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Marathon Effort is Motivated by Cool FM

An innovative spin-off station which aims to inspire, motivate, and support the thousands of fitness fans and fundraisers who are preparing for this year’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, has been launched by Cool FM. “Cool Workout” is a new online radio service running for the six-week period up to Marathon Day (Sunday 3 October). […]

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Celebrate International Friendship Day

On July 30th, we have the chance to take a step back and be grateful for the relationships we have, which matter more so now than ever. Sky Mitchell, Psychodynamic Counsellor & Holistic Personal Development Therapist agrees that, “Lockdown has changed the way we connect with friends and family. We haven’t been able to experience touch or

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What’s On at The Mac In July

The MAC has reopened its doors and welcomes visitors with three thought provoking exhibits. All throughout the summer, visitors can see various artwork from New York based painter Ambera Wellmann, Duch film artist Jaap Pieters and artist Maya Balcioglu. Here is more information on what you can expect from each exhibit. Ambera Wellmann – UnTurning

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Belfast Exposed Presents Yan Wang Preston Exhibit

There is still time to see Yan Wang Preston’s exhibit showcasing three series from her work produced in the last decade. Presented by Belfast Exposed, this current Street View showcases the artist’s earlier performance work, Hé – River Together, her acclaimed project Mother River, and her award-winning work Forest.  The British-Chinese artist has a particular

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July Events at Linen Hall Library

Politics, Feminism, history and crime are the themes at Linen Hall Library in July. Through a mix of in-person and online events, visitors can explore prominent female voices through history and join in for two exciting new book launches and further discussions. Here’s what you can expect from Linen Hall this month: As the extraORDINARY

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Hobbycraft Store To Open in Belfast This Summer

Hobbycraft, the UK’s largest arts and crafts retailer, is pleased to announce the opening of its store in Boucher Shopping Park, Belfast, on Tuesday 20th July. To celebrate this new store, Hobbycraft is also hosting a grand opening event on Saturday 24th July at 9.00am, with product offers and exciting activities, including free goody bags

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Creativity Belongs Outside – Samsung KX announces the launch of ‘Wild Writing’

Samsung KX announced the launch of ‘Wild Writing’, a series that focuses on how to elevate your creative writing skills using the great outdoors as your creative muse, all via the new Samsung Galaxy Book Pro.  New research commissioned by Samsung KX found that nearly a third of Brits named ‘creative writing’ as one of

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Get Ready for Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Get ready for Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021, online and in libraries across Northern Ireland from now until 18 September 2021. The Summer Reading Challenge is delivered in partnership with The Reading Agency and WWF and will encourage reading for pleasure for children aged 4 to 11 over the summer holidays. This year’s

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The Night Always Comes: Willy Vlautin in Conversation

HomePlace is delighted to welcome back author and musician Willy Vlautin, who will be chatting to Belfast-based journalist Stuart Bailie from his home in Oregan. Willy Vlautin is the author of five novels, including The Motel Life; Lean on Pete, which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and made into an acclaimed film by Andrew

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Open call to artists to create a new co-designed piece of street art in Belfast

Belfast City Council announced an open call to all street artists to submit a proposal for creating a new co-designed piece of street art in the city that reflects on the people and the communities of Belfast. The proposal is to serve as part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme, celebrating the centenary of Northern

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Step right up! Rushmere and Cahoots NI jump start the summer holidays with live family theatre bonanza

Cahoots NI & Rushmere bring outdoor theatre back with a three-day multi-show spectacular to jump-start the summer Rushmere Shopping Centre and Retail Park has joined forces with top entertainers Cahoots NI to launch a live three-day outdoor family theatre bonanza this month to officially mark the start of the summer holidays. Marking this year’s first

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Stena Line adds temporary ferry service between Belfast and Holyhead

Leading ferry company Stena Line has confirmed details that it will be operating a new temporary weekend service between Belfast and Holyhead, starting on Fri 25th June.  The extra capacity on the new route from Belfast will be available until Sunday 18 July. Stena Estrid, one of Stena Line’s newest ships, will provide the service which will

