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Creativity Month is a celebration of creativity and the Creative Industries in Northern Ireland every March.

Uploaded! Creators Day / Little Inventors / Libraries NI Creative Residencies / Create Your Career / Belfast Children’s Festival / Get Creative Festival / Junk Kouture / Idea Jam / Creative Quarter / Northern Ireland Creative & Tech Expo / Urban Art Jam / Intercultural & Anti-Racism Film Festival / Raspberry Jam / Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2018 / The Big Botanic Birthday Bash / RTS Student Television Awards / Enterprise Week / Creative Inspirations Day / Womenfolk

An initiative of the Department for Communities, Creativity Month is held to stimulate new thinking and help creative people, creative ideas and creative businesses emerge and flourish. Creativity Month 2018 will showcase the work of a diverse range of organisations, across government, business, education and the community and voluntary sectors, who are developing creative and innovative solutions to societal challenges. The key theme of this year’s initiative is careers in the Creative Industries and skills. For the full programme with hundreds of events, the latest news and creative opportunities, go to

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Front Cover Image Credit: ‘Head in the Clouds’ © Daniel Smyth NI (Winner of Creativity NI’s 2017 ‘Capturing Creativity’ Competition) March 2018


Career Inspiration

Create your Career March 6 Market Place Theatre Armagh

Thinking of working in the Creative Industries? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from industry experts in design, art, music, digital, innovation, film and more.

NICHE (Northern Ireland Creative & High Tech Expo) March 20 South West College Enniskillen Bringing together digital creative representatives including animators, 3D artists, character artists, VFX artists for a day of workshops, keynotes and networking.

Urban Art Jam March 3

BITCNI Creative Inspirations Day

Creative Quarter March 22 Duncairn Arts Centre Belfast Creative Quarter by Digital DNA empowers young people (14-18 year old) to realise their potential as the next generation of global tech leaders while educating them on how to get there.

Uploaded! Creators Day

Made in City 2018 TBC North West Regional College Derry˜Londonderry Made in City Records, run by music production students at NWRC, will deliver a new release launch event and a day of music industry seminars/workshops from guest professionals, offering their insights and guidance to those pursuing careers in the creative industries.

March 30 Nerve Centre Derry˜Londonderry

Southern Regional College Lurgan

March 20 Belfast Metropolitan College Belfast

Live street art event and workshop series, led by artists Dermot McConaghy (DMC) and Friz, to inform and engage students and young people that art, design and creative skills are the basis for a young expressive community.

A full day event bringing together employers from the Creative Industries sector to showcase the range of careers options available to an audience of school children and unemployed persons/ FE students.



Join some of the UK’s biggest YouTubers – Jake Mitchell, MillieT, Adam Beales and Lee Hinchcliffe – for an afternoon dedicated to vlogging! Get insights, top tips and practical advice on making it as a digital content creator, participate in intimate group workshops plus meet and greet opportunity. March 2018


Innovative Events Junk Kouture March 6 Millennium Forum Derry˜Londonderry Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk.

Little Inventors Exhibition

Highlight Festivals

TBC TBC Derry˜Londonderry

Belfast Arts Weekender

Taking children’s invention ideas and making them a reality! Nerve Centre has been working with over 250 young people from local primary schools to inspire and support their wonderful imaginations. Their ingenious, fantastical, funny and practical invention ideas will be turned into real prototypes for this unique pop-up exhibition.

Bog Standard March 24 Farset Labs Belfast

March 2 – 3 & 10 – 11 Various Venues Belfast

Two packed weekends of creative events across Belfast, aiming to animate different corners of the city through a varied range of interesting and free collaborative cultural events.

Enterprise Week March 5 – 11 Various Venues Derry˜Londonderry & Strabane

Full day workshop introduces design thinking concepts in a concrete manner; exploring the design considerations of the humble bathroom.

Enterprise Week will celebrate and explore how digital technology is bringing new opportunities for Derry and Strabane.

Idea Jam

March 7 – 11 Clayton Hotel Belfast

Annual music festival celebrating the art of songwriting in a series of concerts, showcases and music events.

Belfast Children’s Festival

March 31 Farset Labs Belfast

March 9 – 14 Various Venues Belfast

A chance for creators, designers and developers to clear all distractions and finally sculpt that secret, nebulous idea you’ve been chipping away at for years into that’s ready to pitch and take it to the next level.


Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

One of the leading children’s arts festivals in the UK and Ireland, offering up a feast of cultural treats for ages 0 – 14. March 2018


Féile an Earraigh March 12 – 18 Various Venues Belfast

Belfast’s Spring Festival returns to animate the city with Irish traditional music sessions and dancing, master-classes, concerts, exhibitions, literary events, youth events and more.

