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Downshire on Street Space 6.30PM
Downshire on Street Space 6.30PM
- Sonja Sleator brings stories to life through her lyrics, melodies and music
- Rock Project NI not performing as appears in printed programme
- Coastlands Elim Church Band not performing as appears in printed programme
- Sullivan Upper Traditional Group perform live music
- Community Tribal Drummers entertain the crowds with lively rhythms
- Language Games with Holywood Irish Society
- Priory Drama perform sketches and a dance musical mash up of crowd pleasing classics
We'd like to thank our local businesses for their continued support this year. Call in and check their social media for all the exciting details of their events and look out for Holywood's Best Dressed Culture Night Window Display!
To get you in the mood from around 3.30PM onwards look out for some sweet sounds along the Holywood High Street! We'll have music from Ben Cutler, Lucy Robinson, Gary Maxwell & Folkadelic
This year, in addition to our excellent Holywood Culture Night favourites we have cooked up some new recipes we hope you'll enjoy!
Thunder Action Sports specialize in big crowd entertainment with a fully mobile stunt show hand made in Belfast with the very best in Irish & British Action Sports talent to ensure a jaw dropping experience! Meet local BMX Legend Joel Harper & insanely talented home grown Thunder Talent featuring international special guests at Holywood Culture Night 2017! AMAZING PRIZES TO BE WON with the chance to experience a FREE BMX Coaching Masterclass from the Stunt Show team! Expect plenty of upside down action, high airs and adrenaline flowing from start to finish. Thunder Action Sports Show will be running from 6-9PM at the Belfast end of High St
Myra Zepf & Fighting Words Belfast @Homebird Cafe calling on budding writers and storytellers of all ages! Fighting Words Belfast is bringing the ever popular 'Longest Story Ever Told' to Holywood with the help of Myra Zepf, the first Children’s Writing Fellow for NI. Where can you take a story in a minute? Take up where the last writer left off and add your own characters and plot twists in just 60 seconds. Brilliant fun for all! Find out more about Fighting Words Belfast, the creative writing centre for young people www.youngatart.co.uk This event takes place from 4-5PM at Homebird Cafe
Strand Arts Centre Pop Up @Holywood Fire Station, join the Strand Arts Centre’s big family party at the Fire Station with magic tricks, balloon animals, green screen, live music, short films and, most importantly, free popcorn! Strand Arts Centre will bring a touch of movie magic to Holywood Culture Night. Still showing the best in new film releases, Northern Ireland’s only remaining art deco cinema has recently expanded its programme to include live theatre, music, Silver Screenings for seniors and a free Saturday Minors Club for children. This event is from 6-8.30PM at the Fire Station
Street Ceili, watch our fantastic local musicians get the High Street dancing! Brendan Monaghan, pipes & whistles; David Muldrew, guitar; & Brian McAteer on fiddle and keys, along with a Caller to guide you, will be playing a set of songs and dances to get your feet moving. It doesn’t matter whether you know a reel from a jig or your left foot from your right – you can join in the fun! Come along to the Downshire On Street space at 7.15PM for some lively ceili action & a bit of craic!
Closing Chorus Finale, be part of Holywood Culture Night's Big Sing & help us make Holywood history! At 8.45PM the Hub Choir, Bangor, alongside Priory Singers, Holywood, will be leading a ‘big sing’ finale to finish this year's Culture Night in style! The Library Stage will be the epicentre for our Holywood community rendition of 'Sing', a piece written and composed by the Hub Choir. Come & be counted for the 2017 inaugural record and help to set the bar for years to come. Whether you’re a secret shower warbler or have a voice to rival Elvis. WE WANT YOU! find out more
After 9PM @The Bay Tree, after all the excitement, wind down with a soothing cocktail that includes classical music & spoken word. Refreshments available. Capacity for this special event is limited & will operate on a ‘first come first served’ basis. The After 9 acts are:
Ruth is a renowned harpist from Belfast. She graduated from Durham University with a first class honours in her final recital. She has toured Ireland and Europe with the Irish Harp Orchestra and performed with Alfie Boe at the Titanic Commemoration Concert in the Waterfront Hall.
Jane reads an abridged version of her dramatic monologue, Farm Girl, which was written for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017. Based on a little known episode in local history, its fictional narrative focuses on a woman who, as a seven-year-old child, escaped from Vienna on the Kindertransport and was brought to a farm in Millisle where a number of Jewish refugees found safe haven during World War II.
Classical Guitar Society of Northern Ireland
The Society was founded in 1988 by David McKittrick and Jim McCullagh, pupils of classical guitar tutors Edwin Mitchell and Gerry O’Gorman at the Belfast School of Music. Early performances given by Norman Watson, Sam Moreland and John Feeley. The Society is now based at the Ulster College of Music and recent performances include the Waterfront Hall, the Ards Guitar Festival, the Great Hall at Stormont and on BBC Radio Ulster.
Chris is a photographer from Ballyholme, he also works in film and television, as well as teaching photography. He completed his Masters degree with distinction at the Belfast School of Art in 2014 and career highlights include his exhibition in Void Gallery Derry, curated by Turner prize winner Mark Wallinger 2015; Dali Photo Festival China 2015; and Le Point Art Organisation, Aleppo 2015.
The McGinn Sisters
The trio of Bangor sisters are a Traditional Irish Music group: Dearbhla, Whistle/Flute; Catherine, Violin; and Aoifeon, Harp. Their repertoire goes beyond traditional Irish and includes, folk, classical and contemporary music. They released their first album, The Beginning in January 2015.
A big thank you to all our Holywood Culture Night performers, local businesses and organisations across all the stages, spaces, nooks and crannies, whose tireless efforts we hope will entertain and delight you!
Holywood Culture Night is a Holywood Shared Town initiative, made possible through community and local business partnership, a team of dedicated volunteers and our generous sponsors and funders.