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Talented Students From Kilkeel in Northern Ireland Among Finalists for the 11th Annual Bafta Young Game Designers Competition

Northern Ireland, 15 June, 2021: Today, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the 51 talented finalists, from across the UK, for the 11th nationwide BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition. Holly Wright and Rachel Houston (17) from Kilkeel have been selected for their game entitled ‘Space Palette.’ Their innovative game

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Belfast Lord Mayor Celebrates Belfast’s Diversity & Contribution Of Asylum Seekers & Refugees Living In The City

Belfast City Council is hosting a free programme of online events during Refugee Week (14 – 21 June) to pay tribute to asylum seekers and refugees living in the city. Funded by The Executive Office, and part of the council’s Good Relations programme of work, the DiverseCity events offer opportunities to explore the diversity of

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The Big Lunch Community Spirit shines across Northern Ireland during June

The Big Lunch weekend kickstarted a month of people across Northern Ireland holding a range of community get togethers as part of the Month of Community. People in towns, villages, neighbourhoods and rural areas across the UK and beyond will stop everything and sit down together for lunch. The Big Lunch is an idea from the Eden project, made possible by

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Curtain Up on £12.2 million Grand Opera House Restoration

Public Theatre Tours will take place from July ahead of the Theatre reopening for performances in Autumn The £12.2 million restoration and development of the Grand Opera House in Belfast has been completed, allowing the Grand Opera House Trust and its Chief Executive to plan for its full reopening in line with the recovery from

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Over A Third Of First-Time Buyers Struggle To Raise Funds To Get On Property Ladder

New CreditLadder and Equifax research finds that new 5% deposit scheme could be the key to the door for 33% of first-time buyers. As the average first-time buyers’ deposit[1] reaches nearly £59,000, £12,000 more than a year ago, new research[2] conducted by CreditLadder and Equifax found lack of savings for a deposit is preventing over a third

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INHALER to headline Belfast Limelight 1 in December

Inhaler today release their new single It Won’t Always Be Like This on Polydor. The song launched as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on Radio 1 alongside a video directed by James Slater. They will be touring the UK later this year in support of their debut album also named ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’, out

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Local creatives awarded funding to help bring Causeway Coast and Glens stories to life

Six creative practitioners from the Causeway Coast & Glens and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council areas have been successful in their recent application to the “Northword Creative Practitioners Call”.  Each will receive funding to develop a new showcase piece inspired by a local story. Northword is a transnational project part-funded through the Northern Periphery

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Northern Ireland Opera Studio announce their new creative and technical members for 2021 to 2022

The Northern Ireland Opera Studio is a programme for emerging artists which is a cornerstone of Northern Ireland Opera’s mission to develop talent.  This year for the first time Northern Ireland Opera will take in two cadres of talented professionals working on the island of Ireland.  Previously limited to opera singers, the Studio will now

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Madison Beer Announces 2022 Life Support Tour for Belfast

Madison Beer announced the European leg of her Life Support Tour, which includes shows at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on 18th April and Ulster Hall, Belfast on 19th April.  “After such a challenging year I am so excited to go on tour and perform for my fans,” says Madison. “I poured my heart and soul

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The Belfast Book Festival is Back for 2021

The Belfast Book Festival, Northern Ireland’s leading literary festival Returns from 10-13 June with an online programme of live events. This year’s festival will explore various themes, including sexuality, abuse, feminism, love, and more.  Kicking off the three-day event is a panel discussion about issues affecting poets and the spoken word community. ‘Poetry In Focus’

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The warriors return! Navan Centre & Fort reopens for a great day out!