Imagine 2018: Festival of Politics and Ideas March 12 – 18 Various Venues Belfast

A week-long festival celebrating the role of the citizen in local political and cultural life through workshops, film, comedy and lively debate.

Oscillations & Modulations A Festival of Synthesisers March 20 – 21 Various Venues Derry˜Londonderry A two–day festival of synthesisers and electronic music, taking place in various locations throughout the city of Derry˜Londonderry

Get Creative Festival 2018 March 17 – 25 Various Venues Northern Ireland

March 24 The Playhouse Derry˜Londonderry Interactive day of street art, graffiti and illustration. Expect live demos, taster sessions and pop-up art shop, ending with an evening of live art battles, music and beers!

Foyle Film Festival Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme March 20 – April 6 Various Venues Derry˜Londonderry

Building on the success of last year’s Get Creative Weekend and our own Voluntary Arts Festival in recent years, the new Get Creative Festival will be a merger of these two major events.


Street Art Pop-up Festival

An important annual programme of international films, documentaries, presentations, workshops, and outreach screenings, aimed at embracing diversity in all its forms. March 2018


Maker Events

Arts and Crafts at HMS Caroline

Creativity Month Special

March 30 – April 2 HMS Caroline Belfast

Themed around ‘Blucher the Rabbit’ (who lived on board with the crew during the First World War), a range of exciting arts and crafts events will be running across the Easter Weekend.

Digital Drop-in

Raspberry Jam


March 2 – 30 Fab:Social Shantallow Derry˜Londonderry

March 3 & 24 Queen’s University Belfast

March 14 Fab:Social Shantallow Derry˜Londonderry

Call into Fab:Social any Friday afternoon in March for a chance to use machines such as a 3D printer, laser cutter and vinyl cutter, with the help from mentors to start your own creative projects.

Whether you want to try out computer programming for the first time, hack some electronics or just generally have some fun inventing, we have something for everyone!

Learn the basics of laser cutting, vinyl cutting and 3D printing and how you can use it to create your own crafts.

Midtown Makers


March 3 – 31 Midtown Makers Studio Ballymena

March 25 Ulster Museum Belfast

A series of creative workshops to nurture your inner crafter. Includes wire work, wet and needle felting, hand-stitching, polymer clay and crochet.


Creativity Month Craft Series

This marathon of creativity will have everything from singing, dancing, knitting, patchwork quilting, weaving and painting to kite making, tango, Zumba and Henna art!

March 2018


Conferences, Talks & Seminars Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2018

Small Town Big Dreams: Live Podcast March 27 The Black Box Belfast

Join Graeme Watson and Karishma Kusurkar for an informal evening, with a panel of talented local creatives, exploring Belfast’s global creative potential.

March 8 Galgorm Resort & Spa Ballymena

Grainne Kelly, Norah Casey, Edel Doherty and Tracey Hamilton will join Sarah Travers for a day of inspiration, networking and learning, with thought-provoking insights, and honest advice to help your company

Womenfolk - The Time is Now Panel March 13 Blick Studios Belfast

Interactive panel discussion on encouraging female entrepreneurship within young female designers in Northern Ireland.

RTS NI Student Television Awards March 20 The Black Box Belfast

The annual Royal Television Society (RTS) NI Student Television Awards toasts to the rising stars of the creative industries and celebrate the key relationship between the creative and the education sectors.

Developing the Talents of People with Social Communication Differences for Creative Careers March 21 NI Screen Belfast

Arts & Business NI Creative Showcase Event

Interactive workshop, teaching you how to manage, work alongside or coach people with social communication difference such as Autism, Aspergers or who display related characteristics.

March 14 Grand Opera House Belfast

Eighty81’s Funding & Support Clinic

Join Arts & Business NI to celebrate local existing creative partnerships, and hear winners from the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2018 tell the stories behind their projects and relationships.

March 22 Eighty81 Creative Workspace Derry˜Londonderry Meet a host of organisations to discuss everything, from funding and advice to receiving business support and more.


March 2018


Family Events

The Imagination Lab - Family Special March 9 The Imaginarium Arts Centre Newry

A very special family edition of the Imagination Lab. Come along with the kids and be ready for some creative mess, your imagination is the limit!

Mini Mid-Week Magic

Getting Dressed

March 8 The Black Box Belfast

March 10 & 11 The MAC Belfast

A one-off show to thrill young and old alike. You’ll see close up magic, stage magic and maybe even learn some cool tricks yourself.

