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I'm Heather McGarrigle and this is my blog - a colourful celebration of culture, crafting and creativity in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Visiting Hours: Razz My Berries Rockabilly Bash!

Visiting Hours: Razz My Berries Rockabilly Bash!

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Last Friday night saw Lisburn's R-Space Gallery playing host to a low-down, dirty, rock n' roll razzmatazz! Up-and-coming events organisers Extravaga once again pulled off a fun and imaginative little night in the heart of my home city, with a vintage-and-handmade market, a fortune teller, hot food and some good old blues and rock n' roll to round it all off.

Only a few months ago their debut event, a comedy night in Lisburn with local stand-ups Colin Geddis and Micky Bartlett was a roaring success.

This follow-up was something completely different, but equally well-received. I divided my night between.....

The Market...

The youngest trader, but by far the most colourful! Melysa (pictured) and Elyse made all of these accessories and jewellery pieces themselves. Very talented young ladies!

The wonderful Wonder Scents with their handmade scented wax hearts.

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Gorgeous crocheted cosiness from Ffrog Creations!

Va-va-vintage from R-Space owner Anthea, with this beautiful selection of clothes for sale.

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...and The Music

A cracking opening set from Guitarbuckle, delivering an eclectic mix of original songs and blues and rock covers.

The Hard Chargers finished the night off in style with a rocking set of roadhouse blues!

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With more and more great events and initiatives like this happening all the time, Lisburn is slowly but surely developing its own unique arts, culture and entertainment scene and The Patchwork Quill is very proud to be an active supporter of these green shoots of progress.

If you would like to find out more about what's happening in Lisburn, please look up the Lisburn Creative Collective on Facebook or come along to the next meet-up on Thursday 4th September at 7.30pm, upstairs in the Favourite Bar on Bridge Street

If you want more evidence of Lisburn's burgeoning cultural life, check out the packed programme for Culture Night Lisburn.

In particular, cast your eye over page 7 - see if you recognise anybody......

Knit addicted, I could quit any time...

Knit addicted, I could quit any time...

Monday Makes: Origami with Japanese Papercraft

Monday Makes: Origami with Japanese Papercraft