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Welcome to the fifth edition of our fortnightly special edition newsletters to provide a little uplift during these anxious times. We'll dip into festival memories, catch up with artists and companies who've featured in previous festival editions, and share news from our friends.

Best of the Fest

Poetry Jukebox 2017

Poetry Jukebox
In 2017, Festival Artists in Residence, Maria McManus and Deirdre Cartmill, brought poetry to the streets of Belfast with a brand-new initiative to Northern Ireland (and indeed to the island of Ireland), Poetry Jukebox
Belfast joined the ranks of Berlin, New York, Warsaw, Brussels and Prague in having its own Poetry Jukebox, placing literature in public space that was freely available to be discovered and enjoyed.
Located at Crescent Arts Centre, the distinctive blue funnel of the Poetry Jukebox remains a permanent and accessible asset to those who want to hear poetry in a unique way.

"The Festival Artists in Residence program was crucial as it gave momentum and public profile to the jukebox project. It is fantastic that the legacy of the residencies is a project that has been sustained and further developed in the three years since then. This is the only jukebox project anywhere in the UK and Ireland. The legacy has delivered ten new international curations with more to come, international collaborations with Czech Republic and with Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. We contributed to developing the first jukebox in the world with special features to enhance disability access - in just three years!
Maria McManus

Find out more about Poetry Jukebox and read reflection by Maria McManus on the evolution of the project.
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Thanks to Ben Tucker at Belfast Telegraph, who shared recordings of a selection of the original #ChangingTheMessage contributions from 2017, we have been able to create a Poetry Jukebox Playlist on YouTube.
View Poetry Jukebox Playlist

Latest from:

Pat Kinevane

A duet from Before with Pat Kinevane and Alex Sharpe, in which an estranged father and daughter are set to be reunited. A powerhouse performer and writer, Pat Kinevane, and Fishamble have entranced audiences with Silent (2012) and Before (2019).

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, who brought the striking Staging Schiele to BIAF19, are presenting SJD SHORTS: a series of specially created dance events, celebrating past productions and providing insights into the creative journey and how these productions came to life.
Watch TooMortal available until Mon 29 June

Ludovico Einuadi

Ludovico Einuadi
Recently a newsletter subscriber got in touch to say how much she enjoyed Ludovico Einuadi's festival performance in Ulster Hall a few years ago.
Einuadi has released 12 Songs From Home, recorded between March and April 2020 during the peak of Italy’s lockdown. A gift to his fans, it is available to listen for free.
Listen now

Hiroaki Umeda

Have you viewed Holistic Strata Screen by Hiroaki Umeda, part of #DDFDigitalCapsule? Umeda opened BIAF19 with his mesmerising digital projection dance fusion piece Median.  

A spectacle of light and the human body, Holistic Strata Screen combines sonic textures and entrancing visuals. 
Available to view until Tuesday 30 June (5 mins)
Watch now on DDF website

Support NI Artists

If you haven't had a chance yet, please check out the 'Bread & Butter' GoFundMe, which has been set up by Abbie Spallen, Fionnuala Kennedy and Helen Gomez, to offer a one-off £200 payment to NI arts practitioners who have lost income. Find out more

News from our friends

Splendid Isolation: Lockdown Drama

Splendid Isolation artists
The Lyric have partnered with the BBC to create a series of 5 minute theatrical pieces to be broadcast on BBC Two Northern Ireland. A host of familiar names are involved in Splendid Isolation:Lockdown Drama including Owen McCafferty, Sarah Gordon, Stacey Gregg, Emma Jordan, Lisa McGee, Kerri Quinn, Conleth Hill and Jimmy Fay.
Tune in to BBC2 NI on Thursday 25 June at 10pm.

Ten Plagues

The Belfast Ensemble, in association with Outburst Arts, present their first lockdown broadcast. Part cabaret torch songs, part Schubert, Ten Plagues draws parallels with the 20th century emergence of AIDS, but here takes on a breathtaking 2020 significance. Performed by Matthew Cavan and Conor Mitchell. Purchase a ticket (£2.99) to view from QFT

Poetry Clips

Poetry Clips
The John Hewitt Society's Poetry Clips series is a unique collection of short videos showcasing readings from world-renowned poets through to emerging poets that will be released on a weekly basis. This week's contributors are Tess Gallagher and Grace Wells. View on John Hewitt Society website

Weekly Arts Round-up

Check out the latest round-up of what's happening in the arts on ACNI website.


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