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Ulster University Unveils Exceptional Cohort Of Emerging Leaders On 25@25 Leadership Programme And Announces Glamour’s Americas Editorial Director, Samantha Barry As Guest Speaker

Ulster University has announced the 25 exceptional leaders selected from diverse sectors spanning business, technology, health, education, law, finance, public affairs, charity, sustainability, peace-building, youth work and journalism, who will begin the prestigious 25@25 leadership programme in September. These aspiring leaders from across Northern Ireland are Ulster University alumni who are currently rising to the …

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Finalists Announced For 2023 RTS NI Television Awards

The Royal Television Society, Northern Ireland (RTS NI) is delighted to reveal the 37 nominees shortlisted for this year’s prestigious RTS NI Programme Awards, sponsored by Ka-Boom. The winners will be announced at the 8th RTS NI Awards Ceremony which takes place on Thursday 1 June at City Hall Belfast. Fiona Campbell, Chair of RTS NI …

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Nerve Centre Launches Its Second Annual Pitch Competition To Win Short Film Funds

BFI Film Academy Plus at Nerve Centre is offering young filmmakers aged 18–25 the chance to win £500 towards a short film production by entering the annual Pitch Competition — deadline 29 May 2023. As part of their joint responsibilities under Article 2 of the Windsor Framework the three Commissions have launched at today’s event …

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Ubloquity Announced Overall Winner At NI Startup Awards

Banbridge-headquartered ubloquity has been awarded the top gong at the Northern Ireland finals of the StartUp Awards 2023. In addition to being awarded NI Startup of the Year, Ubloquity, which specialises in building blockchain platforms to enable smart borders, frictionless trade and provenance, was presented Digital Start of the Year at the event which was held …

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Meet The Artist: Circus Performer and Co-Founder of Tumble Circus, Ken Fanning

Qualifying from Circomedia Circus School in Bristol, Ken has performed in Circus around the world in group or solo shows as an Artist, Acrobat, Clown and also as a Filmmaker. Ken runs a multimedia production company, AKenEvilThing, where he is the Author and Director of low-budget independent films.  Ken is one of two Senior Artists …

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Meet The Artist: Tumble Circus Co-Founder, Tina Segner

Tina Segner is a Circus Performer who has talents in many areas of circus including trapeze, rope, silks, hula-hoop, juggling and acrobatics. She is the co-founder of Tumble Circus, an award-winning organisation showcasing the very best in circus skill, comedy and theatrical performances.  Originally from Lund, Sweden, Tina moved to Ireland in 1995 and joined …

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Meet The Artist: The Weatherbies Songwriter, Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming is a Maghera based Composer and Songwriter with a rich background in the music industry. His most recent work includes composing the music in The Black Equestrian documentary created for Black History Month, which is now available to stream on ITV HUB. Peter is also the songwriter for his wife’s book series, The …

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Meet The Artist: Producer and Choreographer, Fleur Mellor

Fleur Mellor is a Freelance Choreographer and Producer originally from Liverpool and currently living in Northern Ireland. Fleur works for Peter Corry Productions, specialising in live theatre and events as well as developing briefs for the corporate industry. How did you get started in the industry?  Local dance classes. I started what could be considered …

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Meet The Artist: CNB21 Creative Artist Dylan McCaughtry

Belfast based Dylan McCaughtry, 31, is the creative mastermind behind this year’s CNB21 presents The Ogham Grove.  The son of Gawain Morrison, Creative Lead for the Culture Night concept, Dylan’s artistic upbringing has led him to develop a successful career in Sculpture and Prop Design for Film & TV where he has worked on the …

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Meet The Artist: CNB21 Creative Artist Zipporah Reynolds

Zipporah (Zippy) Reynolds is a 28-year-old Freelance Artist from Banbridge, specialising in street art/illustration. For the past 9 years, she has been working as a Textile Artist for film and TV after studying Fashion Design at the University of Creative Arts.  For CNB21 Presents The Ogham Grove, Zipporah has laser-etched Ogham symbols on wooden plaques …

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Meet the Artist: CNB21 Drum Loop Producer Damian Mills

Damian Mills from Lisburn is a PhD Candidate in Music for the Performance Without Barriers research team in Queen’s University Belfast and is also a bandleader for Beatndrum Samba in Belfast.  He is this year’s Culture Night Belfast’s Drum Loop Producer for the Ogham Grove at Writer’s Square from September 17 – 19 2021.  How …

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Meet The Artist: CNB21 Lighting Coordinator Tomàs FitzGerald

Tomàs FitzGerald is a Lighting Designer and Co-owner of Stage Lighting Centre. Originally from Dublin, Tomàs’ love for stage lighting sparked at an early age when he helped out backstage at his father’s shows – who was an extremely talented musician.  He is the Lighting Coordinator for The Ogham Grove at this year’s Culture Night, …

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Meet The Artist: CNB21 Creative Lead Gawain Morrison

Gawain Morrison is a Creative Producer and Director for Media, Events and Technology, from Belfast with 25 years of experience in the creative industry. He has worked within the likes of TV and film production, music videos, record labels and clothing companies, bringing a wide range of experience and knowledge into the creative sector.  Gawain …

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Meet The Entrepreneur: Katie Matthews – The Mind Tribe

Katie Matthews is a 28-year-old, multi-award-winning entrepreneur, growth mindset educator, speaker, founder, mentor, trauma-informed practitioner and mental health and well-being trainer. She has 11 years lived experience with mental illness, and is passionate about supporting other’s mental health, entrepreneurship, leadership, community development, growth mindset development and supporting our next generation of children and young people. …

