConferenceVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Bounce Arts Festival]]>Bounce Arts Festival is the annual festival of disabled-led art produced by the University of Atypical (formerly known as the Arts and Disability Forum).

Since 2012, the Bounce Arts Festival has presented new work by deaf and disabled writers, actors, dancers, musicians, directors and poets, as well as hosting participatory workshops and masterclasses across a range of art forms.

The Bounce artistic programme has consistently challenged preconceptions of disabled-led art by presenting diverse artwork at a high quality level. Bounce 2018 promises to be no different!

Keep an eye on University of Atypical website and social media for programme details. 

For more information, please call 028 9023 9450 or email info@universityofatypical.org 

BounceVenue : Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[New masterclass: Making money from your intellectual property]]>The new masterclass: making money from your intellectual property, delivered by Innovation Factory, aims to help you identify your intellectual property (IP) and release the money earning potential from these lucrative, intangible and often overlooked assets.

This free event will explore the different types of IP and the best way of protecting them, before examining the different ways in which these assets can be used to increase your company’s revenue.

What will I take away from this?

  • an understanding of what IP is
  • an understanding of what IP you may hold
  • how you can monetise your IP through
    • research and development tax credits
    • patent box
    • funding
    • contracts and licences.

Who should attend?

  • business owners
  • directors and managers
  • financial officers of companies which are involved in the creation of new, or improvement of existing, products
  • those which carry out research and development.

To attend, please register your place on the Eventbrite website.

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<![CDATA[IF workshop: Sales growth on your doorstep]]>The workshop will explain the Acumen programme and the full range of services available from InterTradeIreland.

  • detail on what is available in terms of financial and consultant support
  • eligibility information – do you qualify?
  • a breakdown of all available ITI services including:
    • Elevate / Trade Accelerator Vouchers (typically for smaller companies)
    • Brexit Advisory funding
    • innovation – product, process and service development
    • business intelligence.

InterTradeIreland can assist a business to source and fund the right people to help increase cross-border export sales in Ireland to help improve knowledge of the market and identify new business opportunities.

InterTradeIreland will fund 50 per cent of their cost to a maximum of £15,000 for a full-time position or £8,000 for a part-time position.

However, if a business is not ready to consider specific recruitment, Acumen can provide specialist consultancy support of up to £4,000 to research cross-border opportunities and implement a cross-border strategy.

The session will also include 1-2-1 consultations after the presentation for those businesses that are interested in discussing further and would like to find out more information.

To attend, please register on the Eventbrite website

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<![CDATA[Songwriting the Ravine - sound installation]]>Songwriting the Ravine aims to explore and share local connections and experiences of Belfast’s rich musical heritage.

Writer Jan Carson will work alongside a number of older people’s groups, including those with dementia and social isolation, to facilitate a range of workshops focused on tracking and exploring the participants musical histories.

The participants will be recorded reading the pieces of writing aloud, this will be exhibited as an expressive installation piece in the Tropical Ravine, Botanic Gardens in September 2018.

This event is free to attend and will run on the hour every hour during opening hours. The Tropical Ravine is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018

Sign up to Tropical Ravine emails

Sign up to our Tropical Ravine emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about the Tropical Ravine.

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<![CDATA[Giant Water Lily Crafts]]>Join us in the Tropical Ravine to make your very own floating water lily at a craft workshop.   Using an array of materials including paper plates and colourful tissue paper, children can make one of our most famous plants, the Victoria amazonica - better known as the giant water lily complete with a cheeky rainforest frog. 

This event is free. 

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<![CDATA[Autumn Fair]]>Enjoy a weekend of food, flowers and free family fun in Botanic Gardens, Belfast.

Autumn Flower Show

Come along and be amazed at the spectacular award winning prize blooms on display including enormous vegetables, floral art displays, and many other wonders from community gardens, greenhouses, wine cellars and beehives. Download the flower show schedule of events below.

Food and Craft Stalls

Browse a variety of stalls selling local and international hot food, sweet treats, homemade produce and preserves, plants, handmade crafts, jewellery and more.

Activities to enjoy

Younger visitors will be spoilt for choice with plenty of activities to keep them entertained including:

  • arts and crafts in the crafty caravan
  • autumn sand art workshops
  • crazy golf 
  • safari train rides
  • laser combat 
  • carnival game stalls
  • dance workshops 
  • sensory play with Mini Explorers 
  • nature activities
  • giant bubble displays
  • amazing magic shows and hilarious street performers.

Autumn Fair Trail

Come and explore Botanic Gardens with Young at Art Events on a walking tour with a difference. Have fun whilst learning a little more about Botanic Gardens and discovering new areas off the beaten track.

Start at the trail marquee near the Tropical Ravine. Find answers to the questions and meet the interesting characters (that no one tells you about) along the way.

The trail will run between 1pm and 5pm and will take around 20-30 minutes. Groups will leave approximately every 10 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis. The characters will have a short nap between 3pm-3.20pm. The free trail is open to all ages and the paths are accessible too.

Music in the park

Kick back and relax to the sounds of live music from our music marquee and around the park over the weekend. 

Live from the Great Lawn:

Saturday 15 September
12.30pm Belfast Ukulele Jam
2.45pm Queen’s University Staff Wellbeing Choir
3.45pm John Tracey

 

Sunday 16 September
The Music in the Parks programme will draw to a close with the Grand Finale Band Concert from 2pm – 5pm with performances from:
  • Ormeau Concert Band
  • Blaris Accordion Orchestra
  • Ballylone Concert Flute Band
  • Downshire Brass Band

You can also catch some brilliant local musicians performing on the bandstand and around the park over the weekend. 

Tropical Ravine

Make sure to pay a visit to our newly refurbished Tropical Ravine, open 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Have a go at our crafty workshops between 12.30pm – 4.30pm and create one of our most famous plants, the Victoria amazonica – better known as the water lily, complete with a cheeky rainforest frog.

Songwriting the Ravine, an expressive sound installation exploring local connections and experiences of Belfast’s rich musical heritage, will be played on the hour every hour between 10am and 5pm each day as part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018.

Free guided tours of the Tropical Ravine will take place every half hour between 12.30pm and 4.30pm both days, which will include exclusive access to the tropical zone on the ground floor. Tours will be first come first served and will last approximately 20 minutes.

Recycled Sculptures in Botanic Gardens

A selection of recycled sculptures will be on display throughout the park made from waste items representing the problems that waste can present in our environment. From an excavated waste dinosaur to a fish choked by plastic bottles, the sculptures demonstrate our responsibility to dispose of our waste properly.

Ulster Museum

The Ulster Museum will be open over the Autumn Fair weekend from 10am – 5pm each day, offering something for art lovers, history buffs, excited children, and the curious. Plenty to enjoy and loads to love at the Ulster Museum. And best of all, admission is free.

For more information please visit www.nmni.com

More info

For more information contact the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609 or the City Events Unit at events@belfastcity.gov.uk

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<![CDATA[Shakespeare Songs]]>The Belfast Ensemble, with their unique blend of music, performance and lighting, present a unique new work ‘in development’. Ophelia’s ‘mad songs’, Feste’s laments, Bottom’s risqué ballads, song forms a huge part of Shakespeare’s work. 

A solo singer gives voice to an actor and we will let Shakespeare do the rest. This is music-theatre for the 21st century - a window into new approaches to musical performance and interpretation.

Tickets cost £10 (£8 concession).

To book, please email admin@thebelfastensemble.com

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

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<![CDATA[Hit the North Festival]]>Now in its sixth year, the Hit the North street art festival, facilitated by Community Arts Partnership and Seedhead Arts, has become one of the biggest festivals of its kind on the island of Ireland.

This year we have a top line up including something really different in Tape That. Come into Belfast city centre and watch walls be transformed.

Hit the North will be blasting colour, vibrancy and creativity in and around Belfast buildings, in the run up to Culture Night. 

Hit the North artists will be talking about their work on Friday 21 September, 1pm-3pm in the Green room of the Black Box There will also be a live street art jam on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September.

For more information visit www.capartscentre.com, call 028 90 923493 or email julianne@capartscentre.com

Street art in BelfastVenue : Throughout the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Living Library]]>The living library allows you to borrow a person instead of reading a book, you sit with a person / living book for a one-to-one 20 minute conversation.

How do I get involved?

  1. Check below for a full list and description of all the books available
  2. Select the human book / books you are interested in borrowing (you can borrow more than one book)
  3. Contact our good relations unit who will offer you a 20 minute timeslot between 10am and 2pm for you to borrow of the book.                                                 

Call 028 9027 0663 or email goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk

Sign up to our Good Relations emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about Diversecity.

Choose from the 12 books below.

Descriptions for each of these books are available below.

Description of books

The Orange Order - Local Lodges, Global Liberties, Worldwide Celebrations

Since the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, the Orange tradition in Ireland annually remembers King William III’s victory in music song as well as colourful banners during the month of July at traditional ‘Twelfth’ of July celebrations. However, the Orange Order does much more than parade on the ‘Twelfth’; it’s a proud Protestant fraternity, which raises thousands of pounds annually for local charities and has members throughout the world. Orange Lodges are in places like Scotland, England, the United States of America, West Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Choose this book to find out more.

From pyramids to a parading Belfast, a Muslim woman’s journey to the unknown and still keeping the faith

My journey from Egypt to Saudi Arabia and finally to Belfast. The story and life experience of a Muslim woman, living in Belfast for over 10 years, raising teenagers in a completely different environment, adapting to a new culture and keeping the faith.

The odd one out

What it was like to be the first elected representative from a minority ethnic background in Northern Ireland. Anna Lo was elected in 2007 as a MLA for South Belfast and retired from politics in 2016. She tells in her 'book' her experience of being the first ever minority ethnic MLA in the NI Assembly.

Just Getting Comfortable

A story of how a young woman came to realise who she was, despite everything that school had taught about people like her. Mistakenly labelled a boy at birth, she had lived 19 years of confusion and shame before being able to express herself. Learn about how young transgender people are thriving and celebrating their identities, pushing through discrimination and bigotry to be comfortable and happy.

No More Smoked Salmon

I was once seated for dinner amongst the great. Smoked Salmon on a bed of Horseradish and Caper sauce was on the menu but when the waitress got to my place, I simply excused himself and asked for a plate of chips and a sausage, a request to which the waitress, along with a nod and wink, duly obliged. One of the guests asked me if I had ever considered writing a book. I pondered this idea, before responding ‘yes’. When the guest enquired as to the title, I replied ‘No More Smoked Salmon’.

I served my time as a pig butcher on the Shankill Road in Belfast. I was married to Sharon and had one little girl ‘Zoe’. Sharon was working with her father in the family fish shop when the IRA came into the shop, planted a bomb and killed them both along with 8 others, including one of the bombers.

‘No More Smoked Salmon’ is my story of growing up in a very sectarian Belfast, of losing Sharon and hounding Gerry Adams for answers. It also tells of my very personal journey as a peace builder, the ordinary people I met along the way. These are not the sort of people used to fine dining, the majority of them were never recognised with peace prizes or Queens honours.

Still in limbo land, the long journey from Mogadishu to Belfast and the detentions along the way.

This is the story of how I have spent the past 14 years seeking sanctuary, escaping from the militia in Somalia, crossing borders, coming to Belfast, being detained and past from pillar to post. It is also a story that tells about the kindness of strangers and the hurdles of navigating a heartless system as my search for home continues.

From an Edinburgh Cloister to Belfast

A nun’s journey from an enclosed convent to life in Belfast working with kids aged 16 years in the care system and in an inner city parish. ‘In the 80s I would have thought that anyone choosing to move to and live in Belfast was mad! Little did I know that it would be me...’

If I can sign up to this, anyone can

The story of an ex loyalist prisoner and former combatant, who did time, avoided death on several occasions, but saw the benefits of the Good Friday Agreement and working with old enemies for a better future.  This story tells the journey from conflict to peace and my involvement in many initiatives to build better relationships in the community.

Swimming Against the Tide

Linda Ervine has the unlikely responsibility of being the first Irish Language Officer based in a loyalist area. She was introduced to the language through a cross community taster session in East Belfast Mission, a Methodist Church on the Newtownards Road. When she began learning Irish in 2011, no one would have conceived of the idea of an Irish language centre in the heart of east Belfast. Today Linda oversees 14 Irish language classes, dance, music and Welsh classes, which bring together people from all parts of Belfast. She has attracted criticism from people within her own community because of her support for an Irish Language Act.

Adventures of a Global Citizen

What made the 18 year old girl leave home and what answers has she found through her journey? She is now sharing her experience as an Eastern European migrant, living and working in Northern Ireland for more than 10 years." Borrow this book to get a flavour of what life has been so far to a global resident in transit, caught between two worlds....

‘If you die I’ll bury you, if you go to prison I won’t visit you’

These are the words spoken by the distraught father of a former INLA Prisoner, highlighting his opposition to his son’s involvement in the conflict. This former republican prisoner has now been working for over 15 years, building relationships with former loyalist and republican prisoners. He has also been working with victims & survivor groups for 10 years. Read more about his journey from prison to peace.

My 2 year journey from Somalia to the UK

I thought that being granted asylum status in the UK would signal a new life and new beginning, but little did I know that as my two year journey from Somalia to the UK ended another journey began with more trials and tribulations, fears and uncertainties. Hear more about my journey, leaving Somalia at the age of 15 and the sacrifices my family made to buy my safety.

 

 

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<![CDATA[EPiC (Enterprise Promotion in Communities) sessions]]>Are you are interested in becoming self-employed? Do you run an existing business and are keen to grow?

Come along and hear the fascinating stories behind some of the city’s best and brightest businesses.

Each EPiC session features a local entrepreneur who will talk about how they got started and the journey they undertook for growth.  These inspirational stories will address the questions aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners face including:

  • How do I get the confidence to take the first step into business?
  • How do I know my idea will work?
  • Where can I get the money to start or grow my business?
  • Who can I talk to for advice and support?

This is the first series of enterprise events delivered in community settings throughout Belfast.

Register

To attend, please complete the online registration form for your preferred session. 

VenueDateTimeRegistration form
Short Strand Community Centre Wednesday 19 September 11am - 1pm Short Strand registration form
Sandy Row Community Centre Thursday 20 September 11am - 1pm Sandy Row registration form

 

Speakers

Gillian Killiner – 121 Dietitian

"After having my third child I returned to my job as a specialist haematology dietitian in the National Health Service (NHS). Unfortunately my son was unwell for the first two years of his life and along with my other two kids aged two and four, I really struggled. I sadly resigned from my post and took time out to look after my children and decide how to keep my qualifications valid. After completing a start a business programme, I set up 121 Dietitian. My business has gone from strength to strength and I have a busy clinic in Belfast which I run from 9am - 3pm, collect the kids and then return to work 7pm - 10pm in the evening. My kids are older now but they still need me and this routine works for us.

Challenges: Running a business takes a great deal of input and some weeks there is no pay but you are working, and other weeks it is manic so you have to be strong to take the good with the bad. Competition is always there, so you should have a niche product - easier said than done. You have to learn to look after yourself as you can end up never taking a break. Getting the right advice and help is a big one, as it is so easy to not move out of your comfort zone."

Paula Heaney – Skinny Malinkys

"I developed an autoimmune condition called chronic urticaria in 2008. I had tried everything medically possible, none of it worked, and the next option was intravenous immune suppressant drugs. I talked to my consultant and told him I had a friend with a brain tumour who took less medication and that I wanted to find another way to cure my condition.

At the time redundancies were on offer at my place of work, which I accepted. I watched a show called "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" the guy on the show, Joe Cross, had the same condition as me and he cured it through juicing. I tried it for myself and although I haven't cured it, I am healthier and better at keeping it under control. I happened to have a wedding in California the same year and off I went ready to research everything I could on juicing and how I could make it healthier.

It was there that I discovered the different types of juicing and why cold pressed was best. I discovered juice being pulled from a beer like tap and that blew my mind! How did they do it? How come the juice tasted so good and so fresh? Some of the answers I discovered there, but it took a while to find out how the juices had a decent shelf life. I started my business, with an aim of making healthy, nourishing juice accessible to as many people as possible. And I eventually found out their process and was delighted to discover we could use the same process here in Belfast, and that changed everything."

Denise Burns - Omnibus Home

Denise Burns is the owner of Omnibus Home, a luxury retailer of home accessories, furniture, gifts and art.  She was formerly the group company secretary for Age NI (2009 – 2013) and corporate assurance manager for Helm Housing (now Radius Housing 2013 – 2018).  Prior to her governance career Denise was a primary school teacher from 2002 – 2005.

She has a degree in Modern Studies in Humanities from Ulster University and an MSc in Management and Corporate Governance and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

She currently holds two trusteeships; sitting on the board of the Irish FA Foundation, and St Mary’s Football Club.  She was the first person in Northern Ireland to achieve the ICSA Advanced Certificate in Sports Governance and Administration.

Please note: Denise will be speaking at the session in Ardoyne Community Centre on Thursday 13 September only.

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<![CDATA[PCSP Local Policing Consultation - Your Service, Your Say]]>What do you think are the most important priorities for policing in your area and what aspects of local policing are important to you?

The PSNI and Northern Ireland Policing Board are looking for your views to help shape the future of policing. Their joint consultation is part of the Local Policing Review 2018 and will explore how police can best meet public need and demands and deliver the most effective local policing. It is important that local communities have their say on what their policing priorities are and this is your chance to shape how things are delivered in the future.

You can take part in the consultation by coming along to the consultation meeting arranged by your local PCSP in any of the locations, below.

Location Venue Date Time 
North Belfast  Girdwood Community Hub, Belfast Thursday 20 September  7pm
East Belfast Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast Tuesday 2 October 7pm
South Belfast Malone House, Belfast Wednesday 3 October 7pm
West Belfast Sally Gardens, Belfast  Thursday 4 October 7pm

If you have any special requirements for attendance at the public consultation events please contact Belfast PCSP on 028 9027 0556.

For more information, please visit www.pcsps.org/your-service-your-say

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<![CDATA[International Day of Peace 2018: The right to peace]]>Marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 20th anniversary of the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

You are invited to Belfast City Council’s celebration of International Day of Peace 2018.

As International Day of Peace also coincides with Culture Night this year, we are adding artistic elements to the event in partnership with Culture Night and the Community Arts Partnership.

Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Trevor Williams, retired Bishop of Limerick and former Leader of the Corrymeela Community who will speak on the subject of peace building and reconciliation, 20 years after the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

The event will include an art installation on the theme of ‘wishing on a star’, which will involve 10 different community groups working with the Community Arts Partnership, who will animate the Rotunda in the City Hall for the event.

There will also be music by Ciaran Lavery, The award-winning singer-songwriter from Aghagallon in County Antrim, Ireland who has been decorated at home by the Northern Ireland Music Prize (for his 2016 album 'Let Bad In') and has totted up over 80 million streams on Spotify during his five year solo career.

Everyone is welcome, but spaces are limited. To book your place call 028 9027 0663 or email goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk

Peace doveVenue : City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Music @ Culture Night]]>Belfast Music will have its home at Black Box for Culture Night and they have a full programme of music, visual arts and performances to entertain the crowds from 1pm, including:

  • Big Wild Collective
  • Soup Du Jour
  • Lily’s Driftwood Bay
  • drumming workshops with Kwame Daniels.

Enjoy music from local eight-piece band, the Skallions, music by Dimebag DJ, live drawing by local artist Jamie Harper and a performance from our Outreach group Creating Connections.

This event is free to attend and is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

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<![CDATA[Culture Night Belfast]]>Come along and celebrate ten years of Belfast’s largest, most exciting and inclusive cultural event ever.

Join over 100,000 others as Belfast city centre explodes into colourful life! With over 250 free family-friendly events taking place, you will certainly be spoilt with choice.

Make your way down once more for a magical evening of exploration and adventure.

This is a free to attend event and people of all ages are welcome.

For more information, visit www.culturenightbelfast.com  call 028 9031 4011 or email hello@culturenightbelfast.com.

Culture Night BelfastVenue : Belfast city centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon]]>Please note: there has been an amend to this year's marathon route. Visit the Belfast City Marathon website for further details.

The sixth annual Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 23 September 2018. The race will begin at 9am at Ormeau Park and will finish at the same location.

Over 4,000 participants are expected to take part in the largest half marathon event in Northern Ireland. Entrants will take on the popular flat and fast 13.1 mile route, which weaves its way throughout the four corners of the city. 

The Belfast City Half Marathon is now officially sold out. Visit www.belfastcitymarathon.com for full details on the marathon.

Please note that there will be no route change for this year’s event. You can go online and check out the route for 2018.

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<![CDATA[Park Walks 2018: 'Around the Estate']]>Walk off your Sunday lunch with this guided walk for the whole family, looking at the history and wildlife of Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.

Formal and informal paths with some inclines.

Meet beside the Stables Coffee Shop.

 

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<![CDATA[Belfast Hospitality Careers and Job Fair]]>Come along to the Belfast Hospitality Careers and Job Fair for the chance to meet more than 40 employers currently recruiting for hospitality and catering jobs.

The event will also include free practical advice and support for anyone considering a career in the hospitality industry.

We’re delivering this event in partnership with the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, Tourism Northern Ireland, the Department for Communities, the Department for the Economy and Invest Northern Ireland.

Event zones

New Horizons zone

Advisors from employment support organisations will be on hand to tell you about opportunities and courses available in Belfast. This will include practical sessions to help you get a job including:

  • advice on carrying out job searches
  • tips for preparing your CV
  • information on developing your interview skills, and
  • careers advice and guidance.

You will also have the opportunity to learn more about free training available to help you get a job through our Hospitality Employment Academy, which opens this autumn 2018.

Skills zone

Have you ever wanted to try making mocktails, make up a hotel bed or learn about food preparation? Come along and try out these and many other skills needed to work in the industry.

Hospitality job fair zone

Come along to find out what jobs are available and meet 40 employers face-to-face.

People of the industry zone

Come and hear from current employees and employers, and learn some top tips for hospitality job interviews.

Hospitality talks

A number of information talks will also take place between 10am and 1pm.

10.30am-11am Hear from the employers At this session you’ll hear from employers talking about the changing nature of hospitality in Belfast and what this means for employment in the industry. 
11.30am-12noon Hospitality ambassadors Insights from some of the inspiring people working in the hospitality industry.
12.30pm-1pm Industry experts Interview tips and support.


Who should attend?

Everyone is welcome. The event is free and no registration is required.

British sign language interpreters will be available from 10am-1pm.

For more information, contact Economic Development on 028 9027 0482 or email economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk

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<![CDATA[Un-EAT-en at the Barge]]>Secure your place at ‘Un-EAT-en at the Barge’

Come along and get your copy of ‘Un-EAT-en’, a new, limited edition recipe booklet featuring recipes designed to reduce food waste donated by top Belfast chefs.

Sample some light refreshments that will challenge your perception of food waste

Watch ‘Ten Stories About Food Waste’ a documentary that seeks to inspire sustainable food consumption and cooking habits. It brings together some of the biggest names in food, such as star chef Dan Barber, urban-farming pioneer Anastasia Cole Plakias, and food-tech specialist Johan Jörgensen, to weigh in on the state of food – from freezers and bycatch to bite-sized solutions and global challenges

After the documentary there will be short discussions from local urban farming and bee-keeping experts Infinity Farm and Bangor-based Fermenter Helen McCourt.

The event starts at 6.30pm. It is a free event but you must email wasteeducation@belfastcity.gov.uk to secure your place.

Food being prepared in a kitchenVenue : The Belfast Barge]]>
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<![CDATA[Workshop: Business planning – Navigating the Social Enterprise journey]]>If you have recently set up a social enterprise or cooperative this workshop will equip you with knowledge to navigate your social enterprise or cooperative journey.

This programme aims to cover the following:

  • Benefits of business and financial planning 
  • Planning your business journey using the Go Social ‘journey planner’ business model canvas
  • How to structure your business case:
    • Your social value proposition 
    • Researching your markets – customers and competitors
    • Get your name in lights – marketing and promotion 
    • Keeping on the straight and narrow – knowing your risks and legal responsibilities 
    • Financial planning (snapshot)
  • Measuring and showcasing your successes


To book your place, please complete the registration form.

People at a business meetingVenue : Social Economy Village, 1b Hannahstown Hill, Belfast, BT17 0XS]]>
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<![CDATA[City centre entertainment supporting #YourBelfast]]>Our entertainment programme in the months ahead to help animate the areas of the city centre most affected by the fire at Bank Buildings. This supports the #YourBelfast marketing campaign and its message that Belfast remains very much open for business. 

Join us this Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September for lots of entertainment around streets in the city centre.

Saturday, 29 September

Throughout the afternoon there’ll be a fun mix of entertainment for all ages and tastes. There will also be a chance for children to meet their favourite superheroes and Disney princesses as they walk around the city centre streets between 12 noon - 6pm.

This will include:

  • Spiderman
  • Batman
  • Supergirl
  • Harley Quinn (animated version)
  • Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (Disney Tangled), and
  • Ariel (Little Mermaid).

Find out what's on at:

Royal Avenue (CastleCourt stage)

Artists will perform throughout the afternoon in front of CastleCourt Shopping Centre.

TimesArtist
12 noon - 1pm Chris Boldt
1.15pm - 2.15pm Owen McKavanagh
2.30pm - 3.30pm Wanting Wu
3.45pm - 4.45pm Joel Harkin

 

Donegall Place 

Entertainment from Premiere Circus including The Flutterby stilts walkabout and Mr H the silent clown.

TimesPerformerDescription
1pm - 3pm Flutterby Stilts Walkabout This giant butterfly is a ray of sunshine on the greyest of days!
2.30pm - 3.30pm Mr H Street Circus Enjoy the surreal antics of this silent clown as he grapples with everyday objects attempting to turn the world inside out and upside down.  Mr H arrives without a care in the world, just a broom, a table, a chair, some playful comedy and spectacular acrobatics.
4pm - 5pm Mr H Street Circus

 

Fountain Street

TimesArtistLocation
1pm - 5pm Balloon modeller Outside Waterstones
1pm - 5pm Face painter Outside Learning Space
2pm - 5pm Arts and crafts workshop Outside Café Nero

 

Castle Arcade

TimeArtistDescription
2pm – 4pm  Marty McGrady Busker

 

Sunday, 30 September

Throughout the afternoon there’ll be a fun mix of entertainment for all ages and tastes.

There will also be a chance for children to meet their favourite superheroes and Disney princesses (Spiderman, Batman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn and Ariel) as they walk around the city centre streets between 1pm - 6pm.

Find out what's on at:

Donegall Place

TimePerformerDescription
1pm - 6pm Thunder Sports BMX Stunt BMX performances

 

Royal Avenue (CastleCourt)

Artists will perform throughout the afternoon in front of CastleCourt Shopping Centre.

TimesPerformer
1.15pm-2.15pm Chris Boldt 
2.30pm-3.30pm Jordan Farndell 
3.45pm-4.45pm  Shannon Weatherup

 

Royal Avenue (Berry Street)

Entertainment from Premiere Circus including Teal and Berty Bounder walkabouts.

TimesPerformer Description
1.30pm – 3.30pm Teal walkabout Direct from the woodland, Teal loves to hula hoop and dance!
3pm - 5pm Berty Bounder This dapper chap is ten foot tall and always up for a spot of banter!

Cornmarket

TimesPerformer Description
3pm - 4pm Great Mefiesto Street Show
The Great Mefiesto will baffle the crowds with tricks of balance, entertain the audience with feats of equilibristic manipulation and make them marvel at his daring attempt at physical dexterity. The show draws its inspiration from turn-of-the-century vaudeville. 

5pm - 6pm Great Mefiesto Street Show

Fountain Street

TimesArtistLocation
1pm - 5pm Balloon modeller Outside Waterstones
1pm - 5pm Face painter Outside Learning Space 
2pm - 5pm Arts and crafts workshop Outside Café Nero

 

Castle Arcade

TimeArtistDescription
2pm – 4pm Owen McKavanagh Owen is an eclectic performer, whose style encompasses jazz, pop, rock and soul

 

Programme is subject to change.  

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<![CDATA[Dippy on Tour: Prehistoric Colouring]]>Dates:

  • Saturday 29 September
  • Saturday 20 October
  • Saturday 10 November
  • Saturday 1 December

Location: Tropical Ravine

Come visit the Tropical Ravine and take part in colouring our giant prehistoric colouring page! Spot as many living fossil and primitive plants as you can and take a minute to colour one in.

For more information, email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Dippy on Tour

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<![CDATA[Dippy on Tour]]>Prehistoric Colouring 

Dates:

  • Saturday 10 November
  • Saturday 1 December

Dinomation

Dates: Sunday 4 and Sunday 9 December
Times: 10am and 1pm

Explorer Goggles

Date: Saturday 8 December

 For more information, email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Sign up to Tropical Ravine emails

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Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[John McSorley in the Higgin Gallery]]>From his home overlooking the Narrows of Strangford Lough, John McSorley feels alert to the pulse of the natural year, able to observe the changes in earth, sea and sky, especially the night sky, with its uninterrupted view of moon and stars. Over the past thirty years he has shown work in the major Belfast galleries - Caldwell’s, Gormley’s, Canvas, and the Emer, as well as the Higgin at Malone House.

Many of his paintings reflect his fascination with that special, magical light that has become his calling card, so loved by those who admire his work. Art critic Lee Henry of CultureNothernIreland described McSorley as ‘truly a magician at evoking the character and atmosphere of a setting’, while Belfast Telegraph critic Liz Baird admired his style as ‘precise and careful, detailed yet stylised, his images haunting yet romantic, his subjects dreamlike’.

Snow scene by John McSorleyVenue : Malone House]]>
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<![CDATA[The Bohemian Bazaar – Holistic lifestyle and artisan crafts fair]]>The Bohemian Bazaar is an event which brings a modern approach to a holistic lifestyle together with a contemporary marketplace of artisan crafts. Around 50 exhibitors will be offering an inspirational range of services and products covering health and beauty, holistic and spiritual, food and drink, fashion and accessories, home and garden, as well as hobbies, play, rest and relaxation.

While the holistic areas of the event will offer ways to find peace an tranquility the bohemian marketplace will offer a vibrant world of creativity to update our homes and wardrobes with a range of goods including modern art, vintage textiles, handcrafted jewellery, salvaged homewares, upcycled furniture and handmade fashion.

Admission - £2 for adults, children go free

For more information visit www.frockfairsni.com or email hello@frockfairsni.com

Bohemian BazaarVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[What's on this October at St George's Market]]>With the seasons changing, there is no better place to escape the chilly weather this October than at St George’s Market. Stock up on some seasonal produce, grab a hot drink and enjoy the best live music at our award-winning market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Or why not check out our wide variety of stalls? There’s something for everyone with arts and crafts, vintage artefacts, unique gifts and one-of-a-kind collectibles.

Get into the Halloween spirit with the help of our amazing facepainters! See your little monsters transform into something spooky, or anything they wish on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October.

Sign up for our email newsletter to keep up-to-date with all that's happening at St George's Market.

 

PerformerDateTime
Davy Watson Friday 5 October 11am-3pm
Terry Sharpe Saturday 6 October 10.30am-3pm
Mississippi Boombox Sunday 7 October 11.30am-4pm
Gerry McCabe Friday 12 October  11am-3pm
Illegal Smile Saturday 13  October 10.30am-3pm
Jukebox Unplugged Sunday 14 October 11.30am-4pm
Phil Dalton Friday 19 October 11am-3pm
Lagan Band Saturday 20 October 10.30am-3pm
Paul Meryvn Sunday 21 October 11.30am-4pm
Mark Anthony Friday 26 October 11am-3pm
Jackie Rainey Saturday 27 October 10.30am-3pm
David Taylor Sunday 28 October 11.30am-4pm
Traders and customers at St George's MarketVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Positive Ageing Month at the Tropical Ravine]]>Age friendly sound installation at the Ravine

5 - 26 October - Every Friday in October 
On the hour every hour 

Silver Sunday at the Ravine

7 October
2pm -  4pm

Miniature garden making

12 October
11am - 1pm

Plant Propagation with Botanic Gardeners

16 October
11am - 12.30pm

Battles of Predators and Pests at the Ravine

17 October
1pm - 2.30pm

Ravine music session

22 October 
10.30am - 12.30pm

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Age-friendly Belfast Convention 2018]]>This event on International Older Persons Day is to launch the Age-friendly Belfast Plan 2018-20121 and kick off Positive Ageing Month.

Everyone welcome, there will be talks, information stands, refreshments and lunch.

To register call 028 9027 0428 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

Elderly couple celebrating a drinksVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Cinemagic Film and Television Festival]]>The 29th Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People returns to Belfast this October and November, jam-packed with over 200 events and creative opportunities to inspire and motivate young people.

The award-winning festival is the largest film and television festival designed for, and by, young people in the UK and Ireland. You can expect an exciting programme of film screenings, world cinema, masterclasses with industry professionals, school workshops, Q&As, and young critics panels.

This year’s festival kicks off on the 2 October with the world premiere of Cinemagic’s second feature film, Grace and Goliath, a giant of a movie!

For more information, visit www.cinemagic.org.uk or email info@cinemagic.org.uk.

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<![CDATA[City Start Up – Retail Therapy workshop]]>As part of our City Start Up programme, we’re offering a ‘Retail Therapy’ workshop, delivered by Mags McAlpin of Creating Retail Magic.

Workshop overview

This intensive workshop will comprise three seminars to help focus and drive each business concept, for new start-ups entering the retail sector:

  1. Retail in 2018/19: Where do you fit in?
  2. Creating retail magic: Inspiration for you and your customers
  3. The reality of retail: Practical advice to get you going

Learning outcomes

This creative workshop will take you through how to launch your retail business effectively by providing:

  • a clear overview and understanding of retail brands
  • buying behaviour and marketing practices
  • guidance and inspiration to develop brand identity
  • a start-up marketing strategy
  • operational aspects of running a retail business
  • practical sign-posting, advice and support.

Who should attend?

This retail workshop is an open event packed with practical and creative information for new business owners and start-ups.

About Mags McAlpin

Creating Retail Magic is a professional visual merchandising and retail consultancy providing design solutions, mentoring and training to independent businesses.

Mags McAlpin has won many creative sector business awards and accolades including the prestigious international VM International Christmas Award for the phenomenally successful Twilight Market at St. George’s Market, Belfast.

To register for this free event visit the Eventbrite website.

A customer in a shopVenue : City East Business Centre, East Belfast Enterprise, 68-72 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1GW]]>
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<![CDATA[Age-friendly movie screenings]]>Strand Arts Centre
Movie  Date  Time  Price 
Doctor Doolittle  Sunday 7 October  2pm - 4.30pm  £5/£4 
Mrs Brown

Thursday 4 and 11 October

Sunday 7 and 14 October

2pm

6pm

£4/£3
Carry on Sergeant 

Thursday 18 and 25 October

Sunday 21 and 28 October 

2pm

6pm

£4/£3
Bedknobs and Broomsticks  Saturday 27 October 2pm £5/£4

Booking required. Call 028 9031 1900 or email info@cinemagic.org.uk

Grand Opera House

Movie  Date  Time  Price 
The Glenn Miller Story  Tuesday 16 October  11am  £4 

Booking required. Call 028 9024 1919 or visit www.goh.co.uk for more information.

Belfast City Hall

Movie  Date  Time  Price 
The Greatest Showman  Friday 19 October  2pm - 4pm  Free 

Booking required. Call Gillian McEvoy 028 9032 0202 ext 3765 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

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<![CDATA[Tea dance in Botanic Bowling Pavilion]]>This event is free and refreshments will be provided. Transport can leave attendees at door of bowling pavilion and collect again.

Music and entertainment by Rosie O’Neill.

Booking is essential – call Sara Barkley on 028 9032 0202 (ext 3368) or email barkleys@belfastcity.gov.uk to reserve your place.

Tea dancesVenue : Botanic Bowling Pavilion]]>
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<![CDATA[Positive Ageing Month: Age friendly sound installation at the Ravine]]>Songwriting the Ravine aims to explore and share local connections and experiences of Belfast’s musical heritage

Writer Jan Carson worked alongside a number of older people’s groups, including those with dementia and social isolation, to write and record the participant’s experience of music in Belfast. These memories will play as a sound installation in The Tropical Ravine as part of Positive Ageing Month. This event is free to attend and will run on the hour, every Friday during opening hours, 10am – 4.45pm

Booking is required for all Tropical Ravine events. Call 028 9031 4762 or email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Inside the Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Seafood Week at St George’s Market]]>Join us this Saturday and Sunday at St George’s to celebrate Seafood Week. Where you will see top chefs including Andy Rea of the Mourne Seafood Bar, Ian Hunter of the Belfast Cookery School and Susan Gillespie of Chowder Up Seafood cook a delicious variety of seafood dishes in the market’s demo kitchen.

Master fishmonger, Hal Dawson, will be on hand to provide classes in how to perfectly fillet a fish and local students from South Eastern Regional College and Belfast Met will be showcasing their seafood skills in the kitchen. The event will be compered by local celebrity foodie and seafood fan, Kim Lenaghan of BBC Radio Ulster.

You can also enjoy the seafood preparation and cookery demonstrations, taste some fantastic local seafood and listen to a sea shanty or two played by well-known local musicians.

