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Culture News April 2020


Stage Beyond RTE Radio Broadcast
A Beginners  guide to broadcasting your DJ sets to the world. RTÉ Radio One is currently working with Stage Beyond to record a radio version of HAMLET, PRINCE OF DERRY for broadcast and podcast this summer.

HAMLET, PRINCE OF DERRY was due to open last weekend. Because of the Covid-19 crisis, they have had to postpone the stage production till next year. But in the meantime, thanks to the wonders of technology old (the wireless) and new (smartphones) they are moving the production to the radio. 

HAMLET, PRINCE OF DERRY by Colin Murphy after William Shakespeare, directed by ​Conall Morrison, produced by Kevin Brew and with an original score by Si Schroeder, will be broadcast in the Drama On One slot RTE Radio 1 in summer 2020. The drama will also made available for download at www.rte.ie/dramaonone


​​Tourism NI webinars

Tourism NI have announced a series of tailored Tourism Enterprise Development webinars for the NI tourism industry. More Info here


DoE & OU Online Training

​The Department of Economy has partnered with the Open University and are offering a wide range of free training to those who have become unemployed or who on furlough leave due to Corona virus. Some of the areas include, Digital skills, Cyber Security, Communication, Leadership, Essential skills (English and Maths).  More info here 

.VOID Gallery

Responding to COVID-19

Void Gallery continues to bring you content through the gallery’s social media channels, so stay tuned for virtual tours of exhibitions, ideas to keep the kids occupied, adult workshops, and suggestions for reading material and films inspired by Void’s programme. Check out their website their website on how to get involved 


Strabane Hawaii Five-O 

Strabane Brass Band demonstrating that social isolation is no barrier to getting creative with their rendition of Strabane  Hawaii Five-O! 

Watch out for their next creation to celebrate and support our NHS. Check out their Facebook Page for More info.


Bluebell Arts  

Online programme of creative events and videos offering tutorials and top tips for developing creative skills for all ages. Including Creative Writing, Visual Arts, DJ Skills/Digital Music Production, Poetry, Performance and Drama, Film and Editing (Cameras & Phones), Broadcasting/Podcasting, Photography.

Check out their YouTube channel for more 
 


Arts Care 

The Arts Care 4U Channel offers a wide variety of fun art workshops for adults and children. These creative resources are available to the public online and suitable for working within the NHS wards and care centres. Over Easter, the residents of  Silverdale Nursing Home, Castlederg have been testing out this service. 

Have a look at some of the important work they do here.


Greater Shantallow Community Arts - Connecting People 

Greater Shantallow Community Arts have been busy delivering meals and support from their arts centre at Studio 2 to homes across the city. Facilitators have been setting fun online challenges for their young people and have been inspiring and  bringing people together through their Facebook page and newly created YouTube Channel


Art Arcadia Lockdown Residencies

Art Arcadia have invited artists living in countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic to share with us their experiences and their coping mechanisms with the constraints most of us are familiar with right now; “being confined at home, working from home, home-schooling and everything else to do with these out of the ordinary circumstances. We don’t do escapism at Art Arcadia”.  Check out their website for further information. 


A Day in the Life - Your Stories 

The Tower Museum is collating a digital collection - a snapshot of a historical event affecting our world right now and invites you to capture everyday experiences, thoughts, worries, what is important to you today? 

You can do this with one simple image, photograph, drawing, or maybe through a few words.  This is open to everyone, children and adults, we are all in this together! Please send your submissions to [email protected]


Thrive NI - this week, or next or whatever 

Like arts and cultural organisations throughout the Island, the folk at Thrive NI have reached out to the arts and cultural community to offer support in any way they can. In a lovely, heartfelt letter from all the team on their website, they say that they are here to help “ this week, or next or whenever”. 

Thrive NI help organisations think about the relationship they have with their audiences. They bring together information and insights that you may find useful, particularly as we adjust to changing times and seek new meaningful ways of engaging with our audiences. 

Thrive’s website has a range of free resources, toolkits and templates, the team are available via e-mail and will be delivering free online events, open to anyone in the cultural sector. 

Thrive say that the content of events will alter if it needs to and are keen to hear from people about what they feel they need; “To start those conversations and give regular support, our free Audience Appointments will be weekly for the foreseeable future. Book online and chat to one of the thrive team. We don’t have the answers – we never claimed we did but we have always said we’d try and help you ask the right questions. Please use us at this time to keep doing that”. Contact them via their website


Online at the Alley

Let your imagination and creativity soar as you take part in our FREE online workshop that begins with a story about adventure. 

Create your own characters, flying machine and more with creative tasks and hands on activities that embrace wild imaginations. For more details, contact [email protected] or visit the website


DCSDC Museum and Heritage Service to release new online collections for 75th Anniversary of VE Day​

DCSDC Museum and Heritage Service are excited to announce the launch of new online collections resources to commemorate life in the city as well as documenting the experiences of the thousands of military personnel that passed through the city during the Second World War. Oral history recordings, videos, archives and images will all be made available on the Tower Museum Learning Website.


Stage Beyond RTE Radio Broadcast 

RTÉ Radio One is currently working with Stage Beyond to record a radio version of HAMLET, PRINCE OF DERRY for broadcast and podcast this summer.

HAMLET, PRINCE OF DERRY was due to open last weekend. Because of the Covid-19 crisis, they have had to postpone the stage production till next year. But in the meantime, thanks to the wonders of technology old (the wireless) and new (smartphones) they are moving the production to the radio. 

