All in CULTURE
This was my first ever visit to Buskfest, although the street-music festival is now in its 12th year, and it was clear to see from the outset why it has been going from strength to strength for so long.
Last weekend, Sat 7 March, I had the pleasure of seeing my home city of Lisburn come to life with colour and creativity. A one-off event - the Music Masquerade - brought street theatre, arts workshops, superheroes, princesses and live music to every corner of the city. There was a samba workshop, pop art classes and a live graffiti art masterpiece happening at R-Space; fire dancing on Bow Street; mask-making in Lisburn Square; animation sessions with Left Hand Cinema in Music Matters...meanwhile Iron Man casually wandered through town posing for pictures!
Finally, here it is - the PQ post about Culture Night Lisburn! I'm sorry it's a fortnight after the event, but what with the beautiful madness of the night, excited preparations for the Blog Awards Ireland ceremony and a stress-tastic couple of weeks in my new day job, I am, quite frankly, a husk of a woman. But a contented husk! Thank you so much to everyone who made the Patchwork Quill Culture Night Lisburn pop-up at R-Space the great success it was.
Every Tuesday you can now experience a local live music night with a difference. The Lisburn Sessions is a weekly free online broadcast of live, original music performed by some of Northern Ireland's best up-and-coming bands and artists.
If you happened to stroll through Dublin's Phoenix Park last Saturday afternoon, you may have found yourself a victim of the mischievous 'Crank Set'...
Belfast is an exciting place to be these days. Year-round, the city is buzzing with arts and entertainment and barely a month goes by without a music or arts festival. Culturally, Belfast has become a world player, and I believe four years of Culture Night Belfast has been a major factor in developing the rich arts-based identity it now enjoys. Just eight miles down the road, little sister Lisburn remains somewhat in its shadow.
The first PQ Q&A is with the two-woman team behind Papergirl Belfast, a lovely initiative aimed at distributing free artworks to members of the public. Jodie Young, a graphic designer, and Julie Steenson, who works in book publishing, tell us how their love of art led them to becoming papergirls...
A more organised blogger would have worked in a summery or sunshiney theme to her weekly crafting post. Me? I let the sewing room go to wrack and ruin, and spent a couple of days taking pictures in the sun. Tenuous link to crafting: I did wear one of my latest clothing creations, my miniskirt, on these trips...
As someone who treasures the vibrant arts culture Northern Ireland now enjoys, I wanted to write a tribute to Mike Moloney.