Saturday 6 October

TimeChefsDemo
10.30am - 11.15am Susan Gillespie, Chowder Up St George’s seafood stew
12noon - 12.45pm Ian Hunter, Belfast Cookery School Salt chilli squid with aioli
1.30pm – 2.15pm Catering students of South Eastern Regional College (SERC) To be confirmed


Sunday 7 October

TimeChefsDemo
10.30am - 11.15am Master fishmonger Hal Dawson with Chef Andy Rea, Mourne Seafood Bar Hal will be preparing some of the best local seafood and Andy Rea will be cooking “off-the-hip” to give lots of people a chance to see how easy and quick it is to cook seafood and to taste how amazing it is. 
12noon - 12.30pm Catering students of Belfast Metropolitan College Seared brill
1pm – 1.30pm  Catering students of South Eastern Regional College (SERC) To be confirmed
2pm – 2.45pm Master fishmonger Hal Dawson with Chef Andy Rea, Mourne Seafood Bar Hal will be preparing some of the best local seafood and Andy Rea will be cooking “off-the-hip” to give lots of people a chance to see how easy and quick it is to cook seafood and to taste how amazing it is.
3.15pm - 3.45pm Susan Gillespie, Chowder Up St George’s seafood stew


For more information visit www.seafoodweek.co.uk

St George's MarketVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[ParkLife clubs: October]]>Come to one of our October Saturday club.

ParkDateTime
Falls Park Saturday 6 October 2018 2pm - 3.30pm 
Ballysillan Playing Fields Saturday 6 October 2018  10am - 11.30am
Tullycarnet Park bowling pavilion Saturday 13 October 2018 10am - 11.30am
Alderman Tommy Patton Memorial Park   Saturday 20 October 2018 10am - 11.30am
Fullerton Park
Saturday 20 October 2018 10am - 11.30am
Botanic Gardens bowling pavillion Saturday 27 October 2018 10am - 11.30am

Booking for the Saturday clubs is essential. 

For more details and to book a place, please email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

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<![CDATA[Ciclovia Belfast 2018]]>Ciclovia Belfast is a health and community based initiative that gives cyclists the opportunity to cycle through a traffic-free zone of Belfast, by closing off a part of the city to motorists for a period of time. It is designed to give the public ownership of their city, to encourage family participation, and to promote community spirit.

During this year’s event, entertainment will be provided along the route for cyclists and spectators. There will also be fun, free activities taking place at two hubs:

  • Belfast City Hall, 9.30am – 12pm
  • Botanic Gardens, 9.30am – 2pm

The event is open to all ages and abilities.

For more information, visit www.cicloviabelfast.com

CicloviaVenue : Botanic Gardens to City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Silver Sunday at the Ravine]]>Age-friendly Belfast will be hosting a walking tour of the Tropical Ravine and Botanic Gardens. Refreshments will be provided in the bowling pavilion.

Contact Gillian McEvoy 028 9032 0202 ext 3765 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

Elderly lady and her granddaughter smilingVenue : Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Marie Curie information day]]>Are you, or is someone you know, living with a terminal illness like cancer, dementia or motor neurone disease?

If so, we're here to help you find out about the care and support available in Belfast and how to access it.

Come along to our information day and talk about the help you need, with representatives from the health service, voluntary and advice sector.

We will cover a range of topics including benefit entitlement, support for carers, access to health services, respite care and more.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

For more information contact craig.harrison@mariecurie.org.uk

 

Elderly couple looking at each other with affectionVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Responsible Dog Ownership]]>Come along to one of the Dogs Trust Responsible Dog Ownership events being held across the city.

Events will provide:

  • Free microchipping*
  • Free information leaflets
  • Free 'check your chip' service
  • Free poo bags

Visit Dogs Trust for more information.

*Dogs under six months must have proof of vaccinations. Dogs Trust will not chip active hunting hounds or litters of puppies.

Location Date Time
Dee Street Community Centre Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October 11am - 3pm
Inverary Community Centre Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 October 11am - 3pm
North Queen Street Community Centre Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 November 11am - 3pm
Shaftesbury Community and Recreation Centre  Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 November 11am - 3pm

 

 

A woman walking a dog in a parkVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Cave Hill by Night]]>We have picked a moonless night to try to get the best view of the heavens.

Meet at Belfast Castle.

Wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing.

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

Cave Hill by nightVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Big Quiz]]>Everyone is invited to our big quiz with a difference. Bring a group or come by yourself and make some new friends. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact Gillian McEvoy 028 9032 0202 ext 3765 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

Exterior of Belfast City HallVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Employee mental health and wellbeing – an expense or an investment?]]>We’re working in partnership with Ulster Bank and Moment Health to discuss the topic of ‘is it good for business to look after the wellbeing of its employees - is it an expense or an investment?’

With 1 in 25 new mothers leaving their jobs due to mental health problems and 10 per cent of men suffering from antenatal anxiety, there has never been a more critical time to support female and male employees with their mental wellbeing.

This statistic is grave enough on its own, but when we take into account that the main reason for them not returning is lack of support from their employer, it’s time for us to try and get past the stigma and put solutions in place to ensure our bottom line is protected.

If you’re a business owner, people manager or mental health champion and would like to hear the discussion on why it’s good for business to look after their employees’ health and wellbeing, then join industry professionals from KPMG, Ulster Bank, Belfast City Council, People Plus NI, Nuala Murphy from Moment Health and the Lord Mayor, Deirdre Hargey who will be highlighting the importance of the investment in employee health and wellbeing, breaking the stigma and putting practical solutions in place.

Register your place for this free event by filling out our registration form

A manager checking on the wellbeing of her staffVenue : Malone House, Barnett Demesne, Belfast BT9 5PB]]>
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<![CDATA[Take 5 steps to wellbeing in Cave Hill Country Park]]>Participating in the Take 5 steps to wellbeing day will provide you with opportunities to engage in a range of physical and emotional wellbeing activities across  Cavehill Country Park and Belfast Castle as part of this day of wellbeing.

Activities will include floral and historical outdoor walks, health information stands, reflexology, mindfulness, yoga, head massage and back and neck massage

For more information contact turnem@belfastcity.gov.uk or jim.morgan@bhdu.org

YogaVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Holocaust Memorial Day community events]]>As part of the build up to Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January 2019), a Holocaust survivor and a survivor of the Rwandan genocide will be in Belfast during October 2018.

They will be attending a number of community events throughout the month as follows:

DateVenueAddressTime
11 October Belfast Jewish Synagogue

49 Somerton Rd

10.30am - 12.30pm 

11 October

St Mary's University College 

191 Falls Road

6pm - 8pm

15 October

Girdwood Community Hub

10 Girdwood Avenue

6pm - 8pm

18 October

The Skainos Centre

230 Newtownards Road

6pm - 8pm

Events are free and open to anyone wishing to attend including group bookings.

To register your attendance contact goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or by phone 028 9027 0663

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<![CDATA[Positive Ageing Month: Miniature garden making]]>Make your own mini succulent garden in a glass to take home and watch grow through the winter months. Just bring along a wide necked glass or bowl and we will provide all other materials. Limited spaces, booking essential. The Ravine is a hot and humid environment; please ensure you have access to water when visiting. Please meet at the lower foyer entrance of the Tropical Ravine

Please meet at the lower foyer entrance of the Tropical Ravine.

To book this event, please email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9031 4762

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Murder Mystery – Come die with me at Belfast Castle]]>A 3-course dinner with live acting entertainment between courses

The event involves all of your guests as teams of Detectives. They must attempt to solve a deadly who-dun it by answering three simple questions: WHO committed the crime, HOW and WHY? Our events are ideally accompanied by a meal and begin with the audience witnessing scripted scenes featuring events that took place in the run-up to the ghastly crime! Your guests will meet each of the Suspects who join them at their tables to be interrogated. "Have you ever had an affair?" "How much money do you have?" "Have you ever been blackmailed?" These are the questions we get asked the most - and who wouldn't want to ask other people them? It's the best excuse for being nosey and getting away with it you'll ever have.

With forensic evidence, police files and more performed scenes you'll quickly find yourself engaged in an interactive mystery that you'll be falling over yourself to solve. Each event concludes with a flash-back portrayal of the actual murder taking place and the announcement of the winning team of guests. A perfect mix of competition, pace and light-hearted hilarity.

For more information call us on 028 9077 6925

Murder mysteryVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Repair Cafe]]>The popular Repair Cafe returns to Women's TEC on Saturday 13 October.

Bring along your broken household items, bikes and clothes and our volunteers will help you get them fixed for free.

Repair Cafes help people share skills, repair more and dump less, and bring people together for a bit of fun all at the same time. No need to book, just turn up.

Enjoy our pop up, pay as you feel cafe while you wait for your repairer. Donations welcome to help cover the costs and put on more repair cafes.

Find out more about the organisation here http://www.womenstec.org/

Sewing machineVenue : Women's Tec]]>
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<![CDATA[Forest School training]]>We are working with the Northern Ireland Forest School Association (NIFSA) to deliver a free one-day workshop to get all interested organisations registered and started on their Forest School journey.

Forest Schools are based on a Scandinavian idea that considers children’s contact with nature to be extremely important from an early age.

By incorporating innovative approaches to learning children are encouraged to develop their curiosity and motivation to learn. This is particularly important for those who find it difficult to assimilate knowledge in a strictly classroom situation.

The first half of the workshop will get organisations registered on the Forest School Awards website.  

The second half of the workshop we will be outside. Outdoor clothing is essential. Organisations will learn how to set up a Forest School and begin undertaking some simple Forest School activities.

Once registered you will receive the monthly NIFSA Newsletter – Learning Without Walls. This will keep you updated on Forest School activity in Northern Ireland.

Booking is essential so please visit www.forestschoolawards.org and click on the Forest School Diary section. Select Belfast City Council area in the “search by Council area” and complete and submit the information for this event listing (NIFSA Forest School Family event).

Forest SchoolVenue : Woodvale Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Get Online Week 2018]]>Want to get online, or know someone who would?

Celebrate Get Online Week by learning something new to make life easier. Bring your tablet or phone along and we will help you but don’t worry if you don’t have one we can provide you with one on the day.

Please email us or call 028 9027 0644 for more information.



Upcoming sessions

 Venue TopicDay Date Time 
Whiterock community centre Social media Monday 15 October 11am - 1pm 
  Emailing/posting and saving photos to free up space Monday 22 October 11am - 1pm
Girdwood
community centre
Keeping data safe online Monday 15 October 1pm - 3pm
  Discover apps Tuesday 16 October 1pm - 3pm 
  Banking online Wednesday  17 October 1pm - 3pm
  Freeing up memory space Thursday 18 October  1pm - 3pm
  Keeping your tablet/phone up to date Friday 19 October 1pm - 3pm 
Dee Street
community centre
Discover apps Wednesday 17 October 2pm - 4pm
  Keeping your tablet/phone running Friday 19 October 1pm - 3pm
Inverary
community centre
Freeing up memory space Wednesday 17 October 11am - 1pm
  Keeping your tablet/phone running Friday 19 October  1pm - 3pm
Morton community centre Keeping your tablet/phone running Thursday 18 October 11am - 1pm
         
Knocknagoney community centre Emailing/posting and saving photos to free up space Wednesday 17 October 1pm - 3pm
         
Ligoniel Community Centre Staying safe online Wednesday 17 October 10.30am - 12.30pm
         
Finaghy community centre Keeping your tablet/phone up to date  Thursday

 18 October

 11am - 1pm
  Introduction to the internet  Friday  19 October  11am - 1pm
Cregagh community centre Internet basics  Tuesday  16 October  1pm - 2pm
Man teaching a woman how to use a computerVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Slipped Disco]]>Grab your dancing shoes and reserve your place for a great night of dancing to all the hits of the 60s and 70s.

Booking required. Call Gillian McEvoy 028 9032 0202 ext 3765 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

A group of people on the dancefloor at a discoVenue : Black Box]]>
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<![CDATA[Go 2 Tender – Forming joint ventures and consortia workshop]]>We’re working in partnership with InterTradeIreland to deliver a workshop designed for SMEs that either are bidding or are considering bidding for public sector contracts and should be attended by owner managers and MD’s bid team leaders, who are responsible for identifying and working with partners.

About the event

This workshop examines in detail both the opportunities and challenges of forming successful consortia. It considers all of the strategy and process issues involved, including: legal, business, procurement and compliance. The issues will be addressed through a combination of experience of collaboration and joint venture formation and best practice guidance on the process.

As governments continue to strive to improve SME access to the public procurement markets, collaboration – the formation of joint ventures and consortia - is increasingly common as an approach to winning bids.

Consortia can add great benefits to SMEs targeting new business in public procurement:

  • Opening up new sub-sectors of the public procurement market
  • Helping to meet minimum and mandatory criteria
  • Adding new specialist skills and capabilities
  • Creating scale – through combined capacity.

The workshop will address issues through a combination of:

  • Experience of collaboration and joint venture formation
  • Best practice guidance on the process – legal best practice, business best practice, and bidding best practice
  • The experience of the trainer – in actually facilitating and working in collaborations over many years
  • The experience of a guest speaker – a SME that has had experience of collaboration in bidding for and delivering public sector contracts.

The takeaways

Participants will benefit from interaction with guest speakers – a legal expert, and a SME with significant collaborative experience; and a workshop leader with many years’ experience in facilitating (and working in) collaborative ventures.

Participants will also be provided with a comprehensive slide deck on best practice in the formation of collaborations (consortia and JV’s) and with a pack of working tools and guides on collaboration – formation, bidding, and management.

To register for this free event visit the InterTradeIreland website.

Two business people shaking handsVenue : Innovation Factory, Forthriver Business Park, 385 Springfield Rd, Belfast BT12 7DG]]>
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<![CDATA[Positive Ageing Month: Plant Propagation with Botanic Gardeners]]>With the help of the experienced gardeners, propagate some exotic plants to take home and care for over the winter months. All Materials will be provided.

To book this event, please email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9031 4762

Tropical RavineVenue : Palm House, Botanic Gardens Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast International Arts Festival]]>Belfast International Arts Festival brings an eclectic fusion of cutting edge performances to the Belfast stage, with over 100 events covering a variety of genres happening across the city including:

  • theatre
  • dance
  • visual art
  • music, film
  • literature, and
  • talks.

With over 120 events, including 12 premieres, highlights of the 56th edition include Italian star of stage and screen Isabella Rossellini with her new one woman show Link Link, multi Grammy award winner Angélique Kidjo touring her version of iconic Talking Heads album Remain in Light, critically acclaimed Nina - A Story about Me and Nina Simone and American folk and blues legend Eric Bibb.

With cultural walking tours available and opportunities to experience both international and local talent in no less than 28 venues across Belfast this is one event not to be missed!

Tickets are available to purchase at the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre and online at visitbelfast.com/tickets

There are also a number of free events visit BelfastInternationalArtsFestival.com for the full festival line up.

For more information visit the Belfast International Arts Festival or email enquiries@belfastinternationalfestival.com

 

Belfast Arts FestivalVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Positive Ageing Month: Battles of Predators and Pests at the Ravine]]>Join the Tropical Ravine and Parklife teams to view native and tropical pests in close up and learn how to wage war on these little pests by introducing predators.

Please meet at the Ulster Museum Learning Zone at 1pm. Booking is essential.

To book this event, please email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 90 314 762

Plants inside the Tropical RavineVenue : Ulster Museum, learning zone]]>
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<![CDATA[Workshop: Planning and making money in social enterprise]]>This workshop will help you get to grips with finance issues in social enterprise or cooperatives that could affect your business idea.

Financial planning is an important element in any business. You need to make sure that your idea is viable and work out any funding requirements. If you are applying for funding, you need to ensure you personally understand your figures.

This session will focus on:

  • Working out financial viability and costing, pricing and breakeven. 
  • How to estimate your sales forecast and look at cash flow forecasting and profitability.

To book your place, please complete the registration form.

People in a board meetingVenue : East Belfast Community Department Agency (EBCDA), East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue, Belfast, BT5 4FP]]>
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<![CDATA[Open House Belfast 2018]]>Discover and explore the city’s unique built environment at Open House Belfast 2018! This festival of architecture includes site visits, building tours and special events.  

Residents and visitors to Belfast can discover the city from new perspectives and uncover the wealth of beauty and activity that we pass by daily.

Bookings open from 12 October. Visit www.openhousebelfast.org for more information.

The former Bank of Ireland (Royal Avenue)Venue : various]]>
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<![CDATA[Meet the HMS Caroline crew]]>Join us for a tour of HMS Caroline focusing on the lives of the crew who served onboard during the First World War. Places are limited.

Booking required. Call 028 9045 4484 or email info.caroline@nmrn.org.uk

A close up photograph of HMS CaroliineVenue : Alexandra Dock, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[BEN – Social Media vs Website]]>BEN works to bring local businesses together, in an informal environment, to help create new contacts, create new and exciting business opportunities, generate, and share business ideas.

Come along to the next free BEN event, where Louise Brogan from Social Bee NI will discuss the topic of Social Media Vs Website.

This event will:

  • Teach entrepreneurs why businesses need social media and a website
  • Highlight the importance of having a social media strategy
  • Identify clients
  • Identify the best social media platforms to use
  • And how to plan.

About Louise Brogan, Social Bee NI

Louise helps entrepreneurs and small business owners use online marketing to grow their businesses. 

Louise runs local workshops, takes one-to-one training, and has a thriving business helping entrepreneurs and professionals with social media to raise their visibility and profile online. Louise is one of 20 officially accredited #SheMeansBusiness trainers for Facebook UK and Enterprise Nation and holds monthly meetups for female founders.

Louise has a weekly podcast, the ‘Social Bee Podcast’ where she interviews women entrepreneurs who talk about their business journey so far, and how they deal with challenges and issues in business.

To attend this event, please complete the online registration form.

Social mediaVenue : Titanic Hotel]]>
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<![CDATA[Britain in Bloom 2018]]>We are very proud to host the Britain in Bloom Awards Ceremony 2018 at Belfast Waterfront. Almost 500 people from all across the UK will come to Belfast to attend the awards ceremony.

Britain in Bloom is a nationwide gardening competition organised by The Royal Horticultural Society and it is a powerful tool for building communities and tackling local issues.

All tickets for finalists will be issued by the Royal Horticultural Society and Belfast City Council is shortlisted in the Best City Award.

There will be lots to do for anyone visiting Belfast for this wonderful event – all visitors can find out about whats on and where to go at Visit Belfast.

Exterior of Belfast Waterfront HallVenue : Waterfront Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[The archaeology of Cave Hill]]>Local archaeologist Cormac McSparron will lead a trip to the various remains on the hill from the Neolithic period to the early Christian period.

Meet at the entrance to the Park at the top of the Hightown Road.

Wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing.

For more information call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or go to www.cavehillconservation.org

A view of Belfast from Cave HillVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[City centre entertainment programme supporting #YourBelfast]]>We’re delivering our entertainment programme to help animate the areas of the city centre most affected by the fire at Bank Buildings. This supports the #YourBelfast marketing campaign and its message that Belfast remains very much open for business. 

Join us on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October for entertainment around streets in the city centre. Remember to share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!

Saturday 20 October

Enjoy the buzz in the heart of the city with an action-packed programme of arts and crafts activities as well as entertainment showcasing the best local musical talent throughout the day.*

Find out what's on at:

Royal Avenue (outside Castlecourt)

TimesArtistDescription
12noon-5pm Phil’s Farm Country comes to the city! Take the kids along to meet some of the adorable animals from Phil’s Farm. There will also be free pony rides.
1pm-3pm Q Radio Live broadcast from the heart of the city centre.
9am-6pm David McMillan

Watch illustrator David McMillan create an abstract interpretation of all things Belfast in a large ‘selfie wall’ outside the entrance to CastleCourt. 

The selfie wall will remain in place until early November, and shoppers are encouraged to tag their presence on social media for a chance to win a daily prize.

Castlecourt Shopping Centre (ground floor)

TimesArtistDescription
1pm-5pm Over the Moon Face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon modelling.
1pm-3pm Party Pumpkins Pumpkin carving displays to help inspire Halloween festivities.
1pm-5pm Art installation Watch an artist at work creating a masterpiece.

Fountain Street

TimesArtistDescription
12noon-2pm Jordan Farndell Live musical entertainment from local music acts throughout the day.
2pm-4pm Red House
4pm-6pm Paul & The Meanie 

 

Chapel Lane

TimeArtistDescription
12noon-2pm Jimmy Cheng Live musical entertainment from local music acts throughout the day.
2pm-4pm Tony Wand 
4pm-5pm Dizzy Steppers


Donegall Place

TimesArtistDescription
12noon-2pm Wiggle It Wiggle It is a fun filled music and movement activity which uses exciting props to dance. 
2pm-4pm Belfast Ukulele Jam Have some fun, listen and sing along to your favourite songs played on ukuleles.


Donegall Place to Royal Avenue

TimesArtistDescription
2pm-3pm Dhol Belfast
(ArtsEkta Dhol Drummers)
ArtsEkta’s Indian dhol drummers will entertain the crowds with their exciting rhythms and traditional outfits. The dhol is a drum or percussive instrument, widely used in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. 
3pm-4pm Mexican dancers

ArtsEkta’s Mexican dancers provide a taste of Latin America with traditional folk dances, vibrant costume and upbeat carnival vibes.

 

Sunday 21 October

Throughout the afternoon there’ll be a fun mix of cute animals, music, arts and crafts, and much more to keep everyone entertained.*

Find out what's on at:

Donegall Place

TimePerformerDescription
1pm-2pm Red House Local indie rock band
2pm to 4pm  Belfast Ukulele Jam Have some fun, listen and sing along to your favourite songs played on ukuleles.
1pm-6pm Phil’s Farm  Country comes to the city!  Take the kids along to meet some of the adorable animals from Phil’s Farm.  There will also be free pony rides.
1pm-6pm StarCars If you’re a Jurassic Park fan, then you’re in for a treat!  Take a selfie with two Jurassic Park Jeeps that have detoured to Belfast for one day only!
2pm-3pm

South Asian Dance Academy
(ArtsEkta)

ArtsEkta’s South Asian Dance Academy (SADA) dance troupe include professional dancers in beautiful costume providing Bollywood and classical performances.
3pm-5pm Wiggle It Wiggle It is a fun filled music and movement activity which uses exciting props to dance. 

 

Royal Avenue (outside CastleCourt and along Royal Avenue) 

TimesPerformerDescription
1pm- 3pm  Q Radio

Live broadcast from the heart of the city centre.

1pm-5pm Babcock and Bobbins

Babcock and Bobbins’ show will bring the art of circus into the city with fire juggling, giraffe unicycle, stilt walking, rola bola (balance board) and fire breathing.

 

CastleCourt Shopping Centre (ground floor)

TimesArtistDescription
1pm-5pm Over the Moon Face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon modelling.
1pm-3pm Party Pumpkins Pumpkin carving displays to help inspire Halloween festivities.
1pm-5pm Art installation Watch an artist at work creating a masterpiece.

 

Castle Arcade

TimeArtistDescription
1pm-3pm Jimmy Cheng 

Live musical entertainment from local music acts throughout the day.

3pm-4pm Paul & The Meanie  
4pm-6pm Jordan Farndell 

 

*Please note that the line-up is subject to change.

Ukulele BandVenue : various streets in Belfast city centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Voices of '68 exhibition launch]]>Dr. Chris Reynolds, Associate Professor in Contemporary French and European Studies, Nottingham Trent University and Professor Thomas Hennessey, Professor of Modern British and Irish History, Canterbury Christ Church University, will speak to what was happening in society at the time of the Civil Rights Movement as we launch the “Voices of '68” exhibition. 

The exhibition will be open to the public during City Hall opening hours.

Attendance is free, but places are limited. If you wish to attend the event, please email goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or telephone 028 9027 0663.

The exterior of Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Positive Ageing Month: Ravine music session]]>Join Bounce Culture DJ Kwame Daniels in the Tropical Ravine as he shares his love of putting a needle on a record and inviting you to play your old favourites on today's DJ equipment. Kwame will show you the techniques of club DJing while sharing his passion for music from old new Jazz to 50’s Hi Life music from Ghana that was heavily influence by European Brass bands. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring along your own favourite vinyl and share in a passion for music. Spaces are limited so please book in advance.

The Ravine is a hot and humid environment; please ensure you have access to water when visiting. Please meet at the lower foyer entrance of the Tropical Ravine

Booking is required for all Tropical Ravine events. Call 028 9031 4762 or email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Two ladies dancing on a busy dancefloorVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Writers of Belfast]]>A new exhibition by one of Ireland's leading artists, Neil Shawcross, will be displayed in the Andrews Gallery, Titanic Belfast, from Wednesday 24 October to Thursday 1 November.

Writers of Belfast delivers a powerful and emotional tribute to the city that has nurtured Neil Shawcross for over five decades.

The creative impact and range of the exhibition is evident in the scale of the paintings. Shawcross’s 7 foot high canvases pay homage to an eclectic group of remarkable writers.

Almost three years in the making, working from research garnered from hundreds of book covers, programmes and albums, Shawcross selected a single image for each writer.

The result is more than just a collection of striking and distinctive paintings. This exhibition reflects much of the city’s outstanding cultural history.

The exhibition is free to attend and will be open to the public at Titanic Belfast until 1 November 2018.

Special events accompanying the exhibition

TitleDateTimeVenueCostBooking
Neil Shawcross in conversation with Prof Liam Kelly Thursday 25 October 1pm Titanic Belfast Free Book your place
Writing the City: Writing Workshops Saturday 27 October 11am and 2pm The Andrews Gallery, Titanic Belfast Free – Booking essential 

Book for Nathaniel’s workshop

Book for Erin’s workshop


Gallery Tour with Dr Denise Ferran 

Wednesday 24 October 1pm Meet at the foyer outside The Andrews Gallery, Titanic Belfast Free Book your place
Gallery Tour in Irish with Dan Dowling Saturday 27 October 4pm Meet at the foyer outside The Andrews Gallery, Titanic Belfast Free Book your place 
Writing Ourselves: Women Writers of Belfast Tuesday 30 October 6pm The Andrews Gallery, Titanic Belfast Free Book your place 

 

The exhibition and special events are held in association with Belfast International Arts Festival. For more information, visit BelfastInternationalArtsFestival.com

 

Neil ShawcrossVenue : The Andrews Gallery, Titanic Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[The role of women in the Civil Rights Movement]]>Chaired by Dr. Margaret Ward, this lunch-time seminar will hear the thoughts and recollections of women who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement, or who were deeply impacted by it. 

Attendance if free, but places are limited. If you wish to attend the event please email goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or telephone 028 9027 0663.

The exterior of Belfast City HallVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[YourBelfast Halloween-themed city centre activities]]>We’re delivering our entertainment programme to help animate the areas of the city centre. This supports the #YourBelfast marketing campaign and its message that Belfast remains very much open for business.

Join us for Halloween-themed entertainment around the city centre. Remember to share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!

Monday 29 October

Start: The Spinning Wheel, Fountain Street
Finish: Castlecourt, Royal Avenue

EventTimeDescription
Terrorific Trick or Treat Tours 11am 
12noon 
1.30pm 
2.30pm

Join Teeny and Tiny for some family friendly Halloween fun! Which is mildly historic, hugely theatrical and totally entertaining! Follow Teeny the witch through the streets of Belfast as she attempts to reinstate ye oldie Halloween traditions, and who knows what characters we shall meet along the way! 

Tickets are free but booking is essential. Book your place.


#Trick or Treat Belfast

EventTimeDescription
Shops Based Trick or Treat  All day 

Take the family on a trick or treat adventure around Belfast City Centre.

Find out more at Belfast One.

 

 

The Mac

EventTimeDescription
Creepy Crawley Petting Zoo 10am – 2.45pm 

(15 minute slots)

Tiptoe to the deepest, darkest room in the MAC, where you'll find some creepy, crawly, stinky slimy visitors this Halloween.

Tickets: £2 
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

Frightful Babies 11.45am – 12.30pm

Expect tales of wilful witches, mischievous monsters and all things that go bump in the night, as your surrounded by the creepiest of creatures! Fancy dress encouraged.

Tickets: £7
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

Critter Craft  2pm – 3pm

Create creepy critters using clay and natural materials like twigs, leaves, shells and seeds. Design and decorate giant bug-eye goggles and beastly bug bottle props on a pole to take home.

Tickets: £7
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

Terrifying Tales 3.15pm – 4pm

Hear stories of The Ghost of Earl Tyrone, the headless horseman, Half Hung McNaughton, the Irish vampire and the witch who hated children.

Tickets: £7
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

 

Learning Space, Foundation Centre, College Street

EventTimeDescription
Magic Potion Hunt  9am – 5.30pm

In-store Halloween magic potion hunt.

No booking required, just drop in!

Spooky Sensory 9am – 5.30pm

Visit the spooky themed sensory area

No booking required, just drop in!

Victoria Square

EventTimeDescription
Halloween Pumpkin Patch   To be confirmed

Look out for more details coming soon

 

Tuesday 30 October 

Start: The Spinning Wheel, Fountain Street
Finish: Castlecourt, Royal Avenue

EventTimeDescription
Terrorific Trick or Treat Tours 11am 
12noon 
1.30pm 
2.30pm

Join Teeny and Tiny for some family friendly Halloween fun! Which is mildly historic, hugely theatrical and totally entertaining! Follow Teeny the witch through the streets of Belfast as she attempts to reinstate ye oldie Halloween traditions, and who knows what characters we shall meet along the way! 

Tickets are free but booking is essential. Book your place.

 

CastleCourt Shopping Centre

EventTimeDescription
Scary Science 12noon – 4pm 

Join our scary scientist for crazy fun with slime creatures, spooky fog, electrifying experiments and much more.

This event is located in the upper mall, opposite the Food Court.

 

#Trick or Treat Belfast

EventTimeDescription
Shops Based Trick or Treat  All day 

Take the family on a trick or treat adventure around Belfast City Centre.

Find out more at Belfast One.

 


The Mac

EventTimeDescription
Creepy Crawley Petting Zoo 10am – 2.45pm 

(15 minute slots)

Tiptoe to the deepest, darkest room in the MAC, where you'll find some creepy, crawly, stinky slimy visitors this Halloween.

Tickets: £2 
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

Frightful Babies 11.45am – 12.30pm

Expect tales of wilful witches, mischievous monsters and all things that go bump in the night, as your surrounded by the creepiest of creatures! Fancy dress encouraged.

Tickets: £7
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

Critter Craft  2pm – 3pm

Create creepy critters using clay and natural materials like twigs, leaves, shells and seeds. Design and decorate giant bug-eye goggles and beastly bug bottle props on a pole to take home.

Tickets: £7
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

Terrifying Tales 3.15pm – 4pm

Hear stories of The Ghost of Earl Tyrone, the headless horseman, Half Hung McNaughton, the Irish vampire and the witch who hated children.

Tickets: £7
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

 

Learning Space, Foundation Centre, College Street

EventTimeDescription
Magic Potion Hunt  9am – 5.30pm

In-store Halloween magic potion hunt.

No booking required, just drop in!

Spooky Sensory 9am – 5.30pm

Visit the spooky-themed sensory area

No booking required, just drop in!

Victoria Square

EventTimeDescription
Halloween Pumpkin Patch   To be confirmed

Look out for more details coming soon

 

Wednesday 31 October 

Start: The Spinning Wheel, Fountain Street
Finish: Castlecourt, Royal Avenue

EventTimeDescription
Terrorific Trick or Treat Tours 11am 
12noon 
1.30pm 
2.30pm

Join Teeny and Tiny for some family friendly Halloween fun! Which is mildly historic, hugely theatrical and totally entertaining! Follow Teeny the witch through the streets of Belfast as she attempts to reinstate ye oldie Halloween traditions, and who knows what characters we shall meet along the way! 

Tickets are free but booking is essential. Book your place.

 

Fountain Street

EventTimeDescription
Street magicians 1pm - 4pm Be amazed at the magical tricks of George Bleeks, John Mahood and Jon Sterry. 

 

CastleCourt Shopping Centre

EventTimeDescription
Scary Science 12noon – 4pm 

Join our scary scientist for crazy fun with slime creatures, spooky fog, electrifying experiments and much more.

This event is located in the upper mall, opposite the Food Court.

Kids face-painting and workshops 12noon – 5pm 

Enjoy Halloween arts and crafts with the family 

This event is located in Castlecourt.

 

#Trick or Treat Belfast

EventTimeDescription
Shops Based Trick or Treat  All day 

Take the family on a trick or treat adventure around Belfast city centre.

Find out more at Belfast One.

 


The Mac

EventTimeDescription
Creepy Crawley Petting Zoo 10am – 2.45pm 

(15 minute slots)

Tiptoe to the deepest, darkest room in the MAC, where you'll find some creepy, crawly, stinky slimy visitors this Halloween.

Tickets: £2 
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

Frightful Babies 11.45am – 12.30pm

Expect tales of wilful witches, mischievous monsters and all things that go bump in the night, as your surrounded by the creepiest of creatures! Fancy dress encouraged.

Tickets: £7
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

Critter Craft  2pm – 3pm

Create creepy critters using clay and natural materials like twigs, leaves, shells and seeds. Design and decorate giant bug-eye goggles and beastly bug bottle props on a pole to take home.

Tickets: £7
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

Terrifying Tales 3.15pm – 4pm

Hear stories of The Ghost of Earl Tyrone, the headless horseman, Half Hung McNaughton, the Irish vampire and the witch who hated children.

Tickets: £7
To book tickets and for other information, visit themaclive.com

 

Learning Space, Foundation Centre, College Street

EventTimeDescription
Magic Potion Hunt  9am – 5.30pm

In-store Halloween magic potion hunt.

No booking required, just drop in!

Spooky Sensory 9am – 5.30pm

Visit the spooky themed sensory area

No booking required, just drop in!


Victoria Square

EventTimeDescription
Halloween Pumpkin Patch   To be confirmed

Look out for more details coming soon

Halloween Party 12noon - 2pm

Look out for more details coming soon


Waterstones

EventTimeDescription
Halloween crafts and storytime   2pm

There will be spooky storytime, creepy crafts and a prize for best dressed.


Halloween Monster Mash

EventTimeDescription
Halloween Monster Mash and fireworks display   6pm – 8pm

Little ghouls and spooky skeletons of all ages are invited to come along in their scariest costumes, with some ghoulish goodies up for grabs. Enjoy wicked workshops, creepy crafts, monster rides, scary street performers, live music and a range of sweet treats, candies and hot food.

Admission to the event is free and no tickets are required. Find out more.

Halloween street performersVenue : various streets in Belfast city centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Castle Street Evening Fair]]>Come and experience a Halloween harvest-themed street party in the city centre at our Castle Street Evening Fair. 

Local traders will spill out into the streets on Friday 26 October, from 3pm-9pm, to highlight and celebrate the wealth of independent retailers and the variety of goods and services on offer in the area.

Join the fun for all ages with:

  • food
  • art
  • crafts
  • live music
  • interactive stands
  • demonstrations
  • ghostly and ghoulish street performers
  • family activities
  • entertainment, and
  • great offers.

There will also be some spot prizes for the best fancy dress so it’s time to start planning your costume and get into the Halloween spirit.

We are working on this initiative in partnership with Folktown CIC and Culture Night Belfast.

For more information go to www.folktownbelfast.com or email folktownbelfast@gmail.com

#CastleSt #FolktownMarket

 

Performers in Castle StreetVenue : Castle Street, Belfast City Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast’s Book of the Dead]]>The dead talk in the city's most eccentric graveyard. Join the medieval monks of Friar's Bush cemetery as they open the Belfast Book of the Dead, a liturgy of ghost-hunters, occult mystics, and grave-robbers, and understand the Belfast Way of Death. The Funerary Arts are fun!

Please meet at the entrance to Friar’s Bush on Stranmillis Road.

Friar's Bush GraveyardVenue : Friar’s Bush Graveyard]]>
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<![CDATA[West£pend Pumpkin Festival]]>West£pend Pumpkin Festival and Halloween-themed family fun day takes place on Saturday 27 October in the Andersonstown area, Belfast, from 12noon to 3pm.

The festival will see Andersonstown transformed into a pumpkin patch, packed with various themed activities for all the family. 

Pumpkin carving and crafts

A pumpkin carving workshop for adults and children is taking place from 12noon-3pm at the Busybee area in Andersonstown, alongside a pumpkin themed craft workshop.

Facepainting

Halloween facepainting will be on offer at the Busybee from 12noon-3pm.

Kids’ disco

A disco will be hosted upstairs in the Wolf and Whistle from 12noon-1.30pm, followed by a showing of a Halloween-themed movie from 1.30pm-3pm.

Recipe cards

Festive recipe cards will be distributed to local businesses featuring pumpkin themed dishes. These cards will include a list of ingredients encouraging to buy products from local businesses.

 

We are supporting this event as part of the West£spend campaign, to support businesses affected by construction works in west Belfast.
Please note: all activities are being operated on a strictly first-come first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit the West£pend Facebook page or email marketing@aikenpr.com

halloween pumpkinsVenue : Andersonstown Road, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Pink colour run]]>Turn yourself PINK for local breast cancer research!

Join us on Sunday 28 October at Victoria Park, Belfast at 12 noon and get covered head to toe in pink powder.

We are looking for men, women and children to take part in the Pink Colour Run – a 5k course around the park which is an achievable distance for all ages and abilities.

Early bird registration is £15 until 14 September.

We are now offering a discounted family ticket for two adults and two children - only £50

For more information visit Cancer Focus NI

 

Ladies taking part in the Colour Run raceVenue : Victoria Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Jane Gordon in the Higgin Gallery]]>Jane has been interested in drawing and painting all my life but started painting seriously about forty years ago.

