Dungannon Culture Night Roundup

Sutemos and Suteminis teamed up to deliver an energetic performance as part of Mid Ulster Culture Night on Friday 20th September.

The pop-up performance took place at sunset outside Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre in Dungannon and followed on from two multicultural dance workshops earlier in the day.

Good Relations Week ‘Relocate’ Screenings

Our short dance film ‘Relocate’ has been screened as part of the Community Relations Council Good Relations Week – “People Making Change for Peace” 2019.

The first screening took place on Wednesday 18th September at Dungannon Youth Resource Centre followed by two screenings for a combined audience of 90 pupils and staff of St Patrick’s College, Dungannon – with the film’s exploration of migration and settlement resonating with the viewers.

Work Underway for Latest Young Carers Short Film

Work has begun on the latest short dance film in our ongoing project with Barnardo’s NI young carers. Over the next number of weeks, we will be working with young carers based in the Magherafelt area in preparation for filming at the end of October.

Watch this space for news about the project…

Northern Visions Partnership

Northern Visions Television (NVTV) will be producing a short film exploring the work of the company – with a particular focus on our Youth Engagement Projects (YEPs).

Watch this space for more information…

(LA)HORDE – To Da Bone

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Friday 25 October – Saturday 26 October 2019
£13.75 – £21.75
Ages 12+
Booking: www.goh.co.uk

Look out for this must-see performance as part of the 2019 Belfast International Arts Festival.

To Da Bone, presented by French arts collective (LA)HORDE, explores youth culture, identity and expression. In a world in which daily life is increasingly being lived online, this production takes a closer look at a youth subculture called Jumpstyle.

In exploring the role of Facebook and YouTube in mobilising crowds and in creating opposition movements, (LA)HORDE has cast 11 jumpers from nine European countries via the internet to create this pulsing and electrifying performance with powerful intensity and emotion.

For more information click here.


(LA)HORDE will be working with 20 young people from DU Dance (NI) in a special workshop tying into these performances.

Thanks to Belfast International Arts Festival for facilitating this session.

Day of Dance 2019

Watch this space for more information about this year’s Day of Dance in December!

This annual event brings together our various Youth Engagement Projects (YEPs) for a celebration of dance and, for the first time, this year’s event is set to take place in Belfast City Hall.

Co-Motion: An All-island Dance Conference

Dance Resource Base and Dance Ireland in association with Belfast International Arts Festival and Queen’s University Belfast present Co-Motion, Ireland’s first all-island dance conference.

Co-Motion, which is curated by Dr Aoife McGrath of Queen’s University Belfast, will bring together dance practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers and supporters to create a platform for putting thought into motion about how we move together.

Featuring keynotes and interviews, panels and roundtables, artist spotlights and performances, the conference aims to mark a significant moment for dance in Ireland.

For more information on Co-Motion click here.

Have Your Say: Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan Consultation

Public consultation is now open
Closes at 4pm Monday 28 October 2019

The Arts Council‘s draft equality and disability 5-year action plans 2019 – 24 are both open for consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as partners in local and central government, and the wider public sector. These action plans set out the Arts Council’s commitment to fulfil obligations under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

To share your views with the Arts Council, you can:
– Complete the Consultation Proforma document and email it to strategy@artscouncil-ni.org
– Send your views by email to strategy@artscouncil-ni.org
– Write to: Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan Consultation Response, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 1 The Sidings, Antrim Road, Lisburn BT28 3AJ
– Send feedback in the form of a digital video or sound recording. These can be submitted via CD or link to cloud storage such as Dropbox, WeTransfer or Google Drive.

Public consultation closes at 4pm, Monday 28 October 2019.

For more information and to view the draft action plans, please visit http://artscouncil-ni.org/research-and-development/equality-and-disability-consultation

Consultation documents are available in a range of formats on request. Contact Graeme Stevenson, Strategic Development Department by telephone 02892 623 548 or by email gstevenson@artscouncil-ni.org

Dungannon Culture Night: Workshops and Pop-up Dance Performance

There are plenty of exciting activities coming up as part of Mid Ulster Culture Night on 20th September. Don’t miss our multicultural dance workshops: including an ASD-friendly workshop starting at 5pm.  Then you can enjoy a pop-up dance performance in front of Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre from 7pm onwards! Read on for all the details.


Friday 20th September
5pm – 5.45pm (ASD Friendly Workshop)
Taster contemporary dance workshops: learn new styles of dance from around the world in a fun and friendly environment.
This is a free workshop.
For more information click here.

Friday 20th September
6pm – 6:45pm
The second of our taster contemporary dance workshops. Learn new styles of dance from around the world in a fun and friendly environment.
This is a free workshop.
For more information click here.


Enjoy the free pop-up dance performance taking place in Market Square from 7pm – 8pm on Friday 20th September.

MeetShareDance: An Inclusive Dance Festival

Open Arts celebrated the 10th anniversary of its dance group Luminous Soul by hosting the prestigious ‘MeetShareDance’ inclusive dance festival in Belfast from 5th – 7th September 2019.

Luminous Soul is the only contemporary dance development programme for disabled people in Northern Ireland and features members who have a range of disabilities: physical, sensory, learning disabilities and mental health illness.

MeetShareDance is an international workshop dance festival which is based around the ideas of inclusivity and exchange. It aims to discover changes in the world of dance and disability and to raise the profile of integrated dance in artistic and everyday life. The festival has previously taken place in Porto, Madrid, Helsinki, Berlin, Lubjana and Dublin – this was its first visit to Northern Ireland.

Forty dancers (amateur & professional) from eight countries – Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Luxembourg, UK, Slovenia – took part in three days of inclusive dance workshops at the Crescent Arts Centre. Participants in MeetShareDance then showcased their skills to the public with a performance of a newly devised collaborative piece in Belfast’s Cornmarket on Saturday 7th September.

The festival proved to be a wonderful celebration – congratulations to Open Arts and to all involved.

For further information on Luminous Soul and MeetShareDance, visit www.openartsni.org