Arts Council Draft 5-year Strategic Framework for Developing the Arts: Consultation Open

Public consultation now open
Deadline to have your say: 4pm, Friday 22 March 2019
Draft Strategic Framework for the Development of the Arts, 2019-2024 – Read the Young People’s Version here

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) has released its five-year plan for developing the arts over the next five years and there is a chance to have your say. Click here to read the Young People’s Version and let the ACNI know what you think by:

– Emailing
Taking part in the Facebook discussion
– Tweeting @ArtsCouncilNI

You have until Friday 22 March to get your voice heard.

Youth Steering Group

Member’s blog

Hello and welcome to the first blog post on the DU Dance (NI) Steering Group page. We decided that the members of the Steering Group should write about their experiences as a part of DU Dance more specifically our experiences in Alternative Energies and Sutemos.

I’m part of Sutemos and have been for over three years. In this time I’ve made lots of new friends from different schools that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise, this has helped me realise that it’s good to know people from different places. It has also boosted my confidence with all the performances we do, my favourite performances that we do are DU Dance’s annual Unanimous  – this is because we get to go down to Belfast and perform with lots of different people from other groups and we get to see what they have worked on in a theatre with a proper stage.

We also discuss issues that young people face for example last term we made three different short films that we created ourselves my group focused on bullying and we had a great time planning the dance for it and filming it. I know that I ever need to talk to someone I can and it will be a safe space to do so. The classes are always good fun and I really enjoy going to them every week. All in all I really enjoy being part of Sutemos.

Amelie, January 2019


Day of Dance

Congratulations to all members of the Steering Group for their active role in planning, helping to run “the most fun” workshops and introducing all the groups that took part in our annual “Day of Dance”  including for the first time this year our younger groups. A thanks to Claire Bailey MLA, Green Party for sponsoring DU Dance (NI) to enable us to use Parliament Buildings Stormont – we raised the roof!

December 2018

Away Day

Our Youth Steering Group had a great weekend away in Bushmills in June.  Thank you to Youth Hostel Association of Northern Ireland for facilitating this through their Gather programme.  The Steering Group worked on future planning for the company, a campaign to save the arts and also enjoyed the sun and the beach.  We plan to meet up again in Belfast for another planning day in October and to see a performance if we can.

September 2018