HAMLET, PRINCE OF DERRY by Colin Murphy after William Shakespeare, directed by Conall Morrison, produced by Kevin Brew and with an original score by Si Schroeder, will be broadcast in the Drama On One slot RTE Radio 1 in summer 2020. The drama will also made available for download at:rte.ie/dramaonone .  Check out Stage Beyond & what they do  here


Hypixel Studios To Establish Headquarters In Derry~Londonderry With Support From Riot Games
Creators of the anticipated game Hytale to set up their first physical office with support from Riot Games. Hypixel Studios, the video game developer behind upcoming title Hytale, will establish its headquarters in Derry~Londonderry as part of its acquisition by US-based developer and publisher Riot Games.Visit the links ref:job ops &  information on Hypixel Studios and Hytale. www.hytale.com


VOID Gallery - The Walker Plinth Commissions – Application deadline extended

Due to the current circumstances, Void Gallery have decided to extend the deadline for the Walker Plinth commission until May 15th, 5pm.

The Walker Commission is part of Void Offsite and is a collaboration between Void Gallery, The Siege Museum and Friends of the Derry Walls, its ambition is to create a series of sculptural interventions by artists both North and South of the border. Artists will be asked to respond to the context of the Walker plinth on the Derry walls, working with communities to create sculptural commissions that re-imagines and represents contemporary Derry. Through generous funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, two opportunities are now available for 2020 and 2021. For full details please visit te Void website.


Mayor's Young Creative Competition

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Michaela Boyle, has launched a new initiative for youngsters in the local District to express how they feel about living through the current coronavirus situation.

The competition will be broken up into two age groups – primary one to primary three children, aged 4-7 years old, and primary four to primary seven children, aged 8-11.  Submit your entry via [email protected]


Museum of Free Derry to Host Commemoration Events Online

The Museum of Free Derry had planned to hold two major commemorations this June – the 10th anniversary of the release of the report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and the 100th anniversary of events in June 1920, when 20 people lost their lives in sectarian trouble in the city as the Tan War raged across Ireland. MOFD are now going to hold these commemorations online, with the hope of doing them in the real world later in the year.

“For the 10th anniversary of the Saville Report we’ll be presenting an afternoon of short videos through social media and interviews on Radio Foyle, giving a wide range of people who were involved in the events of June 2010 the opportunity to reflect ten years on. To remember the events of June 1920 we’ll be working with Aras Colmcille and the Bogside and Brandywell Initiative to produce a daily update between 18 and 25 June, alongside a piece on each of the victims of that violent week.”

For updates please visit https://www.facebook.com/mofd.derry/


​​​Libraries NI Online Newspaper Service

Libraries NI are now offering newspapers that cover 100 countries in 60 different languages in an easy-to-read page view or text view format in a PressReader display.

You can search articles and publications and set preferences for your daily newspapers and you can also translate your favourites from their original language into more than 16 languages.  Check it out here.

 


New Creative Media Courses for Young people

Reimagine Remake Replay have moved their plethora of programmes, activities and craic for 16-25 year olds online and they want YOU to join in the fun!

Reimagine Remake Replay aims to connect young people and heritage through creative media and digital technologies and is brought to you by a consortium of organisations including Nerve Centre, National Museums Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Museums Council and Northern Ireland Screen.  Find out more here.


Mastermind and the Derry Girls

The famous Mastermind quiz has recently had the Derry Girls storyline as   one of their specialised topics. See how many of the programme questions you can get right!  More info here.  here.


Public  Performance Licensing

Working online using original music tracks will have copyrights that require you to have a license to use it. These music companies have algorithms that track the use of their products online. *Be careful about the music you use for your choreography and performances.  Find out more here.


​​​A Beginners  guide to broadcasting your DJ sets to the world

​​​Advice for DJs on how to set up a professional livestream.  Find out more.


​​​ Accidental Theatre

This is our new dedicated live channel that will remain on our website for the summer! It will be an experiment-check out  online classes in Life drawing/Drama -Having Sex with the Gods/Talk At Show.  Find out more.  


Beyond Skin Arts Dialogue 

Amazing variety of arts and cultural based courses available for folks to book in dance/music/songwriting/ graffiti lead by international artists and musicians. Experiment with Asian culinary dishes and gain Social Change  skills through arts based courses- Youth4Peace Training.

N I groups have access to part or fully funded workshops. For more info check:- [email protected] or visit their website here


Covid-19 'After the Interval' National Audience Survey 

Thrive in partnership with Katy Raines at Indigo-Ltd are looking for arts & culture ticketed organisations in Northern Ireland and Ireland to take part in the Covid-19 ‘After the Interval’ free National Audience Survey. They want to find out what audiences think about returning to arts events, booking tickets and missing out on live events during lockdown.​    Take the survey here.



Tourism NI Webinars - Open for registration now

Tourism NI have announced a series of tailored Tourism Enterprise Development webinars for the NI tourism industry.

The series of webinars will run throughout May and include advice and guidance on Working Capital Management, Job Retention Schemes ,Approaching Banks and Other Funders, Covid 19 Cashflow for https://covid19.tourismni.com/suppoTourism Businesses of all sizes including micro and medium size business.

Tourism Ni encourages speedy booking as spaces are limited. To register: Click on the link here rt-centre/webinars/?dateFrom&dateTo&page=1 for full details.

Further support can be found on the new online Tourism NI Covid-19 Business Support Hub covid19.tourismni.com which includes details on the latest Government advice for businesses, accessing Government support/funding and assistance available from Tourism NI.

If you have any issues registering for these webinars please contact TNI via email [email protected]

 

 




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