2nd Dec 2019 in Arts
We have now arrived in the last month of the decade! It’s a month chock full of festive fun to be had in Belfast.
From music and comedy to art and film, there is plenty to see in do in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. If you have an event you’d like us to include in our full Events Guide, please send it to us for free here.
Tuesday 3rd December, 7pm @ The Black Box
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!
CQ Comedy Club
Wednesday 4th December, 8pm @ The Black Box
After working in retail for 10 years, Shane Clifford decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet.
The videos dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity through an original, absurd and most of all funny lens and after accidentally attracting a small, but devoted following he decided to give stand up a go.
In the 3 years since he nervously stepped on stage in a tiny room in Killarney and told jokes to 4 American tourists, he has risen quickly performing all over Ireland and appearing at major Irish comedy festivals including Castlepalooza, Cork Comedy Festival and the Vodafone Comedy Festival. In 2018 Shane was a finalist at the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? final at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in October he performed his first solo hour, “Shanes Brilliant Stand Up Show”, to a sold-out audience in Whelans, Dublin.
Having achieved so much in such a short period it is clear that Shane has become one of the most original and exciting new acts in Irish comedy. Click here to find out more and book tickets.
Wednesday 4th December, 8pm @ Oh Yeah Music Centre
In 1971, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, brought producer Jerry Wexler, her backup singers, and the legendary Atlantic Records rhythm section to The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles to record an album of gospel music before an enthusiastic live audience. The result, “Amazing Grace”, went on to become one of the biggest albums of Aretha Franklin’s career and one of her most beloved works.
But even as the album gained fans around the world, few realized that those inspirational sessions had not only been recorded, they had been filmed by a camera crew led by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sydney Pollack. Pollack and his team spent two nights capturing Franklin at the height of her powers, as she thrilled a shouting and dancing audience that included Franklin’s father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, gospel legends Clara Ward and Mother Ward of the Ward Family Singers, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, and the members of The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church.
But due to technical problems, the film has never been seen. Until now.
Amazing Grace is screening as part of MIXTAPE, a season of music films at Oh Yeah Music Centre curated by Feature and supported by Film Hub NI. New screenings on the first Wednesday of every month.
Late Night Art Belfast
Thursday 5th December, 3pm onwards
The last Late Night Art of 2019 and it’s set to be a good one in the Cathedral Quarter! Golden Thread Gallery have their Christmas market and Belfast Print Workshop host the first of their late-night shopping nights, both of which will be offering fantastic, locally-produced arts and crafts to make amazing Christmas gifts. Find out more in our CQ Christmas markets article.
The Engine Room Gallery also launches their Christmas show from 7pm, offering good conversation, the chance to view work from new and familiar artists and to be in the company of people who share a passion for art.
Belfast Exposed hosts the book launch of Clare Gallagher’s latest book The Second Shift, and a conversation with her and Mirjami Schuppert (independent curator) on Thursday from 6pm, with
“The Second Shift is the term given to the hidden shift of housework and childcare primarily carried out by women on top of their paid employment. It is physical, mental and emotional labour which demands effort, skill and time but is unpaid, unaccounted for, unequally distributed and largely unrecognised.”
Pauline Little’s exhibition, Resilient Earth, launches at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios at 6pm during Late Night Art. The paintings present both a documentation of and a meditation on the dormant winter garden, explored through a series of abstract cross-sections of the soil revealing the unexpectedly active life found during this fallow time of year. Free to attend and you can register here.
Sea Holly is open for Late Night Art with Sharon Millar’s stunning exhibition ‘This Island’ from 3pm – 9pm with mince pies and mulled wine on offer for all intrepid late night art seekers, while stocks last!
Craft NI is also opening late, where you can see and shop for beautiful locally-made craft pieces, as well as enjoying the Arts Council NI’s Collection in the exhibition space.