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Meet The Entrepreneur: Rebecca Bryson – Curvy Chic Bridal

Rebecca Bryson (35) is the owner of NI’s only exclusively plus size bridal boutique The hair and makeup artist was born in Lisburn but grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, returning to NI when she was 21. She lives in East Belfast with her husband and their chihuahua Holly who is often the star of …

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Author Jonathan Traynor

Meet The Artist: Jonathan Traynor

Jonathan Traynor. the 53-year-old Writer and Author from Belfast now lives in Ballymena. He has left university in 1989 and started in journalism with the Ulster Gazette in Armagh, where he was able to do some freelance for the now-departed Ireland’s Saturday Night, Sunday Life and a few others. The combination of news reporting, sports …

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Meet The Artist: Lucille Hamilton

Lucille Hamilton(23) is a Self Published Author from Northern Ireland. Her love for creating stories began as a child, but her entrance to the industry came with her first book, ‘Grandma GG’s Magic Soup Kitchen’. The motivation came from a place of questioning her potential, Lucille wanted to see if she could do it, so she …

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Meet The Artist: Nuala Convery (Wee Nuls)

Nuala Convery (Wee Nuls) is a 28year old street artist & illustrator from Belfast. Her street art career started via an unusual route, the events industry . She started off creating murals of her illustrations for the decor design at festivals and dance music events with the events company she works for DSNT.  Nuala has some …

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Meet The Artist: Natasha Swan

Natasha Swan, a 27 year old artist from Islandmagee, creates handmade pottery using traditional making on the pottery wheel.  After extensive training both in Northern and southern Ireland she launched her business in 2018 addressing the lack of making opportunities available otherwise. What genre / style do you create in? Contemporary, functional tableware. Simple, tactile …

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Meet The Artist: Joanne Campbell Artwork

Joanne Campbell (47) is an Artist from Whitehead. She started in the industry in 2013 when she turned 40, although she has been drawing and painting most of her life. What genre / style do you create in? Acrylic paintings on canvas, wood and slate. What would you be best known for? Painting on slate …

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Meet The Entrepreneur: Mandy Lacey – T-Gem Healthcare

Mandy Lacey the 42 year old from Chesire, now lives in Annalong, Co. Down, and runs T-Gem Healthcare. She is a qualified nurse with over 20 years experience of working with older people. Mandy worked as a Nurse Manager in a nursing home previous to starting her own business. Find out more about Mandy Lacey and …

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Meet The Blogger: Nuala Moore

Nuala Moore (32) is a Facilities Coordinator and PA to Director of Operations from Newtonabbey. She shares lifestyle tips on social media: From Phat to Phabulous. Why did you decide to become a blogger/influencer? Social media often presents us with images of beautiful people living seemingly perfect lives. In reality, the world can be a …

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Meet The Artist: Lucy Craig

Lucy Craig is a 27 year old Textile Artist, working in the community doing projects and running workshops.  She is from Ballymena, but now lives in Ahogholl. Her professional practice preserves our heritage onto textiles, combined with hand embroidery. This can range from family history, memories, keepsakes, memorabhilia to regional heritage.  Lucy studied Textile Design, Art and …

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Meet The Blogger: Brian Haslett & Mark Irvine

Brian Haslett & Mark Irvine from Belfast run their blog: The Gourmet Boys, about Food and Drink.  Why did you decide to become a blogger/influencer? We were putting so many photos of food on a personal Facebook page and boring all family and friends, someone suggested we start a “foodie” page – and that’s what started …

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Meet The Entrepreneur: Belinda Cullen – Good Craic Gifts and Souvenirs

Belinda Cullen (44)  originally from Australia now lives in Rostrevor Co. Down and owns Good Craic Gifts and Souvenirs, a fabulous little gift and souvenir shop celebrating all things Irish and Mournes. It stocks loads of locally made pieces plus the best, silliest and fun gifts Bellinda can find around the world. She is passionate about …

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Meet The Blogger: Helen McClements

Helen McClements (41) is a Teacher and Writer from Belfast. Her blog: sourweeblog is about motherhood and lifestyle.  Why did you decide to become a blogger/influencer? I found blogging as a way into writing and loved how I could see an immediate response to my posts. My friends & husband always encouraged me to write and …

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Meet The Blogger: Mary McGuigan

Mary McGuigan is the 36 year old Founder of Corporate and Creative image, from Belfast. Her brand, Corporate and Creative Image by Mary is centered around styling and image consultancy.  Why did you decide to become a blogger/influencer? To promote other businesses Tell us something your followers might not already know about you? I’ve worked …

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Meet The Artist: Michael Conaghan

Michael Conaghan is a youthful 58 year old Playwright, Poet, and Bookseller, brought up in Mid-Ulster who now lives in Belfast. Michael was introduced to the industry via a creative writing class in Whitstable, Kent, taught by his future wife, Jane. What genre/style do you create in? Poetry and Drama. What would you be best known …

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Meet The Entrepreneur: Sharon Mccrea – Sweet Escape Products

Sharon Mccrea is a former IT teacher and systems Analyst who started Sweet Escape Products, an ethical brand. Sharon (51) was born and raised in Sion Mills Co Tyrone, but moved away to South Wales for a number of years before moving back to the beautiful, historic village of Sion Mills on the banks of the …

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