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Culture News November 2020

Culture News

 Foyle Film Festival

Friday 20th to Sunday 29th November   Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of international film festivals with Oscar affiliation and BAFTA recognition. The festival offers filmmakers, animators and artists a unique platform to screen their films, network with industry professionals and gain access to the international market.

For full programme information or for booking info, please go to website link

Janet Hoy exhibiting atVenice Events and ACIT Venice 15th October to 29th November 2020

We congratulate Janet Hoy on her prestigious award to represent Ireland at this year’s International Arts & Architecture Festival in Venice.

Janet, a visual artist  based at  Bishop Street, Studios, Derry  has had her art video "Turning & Turning" selected to be shown at both THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello in Venice,as part of this year’s competition FUTURE LANDSCAPES.

 Janet said “ I’m thrilled! Especially as this is the first time that my work  that been selected and shown outside of Ireland ... a real step forward for me.  I am grateful for the support received  via the DCSDC Individual Artist’s Fund.”

To learn more about the Venice event check out the website

Congratulations to Margo Harkin, elected to Aosdána   

Film maker and much loved daughter of Derry, Margo Harkin is among 12 artists newly elected to Irish artists’ association Aosdána.

Founded in 1981 Aosdána honours people who have made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland. Membership is limited to 250 living artists working in architecture, choreography, music, literature and visual art.

Nominated by peers, to be elected to Aosdána is among the highest honour an artist can receive.

Margo continues to live and work in her home town of Derry and has enjoyed an illustrious career which has seen her win numerous international awards for her work in film and she has also been instrumental in founding film and video initiatives supporting Irish filmmakers.

Margo’s extensive Filmography can be viewed here:

Massive and heartfelt congratulations to Margo.                                                                                                                                     

Angels Amongst Us - Bluebell Arts & Keep Her Knit

Keep Her Knit Group and Bluebell Arts Derry have announced a new project called Angels Amongst Us, where  Knitters and Crotcheters  can show  support, for frontline workers during this difficult time by knitting an angel for them.  So, whether your angel is  a health worker, or someone in your local shop or someone else who has acted as a life saver for you and yours during this pandemic, knit an angel for them.

Angels Amongst Us  will put every angel you make on public display in town before Christmas.

Margaret Crabtree has made 3 videos showing how to make 3 different kinds of  angels  You can watch these videos on the Bluebell Arts Derry Youtube channel.

If you are not online and need a DVD copy, or if you need angel patterns, wool or any other assistance  contact  02871 262812 or via

Arts Council Northern Ireland Stability and Renewal Programme             
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, on behalf of the Department for Communities, has opened the Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations, with grants of up to £500,000 available to organisations working in the arts and cultural sector.

The funding will help organisations respond to the immediate impacts of the Covid-19 crisis, including help with re-opening, adapting and stabilising their organisations in the long-term.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Friday 27th November 2020.  See more here

The Heritage Recovery Fund – Application Support Webinars    

The Heritage Recovery Fund is part of the £29million which the Department for Communities announced on 24 September to support the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund are delivering the Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for Communities.

Applications opened on Monday 2 November and must be submitted by noon on Friday 27 November 2020.

If you are interested in applying, have read the application guidance but still have questions, then you are invited to join one of the dedicated webinars taking place on Monday 9 November 2020 and Thursday 12 November 2020. The webinar will include a 15 minute overview of the fund, followed by a 45 minute Q&A session. To book onto one of these webinars: or

Thrive: The Fourth Wall Session - What have you Changed?       

Thrive are inviting you to a special event designed to support planning for real life events and visits for your audience.

For this Fourth Wall Session, come and listen to:

• Paul Allison, Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

• Jacqueline Doherty, the Alley Theatre, Strabane

• Noreen Cunningham, Newry and Mourne Museum at Bagenal’s Castle

They will talk about their experience of reopening, their worries, which measures they found effective and which they thought are not worth your time. Let’s learn from each other to be ready when the time comes to reopen again!

Event details: When, where, how to book?

The event will be informal. It will start with each venue sharing their experience of change and reopening, which measures they thought are effective and which aren’t. It will be followed by an open conversation with attendees, facilitated by our client executive, Claire-Rose Canavan. This event is to share learnings, see how everybody is doing and have a chat.

When: Tuesday 17th November, from 11.00 until 12.00More info here

Welcome to the Festival of Discovery!

20th-21st November 2020          
For two days, the Eden Project in Cornwall will be transformed into a virtual festival. Join us and some very special celebrity guests and contributors as we set out on an exciting journey to explore what a better future might look like for us all.

 We’re adding more sessions all of the time, so dive right into the zones and have a look around using the link


Hands on Heritage
November 12
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free but limited places

Join UAH Chief Executive, Nikki McVeigh, and the Hands-On Heritage project officer Dr. Connie Gerrow in introducing you to the new ‘Hands-On Heritage’ project kindly supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. This includes:

•             Heritage: How To? Short Guides;

•             Heritage: How To? Toolkit;

•             Heritage Recording & Reporting App;

•             In Your Area Webpage;

•             Associated Engagement Activities.

For full details  see website link To register email: or phone AUH  02890 550 213