She started painting in oils. Jane has painted landscapes, seascapes, flowers, buildings and animals.
She still paints in oils especially when doing a landscape but in the last ten years she has begun to use other mediums notably pen and wash and pastels.

Although she still paints all subjects, her passion is painting birds and animals. Jane still paints both wild and tame animals and especially enjoys painting pet portraits. She has done a number of these. Jane has exhibited in many places and have done solo exhibitions in Newcastle and Malone House.

Some of her watercolours of Belfast Castle are on display in one of the rooms there.

Jane Gordon in the Higgin GalleryVenue : Malone House]]>
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<![CDATA[Bake a Building: The Big Building Bake Off]]>Join the Ulster Architectural Heritage (UAH) and Food NI, at St George’s Market on Monday 29 October, for the Big Building Bake Off.

Competitors are challenged to ‘Bake a Building’. To enter, you must select the historic building you would like to make, from a list of local heritage buildings. If your favourite is not on the list, you may propose one of your own choosing. Registrations must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 19 October.

The Big Building Bake Off is open to all:

  • professionals
  • amateurs
  • kids
  • school groups, and
  • organisations.

Judging by celebrity chefs will take place on Monday 29 October, from 12 noon at St Georges Market, and some fantastic prizes are up for grabs.

Bake a Building is part of a bigger UAH Heritage Fair and Family Fun Day. All are invited to see the bakes, and celebrate with the participants at a tea party from 2pm. There will be stalls, stands and entertainment for all the family from 12noon - 3.30pm.

For more information and to enter, visit www.ulsterarchitecturalheritage.org.uk/bake/

A cake and a measuring tapeVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Age-friendly Be Prepared information event]]>Come along to our 'Be prepared' information event for free advice on how to help improve your daily living.

Highlights include:

  • information on local services
  • financial advice
  • home safety advice
  • free taster activities
  • an IT fix it clinic, so bring your phone, laptop or tablet along.

 

Location Date Time Contact information
Finaghy Community Centre Tuesday 30 October 2018 10am - 12.30pm

Raymond Stewart

stewartr@belfastcity.gov.uk

Hammer Community Centre Monday 12 November 2018 10.30am - 12 noon

Terry McCallum

mccallumt@belfastcity.gov.uk

Whiterock Community Centre  Thursday 17 January 2019  11am - 2pm

Alanagh Rea

reaa@belfastcity.gov.uk

Inverary Community Centre Tuesday 22 January 2019 10am - 12.30pm

Lorraine Wallace

wallacel@belfastcity.gov.uk

Duncairn Community Centre Monday 28 January 2019 10am - 12.30pm

Jan Costello

costelloj@belfastcity.gov.uk

 

 

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<![CDATA[What’s on this November at St George’s Market?]]>With winter slowly approaching, get yourself into the festive spirit and come along to St George’s Market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday to enjoy some of the best local live entertainment.

Our award-winning market hosts artists both old and new each and every weekend, so join us for some fun, food and shopping. 

And remember, if you want to keep up-to-date with all the goings on at St George’s Market, you can sign up for our e-newsletter.

DateMusicTimes
Friday 2 November Ken Haddock 11am – 3pm
Saturday 3 November Rory Lavelle 10.30am – 3pm
Sunday 4 November To be confirmed 11.30am – 4pm
Tuesday 6 November Autumn Twilight Market 4pm - 11pm
Wednesday 7 November Autumn Twilight Market 4pm - 11pm
Friday 9 November Mark Anthony 11am – 3pm
Saturday 10 November Biscuits & Beer  10.30am – 3pm

Sunday 11 November 

Matt Jones  11.30am – 4pm
Friday 16 November  Kyle Suckling  11am – 3pm
Saturday 17 November  Gerry McCabe  10.30am – 3pm
Sunday 18 November   The Dave Taylor Project 11.30am – 4pm
Friday 23 November   Dave Watson 11am – 3pm
Saturday 24 November  To be confirmed 10.30am – 3pm
Sunday 25 November   Chris Keys 11.30am – 4pm
Friday 30 November  Anton Glackin 11am – 3pm
Entertainment at St George's MarketVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Ceili Night]]>Get your dancing shoes on!

One of the first of this year’s Family Friendly events, a Ceili Night.

This event is part of the C S Lewis Festival.  The evening will include simple dances from Ireland, Scotland and France.  All dances are suitable for all ages and levels.

Ceili Night]]>
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<![CDATA[Red Bull Formula 1 Showrun]]>Formula 1 is coming back to the streets of Belfast when it welcomes the Red Bull Racing team for another high-octane show in front of thousands of spectators on Saturday 3 November.

Motorsport legend and F1 driver, David Coulthard will once again deliver the Red Bull F1 Showrun experience, demonstrating the power of an F1 car, up close and personal in the city centre. The 13-time Grand Prix winner will give fans a brief taste of the adrenaline rush of Formula 1 on the streets of Belfast.

Kicking off at 8pm in front of City Hall, this free event will feature David Coulthard performing numerous tricks and spins at speed along with some other two and four wheeled surprises for spectators. There will be three performances at 8pm, 8.30pm and 9pm approximately and each will last 30 minutes. 

Large media screens will be in key positions in the surrounding streets, to give as many people the opportunity to experience the excitement at all angles.

From 12 noon–5pm, the car will be on display within the grounds of City Hall, and fans are encouraged to visit the garage and get a closer look at this feat of modern technology.

Access

You will be able to enter the site from 7.30pm via Donegall Place, Arthur Street, Upper Arthur Street, Donegall Square East, Donegall Square West, Queen Street and Upper Queen Street. There is access for persons with disability via Arthur St at the junction with the north side of Chichester Street. Viewing will be subject to available space.

Please note, access for vehicles to city centre around City Hall will be restricted, and buses and taxis will operate from temporary stops.

Expect high noise levels and take suitable precautions. Please remember this is an alcohol-free zone.

As well as city centre public toilets, you'll also find toilets at Fountain Lane and Donegall Square West.

For more information on this event, visit www.redbull.ie/f1belfast

City centre entertainment

Come in to Belfast early on Saturday and enjoy the buzz of entertainment in the city with a street food market, local bands and sporting activities. Find out more.

 

Red Bull car in front of City HallVenue : Belfast City Hall grounds]]>
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<![CDATA[City centre entertainment programme supporting #YourBelfast]]>We’re delivering our entertainment programme to help animate the areas of the city centre most affected by the fire at Bank Buildings. This supports the #YourBelfast marketing campaign and its message that Belfast remains very much open for business.

Come into Belfast on Saturday 3 November for entertainment around streets in the city centre. Remember to share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!

Saturday 3 November

Get into Belfast early and enjoy the live entertainment before the Red Bull F1 Showrun event at City Hall. 

Donegall Place

EventTimeDescription
Stage 5pm - 9pm Check out some of the best local bands and performers on the pop up stage.

 

Royal Avenue

EventTimeDescription
Eddie Irvine Sports 1pm - 6pm The most realistic virtual Race Experience in Northern Ireland. Six linked race simulators deliver the thrills and spills of Formula One and Moto GP! 
Thunder Action Sports 1pm - 6pm

Thunder Action Sports are a team of dedicated sports professionals with an awe-inspiring, Roadshow!

The team from Northern Ireland perform deadly stunts through BMX, Skate, Scoot, Parkour and Blade.

*Please note that the line-up is subject to change.

Sunday 4 November

EventTimeLocation
Dr Nick 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm 

Castle Place

Sharp Dressed Men  2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm Donegall Place
Babcock and Bobbins 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.40pm  Royal Avenue

 

 

People performing on stageVenue : various streets in Belfast city centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Dippy on Tour: Dino Family Masks]]>Cost: Free - drop in
Location: Tropical Ravine

Which animal will you be? With lots of materials to choose from, like lizard scales and bird feathers, join the Young at Art Events team to make your own mask of animals related to the dinosaurs. The Tropical Ravine is a hot and humid environment. Please ensure you have access to water when visiting.

For more information, email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Sign up to Tropical Ravine emails

Sign up to our Tropical Ravine emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about the Tropical Ravine.

Dippy on Tour: Dino Family MasksVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[ParkLife clubs: November - Woodland animals]]>Come to our Saturday clubs in November.

ParkDateTime
Fullerton Park Pavillion Saturday 17 November 2018 10am - 11.30am
Alderman Tommy Patton Memorial Park bowling pavilion  Saturday 17 November 2018 10am - 11.30am
Botanic Gardens bowling pavilion Saturday 23 November 2018 10am - 11.30am

Booking for the Saturday clubs is essential. 

For more details and to book a place, please email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

 

a red squirrel]]>
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<![CDATA[Dippy on Tour: Dinomation]]>This event is available on:

  • Sunday 4 November
  • Sunday 9 December

To coincide with the arrival of Dippy the Dinosaur, this workshop will take you back to the prehistoric ages as we look to create photo backdrops from the Tropical Ravine to use in a stop-motion animations and movies featuring your favourite dinosaurs!

Dinomation is suitable for 8 - 12 year olds. 

Please meet at the Ulster Museum Learning Zone. Part of this workshop will take place in the Tropical Ravine, which is a hot and humid environment. Please ensure you have access to water when visiting.

Booking is essential and costs £5.

To book, visit NI Science Festival

DinomationVenue : Tropical Ravine and Ulster Museum]]>
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<![CDATA[Autumn Twilight Market]]>Wrap up and join us for the Autumn Twilight on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 November, from 4pm-11pm at St. George's Market.

Travel back in time at our award-winning market, when St. George’s will be transformed into an enchanting autumn woodland, which was once the site of Cromac woods – 'the Forest of Belfast'.

Visitors can sample local food, drink and craft stalls, as well as enjoy a programme of live entertainment and cookery demonstrations against a spectacular backdrop of twinkling twilights.

Please note that we have a new venue layout for the Autumn Twilight. Alcohol can only be purchased and consumed in the bar area located between May Street and Verner Street.

All of our Twilight Market events are strictly over 18s after 9pm.

Visit our Twilight Market page for a full list of traders, entertainment and cookery demonstrations.

If you would like any more information on our Twilight Markets, please call the Markets team on 028 9043 5704.

Stephen Jeffers at Twilight MarketVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Skills Northern Ireland]]>As a free event, Skills Northern Ireland will inspire and motivate young people to explore future skills, get work ready and consider the many career pathways and opportunities available to them.

The event will help connect young people to employers, colleges, universities and other organisations who can help them make the first step in realising their future.

Apprenticeship Ambassadors

Apprenticeship Ambassadors, apprentices from local companies, will also be available to talk to visitors about their apprenticeship, how it works, what the benefits and likely pay are and why they think an apprenticeship is a great route to a final career. There will also be an Apprenticeship Ambassador Hub at the event, where Ambassadors will showcase some of the amazing work that they have been involved with during their placement.

Get involved

Businesses are encouraged to get involved with the event to help encourage young people to consider careers in their industry or sector. As a highly interactive and hands on event, exhibitors can get involved with a number of features including:

  • Get Skilled stands
  • Apprentice Ambassadors
  • careers hub
  • skills theatre
  • live news board.

Find out more information and book your place on the Prospects Events website.

A school girl discussing an experiment with a scientistVenue : Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Outburst Queer Arts Festival]]>Now in its twelfth year, Outburst is Belfast’s annual explosion of LGBTQ+ art and performance. The festival offers a feast of something for everyone, from the best in local theatre and music, to cutting edge international visual art, film and writing.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

  • a Belfast-Australian musical co-production ‘Cake Daddy’ with local favourite Ross Anderson-Doherty
  • legendary video artist Barbara Hammer at Golden Thread Gallery
  • a youth takeover day with all-ages gig
  • traditional folk from Peru
  • new dance works from Beirut and Jamaica

For more information visit www.outburstarts.com or email hello@outburstarts.com.

Cake DaddyVenue : various]]>
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<![CDATA[Introduction to Tendering]]>Are you a small business with ambitions to grow but lack experience in tendering?

InterTradeIreland are delivering a free workshop aimed at small businesses who have no or limited tendering experience.

The workshop will cover:

  • advice on proposal writing (‘proposals’ as opposed to lengthy ‘tenders’)
  • responding to ‘below threshold’ work (for example, below £25k) required by Northern Ireland public bodies
  • specifically, proposals for work below the £5K threshold will be covered
  • how to simply and easily respond to a ‘mini competition’ by email
  • documents that may be required to attach to the email proposal
  • finding tender opportunities – registering with the main sources of relevant tender opportunities for SMEs
  • the eTenders family of websites.

To register for a free place on this workshop please visit the IntertradeIreland website

A man and a woman shaking handsVenue : Clayton Hotel, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[#YourBelfast city centre entertainment]]>We’re delivering our entertainment programme to help animate the areas of the city centre most affected by the fire at Bank Buildings. This supports the #YourBelfast marketing campaign and its message that Belfast remains very much open for business.

Join us on Saturday 10 November for entertainment around streets in the city centre.*

Remember to share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!

Saturday 10 November

Donegall Place

EventTimeDescription
Mini Mela 1pm-4pm

Belfast City Centre will come alive with the sights, sounds and smells with as the city’s biggest celebration of cultural diversity comes to the city for a magical pop up festival across Donegall Place.

Join ArtsEkta, the producers of the Belfast Mela, for spectacular performances, a lively street procession, family workshops and mouth watering food bringing the world into the heart of our city.

This is a free event and no booking is required.

 

Royal Avenue, Fountain Street and Donegall Place

EventTimeDescription
Mini Festival of Fools 

12noon-5.30pm

Join the fun as Belfast plays host to a bevvy of street performers with 15 minute performances taking place between 12noon and 5.30pm. Catch jugglers, unicyclists and those who love to act the fool in action at Royal Avenue, Fountain Street and Donegall Place. It's free entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, our roving characters will add some colour and cheer to even the greyest of days - stilt walkers and hula hoopers will liven up the streets so make sure to say hello.

Brought to you by the team behind Belfast Circus School, Premiere Circus and Festival of Fools.

This is a free event and no booking is required.

 
*Please note that the line-up is subject to change.

A dancer in the Belfast MelaVenue : various streets in Belfast city centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Remembrance Sunday commemoration service]]>The annual Act of Remembrance will be held at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 11 November and members of the public are welcome to attend.

The service will commence at 11am and is expected to last around one hour. Access is via our Donegall Square West gates.

Public access to the Cenotaph will be available until 10.45am. Anyone arriving after this time will be able to watch the service from within the City Hall grounds. 

Also this year, as Remembrance Sunday falls on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a beacon will be lit in the grounds of City Hall at 7pm. Members of the public are also welcome to attend this event and access is via our Donegall Square South gates (back of City Hall).

The City Hall including the Visitor Exhibition and Bobbin Coffee Shop will be closed on the morning of Sunday 11 November and will open to the public at 1pm.

Please note that the normal Sunday 12noon public tour is cancelled but will resume as normal at the scheduled times of 2pm and 3pm.

 

CenotaphVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Join our Community Christmas Food Drive]]>Our community centres are running a ‘Community Christmas Food drive’ to collect food donations for food banks across the city.

Most of our community centres are holding Christmas events and will have a food collection crate on display. If you come along to any of our events or are just passing any of our community centres why not bring along some items.

Food banks always have a large number of beans, soup and pasta, so if possible; please try to donate a different item.  Household items are also welcomed. Some examples of donations may include tinned potatoes, tinned fish, tea, coffee, cooking oil, toothpaste, soap, toilet roll, etc.

Just check with your local community centre for our opening times and collection dates. 

Food collected from the Community Christmas Food Drive will be distributed to local food banks in the city.

According to a report by the Trussell Trust, which runs the UK’s only nationwide network of foodbanks, approximately 32,000 emergency three day food packages were distributed by foodbanks in Northern Ireland between April 2017 and March 2018, so please donate what you can.

a selection of foodstuffs in a boxVenue : Various community centres]]>
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<![CDATA[Wellness at work networking seminar]]>Come along and find out more about the science behind feeling good at work and at home. Hear more about the best well-kept secret in business.

To attend this event, please complete the online registration form.

This event is part of our Global Entrepreneurship Week. Find out more. 

An occupational health professional talking to an employeeVenue : Innovation Factory, Forthriver Business Park, 385 Springfield Rd, Belfast BT12 7DG]]>
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<![CDATA[Social Spark]]>Are you interested in learning more about setting up a social enterprise or cooperative? If so, you might be interested in attending our next Social Spark workshop.

At the upcoming session you will:

  • learn new skills and understand the value of idea design and development
  • work in teams to add value to your idea
  • find out about additional support to get your venture up and running
  • gain awareness of social enterprises and cooperatives as business models and understand what is required to progress your venture
  • hear about successful social entrepreneurs and learn about their business models

To attend this workshop you must be based in the Belfast City Council area and register online.

 This venue has onsite car parking and lunch will be provided.

Social SparkVenue : Conference Room, Social Economy Village, Work West, 1b Hannahstown Hill, Belfast BT17 0XS]]>
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<![CDATA[Pitch to pros]]>
Aimed at young Belfast based businesses, this competition will take the form of a Dragons’ Den style event where selected finalists will be invited to pitch their business plan to our panel of judges.

If you think you have what it takes to impress our judges then why not step up and pitch your business plan to the panel and be in with a chance of winning £5000 cash – a fantastic boost to any young business.

The competition provides an opportunity to receive feedback from experts on your business plan and a chance to earn some financial injection to take your idea to the next level.

Eligibility Criteria

This competition is open to individuals in the Belfast City Council area who have started a business in the last two years or completed the ‘Go For It’ programme or other business start-up initiative.

How to apply

This competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.

People giving a presentationVenue : Glandore, Arthur House, Belfast, BT1 4GB]]>
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<![CDATA[Time to grow - cash flow and tax efficiencies for your business]]>Our upcoming series of Ulster Bank Boost events with KPMG will provide local business owners with insight from industry professionals into best practice for growing and maintaining a successful business.

For more information, visit the Eventbrite website.

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Find out more.

People discussing businessVenue : KPMG Belfast, Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3LP]]>
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<![CDATA[Enterprise information session]]>This free seminar offers advice and information on the Enterprise Programme. The Enterprise Programme is for 18-30 year olds who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week.

The programme includes:

  • free 4-day enterprise course
  • test marketing grants of up to £250
  • potential start-up loan or grant funding*
  • up to 2 years’ support from a volunteer business mentor.

*conditions apply

For more information, visit the Prince’s Trust website.

This event is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week. Find out more.

A person working at their laptopVenue : The Prince’s Trust, Unit 8 Weavers Court, Belfast, BT12 5GH]]>
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<![CDATA[Dignity at work]]>This seminar addresses the complex and sensitive issue of bullying in the workplace by looking at core issues such as:

  • defining bullying
  • distinguishing bullying from harassment
  • legal issues surrounding bullying
  • tackling bullying
  • policy development in areas such as dignity at work.

It is about raising awareness and challenging myths and stereotypes that have developed over the years about bullying in a workplace context.

For more info and to register, visit the Labour Relations Agency website.

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Find out more.

A person working on their computerVenue : Labour Relations Agency, 2-16 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG]]>
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<![CDATA[Masterclass – App development and design]]>This masterclass will teach you how to think creatively so you can identify the solutions and innovations that will provide your business with new opportunities.

The design process will be broken down also, showing how apps themselves get from the drawing board to the app store and all the stages in between.

To register, please visit the Eventbrite website.

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Find out more.

People working on laptopsVenue : Innovation Factory, Forthriver Business Park, 385 Springfield Rd, Belfast BT12 7DG]]>
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<![CDATA[Northern Ireland Music Prize 2018]]>Now in its sixth year, the NI Music Prize 2018 is an annual celebration of great new music from Northern Ireland, highlighting 12 shortlisted albums and promoting them to a wider audience.

To date, a mix of established artists through to debut records have won the award including Foy Vance, SOAK, and Joshua Burnside.

The event champions artists based in or from Northern Ireland and provides a snapshot of what is out there, celebrating outstanding new records.

This year will include three new categories including:

  • Best Single
  • Best Live Act
  • Oh Yeah Contender Award for emerging acts

The winners will be announced on 15 November at the Ulster Hall, with the overall winner being picked with the help of over 100 media and industry judges.

For more information visit www.nimusicprize.com, or email info@ohyeahbelfast.com

Win two tickets to the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2018

The competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Joshua Burnside, 2017 WinerVenue : Ulster Hall, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Start a business]]>This free to attend, exhibition-style event will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ offering information on everything you need to know to launch, maintain and grow a successful business.

There will be exhibitors who specialise in the areas of funding, grant support, technical support, business management, strategy, co-working space, staffing and more. The event will focus on building relationships between attendees and exhibitors, perfect for budding entrepreneurs and small business owners.

No registration is required for this event.

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Find out more.

A woman writing on a white boardVenue : The Great Hall, Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Workshop: How to get the best out of social media]]>Get to grips with the latest trends with social media as a tool for promoting your business.

This workshop aims to cover the following:

  • types of social media
  • social media trends
  • audience 
  • what platform is right for you.

By the end of this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • tackle social media as an organisation through:
    • planning
    • setting goals
    • developing processes.
  • develop great content and tell your story, engage your audience and build followers
  • measure and improve your efforts.

To register your attendance, please complete registration form.

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Find out more.

A person working at their laptopVenue : Conference room, Social Economy Village, Work West, 1B Hannahstown Hill, Belfast, BT17 0XS]]>
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<![CDATA[Beginners guide to using social media for business]]>Would you like to increase your understanding of how to use social media to advance your business, bring in more customers and advertise your business more effectively?

We’re running a workshop to equip you with the basic knowledge on how to use the right social media for your business and how to get the most out of it.

 This workshop aims to cover the following:

  • How to use social media to reach your audience
  • Planning your social media
  • Managing Facebook pages - using Facebook page tools and understanding how to use paid advertising such as sponsoring a post.

 To attend this event, complete the online registration form

Social Media 1Venue : Costa Coffee, Castle Place, Belfast, BT1 1GB]]>
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<![CDATA[Intermediate guide to social media for business]]>Does your business currently use social media as a way of engaging with your customers or clients?  We’re running a workshop for those who are familiar with the way social media works and would like to build on what is already being used. 

 This workshop aims to cover the following:

  • Identifying your customer online
  • How to create engaging content to connect with your customer and make sales
  • How to use social media in the run up to Christmas.

 To attend this event, complete the online registration form

Social Media 2Venue : Costa Coffee, Castle Place, Belfast, BT1 1GB]]>
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<![CDATA[Cave Hill Moonlit Walk]]>Come along and take part in the Cave Hill Moonlit Walk to raise vital funds for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

Starting at 7.30pm, you will make it to the top of Cave Hill around 9pm, where you will be able to take in the spectacular moonlit views of Belfast and beyond, before returning to Belfast Castle’s Car Park for a well-earned hot cuppa.

The time taken to complete the climb depends on the pace of the group but on average it takes approximately 2.5 hours.

Get your torch ready for this must-do challenge.

Registration costs £25.

For more information call 028 9068 0771 or email kathrynholland@cancerfocusni.org

Cave Hill in the moonlight]]>
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<![CDATA[Strategy, marketing and leadership in the digital age in association with MLN - fully booked]]>This event is fully booked.

The digital landscape is moving at lightning speed and affecting every industry. If you’re not taking advantage of the opportunities that it presents then you may be losing ground in the market.

This session will feature an internationally-renowned digital thought-leader and a successful local entrepreneur both of whom will share their insights and experiences when it comes to digital transformation and how it encompasses strategy, marketing, leadership and new ways of thinking.

Participants will leave feeling more confident in how to integrate digital into their business and open up new opportunities.

Speaking at the event will be Niall McKeown and Gregory Bradley.

Light refreshments will be provided. 

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Find out more.

Speakers

Niall McKeown

CEO of Ionology and creator of Ionology’s Digital Transformation framework, Niall McKeown is an award winning strategy consultant, thought leader and in-demand public speaker on digital transformation with a 20 year track record of delivering game-changing strategies for organisations across the world.

Niall speaks regularly throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East and USA on the topic of digital transformation and is a visiting Professor at MLN Champion, Ulster University. He has been commissioned to create strategic and transformative plans for FTSE 100 companies and has worked with over 200 organisations worldwide that demand rapid growth in the digital age.

Niall is the co-author of the recently published book ‘The Seven Principles of Digital Business Strategy’ and will share his thinking on Digital Transformation and why it is primarily about strategy, leadership and new ways of thinking. 

Gregory Bradley

As Founder and MD of BLK BOX, Gregory Bradley heads up one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of specialist fitness equipment for world class training facilities.  Employing a team of 33 and with an impressive 40,000 sq ft HQ in the Titanic Quarter, Gregory has created a unique business in the heart of Belfast. He identified a gap in the market in 2012 when class-based fitness groups were taking off and there was a demand for specialist equipment. 

Their USP was, and is, to design and fit out gyms from start to finish – they are the only company in Ireland to offer this service. Their sporting client list includes Arsenal, Everton, Dublin GAA, Sri Lanka Cricket and the IRFU. They have created purpose-built home gyms for household names in the world of entertainment and their corporate clients include Linked-in, Google and Embody Fitness Dubai.

Gregory will share the BLK BOX story and outline how they have embraced ‘digital’ in order to power growth at home and overseas.

 

A person working on their computerVenue : Malone House, Barnett Demesne, Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 5PB]]>
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<![CDATA[German windmill grill and children’s rides at Castle Place]]>Belfast is alive this Christmas with lots of festive attractions around the city centre for children and adults alike. 

In Castle Place (outside Donegall Arcade), you can buy a range of bratwurst sausages from a German BBQ grill, a Christmas market tradition.

There's also children’s rides including carousels and an Olaf the Snowman ride.

Look out for more attractions and events over the festive season in Your Belfast. 

Castle Place

AttractionDatesOpening timesCost for rides

German BBQ grill selling bratwurst sausages

Children's rides

Saturday 17 November 2018 - Sunday 6 January 2019

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 8pm

Sunday: 12noon - 6pm

Christmas and New Year opening times

Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve): 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day): Closed
Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day): 10am - 6pm

Thursday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
Friday 28 December: 10am - 8pm
Saturday 29 December: 10am - 8pm
Sunday 30 December: 12noon - 6pm

Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve) 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 1 January 2019 (New Year’s Day): 1pm - 5pm

Carousel
£2

Olaf the Snowman ride
£2

German windmill grillVenue : Castle Place (outside Donegall Arcade), Belfast city centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Fairground rides and chalets in Cathedral Gardens]]>There's lot of festive attractions and events happening in Belfast city centre over the festive season for children and adults alike. 

Enjoy a range of family fairground rides including an Observation Wheel, Ship Swing, Carousel and Santa Train in Cathedral Gardens (beside St Anne’s Cathedral). You can also indulge in sweet treats from the fairground chalets.

The attractions will close at 8pm on Saturday 22 December.

Look out for more attractions and events in Your Belfast. 

Cathedral Gardens

AttractionDatesTimesCost for rides
Children and family fairground rides

Fairground chalets

Saturday 17 November 2018 - Saturday 22 December 2018

The attractions will close at 8pm on Saturday 22 December.

Monday to Friday: 3pm - 8pm

Saturday: 10am - 8pm

Sunday: 12noon - 6pm

 

Observation Wheel
£2

Ship Swing
£2

Carousel
£2

Santa Train
£2

Ferris wheel at Cathedral GardensVenue : Cathedral Gardens (beside St Anne’s Cathedral), Buoy Park, Academy Street, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Festive city centre attractions]]>Belfast is alive this Christmas with lots of festive attractions around the city centre for children and adults alike. 

Join us in Belfast city centre this Christmas and support #YourBelfast.

Cathedral Gardens

AttractionDatesTimesCost for rides
Children and family fairground rides

Fairground chalets

Saturday 17 November 2018 - Saturday 22 December 2018

The Cathedral Gardens attractions will close at 8pm on Saturday 22 December.

Monday to Friday: 3pm - 8pm

Saturday: 10am - 8pm

Sunday: 12noon - 6pm

 

Observation Wheel
£2

Ship Swing
£2

Carousel
£2

Santa Train
£2

Castle Place

AttractionDatesTimesCost for rides

German Windmill Grill selling bratwurst sausages

Children's rides

Saturday 17 November 2018 - Sunday 6 January 2019

 

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 8pm

Sunday: 12noon - 6pm

Christmas and New Year opening hours

Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve): 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day): Closed
Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day): 10am - 6pm

Thursday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
Friday 28 December: 10am - 8pm
Saturday 29 December: 10am - 8pm
Sunday 30 December: 12noon - 6pm

Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve) 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 1 January 2019 (New Year’s Day): 1pm - 5pm

Carousel
£2

Olaf Ride
£2

Donegall Place

AttractionDatesTimesCost for rides
Giant snow slide

Friday 23 November 2018 - Sunday 6 January 2019

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 8pm

Sunday: 12noon - 6pm

Christmas and New Year opening hours

Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve): 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day): Closed
Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day): 10am - 6pm

Thursday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
Friday 28 December: 10am - 8pm
Saturday 29 December: 10am - 8pm
Sunday 30 December: 12noon - 6pm

Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve) 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 1 January 2019 (New Year’s Day): 1pm - 5pm

Snow slide
£2

Chalets and bespoke food trailers

Friday 23 November 2018 - Sunday 6 January 2019

Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 12noon – 6pm

Christmas and New Year opening hours

Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve): 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day): Closed
Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day): 10am - 6pm

Thursday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
Friday 28 December: 10am - 8pm
Saturday 29 December: 10am - 8pm
Sunday 30 December: 12noon - 6pm

Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve) 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 1 January 2019 (New Year’s Day): 1pm - 5pm

 

 

 

 

The German Windmill GrillVenue : various]]>
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<![CDATA[City centre entertainment programme supporting #YourBelfast]]>We’re delivering our entertainment programme to help animate the areas of the city centre most affected by the fire at Bank Buildings. This supports the #YourBelfast marketing campaign and its message that Belfast remains very much open for business.

Join us on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November for entertainment around streets in the city centre before the Christmas lights switch-on.* We also have lots of magical Christmas music in the city centre over the next few weekends to get you in the festive spirit. 

Remember to share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!

Saturday 17 November

Royal Avenue

EventTimeDescription
Santa procession to CastleCourt 11.30am -2pm

Santa is coming!

Get your Christmas jumpers at the ready and gather up the kids as Santa Claus is coming to town.

The Big Red Machine will leave Writers Square at 11.30am and make his way along Royal Avenue to Castlecourt for 12.30pm. Yule be mad to miss it.

This is a free event and no booking is required.

Elf the Musical on Stage  2pm-3pm

The cast of Elf the Musical will perform live on stage at the Royal Avenue cordon. There'll also be circus performers and seasonal samba.

This is a free event and no booking is required.

Musical performance  3pm-5pm

A selection of Musical performances from the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra

This is a free event and no booking is required.

 

Donegall Place

EventTimeDescription
Christmas lights switch-on 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Join the Lord Mayor, Councillor Deirdre Hargey and guests as we kick off the festive season with the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

An evening of musical fun awaits with mini shows and traditional carols before the big switch on!

This is a free, ticketed event. All tickets have been allocated.


Cathedral Gardens / Buoy Park

EventTimeDescription
Children and family rides 10am - 8pm

Cathedral Gardens will be transformed into a Christmas fairground with magical rides for all the family! You can also enjoy some tasty treats at the fairground chalets.

Rides

  • Observation Wheel - £2
  • Ship Swing - £2
  • Carousel - £2
  • Santa Train - £2

The fairground will be operating from Saturday 17 November to Sunday 6 January at the following times:

Monday to Friday: 3pm - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 12noon - 6pm


Castle Place

EventTimeDescription

Children's rides and a German windmill grill

10am - 8pm

Pop over to Castle Place for the German windmill grill, selling the traditional Christmas bratwurst sausages. 

Keep the little ones entertained with children's rides.

Rides

  • Carousel - £2
  • Olaf ride - £2

The German windmill grill and children's rides will be operating from Saturday 17 November to Sunday 6 January at the following times:

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 12noon - 6pm

 

Sunday 18 November

Royal Avenue

EventTime
Swingtime Starlets 2pm - 4pm


Castlecourt and Donegall Arcade

EventTimeDescription

Christmas craft workshops

1pm - 6pm

Our Christmas Elves will be setting up their workshops at Castlecourt and Donegall Arcade this festive season.

Bring your little helpers along and have a go at free festive arts and crafts from around the world. Make your own "Julehjerter" - a traditional Danish Christmas decoration or a seasonal Luminaria Latern from Mexico. 


Cathedral Gardens / Buoy Park

EventTimeDescription
Children and family rides 12noon - 6pm

Cathedral Gardens will be transformed into a Christmas fairground with magical rides for all the family! You can also enjoy some tasty treats at the fairground chalets.

Rides

  • Observation Wheel - £2
  • Ship Swing - £2
  • Carousel - £2
  • Santa Train - £2

These rides will be operating from Saturday 17 November to Sunday 6 January at the following times:

Monday to Friday: 3pm - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 12noon - 6pm


Castle Place

EventTimeDescription

Children's rides and a German windmill grill

12noon-6pm

Pop over to Castle Place for the German windmill grill, selling the traditional Christmas bratwurst sausages. 

Keep the little ones entertained with children's rides.

Rides

  • Carousel - £2
  • Olaf ride - £2

The German windmill grill and children's rides will be operating from Saturday 17 November to Sunday 6 January at the following times:

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 12noon - 6pm


*Please note that entertainment line-up is subject to change.

Santa arriving on his sleighVenue : various streets in Belfast city centre]]>
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<![CDATA[City centre entertainment programme supporting #YourBelfast]]>We’re delivering our entertainment programme to help animate the areas of the city centre most affected by the fire at Bank Buildings. This supports the #YourBelfast marketing campaign and its message that Belfast remains very much open for business.

Join us on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November for entertainment around streets in the city centre before the Christmas lights switch-on.* We also have lots of magical Christmas music in the city centre over the next few weekends to get you in the festive spirit. 

Remember to share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!

Saturday 17 November

Royal Avenue

EventTimeDescription
Santa procession to CastleCourt 11.30am -2pm

Santa is coming!

Get your Christmas jumpers at the ready and gather up the kids as Santa Claus is coming to town.

The Big Red Machine will leave Writers Square at 11.30am and make his way along Royal Avenue to Castlecourt for 12.30pm. Yule be mad to miss it.

This is a free event and no booking is required.

Elf the Musical on Stage  2pm-3pm

The cast of Elf the Musical will perform live on stage at the Royal Avenue cordon. There'll also be circus performers and seasonal samba.

This is a free event and no booking is required.

Musical performance  3pm-5pm

A selection of Musical performances from the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra

This is a free event and no booking is required.

 

Donegall Place

EventTimeDescription
Christmas lights switch-on 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Join the Lord Mayor, Councillor Deirdre Hargey and guests as we kick off the festive season with the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

An evening of musical fun awaits with mini shows and traditional carols before the big switch on!

This is a free, ticketed event. All tickets have been allocated.


Cathedral Gardens / Buoy Park

EventTimeDescription
Children and family rides 10am - 8pm

Cathedral Gardens will be transformed into a Christmas fairground with magical rides for all the family! You can also enjoy some tasty treats at the fairground chalets.

Rides

  • Observation Wheel - £2
  • Ship Swing - £2
  • Carousel - £2
  • Santa Train - £2

The fairground will be operating from Saturday 17 November to Sunday 6 January at the following times:

Monday to Friday: 3pm - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 12noon - 6pm


Castle Place

EventTimeDescription

Children's rides and a German windmill grill

10am - 8pm

Pop over to Castle Place for the German windmill grill, selling the traditional Christmas bratwurst sausages. 

Keep the little ones entertained with children's rides.

Rides

  • Carousel - £2
  • Olaf ride - £2

The German windmill grill and children's rides will be operating from Saturday 17 November to Sunday 6 January at the following times:

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 12noon - 6pm

 

Sunday 18 November

Royal Avenue

EventTime
Swingtime Starlets 2pm - 4pm


Castlecourt and Donegall Arcade

EventTimeDescription
Christmas craft workshops 1pm - 6pm

Our Christmas Elves will be setting up their workshops at Castlecourt and Donegall Arcade this festive season.

Bring your little helpers along and have a go at free festive arts and crafts from around the world. Make your own "Julehjerter" - a traditional Danish Christmas decoration or a seasonal Luminaria Latern from Mexico. 


Cathedral Gardens / Buoy Park

EventTimeDescription
Children and family rides 12noon - 6pm

Cathedral Gardens will be transformed into a Christmas fairground with magical rides for all the family! You can also enjoy some tasty treats at the fairground chalets.

Rides

  • Observation Wheel - £2
  • Ship Swing - £2
  • Carousel - £2
  • Santa Train - £2

These rides will be operating from Saturday 17 November to Sunday 6 January at the following times:

Monday to Friday: 3pm - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 12noon - 6pm


Castle Place

EventTimeDescription

Children's rides and a German windmill grill

12noon-6pm

Pop over to Castle Place for the German windmill grill, selling the traditional Christmas bratwurst sausages. 

Keep the little ones entertained with children's rides.

Rides

  • Carousel - £2
  • Olaf ride - £2

The German windmill grill and children's rides will be operating from Saturday 17 November to Sunday 6 January at the following times:

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 12noon - 6pm


*Please note that entertainment line-up is subject to change.

