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21 April 2017


Belfast online arts tour

Join us for the latest in our online series exploring the cultural scenes of UK cities. Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast is home to a lively arts and music scene of global recognition.

This month’s tour includes a look at the work of three Belfast photographers, explores how Belfast’s environment and history have made it one of Europe’s key literary cities and and how it has become the filming location of choice for one of the world's most popular TV programmes Game of Thrones

> Explore the tour



The Winters Tale

On Wednesday night we live-streamed internationally renowned theatre company Cheek By Jowl's production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. In case you missed it you can watch back the stream in English, Spanish or French until 7 May. Directed by the award-winning Declan Donnellan, The Winter’s Tale tells of a delusional and paranoid king who tears his family apart. The tough struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope and initial darkness gives way to joy and a shattering conclusion.

Watch the stream

Saptan Stories

Last year we launched an open call for creative digital ideas to introduce a new, young Indian audience to the best of contemporary UK creativity as part of our UK/India 2017 season. Following input from focus groups with Indian audiences, the successful selected project is Aardman Animations' Saptan Stories. Designed as a mass collaborative arts event, Saptan Stories will inclusively engage the Indian public to create a unique story which will be interpreted and illustrated by 7 standout artists from India and the UK.

Find out more

Different Trains 1947

Marking 2017 as the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, artistic laboratory Metal will present Different Trains 1947. The project is a collaboration between musicians Actress, Jack Barnett and Sandunes, and filmmakers/artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who will perform a new audiovisual composition in response to the events of 1947. Different Trains 1947 will be premiered in Liverpool at an open air concert at Metal, Edge Hill railway station on 28 September 2017 and will then presented at London's Barbican and in India at Magnetic Fields Festival.

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Arts Opportunities

Take a look at our latest international arts opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals and organisations. Current ones include artist residencies, film commissions, bursaries for emerging theatre producers, our Korea and UAE affiliate programmes, travel grants as well as a range of other opportunities. 

Take a look

Virtual Reality filmmaking

With recent analysis forecasting that Virtual Reality (VR) will generate £60bn annually by 2021 it's no surprise that Tribeca Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival have included films using the technology within their programmes. Find out more about current films using VR and what the future might hold for the VR filmmaking industry in this article by BBC Arts reporter Vincent Dowd.

Read the article

BBC Proms to be staged in Hull

For the first time since 1930 the BBC Proms will venture outside of the capital and head to Hull marking its year as UK City of Culture. The Hull concert will bring a celebration of Handel's Water Music to the city and follows a move last year to hold more Prom concerts outside of London's Royal Albert Hall. The other concerts will be held at Southwark Cathedral, the Bold Tendencies multistorey car park in Peckham, Wilton’s Music Hall and Tate Modern.

Read the Guardian article
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