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Calendar

Mar
30
Mon
Postponed – WOMEN CARERS MUSIC PROJECT
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Women Carers Music Project

The Black Box has been invited as a partner organisation by the Oh Yeah Music Centre to deliver a relaxed and interactive music-based project for women and female-identifying carers.

The project is free to attend, no music experience is necessary just an interest in meeting new people and exploring ways of connecting through music!

The project will be led by you as members of the group supported by experienced musicians and facilitators.

Date; The project will begin Monday 27th January 2-4pm and take place once a week for twelve weeks. You do not have to attend all sessions so don’t worry if you have missed one you can still join in!

Location; The sessions will take place at the Black Box venue, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA.

Session structure; Each session will be structured like this: First half-hour: Tea/Coffee and an opportunity to chat with the rest of the group, then a one hour relaxed Music Workshop which will take on a number of themes/topics/styles determined by the group’s interests and then another half hour for tea/coffee and more opportunity for chat at the end.

Session One: ‘Introduction to Music and Music Making’ with Seonaid Murray.

We will discuss our favourite types of Music – feel free to bring any of your favourite albums with you for a ‘Desert Island Discs’ style session!

Session Two: ‘Dance and Movement’ with Charmaine McMeekin.

Charmaine is one of our most popular facilitators. She always brings a lot of fun, great tunes and creative freedom to her sessions!

Session Three: Tessa Ann from The Sound Healing Spa.

Tessa will bring along ‘singing bowls’ and relaxation techniques to this calming and soothing ‘sound bath’

Sessions Four – Twelve will be developed from the interests of the group

If you want to bring the person you care for with you, there will be a multi-sensory workshop with adults 18+ with learning disabilities taking place alongside the session in the room next door. If you are unable to attend because of your caring responsibilities please get in contact with us to see what we can arrange to enable you to take part.

If you are interested in finding out more, registering for the project, or want to ask any questions, please email Seonaid at [email protected] or give us a call! 02890244400

Mar
31
Tue
BELFAST FILM FESTIVAL- POSTPONED
Mar 31 @ 1:33 pm – Apr 9 @ 2:33 pm

It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the rescheduling of the 20th Belfast Film Festival.

To slow down the spread of COVID-19 and protect our guests, audiences, staff and volunteers, the festival, which was due to start on April 1st, will now be postponed until the autumn.

We considered the ‘social distancing’ and digital models but yesterday, at an emergency board meeting, we decided unanimously that halfway measures wouldn’t work.

Just over a week ago we launched our 20th anniversary programme to a room packed with hundreds of excited film lovers, and we have already sold 2,000 tickets.  We want to respond imaginatively to this difficult time.  In order not to disappoint people too much, we will offer a few treats to our audience to thank them for their patience.  A selection of online events will be available free for our audience, including legendary film producer Jeremy Thomas in Conversation with Mark Cousins; the Short Film Competition and Official Selection Shorts; and others to be confirmed.  Key special events from the 2020 programme will be rescheduled as soon as it is possible.

We are also delighted to announce a one-off collaboration with our colleagues at Foyle Film Festival in November.  We’re all in this together and we think that film culture will be stronger from such co-operations. This partnership shows the true spirit of collaboration, and will lead to innovative  film events in both Belfast and Derry this autumn.

When people self isolate at home, what is one of the things they’ll do? They’ll watch films.  Classic movies and new work.  Film isn’t a fair weather friend.

In the next few days, we will process refunds for all tickets and passes purchased. Keep an eye on our website for further updates.

We thank our customers, our staff, volunteers, guests, funders, sponsors and venues for your support, and look forward to the clear weather once the storm has passed.

Belfast Film Festival

Postponed – Tenx9
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm

Tenx9 is a storytelling night where 9 people have up to 10 minutes each to tell a real story from their lives.

 

Apr
5
Sun
Compañía Maria “la Serrana”- SANTUARIO
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm

Compañía María “la Serrana” brings sizzling flamenco from the heart of Seville. In SANTUARIO Maira takes us into the mystical side of Andalucía, accompanied by the best gypsy artists of the moment. A truly passionate flamenco show, not to be missed!

In SANTUARIO will go deep into the flamenco styles that are somehow sacred for the flamenco community. In this show she brings to stage all the styles that were at the roots of constructing flamenco-art; The petenera that weeps the fate of the persecuted jews, the sensual zambra that were danced among gypsies and mores in the caves of the sacramonte, and the solemn soleares, which became the prayer of the gypsy community. There are styles calles saetas which we sing in precessions and alborea’s at the gypsy wedding.
With Santuario María will celebrate her 25 years on stage as a professional flamenco artist with a month-long international tour through Ireland, Holland, Belgium UK, and Malta. Of course, she will bring her dream team of singer Juan José Amador and Pepe de Pura, guitarist Luis Amador and spectacular dancer Antonio Moreno “”Polito””. For this show, local dancer Andrea da Silva will shine on stage with these Spanish artists.