Belfast City HallVenue : various streets in Belfast city centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Christmas lights switch-on]]>The city gets festive on Saturday 17 November as the Lord Mayor and her special guests, Paw Patrol’s Skye and Marshall, Fireman Sam and Norman Price, and TV presenter Andy Day, switch on the Christmas lights!

The event will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm (approx.) in front of Belfast City Hall.

Gates will open at 6pm with Q Radio’s breakfast team Stephen and Cate hosting on stage from this time, with mini shows and Christmas carols before the big switch-on.

Tickets

All tickets for the Christmas lights switch-on event have been allocated. 

Tickets are ‘print at home’. Click through to download your tickets as the email confirmation will not be enough. 

Entry

Please ensure you are at the correct colour entrance on arrival and have your tickets ready as they will be scanned on entry. 

  • Green tickets enter via Donegall Place (access available through Fountain Lane and Castle Lane).
  • Red tickets enter via Donegall Square West/Wellington Place.
  • Blue tickets enter via Donegall Square East/Chichester Street.

You can download the map of event entry points.

Accessible viewing points are available at Donegall Square East and West. If you have booked accessible tickets, the location at which you should enter will have been allocated when you booked your accessible ticket.

There will be a sign interpreter at the event and sign language users will be able to view the interpreter on stage or on a screen. For those who can’t follow a sign language interpreter, they can follow via live captions on the screen.

Please check the weather before you leave home on Saturday as this is an outdoor event and will happen rain or shine.

Full terms and conditions of entry apply

Traffic information

Please note that due to the build for the Christmas Market and the Christmas lights switch-on event, traffic diversions will be in operation in and around City Hall from Thursday 15 November to Sunday 18 November.  Please follow the alternative route signage eastbound and northbound from the city centre as directed.

Parking restrictions will be in place in Donegall Place and Upper Arthur Street from 11pm on Friday 16 November until 11pm on Saturday 17 November.

The Public Hire Taxi rank at Donegall Square North will be relocated to Donegall Square East on Saturday 17 November.

Visit Translink for up-to-date Metro and Glider service routes.

Belfast Christmas Market and santa's grotto

The award-winning Belfast Christmas Market will also make a return to the city. It'll open its doors at 12 noon on Saturday 17 November with a unique offering of local and continental tasty food, sweet treats, wonderful gifts and crafts. You won't need Belfast Christmas Lights Switch-on tickets to visit on Saturday but a one-way system will operate for visitors with entry via Donegall Square West and exit from Donegall Square East.

Don’t forget to post your child’s Christmas wishes to the North Pole via our postbox beside Santa's grotto in the Belfast Christmas Market. Each child who posts their letter, with a return address, no later than Sunday 16 December 2018 will receive a response from Santa himself.

City centre entertainment

Come into Belfast early on Saturday 17 November and explore the city. There'll be entertainment around the city centre to enjoy.  

 

Belfast City Hall with Christmas lightsVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Christmas Market]]>Belfast is alive with Christmas as the Belfast Christmas Market returns to Belfast City Hall. The yuletide market offers an authentic feast of quality Christmas international cuisine alongside a carefully curated mix of handcrafted goods and bespoke artisan products. 

Set against the spectacular backdrop of Belfast City Hall, Belfast Christmas Market in the heart of the city is the perfect pit stop for coach parties, day-trippers and city shoppers, offering a unique and exciting festive experience.

If culinary delights are a passion, enjoy a warming mug of hot Glühwein, feast on hog roast, indulge in some mouth-watering Belgian chocolates, baklava crepes, and specialty cheeses or savour the delicate flavours of meats from across the continent, all in an atmosphere overflowing with Christmas cheer. Take the weight off and experience our outdoor food court and indulge in a spot of people watching.

Santa's grotto

Bring the children to visit Santa in his magical grotto and support local charity Pretty 'n' Pink. 

Don’t forget to post your child’s Christmas wishes to the North Pole via our postbox beside Santa's grotto in the Belfast Christmas Market. Each child who posts their letter, with a return address, no later than Sunday 16 December 2018 will receive a response from Santa himself.

After meeting the big man, why not take a ride on the vintage carousel, or get a birds eye view of the market from the top of the helter skelter?

For more information on Belfast Christmas Market, visit Market Place Europe's Belfast Christmas Market Facebook page.

Look out for Your Belfast events and attractions happening across the city centre over the festive season. 

Belfast Christmas MarketVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Valley Regional Park - Secrets of the Stone Age]]>The Lagan Valley has been host to human settlement since prehistoric times.

Join us to discover how our ancestors might have lived thousands of years ago.

Discover the archaeological importance of the Giant’s Ring and its associated area: burial chambers, standing stones.

Meet at the Giant’s Ring car park. £3 per person

Booking is essential,

Call 028 9049 1922 or go to www.laganvalley.co.uk

CavehillVenue : Giants ring]]>
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<![CDATA[Christmas elf craft workshops]]>Belfast is alive for Christmas with festive events and attractions for all the family to enjoy.

Our Christmas Elves will be setting up their workshops at Castlecourt and Donegall Arcade this festive season.

Bring your little helpers along and have a go at free festive arts and crafts from around the world. Make your own "Julehjerter" - a traditional Danish Christmas decoration or a seasonal Luminaria Latern from Mexico.

 

Date Time
Sunday 18 November 1pm – 6pm
Saturday 24 November  12noon - 5pm
Sunday 25 November  1pm - 6pm
Saturday 1 December  12noon - 5pm
Sunday 2 December 1pm - 6pm
Thursday 6 December 3pm - 6pm
Friday 7 December   3pm - 6pm
Saturday 8 December   12noon - 5pm
Sunday 9 December 1pm - 6pm
Thursday 13 December 1pm - 6pm
Friday 14 December 3pm - 6pm
Saturday 15 December  12noon - 5pm
Sunday 16 December  1pm - 6pm
Thursday 20 December  1pm - 6pm
Friday 21 December 3pm - 6pm
Saturday 22 December 12noon - 5pm
Sunday 23 December  1pm - 6pm
Crafts on a Christmas treeVenue : Castlecourt and Donegall Arcade]]>
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<![CDATA[Dippy's Dino Deals at Belfast Zoo]]>Belfast Zoo have a ‘ZOO-RASSIC DINO DEAL’ for all of their visitors this November, to celebrate the arrival of the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton, Dippy to the Ulster Museum!

Stomp on over to Belfast Zoo on 18 November to enjoy a ‘RAWR-some’ 25% off family, adult and concession tickets!

Find out more www.belfastzoo.co.uk

Belfast Zoo - Dippy's Dino DealsVenue : Belfast Zoo]]>
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<![CDATA[Employability and skills stakeholder information session]]>Come along and find out about the work that our Employability and Skills team is doing to help people in Belfast develop new skills to get jobs.

Along with our partners we’re working to develop a city for working and learning, where everyone can fulfil their potential as part of our Belfast Agenda.

At this information session you can find out about the upcoming Employment Academies, which provide the skills, qualifications and guaranteed interview for identified job opportunities across a range of sectors, including:

  • Transport
  • Social Care
  • Self-employed childminding 
  • Hospitality
  • Childcare
  • Construction

We will also have staff on hand to provide information on support available to start or grow a business including social enterprises and self-employment.

Register your attendance

Please register to attend by emailing economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0482, giving details of special dietary requirements or reasonable adjustments you require to attend.

Sign up for email updates

If you’re a partner organisation interested in working with us or finding out more about our support programmes, please sign up to receive regular email updates - register for updates

A group of people talkingVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Snow slide and market stalls on Donegall Place]]>Belfast is alive this Christmas with lots of festive attractions around the city centre for children and adults alike. 

Try out the new snow slide on Donegall Place or browse around the extra market chalets and bespoke food trailers along the street. 

Look out for more attractions and events over the festive season in Your Belfast. 

Donegall Place

AttractionDatesOpening timesCost for rides
Giant snow slide Wednesday 21 November 2018 - Sunday 6 January 2019

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 8pm

Sunday: 12noon - 6pm

Christmas and New Year opening times

Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve): 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day): Closed
Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day): 10am - 6pm

Thursday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
Friday 28 December: 10am - 8pm
Saturday 29 December: 10am - 8pm
Sunday 30 December: 12noon - 6pm

Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve) 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 1 January 2019 (New Year’s Day): 1pm - 5pm

Snow slide
£2

Chalets and bespoke food trailers Wednesday 21 November 2018 - Sunday 6 January 2019

Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 8pm

Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm

Sunday: 12noon – 6pm

Christmas and New Year opening times


Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve): 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day): Closed
Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day): 10am - 6pm

Thursday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
Friday 28 December: 10am - 8pm
Saturday 29 December: 10am - 8pm
Sunday 30 December: 12noon - 6pm

Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve) 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 1 January 2019 (New Year’s Day): 1pm - 5pm

 
Snow slide in Donegall PlaceVenue : Donegall Place, Belfast City Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Santa’s Post Office]]>Join Santa’s elves at his Belfast Post Office on Royal Avenue (opposite Debenhams).

Little ones can write their letters to Santa, get them stamped by the elves with their North Pole seal of approval, then post them in Santa’s magical postbox and see the journey they will take from Belfast to the North Pole!

Santa will be busy making his list and checking it twice, with all the children on his nice list receiving a reply letter from the man himself.

This is a free event running on the following dates:

DateTime
Saturday 24 November 11am - 4pm
Sunday 25 November 12noon - 4pm
Saturday 1 December 11am-4pm
Sunday 2 December 12noon - 4pm
Thursday 6 December 12noon - 4pm
Saturday 8 December  11am-4pm
Sunday 9 December 12noon - 4pm
Thursday 13 December 12noon - 4pm
Saturday 15 December 11am-4pm
Sunday 16 December 12noon - 4pm
Saturday 22 December 11am-4pm
Sunday 23 December 12noon - 4pm


Organised by Belfast One, and delivered by Young at Art.

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<![CDATA[Friendship Four ice hockey tournament]]>Enjoy some top US College ice hockey right on your doorstep, as the Friendship Four ice hockey tournament returns for its fourth year on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November.

Belfast’s SSE Arena will be buzzing with the excitement and energy as four colleges battle to become 2018 champion and claim the coveted Friendship Four Belpot trophy.

Friendship Four is the only college ice hockey tournament held outside of the United States where teams play for league points.

You can be assured of thrilling action and superb sporting skills as Boston University, University of Connecticut, Yale University, and Union College compete in four games over the two days.

This unique and popular tournament is a result of Belfast’s Sister City relationship with Boston.

For more information visit www.friendshipfour.com, and to book tickets, visit www.ssearenabelfast.com.

Win Friendship Four ice hockey tickets

The tickets competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

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<![CDATA[Magical Musical Christmas Stage at Royal Avenue]]>We’re delivering lots of magical Christmas music to the city centre to get you in the festive spirit and support the #YourBelfast campaign. Call down to the Royal Avenue stage (at the entrance to Castlecourt) to hear the wonderful sounds of these talented performers. There will also be magical musical performances at Castle Place on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 16 December.

The programme will come to a spectacular crescendo on Saturday 22 December when the Royal Avenue stage will feature a host of incredible performances including the Belfast Community Gospel Choir, Belfast Operatic Society and Peter Corry with special guests. 

Look out for other city centre entertainment this festive season in Belfast. Remember to share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter! We'd also love to see your snaps of the festivities too - send them to yourpics@belfastcity.gov.uk and we'll display the best ones.

DateTimePerformers
Saturday 24 November

2pm - 3.30pm

4pm – 6pm

NI Stars

The Unholy Gospel band

Sunday 25 November

4pm – 6pm

Clay Pigeons

Saturday 1 December

2pm - 3.45pm

4pm - 6pm

Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra

Anna’s Number

Sunday 2 December

12.15pm - 1.45pm

2pm - 3pm

St Agnes Choral Society 

Alive Community Choir

Thursday 6 December

5pm - 6pm

6pm - 7pm 

7pm - 8pm

Rebekah Fitch

Lyric Theatre presents Alice the Musical

Queen's Wellbeing Choir 

Sunday 9 December

12.45pm - 1.45pm

2pm - 4pm

4pm - 6pm

Open House Festival Choir

Open Arts Choir

The Fairweather Band

Thursday 13 December

5pm - 7pm

The Swing Gals

Friday 14 December

6pm - 8pm

Anna’s Number

Saturday 15 December

1pm - 2pm

2pm - 3.45pm

4pm - 5.30pm

Big Belfast Choir

Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra

NI Stars Christmas Spectacular

Sunday 16 December

1pm – 4pm 

Caribbean Christmas

Thursday 20 December

5.30pm - 7pm

7pm - 9pm

Belfast Voice and Dance Academy

The Victory Rollers

Friday 21 December 5.30pm - 6.30pm Ajendance
Saturday 22 December

2pm - 4pm

4pm - 6pm

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

Belfast Operatic Society

Peter Corry and special guests

Sunday 23 December

1pm - 2pm

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Sing for Life Choir

Rebekah Fitch


*Please note entertainment is subject to change.

Belfast City Hall at Christmas timeVenue : Royal Avenue stage (at the entrance to Castlecourt)]]>
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<![CDATA[What's on this Christmas at St George’s Market]]>It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at gorgeous St George’s. With twinkling lights, delicious festive food and drink as well as handmade Christmas gifts for all the family.

And now our dazzling line-up of amazing local musicians, including local school and community choirs, will add an extra touch of magic to an already special time of the year. Join us for the ultimate Christmas extravaganza, bursting with Christmas cheer and unmissable entertainment every weekend throughout December. 

Christmas opening hours

St George’s Market will be open as usual over the holidays with extended opening hours on Christmas Eve*.

DateTime
Friday 21 December 6am - 3pm
Saturday 22 December  9am - 3pm
Sunday 23 December 10am - 4pm
Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December  8am – 2pm*
Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December Closed
Friday 28 December  6am - 3pm
Saturday 29 December  9am - 3pm
Sunday 30 December 10am - 4pm


What's on 

DateEntertainmentTime
Friday 30 November De La Salle College choir, Belfast 11.30am-12.30pm
Saturday 1 December Bookhouse Boys 11am-3pm
Sunday 2 December The Leading Ladies  12noon-4pm
Friday 7 December

Holy Child Primary School choir, Belfast

St Bernard's Primary School choir, Belfast

Sacred Heart Primary School choir, Belfast

10am-11am

11.30am-12.30pm

1pm-2pm

Saturday 8 December Paul McElkerney  11am-3pm
Sunday 9 December Jukebox Unplugged 12noon-4pm
Friday 14 December

Cairnshill Primary School choir, Belfast

The A&L Goodbody Choir

Euston Street Primary School choir, Belfast

10am-11am

11.30am-12.30pm

1pm-2pm

Saturday 15 December 

The Alive Community Choir

The A&L Goodbody Choir

11.30am - 12.30pm

12.45pm - 1.45pm

Sunday 16 December The Martello Jazz Band 12noon-4pm
Friday 21 December Anton Glackin 11am-3pm
Saturday 22 December  Jackie Rainey 11am-3pm
Sunday 23 December  Mark Anthony 12noon-4pm
Friday 28 December Chris Keys  11am-3pm
Saturday 29 December  Mississippi Boombox 11am-3pm
Sunday 30 December  Jukebox Unplugged 12noon-4pm
Christmas at St George'sVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Serenity Sunday]]>Take time out from the Christmas rush for some 'me' time in Belfast on Serenity Sunday, 25 November. There are lots of free activities happening throughout the day to help you relax and unwind.

Look out for more events in Your Belfast this festive season.

 

EventVenueTimeDescription
Breath Yoga by Breath Yoga NI and Harp Bullitt Hotel 10am-11am

Take part in a breath Yoga session accompanied by soothing harp music by the talented Amy Mcallister. 

Synergy Holistic Kiehls, Victoria Square 1pm - 6pm

Treat yourself to a complimentary head, neck and shoulder massage, (or reflexology) to unwind before the holiday rush at Kiehls, Victoria Square.

Please arrive early to book an appointment as places will be limited. These treatments will be provided by highly experienced therapists from Synergy Holistic. 

Lush Belfast Lush Belfast 1pm-6pm

Complimentary hand and arm massages with personalised consultations. Spa therapists will provide shoulder and neck massages.

Yoga at Flow Studio Flow Yoga Studio, Hill Street  1.30pm-2.30pm and 3pm-4pm

Ever wanted to try out some Yoga at Flow Studio? Now is your chance as they are offering free Yoga sessions on Serenity Sunday.

Baby mindful on the move 

University of Ulster, York Street

*Please note the change of venue

2pm-3pm

Join baby mindful on the move for a 'twinkle twinkle little star' Christmas session.

Baby Mindful has been created for parents and babies, with a range of activities which will gently stimulate and calm your baby, whilst supporting their natural development. 

Therapeutic writing workshop Costa, Castle Place  2pm - 4pm 

Writing for inner calm

A unique creative writing workshop that includes mindfulness, guided vizualisations, and lots of fun. No writing experience is necessary - just bring paper, a pen, and an open heart.

Bath bomb making workshop Golden Thread pop-up gallery in Castlecourt 2pm - 4pm

Learn how to make and personalise your own bath bombs with your choice of colour, calming essential oils and dried flowers.

Christmas crafts aren't just for kids and this fun workshop is a creative way to relax before the Christmas rush.

Taiji and Qi Gong Bullitt Hotel  3pm - 5pm

Try something a little different as The Irish Wushu Association present this very special taiji session. Grandmaster Zhu Changhai will take the class.

He is a grandmaster of Taiji and an expert in many aspects of the health and healing powers of Taijiquan. Grandmaster Zhu is one of the highest Taijiquan teachers' in Europe. 

Zentangle workshop by Star jump create Waterstones 4pm-6pm 

Express your creativity by taking part in a Zentangle workshop. Zentangle is a wonderfully creative, relaxing process of turning simple drawn patterns into artistic designs.

Zentangle calms the mind, helps to reduce stress and improves focus.

 

 *Please note events are subject to change.

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<![CDATA[18 - Commemorating the Suffrage Centenary]]>‘18’ is a piece for two female choirs of 18 singers, electric string trio, keyboard and tape that celebrates and commemorates the history of women’s suffrage in Belfast.

Performed at Crumlin Road Gaol, the piece is a site-specific work which, whilst highlighting the building’s unique structure, will draw on the stories from some of the key Belfast women involved in the struggle for equality in its 100th Year anniversary.

Through their very own words, interspersed with original text by poet Maria McManus, the piece will attempt to create a memory space in their honour.

Tickets cost £10 (£8 concession).

Call 028 9024 2338 or visit www.crescentarts.org for more information.

This event is part of Belfast Music Summer Seasons 2018. Find out more.

Crumlin Road GaolVenue : Crumlin Road Gaol]]>
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<![CDATA[Development plans for Ballysillan Playing Fields: drop-in consultation events]]>Come along to view plans to create a thriving, welcoming and shared space in Ballysillan.

Working in partnership with the Urban Villages Initiative, we have developed a long-term development plan for Ballysillan Playing Fields.

We’re asking for your help to prioritise which of the proposed facilities in the long-term plan should be taken forward at this time.

Officers from council and Urban Villages Initiative will be there to explain the proposals and answer any queries you have.

You can also view the plans and provide feedback online.

Drop-in sessions

DateVenueTime
Monday 26 November 2018 Ballysillan Leisure Centre 10am – 1pm
Tuesday 27 November 2018 Youth focused event
Ballysillan Youth For Christ, Bluehouses
7.30pm – 10pm
Tuesday 4 December 2018 Concorde Community Centre 11am – 3pm
Thursday 6 December 2018 Ballysillan Leisure Centre 4pm – 7pm

 

For more information, please call us on 028 9032 0202 extension 2555 or email ballysillanconsultation@belfastcity.gov.uk

This consultation in running in tandem with a consultation on initial designs to create a thriving, welcoming and shared space at Marrowbone Millennium Park.

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<![CDATA[Causeway Exchange – Northern Ireland Network Launch]]>Are you interested in expanding your business into Scotland or the Republic of Ireland and enhancing your network locally?

We’re supporting the launch of the ‘Causeway Exchange- Northern Ireland Network’, taking place on Tuesday 27 November from 6pm-8pm, at Reception Hall, Belfast City Hall. 

The aim of Causeway is to foster closer economic ties across Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, by providing a high-level forum for businesses to build relationships and expand their networks.

At the launch, Causeway will explain the benefits of membership to Northern Ireland’s thriving business community and establish a programme of activity to sit alongside that taking place in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Register before 20 November 2018. For more information and to register visit www.causewayexchange.net.

Causeway Exchange – Northern Ireland Network LaunchVenue : Reception Hall, Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Development plans for Marrowbone Millennium Park: drop-in consultation events]]>Come along to view plans to create a thriving, welcoming and shared space in Marrowbone.

Working in partnership with the Urban Villages Initiative, we have developed initial designs to improve safety, facilities and access at Marrowbone Millennium Park.

We are currently seeking feedback from the local community and stakeholders on these initial designs.

Officers from council and Urban Villages Initiative will be in attendance to explain the proposals and answer any queries you have.

You can also view the plans and provide feedback online.

Drop-in sessions

DateVenueTime
Thursday 29 November 2018 Marrowbone Park Pavillion 5pm - 8pm
Friday 30 November 2018 Sacred Heart Parish Centre 9am - 12noon
Wednesday 5 December 2018 Ardoyne Community Centre 11am - 3pm
Wednesday 5 December 2018 Youth focused event
St Gemma’s School
6.30pm - 8pm

 

For more information, please call us on 028 9032 0202 extension 6465 or email marrowboneconsultation@belfastcity.gov.uk 

This consultation in running in tandem with a consultation on a long-term development plan to create a thriving, welcoming and shared space within the current Ballysillan Playing Fields site.

A family playing in the parkVenue : various]]>
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<![CDATA[Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic]]>US college basketball returns to SSE Arena in Belfast from 29 November - 1 December 2018 for the second ever Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.

This year's tournament has an expanded field of eight top teams from sporting universities across the USA including the universities of:

  • Albany
  • Buffalo
  • San Francisco
  • Stephen F Austin
  • Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • LIU Brooklyn, and
  • Dartmouth and Marist Colleges.

The three-day tournament, presented by the Sport Changes Life Foundation, is set to attract thousands of basketball enthusiasts from across the UK and Ireland. Players, cheer teams, bands, and supporters will travel from the USA to cheer on their favourite university teams.

To purchase your tickets, call 028 9073 9074 or visit www.ssearenabelfast.com

For further details, please visit www.belfastbasketballclassic.com or follow the event on Facebook, Twitter  and Instagram.

Basketball playersVenue : SSE Arena, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Hansel and Gretel and the Big Greedy Gorb]]>Come along to the Rainbow Factory Theatre this November and December and join Hansel and Gretel on their magical adventure filled with laughs, songs and dancing. An unmissable pantomime adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

Ticket prices range from £5.50 - £6.50.

To book your ticket, call 028 9024 0551 or email boxoffice@youthaction.org.

The cast of Hansel and GretelVenue : YouthAction Northern Ireland, Rainbow Factory Theatre, 14 College Square North BT1 6AS]]>
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<![CDATA[Workshop: Measuring social impact]]>Measuring social value and social impact is crucial to understanding if an organisation is making a real difference to society and the lives of their users and beneficiaries.

This workshop provides an introduction to social impact measurement, at the end of which participants will be more aware of the tools available and how to measure the impact of their organisations activities.

This workshop will cover the following:

  • why impact measurement is increasingly important
  • the tools for impact measurement including how to conduct a logic model 
  • how to communicate social impact.

By the end of this workshop, you will be equipped to:

  • understand what social impact is and what it means to each participant
  • determine how social impact can be measured and evaluated by each social enterprise or cooperative
  • use the results of a social impact analysis to the organisation’s best advantage. 

To book your place, please complete the registration form.

 

A person working on their computerVenue : The Houben Centre, 432 Crumlin Road, Belfast BT14 7GE]]>
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<![CDATA[Kids Christmas activities]]>For our city’s little people, excitement is building with the arrival of Santa on Christmas Eve. And to help your kids to burn off some of that excited energy, come along to St George’s every weekend from Friday, 30 November to Sunday, 23 December and enjoy two hours of free Christmas craft activities.

Your kids can showcase their creative skills at our ‘make and take’ workshops, where they can design their own range of Christmas decorations to take home.

DateActivityTime
Friday 30 November  Make a Christmas tree 12noon-2pm
Saturday 1 December Make a Christmas tree 12noon-2pm
Sunday 2 December Make a Christmas tree 12noon-2pm
Friday 7 December Twinkle, twinkle make a star 12noon-2pm
Saturday 8 December Twinkle, twinkle make a star 12noon-2pm
Sunday 9 December  Twinkle, twinkle make a star 12noon-2pm
Friday 14 December Decorate a Christmas bauble 12noon-2pm
Saturday 15 December Decorate a Christmas bauble 12noon-2pm
Sunday 16 December Decorate a Christmas bauble 12noon-2pm
Friday 21 December Make a little angel 12noon-2pm
Saturday 22 December Make a little angel 12noon-2pm
Sunday 23 December Make a little angel 12noon-2pm
A family creating Christmas craftsVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Win a St George’s Market Christmas hamper]]>We’re making this Christmas the tastiest one yet, with a chance to win a fabulously scrumptious Christmas hamper in our free, weekly prize draw. There is one hamper to be won every weekend from Friday 30 November until Sunday 23 December 2018.

To be in with a chance of winning a Christmas hamper, all you have to do is complete an entry form and place it in the competition box that is located beside the clock in St George’s Market.

All entry forms must be completed over the duration of the following weekends including:

  • 30 November to 2 December
  • 7, 8 and 9 December
  • 14, 15 and 16 December, and
  • 21, 22 and 23 December.

Any entries received after 4pm on the Sunday of each weekend of 2, 9, 16, and 23 December will not be accepted. 

Competition terms and conditions

  • The promoter is Belfast City Council of City Hall Belfast BT1 5GS.
  • Four prize winners will be selected at random. Each of the hamper winners will receive one St George’s Market hamper filled with a variety of products (not all hampers will be identical).
  • Entries must be placed into the competition box located beside the clock in St George’s Market. No other form of entry will be accepted.
  • Entry forms can be obtained in and around St Georges Market, and will be available from each of the retailers within the market.
  • All of our weekly hamper winners will be notified by phone on Tuesday 4, Tuesday 11 and Tuesday 18 December and the winner on 23 December will be notified between Christmas and New Year.
  • The hampers cannot be redeemed for any cash alternative.
  • You must be 18 or over and live in Northern Ireland to enter this competition.
  • Only one entry per person, each week, will be accepted.
  • Entries and competitions will be on a weekly basis and will, as such, be treated as new and separate competitions. Entries submitted for the initial competition will not be entered into the competition for the subsequent week, and so on and so forth until the conclusion of all competitions.
  • Belfast City Council cannot take responsibility for entries which are lost or delayed.
  • Employees of Belfast City Council and retailers within St George’s Market are not eligible to enter.
  • Belfast City Council reserves the right to publicise the competition and the winners.
  • The closing date to enter the weekly hamper competitions is 4pm on Sunday 2, 9, 16 and 23 December respectively.
  • All winners must collect their hampers before 12 noon on 24 December from the market’s office in St George’s Market. Except for the 23 December hamper winner who will be notified between Christmas and New Year.
  • If a winner should fail to collect their hamper by the aforementioned deadline, the Council reserves the right to declare this winner void and to draw a new winner at random from the previous winners.
  • Belfast City Council’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By entering this competition, individuals agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • This competition is governed by the law of Northern Ireland.
St George's Market Christmas hamperVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Choir singing at St George’s Market]]>We’re hosting a number of local school and community choirs, from across Belfast, who’ll be singing some well-known Christmas songs.

Bring the family along, grab a mince pie or festive treat and soak up the lovely market atmosphere. 

Date10am - 11am11.30am - 12.30pm12.45pm - 1.45pm1pm - 2pm
Friday 30 November   De La Salle College, Belfast    
Friday 7 December Holy Child Primary School, Belfast St Bernard's Primary School, Belfast   Sacred Heart Primary School, Belfast

Friday 14 December

Cairnshill Primary School The A&L Goodbody Choir   Euston Street Primary School, Belfast
Saturday 15 December   The Alive Community Choir The A&L Goodbody Choir  

 

 

 

Santa Claus at St George's MarketVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Christmas events at Belfast Central Library]]>Belfast Central Library is hosting a huge range of festive events in the run up to Christmas.

There are activities for all ages including Crafts and Stories, Open Mic Nght and Rhythm and Rhyme.

To book an event call 028 9050 9150

DateTimeDescriptionExtra information
Saturday 1 December 2pm - 3pm Christmas Crackers Crafts and Stories Suitable for 4-10 year olds. Booking not required
Friday 7 December 3.30pm - 4.45pm Bringing Our Story Together Adult event. Booking advisable
Monday 10 December 6pm - 7pm Christmas eBook Lego Creator Suitable for 8-10 year olds. Booking essential.
Tuesday 11 December 12 noon 1pm A Part of Belfast Now: Human Rights Week Open event. Includes speakers and exhibition.
Wednesday 12 December 2pm - 4pm Creative Writing: Rights and Freedom Adult event. Booking advisable.
Thursday 13 December 6pm - 7.30pm Jingle Jam: Christmas in the 80s - Open Mic Open adult event.
Friday 14 December 12 noon - 1pm The Music of Dreams - Piano Recital by 14-year-old Alma Harrak  
Friday 14 December 3.30pm - 4.45pm Bringing Our Story Together Adult only even. Booking advisable.
Monday 17 December 10.30am - 12.30pm Christmas Tea and Newspapers Open adult event.
Tuesday 18 December 10.30am - 11.30am Knit and Natter's Christmas Craic Open adult event.
Wednesday 19 December 2.30pm - 3.30pm The Gringe and Scrooge - Be Gone! Festive recitals. Open event
Friday 21 December 11am - 11.30am Reindeer Rhythm and Rhyme Suitable for 0-4 year old. Booking not required.
A display of festive jarsVenue : Belfast Central Library]]>
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<![CDATA[Elfish on the Shelf Christmas walking tours]]>Join our fun and interactive family walking tours and meet Elfish, a grumpy, greedy, little elf who fell from his shelf and is definitely on Santa's naughty list this year.

He needs your help to remember what Christmas is really all about or he will never be allowed back on the shelf again.

Help Elfish search for the answers to some seasonal clues, explore the city centre, and together, you might make sure Elfish is on Santa's nice list before Christmas Eve. 

Tours are free and run each weekend from Saturday 1 December to Sunday 23 December. Book your place on the Eventbrite website.

Remember to share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter! We'd also love to see your snaps of the festivities too - send them to yourpics@belfastcity.gov.uk and we'll display the best ones. 

DateTime
Saturday 1 December 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm 
Sunday 2 December 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm 
Saturday 8 December 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm 
Sunday 9 December 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm 
Saturday 15 December 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm 
Sunday 16 December 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm 
Saturday 22 December 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm 
Sunday 23 December 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm 

 

 

Elfish on the Christmas walking tourVenue : outside Caffè Nero on Fountain Street]]>
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<![CDATA[WestSpend Christmas Fayre]]>Join us on Saturday 1 December as WestSpend welcome Christmas to the Andersonstown Road.

From 4pm-6pm, there will be a whole host of Christmas-themed activity in the Andersonstown area for all the family to enjoy. From festive performances, a visit from Santa and his elf, and a Christmas lights switch-on, this evening of fun is not to be missed!

We are supporting this event as part of the WestSpend campaign, to support businesses affected by construction works in west Belfast.

For more information, visit the WestSpend Facebook page.

Christmas wreathVenue : Andersonstown Road, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Mingle and Jingle]]>Visit Santa’s Grotto with an opportunity for children to meet Santa or take part in our festive arts and crafts workshops

There'll also be lots of music and entertainment for all the family.

Contact Girdwood Community Hub for more information.

A selection of Christmas arts and craftsVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
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<![CDATA[PCSP Christmas Crime Prevention and Safety Event]]>Come along for free practical advice, information and support on a range of crime prevention and safety issues for the festive season.  The event will host a range of statutory, community and voluntary organisations.  The event will feature over 30 exhibitors including Belfast City Council, PSNI, Samaritans, NI Fire and Rescue Service, Translink, Victim Support, Age NI and many more. 

This free event will offer information on crime prevention in the home and for businesses, car crime, bogus callers, advice regarding scams, drugs and alcohol, mental health, food safety tips, consumer advice including debt services and fire prevention information.

The event also offers complimentary tea, coffee, and mince pies. There is no need to book – simply turn up on the day.

For more information visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/pcsp

PCSP ChristmasVenue : The Great Hall, Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Cinema on the Square]]>This December join Belfast One for Cinema in the Square, in association with Belfast Film Festival. A host of holiday treats lie in store once you step inside our winter cabin-themed cinema that will get you into the festive spirit!

Screenings will take place at the following times:

Date

 Times

 Movie

Thursday 6 December

1pm

5.30pm

7.30pm

It's a Wonderful Life

Elf (Autism Friendly)

Love Actually

Friday 7 December

1pm

5.30pm

7.30pm

A Muppet's Christmas Carol

Home Alone

The Holiday

Saturday 8 December

10am

1pm

4pm

7pm

Santa Claus The Movie

Miracle on 34th Street

Elf

Die Hard

 Sunday 9 December

1pm

4pm

7pm

Jingle All The Way

Home Alone 2

Scrooged 

 

Tickets for all screenings are free, however booking is essential. Please note, a £1 booking fee applies.

For more information, and to book your tickets, visit the Belfast Film Festival website.

Terms and conditions apply.

Look out for Your Belfast events and attractions across the city centre over the festive season.

People enjoying a filmVenue : Bank Square]]>
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<![CDATA[Fire and Ice]]>Be amazed as parts of the city centre transform into a sculpture gallery on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December, with a stunning corridor of ice sculptures and fire. 

Graeme Stratton, Northern Ireland’s leading ice sculptor, will be creating ten incredible new sculptures, which will be on public display along Royal Avenue for this never-before-seen event. The sculptures will feature a variety of subjects from fantasy to nature as well as one or two special creations for the kids to enjoy.

Alongside the ice sculptures, a selection of Northern Ireland’s most talented and exciting fire performers will help to keep the temperature up. There’ll be fire dancing, fire fans, fire juggling and fire breathing – sure to get the adrenaline pumping.

International DJ Neon Fiji will also be performing on the Royal Avenue stage, providing an electrifying sound scape to set the mood as you explore this magical event.

The event is free and no booking is necessary.

Remember to share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter! We'd also love to see your snaps of the festivities too - send them to yourpics@belfastcity.gov.uk and we'll display the best ones.  

 

Two fire jugglersVenue : Royal Avenue (outside CastleCourt)]]>
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<![CDATA[Magical Musical Christmas Stage at Castle Place]]>Get yourself into the festive spirit by enjoying a fantastic array of musical performances on the Castle Place Stage. It will feature a selection of local choirs, orchestras, youth arts organisation and others.

There will also be magical musical performances at the Royal Avenue Stage in December. 

Remember to share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter with the hashtag #YourBelfast. We'd also love to see your snaps of the festivities too - send them to yourpics@belfastcity.gov.uk and we'll display the best ones.

We've lots more festive entertainment to look out for across Belfast city centre. 

DateTimeEvent
Friday 7 December 

5pm – 7pm

7pm – 9pm

Peter Corry Presents

The Unholy Gospel Band

Saturday 8 December

1pm – 2.30pm

2.45pm – 3.45pm

4pm – 5pm

Belfast Voice & Dance Academy

Belfast Guitar Orchestra

Change the World in Song / VocaLoca

Sunday 16 December

1pm – 2pm

2.15pm – 3.15pm

3.30pm – 5.30pm

Open House Festival Choir

Fortwilliam Music Society

The Fairweather Band

 

*Please note entertainment is subject to change.

A choir singingVenue : Castle Place Stage, Castle Place]]>
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<![CDATA[Titanic Quarter Christmas tree light switch-on]]>Christmas is kicking off in Titanic Quarter on Saturday 8 December.

Gathering in the Dock Café at 4pm, before moving outside for carols by candlelight, watch as Santa abseils down the ARC. After, some special guests will be there to entertain the crowd before they illuminate the tree at 4.45pm.

After the big switch-on, visitors can enjoy hot chocolate, punch and some sweet treats.

For more information call 028 9076 6300.

Crowds watching Christmas lights switch-on at Titanic QuarterVenue : The Dock Café]]>
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<![CDATA[Dippy on Tour: Explorer Goggles]]>Cost: Free - drop in
Location: Tropical Ravine

Every intrepid explorer needs the right kit to help them on their search for dinosaurs. Join the Young at Art Events team to make your own set of Explorer Goggles - decorated with pens, stickers, sequins, feathers and more - you'll leave with a cool craft that you can wear on your adventures. The Tropical Ravine is a hot and humid environment. Please ensure you have access to water when visiting.

For more information, email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Dippy on Tour

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Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Winter wonderland Twilight Market]]>This Christmas, take a walk through our magical winter wonderland-themed Twilight Market at St George’s on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December, from 4pm to 11pm. Your favourite traders await with the warmest of welcomes and the coolest selection of local produce, as well as arts and crafts.

Discover something exciting with every step you take. From sampling delicious local artisan food and drink to finding the perfect gift for that special someone - our Twilight Market has something for everyone.

And after perusing our unique mix of over 100 market traders, relax and soak up the Christmas atmosphere with our amazing line-up of live music and entertainment.

