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Calendar

Jan
6
Thu
Online Exhibition- Clare Lyons
Jan 6 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm

Clare Lyons (b.1993) is a visual artist and photographer working between Dublin and Belfast, currently pursuing an MFA in Photography at Belfast School of Art in Ulster University. Clare’s practice finds its concern in the tactile nature of the photographic image. Emphasising the materiality of the photograph, she often explores themes of memory, trauma and her personal struggles with mental illness. Her research includes topics such as emotional trauma and the resulting repression and suppression of memory, and more recently the significance in revisiting the family archive in establishing one’s sense of self in the face of such experiences. Visually, she typically takes the photographic image away from its original form in an attempt to tease out these difficult topics. Clare is a 2019-2020 recipient of the Universities Ireland North/South Postgraduate Scholarship, and since 2021 has been a studio artist at the Emerging Artist Hub in Flax Art Studios, Belfast.

Jan
7
Fri
Exhibition- Herald Black
Jan 7 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

A series of new collages and prints developed from the (de)construct exhibition at the Blackbox Belfast online in May 2020. The work takes reference from the 1970’s Brutalist architecture of the Ulster Museum in Belfast, designed by architect Francis Pym.

The bold collages look at various views of the concrete cubist structure. The multiple planes are broken down in to separate shapes, each piece is treated as an individual component before being reassembled. The sequence of collages explore positive and negative spaces in architecture.

Details of the making process can be seen on Instagram @heraldblack

About heraldblack

Stephen is an artist and printmaker based in East London, graduating from the Belfast School of Art in 1997 having studied textiles. He worked for John Rocha in Dublin later that year, printing fabrics for men’s and womenswear collections. His work background also includes over 10 years home accessories merchandising for Habitat & The Conran Shop before establishing his creative business heraldblack in 2014.

Now printing on paper instead of textiles, he produces a range of hand printed & original monoprints as well as card and poster ranges that are stocked by retailers in the UK, EU & USA. Stephen’s work is also licensed through Bridgeman Studios and East End Prints and has been used by Habitat, Anthropologie, Columbia University Press, LittleBrown Book Group and Pringle of Scotland.

Jan
19
Wed
OTL – Moyra Donaldson/Nandi Jola/Stephanie Conn LIVESTREAM
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

LIVESTREAM EVENT (No audiences will be permitted to the event)

1pm

Available on the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival YouTube Channel Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival – YouTube

 

Stephanie Conn is a graduate of the Creative Writing M.A. Programme at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University. She is the winner of the 2015 Funeral Services NI Poetry Prize, the 2015 Yeovil Poetry Prize, the inaugural Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing and the 2016 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. Her debut collection, The Woman from the Other Side, shortlisted for the 2016 Shine/Strong Award. Her new collection, Off-Kilter, will be published by Doire Press in Spring, 2022.

Moyra Donaldson is an award-winning and critically-acclaimed poet and creative writing facilitator from County Down. She has published eight collections of poetry, and her awards include the Women’s National Poetry Competition, The Allingham Award, Cúirt New Writing Award, North West Words Poetry Award and the Belfast Year of the Writer Award. Her poems have featured on BBC radio and television and on American national radio and television. Her latest collection, Bone House, was published by Doire Press in 2019.

Nandi Jola, originally from South Africa, lives in Portadown. She has had work commissioned for Herstory: Parallel Peace Project (with women’s organisations in Northern Ireland, Palestine and Israel), Transpoesie Poetry Festival, Ambiguities; Six Project and Arrivals 2 (five poems on experiences of emigrants and immigration). She has been a guest on the BBC Art Show and Culture Café. Nandi’s debut collection Home is Neither Here Nor There will be published in the spring, 2022 by Doire Press.

Jan
20
Thu
OTL-NI Opera and the Great American Song Book – LIVESTREAM
Jan 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

LIVESTREAM EVENT (No audience will be permitted to the event)

1pm

Available on the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival YouTube Channel Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival – YouTube

 

NI Opera and the Great American Song Book

The Black Box

Thursday 20 January, 1.00pm

Spend an hour with Northern Ireland Opera in celebration of the Great American Song Book. Journey with us through the works of Rogers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, and Stephen Sondheim.

Join our Artist Development Programme singers accompanied by pianist Frasier Hickland as they perform well-loved standards such as: Almost Like Being in Love, Come Rain or Come Shine, If I Loved You, Get Happy, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, I Hate Music, People, No One is Alone and many more.

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

Jan
21
Fri
Green Room Open
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm

The Green Room is open every Friday and Saturday night from 5pm.

Come down and join us for great craic and an amazing selection of beers.

Don’t miss out on our great offers including discounted craft beers and pints of Guinness for the low, low price of £3.50 between 5 and 7!

 

OTL-The Velvet Underground: Film Screening + VU inspired live show POSTPONED
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. A NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

For further details see CQAF

 

The Velvet Underground: Film Screening + VU inspired live show

The Black Box

Friday 21 January, 8.00pm

£7.00

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We’re delighted to present an evening of velvet drone at Out to Lunch! Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Todd HaynesThe Velvet Underground shows just how this remarkable group became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions: the band is both of their time, yet timeless; literary yet realistic; rooted in high art and street culture.