 

Apr
6
Mon
Postponed – WOMEN CARERS MUSIC PROJECT
Apr 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Women Carers Music Project

The Black Box has been invited as a partner organisation by the Oh Yeah Music Centre to deliver a relaxed and interactive music-based project for women and female-identifying carers.

The project is free to attend, no music experience is necessary just an interest in meeting new people and exploring ways of connecting through music!

The project will be led by you as members of the group supported by experienced musicians and facilitators.

Date; The project will begin Monday 27th January 2-4pm and take place once a week for twelve weeks. You do not have to attend all sessions so don’t worry if you have missed one you can still join in!

Location; The sessions will take place at the Black Box venue, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA.

Session structure; Each session will be structured like this: First half-hour: Tea/Coffee and an opportunity to chat with the rest of the group, then a one hour relaxed Music Workshop which will take on a number of themes/topics/styles determined by the group’s interests and then another half hour for tea/coffee and more opportunity for chat at the end.

Session One: ‘Introduction to Music and Music Making’ with Seonaid Murray.

We will discuss our favourite types of Music – feel free to bring any of your favourite albums with you for a ‘Desert Island Discs’ style session!

Session Two: ‘Dance and Movement’ with Charmaine McMeekin.

Charmaine is one of our most popular facilitators. She always brings a lot of fun, great tunes and creative freedom to her sessions!

Session Three: Tessa Ann from The Sound Healing Spa.

Tessa will bring along ‘singing bowls’ and relaxation techniques to this calming and soothing ‘sound bath’

Sessions Four – Twelve will be developed from the interests of the group

If you want to bring the person you care for with you, there will be a multi-sensory workshop with adults 18+ with learning disabilities taking place alongside the session in the room next door. If you are unable to attend because of your caring responsibilities please get in contact with us to see what we can arrange to enable you to take part.

If you are interested in finding out more, registering for the project, or want to ask any questions, please email Seonaid at [email protected] or give us a call! 02890244400

Apr
11
Sat
Mini Moon – Postponed
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm

 

Due to the changing situation relating to COVID-19 we have decided to temporarily postpone Mini Moon events until further notice. Please keep an eye on the Black Box social media platforms for further information. 

 

All the fun and craic of Black Moon but this time for the wee ones!

If you have a young child with any kind of disability why not join us for an afternoon boogie?

The music will be low, there are coloured lights & moving visuals, soft cushions, sensory toys, bubble machines, and lots of dancing and enjoying ourselves.

The Green Room will be open to grab tea, coffee or juice or if you just need a chill out from all the dancing!

Mini Moon is a free, monthly event and supported by Children In Need. 

 

POSTPONED-Kill Your Darlings
Apr 11 @ 3:00 pm
POSTPONED-Kill Your Darlings @ The Green Room

“In writing, you must kill your darlings.” – William Faulkner

A Saturday afternoon comedy show that forces the very best in local comedy to craft sets of entirely brand new material, thus killing their darlings in the most brutal fashion possible.

Doors: 3.00pm / Show: 3.30pm

Apr
14
Tue
Black Moon – Postponed
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm

 

Due to the changing situation relating to COVID-19 we have decided to temporarily postpone the April Black Moon event. Please keep an eye on the Black Box social media platforms for further information. 

Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills.
 
The club is on the first Tuesday of each month (usually) and is from 7pm to 10pm. It is £3 entry and £1 entry for parents and carers. If you would like to arrange for a group to come along please get in touch!
Black Moon is an inclusive event. Over 18s only. Please drink responsibly.
There are also Black Moon discos in Omagh, Armagh, Newcastle and Clandeboye Estate. If you would like some further information please contact [email protected]
Apr
16
Thu
postponed-Story Party
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

“At Story Party you will hear true dating stories that will make you feel better because, let’s be honest, it could be worse. Story Party has played to sold out audiences in over 65 countries because the dating struggle is real worldwide! You’ll hear stories from our professional storytellers and some brave audience members.

We are in town for a short time only so grab your tickets. You’ve had enough coffee dates to master the art of fake laughing now come to our show and laugh for real!

— — — Wanna share your story? — — —

If you’re dying to share your story write it down anonymously on our confession slips on the night and we will read them out loud so you don’t have to.

Or you can submit your #WorstDateStory before the event @ http://storyparty.net and if it makes us giggle we’ll read it at the show, put it on our instagram and it could even make it into the next volume of our book or online as animation.

Need some inspiration? Follow us!