If you have little ones, we have lots of fun children’s activities to keep them entertained for hours.

Please note: all of our Twilight Market events are strictly over 18s after 9pm. Alcohol can only be purchased and consumed in the bar area located between May Street and Verner Street.

For more information on our Twilight Market, including traders, live entertainment and cookery demonstrations, visit our Twilight Market page.

A trader at the Twilight MarketVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Art Unwrapped]]>We’re delighted to be partnering with Ulster University and National Museums NI to launch a unique artistic experience that is hoped to be an annual highlight of the city’s festive events calendar.

‘Art Unwrapped’ will showcase an artistic masterpiece as a Christmas gift to the city of Belfast. Visitors will enjoy not only the opportunity to view the stunning painting but also to have a guided introduction to the work and journey through the interpretive story. In this, its inaugural year, the masterpiece from National Museums NI national collection is Emigrant Ship Leaving Belfast (1852) by James Glen Wilson and it will be on display at Ulster University’s gallery in York Street, Belfast.

Launching on 13 December and running to 13 January 2019, tours last 30 minutes and are FREE. Places are limited and booking in advance is advised to avoid disappointment.

Art UnwrappedVenue : Ulster University’s gallery, York Street, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[The Tiger Who Came To Tea storytime]]>On Friday 14 December, everyone's favourite hungry tiger is coming to town.

Bring your kids for a very special story time where Mummy and Sophie from the cast of The Tiger Who Came To Tea stage show will read the book aloud and host a colouring competition. There'll also be a special guest appearance from the tiger at the end.

Let your children's imagination run wild and celebrate The Tiger Who Came To Tea's 50th anniversary.

There'll be a photo opportunity with the Tiger afterwards until 1.20pm.

The Tiger Who Came To TeaVenue : Eason, Donegall Place]]>
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<![CDATA[Pigeon and Plum’s Christmas Cabaret 2018]]>Enjoy a show that has wowed the crowds of Belfast since 2005, and join the cast and clan of Pigeon and Plum’s vaudeville circus in celebrating 13 wonderful years of life behind the blood red velvet curtains.

So slip into your finest Steampunk and Victoriana garb of top hats and feather boas, and step back in time for a glimpse of the future of cabaret.

This event is perfect for a work Christmas do!

For more information, visit www.blackboxbelfast.com, email admin@blackboxbelfast.com or call 028 9024 4400.

Man performing on stageVenue : The Black Box, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Winter Circus]]>Following their run of sold out shows at this year’s Eastside Arts Festival, the wonderful, wacky folks down at Tumble Circus are back again with the ‘Winter Circus’ show.

The Tumble Circus troop promises to treat audiences to a winter extravaganza unlike anything else on offer in Belfast! Look out for the Tumble Circus big top tent in the fantastic central location of Writer’s Square.

The shows are all human, all skill and all thrill. Winter Circus features an inspiring modern soundtrack, international circus artists and comedy characters that both young and old can enjoy.

So forget what you previously thought about the circus and come along and experience an international award winning circus like no other, with some of the best acrobats, aerialists and jugglers in the world.

Ticket prices range from £8.50 - £12 per person. Families of four can avail of a special family ticket priced at £35.

Group discounts of ten or more people are available on request. Please contact tina@tumblecircus.com to enquire.

For more information visit www.tumblecircus.com.

Circus performersVenue : Writer's Sqaure, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Christmas in the Park]]>Come along to Christmas in the park.

See Santa in his grotto, feed the reindeers, fairground attractions, toast marshmallows, craft stalls, face painting, arts and crafts and much more.

Please note: There will be no parking within Cherryvale Playing Fields as the carpark will be closed to facilitate this event.

A lady feeding a reindeerVenue : Cherryvale Playing Fields]]>
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<![CDATA[Q-Con Christmas Fair]]>Q-Con, Northern Ireland’s premiere gaming event, comes to Belfast city centre on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December in the Belfast Telegraph Building.

The Q-Con Christmas Fair features all the best Q-Con events with:

  • gaming tournaments
  • console stations
  • traders showing off the latest new releases
  • cosplay artists
  • board games and much more.

There’ll be games for all ages and some amazing prizes to be won throughout the weekend. It’s completely free to come along!

For more information, visit Q-Con Belfast's website, Facebook and Twitter. 

People attending Q-ConVenue : Belfast Telegraph Building, Royal Avenue, BT1 1DN]]>
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<![CDATA[Big Belfast Christmas Busk Off]]>On Saturday 15 December, Belfast city centre will ring to the sounds of some of the best bands and performers in Northern Ireland.

Pop into Belfast to enjoy a feast of festive tunes and original tracks from a range of talented musicians, including the ever popular Anna's Number, jazz and funk sensations Belfast Busking Band and electric performances from Jordan Farndell.

Share your experiences with us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter with the hashtag #YourBelfast. We'd also love to see your snaps of the festivities too - send them to yourpics@belfastcity.gov.uk and we'll display the best ones.

The full line-up of bands and performers include:

  • Anna’s Number 
  • Belfast Busking Band
  • Chris Boldt
  • Courtney Miskimmin
  • Dizzy Steppers
  • Jordan Farndell
  • Marty McGrady
  • One Night in Babylon
  • Pair Shaped
  • Paul and the Meanie
  • Samuel Parkinson
  • Shannon Weatherop.

Remember to check out other events happening in Your Belfast this festive season.

A busker in Corn Market in Belfast city centreVenue : various streets in Belfast city centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Christmas in the Park]]>Come along to Christmas in the park.

See Santa in his grotto, feed the reindeers, fairground attractions, toast marshmallows, craft stalls, face painting, arts and crafts and much more.

Please note: There will be no parking within Cherryvale Playing Fields as the carpark will be closed to facilitate this event.

A woman feeding a reindeerVenue : Cherryvale Playing Fields]]>
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<![CDATA[Afri-Caribe Christmas]]>We are turning up the heat on the Magical Musical Christmas stage outside CastleCourt.

On Sunday 16 December, we welcome some special guests from ACSONI Northern Ireland as they present Afri-Caribe Christmas. Come and celebrate the Christmas traditions of Belfast's African and Carribean communities. Featuring music, dance and more. 

Share your experiences with us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter with the hashtag #YourBelfast. We'd also love to see your snaps of the festivities too - send them to yourpics@belfastcity.gov.uk and we'll display the best ones.

Two performers on the stageVenue : Royal Avenue stage (at the entrance to Castlecourt)]]>
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<![CDATA[A Gift for All]]>We will be lighting up the H&M building on Royal Avenue with a spectacular Christmas animation which is certain to set your festive spirit soaring. 

The first show will take place on Monday 17 December at 4.30pm and play at regular intervals every evening from the 17 to 22 December to make your last minute Christmas shopping just a bit more magical. 

If you didn't catch the light show on St. Anne's Cathedral at CNBX this year, you won't want to miss this.

Share your experiences with us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter with the hashtag #YourBelfast. We'd also love to see your snaps of the festivities too - send them to yourpics@belfastcity.gov.uk and we'll display the best ones.

Light animation on a buildingVenue : H&M building on Royal Avenue]]>
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<![CDATA[Orangefield Playgound Information Session]]>Belfast City Council, in partnership with Department for Communities is investing £580,000 in upgrading play facilities across the city.

If you are interested in hearing about our plans for improving the play facilities at Orangefield Park come along to this information session where you can talk to officers and view the exciting plans to upgrade the play facility.

If you are unable to attend but are interested in the plans please contact Belfast City Council by email mccreeryl@belfastcity.gov.uk or by telephone on 077 21 537436.

A childrens playgroundVenue : Orangefield Park Bowling Pavilion]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Castle Christmas tour]]>Take a walk through time this festive season. Enjoy a short illustrated talk on the history of Belfast Castle and its development up to the present day. ; will finish with tea, coffee and mince pies.

Booking is essential. £4 per person. 

Tickets available at reception.

Maximum of 10 tickets per person.

If you have, any queries please contact Belfast Castle Reception on 028 9077 6925 or bcr@belfastcastle.co.uk

Belfast castleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Welcoming The Light]]>On Friday 21 December, Belfast city centre will host a variety of illuminated characters and mysterious glowing orbs as we welcome the light and celebrate the winter solstice.

These weird and wonderful creatures are here to welcome the light, so grab a glow stick and help them celebrate!

Remember to share your experiences with us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter using #YourBelfast, or email your snaps to yourpics@belfastcity.gov.uk and we’ll use the best ones on our social media channels! 

 

 

LED hip-hop dancersVenue : along Royal Avenue]]>
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<![CDATA[Kids storytelling]]>Stuck for ideas to keep the kids entertained in January?

Bring them along to one of our free storytelling sessions and hear some of the best children’s storytellers in Northern Ireland. They’ll be bringing magic and wonder to a series of pop-up storytelling events at shops throughout the city centre. 

Suitable for children aged 4 - 8.

 

DateTimeStorytellerVenueBooking
Saturday 19 January

11am
12 noon
1pm

Vicky McFarland Learning Space
Fountain Centre
Book your place
Saturday 19 January

1pm
2pm
3pm

Karen Edwards

Eason
Donegall Place

Book your place

Saturday 26 January

11am
12 noon
1pm

Angela Green and Jannie Kleinhans

Learning Space
Fountain Centre

Book your place

Sunday 27 January

1pm
2pm
3pm

Eamon Keenan

Eason
Donegall Place

Book your place

An older person reading to two young childrenVenue : The Learning Space at Fountain Centre and Eason on Donegall Place]]>
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<![CDATA[ParkLife clubs: January - Big Garden Birdwatch]]>Come to our January Saturday club.

ParkDateTime
Falls Park Saturday 5 January 2019 2pm - 3.30pm 
Ballysillan Playing Fields Saturday 5 January 2019 10am - 11.30am
Tullycarnet Park bowling pavilion Saturday 12 January 2019 10am - 11.30am
Alderman Tommy Patton Memorial Park bowling pavilion  Saturday 19 January 2019 10am - 11.30am
Fullerton Park Saturday 19 January 2019 10am - 11.30am
Botanic Gardens Saturday 26 January 2019 10am - 11.30am

Booking for the Saturday clubs is essential. 

For more details and to book a place, please email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

 

A group of children walking in a snowy park]]>
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<![CDATA[Social Spark]]>Are you interested in learning more about design thinking or setting up a social enterprise or cooperative? If so, come along to the next Social Spark event.

This event offers the opportunity to:

  • learn new skills and experience the design thinking process
  • gain an appreciation of how you might generate new ideas for your organisation using the design thinking process
  • find out about additional support to get your venture up and running
  • gain awareness of social enterprises and cooperatives as business models and understand what is required to progress your venture
  • hear first-hand from successful social entrepreneurs and learn about their business models.

There are two workshops available:

  • the social enterprise / co-operative start-up workshop (10.30am-1.30pm)
  • the design thinking workshop (1.30pm-4.30pm)

You can register for one workshop or both and you must be based in the Belfast City Council area to attend these workshop.

To register your place, please complete the online registration form.

You can sign up to our emails to keep up-to-date on our latest programmes and events. 

 

People working on a whiteboardVenue : Thinc Lab, Work West Social Economy Village, 1b Hannahstown Hill, Belfast BT17 0XS (on-site car parking)]]>
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<![CDATA[New year, new you]]>Try something new, make a positive change, rejuvenate mind and body and maybe even discover a new passion with these taster sessions throughout January.

 

DateTimeWorkshop or eventVenueDescription
Every Wednesday in January
(16-30 January)
1pm-2pm Midweek massage Donegall Arcade

Enjoy some retail therapy this January with a free, lunchtime midweek massage by Belfast Mobile Massage in Donegall Arcade.

 

Every Friday in January

(11- 25 January)

1.15pm - 2pm  Breathe Yoga and Harp Bullitt Hotel Take a breather on your lunch break with a free yoga session accompained by soothing harp music from the talented Amy McAllister.

Every Saturday in January

11am - 4pm Free head and hand massages Keihls  

Saturday 26 January

11am – 12noon Zentangle workshop by Star Jump Create Waterstones, Fountain Street  

Saturday 26 January

2pm – 3pm Kids bookmaking workshop by Star Jump Create

Waterstones,
Fountain Street

 

Sunday 27 January

1pm – 2pm Beginner Spanish and holiday Spanish by Wee Love Languages

Clements, Rosemary Street

 

Sunday 27 January

2pm – 3pm  Intermediate Spanish revision by Wee Love Languages

Clements, Rosemary Street

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Tropical ParkLife]]>Homemade Beneficial Botanicals

Wednesday 17 April
1pm - 2.30pm
Free - Booking Essential
Venue: Botanical Gardens Bowling Pavilion

Join us to create your own beneficial balms fragranced with native and tropical botanicals. While enjoying a cup of herbal tea, chat about the uses of your newly made balms and the benefits of each of the ingredients you have added to them. All materials provided.

To book any of these events, please email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Beneficial Baskets

Wednesday 15 May
1pm - 2.30pm 
Free - Booking Essential
Venue: Tropical Ravine

Join us in the Tropical Ravine to make your own hanging basket filled with beneficial herbs. Our onsite experts will talk you through each stage of planting your beneficial herb baskets and the uses for each herb. To cut down on waste, please bring your own gardening gloves, all other materials will be provided. The Tropical Ravine is a hot and humid environment; please ensure you have access to water when visiting.

To book any of these events, please email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Edible Flower Planting

Wednesday 19 June
1pm - 2.30pm 
Free - Booking Essential
Venue: Tropical Ravine

Join us in the Tropical Ravine to explore which beautiful plants can also be an accompaniment to a nice summer salad. Sample some edible flowers and plant some to bring home, to grow and add to your own meals. To cut down on waste, please bring your own gardening gloves, all other materials will be provided. The Tropical Ravine is a hot and humid environment; please ensure you have access to water when visiting.

To book any of these events, please email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Sign up to Tropical Ravine emails

Sign up to our Tropical Ravine emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about the Tropical Ravine.

Accessibility at the Ravine

The Tropical Ravine is accessible to wheelchair users within the spaces used for a full educational visit, including the Tropical Zone and the Ravine walkway. There is lift access to the exhibition on the Ravine walkway, but some doors are not automatic.

More Ravine events

Previous events

Miniature Garden Making

Wednesday 20 March
1pm - 2.30pm
Free - booking essential
Venue:  Tropical Ravine, Botanic Gardens

Come along and work with the Tropical Ravine and Parklife teams to create a magical miniature Garden to take home. All materials provided. 

The Tropical Ravine is a hot and humid environment. Please ensure you have access to water when visiting.

Please meet at the lower foyer entrance of the Tropical Ravine at 1pm. Booking is essential.

For more information or to book this event, please email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Rainforest Feasts 

Wednesday 20 February
1pm - 2.30pm
Free - booking essential
Venue: Tropical Ravine, Tropical Zone Ground Floor

Come and join us in the lower canopy of the newly refurbished Tropical Ravine. Like the Victorian Plant Hunters of the past we’ll delve into a world of tasting, identifying and exploring explore unknown facts about very familiar fruits. please advise in advance of all food allergies. The Tropical Ravine is a hot and humid environment, please ensure you have access to water.

To book your place visit www.nisciencefestival.com

Wood Carving

Wednesday 16 January
1pm - 3pm 
Free - booking essential
Venue:  Botanic Gardens Bowling Pavilion

Join the Tropical Ravine team and Park Life to hand carve your own native and tropical Leaves with our local expert. 

The Tropical Ravine is a hot and humid environment. Please ensure you have access to water when visiting.

Please meet at the lower foyer entrance of the Tropical Ravine at 1pm. The event is free but booking is essential.

For more information or to book this event, please email tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[BEN (Belfast Enterprise Network)]]>Come along to the Belfast Entrepreneurs Networking session where Eleanor McEvoy will discuss how entrepreneurship should be positively promoted. She'll also talk about encouraging support for start-ups, particularly those with high potential, both inside and outside Northern Ireland.

As the public face of entrepreneurship, Eleanor will present her new role as Northern Ireland’s Entrepreneurship Ambassador and her vision for entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland. 

During this BEN event she will discuss her own successful business journey to date, which includes the creation and sale of two successful companies prior to her role as CEO of Budget Energy, as well as her time on RTE’s Dragons Den.

As a successful business role model, Eleanor will share knowledge and experience with potential and fledgling entrepreneurs, and emphasise the importance of entrepreneurial networks both locally and overseas.

To attend this event, please complete the event registration form.

A group of people networking at an eventVenue : Innovation Factory, Forthriver Business Park, Springfield Road, Belfast, BT12 7DG]]>
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<![CDATA[Bridal Open Day at Malone House]]>Check out our exquisite Bridal Open Day at Malone House on Sunday 20 January 2019, from 12 noon - 5pm.

And let us help you plan your perfect wedding day.

With a whole host of local suppliers, and a team of staff ready to cater to your every whim, say ‘I do’ to your perfect day.

Bridal Open Day at Malone HouseVenue : Malone House]]>
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<![CDATA[Bridal Open Day at Belfast Castle]]>Check out our exquisite Bridal Open Day at Belfast Castle on Sunday 20 January 2019, from 12 noon - 5pm.

And let us help you plan your perfect wedding day.

With a whole host of local suppliers, and a team of staff ready to cater to your every whim, say ‘I do’ to your perfect day.

WeddingVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[DiverseCity: Visit to Belfast Jewish Synagogue]]>Would you like to learn more about the people, places and communities that make Belfast? Are you interested in visiting different places of worship, understanding why different communities celebrate the events they do?

You must reserve your place in advance by emailing goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0663.

This visit and workshop will enable participants to understand aspects relating to the history, heritage and cultural practice of the Jewish community, as well as providing an opportunity to participate in a tour of the Synagogue.

Sign up to Good Relations emails

Sign up to our Good Relations emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about Good Relations.

DiverseCity]]>
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<![CDATA[Be your own boss]]>Are you interested in becoming self-employed? Come along to our session and hear about what free support is available.

Session overview

You will hear from our officers, business mentors and local business owners who can help you on your way to becoming your own boss by sharing their knowledge and experiences when starting a business.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To attend this event, complete the online registration form.

A person working at their laptopVenue : Grosvenor Community Centre, 162 Grosvenor Road, Belfast, BT12 5AT]]>
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<![CDATA[Holocaust Memorial Day]]>The regional Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration will take place at Belfast City Hall at 7pm on Thursday 24 January 2019.

Holocaust Memorial Day, which will be hosted by The Executive Office, remembers and honours those communities which were destroyed in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.

You can reserve your place by contacting the Executive Office at hmd@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk or by calling 028 3751 5013.

A candle lit in memorialVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Be your own boss]]>Are you interested in becoming self-employed? Come along to our session and hear about what free support is available.

Session overview

You will hear from our officers, business mentors and local business owners who can help you on your way to becoming your own boss by sharing their knowledge and experiences when starting a business.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To attend this event, complete the online registration form.

A person leading a meetingVenue : Shaftesbury Community and Recreation Centre, 97 Balfour Ave, Belfast BT7 2EW]]>
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<![CDATA[Just a Number film screenings]]>The Strand Arts Centre's holding a Just a Number mini festival. It's a weekend of screenings and activities from 25 to 27 January. They are showing three films celebrating living well at any age.

Ping Pong, Never Too Old For Gold charts the progress of some of the competitors in the 'Over 80s’ category at the 2010 World Table Tennis Championships.

Hip Hop-eration is the remarkable story of the world’s oldest hip-hop dance troupe.

Older Than Ireland is a landmark documentary that tells the story of a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians.

Tickets are free but subject to availability and should be booked in advance.

Just a Number is part of Family Friendly Belfast run by Belfast City Council and Belfast Strategic Partnership.

For more information visit the Strand Arts Centre.

Date Time Movie
Friday 25 January Ping Pong in foyer from 5pm, film at 6.15pm Ping Pong, Never Too Old For Gold -
Saturday 26 Januarty 4pm Hip-operation
Sunday 27 January Music from 1.30pm, film at 2pm Older than Ireland
A cinema audience watching a movieVenue : Strand Arts Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Sounds of the City]]>Throughout the month of January, we will be showcasing some of the best new, emerging and established bands in Northern Ireland at pop-up stages across the city including at Royal Avenue and Donegall Arcade.

Come into town, grab a coffee and enjoy the sounds of the city. 


Saturday 26 January 

Royal Avenue Stage

DateBand
12noon – 1pm Conor Maley
1.15pm – 2.15pm  Paul and the Meanie
2.30pm – 3.30pm Cat Kallen and the Doggone Rockin
3.45pm – 4.45pm Dea Matrona


Donegall Arcade

DateBand
12noon – 1.30pm   Sonja Sleator
1.45pm – 3.15pm   Phil D’Alton
3.30pm –  5pm Michael-James Warke 

 

Sunday 27 January 

Royal Avenue Stage

DateBand
1pm – 2pm Jordan Farndell
2.15pm – 3.15pm Manouche 
3.30pm – 4.30pm Martelllo Jazz Band 
4.45pm - 5.45pm Hot Sausage and Mustard 


Donegal Arcade

DateBand
1pm - 2.30pm   Marty McGrady 
2.45pm – 4.15pm   Jezanna
4.30pm – 6pm  Hugo Boitel-Gill

 

A musician playing the violinVenue : Royal Avenue, Castle Place and Bank Square]]>
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<![CDATA[Sing Together, Grow Together]]>Michelle Bailly continues her sessions of singing and mindfulness aimed at family members from age eight onwards.

Each weekly session is standalone and gives you the opportunity to learn about Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing through singing.

All family members welcome. For more information and to book a place, visit Move, Sing, Rest.

A microphone on a standVenue : Crescent Arts Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Culture Forum 2019]]>The Culture Forum is an annual gathering for the cultural and creative sectors, alongside key stakeholders and partners in the city. This year we will be taking the opportunity to present and explore the themes that have been gathered during the Your City, Your Say process and have fed into the draft ‘Cultural Statement’ for the city. Everyone is welcome to attend this forum (whether you participated in Your City, Your Say or not) as we want a wide range of voices represented at this event.

The Culture Forum will take place in The Great Hall, City Hall  on Monday 28 January from 9.30am to 2.30pm (lunch included).

Book your place on this forum – tickets are free but registration is essential.

Save the date

We will also be holding a second Culture Forum on Thursday 28 February, which will focus on the strategic framework and investment criteria of the new strategy. We will also have an update on the UK Cultural Enquiry report and our role driving forward a new Culture Compact for the city and region.

State of the sector survey

For a number of years we have been asking the sector to complete an online survey to help give us a better understanding of the capacity and challenges that face you. Up to date information is critical to help inform key priorities in the new cultural strategy. If you represent an organisation in the sector we would appreciate you taking the time to complete this short survey.

Culture ForumVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Zoo closed for essential maintenance]]>Belfast Zoo will be closed:

  • Monday 28 January to Friday 1 February 2019

During this time essential maintenance work and staff training will be carried out across the 55 acre site.

The zoo will re-open as normal on all other dates.  Check out their opening times to plan your next visit.

Belfast Zoo closed for essential maintenanceVenue : Belfast Zoo]]>
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<![CDATA[Traveller Community Support Programme]]>Come along to our pre-market engagement session for a new Tender opportunity for our Peace IV funded Traveller Community Support Programme.

This project has three elements which companies and organisations may be interested in applying to deliver. They are:

• Management and coordination of a Traveller Support Hub
• Delivery of a Traveller Cultural Network programme
• Delivery of a research and capacity building training programme

Topics covered in the session include:

• An overview of the opportunities available for the support of the Traveller Community in Belfast
• Information on budgets and finance available for the contract
• Top tips for applying for this funding
• Evaluation criteria used to score applications.

There will also be an opportunity for any questions at the end of the session

If you are interested in attending please email peace@belfastcity.gov.uk

View across the city centreVenue : Belfast City Council offices, 9 Adelaide Street]]>
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<![CDATA[Sport in the Community Conference]]>Calling all representatives from Belfast sports clubs who aspire to work together to deliver quality sporting opportunities within their communities across the City.

At this conference delegates will enjoy learning about and discussing current sports related topics and campaigns. There will be a session with Keynote Speaker Michael Arends and participants can take part in two workshops to help develop skills and knowledge.

Keynote Speaker:
Michael Arends (SV Werder Bremen Football Club, Germany)

Workshops:
1) 2020 Campaign (Women in Sport)
Federation of Irish Sport, delivered in partnership with the Northern Ireland Sports Forum

2) Mental Health in Sport
Pat McGibbon – Train 2Be Smart, Project Co-ordinator

3) Coach Mentoring
Alan Nixon – Irish Football Association, Education & Empowerment Officer

Places are limited and registration is essential.

When registering delegates must tell us:

  • Their name
  • Name of sports club or community organisation
  • Choose which two workshops they would like to attend on the evening
  • Details of any access or dietary requirements

Clubs can register up to three club representatives.

Sport in the Community ConferenceVenue : National Football Stadium at Windsor Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Healthy Nosh for Less Dosh]]>Cooking healthy food on a budget can be a difficult juggling act between economics and nutrition, but good food needn't cost the earth.

This session, with Jane McClenaghan from Vital Nutrition, will focus on menu planning for your family and healthy eating on a budget. Come along with your family to discover:

• How to be a savvy shopper

• Ideas for cost effective, nutritious, tasty meals

• Key ingredients to make your food go further for less

• Shopping, cooking and storing ideas to make the most of your food

• Using leftovers

Spaces are limited so contact Cathryn McCarroll to book by emailing mccarrollc@belfastcity.gov.uk  or call 07770 748 778

Food being prepared in a kitchenVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
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<![CDATA[What’s on this February at St George’s Market?]]>It may be the shortest month of the year, but we have a jam-packed line-up of entertainment for you and your loved ones this February.
Feel the love as we celebrate Valentine’s weekend at St George’s! Whether you’re searching for a first-date venue with a difference, or simply want to spend quality time with the ones you love, make it a day to remember with a trip to our award-winning market.

We are hosting two very special events as part of the 2019 NI Science Festival. So call down to St George’s on Saturday 16 and 23 February for two days of science fun for all the family.

As always, we have an exciting programme of live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So why not come along, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of St George’s.

And remember, if you want to keep up-to-date with all the goings on at St George’s Market, you can sign up for our e-newsletter.

 

DateMusicTime
Friday 1 February Gerald McCabe 11am-3pm
Saturday 2 February Wookalily 11am-3pm
Sunday 3 February Illegal Smile 12noon-4pm
Friday 8 February Phil d'Alton 11am-3pm
Saturday 9 February The Folkin' Eejits 11am-3pm
Sunday 10 February Jukebox Unplugged 12noon-4pm
Friday 15 February Biscuits and Beer 11am-3pm
Saturday 16 February Mollie Mae 11am-3pm
Sunday 17 February Bits of Stuff 12noon-4pm
Friday 22 February Trevor Dickson 11am-3pm
Saturday 23 February No Apology 11am-3pm
Sunday 25 February The Martello Jazz Band 12noon-4pm

 

NI Science Festival events

DateEventTimes
Saturday 16 February The Heart Experience 9am - 3pm
Saturday 23 February Science on Screen 10am - 2pm
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<![CDATA[Get Dancing!]]>This event offers a mixture of simple dances to get people moving and having fun through dance. Live music throughout with instruction in Ceili and two-hand dances as well French, Breton and Scottish country dances.

Suitable for all levels of dancers and beginners.

A couple dancingVenue : An Droichead, Cooke Street]]>
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<![CDATA[Chinese New Year]]>Enjoy a little sample of the colour and spectacle of Chinese New Year in Belfast city centre on Saturday 2 February. Look out for dragon dancing, Chinese drummers, traditional Chinese music and themed art workshops for the kids. 

The fun will begin with an energetic and vibrant street procession starting at Fountain Street, heading through Cornmarket to Castle Place.

Performances

Donegal Place

TimeEvent
1pm – 1.15pm Chinese lion
1.25pm – 1.35pm Chinese fan dancers
2.45pm – 3pm Chinese dragon - ArtsEkta
3.15pm – 3.30pm Chinese lion

 

Castle Place

TimeEvent
1pm – 1.20pm Stilt walkers
1.20pm – 1.35pm Chinese dragon – NI  Stars
2.45pm - 3pm  Chinese lion
3.30pm – 3.40pm Chinese fan dancers

 

Royal Avenue

TimeEvent
1pm – 1.15pm Chinese dragon – ArtsEkta
1.30pm – 1.40pm Chinese lion
2.50pm – 3pm  Chinese fan dancers
3.30pm – 3.45pm Chinese dragon – NI  Stars


Workshops

Donegal Arcade

TimeEvent
1pm – 4pm  Year of pig mask making
1pm – 4pm  Chinese lantern making
1pm – 4pm Chinese chopstick frame making
1pm – 1.15pm Traditional Chinese music
2pm – 2.15pm  Traditional Chinese music
3pm – 3.15pm Traditional Chinese music


Costa, Castle Place

TimeEvent
1pm – 4pm  Chinese calligraphy
1pm – 4pm  Chinese tea art
1pm – 4pm Chinese knotting
1pm – 4pm  Bajiao towel, fan and Chinese tradition costume display


Procession

Starts at Fountain Street  and ends at Castle Place

Start timeEnd timeRoutePerformers
2pm 2.30pm
  • Fountain Street
  • Fountain Lane
  • Castle Lane
  • Ann Street
  • Cornmarket
  • Castle Place

Stilt walkers
Chinese dragon – NI Stars
Chinese dragon – ArtsEkta
Chinese lion
Chinese fan dancers
Dragon boat

Chinese dancersVenue : Starting at Fountain Street, heading through Cornmarket to Castle Place]]>
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<![CDATA[ParkLife clubs: February - World Hedgehog Day]]>Come along to our Saturday club and heart your park.

ParkDateTime
Falls Park Saturday 2 February 2019 2pm - 3.30pm

Ballysillan Playing Fields

Saturday 2 February 2019 10am - 11.30am
Fullerton Park Saturday 2 February 2019 10am - 11.30am
Alderman Tommy Patton Park  Saturday 9 February 2019 10am - 11.30am
Tullycarnet Park Saturday 16 February 2019 10am - 11.30am
Botanic Gardens Saturday 23 February 2018 10am - 11.30am

Booking for the Saturday clubs is essential. 

For more details and to book a place, please email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

A hedgehog in a park]]>
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<![CDATA[The Bohemian Bazaar]]>The fantastic Holistic Lifestyle and Artisan Craft Fair returns due to popular demand!

This is an event for free spirits which brings a modern approach to a holistic lifestyle together with a contemporary marketplace of artisan crafts.

Around 50 exhibitors will be offering an inspirational range of services and products covering health and beauty, holistic and spiritual, food and drink, fashion and accessories, home and garden, as well as hobbies and play, rest and relaxation.

Hands during meditationVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Hello Maritime Mile]]>Objects along the stretch known as Maritime Mile in Belfast are ‘waking up’, and anyone with a mobile phone can strike up a conversation and hear what they have to say!

Starting at the Big Fish at Donegall Quay, people will be able to interact by text with a range of well-known maritime landmarks, finishing at the HMS Caroline at Alexandra Dock. Key ‘objects’ include:

  • Big Fish
  • Belfast Harbour
  • SS Nomadic
  • Titanic Belfast
  • The Great Light
  • HMS Caroline

The project aims engage both visitors and residents of the city to learn more about the notable landmarks that are located along the scenic riverside stretch, as well as have some fun.

Background

Hello Maritime Mile is a Smart Belfast project in partnership with Titanic Foundation, Tourism NI, Ulster University and Hello Lamp Post. 

How to play

1. Find an object
Look out for an object signposted with the yellow branding.

2. Say ‘Hello’
Send a text to 028 250 222 55 in this format:
“Hello” plus object name e.g. “Hello Big Fish”

3. You’ll soon get a reply!
Chat with the object to learn some fun facts and hear other peoples’ stories.

Please note, standard network rates apply and all messages are anonymous.

Hello Maritime MileVenue : From Donegall Quay to Queen's Road]]>
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<![CDATA[Transform for Change Programme]]>Come along to our pre-market engagement session for a new large scale, city-wide Tender opportunity ‘Transform for Change’, a two-and-a-half year programme that aims to develop new, innovative and collaborative approaches to peace building and reconciliation through transformative leadership and area based service delivery.

This project has three elements which companies and organisations may be interested in applying to deliver. They are:

• Design and delivery of a transformative leadership training programme
• Facilitation of cross sectoral working to address issues of division, segregation, prejudice and hate that directly impact on life opportunities
• Facilitation of community engagement and citywide networking events
• Dissemination of learning, patterns, recommendations and evidence gathered.

Topics included in this session include:

• An overview of the opportunities available for supporting communities around interface areas within the Transform for Change programme;
• Information on budgets and finance available for the contract
• Top tips for applying for this funding
• Evaluation criteria used to score applications.

There will also be an opportunity for any questions at the end of the session

If you are interested in attending please email peace@belfastcity.gov.uk

A bird's eye view of Belfast City HallVenue : Belfast City Council offices, 9 Adelaide Street]]>
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<![CDATA[SMART Retail and Hospitality 2019 conference]]>We are sponsoring the SMART Retail and Hospitality 2019 conference. The conference is designed to educate providers in the retail and hospitality sectors on how to marry their businesses together, form partnerships and create better online and offline customer experiences. Belfast-based businesses are being offered 50 per cent off the ticket price.

Conference overview

We will be joined by leading industry experts who will discuss Brexit and growth impact, cybersecurity, retail data, hospitality insights and new technology shaping the sector. You will hear case studies and success stories from across the globe and participate in interactive discussions and workshops. The SMART conference is ideal for everyone working in the retail and hospitality industry.

To book your place at this event and receive 50 per cent off, visit the Smart Global website.

Barista serving customer in a cafeVenue : Europa Hotel, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Introduction to Tendering]]>Are you a small business that could benefit from receiving free advice about tendering? We’re working in partnership with InterTradeIreland to deliver a practical workshop aimed at small businesses who have limited or no tendering experience.

The workshop will cover:

  • Advice on proposal writing (proposals as opposed to lengthy tenders)
  • Responding to ‘below threshold’ work (i.e. below £25,000) required by NI public bodies
  • Specifically, proposals for work below £5,000 threshold will be covered
  • How to simply and easily respond to a mini competition by email
  • Documents that may be required to attach to the proposal
  • Finding tender opportunities – registering with the main sources of relevant tender opportunities for SMEs
  • The eTenders family of websites

To book your place at this free event, visit the InterTradeIreland website.

People at a tendering eventVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[People and performance – the pillars of prospering businesses]]>Come along to this free to attend breakfast event, and hear from experienced entrepreneurs Áine Brolly and Feargal McCormack, who will be outlining how they overcame barriers to growth in their respective business journeys.

To attend this event, please complete the registration link.

This event is hosted in partnership with MLN as part of Management Month.

Please note, places are strictly limited so early booking is recommended. Breakfast will be provided.

Speakers

Áine Brolly is CEO of Cpl NI and is founder and director of Ardlinn, Cpl’s executive search brand. She is an expert in supporting organisations with recruitment, talent and outsourcing needs, as well as helping them to set up in new jurisdictions. Previously, Áine spent three years as Senior Vice President with Invest NI in San Francisco. Prior to Invest NI, Áine was a Director in Ireland for London-based Penna PLC, a global HR services company. Áine will explore the ‘future of work’ and set out how organisations can futureproof their businesses by embracing the rapid changes to the workplace, the impact of technology, and most importantly through their people.

Feargal McCormack is the founder and managing director of PKF-FPM Accountants. The practice started as a one-man business in 1991 and has grown to be one of the leading accountancy and business consultancy practices operating on the island of Ireland and globally. Feargal is the current President of Chartered Accountants Ireland, and a visiting professor and recent recipient of an honorary doctorate at Ulster University Business School. Feargal will share the performance secrets of a local business that has enjoyed sustained growth and continues to win awards across the UK and Ireland.

Business people looking at laptopVenue : Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, BT15GS, Banqueting Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Six-week digital training course]]>Our basic internet course runs every Friday until 15 March 2019.

VenueDateTime
Dee Street Community Centre Friday 8 February - 15 March 10.30am - 12.30pm
Older people enjoying a computer class]]>
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<![CDATA[St George’s Market Valentine’s competition]]>In the lead up to Valentine’s Day, we are giving you the chance to win a fabulous prize package to make your day that extra bit special, including:

  • a £75 Ten Square hotel voucher
  • a bottle of champagne
  • a large cuddly toy, and
  • a bouquet of flowers.

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize bundle, all you have to do is complete an entry form and place it in the competition box that is located beside the clock in St George’s Market.

Any entries received after 4pm on Sunday 10 February will not be accepted.

