1st Apr 2019 in Arts

An eclectic selection of events for you this week in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

We start with late night art and finish on a musical note courtesy of the pen of Heaney; along the way taking in songwriting, orchestral music and an ice-cool cocktail club record launch.

Late Night Art

Thursday 4th April

On the first Thursday of every month Belfast opens the doors to its galleries a little later so that more people can appreciate the city’s rich spectrum of visual art. As the creative heart of Belfast, it’s no surprise to hear the CQ comes alive during LNB – keep an eye on our website for our monthly run-down of all the CQ Belfast venues taking part this month, and you can also keep up to date with everything that’s happening across Belfast on the Late Night Art Facebook event.

Getting to Know… The Emerald Armada @ The Oh Yeah Centre

Thursday 4th April

The Oh Yeah Centre are excited to host ‘The Emerald Armada’ in their next ‘Getting To Know’ installment. ‘Getting To Know…’ is designed to appreciate songwriters and to give their audience a fresh understanding of the work. By providing a constructive critique, the audience is also encouraged to participate in the artist’s creative process. Previous have involved Tim Wheeler of Ash while SOAK took part on her 17th birthday, long before she won the NI Music Prize and the Choice Music Prize for her debut album. Duke Special, Ciaran Lavery, Tom Robinson, Malojian and Ryan Vail have all contributed. ‘Getting To Know…’ is supported by the PRS Foundation for Music and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Irish Baroque Orchestra: George Frideric Handel’s ESTHER @ Belfast Cathedral

Friday 5th April

Handel’s setting of the tale of Queen Esther is one of the forgotten gems of the baroque repertoire. Irish Baroque Orchestra, in partnership with Sestina, are delighted to continue their exploration of Handel’s lesser known oratorios, in the wonderful setting of Belfast Cathedral. Peter Whelan directs Irish Baroque Orchestra with the magnificent young singers of Sestina providing the minor roles and chorus throughout. Star Irish soprano, Anna Devin, performs the titular role with Spanish tenor, Jorge Navarro Colorado, returning to perform the role of King Assuerus.

NN x BB @ Blaklist

Friday 5th April

Belfast duo Black Bones’ self-titled vinyl-only series has found fans in the likes of Trevor Jackson, ALFOS & Erol Alkan. The Irish pairing favour intimate venues, slow BPM’s and joining the dots between new electronics and lesser known rarities in their sets and via their site www.blackbones.co.uk This Friday, Black Bones team up with Belfast streetwear specialists, Never Never and the Blaklist venue to celebrate the release of BB5. Event starts at 9pm and entry is free.

The Aeneid Book VI @ The MAC

Sunday 7th April

A few weeks before his death, Seamus Heaney signed off on his translation of Book VI of Virgil’s epic twelve-volume poem. In the two-thousand-year-old verse, Aeneas journeys to the underworld in search of the shade of his father and other ghosts from his life. Published after his death, Heaney’s lifetime’s craft culminates in his masterful and tender translation. In their intimate realisation of it, Stephen Rea reads the text and Neil Martin underscores on cello – mostly together, though at times we hear just the words, at others just the music.


You can find even more events this week and throughout the coming weeks and months in The Cathedral Quarter in our What’s On guide. Get in touch if there are any events in the CQ you think we should include here or indeed, anything at all you think we should be singing from the digital rooftops about! Email heather@cathedralquarterbelfast.com 

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