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Mid Ulster Arts Showcase

The Mid Ulster Arts Showcase will shine a light on the art scene in Mid Ulster District Council for the second year running. There will be concerts, exhibitions, drama, poetry, photography, St Patrick’s Day Celebrations, workshops, Seachtain Na Gaeilge events, history talks, and much more on offer from the 1st to 31st March 2024.

 Events will take place in Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy; The Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre, Cookstown; Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House, Dungannon; Bardic Theatre, Donaghmore; Brantry Area Rural Development Association, Dungannon; Glasgowbury, Draperstown; Craic Arts Centre, Coalisland and Carntogher Community Association, Maghera, as well as other community venues.

There is gripping drama in Bardic Theatre’s production of ‘The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth’ in the Burnavon Theatre on 15 March and a photographic exhibition by Dungannon Cookstown Camera Club, capturing a snapshot of Mid Ulster in 2024 will be on display in the exhibition space of the Burnavon from 1 - 29 March.  There will also be an evening of Ulster-Scots poetry at Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House, Dungannon on 28 March. 

Seachtain Na Gaeilge events will take place in a celebration of culture, music, and the Irish language.  An Carn will host their Fréamhú Teanga (launch event) on 1 March in An Coire Art Centre, Maghera as well as offering Irish Language Intensive Courses throughout the month of March. There will be a family fun day (3 March), conversation circles and BBC Blas Ceoil will broadcast live from An Coire.  One of the major highlights of the festival is the launch of talented multi-instrumentalist and singer Sinéad McKenna’s debut album in The Square Box in Dungannon on 22 March.

Local Irish Trad and Folk band, The Muddlers Club will showcase their talents at the annual St Patrick’s Celebrations Concert in The Burnavon on 9 March.  St Patrick’s Day Celebrations on Hill of The O’Neill will be headlined by County Tyrone Folk-Rock Band, The Porter Bellys on 17 March; there will also be traditional music from members of Coalisland and Clonoe Comhaltas.  Seamus Heaney HomePlace will present an evening of music and song with Lore and The Henry Girls on 16 March.

With Mother’s Day and Easter coinciding with the Mid Ulster Arts Showcase, there will be arts, crafts and family fun day activities taking place across all Council owned venues.  Workshops on offer include Pastel Painting, Felt Making and Spring Willow Wreath Making.

At the launch of the Mid Ulster Arts Showcase, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Dominic Molloy, said:

The Mid Ulster Arts Showcase provides a wonderful snapshot of the talent and myriad of activities that happen across our arts sector. The showcase offers an opportunity to celebrate and support our local artists, authors, musicians, Strategic Arts Partners, and all those groups who share their creativity and art with the community. I am very much looking forward to attending some of the events on offer and supporting the art scene in Mid Ulster.

If you are within the district and would like to showcase your business, please contact Mid Ulster District Council Tourism Department.  For a full line up of what’s on and how to book go to Visit Mid Ulster