Unleash your warrior spirit with even more myth and reality at Navan Centre & Fort after new and exciting archaeological discovery. Armagh’s Navan Centre, which tells the story of one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, Navan Fort, is fully back for summer 2021 with a special programme of activity to celebrate its exciting

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Oh Yeah champions ‘Mothers in Music’ in pioneering programme

In one of the first initiatives of its kind in the UK and Ireland, the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast is championing ‘Mothers in Music’, a twelve-week song writing, recording and performance programme designed for female musicians with caring responsibilities. Addressing the needs of one of the most underrepresented demographics in the music industry,

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Andrea Bocelli announces a return to Belfast in 2022

The world’s most beloved tenor, Andrea Bocelli, has announced a welcome return to the UK and Ireland in September and October 2022.  Bocelli will be visiting Liverpool, Glasgow, Belfast, Birmingham and Sheffield and will also be performing rescheduled show dates in Dublin and at The O2 London. Musically gifted from birth, Andrea Bocelli is one of the most celebrated

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7 Art Exhibitions Not To Be Missed In Belfast This June

Following the ease of restrictions, Belfast Galleries have reopened their doors to welcome art-loving visitors. Here’s our list of 7 art exhibitions not to be missed in June.  Naughton Gallery This months theme at Naughton Gallery is exploring Black culture, politics of race, mysticism. The two exhibitions on display are open all through June for

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LUMI Announces The Playback Film Festival

Reimagine, Remake, Replay, the organisation focusing on connecting young people through creative media and the latest tech, Zeppo Arts and LUMI, Queens Film Theatre, which has been screening the best of independent cinema in Belfast for the last 50 years, has come together in collaboration to bring you The Playback Film Festival. The three-day virtual

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Earning Civic Dollars is a walk in the park

A new ‘Civic Dollars’ mobile phone app, developed with support from Belfast City Council and the Department of Justice means that people can now earn rewards for the time they spend in their local parks and open spaces. The Connswater Community Greenway will be the first area to go live in the free pilot scheme,

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Line of Duty Star Adrian Dunbar Cast In ITV’s New Detective Drama Ridley

ITV today announced commission of detective drama, Ridley, starring Adrian Dunbar in the leading role. Ridley is written and created by Paul Matthew Thompson, one of the lead writers of ITV’s iconic detective drama, Vera, and co-created by Jonathan Fisher (Blood, Hollington Drive, Penance), Managing Director of West Road Pictures.  Both will act as Executive

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New programme launched to support the Traveller community in the city

A new support programme has been launched today to assist the Traveller community in the city, as part of Council’s EU PEACE IV-funded work. A ‘One-Stop-Shop’ hub is to be set up providing a point of contact for the ethnic minority group to access support services for early years/school, welfare, housing, training and employment. The Traveller

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Dished up Deli brings homemade cooking to your doorsteps

Philip Davison was inspired during lockdown to open Dished up Deli and is now offering homemade cooking, delivered to your doorstep for your weekend dining. From three-course dinners to snack boxes and their speciality brownies Dished up Deli has a weekly changing menu, which if ordered on Wednesday will be with you, freshly prepared, on

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Northern Ireland Opera commissions an ambitious new teen/young adult opera written by Fionnuala Kennedy and composed by Neil Martiny

Northern Ireland Opera has commissioned a new teen/young adult opera which is being created in collaboration with campaign groups led by young people experiencing housing stress across Northern Ireland and will be performed by Northern Ireland Opera and the Ulster Youth Orchestra in 2022 with workshop versions of the piece being performed at the Belfast

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Courage, revenge, deception, secrets and betrayal are the themes creating sensational drama in Emmerdale this summer

A series of gripping storylines will be at the forefront of the much loved Yorkshire based soap as four of Emmerdale’s female characters take centre stage.  Kim is still the victim of mind games and as her paranoia continues she sets another trap for her nearest and dearest. Played magnificently by Claire King, Kim feels

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Coronation Street’s key players line up as we head for a summer of passion, drama and conflict both on and off the pitch!

The residents of Coronation Street will be forced to decide whose side they’re on this season as it becomes clear that all’s not fair in love and war in Weatherfield. As the key players line up against each other this summer, we’ll see Paul (Peter Ash) go head to head with Todd (Gareth Pierce) for

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