Miracoco Luminarium: Architects of Air March 9 – 11 Botanic Gardens Belfast

A monumental walk-in sculpture that invites visitors to explore the dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes.


Second Hand Dance collaborates with dancers, artists and the public to make thought-provoking, joyful and highly visual dance performances for all ages.

Sensescapes March 10 & 11 Crescent Arts Centre Belfast

An installation based interactive and multi-sensory experience and dance performance for babies 3-18 months and their carers.

Cupcakes for Kids Workshop March 24 Down Arts Centre Downpatrick

Join Lindy McMahon on this popular workshop and introduce your kids to the art of cupcake decoration.

March 2018



March 15 & 16 Roe Valley Arts Centre Limavady

This delightful new theatre and dance production is inspired by a true story reported in the New York Times that touched hearts worldwide.

Create and Craft Day March 25 Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Cultra

Watch the Blacksmith, the Carpenter and the Printer at work. Make a willow star to take home, try a bit of weaving, rag-rugging, felt making and other types of crafts.


Libraries NI Celebrates Creativity Month

At a glance MARCH 1

Libraries across NI March 1 — 31

A targeted programme to promote and encourage engagement with the Television and Film Industry. Two Writers in Residence will deliver a number or workshops, information talks with Q&A sessions and 1-2-1 clinics in venues around the province. The primary focus will be to give children aged 14 – 16 more information about this industry as a potential career choice but there will also be sessions open to adults who wish to find out about a more creative career path.

Workshops and Storytelling Performances

Museum of the Moon W5, Belfast

Creative Core Activities Regular interval activities such as Knit and Natter groups, Creative Writing Groups, Mindful Colouring Groups and Poetry Groups.

Get Creative Showcases Bringing together a variety of creative groups that meet in a library to showcase all the activities that are available in a library. For more information please ask for further information at your local library or visit

Creative Classrooms Leaders Nerve Centre, Derry˜ Londonderry

NIPA Print Exhibition 2018 Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart (Runs until Mar 23) Facebook for Business Zymplify, Portstewart

The Business of Writing The Crescent, Belfast

Kids in Control Spring Showcase Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Blues Belfast’s Juke Joint Revival The Sunflower Pub, Belfast Family of Soaps Island Arts Centre, Lisburn One-Day ‘Learn How to Sew’ Beginners’ Workshop Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

Lives in Translation Lyric Theatre, Belfast MARCH 8 Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2018 Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ballymena


Mini Mid-week Magic The Black Box, Belfast

Dance Steps Workshop Waltz The Crescent, Belfast

HRSE Season Ensemble Music Box The Crescent, Belfast

Play Machine Showcase 2018 The Crescent, Belfast

Ones to Watch: Kick-Ass Female Action Heros Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry

Sea Craft Art The Crescent, Belfast The HomePlace Book Club Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy MARCH 5

Women Aloud NI 2018 Various venues across NI MARCH 9 Miracoco Luminarium: Architects of Air Botanic Gardens, Belfast (Runs until Mar 11)

Peaced Together Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena

Free Innovation & Creativity Masterclass Ormeau Baths, Belfast

​ elfast Festival of Learning B Various venues, Belfast (Runs until Mar 11)

Join Me in the Pines (Aka David Geraghty Of Bell X1) The Crescent, Belfast

Ones to Watch: Miller’s Crossing Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry

Horses Lyric Theatre, Belfast (Runs until Mar 11)

Purely Poetry Open Mic Night The Crescent, Belfast

Derry-Strabane Enterprise Week Various venues Derry~ Londonderry/ Strabane (Runs until Mar 9)

Volume Control Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast


I Think I Will Tell You About My Dream Exhibition Ulster University, Belfast (Runs until Mar 14)

Belfast Arts Weekender Various venues, Belfast (Runs Mar 2 – 3 & 10 – 11) Digital Drop-in Fab:Social Shantallow, Derry˜ Londonderry

38th Enniskillen Drama Festival Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen (Runs until Mar 10) MARCH 3 Wet Felted Statement Flower Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena

Raspberry Pi Big Birthday Weekend Queen’s University, Belfast

Clayton Hotel Belfast, Belfast (Runs until Mar 11)


Bring IT On Career Workshop Jack Straws Cafe, Belfast

Storyteller in Residence Liz Weir and other storytellers from Tullycarnet Storytelling will deliver a series of workshops and readings.