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/storypartytour

Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/storypartytour

— — — Story Party Podcast — — —

For more audience stories and behind the scenes content subscribe to our podcast wherever you prefer to listen!

iTunes: http://bit.ly/StoryPartyPodcastiTunes
Spotify: http://bit.ly/StoryPartyPodcastSpotify
GooglePlay: http://bit.ly/StoryPartyPodcastGooglePlay

— — — What are people saying about Story Party? — — —

What. A. Night. My abs still hurt from the great laughs.. Amazing content. Amazing stories. I recommend this show to everyone!!!
– Nobubele from Johannesburg 🇿🇦

Definitely a class apart from all the comedy shows or storytelling acts I’ve ever watched! Thanks for a brilliant show, come back to India soon!
– Megha from Bombay 🇮🇳

“”Thanks for a brilliant night and pulling me out of my comfort zone (to shake like a leaf on stage and tell my story) – definitely will remember this one… Fun night for sure 🤣 👍””
– Claudia from Prague 🇨🇿

“”I only got interested in this show because they speak my language – sarcasm 😎 it was awesome. Ppl with no filter at all telling their stories and its hilarious 🤣🤣 Thank for the laugh guys👍 “”
– Helina from Hamburg 🇩🇪

“Funny cuz it’s true! This show is so relatable 😂 single, in a relationship or in between, you shouldn’t miss this! Thanks for a night of good laughs..! 👏🥂
– Karoline from Oslo 🇳🇴

“Have seen 2 shows so far and will go to the next one! Loved it, keep it going 😁”
– Samantha from Perth 🇦🇺

“The show was amazing! Can’t wait for the next one”
– Danyel from Vancouver 🇨🇦

“My cheeks still hurt! Will def come back!”
– Claudia from Boston 🇺🇸

“I haven’t laughed so hard in such a long time 😁😁”
– Clare from London 🇬🇧

Had an amazing time on stage! thank you all so much for letting me come up on stage to tell my failed dating stories
– Ramond from Singapore 🇸🇬

— — — Frequently Asked Questions — — —

IS IT OPEN SEATING?
Yup. Get your butt there early and your butt gets good seat.

HOW LONG IS THE SHOW?
2 hours. Sometimes longer. Sometimes shorter #LengthMatters

DO I HAVE TO PRINT MY TICKETS?
No. Just show them on your phone. This ain’t 1997.

CAN I COME IF I’M IN A RELATIONSHIP?
Yes.

DOES THE SHOW CONTAIN STRONG LANGUAGE?
Yes.

IS THE SHOW IN ENGLISH?
Yes.

CAN I COME ALONE?
Yes.

WILL IT BE GOOD?
Yeah, Kevin Hart will be there.

WILL KEVIN HART REALLY BE THERE?
No.

IS THIS A SPEED-DATING EVENT?
Definitely Not.

CAN I TELL A STORY?
Maybe. At the show we have papers to share your story or roll a blunt.

CAN I BRING MY DATE?
Yes, invite them all. Dating is a numbers game. #RealTalk”

Apr
17
Fri
POSTPONED-BlackBoxRecorder- Junk Drawer
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm

With the imprint of Krautrock, post-punk, and psychedelia, Belfast’s Junk Drawer play intuitively loose and idiosyncratic indie rock that mines anthems from their crate-digging tendencies. Featuring four multi-instrumentalists & vocalists fluid in their roles, they’re driven by the inevitable harmony and discordance that comes from the sibling creative rivalry at the helm.

Launched as part of Black Box Recorder on Friday, April 17th, Junk Drawer’s ‘Ready For The House’ is released via Art For Blind records, with lead single ‘Year of the Sofa’ (described as a ‘slo-mo guitar pop jewel’ by CLASH) winning Best Single at the NI Music Prize 2019, making them the first DIY band to take home a prize at the annual ceremony. Across eight tracks, the band filter their typically broad range of influences to deliver a brutally honest, yet sardonic exploration of some stone-cold classics: anxiety, depression, social conscience, chronic illness and identity.

Tickets £6. Ticket + Ready For The House (Vinyl) LP £20 (collect LP on the night)

Support on the night comes from the Bonk and Big Daisy.

THE BONK

The Bonk is a musical project based around compositions by Waterford musician and songwriter, Philip Christie. Gathering influences from 60’s garage, jazz and experimental pop, recursive rhythms and improvised melodies are brought together in loose minimalist song forms.

The group’s first collection of recordings, The Bonk Seems To Be A Verb, was released as a limited edition cassette via Drogheda label thirtythree-45 in October 2017. In the time since, the band has been recording new material for a planned release in 2020. May Feign, the latest single from this new clump is available as a digital download from Bandcamp.

https://thebonk.bandcamp.com/

BIG DAISY

Big Daisy are a Belfast based noise pop band, born out of a mutual love for whiny lyrics and big noisy sounds. Sometimes ripping off Weezer’s Blue Album but mostly spewing regrets about life. Formed in Jan 2020.

https://bigdaisyband.bandcamp.com/

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Film Hub NI BFI Cinema Children In Need