Competition terms and conditions

  • The promoter is Belfast City Council of City Hall Belfast BT1 5GS.
  • One prize winner will be selected at random and will receive a bottle of champagne, a large cuddly toy, a bouquet of flowers and a £75 Ten Square Hotel voucher.
  • Entries must be placed into the competition box located beside the clock in St George’s Market. No other form of entry will be accepted.
  • Entry forms can be obtained in and around St George’s Market.
  • The winner will be notified by phone week commencing 11 February 2019.
  • There is no cash alternative to the prize, and the prizes cannot be sold or transferred in any circumstances.
  • You must be 18 or over and live in Northern Ireland to enter this competition.
  • One entry per person will be accepted.
  • Belfast City Council cannot take responsibility for entries which are lost or delayed.
  • Employees of Belfast City Council and retailers within St George’s Market are not eligible to enter.
  • Belfast City Council reserves the right to publicise the competition and the winners and all entrants must agree to take part in any post competition publicity if required.
  • The closing date to enter the competition is 4pm on Sunday 10 February 2019. Any entries submitted after this time will not be accepted.
  • The winner must collect their prize on or before 4pm on Sunday 17 February 2019 from the Markets Office in St George’s Market. The Council shall not be responsible for any failure to follow such instructions. Failure to collect the prizes by this deadline will result in the competition being declared void and a new winner will be drawn from the entries previously received.
  • Should the Council be unable to make contact with the initially drawn Competition winner, despite the Council’s best efforts to do so, the Council shall reserve the right to declare that competition void and re-draw a new winner from the entries previously received.
  • Belfast City Council’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By entering this competition, individuals agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • This competition is governed by the law of Northern Ireland.
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<![CDATA[Chinese New Year celebrations]]>Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals within the Chinese community. 2019 is the Year of the Pig and is seen as a time to start things afresh and settle old debts or feuds.

To lead the celebrations this year we have secured a performance group from Beijing.

It will include dancing, acrobatics, songs and the amazing face-changer.

Tickets can be purchased online. Visit the Chinese Welfare Association for more details

If you have a group of 10 or more talk to us. Call 028 9028 8277 or email reception@cwa-ni.info

A selection of chinese lanternsVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Romance season]]>Cuddle up with that special someone and enjoy a romantic movie at the Bean Bag Cinema this Valentines. Screenings are free but places are limited so advance booking is essential. 

To book go to https://belfastfilmfestival.org/films

 

MovieDate and TimeLocationAdmissionDescription
When Harry Met Sally (15)   11 February 7pm  Beanbag Cinema Free
Nora Ephron's classic examination of male-female friendships that turn into love is best remembered for Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan's portrayals of Harry and Sally, but the true relationship-goals romance is between pals Jess (Bruno Kirby) and Marie (Carrie Fisher) who show what communication and humour in a relationship is all about.
500 Days of Summer (12)  12 February 7pm Beanbag Cinema Free Zooey Deschanel is that quirky and beautiful girl everyone wants to be or be with. In short, the boy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets the girl (Deschanel), and falls in love, but she’s just that into him. The movie highlights their relationship in a non-linear fashion, and is a great portrayal of modern love and relationships. (500) Days of Summer isn’t your traditional romantic comedy, and maybe that’s a good thing – unlike all the others, it’s a thought-provoking film about love.

Romeo + Juliet (12)  13 February 7pm Beanbag Cinema Free The seminal love story about a pair of doomed, star-crossed lovers got the Gen-X treatment with Baz Luhrmann's brash and inventive reimagining of William Shakespeare's most famous play. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes star as the teenage lovebirds, whose feuding families keep them apart—and whose love story meets a tragically romantic end.
The Notebook (12)  14 February 7pm Beanbag Cinema Free That iconic rain-soaked kiss makes The Notebook a romantic classic, powered by the palpable chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, but what really brings on the tears is the relationship between their older characters, played by James Garner and director Cassavetes's mother Gena Rowlands.

 

 

 

 

 

when harry met sally]]>
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<![CDATA[Slipped Disco]]>Age-friendly Belfast and Engage with Age invite you to grab your dance shoes and get on the floor for the Slipped Disco.

Come along to the Black Box on Monday 11 February 2019, from 7.30pm - 10pm, and groove to the best music hits of the 60s and 70s.

To reserve your tickets, call 028 9073 5696 or email martin.towers@engagewithage.org.uk

People dancing at the Black BoxVenue : Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA]]>
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<![CDATA[NI Science Festival 2019]]> The NI Science Festival is coming back for its fifth year from Thursday 14 – Sunday 24 February 2019 to celebrate the science of you, the universe and everything in between.

The festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These events present some of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold.

During the day, the Festival offers a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening we will present an eclectic mix of scientific debate, talks, theatres, comedy, music and film for adults.

Let your mind wonder!

For more information, visit www.nisciencefestival.com/, email info@nisciencefestival.com, or call 028 9162 9204.

Girl performing science experimentVenue : Various across NI]]>
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<![CDATA[Social care jobs and careers information session]]>If you’re interested in finding out about job and career opportunities in the social care sector, drop in to Belfast City Hall any time between 10am and 12noon on Friday 15 February to find out more.

At the event, you will have the chance to chat informally to staff from the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, as well as a range of social care employers who are actively recruiting new staff. They’ll provide information on the range of jobs within the sector and what is involved in each role.

As well as having the opportunity to speak to employers about their live vacancies, you will also be able to find out more about free training available through our Social Care Employment Academy.

For more information, please contact Economic Development on 028 9027 0482 or email economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk

 

Belfast City HallVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Sunday Big Dinner]]>On Sunday 17 February and Sunday 17 March families and people wanting to enjoy a great meal and entertainment are wlcome to join us.

We’ll be preparing and eating fantastic food, playing games, singing and imagining the idea of being a big, diverse family.

Contact Richard on 074025 13432.

A group of people enjoying a selection of foodVenue : Macrory Centre, Duncairn Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Family Ping]]>Try a new sport! Coaching, fun games, mini competitions. Light lunch provided.

For more information visit www.ormeautabletennis.com

A pair of table tennis batsVenue : Ormeau Table Tennis Club]]>
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<![CDATA[Gradam Ceoil 2019]]>Gradam Ceoil returns to Belfast for the second year running, celebrating the best in traditional music and song.

The annual concert and awards ceremony will broadcast live on TG4 from the Belfast Waterfront on Sunday 17 February, during which the six award recipients will be honoured for their contribution to Irish traditional music.

The 2019 award recipients are as follows:

  • Musician of the Year: Catherine McEvoy
  • Young Musician of the Year: Conor Connolly
  • Lifetime Achievement: Nicky and Anne McAuliffe
  • Singer of the Year: Thomas McCarthy
  • Outstanding Contribution: Brendan Mulkere
  • Musical Collaboration: Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill

Join hosts Doireann Glackin and Dónal O’Connor, as they present an evening of spectacular live entertainment from the 2019 Gradam recipients, as well as a star-studded line-up of musical guests and presenters.   

Ticket prices range from £22.50 - £26.50. To book your tickets, visit www.waterfront.co.uk or call 028 9033 4455.

For more information visit www.gradam.ie and keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter #GCTG4.

A violin playerVenue : Belfast Waterfront]]>
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<![CDATA[MId-term holidays circus performances]]>There's plenty of entertainment happening in the city centre to keep the family happy during mid-term.

Come along to our amazing circus performances in Castle Place and CastleCourt.

LocationDateTimePerformer
Castle Place Monday 18 February 1.15pm Dr Nick
  Monday 18 February 2pm The MAC Factor
  Tueday 19 February 1.15pm Sideshow Ramone
  Tueday 19 February 2pm Mr H
  Wednesday 20 February 1.15pm Babcock & Bobbins
  Wednesday 20 February 2pm The MAC Factor
  Thursday 21 February 1.15pm Dr Nick
  Thursday 21 February 2pm Slideshow Ramone
  Friday 22 February 1.15pm Mr H
  Friday 22 February 2pm The MAC Factor
CastleCourt Monday 18 February 2.45pm Dr Nick
  Monday 18 February 3.30pm The MAC Factor
  Tuesday 19 February 2.45pm Sideshow Ramone
  Tuesday 19 February 3.30pm Mr H
  Wednesday 20 February 2.45pm Babcock & Bobbins
  Wednesday 20 February 3.30pm The MAC Factor
  Thursday 21 February 2.45pm Dr Nick
  Thursday 21 February 3.30pm Sideshow Ramone
  Friday  22 February 2.45pm Mr H
  Friday 22 February 3.30pm The MAC Factor
circus performersVenue : Castle Place and CastleCourt]]>
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<![CDATA[Creative Cafés]]>
The Creative Cafés festival is bringing culture and creativity to coffee shops across the city centre from 18 - 22 February. 

The programme includes:

  • a visit to the Mad Hatters Tea Party hosted by the award winning theatre company C21
  • a trip around the world with ArtsEtka exploring the arts and culture of other countries
  • a chance to make your own animated adventure using Lego with the Can Do Academy, and
  • some silly scientific fun with the Institute of Physics and Science Stars.

All events are free.

The events will take place at Costa Coffee, Café Nero, Clements, Easons and Castle Court.


Alice in Wonderland

These are fully booked.

You are invited to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party where fun, laughter, terrible table manners and mayhem are guaranteed. Presented by the award winning theatre company C21.

Venue: Costa Coffee, Castle Place
Dates: Monday 18 – Friday 22 February
Show times: 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm (running time 30 minutes approx.)

Lego animation workshop

Kids can learn how to create amazing animations using Lego. All equipment provided. Presented by Can Do Academy.

Venue: Easons, Donegall Place
Dates: Monday 18 – Friday 22 February
Times: 10am-4pm daily (drop in anytime)

One world week

Journey around the world through a range of interactive music, dance and craft workshops revealing the richness and beauty of other cultures. Presented by ArtsEkta.

Venue: Café Nero, Fountain Street
Dates: Monday 18 – Friday 22 February
Times: 11am-3pm daily (drop in anytime)

The Laboratory!

Visit our crazy kids’ laboratory at CastleCourt. Slip on a lab coat and have a go at slime making, UV picture painting or just blow up some marshmallows. Presented by Institute of Physics and Science Starz.

Venue: CastleCourt Shopping Centre
Dates: Monday 18 – Friday 22 February
Times: 10am-3.30pm daily (drop in anytime)

 

For more information on each event, visit the Cathedral Quarter Trust website

 

Children enjoying craftsVenue : Costa Coffee, Café Nero, Clements, Easons and Castle Court]]>
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<![CDATA[A winter tree trail in Botanic Gardens]]>A guided walk around the 500+ trees in the Botanic Gardens. Learn to recognise them without the visual clues of summer, starting with the conifers – the sequoias, the pines, the recently discovered Wollemia and many others from around the world. We will collect samples of deciduous trees that can be identified from their winter twigs and bark, and examine these in more detail in the warmth of the Bowling Pavilion where we can make use of lenses and tree identification books. 

We also have a winter tree tail in Botanic Gardens on Saturday 23 February.

A winter tree trail in Botanic GardensVenue : Botanic Gardens, meet at Palm House]]>
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<![CDATA[Find a Sports Star 2019]]>Find a Sports Star is a free talent search initiative supporting governing body sports in affording quality training opportunities to new talent in a host of sports. The initiative is supported by GLL and SINI (Sports Institute NI) is open to young people aged 6 - 16 in selected age group sports chosen by governing bodies as key areas for development.

Sessions take place on 19 - 21 February 2019 at

  • Whiterock Leisure Centre
  • Ballysillan Leisure Centre and
  • Olympia Leisure Centre

Closing date for registration is 5pm, Monday 4 February 2019.

We are promoting the following sports through the Find a Sports Star program:

Sport Age groups 
Judo 11 - 16 year olds
Volleyball  6 - 16 year olds
Rowing 13 - 16 year olds 
Athletics 8 - 16 year olds
Tennis  6 - 16 year olds 
Fencing  8 - 16 year olds
Cricket  8 - 16 year olds
Weightlifting  6 - 16 year olds
Rugby 11 - 16 year olds (girls only)
Table tennis 6 - 16 year olds
Gymnastics 6 - 9 year olds

You can register for more than one session or day.

If you have any queries please email Ryan Haire, Sports Development Officer leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk.

 

Find a sports starVenue : Whiterock Leisure Centre, Ballysillan Leisure Centre and Olympia Leisure Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[Toddler Group]]>Bring your toddler along to the Toddler Group at Morton Community Centre every Thursday morning – there is lots to do including including playing games and soft play.

Exchange stories and find some helpful tips from parents that have been through or are going through the same stages as yourself.

The wee ones also get some snacks and fruit, whilst the parents get a much needed tea or coffee! Grandparents, aunties, uncles and childminders all welcome.

  • No charge, donations only
  • For ages 0-4
  • Breastfeeding welcome
  • Every Thursday morning from: 10am – 12noon
Toddlers playingVenue : Morton Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[The basics of plant identification]]>How do you identify an unknown plant? Get your head around dichotomous keys, multi-entry keys (punched card keys and computer keys), and learn some of the language used in the keys. Work as a team to make an identification using a flora. Try your hand at making your own key and see if others can use it. Learn about verification of an identification. This workshop will use a range of plants from the Botanic Gardens, particularly ferns, and will be held indoors in the Bowling pavilion.

Botanic GardensVenue : Botanic Gardens Bowling Pavilion]]>
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<![CDATA[Output Belfast 2019: music conference]]>Now in its fifth year, Output Belfast, Ireland’s largest music conference is returning on 21 February 2019.

Local artists, businesses and students can come along and listen to music industry experts and top names from around the globe, to gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that the music industry presents.

The conference, which will feature around 75 national and international music industry speakers, will include:

  • panel discussions
  • music sessions
  • workshops
  • speed networking events, and
  • keynote speeches from award winning musicians and managers of globally recognised talent.

The conference will close with a question and answer session featuring Public Service Broadcast’s J Wilgoose and Hot Press’s commissioning editor, Roisin O’Dwyer in a session entitled “The boat that rocked-Public Service Broadcasting and the White Star Liner EP”. 

This session will unpack the full story of Public Service Broadcasting’s extraordinary suite of music on The Titanic - the White Star Liner EP - first performed as part of BBC’s The Biggest Weekend at Titanic Slipways last year.

Other notable speakers at the event include Mark Meharry (CEO Music Glue), Matthew Bartlett (Midnight Mango Agency), Steve Farris (13 Artists) and Stephen Curran (MCD), to name just a few.

This is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs from the creative sectors to develop a greater insight into the music industry, increase your company’s revenue and ultimately enhance our economy.

In the evening there will be a range of free gigs across Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter showcasing the most exciting new Northern Ireland artists. Confirmed hosts include Champion Sound, Jawdropper PR, The Live Room Belfast, Chordblossom, The Thin Air, Nialler9, Midnight Mango, Girls Rock School NI, PRS For Music and IMRO.

For further details, call us on 028 9027 0482 or email economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk.

To register your attendance and for the full Output Belfast line-up, visit www.outputbelfast.com

Output conferenceVenue : The MAC, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Output Belfast 2019: live music line up]]>The spotlight will shine on some of Northern Ireland’s most exciting new artists with a series of free gigs, as part of Output Belfast music conference and showcase 2019. The live showcases will take place at various venues across the city centre.

The full schedule is detailed below:

Duke of York upstairs
8.30pm - 9pm Pat Dam Smyth
9.30pm - 10pm The Eskies
10.30pm - 11pm Beauty Sleep
11.30pm - 12 midnight The Wood Burning Savages

 

Duke of York back bar
8pm - 8.30pm Josh Gray
9pm - 9.30pm XO MO
10pm - 10.30pm 1000 Beasts
11pm - 11.30pm True Tides

 

The Dirty Onion
8.15pm - 8.45pm Arvo Party
9.15pm - 9.45pm CATALAN!
10.15pm - 10.45pm Orchid Collective
11.15pm - 11.45pm A Bad Cavalier

 

Start Together Studio
8pm - 8.20pm Reevah
9pm - 9.20pm Kitt Philippa
10pm - 10.20pm David C Clements
11pm - 11.20pm Queen Bonobo

 

Oh Yeah Centre
8.30pm - 9pm Dena Anuk$a
9.30pm - 10pm Tanjier
10.30pm - 11pm Hot Cops
11.30pm - 12 midnight Wynona Bleach

 

39 Gordon Street
8.15pm – 8.45pm Vokxen
9.15pm - 9.45pm Cormac Neeson
10.15pm - 10.45pm Amy Montgomery
11.15pm - 11.45pm No Oil Paintings

 

Bullitt Courtyard
8.30pm - 9pm LARKS
9.30pm - 10pm Problem Patterns
10.30pm - 11pm Gender Chores
11.30pm - 12am Hex Hue

 

Bullitt Lobby
8pm - 8.30pm Tim Chadwick
9pm - 9.30pm Vulpynes
10am - 10.30pm Ex-Isles
11am - 11.30pm Blue Whale

 

Babel Rooftop
8.15pm - 8.45pm Nnic
9.15pm - 9.45pm Rebekah Fitch
10.15pm - 10.45pm Sick Love
11.15pm - 11.45pm Cherym

 

The Spaniard
8.15pm - 8.45pm Gemma Bradley
9.15pm - 9.45pm Benjamin Hamilton
10.15pm - 10.45pm Ciaran Lavery
11.15pm - 11.45pm Peter J McCauley

 

Output Belfast conference

For information on the Output Belfast daytime music conference visit www.outputbelfast.com

If you require any further information on this event please contact the Economic Development Unit by calling 028 9027 0482 or by emailing economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk

Output Belfast 2019Venue : various]]>
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<![CDATA[Food-themed workshops at St George's Market]]>There will be food-themed workshops for kids on Friday 22 February and food demonstrations on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February hosted by Kim Lenaghan. 

DateTimeWorkshopDescription
Friday 22 February 10am - 3pm Cupcake decorating with Makes and Bakes NI

Create animal-themed cupcakes using icing.

Friday 22 February 10am - 3pm Chocolate tracing with Makes and Bakes NI Create wonderful designs from melted chocolate.
Saturday 23 February

10.30am - Coppi

12noon - Buba

1.30pm - Mourne Seafood

Food demos from local restaurants  
Sunday 24 February

10.30am - Ivory

12noon - Havana Bank Square

Food demos from local restaurants  
Cupcake decoratingVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[What wood is that?]]>Can you recognise common timbers in your home?

Timber trades need to know their woods, as do structural engineers, antique dealers and conservationists. See wood from a carpenter's perspective and learn about the 3-dimensional anatomy of wood as a scientist, using hand lenses and microscopes. Learn how the traditional uses of timbers are related to the microscopic anatomy of the wood.

Botanic Gardens Bowling PavilionVenue : Botanic Gardens Bowling Pavilion]]>
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<![CDATA[A winter tree trail in Botanic Gardens]]>A guided walk around the 500+ trees in the Botanic Gardens. Learn to recognise them without the visual clues of summer, starting with the conifers – the sequoias, the pines, the recently discovered Wollemia and many others from around the world. We will collect samples of deciduous trees that can be identified from their winter twigs and bark, and examine these in more detail in the warmth of the Bowling Pavilion where we can make use of lenses and tree identification books. 

We also have a winter tree tail in Botanic Gardens on Monday 18 February.

A winter tree trail in Botanic GardensVenue : Botanic Gardens, meet at Palm House]]>
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<![CDATA[Meet our Planning and Building Control Services]]>Come along to City Hall on Monday 25 February at 10am to hear from our Planning and Building Control Services in the first of a series of regular events for those working in the construction and planning sectors.

If you deal with our teams as part of your work or business, this is a great opportunity to engage with our senior staff, learn more about how we deliver these services and provide valuable feedback about how we operate.

The event will be introduced by Alistair Reid, Strategic Director of Place and Economy, and will include an overview of our Planning and Building Control functions, as well as updates on key projects and initiatives. There will also be a round table discussion where attendees will be encouraged to offer feedback on our services.

If you’re keen to attend, please email carvillep@belfastcity.gov.uk by Thursday 21 February.

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is free to attend.

A business conferenceVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Digital Cookbook Project]]>Join our Digital Cookbook Project to learn new IT Skills through sharing your favourite recipes.

During the six-week course you will pick up email, word processing, photo editing and at the end you will have produced a cookbook of your favourite recipes to keep.

Cooking recipe on a computerVenue : Dee Street Community Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[DiverseCity: Refugee and Arabic Cultural Information Workshop]]>Would you like to learn more about the people, places and communities that make Belfast? Are you interested in visiting different places of worship, understanding why different communities celebrate the events they do?

You must reserve your place in advance by emailing goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0663.

This awareness session will cover an introduction to asylum and refugee issues in the UK and NI in particular. It will provide a general awareness of Islamic and Arab culture and factual information about how the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme works.

Sign up to Good Relations emails

Sign up to our Good Relations emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about Good Relations.

DiverseCity]]>
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<![CDATA[Go for it open night]]>Thinking of starting a business or becoming self-employed? The Go for it programme can help you get started.

Join us and Go for it for a free information evening on Thursday 28 February from 6pm-8pm.

Come along to get advice from friendly business advisors and past Go for it clients at the following venues:

  • East Belfast Enterprise Park, East Belfast Enterprise Park, 308 Albertbridge Road, Belfast, BT5 4GX
  • North City Business Centre Ltd, 2 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GG
  • Ormeau Business Park, 8 Cromac Avenue, Belfast, BT7 2JA
  • Ortus, (West Belfast Enterprise Board), Filor Building, Twin Spires Complex, 155 Northumberland St, Belfast, BT13 2JF

Find out more about this event and register to attend on the Go for it website.

 

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<![CDATA[Grow Lead Change - short course for women in Belfast]]>Are you looking to make a change this year but you’re not sure where to start? Grow Lead Change offers a gentle introduction to confidence building, communication and leadership.

We're looking for women living in Belfast who want to achieve personal goals like getting a job, and those who are passionate about improving the wider community.

If you’ve never attended training before or if it’s been a long time since you last did a course, this could be the perfect opportunity to take a first step in a supportive environment with other women like you. The course will run over 4 days - 28 February, 7 March, 14 March and 21 March.

This course is aimed at women aged 18 and over who are living in the Belfast City Council area. Childcare and transport support is included.

To request an application form or for more information, contact 028 9023 0212 or info@wrda.net. The closing date for applications is Friday 15 February 2019.

A group of women at a course]]>
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<![CDATA[Management and Leadership SuMMit]]>We’re exhibiting at the Management and Leadership SuMMit on Friday 1 March, 8am – 1.30pm, at Titanic Belfast.

Leaders across the island of Ireland are expected to attend from:

  • micro-businesses
  • SMEs
  • corporates
  • local government
  • central government
  • charities and social enterprise.

SuMMit will provide an opportunity to step back from ‘urgent’ tasks and consider what’s important for organisations.

Expect:

  • world-class motivation to trigger fresh views
  • disruptive thinking, new ideas and a drive to act.

Book your ticket on the Eventbrite website

A conferenceVenue : Titanic Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Music classes for all!]]>Music lessons for all, taking place across Belfast this March. 

The Andersonstown Traditional and Contemporary Music School welcomes all, ages seven to adult, to come along and try out a new instrument. 

Instruments include guitar, bass, whistle, fiddle and many more.

It’s your time to shine!

For more information visit www.andersonstownmusicschool.com, email atownmusicschool@gmail.com or call 028 9043 4894. 

Children playing instrumentsVenue : various]]>
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<![CDATA[Féile an Earraigh]]>Féile an Earraigh returns from 1 – 18 March 2019, with a vibrant and authentic celebration of Irish music, culture and arts over seven days.

Events include:

  • Irish traditional music and dancing
  • masterclasses
  • workshops
  • concerts
  • tours and walks
  • debates and discussions
  • dramas
  • exhibitions
  • literary events
  • sporting events
  • youth and family events.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.feilebelfast.com or call 028 9560 9984.

A violin playerVenue : various]]>
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<![CDATA[Alice in Wonderland]]>You are invited to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party where fun, laughter, terrible table manners and mayhem are guaranteed. 

The tea party will run at 12.15pm, 1.15pm and 2.15pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday 2 March
  • Monday 18 March
  • Saturday 23 March
  • Saturday 30 March

Please book your place to attend.

The running time for each tea party is approximately 30 minutes.

Presented by C21 theatre company. 

Children playing with toysVenue : Costa Coffee, Castle Place]]>
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<![CDATA[The Laboratory]]>Visit our crazy kids’ laboratory at CastleCourt.

Slip on a lab coat and have a go at slime making, robotics or build and race your own car. 

The Laboratory will run from 10am-3.30pm daily on the following dates:

  • Saturday 2 March
  • Saturday 9 March
  • Monday 18 March
  • Saturday 23 March
  • Saturday 30 March

You can drop in at any time. Presented by Sentinus and Science Starz.

A child looking down a scopeVenue : CastleCourt]]>
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<![CDATA[Lego animation workshop]]>Come and learn how to create amazing animations using Lego at Easons in Donegall Place. 

The workshops will run from 10am-4pm daily on the following dates:

  • Saturday 2 March
  • Saturday 9 March
  • Monday 18 March
  • Saturday 23 March
  • Saturday 30 March

All equipment is provided and you can drop in at any time. Presented by Can Do Academy.





Children playing with legoVenue : Easons, Donegall Place]]>
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<![CDATA[ParkLife clubs: March - Tadpoles and frogs]]>Come along to our Saturday clubs in March.

ParkDateTime
Falls Park Saturday 2 March 2019 2pm - 3.30pm
Ballysillan Playing Fields Saturday 2 March 2019  10am - 11.30am
Tullycarnet Park bowling pavilion Saturday 9 March 2019 10am - 11.30am
Fullerton Park Saturday 9 March 2019 10am - 11.30am
Alderman Tommy Patton Park Saturday 16 March 2019 10am - 11.30am
Botanic Gardens bowling pavilion
Saturday 23 March 2019  10am - 11.30am

Booking for the Saturday clubs is essential. 

For more details and to book a place, please email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

Children looking at a nature project]]>
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<![CDATA[Exhibitions at the Higgin Gallery]]>Explore the art around you with a host of exhibitions on show at Malone House's Higgin Gallery.

Dates

Exhibition

Sunday 3 March - Saturday 6 April

Inspired by Nature - Jane Gordon & Bernice Anderson

Sunday 7 April - Saturday 11 May

Lisnagarvey Art Society

Sunday 12 May - Saturday 8 June

Fleming Art Group

Sunday 9 June - Saturday 6 July

West Belfast Art Society

Sunday 7 July - Saturday 3 August

John Stewart – 50 years of Cranes

Sunday 4 August - Saturday 31 August

Maggie Thomas

Sunday 1 September - Saturday 28 September

HR Brown Awards – Rose Society

Sunday 29 September - Saturday 26 October

Leap from the Lions Head and Celebrate selection of New Works by Mo McDevitt

Sunday 27 October - Saturday 30 November

Lawrence Chambers

Sunday 1 December - Saturday 4 January

Jane Gordon

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<![CDATA[Good Relations Strategy Consultation – community information events]]>Good relations is everyone’s business.  We’re currently consulting on our draft Good Relations Strategy which sets out our vision, values and desired outcomes for good relations in the city.

Come along to hear more about the strategy and provide feedback.

We are holding two sessions:

 Date Time Venue
Monday 4 March 1pm - 3pm East Belfast Networking Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue, BT5 4FP
Thursday 7 March 12 noon - 2pm Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre, 29 Colinglen Road, BT17 0LR

Please let us know if you are attending in advance by emailing goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or by calling 02 89027 0663.

You can also read the strategy document and provide online feedback until Thursday 11 April on the consultation section of our website.

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<![CDATA[Blogging for business]]>Join us at Europa Hotel to get top tips on successfully blogging for your business.

This free event will be hosted by Cathy Martin, joined by Dorcas Crawford (founder of #BelfastHour), Paddy McGurgan (MakeUp Pro Store) and Leanne Gannon (She & Co Digital).

Topics include:

  • Blogging for your brand
  • Creative writing
  • Search engine optimisation (SEO)
  • How to gain and retain customers
  • Outsourcing content
  • Selling through social media.

Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is part of Enterprise Week 2019 which aims to encourage new entrepreneurs and inspire existing businesses to grow.

You can register for this event on our registration form

Speaker bios

Cathy Martin
Cathy is one of Ireland's leading media industry players. In 2016, Cathy created the #NIBloggerBrunch, a series of bi-monthly events which aims to bring together bloggers, writers and marketing representatives. 

Paddy McGurgan
Paddy McGurgan is one of UK and Ireland’s leading make up artists and uses a variety of social media platforms to drive sales and build upon his brand.

Leanne Gannon – She&Co Digital
Leanne Gannon is the owner of She & Co Digital offering social media strategy and advertising, blogging, copywriting, email marketing and ecommerce strategy.

Dorcas Crawford, Senior Partner in Edwards & Co Solicitors

Dorcas has been a Senior Partner at Edwards & Co since 2005. In 2014, the firm launched #Belfasthour - a Twitter initiative where over 600 local businesses (virtually) network every Thursday night.

 

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<![CDATA[2019 Belfast Festival of Learning]]>The 2019 Belfast Festival of Learning is an exciting week-long programme of events running between 4 - 10 March. The festival shows a varied vision of Belfast’s talent, skills and creativity.

We have highlighted a selection of some of the events available.  

For information on all events, and to download the full programme, visit the Belfast Strategic Partnership's website.

Events

Monday 4 March

EventVenueTime
Fix-IT surgery Knockbreda Wellbeing and Treatment Centre, 110 Saintfield Road 10am – 1pm
Shopping online Newtownbreda Library, Saintfield Road 10am – 3pm 
Uploading and editing photos Girdwood Community Hub 11am – 1pm
Yoga Week at Girdwood Community Hub Girdwood Community Hub 12noon – 1pm
Basic introduction to IMac (1) Girdwood Community Hub 1pm – 3pm
Families learn to swim Shankill Leisure Centre, 100 Shankill Road 7pm – 8pm

 

Tuesday 5 March

EventVenueTime
Fix-IT surgery Arches Wellbeing and Treatment Centre 10am – 1pm
Learn how to give your device a MOT Bloomfield Church, 447 Beersbridge Road  10am – 1pm 
Magic of the musicals Girdwood Community Hub  10.30am – 11.45am 
Sensory play Ligoniel Community Centre, 144 Ligoniel Road 10.30am – 12noon 
Job fair Europa Hotel 11am – 4pm 
Basic introduction to IMac (2) Girdwood Community Hub 1pm – 3pm 
Developing friendships Morton Community Centre, 10 Lorne Street 1pm – 4pm
Sophie's litter journey

Whiterock Library, Whiterock Road

Ormeau Road Library, 247 Ormeau Road

3pm 

3.30pm

Families learn to swim Shankill Leisure Centre, 100 Shankill Road 6pm – 7pm 
Yoga Week at Girdwood Community Hub Girdwood Community Hub 7.30pm – 8.30pm 

 

Wednesday 6 March

EventVenueTime
CS Lewis Square tour CS Lewis Square, 402 Newtownards Road  10am – 12noon 
Shopping online Morton Community Centre, 8-10 Lorne Street  10am – 1pm 
Wildlife in danger Belfast Zoo 10.30am – 12.30pm 
Uploading and editing photos Dee Street Community Centre 1pm – 3pm 
Yoga week at Girdwood Community Hub Girdwood Community Hub  6pm - 7pm
Families learn to swim Shankill Leisure Centre, 100 Shankill Road  6.30pm – 7.30pm

 

Thursday 7 March

EventVenueTime
Get online for Universal Credit

Cregagh Community centre, Mount Merrion Avenue

Knocknagoney Community Centre, 41 Knocknagoney Drive

10am – 12noon

1pm – 3pm

Fix-IT surgery

Girdwood Community Hub

Grove Wellbeing and Treatment Centre, 120 York Road

10am – 1pm

10am – 1pm

Uploading and editing photos Knockbreda Wellbeing and Treatment Centre, 110 Saintfield Road 10am – 1pm 
Basic introduction to IMac (2) Girdwood Community Hub  1pm – 3pm 
Wildlife in danger Belfast Zoo  1.30pm – 3.30pm 
Families learn to swim Shankill Leisure Centre 6pm – 7pm 
Yoga Week at Girdwood Community Hub Girdwood Community Hub  7pm - 8pm 

 

Friday 8 March

EventVenueTime
Yoga week at Girdwood Community Hub Girdwood Community Hub 10am – 11am
Get online for Universal Credit Dee Street Community Centre 

10am – 12noon

Fix-IT surgery Beech Hall Centre, Wellbeing and Treatment Centre, 21 Andersonstown Road  10am – 1pm 
Family fun day at the Men’s Shed North Belfast Men’s Shed, Unit L4I, Edenderry Industrial Estate, 326 Crumlin Road 10am – 1pm 
Get online for seniors Concorde Community Centre, 36 Alliance Road  10.30am – 1pm 
Uploading and editing photos Arches Wellbeing and Treatment Centre, Health and Care for East Belfast, 4 West Minister Avenue North  1pm – 3pm 
Making something using a 3D printer 10 Girdwood Avenue  1pm – 3pm 
Sophie's litter journey Ballyhackamore Library, 1-3 Eastleigh Drive  3.30pm 


Saturday 9 March

EventVenueTime
Coderdojo

Girdwood Community Hub 

Market Community Centre, 1 Market Street

10am – 12noon 

10am – 12noon

Dinosaur robotics Tropical Ravine, Belfast Botanic Gardens  10am – 3pm
Caman Hurl with me Gort na Mona 3G pitch facilities 11am 

 


Sunday 10 March

EventVenueTime
Caman Hurl with me Gort na Mona 3G pitch facilities 11am 
Family-friendly film screening in Belfast City Hall Belfast City Hall, Great Hall 

1.30pm – 2.10pm - arts and crafts session

2.15pm - 4pm - screening of WALL∙E

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<![CDATA[Fix IT Surgeries]]>Book your computer in for an free MOT. Our IT experts can make minor repairs to hardware and software and will get your device up and running again. So if you are having IT issues bring it along and we will make sure that your laptop , tablet or phone is running safely.

VenueEventDateTime
Knockbreda Wellbeing and Treatment Centre
110 Saintfield Road
Belfast
BT8 6GR
Fix IT Surgery 4 March 2019 10am - 1pm

Arches Wellbeing & Treatment Centre
Health & Care for East Belfast
4 Westminster Avenue North
Belfast
BT4 INS

Fix IT Surgery 5 March 2019 10am - 1pm
Girdwood Community Hub Fix IT Surgery 5 March 2019 10am - 1pm

Beech Hall Centre
Wellbeing and Treatment Centre
21 Andersonstown Road
Belfast
BT11 9AF

Fix IT Surgery 8 March 2019 10am - 1pm

Email mckennaroisin@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9027 0644 to book your place or find out more.

 

IT repair workshop]]>
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<![CDATA[Digital Hubs: Belfast Festival of Learning]]>Our digital Hubs are celebrating the Belfast Festival of Learning 2019 you can visit the following hubs to try something new. There is something for all capabilities whether its shopping online or save money by learning the tricks to giving your device an MOT or get your device fixed for free! For the more creative individuals you can try 3D printing or learn the basics of iMac. So  come along and try something new.

VenueEventDateTime
Knockbreda Wellbeing and Treatment Centre Fix IT Surgery Monday 4 March 10am - 1pm
Belvoir Community Centre Shopping online Monday 4 March 10am - 3pm
Girdwood Community Hub Uploading and editing photos Monday 4 March 11am - 1pm
Arches Wellbeing and Treatment Centre Fix IT Surgery Tuesday 5 March 10am - 1pm
Girdwood Community Hub Fix IT Surgery Tuesday 5 March 10am - 1pm
Bloomfield Church How to give your device a MOT Tuesday 5 March 10am - 1pm
Grove Wellbeing Centre Get on social media Thursday 7 March 10am - 1pm
Beech Hall Centre Fix IT Surgery Friday 8 March 10am - 1pm
Girdwood Community Hub Basic introduction to iMac (1) Tuesday 5 March 1pm - 3pm
Morton Community Centre Shopping online Wednesday 6 March 10am - 1pm
Dee Street Community Centre Uploading and editing photos Wednesday 6 March 1pm - 3pm
Knockbreda Wellbeing and Treatment Centre Uploading and editing photos Thursday 7 March 10am - 1pm
Girdwood Community Hub Basic introduction to iMac (2) Thursday 7 March 1pm - 3pm
Arches Wellbeing and Treatment Centre Uploading and editing photos Friday 8 March 1pm - 3pm
Girdwood Community Hub Make something with 3D printing Friday 8 March 1pm - 3pm
Tropical Ravine Dinosaur Robotics Saturday 9 March 10am - 3pm

Please email mckennaroisin@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9027 0644 to book your place.

A man using a computer with virtual reality]]>
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<![CDATA[Yoga Week at Girdwood Community Hub]]>Girdwood is joining in with the Belfast Festival of Learning with a Yoga Week.

Why not come and have a go? 

We have a week of yoga taster sessions for everyone to have a go regardless of ability or experience.

DateTimeClassDescription
4 March 2019 12 noon - 1pm Yoga for Seniors

Aimed at over 55s, open to anyone no matter what your previous experience.

5 March 2019 7.30pm - 8.30pm Men only Yoga

Aimed at any age group, can help with core strength no matter what your chosen sport is.

6 March 2019 6pm - 7pm Yoga for Teens Aimed at young people. Open to all abilities.
7 March 2019 7pm - 8pm Yoga

Open to anyone, especially those who have attended the previous sessions.  No matter what your previous experience come along and give yoga a go.

8 March 2019 10am - 11am Baby Yoga Open to babies and their carers

 

 

A group of people doing yogaVenue : Girdwood Community Hub]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Job Fair]]>We’re hosting the annual Belfast Job Fair in partnership with the Department for Communities on Tuesday 5 March.

Over 60 employers from a wide range of sectors will be at the event, including companies from the following sectors:

  • hospitality
  • retail
  • care services
  • manufacturing
  • financial services

You will also be able to speak to speak to our staff about Belfast Employment Academies. These academies, which are open to Belfast City Council residents who are out of work or working less than 16 hours per week, provide specialist training to help people get jobs or become their own boss.

What will happen at the job fair?

