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#LovetoMAKECHRISTMAS: 8 DIY Gifts for Sons

#LovetoMAKECHRISTMAS: 8 DIY Gifts for Sons Next up on our #LovetoMAKECHRISTMAS series, we’ve found another great list of DIY gifts you can make this time, we’re looking at gifts for sons, from the little boys to those a little too old and cool for giant tic-tac-toe sets.
1) Giant tic-tac-toe set
What little boy doesn’t like giant bugs? This creepy-crawlie themed tic-tac-toe set […]

Why the arts matter in Northern Ireland: 5

Why the arts matter in Northern Ireland: 5 Throughout December, in support of the Arts Council 13p campaign, we are finding out why people involved in all walks of life in Northern Ireland think the Arts matter. We got in touch with Karl Porter, an artist who does lots of work with his local community.
1) Can you tell us about what you do for […]

#LovetoMAKECHRISTMAS: 8 Great DIY Gifts for Dads

#LovetoMAKECHRISTMAS: 8 Great DIY Gifts for Dads


December is #LovetoMAKECHRISTMAS  month as we all well know, and that means it’s time for us to help you celebrate with your loved ones in an extra-special creative way. We’ve already shown you a few great gifts to make for the mums in your life, so to be fair, we’ve decided the dads need […]

Why the arts matter in Northern Ireland: 4

Why the arts matter in Northern Ireland: 4 Throughout December, in support of the Arts Council 13p campaign, we are finding out why people involved in all walks of life in Northern Ireland think the Arts matter. Today we are interviewing Emma Duff, who has worked with several arts based campaigns, including our own #LoveTo campaign.
1) Can you tell us about what you […]

Why the arts matter in Northern Ireland: 3

Why the arts matter in Northern Ireland: 3 Throughout December, in support of the Arts Council 13p campaign, we are finding out why people involved in all walks of life in Northern Ireland think the Arts matter. Today we are interviewing Victoria Lagan of Victoria Lagan Dance & Drama, who runs a business solely dedicated to the arts.
1) Can you tell us about your […]

Could your group be this year’s Scotland Epic Award winner?

Could your group be this year’s Scotland Epic Award winner? 2014 Scotland Epic Award winners, Braemar Creative Arts Festival
Nominations open: 12 January 2015
Nominations close: 16 March 2015
From singing to knitting, theatre to painting, each year thousands of volunteer-led amateur groups across Scotland provide regular opportunities for people to take part in local creative cultural activities. The Epic Awards celebrate their achievements.
Run by Voluntary […]

Why the Arts Matter in Northern Ireland: 2

Throughout December in support of the Arts Council 13p campaign we are finding out why people involved in all walks of life in Northern Ireland think the Arts matter. Today we are interviewing Martin Spackman who is a fellow of  theRoyal Society of Public Health & Hygiene.
Q. So Martin what do you do?
A. I am a Fellow of […]

Why the Arts Matter in Northern Ireland: 1

Why the Arts Matter in Northern Ireland: 1 Throughout December in support of the Arts Council 13p campaign we are finding out why people involved in all walks of life in Northern Ireland think the Arts matter. Today we are interviewing Patrick McKeever who works for the Western Health and Social Care Trust.
Q. So Patrick what do you do?
A. I’m a Day Centre Manager in […]

Mapping Creative Activities Masterclass

Emma Whitehead will talk about the different ways to find, track and record the wealth of creative activities taking place in your area. Whether via workshops or voluntary arts groups there are often key contacts with the valuable information needed to make it easy for the public to access the creative activities and the voluntary arts world.
By the end […]

The Countdown to Christmas is on!

The Countdown to Christmas is on! The people of Belfast will have no trouble remembering how many more sleeps it is until Santa comes this year as a special Christmas Countdown will be playing on the BBC Big Screen in front of City Hall three times per hour, everyday in December.
As well as the Christmas Countdown, there is also a very […]
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