The film features in-depth interviews with the key players of that time combined with a treasure trove of never-before-seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Warhol films, and other experimental art that creates an immersive experience into what founding member John Cale describes as the band’s creative ethos: “how to be elegant and how to be brutal.”

Following the screening we’ll be serving up a live set from some of our own sonic descendants of the Velvets’ rich legacy.

‘This is a great documentary about people who are serious about music and serious also about art, and what it means to live as an artist.’★★★★ The Guardian

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating 

Jan
22
Sat
OTL-Aja – The Music of Steely Dan ** RESHEDULED **
Jan 22 @ 2:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO 8TH MAY 2022

For further details please  CQAF 

 

Aja – The Music of Steely Dan

The Black Box

Saturday 22 January, 2.00pm

£12.00


Aja, taken from the classic and iconic Dan album, is an 8 piece musical powerhouse of a band whose members have over 40 years experience in the business.

They replicate in incredible detail the original recordings of the legendary Steely Dan. Aja have been performing these classic songs for over 13 years and have grown accustomed to packed houses of music lovers of all ages and genres.

Original guitar, brass, keyboard solos and vocal harmonies are as true as can be to the original album recordings. Their 2-hour set generally consists of the entire Aja album in the first half and is a sight and sound to behold.

Aja are Gerard Farrelly – Keyboards, Alan Cunningham – Drums and Percussion, Colm Lindsey – Guitars, Mark Wilde – Saxes, Serge Stavilla – Saxes, Tommy Moore – Base and Vocals, Sinead Stone – Vocals, John Graham – Lead Vocals.

Doors 1.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

Green Room Open
Jan 22 @ 5:00 pm

The Green Room is open every Friday and Saturday night from 5pm.

Come down and join us for great craic and an amazing selection of beers.

Don’t miss out on our great offers including discounted craft beers and pints of Guinness for the low, low price of £3.50 between 5 and 7!

 

Jan
23
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour

STARTS FROM: OUTSIDE THE DUKE OF YORK, COMMERCIAL COURT, BELFAST

START TIME: 12 NOON, (2HR), FINISHING AT BLACK BOX

 

Belfast is a weird, passionate, messed up place. The legacy of our conflict is about more than people, it’s about place. It’s about how the people of Belfast navigate this divided city, and how we build shared spaces for people of all backgrounds to co-exist.

If you spend any time in Belfast you’ll know that it’s walls are covered in art. Often this art has been used to mark territory for one side or the other but recently, alongside this, something transformative has been bubbling. Street artists from across the globe have joined a new breed of Belfast based street artists to leave their mark on the city, and in particular in the Cathedral Quarter where the annual festival Hit the North takes place.

As curators of this festival Seedhead Arts know the artists, the stories, and perhaps most importantly the need to forge a new narrative for Belfast. Our Street Art Walking Tour forms part of that narrative. This art speaks of love, of laughter, of anger, of beauty and of defiance but most of all it speaks of Belfast and the place that it’s becoming.

Join us for a gently paced, two hour walk around the ever changing face of Belfast Street art every Sunday at noon, leaving from the red benches on Commercial Court (beside the Duke of York)

For more information email [email protected]

 

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OTL-Sam Baker – ** POSTPONED **
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. A NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUCNED SHORTLY.

Further details can be found at CQAF

 

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE REAL MUSIC CLUB

Sam Baker

The Black Box

Sunday 23 January, 2.00pm

£16.00


Sam Baker makes people happy. The characters in his songs face many challenges—alcoholism, car wrecks, racism, drug addiction, a mother’s abandonment—but they persevere. Much like Sam himself.

In 1986 Sam got in the middle of someone else’s war. When a terrorist bomb exploded in his train compartment, he went from being a young, healthy, tourist enjoying Peru with friends to a broken man surrounded by death and dying. Given his injuries, he too should have died. But through a series of miracles and coincidences he survived.

When the cranial bleed in his brain healed, he had to relearn nouns, and after his right eardrum was replaced, he regained some hearing. With the top of his left hand gone, it seemed that his formerly skillful hands had been transformed into blocks of wood, but eventually those hands learned how to play an upside-down guitar.

Physically, Sam was recovering, but his life was filled with pills, booze, and rage. Then came the voices and messengers that helped him see that the greatest gift is life itself. He learned about forgiveness. He needed to tell his story. Songs started to come from that upside-down guitar. Before he knew it, there were CDs, tours around the world and awards in Rolling Stone.

Sam feels compelled to tell his story—through his music, art, or any means possible—to one person at a time, or to thousands from a festival stage.

A Sam Baker show is a celebration. Some songs tell of everyday people who survive life’s daily challenges; others are stories of growing up in a small Texas prairie town. All his shows are an acknowledgment and appreciation of the pure joy that comes with people gathering to listen to live music. Out to Lunch is delighted to welcome Sam to Belfast.

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

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