You will have the opportunity to:

  • find out about jobs in various sectors
  • meet employers face-to-face.
  • speak to expert careers advisers to discuss your future career path
  • get help with job search activities such as CV guidance and interview advice
  • find out what training opportunities are available to you

Everyone is welcome to come along on the day, the event is free to attend and no registration is required.

There will be BSL and ISL sign language interpreters available from 11am-1pm.

For more information, call us on 028 9027 0482 or email economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk.

 

A job recruitment meetingVenue : Europa Hotel]]>
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<![CDATA[Funding and fundraising workshop]]>
Join us for a useful introduction to funding and fundraising.

You’ll learn:

  • how to fundraise for a social enterprise, including understanding and identifying potential funders
  • how and where to search for funding for charities, social enterprises and CICs
  • seven steps to creating your own fundraising plan.

Register your place for this workshop by completing our registration form.

People discussing stats on a boardVenue : Conference Room, Social Economy Village, Work West, 1b Hannahstown Hill, Belfast BT17 0XS]]>
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<![CDATA[Get a taste for business]]>Come along on a free walking tour of Belfast city centre to hear about and get a taste for some of Belfast’s own successful independent stores.

The tour will visit Mike’s Fancy Cheese, Sawers Belfast, Fish City and Co Couture to hear their business start up stories. The tour will leave the front entrance of City Hall from 4pm and finish at 6pm.

This event is part of Enterprise Week 2019 which aims to encourage new entrepreneurs and inspire existing businesses to grow.

The tour will leave City Hall at 4pm sharp, so please arrive in good time and dressed for the weather and the walk.

Please complete our registration form to register for this event. 

Belfast City HallVenue : Leaving from Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Community Planning: Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise workshop]]>Belfast has a vibrant and active voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, playing a valuable role in the social, economic and environmental fabric of city life.  

Belfast Community Planning Partnership intend to strengthen participation and representation in the community planning process from the VCSE sectors.

We want to invite anyone working in (or with an interest in) the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors to a workshop to help us shape and design these arrangements. 

VenueDate and time

Skainos Centre

241 Newtonards Road,
Belfast,
BT4 1AF

Tuesday 12 March

6pm - 8.30pm

(Spaces available)

Crescent Arts Centre

2-4 University Road,
Belfast,
BT7 1NH

Wednesday 13 March

1.30PM - 4pm

(This event is fully booked)

NICVA

61 Duncairn Gardens,
Belfast,
BT15 2GB

Monday 25 March

6pm - 8.30pm

(Spaces available)

Register now

For information about these events, please email communityplanning@belfastcity.gov.uk or contact the Community Planning team on 02890 320202 (ext.3320 or ext 6248). 

Community planning workshopVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[DAS Annual Review]]>The exhibition showcases the most ambitious and innovative use of technology by visual artists who have participated in the DAS Home Residency programme. The artists were selected by independent curators Simon Poulter (Director of Collusion, Cambridge) and Daria Jelonek, (artist & co-founder of the art&design collective Above&Below).

The selected artists are: Edy Fung, Duncan Herd, Justine McDonnell, Paul Mulgrew, EL Putnam, Peter Richards.

The exhibition is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and is open Tuesday-Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday, 11am-4pm.

DAS Annual ReviewVenue : Golden Thread Gallery]]>
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<![CDATA[Five Foot Shelf Live! With Ian Sansom and the Bookshop Band]]>According to Harvard University president, Charles W. Eliot, everything required for a complete “liberal education” could fit on a shelf of books just five feet in length. What would you include in a modern five foot shelf? What would your favourite books teach the world? Ian Sansom has set a course to find out.

Ian will be joined for this evening by the Bookshop Band, an artistic love affair between a group of award-winning songwriters and an independent bookshop. Their songs are the musical outpouring of the band’s own response to books they have read.

Presented in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens marking World Book Day 2019.

Tickets are available at www.linenhall.com

Bookshop Band]]>
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<![CDATA[Universal Credit - online training sessions]]> 

If you need help setting up your email account and Universal Credit account you can book a Universal Credit online training session at one of our community centres by calling 9027 0644.

Staff cannot input your personal details for you but they can talk you through the entire process. Some Advice Centres, libraries or your local jobs and benefits office have computers or devices that you can use or book to use with internet access.

VenueDate  Time
Knocknagoney 7 March 1pm - 3pm
Cregagh 7 March 10am - 12 noon
Dee Street 8 March 10am - 12 noon
Universal Credit advertisements]]>
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<![CDATA[DiverseCity: Visit to Belfast Islamic Centre]]>Would you like to learn more about the people, places and communities that make Belfast? Are you interested in visiting different places of worship, understanding why different communities celebrate the events they do?

You must reserve your place in advance by emailing goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0663.

This visit will enable participants to explore the history of the Muslim community in Northern Ireland and to learn about aspects of Islam. An opportunity to observe prayer will be included in the visit.

Sign up to Good Relations emails

Sign up to our Good Relations emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about Good Relations.

DiverseCity]]>
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<![CDATA[Information sessions: Environmental improvements at Bloomfield Walkway]]>We are currently seeking feedback on plans for environmental improvements at Bloomfield Walkway in east Belfast.

The stretch of walkway – which runs from Beersbridge Road onto Upper Newtownards Road at the Holywood Arches – is owned by the Department for Infrastructure who have provided funding for the scheme, which will be delivered by us.

Work is due to start at the site at the end of March with plans including:

  • new planting and landscaping
  • street furniture
  • upgrading of paths and resurfacing
  • enhanced lighting, and
  • improved accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

Information sessions

Drop in to our info sessions to come along and hear more about the plans and share your feedback with us:

VenueDateTime
Eastside Visitor Centre
402 Newtownards Road
Friday 8 March 2019 2pm - 7pm
Walkway Community Centre
Finvoy Street
Monday 11 March 2019 10am - 3pm

More information

For more information on these projects, email pmu@belfastcity.gov.uk

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<![CDATA[Women of City Cemetery Tour]]>Explore the fascinating stories of some of the women of note buried in City Cemetery as local historian, Tom Hartley, leads a special tour to mark International Women’s Day.

Hear about pioneering educationalists, suffragists, nurses and philanthropists and explore the history of the city through the experiences of these women who hailed from across the city and beyond.

This free tour, on Friday 8 March, will start at 11am from outside the Gatehouse at the main cemetery entrance. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

To book your space, please email citycemheritage@belfastcity.gov.uk or phone 028 9027 0235 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

This tour forms part of our City Cemetery heritage project, supported through funding from Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

City CemeteryVenue : Gatehouse at the main Belfast City Cemetery entrance]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Children's Festival]]>Enjoy the very best international and local arts experiences for children and young people at the 21st Belfast Children's Festival.

Dive into the packed programme of theatre, dance, visual art, music, literature, comedy, workshops and talks, guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.

International artists along with home-grown talent will be presenting shows and interactive experiences in venues and locations across Belfast, creating many unforgettable shared experiences for all the family.

There will also be a number of relaxed performances suitable for those who may benefit from a less formal theatre setting.

The festival also offers a diverse programme aimed at adults, professional arts practitioners and those working and studying in related fields.

A selection of shows will go on early release in November, with the full programme to launch in January 2019.

For more information visit www.youngatart.co.uk/festival, email marketing@youngatart.co.uk, or call 028 9023 0660.

Street performers in BelfastVenue : various]]>
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<![CDATA[Family Fun Day and official playground opening]]>Come along to the official opening of the newly refurbished Hammer Playground where there will be fun for children of all ages.

Activities include:
• Bouncy castles
• Face painters
• Balloon modellers
• Football skills and games.

Along with the Department for Communities, we have carried out improvements to the value of £280,000 at Hammer Playground. We have replaced old equipment with a range of fun, challenging and accessible play equipment and acoustic play features for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy. There is also new multi-use games area which is marked out for football and basketball with a high ball stop fence.

The playground has also benefited from landscaping works which has opened up sightlines to the facility to reduce the opportunity for antisocial behaviour.

A child enjoying face paintingVenue : Hammer Playground]]>
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<![CDATA[Family Friendly Film Screening in City Hall - WALL-E]]>Enjoy a screening of WALL-E in the lovely surroundings of our City Hall. An animation on the adventures of WALL-E and the importance of looking after the planet at 2.15pm with an arts and crafts session before the film at 1.30pm.

For more information or to book contact Jacqueline Frazer on 028 9050 2073 or email jacqueline.frazer@bhdu.org

Numbers are limited and booking is essential.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

filmVenue : Belfast City Hall, Great Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Cyber Security Seminar]]>Cyber crime is fast becoming one of the biggest threats to businesses in Northern Ireland. It's estimated that online fraud and cybercrime cost the UK over £11bn in 2016. All of which explains why the issue of cyber security is no longer just a priority for the IT department.

This free seminar, hosted by Belfast City Centre Management, will have two speakers and aims to educate businesses in Belfast city centre on the threat of cyber crime and how they can protect their businesses.

For more details and to register your place visit www.belfastcybercrime11march.eventbrite.co.uk

A computer hacker on a laptopVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[DiverseCity: Irish cultural and linguistic experience]]>Would you like to learn more about the people, places and communities that make Belfast? Are you interested in visiting different places of worship, understanding why different communities celebrate the events they do?

You must reserve your place in advance by emailing goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0663.

Hosted at An Droichead, an Irish Language Organisation, this experience provides the opportunity for participants to experience Irish culture, music and language.

Sign up to Good Relations emails

Sign up to our Good Relations emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about Good Relations.

DiverseCity]]>
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<![CDATA[Planning and making money in social enterprise]]>This workshop will give you the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the financial barriers that both social enterprises and co-operatives face.

Financial planning is an important element in any business. You need to ensure that your idea is viable and work out all funding requirements.

If you are applying for funding, you need to ensure you personally understand your figures. Therefore, this session will look at:

  • financial viability
  • costing
  • pricing
  • breakeven
  • forecast estimation and
  • cash flow and profitability.

 To attend this event, please complete the registration form.

 For more details, call us on 028 9027 0482 or email economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk

Man working on laptopVenue : Skainos Centre, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF]]>
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<![CDATA[‘The True Cost’ Who pays the price for our clothing?]]>Described as “A portrait of exploitation” by The New York Times this documentary (in partnership with Ulster University fashion students) tackles fast fashion head on and challenges the consumer to think twice about their shopping habits. It looks at environmental and human impacts our fashion choices have and how to switch to more sustainable fashion habits.

“This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?”

www.truecostmovie.com

There will also be an opportunity to see a display of cutting-edge sustainable designs by UU Fashion students from 6.30pm – 7.15pm.

This event is free but you must email wasteeducation@belfastcity.gov.uk to secure your place. 

A screenshot from The True Cost movieVenue : The Barge, 1 Lanyon Place, Belfast BT1 3LG]]>
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<![CDATA[Your City, Your Say]]>We want to speak to groups of Disabled people / People With Disabilities who are creating or attending cultural, arts and music events in Belfast.

We’re currently developing options for a new approach to long-term cultural development and a new Cultural Strategy for Belfast 2020 - 2030.

We value your voice and seek contribution from people living and working in the city to collectively develop an authentic narrative for Belfast. As part of this process, we’re running a series of focused discussions on disability and accessibility to feed into this new strategy.

Please use the following links to book your place via EventBrite.

Focus panelDate and timeVenue
Mobility disability, full time mobility aid users Thursday 14 March at 7pm Belfast City Hall
Part time mobility aid users, or those with a mobility disability, but do not use mobility aids Friday 15 March at 7pm Belfast City Hall
Visual impairment Thursday 19 March at 7pm University of Atypical
d/Deaf and hearing impairment Wednesday 20 March at 7pm University of Atypical
Personal assistants, support workers, and next of kin Tuesday 21 March at 10am The Black Box (Green Room)
Age Related Disability Friday 22 March at 10am The Bobbin Café at City Hall
Disability and access Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) / Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Monday 25 March at 10am University of Atypical
Identities, disability and access Tuesday 9 April at 7pm The Black Box (Green Room)

 




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<![CDATA[St Patrick’s weekend at St George's Market]]>Come along to St George's Market for a bumper weekend of St Patrick’s Day celebrations and activities.

You will be able to enjoy lots of entertainment including: 

 Date

Time

Entertainment

Friday 15 March

11am – 3pm

Live music with Davey Watson

 

12 noon – 2pm

Make and take workshops

Saturday 16 March

11am – 3pm

Traditional Irish music from The Lagan Band

 

2pm

Aisling School of Irish Dancing

Sunday 17 March

10am - 11am

Traditional folks music and Irish dancing 

 

12noon - 2pm

Make and take workshops

 

12noon - 4pm

Live music from the Folkin Ejits 

Please note: Due to the Spar 10k on Sunday 17 March there may be some traffic restrictions in place around St George's Market until 10pm. 



St Patrick's DayVenue : St George's Market, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[St Patrick’s at St George's Market]]>Come along to St George's Market for a bumper weekend of St Patrick’s Day celebrations and activities. You will be able to enjoy lots of entertainment including: 

Date

Time

Entertainment

Friday 15 March

11am – 3pm

Live music with Davey Watson

 

12 noon – 2pm

Make and take workshops

Saturday 16 March

11am – 3pm

Traditional Irish music from The Lagan Band

 

2pm

Aisling School of Irish Dancing

Sunday 17 March

10am - 11am

Traditional folks music and Irish dancing 

 

12noon - 2pm

Make and take workshops

 

12noon - 4pm

Live music from the Folkin Ejits 

   

Please note: Due to the Spar 10k on Sunday 17 March there may be some traffic restrictions in place around St George's Market until 10pm. 



St George's MarketVenue : St George's Market]]>
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<![CDATA[Sport taster sessions]]>Sports Development are funding free tasters throughout the city during March 2019 to encourage people of all ages to try something new and get involved in sport!

There is no need to register just come along a try for free…

March
Santos Football Club  698 Saintfield Road,
Carryduff,
Belfast
BT8 8BU 

Saturday 16 March 

9.30am - 12.30pm

Come along and try football for free plus meet our coaching team. Aimed at kids aged 6-11 years of age, and in particular girls for our new girls specialist section.
St Michaels Boxing Club Unit 18 Tully Business Park, Springbank Way, Belfast BT17 0FE 

Saturday 16 March

10am - 2pm 

Try boxing and see the skills of the sport aimed at 9 -18 year old in particular but open to all ages.
Gleann Boxing Club Gleann ABC, Work West 31/32 Belfast, BT11 8BU

Saturday 16 March

10am - 4pm 

Boxing open day for boys and girls aged between 10 and 15 years of age.
Belfast BMX Club  CS Lewis Square

Saturday 16 March 

12noon - 2pm 

BMX experience open to all, particularly kids aged 4 - 14.
Cairnlodge Boxing Club  Sancroft Street, Belfast BT13 1NR 

Wednesday 20 March

9am - 9pm

Try boxing at our open day for, all abilities welcome.
Deanby Jujitsu Club  Deanby Youth Centre Old Park Terrace BT14 6NP 

Saturday 23 March

10am - 3pm

Try Jujitsu at our family and beginners sessions, open to all ages.
St Malachys Old Boys FC  St Malachys College Pitches Antrim RD

Saturday 23 March 

1pm - 5pm 

Football fun day with skills and coaching sessions open to youths aged 7 and upwards.

For more information you can email leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9027 0344

 

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<![CDATA[#YourBelfast dancing and performances]]>Your Belfast will be buzzing over the St Patrick's Day weekend with live music, dancing and entertainment. Join us on Saturday 16 March as the city comes alive with dance performances on Castle Place, CastleCourt and Donegall Place.

Cornmarket dance stage

TimeDance act
12 noon-12.30pm Latin Quarter
12.45pm – 1.15pm McElhinney School of Dance
1.30pm – 2pm School of Highland Dance
2.15pm – 2.45pm Beat Carnival
3pm – 3.30pm Belfast Argentine Tango
3.45 – 4.15pm Bal Feirste
4.30pm – 5pm  Flamenco Fino

 

CastleCourt – Multi-Cultural Stage

TimeDance act
11.15am-11.45am Wanting Wu
12.00pm – 12.30pm Bentra
12.45pm – 1.15pm Luigi Cirillo and Federica Ferrieri
1.30pm – 2pm Virtuoso Ivonov
2.15pm – 2.45pm Duo Zoux (ArtsEkta)
3pm – 3.30pm Intercultural Drums and dancers
3.45pm – 4.15pm  Mexican Folk Dancers(ICDFNI)

 

Donegall Place

Beat Carnival

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<![CDATA[#YourBelfast dancing and performances]]>Your Belfast will be buzzing over the St Patrick's Day weekend with live music, dancing and entertainment. Join us on Saturday 16 March as the city comes alive with dance performances on Castle Place, CastleCourt and Donegall Place.

Cornmarket dance stage

TimeDance act
12 noon-12.30pm Latin Quarter
12.45pm – 1.15pm McElhinney School of Dance
1.30pm – 2pm School of Highland Dance
2.15pm – 2.45pm Beat Carnival
3pm – 3.30pm Belfast Argentine Tango
3.45 – 4.15pm Bal Feirste
4.30pm – 5pm  Flamenco Fino

 

CastleCourt – Multi-Cultural Stage

TimeDance act
11:15am-11:45am Wanting Wu
12:00pm-12:30pm Bentra
12.45pm-1.15pm Luigi Cirillo and Federica Ferrieri
1.30pm-2pm Virtuoso Ivonov
2.15pm-2.45pm Duo Zouk (ArtsEkta)
3pm-3.30pm Intercultural Drums and dancers
3.45pm-4.15pm Mexican Folk Dancers (ICDFNI)

 

Donegall Place

Beat Carnival

A dancer posingVenue : Castle Place, CastleCourt and Donegall Place]]>
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<![CDATA[Age Friendly Belfast St Patrick's Day Teadance]]>We continue to celebrate St Patricks Day in the Ulster Hall with music and dance. The tea dances will take place on Sunday 17 March 2019, from 12 noon to 2pm and from 3pm to 5pm with live music and a cup of tea.

Free tickets are available from 9am on Monday 25 February 2019 by calling 9033 4455 or in person at the Ulster Hall Box Office. Maximum of three tickets per person

A teadance in full swingVenue : Ulster Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Spar Craic 10k]]>Sign up for the 5th annual SPAR Craic 10k this St Patrick’s Day and join 2,000 other runners as they take to the streets of Belfast.

The race will leave Belfast City Hall at 9am, passing through the Gaeltacht Quarter, before finishing at Ormeau Park.

Encourage your friends and family to begin their St Patrick’s Day celebrations in a healthy and worthy way, before joining the celebrations in the city centre afterwards.

This year’s charity partner is Marie Curie and a donation from every entry will be made to them.

To register online, go to www.athleticsni.org, or visit the Andersonstown News Kiosk in Kennedy Centre or North Belfast News office in Cityside. Online registrations close at midnight on Sunday 10 March 2019.

For more information, contact Aisling Events on 028 9061 1916.

Runners at the Craic 10K raceVenue : Belfast city centre]]>
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<![CDATA[St Patrick's Day carnival parade and concert]]>Bring your friends and family to Belfast for a fantastic St Patrick’s Day weekend, full of colour and music.

Carnival parade

Belfast will mark St Patrick’s Day on Sunday 17 March with a vibrant carnival parade. The carnival leaves from Belfast City Hall at 12.30pm and will travel along Chichester Street and Victoria Street, into High Street and Donegall Street, before finishing at Writers Square.

Come along to see:

  • eye-catching floats
  • performers and magnificent costumes
  • global musicians, and
  • local community organisations.

Look out for St Patrick, pipe bands, dancers and more on their colourful journey through the city. See our parade map.

If you’d like to be involved in the St Patrick's Day parade, please contact Beat Carnival directly by emailing workshops@beatcarnival.com or call 028 9043 4767.

Free concert

After the parade, join us for a free open-air concert from 1.30pm – 4pm in Custom House Square.
Headlining this year’s concert will be Europe’s popular party act; The Vengaboys, who’ll be singing their multiplatinum hits live on stage including ‘Kiss’, ‘Boom Boom Boom Boom’ and ‘We’re Going to Ibiza’.

The exciting line-up also includes:

  • traditional music from The Whistlin’ Donkeys
  • Irish dancers ‘Fusion Fighters’
  • Belfast Ukulele Jam
  • County Down singing sensation Catherine McGrath, who recently supported Michael Bublé and Picture This
  • Ryan Sheridan, one of Ireland’s finest guitarists, who will play some of his biggest hits including ‘Jigsaw’ and ‘The Dreamer’.

You won’t be able to stop your hands clapping and your feet tapping.

Access to the concert

Access to the concert is free (no ticket is required) and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Terms and conditions of entry apply.

Gates to the concert open at 1.15pm and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Traffic and transport

  • Expect some minor traffic delays and diversions along the parade route from approximately 12noon to 2pm in and around the city centre.
  • On-street parking restrictions will be in place on the parade route from 5am to 2pm on Sunday 17 March.
  • Linenhall Street will be closed to traffic from 7.30am until approximately 1.30pm
  • Bus diversions will be in place between 12noon and 2pm. Visit Translink's website for further information.
  • If you are attending the event, please use public transport where possible. There is also on-street parking and city centre car parks. This includes Blue Badge holders.

For more information on the event, please contact the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609.

#BelfastStPats

Available facilities

We are committed to ensuring the events are fully accessible and inclusive for all. For this year’s St Patricks Day Parade and Concert, taking place on Sunday 17 March 2019, we have the following facilities available:

Carnival parade

Provision Key information
Identified Accessible viewing area  Front cobbles, Belfast City Hall
12noon - 1.30pm

This space will be on a first come, first served basis on the day of event.
Please make yourself known to steward within the area. 
Please note pre-booking is not available.

Accessible toilet provision There is a dedicated Changing Places facility in City Hall open daily between 9am-10pm. For more information please visit our Belfast City Hall web page.

Concert

Provision Key information
Accessible viewing platform Custom House Square 
1.30pm-4pm
Platform and seats are available 
We will allow one person plus carer only to access platform. 

This space will be on a first come first served basis on the day of event.
Please make yourself known to steward at platform. Located to rear of site.
Please note pre-booking is not available.

Sign Language Interpreter  Custom House Square
1.30pm-4pm

A Sign Language Interpreter will be located on the stage.  A dedicated area to the stage left will be available for sign language users. 

Access to this area is available on a first come, first serve basis and is not pre-bookable.  

Steward and security will be onsite to assist with any questions.
Accessible toilet provision Accessible toilets will be available in Custom House Square from 1.30pm to 4pm for the concert.

Steward and security will be onsite to assist with this.

Located to the rear of site.

Mobile accessible toilets with private adult-sized changing bench and hoist  Mobile accessible toilets with private adult-sized changing bench and hoist will be available on site from 1.30pm-4pm.

An attendant will be onsite to assist with this.

Located to the rear of site.

Disability access  For disabled access, entry is via the main entrance just behind the Albert Clock.

Steward and security will be onsite to assist with this.

 

Disabled parking for carnival parade and concert

Provision Key information
Disabled car parking

There is no dedicated car parking for the event.

Please visit www.accessable.co.uk for further information on nearby disabled parking in and around the city on St Patrick’s Day.

Signage will be in place at the car park.

Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 


For more information on the above facilities, please contact the City Events team at events@belfastcity.gov.uk

For full access to information on facilities in and around the city for St Patricks Day, please visit www.accessable.co.uk

 

Other St Patrick's Day events

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<![CDATA[St Patrick’s Day parade – call out for participants]]>Our annual St Patrick’s Day carnival parade will be held on Saturday 17 March 2018 and we need your help. If you or someone you know would be interested in taking part in this year’s parade please get in touch.

This year we are extending the invitation to:

  • sporting and cultural societies
  • community and voluntary associations
  • youth, church, and parent groups, and
  • individual performers.

Come along, get involved and join in with the St Patrick’s Day celebrations!

The parade will start at 11.30am from Royal Avenue and finish at Writer’s Square. After the parade, there will be a free-to-access concert at Custom House Square from 1.30pm.

So if you would like to be involved in the St Patrick’s Day parade, please email events@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9027 0260.

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Our annual St Patrick’s Day carnival parade will be held on Sunday 17 March 2019 and we need your help. If you or someone you know would be interested in taking part in this year’s parade please get in touch.

This year we are extending the invitation to:

  • sporting and cultural societies
  • community and voluntary associations
  • youth, church, and parent groups, and
  • individual performers.

Come along, get involved and join in with the St Patrick’s Day celebrations!

Beat Carnival can provide a workshop programme tailored to your needs in early 2019.

So if you would like to be involved in the St Patrick’s Day parade, email workshops@beatcarnival.com or call 028 9043 4767.

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<![CDATA[Dino Day]]>Monday 18 March is Dino Day at CastleCourt shopping centre.

Come and see the amazing 14-foot long 'real-life' T-Rex and witness the fabulous Dino show featuring Baby-Rex.

Shows run every hour from 11am to 4pm and it's completely free.

You can also marvel at the Jurassic Park jeeps which will be parked up outside CastleCourt.

For more information, visit Cathedral Quarter Belfast's website.

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<![CDATA[Creative Cafés]]>Get creative this St Patrick's holiday weekend with a host of fun and interactive events for kids on Monday 18 March.  These events are running in Belfast city centre on weekends throughout March. Find out more.

Lego Animation Workshop

Come and learn how to create amazing animations using Lego.

All equipment provided. Presented by Can Do Academy.

VenueDateTime
Easons, Donegall Place Monday 18 March 10am-4pm daily (drop in anytime)

 

The Laboratory!

Visit our crazy kids’ laboratory at CastleCourt. Slip on a lab coat and have a go at slime making, robotics or build and race your own car.

Presented by Sentinus and Science Starz.

VenueDateTime
CastleCourt, Royal Avenue Monday 18 March 10am-3.30pm daily (drop in anytime)

 

Alice in Wonderland

You are invited to the Mad Hatter’s tea party where fun, laughter, terrible table manners and mayhem are guaranteed.

Presented by theatre company C21.

VenueDateShow times 
Costa Coffee, Castle Place Monday 18 March 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm (running time 30 minutes approx) Book your place



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<![CDATA[BEN: Speed networking]]>BEN (Belfast Entrepreneur Network) in partnership with FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Northern Ireland is bringing together local businesses to create contacts, generate new business leads and to share knowledge and ideas amongst like-minded people.

Join us in Belfast City Hall for our speed networking event, and hear from local entrepreneur Naomh McElhatton who will:

  • give you hints and tips on how to network successfully
  • facilitate speed networking on the night.

To attend this event please complete the event registration form

For more information, call us on 028 9027 0482 or email economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk

About the Speaker

Naomh McElhatton is the CEO of SMART global and was recently listed as one of Ireland's Top 5 Entrepreneurs to watch by the Irish Times. SMART Global hosts a series of ‘must-attend’ industry-specific events each year. 

About FSB
FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) is a not for profit with approximately 6,000 members in Northern Ireland and 160,000 UK wide. Northern Ireland has its own FSB Policy Office in Belfast, where our staff work on localised and national issues on behalf of the SME sector in NI. To find out more about our services visit www.fsb.org.uk

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<![CDATA[Accessing council services online]]>Learn how to save time by using the councils online services such as reporting a missed bin collection or applying for a new dog license.

Venue Date Time
Morton Community Centre 22 March 2pm - 3pm and 3pm - 4pm
Dee Street Community Centre 29 March 2pm - 3pm and 3pm - 4pm
Girdwood Community Centre 4 April 2pm - 3pm and 3pm - 4pm
Horn Drive Community Centre 5 April 2pm - 3pm and 3pm - 4pm
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<![CDATA[Your Belfast 'pop-up' performances]]>Relax on the seating and watch wonderful performances on Saturday 23 March in the new ‘pop-up’ park at Castle Place junction, in front of Bank Buildings, or on the stage at Castlecourt.

Find out more about the new pop-up park at Castle Place junction and more Your Belfast activities.

Performances

Castle Place 

PerformerTime
The Raven Sisters 12noon – 12.30pm 
Dansko Gida 1pm – 1.30pm
Tumble Circus 2pm – 2.30pm
Jitterbug Jackson 3pm – 3.30pm 
Tumble Circus 4pm – 4.30pm

CastleCourt 

PerformerTime
Jitterbug Jackson 1pm – 1.30pm  
The Raven Sisters 2pm – 2.30pm 
Dansko Gida 3pm – 3.30pm
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<![CDATA[Career pathways and jobs information drop-in]]>Programme of events designed to help young people develop a career pathway through work experience and insight opportunities, and to link people to jobs.

We are running a series of events from 25 March to 4 April 2019 across the city.

Some events provide information and support to apply for programmes targeted at young people, and others are for everyone who is looking for a job, or finding out about help with starting your own business.

Monday 25 March to Tuesday 4 April

4pm - 5.30pm Social Mobility Business Partnership

For Year 13 students (or equivalent).
Parents and guardians welcome.

5.30pm - 6pm Coffee and a chat  
6pm - 7pm Easter and Summer Hospitality programmes

Easter (Year 12 students)
Summer (Year 10 students)

Parents and guardians welcome.

7pm - 8pm Belfast Employment Academies

Drop in session: everyone welcome, feel free to drop in any time between 7pm - 8pm.

 

Date

Venue

How to register

Wednesday 27 March Belfast South Community Resources,
127-145 Sandy Row,
Belfast
BT12 5ET
Register
Thursday 28 March Skainos,
241 Newtownards Road,
Belfast
BT4 1AF
Register
Friday 29 March

St Colm's High School,
83 Summerhill Drive,
Dunmurry,
Belfast
BT17 0RE

(Entrance through Saints Youth Centre - next to school)

Register
Thursday 4 April Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich,
216 Falls Road,
Belfast,
BT12 6AH 
Register

Social Mobility Business Partnership 

This event will provide you with the opportunity to find out more about the employers (BT, Herbert Smith Freehills, PwC, Ulster Rugby and UTV) who are offering work experience the week of 1-5 July 2019.

There will be a short interview skills workshop, which will give you hints and tips on how to do a good interview.

You will also get advice and support on how to make a good application to the programme. 

The closing date for this programme is 12 April.

Find out more information or to apply online for this programme visit the Social Mobility Business programme

Coffee and a chat

Stay for a coffee and chat to find out about support Belfast City Council can offer.

Summer and Easter Hospitality Programmes

Find out about the Year 12 Hospitality Programme planned for this Easter and the Year 10 Hospitality Programme planned for this summer.

You will find out about the hospitality sector in Belfast and the wide range of employment opportunities and pathways available.

Places for the three day Easter programme will be made available following meeting you at one of these events. It is likely there will be an informal interview.

Students will get the opportunity to 
  • work in different roles in some of Belfast’s prestigious hotels,
  • eat meals in some of the city’s new restaurants,
  • learn Barrista and Mocktail making skills and
  • meet people who work in industry and get career pathway advice.  
 They will learn about the wide range of job opportunities in this fast growing sector in our city.  Food and travel provided.
 

Belfast Employment Academies

Come along and find out about our wide range of academies, and how we can help you get a job or to start up your own business.

For more information, visit the Belfast Employment Academies 

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<![CDATA[Imagine Belfast: festival of ideas and politics 2019]]>Belfast’s unique festival of ideas and politics returns with a packed programme of over 150 events taking place across the city.

The strictly non-partisan festival reaches out to people from all backgrounds with a wide range of events, which include:

  • talks
  • workshops
  • comedy
  • music
  • theatre
  • comedy
  • films
  • exhibitions

The exciting programme includes the renowned author Lionel Shriver, best known for her award-winning novel We Need to Talk About Kevin; George Monbiot – the author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner; the journalist and author Gavin Esler and Peter Tatchell, the leading human rights activist.

For more information, including a full programme of events, visit www.imaginebelfast.com or email hello@imaginebelfast.com.

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<![CDATA[Learning from the Decade of Centenaries]]>‘A Centenary Walks into a Belfast Bar’ will be a chaired discussion on how do we learn from the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ for the present and future from the perspectives of an Historian, a Political Scientist, a Theologian and an Artist. This event is being held as part of the Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics and the ‘Belfast and the World 1918–1921’ project.

The panel line up is:

  • Chair: Deirdre MacBride –PhD Student, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Historian: Dr Alan McCully –Ulster University
  • Political Scientist: Prof Duncan Morrow –Ulster University
  • Theologian: Dr Geraldine Smyth –Trinity College, Dublin
  • Artist: Paul Hutchinson – Imagined Spaces

‘Belfast and the World 1918–1921’ is a project being delivered by Corrymeela, on behalf of Belfast City Council, as part of their PEACE IV Plan which is funded by the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. Corrymeela delivers this project as part of their Legacies of Conflict programme, which is also supported by the Community Relations Council and the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trad

Book your place on the Imagine Belfast website

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<![CDATA[DiverseCity: The Living Book Library]]>As part of the Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics, we are running a Living Book Library. This event allows you to borrow a human book for a 20 minute conversation. It is a place where real people are on loan to readers. All the human books come from a wide range of backgrounds. It is an excellent opportunity to ask difficult questions and to have a one-to-one conversation with someone you might never have had the opportunity to speak to.

How do I get involved?

  1. Check below for a full list and description of all the books available
  2. Select the human book or books you are interested in borrowing (you can borrow more than one book)
  3. Contact our good relations unit who will offer you a 20 minute timeslot between 1pm and 4pm for you to borrow the book.

Call 028 9027 0663 or email goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk

Sign up to our Good Relations emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about Diversecity.

For a full list of diversecity events see www.belfastcity.gov.uk/diversecity

Choose from the 12 books below.

Descriptions for each of these books are available below.

Description of books

The Orange Order - Local Lodges, Global Liberties, Worldwide Celebrations

Since the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, the Orange tradition in Ireland annually remembers King William III’s victory in music song as well as colourful banners during the month of July at traditional ‘Twelfth’ of July celebrations. However, the Orange Order does much more than parade on the ‘Twelfth’; it’s a proud Protestant fraternity, which raises thousands of pounds annually for local charities and has members throughout the world. Orange Lodges are in places like Scotland, England, the United States of America, West Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Choose this book to find out more.

From pyramids to a parading Belfast, a Muslim woman’s journey to the unknown and still keeping the faith

My journey from Egypt to Saudi Arabia and finally to Belfast. The story and life experience of a Muslim woman, living in Belfast for over 10 years, raising teenagers in a completely different environment, adapting to a new culture and keeping the faith.

The odd one out

What it was like to be the first elected representative from a minority ethnic background in Northern Ireland. Anna Lo was elected in 2007 as a MLA for South Belfast and retired from politics in 2016. She tells in her 'book' her experience of being the first ever minority ethnic MLA in the NI Assembly.

Just Getting Comfortable

A story of how a young woman came to realise who she was, despite everything that school had taught about people like her. Mistakenly labelled a boy at birth, she had lived 19 years of confusion and shame before being able to express herself. Learn about how young transgender people are thriving and celebrating their identities, pushing through discrimination and bigotry to be comfortable and happy.

No More Smoked Salmon

I was once seated for dinner amongst the great. Smoked Salmon on a bed of Horseradish and Caper sauce was on the menu but when the waitress got to my place, I simply excused himself and asked for a plate of chips and a sausage, a request to which the waitress, along with a nod and wink, duly obliged. One of the guests asked me if I had ever considered writing a book. I pondered this idea, before responding ‘yes’. When the guest enquired as to the title, I replied ‘No More Smoked Salmon’.

I served my time as a pig butcher on the Shankill Road in Belfast. I was married to Sharon and had one little girl ‘Zoe’. Sharon was working with her father in the family fish shop when the IRA came into the shop, planted a bomb and killed them both along with 8 others, including one of the bombers.

‘No More Smoked Salmon’ is my story of growing up in a very sectarian Belfast, of losing Sharon and hounding Gerry Adams for answers. It also tells of my very personal journey as a peace builder, the ordinary people I met along the way. These are not the sort of people used to fine dining, the majority of them were never recognised with peace prizes or Queens honours.

Still in limbo land, the long journey from Mogadishu to Belfast and the detentions along the way.

This is the story of how I have spent the past 14 years seeking sanctuary, escaping from the militia in Somalia, crossing borders, coming to Belfast, being detained and past from pillar to post. It is also a story that tells about the kindness of strangers and the hurdles of navigating a heartless system as my search for home continues.

From an Edinburgh Cloister to Belfast

A nun’s journey from an enclosed convent to life in Belfast working with kids aged 16 years in the care system and in an inner city parish. ‘In the 80s I would have thought that anyone choosing to move to and live in Belfast was mad! Little did I know that it would be me...’

If I can sign up to this, anyone can

The story of an ex loyalist prisoner and former combatant, who did time, avoided death on several occasions, but saw the benefits of the Good Friday Agreement and working with old enemies for a better future.  This story tells the journey from conflict to peace and my involvement in many initiatives to build better relationships in the community.

Swimming Against the Tide

Linda Ervine has the unlikely responsibility of being the first Irish Language Officer based in a loyalist area. She was introduced to the language through a cross community taster session in East Belfast Mission, a Methodist Church on the Newtownards Road. When she began learning Irish in 2011, no one would have conceived of the idea of an Irish language centre in the heart of east Belfast. Today Linda oversees 14 Irish language classes, dance, music and Welsh classes, which bring together people from all parts of Belfast. She has attracted criticism from people within her own community because of her support for an Irish Language Act.

Adventures of a Global Citizen

What made the 18 year old girl leave home and what answers has she found through her journey? She is now sharing her experience as an Eastern European migrant, living and working in Northern Ireland for more than 10 years." Borrow this book to get a flavour of what life has been so far to a global resident in transit, caught between two worlds....

I ran for my son and my safety

Sometimes I feel sad and angry when I hear people say, ‘they are not really an asylum seeker, they are only coming for a better life’. I had a life in Zimbabwe but that all changed…..This is the story of a carefree activist forced to run to protect her life and that of her young sons.

‘If you die I’ll bury you, if you go to prison I won’t visit you’

These are the words spoken by the distraught father of a former INLA Prisoner, highlighting his opposition to his son’s involvement in the conflict. This former republican prisoner has now been working for over 15 years, building relationships with former loyalist and republican prisoners. He has also been working with victims & survivor groups for 10 years. Read more about his journey from prison to peace.

My 2 year journey from Somalia to the UK

I thought that being granted asylum status in the UK would signal a new life and new beginning, but little did I know that as my two year journey from Somalia to the UK ended another journey began with more trials and tribulations, fears and uncertainties. Hear more about my journey, leaving Somalia at the age of 15 and the sacrifices my family made to buy my safety.


Imagine Belfast Logo

 

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<![CDATA[Your Belfast circus shows]]>
Roll up, roll up! See dazzling performances at the circus shows in the Castle Place 'pop-up' park and the stage at Castlecourt on Saturday 30 March.

We also have our final weekend of Kids’ Creative Cafés so pop in:

Circus Shows 

LocationTimeShows
Castle Place park 1.15pm Sideshow Ramone
Castle Place park 2pm The Mac Factor
CastleCourt 2.45pm Sideshow Ramone
CastleCourt 3.30pm The Mac Factor
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<![CDATA[A Journal of Botany]]>The Dendritic Ensemble presents a new piece of aleotoric chamber music based on 181 musical motifs composed for each of the tropical ravine's 181 plants. Taking it's title from a work by Thomas Drummond, the first head gardener of the Botanic Gardens, the complete piece will be different each time it's played, as melodies, instruments, and textures intertwine in the tropical ravine like the plants themselves.

Sign up to Tropical Ravine emails

Sign up to our Tropical Ravine emails to keep up to date with news, events and important information about the Tropical Ravine.

Accessibility at the Ravine

The Tropical Ravine is accessible to wheelchair users within the spaces used for a full educational visit, including the Tropical Zone and the Ravine walkway. There is lift access to the exhibition on the Ravine walkway, but some doors are not automatic.

More Ravine events

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<![CDATA[Got IT: Free Basic Computer Sessions]]>Pop into your local library and learn the basics of computers and the internet. Speak to a member of staff to book  your one-to-one session. To see where your local library is visit Libraries NI.

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<![CDATA[Measuring social impact]]>Measuring social value and social impact is crucial to understanding if an organisation is making a real difference to society and the lives of their users and beneficiaries.

This workshop provides an introduction to social impact measurement, making you more aware of the tools available and how to measure the impact of your organisation’s activities.

This workshop will cover the following:

  • Why impact measurement is increasingly important.
  • The tools for impact measurement including how to conduct a logic model.
  • How to communicate social impact.

By the end of this workshop, you will be equipped to:

  • understand what social impact is and what it means to each participant
  • determine how social impact can be measured and evaluated by each social enterprise or co-operative
  • use the results of a social impact analysis to the organisation’s best advantage.

To attend this event, please complete the registration form.

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<![CDATA[What's on this April at St George's Market]]> 

Swing into spring this April at St George's Market. Take a seat and enjoy our delicious food along with the best live music at our award-winning market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Or why not peruse our wide variety of stalls? There's something for everyone with arts and crafts, vintage artefacts, unique gifts and jewellery too.

Sign up for our email newsletter to keep up-to-date with all that's happening at St George's Market.

 

DateMusicTime
Friday 5 April Gerald McCabe 11am-3pm
Saturday 6 April The Martello Jazz Band  11am-3pm
Sunday 7 April Paul McElkerney 12noon-4pm
Friday 12 April Phil d'Alton 11am-3pm
Saturday 13 April The Hairy Lemons 11am-3pm
Sunday 14 April Jukebox Jurors 12noon-4pm
Friday 19 April Davy Watson 11am-3pm
Saturday 20 April The Folkin' Eejits 11am-3pm
Sunday 21 April  Closed
Friday 26 April Beer and Biscuits 11am-3pm
Saturday 27 April Rory Nellis 11am-3pm
Sunday 28 April Paul Mervyn 12noon-4pm
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<![CDATA[ParkLife clubs: April - Edible flowers]]> 

ParkDateTime
Falls Park Saturday 6 April 2019 2pm - 3.30pm
Ballysillan Playing Fields Saturday 6 April 2019  10am - 11.30am
Tullycarnet Park bowling pavilion Saturday 13 April 2019 10am - 11.30am
Fullerton Park  Saturday 13 April 2019 10am - 11.30am
Botanic Gardens Saturday 27 April 2019 10am - 11.30am
Alderman Tommy Patton Memorial Park Saturday 27 April 2019 10am - 11.30am

Booking for the Saturday clubs is essential. 

For more details and to book a place, please email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

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<![CDATA[Palm House History Harvest]]>Pop in to the Palm House to explore the history of the gardens and the Palm House through the History Harvest Exhibtion. We want to hear your story, bring along your own photographs of your time in Botanic Gardens, or write your memory on one of our palm house postcards and share them on the timeline.

No booking is required and open to all ages.

Cannot attend or do not wish to leave your photograph, but still wish to take part? Then please email your stories and photographs to tropicalravine@belfastcity.gov.uk

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<![CDATA[Belfast Employment Academies - local roadshows]]>Belfast Employment Academies provide free specialist training with a guaranteed interview to help you get a job or become your own boss.

We’ll be holding four information sessions where people can find out more about what’s on offer at the employment academies currently open. These are drop-in sessions, so you don’t need to register to attend. The sessions will include information on:

  • the types of jobs available
  • what’s involved in the training
  • how to apply
  • careers advice.

Information session dates and venues

Date Time Venue
Tuesday 9 April  10.30am - 12 noon Crescent Arts Centre
1.30pm - 3pm Skainos Centre
Thursday 11 April  10.30am - 12 noon  Conway Mill 
1.30pm - 3pm Crumlin Road Gaol

Employment academies currently open

The following employment academies are currently open for registration: 

  • Social Care Employment Academy 
  • Childminding Self-employment Academy
  • Transport Employment Academy
  • Hospitality Employment Academy 

Eligibility and more information

To be eligible you must be a Belfast City Council resident and currently out of work or working fewer than 16 hours per week.

 

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<![CDATA[Easter Tea Dance]]>Come along to our Easter themed tea dance for an afternoon of dancing, singing and meeting new friends. Food and refreshments provided. 

Parking limited in this area.

Booking is essiental as limited space is available.

Contact Sara Barkley on 028 9032 0202.

FlowersVenue : Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Digital Learning Day]]>Celebrate Digital Learning at a library near you on 11 April 2019. You will receive tailored, one-to-one advice on anything from setting up an email account, to shopping for online bargains.

Libraries taking part in Belfast are: Finaghy, Ormeau and Holywood Arches.

To book your slot call 0345 450 4580 Email enquiries@librariesni.org.uk

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<![CDATA[Belfast Film Festival 2019]]>The Belfast Film Festival returns for its 19th year running, bringing you another jam-packed programme of exciting and diverse film events, as well as international guests from the world of film.

Belfast Film Festival 2019 will be taking place from Thursday 11 April – Saturday 20 April. With over 100 film events spread across the city, there will be something for all film lovers to enjoy.

For more information visit www.belfastfilmfestival.org or email info@belfastfilmfestival.org.

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<![CDATA[East Belfast Community Celebration Event]]>This is a celebration event for community groups and volunteers from East Belfast who have a positive impact on the community. We will also celebrate the community spaces within East Belfast.

This event is sponsored by our Parks Events Small Grants Scheme. 

For more information call 028 9045 1512 or email marie@ebcda.org

ParkVenue : C.S. Lewis Square]]>
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<![CDATA[The Lord Mayor’s Day]]>Join Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Deirdre Hargey, as she hosts a free family-fun day to celebrate both her year in office and our amazing city.

The Lord Mayor’s theme for the year is ‘A Belfast for All’ and she is delighted to invite everyone to enjoy a fun-filled day at City Hall packed with lots of activities, including:

  • multi-cultural arts and crafts workshops from India, Japan and Mexico with ArtsEkta
  • funky carnival-themed arts and crafts with Young at Art
  • spectacular street theatre performances
  • live performances from the ArtsEkta Chinese Lion Dancers, Streetwise Samba Band, Belfast Ukulele Jam and Kids Together Belfast
  • the exciting world of virtual reality where you'll create amazing animations on the Wheelworks Art Cart
  • sensory play discovery areas with Mini Explorers – celebrate festivals and cultures from around the world with bubbles, fun and sensory lights
  • drumming workshops with The Gathering Drum
  • carnival games stalls
  • face painting
  • henna tattoos
  • fun games and activities for older people with the Age-Friendly Belfast team
  • Belfast Zoo small animal display
  • traditional African womenswear and royal costumes on display
  • Lord Mayor’s charities - Pretty in Pink, Community Search Rescue, Organ Donation.

All activities will run from 12 noon to 5pm, unless otherwise stated.

Culture Babies / Babaithe Cultúir

Times: 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm

Join Young at Art for a special edition of Babaithe Cultúir / Culture Babies. Children can get messy and creative in a safe, fun and welcoming Irish Language environment through visual arts, rhythm, and rhyme.

Sessions last for one hour and are first come first served.

Women's History bus tours

Times: 2pm and 4pm

Please note these tours are now fully booked.

This bus tour will take in the sights of the city through a new lens, focusing on the women of the city. As well as the women who made their mark – reformers like Mary Ann McCracken, Suffragettes and entertainers like Ruby Murray – this tour will trace the lives of ordinary Belfast women who have found themselves airbrushed from history.

Tours last for one hour. 

Walking tours of Donegall Square - Belfast past and present

Times: 1pm and 3pm

Home to some of Belfast's most important institutions, the old and the new rub shoulders in Donegall Square through which thousands of people pass every day. Find out how Donegall Square became the new centre of the city, view its changing face over the years and hear the stories behind its patchwork of styles.

Tours last approximately 40 minutes and leave from the Age-Friendly Belfast marquee in Belfast City Hall on a first come first served basis.

Entry information

This is a free event and tickets are not required. Please read our full terms and conditions of entry.

Queues for some activities may be closed earlier than the stated times.

This event is an outdoor event, so we recommend that you pack the appropriate clothing to suit all weathers.

Accessibility information 

Provision13 April 2019Key information
Disability access

For disabled access to the event site, entry is via the four front entrance gates to City Hall grounds. 

Both lawns will be accessible via ramps.

City Hall building is accessible to disabled users and visitors. Facilities include ramps at front and rear entrances, automatic doors and induction loop system.

Stewards and security will be onsite to assist with this

For more information please visit our City Hall page.

Accessible Toilet Provision

There is a dedicated Changing Places facility in City Hall which is open daily between 9am-10pm.

Accessible toilets will also be available in the grounds of City Hall.

For more information please visit our City Hall page.

Disabled car parking  There is no dedicated car parking for the event. Please visit www.accessable.co.uk for further information on nearby disabled parking in and around the city.  Signage will be in place at the car park.

Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


For more information, contact the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609.

#BelfastForAll

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<![CDATA[Titanic commemoration service]]>Monday 15 April 2019 will mark 107 years since the sinking of RMS Titanic.

Titanic was one of the world's greatest maritime achievements and one which the people of Belfast are very proud of. We will be co-hosting a small service of remembrance, along with the Belfast Titanic Society, at the Memorial Garden in Belfast City Hall to reflect on the lives that were lost.

We hope you can join us to mark the occasion.

For more information on the Belfast Titanic Society, including their upcoming events, please visit www.belfast-titanic.com

For more information on the Titanic commemoration service, please contact a member of our City Events Unit on 028 9032 0202 or email events@belfastcity.gov.uk

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<![CDATA[Creative IT projects for young people]]>Young people from across Belfast are learning creative IT skills such as animation, coding and design at exciting projects in our Community Centres.

Please email martind@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9027 0644 for more information.

VenueEventDateTime
Knocknagoney Megabytes 18 April 11am - 1pm
Sandy Row Megabytes 18 April 3pm - 5pm
Ulster Museum Megabytes 19 April 11am - 1pm
Duncairn Megabytes 24 April  11am - 1pm
Ligoniel Megabytes 24 April 11am - 1pm
Dee Street Megabytes 25 April 3pm - 5pm
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<![CDATA[Spring Fayre]]>Come along to the Spring Fayre at C.S. Lewis Square. From 11am-3pm, there will be stalls, face painting, entertainment and everything else in between. Keep an eye on the Connswater Community Greenway social media for more information.

This is a dog friendly event.

Call Shona on 028 9045 1900 or email shona@eastsidepartnership.com or visit www.connswatergreenway.co.uk

FlowersVenue : C.S. Lewis Square]]>
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<![CDATA[Carr's Glen]]>Well-known local historian Henry Bell will bring us to the remains of once-thriving mills and cottages in and above Carr’s Glen. Meet at entrance to the Park on the Ballysillan Road just below Boys’ Model. Grade  E

Further details 

Please be prepared for bad weather and bring footwear suitable for rough ground. Some of the walks will be moderately strenuous and some people may find them challenging. Easy walks are graded E and more challenging ones are graded M. Young people under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

If you have any worries about fitness or have medical conditions which might affect your ability to walk, please talk to the leader at the start of the walk. If the leader assesses you as not being fit for the walk, you will not be able to take part.

It is very important for your own safety and that of the group that you obey the instructions of the walk leader or of any of the assistant leaders. Of particular importance is that you must ensure that the group stays together at all times.

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<![CDATA[Easter at the Cathedral Quarter]]>The Cathedral Quarter is hosting a number of free family events this Easter. 

The BeanBag Cinema is hosting some free screenings of family friendly movies or you can bring the kids along to Black Box for a cupcake decorating workshop.

For more information visit Cathedral Quarter Belfast.

DateVenueEventDetailsTime
Monday 22 April Black Box Cupcake workshop Join Makes & Bakes for this Easter themed cupcake decorating workshop. 11am - 3pm
Thursday 25 April BeanBag Cinema Family movie screenings The Muppets (10am – 12 noon), Toy Story 3 (1pm – 3pm), Wizard of Oz (4pm – 6pm) Various
Friday 26 April BeanBag Cinema Family movie screenings Sing (10am – 12 noon), Moana (1pm – 3pm), Song of the Sea (4pm – 5.30pm) Various

 

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<![CDATA[#YourBelfast Easter programme]]>Over the Easter holidays, Your Belfast will be buzzing as the city welcomes a great line up of fabulous, fun-filled workshops and performances for all the family. Events are free and take place from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27April. 

DateLocationEventTime
Monday 22 April Black Box Easter-themed cupcake workshop (booking required) 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm
Tuesday 23 April Easons Can Do Academy - Claymation Workshop 10am - 4pm
  Costa Castle Place

C21 - Awongalema Tree Performance

(Booking required)

12.15pm

1.15pm

2.15pm

  CastleCourt Sentinus - Super Structure 10am - 4pm
  Castle Place Pop-Up Park

The Bubble Collective

The Mac Factor

Sideshow Ramone

12pm - 2pm

2pm - 2.30pm

3pm - 3.30pm

  CastleCourt Park

The Mac Factor

Sideshow Ramone

1pm - 1.30pm

2pm - 2.30pm

    
Wednesday 24 April Easons Can Do Academy - Claymation Workshop 10am - 4pm
  Costa Castle Place

C21 - Awongalema Tree Performance

(Booking required)

12.15pm

1.15pm

2.15pm

  CastleCourt Sentinus - Super Structure 10am - 4pm
  Castle Place Pop-Up Park

Wiggle It

Mr H

12pm - 3pm

3pm - 3.30pm

  CastleCourt Park Mr H 2pm - 2.30pm
    
Thursday 25 April Easons Can Do Academy - Claymation Workshop 10am - 4pm
  Costa Castle Place

C21 - Awongalema Tree Performance

(Booking required)

12.15pm

1.15pm

2.15pm

  CastleCourt

Sentinus - Super Structure

Science Starz - Easter Science workshops

10am - 4pm

12pm - 3pm

  Castle Place Pop-Up Park FizzWizzPop Magic Show

12.45pm - 1.15pm

1.45pm - 2.15pm

2.45pm - 3.15pm

  Beanbag Cinema Screenings of The Muppets, Toy Story 3 and Wizard of Oz

Various (10am - 5.30pm)

    
Friday 26 April Easons Can Do Academy - Photoshop Workshop 10am - 4pm
  Costa Castle Place

C21 - Awongalema Tree Performance

(Booking required)

12.15pm

1.15pm

2.15pm

  CastleCourt

Sentinus - Land Yachts

Science Starz - Easter Science workshops

10am - 4pm

12pm - 3pm

  Castle Place Pop-Up Park C21 - The Lost Princess Performance

12.45pm - 1.15pm

1.45pm - 2.15pm

2.45pm - 3.15pm

  CastleCourt Park Grant Goldie 2pm - 2.30pm
  Castle Place Pop-Up Park Grant Goldie 3.15pm - 3.45pm
  Beanbag Cinema Screenings of Sing, Moana and Song of the Sea Various (10am - 5.30pm)
    
Saturday 27 April Easons Can Do Academy - Photoshop Workshop 10am - 4pm
  Castle Place

C21 - Awongalema Tree Performance

(Booking required)

12.45pm - 1.15pm

1.45pm - 2.15pm

2.45pm - 3.15pm

  Costa Castle Place

C21 - The Lost Princess Performance

12.15pm

1.15pm

2.15pm

  CastleCourt

Sentinus - Land Yachts

Science Starz - Easter Science workshops

10am - 4pm

12pm - 3pm

  CastleCourt Park

Two's A Crowd

2pm - 2.30pm
  Castle Place Pop-Up Park

Two's A Crowd

3.15pm - 3.45pm
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<![CDATA[Open Arts presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’]]>Open Arts, one of Northern Ireland’s most dynamic arts and disability organisations, will be stepping into the spotlight at The MAC on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April for a unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

This very special event will showcase the drama, dance, choral, visual art, creative writing and traditional Javanese Gamelan melodic percussion skills of up to 65 group members who have a range of disabilities: physical, sensory, learning disabilities and mental health illness.

For further information on Open Arts, please call 02890 240 765 or visit www.openartsni.org

Open Arts is principally funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and receives Core Multi-Annual Funding from us.

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<![CDATA[Forage in the Forest]]>Explore the edible delights of the woodland and surrounds on a walk through the beautiful Lagan Valley Regional Park followed by hot drinks and treats on the barge.

Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre. 

For more information call 028 9049 1922 or visit www.laganvalley.co.uk

FlowersVenue : Lagan Valley Regional Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Unanimous – youth dance platform]]>DU Dance (NI) presents an annual celebration of the best of youth dance with this event showcasing great new dance theatre.

This event brings together some of the best youth dance groups and inspiring companies from across the island of Ireland, in a non-competitive arena.

A powerful and energy packed event for families, young people and anyone with an interest in dance.

For more information, and to book your tickets, visit www.themaclive.com or call 028 9023 5053.

Group of dancers on stageVenue : The MAC, Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Poetry M’app at the Tropical Ravine]]>To celebrate Poetry Day 2019 we’ve teamed up with Poetry M’app to display poetry luggage tags throughout the Ravine for you to take home. Poetry M'app is a project lead by poet Maria McManus & sound artist Una Lee in conjunction with Poetry Day 2019. This app is an experiment using an open source digital platform to create an online sound map of poems. Poetry M’app designed so as to include poets within Ireland, as well as the diaspora, bringing an international and digital dimension to Poetry Day 2019.

For more information visit http://www.poetrymapp.com/

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[What’s on this May at St George’s Market?]]>May has arrived and with it, we have another brilliant music line up at St George’s Market. Take a seat and enjoy our delicious food along with the best live music at our award-winning market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Or why not peruse our wide variety of stalls? There's something for everyone with arts and crafts, vintage artefacts, unique gifts and jewellery too.

Sign up for our email newsletter to keep up-to-date with all that's happening at St George's Market.

DateMusicTimes
Friday 3 May Caolan Tomlinson 11am - 3pm
Saturday 4 May Bookhouse Boys 11am - 3pm
Sunday 5 May Kyle John Suckling 12noon - 4pm
Friday 10 May Trevor Dixon 11am - 3pm
Saturday 11 May Jackie Rainy 11am - 3pm
Sunday 12 May The Leading Ladies 12noon - 4pm
Friday 17 May Martin McVitty - Beer and Biscuits 11am - 3pm
Saturday 18 May Faron Morrison - No Apology 11am - 3pm
Sunday 19 May Paul McElkerney 12noon - 4pm
Friday 24 May David Taylor 11am - 3pm
Saturday 25 May Chris Keys Music 11am - 3pm
Sunday 26 May Brendan Faulkner - Ludwig & Co 12noon - 4pm
Friday 31 May Philip D'Alton 11am - 3pm
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<![CDATA[Dawn Chorus at Cave Hill]]>John O’Boyle will lead a dander around the park to hear and identify the local birds. Specially designed for early risers.

Meet at park gates at the top of Innisfayle Park. Grade E

Call 028 9029 1357, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or visit www.cavehillconservation.org

Further details 

Please be prepared for bad weather and bring footwear suitable for rough ground. Some of the walks will be moderately strenuous and some people may find them challenging. Easy walks are graded E and more challenging ones are graded M. Young people under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

If you have any worries about fitness or have medical conditions which might affect your ability to walk, please talk to the leader at the start of the walk. If the leader assesses you as not being fit for the walk, you will not be able to take part.

It is very important for your own safety and that of the group that you obey the instructions of the walk leader or of any of the assistant leaders. Of particular importance is that you must ensure that the group stays together at all times.

a bird sitting on branchesVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[ParkLife clubs: May - Making fairy doors]]> ParkDateTime Falls Park bowling pavilion Saturday 4 May 2019 2pm - 3.30pm Ballysillan Playing Fields Saturday 4 May 2019 10am - 11.30am Tullycarnet Park bowling pavilion Saturday 11 May 2019 10am - 11.30am Fullerton Park Saturday 18 May 2019 10am - 11.30am Alderman Tommy Patton Park Saturday 18 May 2019  10am - 11.30am Botanic Gardens bowling pavilion Saturday 25 May 2019 10am - 11.30am

Booking for the Saturday clubs is essential. 

For more details and to book a place, please email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

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<![CDATA[Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon]]>Belfast will host the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon on Sunday, 5 May 2019. Over 17,000 runners are expected to pound the streets of Belfast in the largest single participatory sporting event in Northern Ireland.

The 2019 event is set for a massive year of change with a brand new, flatter and faster route for marathon participants, a new start location on the grounds of the iconic Stormont Estate and the event will be held on a Sunday for the first time ever.

The event returns in 2019 with a full line up of events to suit all levels of fitness including the marathon and wheelchair race, the team relay, 8 mile walk and fun run, all with brand new improved routes.

All events will start at Stormont except for the fun run, which will start and finish at Ormeau Park.

There will be signifant disruption to traffic as a result of the marathon on Sunday 5 May. You can find out more information on roads affected by closures at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/marathonroads.

Full details of the event can be found by visiting www.belfastcitymarathon.com

For further details, please contact the Belfast City Marathon Office on 028 9060 5933 or email info@belfastcitymarathon.org. Or for the most up to date information please check the event website news section and social platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Deep RiverRock Belfast City MarathonVenue : Full Marathon, Team Relay and 8 Mile Walk events will start at Stormont Estate. Fun Run will start and finish at Ormeau Park.]]>
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<![CDATA[International Compost Awareness Week]]>Compost Awareness week starts on Monday 6 May. From this date we will be giving away free bags of compost (while stocks last) at our four Recycling Centres – Ormeau, Palmerston Road, Alexandra Park Avenue and Blackstaff Way. You can collect two bags per visit.

The compost has been made from the food and garden waste collected from houses in Belfast and it is a great way to add nutrients and improve the structure of your soil.

Spring is also a great time to start composting in your garden at home. As a natural process successful composting is fairly easy, but it can go wrong.

Here are a few top tips for success:

  • Always place your home composting unit on bare ground. This allows worms, woodlice and other composting creatures to get in
  • A good mix of ‘brown’ and ‘green’ material is very important
  • Examples of ‘brown’ material are twigs, hedge clippings, cardboard and shredded paper
  • ‘Green’ material includes grass cuttings, weeds and vegetable peelings
  • Try not to put too much of any one thing in at once. If possible mix the green and brown material before      adding
  • Mixing or turning the heap will speed up the process
  • Avoid adding cooked food, fish, meat or dairy. These can smell and attract vermin

 And if you don’t fancy composting at home, make sure you use your brown bin at home.

Home composting units are available to buy online from the council for £10 including delivery.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Become a WorldHost Ambassador for golf]]>Portrush and the surrounding area is set to come alive from 14th to 21st July 2019. For the first time since 1951 The Open will take place in Royal Portrush. Many golf visitors will experience our world-famous links and stunning parklands for the first time.

The Open is taking place in the Royal Portush, it presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland including the cities of Belfast and Lisburn. A number of golf enthusiasts will visit and stay in the Belfast City Council and Lisburn and Castlereagh Council areas during the Open. They will visit tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, cafes and the retail offer in those areas, as well as local golf clubs.

It is vital that, as a destination we put our best foot forward to go that extra mile, ensuring the warmest welcome possible to our visitors, and to make a promise to provide lasting and memorable experiences.

Now is your chance to become a WorldHost Ambassador for golf and for the destination and to let us capitalise on our recent Lonely Planet accolade.

Belfast City Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and Tourism NI have partnered to subsidise this training and it is now only £15 per delegate including lunch.

Royal Portrush]]>
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<![CDATA[Belfast Castle illuminated]]>Belfast Castle and will light up in spectacular blue on 7 May to mark Huntington’s Disease (HD) Awareness Month.

The #LightItUp4HD campaign is about increasing awareness for Huntington’s Disease in Northern Ireland. The more people that understand the disease the more they can accept those who are impacted and extend support.

For more information visit, hdani.org.uk, or check out Huntington’s Disease Association Northern Ireland Facebook page by visiting @HDANorthernIreland.

Blue CastleVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Primary School Cross Country Championship 2019]]>A cross country competition for primary schools from across Belfast. There will be four heat races in total, which will be held in north, east, south and west Belfast.

This event is being held in Ormeau Park, Grove, Oranefield and Boucher Playing Fields.

Contact Sports Delevopment on 028 9027 0344 or visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/crosscountry

runningVenue : Various]]>
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<![CDATA[Bats About Belfast]]>Join LVRP staff on our popular dusk walk along the riverside. We will start with a slideshow before venturing out to discover the wonderful world of bats with our bat detectors as they emerge for their nightly foray.

Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre. Pre-payment essential to confirm booking.

Call 028 9049 1922 or visit www.laganvalley.co.uk

 

batVenue : Lagan Valley Regional Park (LVRP)]]>
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<![CDATA[Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens plant sale]]>Join the Friends of Botanic Gardens at their Spring Plant sale, as part of the Lord Mayor's 'Botanic Goes Jurassic' event. There will be a wide range of plants on sale including trees, shrubs, fruit bushes, herbaceous and exotic plants. This is a great opportunity to acquire a new and interesting plants and chat to the Friends of Botanic about the work they do in the Gardens.

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[Botanic goes Jurassic]]>Walk with and hunt for dinosaurs this May at Botanic Gardens. Come along for a fun filled dino day out to help support and raise funds for The Children’s Heartbeat Trust, one of the Lord Mayor's chosen charities. There will be family fun and activities for all ages, including:

  • dino robotics
  • dinosaur walkabout acts
  • exotic animals
  • bouncy castle
  • face painting
  • craft workshops
  • archery
  • fitness freddy
  • and much more.

 

Botanic goes JurassicVenue : Botanic Gardens]]>
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<![CDATA[Festival of Champions]]>Launch of the summer ‘ Music in the Parks’ programme with the Northern Ireland Concert Band and Ballygowan Concert Flute Band. Other bands to be confirmed.

For more information call 028 9091 8768

 

harpVenue : Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Music in the Parks 2019]]>Every weekend between 12 May and the Grand Finale Band Concert in Botanic Gardens on Sunday 15 September, bands will be playing in parks across the city.

Other venues during the summer period include Orangefield/Greenville Park, Ormeau Park, Woodvale Park and Drumglass Park as well as  Botanic Gardens and CS Lewis Square.

Every type of instrument from brass to flute, accordion and pipes will be on tune during the Festival of Champions so come, hum along and applaud.

Please note: Lily of the Valley Accordion Band will be performing instead of Ballyclare High School on Sunday 23 June. Harbour Star Orchestra will no longer perform at Ormeau park on Sunday 1 September.

Programme of events

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<![CDATA[Belfast Hills- Mindful Woodland Walking]]>This woodland walk around the lower slopes of Cave Hill through glades of bluebells and wild garlic will provide opportunities for you to be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness" which can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for off the path walking or meandering! Meet at Belfast Castle. Booking is essential.

Call Lizzy Pinkerton on 028 9060 3466 or email info@belfasthills.org or visit

www.belfasthills.org/events for more information.

 

treesVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Teddy Bear's picnic]]>Come along to our Teddy Bear's picnic there will be a range of activities for pre-school age children including:

  • petting farm
  • face painting
  • teddy bear picnic puppet show
  • story telling
  • sand pits
  • bouncy castle
  • and much more.

Bring a picnic and make a day of it (picnic blankets will be available).

baby with teddy bearVenue : Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park]]>
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<![CDATA[How to get the best out of social media]]>Come along to this workshop and learn how to use social media effectively to reach your target audience and customers.   

The workshop aims to cover:

  • types of social media
  • social media trends
  • audience
  • which platform is right for you

By the end of this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • tackle social media as an organisation through:
    • planning
    • setting goals
    • developing processes
  • develop great content and tell your story, engage your audience and build followers
  • measure and improve your efforts

 To attend this event, please complete the registration form.

Laptop and mobile phoneVenue : Conference Room, Social Economy Village, Work West, 1B Hannahstown Hill, Belfast BT17 0XS]]>
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<![CDATA[DiverseCity: Mural and Peace Wall Tour]]>This event will take participants on a facilitated walking tour of some of the murals and peace walls in Belfast. It will provide an insight into the history behind the murals and walls, enabling an understanding of Belfast’s troubled past.

You must reserve your place in advance by emailing goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0663.

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Murals on a wall in Belfast]]>
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<![CDATA[Netball NI Fundrasier]]>Come along to C.S. Lewis Square and support the Women’s Netball NI team in their fundraising efforts for the July 2019 World Cup in Liverpool. There will be music, food and lots to do, including meet the team, play a game of netball and test your skills.

Donations welcome on the day to fundraise for the Netball NI squad to support them at the World Cup 2019.

Call Shona on 028 9045 1900 or email shona@eastsidepartnership.com or visit www.connswatergreenway.co.uk

netballVenue : C.S Lewis Square]]>
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<![CDATA[Absolutely Fabulous at Belfast Castle]]>Three of the best comedy actors cause chaos and mayhem at one of the most comical evenings you will attend. You will be absolutely amazed at the antics of the girls and the poor daughter does not stand a chance!

Tickets are £35 per person (includes show, 3 course meal and disco). Booking is essential.

Contact reception on 028 9077 6925 or visit www.belfastcastle.co.uk

shoes and lipstickVenue : Belfast Castle]]>
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<![CDATA[Look Closer – Digital Botanical Art]]>Explore the world of plant science in a fun and interactive way through photography.

We will look at the hidden world of plant structure and will learn how to photograph these elements using a simple method that will create an intriguing image!

All you need to participate is a mobile phone or digital tablet with basic photo edit software. Instagram and a free photo edit suite Pixlr is recommended but not necessary.

Suitable for all ages, children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Tropical RavineVenue : Tropical Ravine]]>
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<![CDATA[The birds of Cave Hill]]>Get up close  to some of our native birds. Licensed bird ringer Aidan Crean will catch, ring and release them and allow us to see them in beautiful detail. Meet at the Castle. Grade E

For more information visit www.cavehillconservation.org, email cormachamil47@gmail.com or call 9029 1357.

Further details 

Please be prepared for bad weather and bring footwear suitable for rough ground. Some of the walks will be moderately strenuous and some people may find them challenging. Easy walks are graded E and more challenging ones are graded M. Young people under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

If you have any worries about fitness or have medical conditions which might affect your ability to walk, please talk to the leader at the start of the walk. If the leader assesses you as not being fit for the walk, you will not be able to take part.

It is very important for your own safety and that of the group that you obey the instructions of the walk leader or of any of the assistant leaders. Of particular importance is that you must ensure that the group stays together at all times.

A thrush singingVenue : Cave Hill Country Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Music in the Parks]]>Performances by:

• Cahard Flute Band, Ormeau Park, 2pm – 3pm.

• Templemore Silver Band, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, 3pm – 4pm.

Call 028 9091 8768 or go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/parkevents

 

Music in the ParksVenue : Ormeau Park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park]]>
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<![CDATA[Decades of Centenaries – Belfast and Europe after World War 1]]>Talk: The Paris Peace Settlement and boundaries re-drawn, Professor Thomas G. Fraser

Play: 'Peace Day' by Philip Orr

Professor Fraser’s examination of 'The Paris peace settlement and boundaries re-drawn' will consider the changes to the political map of much of central and eastern Europe as a result of the defeat of Germany and the implosion of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, during a time when claims to national self-determination came to the surface and found expression.  It will also analyse how the ambitions of European powers, chiefly Britain and France, led to the creation of new boundaries in the Middle East as a result of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

'Peace Day' is a 45 minute drama about post-conflict stress. The play opens with the recent story of a military wife who is suffering from ‘secondary’ trauma and concludes with the story of a troubled Great War veteran who is trying to come to terms with a post-war world. 

You must reserve your place in advance by emailing goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0663.

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The Paris Peace TreatyVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Developing a ‘pitch’]]>When you’re in business, it’s essential that you can articulate your idea in a clear and succinct way. Come along to this ‘Developing a pitch’ workshop and learn how to deliver the perfect pitch.

This workshop aims to cover:

  • how to structure a good pitch
  • what your pitch should contain, and
  • how to feel comfortable delivering a pitch.

To attend this event, please complete the registration form.

Event attendees developing a pitch on a whiteboardVenue : Conference Room, Social Economy Village, Work West, 1B Hannahstown Hill, Belfast BT17 0XS]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring Continental Market]]>Come along to Belfast City Hall over the May bank holiday weekend and experience tasty treats from across the world.

The Spring Continental Market opens for business on Thursday 23 May and continues until Monday 27 May. 

Opening times
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 10pm
Sunday 12noon to 6pm
Monday 10am to 6pm

 

 

Spring Continental MarketVenue : Belfast City Hall]]>
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<![CDATA[Living History Event]]>Adults from the local community and children from primary schools in north and west Belfast and Newtownabbey can come and enjoy a living history experience. Learn about the history of their area through a day of guided visits to Clifton Street Graveyard.

For more information call 075 0498 6833 or email helen.johnston26@yahoo.com

cemeteryVenue : Clifton Street Graveyard]]>
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<![CDATA[Six-week basic internet course]]>Join our basic internet course to learn how to use a tablet device

During the six-week course you can select the topics you want to learn such as how to email, attaching and editing photos, using social media and how to download apps for free entertainment.

Older people enjoying a computer classVenue : The Good Shepherd Parish Centre]]>
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<![CDATA[DiverseCity: An introduction to sexual orientation and gender]]>This workshop will enable participants to understand sexual orientation and gender issues and will provide an understanding of the ways prejudice and discrimination can be directed towards people of differing sexual orientations. It will also provide tips for improving service delivery and support for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.

You must reserve your place in advance by emailing goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0663.

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People enjoying the Belfast Pride festival]]>
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<![CDATA[Eastside Play Day]]>EastSide Play Day will be a ‘play’ focused event for ‘early years’ children and families to promote outdoor education and learning and make use of the park facilities to assist with early years development.

For more information call 028 9045 1900 or email heather@eastsidepartnership.com

child on slideVenue : Flora Street Walkway]]>
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<![CDATA[Lagan Boat Company presents: Titanic Cruise]]>Save your feet, sit back and relax on the maritime mile cruise of Belfast Harbour. This leisurely cruise leaves from Donegall Quay and will take you around the array of vessels visiting Queen's Quay, City Quay’s and Abercorn Basin, sailing along the Titanic Quarter down to the 'Great Light' and HMS Caroline, into Musgrave Channel to see the seals, returning back up to Donegall Quay. Cruise duration is 60 minutes depending on port operations and other maritime activities.

Prices
Adult £12.00
Children aged 5 – 16 years £10.00
Children aged 5 and under Free

Family ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children)

£35.00

 

Tickets can be purchased from www.laganboatcompany.com or on the day at the ticket office, beside 'Fed & Watered Cafe' or on the boat.

For more information call 028 9024 0124

Lagan boat]]>
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<![CDATA[Bryson LaganSports]]>Try canoeing or kayaking in Abercorn Basin during the Maritime Festival.

Suitable for all levels and abilities.

Wetsuit and Buoyancy aid are supplied and a simple changing area provided in our marquee.

Great fun for all the family!

For more information contact 028 9046 1711 or visit www.brysonlagansports.org