World Book Day 2018: A Celebration of Francis Ledwidge Linen Hall Library, Belfast Luminous Soul The Crescent, Belfast

Libraries NI is celebrating Creativity Month with a month-long programme of events that offer the opportunity for adults and children to engage with a range of creative activities across libraries within their network. Two Writers in Residence with Creative Conversations

In Full Bloom Exhibition 2018: Experiences Linen Hall Library, Belfast (Runs until Mar 26)

Chamber Babies The Crescent, Belfast

March 2018

Create Your Career Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh Kids in Control Spring Showcase Lyric Theatre, Belfast Princes Trust Enterprise Programme Information Session Labour Relations Agency, Derry~Londonderry Pottery Workshop 2018 Strule Arts Centre, Omagh MARCH 7 Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival & Convention

Arts Care: Drop-in Art Workshop Linen Hall Library, Belfast

DJ Workshop for Adults with Learning Difficulties The Black Box, Belfast

20th Belfast Children’s Festival Various venues, Belfast (Runs until Mar 14) TYA NI Showcase Various venues, Belfast Digital Drop-in Fab:Social Shantallow, Derry˜ Londonderry

The Imagination Lab Family Special The Imaginarium Arts Centre, Newry





Make Matching Silver Bracelets The Market Place Theatre, Armagh

Paint Your Own Unique Artwork The Crescent, Belfast

Needle Felting Create A Bird Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena

Paper & Felt Flower Making The Crescent, Belfast

Introduction to Digital Photography The Crescent, Belfast

Penny & Rose Hand Stitching Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena Spoke Accidental Theatre, Belfast The Big Botanic Birthday Bash Botanic Gardens, Belfast How to Catch a Star Lyric Theatre, Belfast Acoustic Picnic Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast Coding Workshop for Kids The ARC, Belfast DJ Workshop for Kids The Black Box, Belfast Cahoots NI Presents: Penguins The MAC, Belfast (Runs until Mar 14) Getting Dressed The MAC, Belfast (Runs until Mar 11) Pink & Blue The MAC, Belfast (Runs until Mar 11) Interior Design Tips And Tricks The Crescent, Belfast

Phil Harrison Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy MARCH 12 Peaced Together Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena Quartered: Belfast, A Love Story The Dark Horse, Belfast Imagine! The Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics Various venues, Belfast Féile an Earraigh Various venues across NI (Runs until Mar 18) MARCH 13 Womenfolk - The Time is Now Panel Blick Studios, Belfast MARCH 14 Wet Felted Sea Pod Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena Entitled: The Assessment An Chultúrlann, Belfast

Japanese Calligraphy Workshop The Crescent, Belfast

​ rts & Business NI Creative A Showcase Event Grand Opera House, Belfast

Sensescapes The Crescent, Belfast (Runs until Mar 11)

Crafternoon Fab:Social Shantallow, Derry˜ Londonderry

The Genius Of Michelangelo The Crescent, Belfast The Poetry Of Birds The Crescent, Belfast EGG-tion Hero Ulster Museum, Belfast (Runs until Mar 11) Belfast Arts Weekender Various venues, Belfast (Runs until Mar 11) Garden Obelisk Workshop Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy World Illustration Awards 2017 Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady Make a Tote Bag Workshop Island Arts Centre, Lisburn


MARCH 15 A Brush With Art Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena Ashley Holmes Exhibition Island Arts Centre, Lisburn MARCH 16 Digital Drop-in Fab:Social Shantallow, Derry˜ Londonderry

Sea Craft Art The Crescent, Belfast Writing Fiction: Editing & Everything After The Crescent, Belfast

Oscillations & Modulations Various venues, Derry˜ Londonderry (Runs until Mar 21) NICHE (Northern Ireland Creative & High Tech Expo) South West College, Enniskillen Seminars for Creative Entrepreneurs Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady

Get Creative Festival 2018 Various venues across NI (Runs until Mar 25)

Student Showcase and Craft Sale Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady



Dance Steps Workshop - Tango The Crescent, Belfast Give it a Go! Working with Charcoal The Crescent, Belfast Spring Wreath The Crescent, Belfast Verse Speaking For Actors & Writers The Crescent, Belfast Put On Your Red Shoes & Dance The Blues with Blues Belfast The Sunflower Pub, Belfast Reflections on Station Island Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick MARCH 19 Artists at Work at the Puffin Gallery, Ballycastle The Puffin Gallery, Ballycastle Peaced Together Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena The Sing For Life Get Creative Concert The Crescent, Belfast MARCH 20 BITC Creative Inspirations Day Belfast Metropolitan College, Belfast

Learning from the Penguins Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady

Royal Television Society NI Student Television Awards The Black Box, Belfast

Strabane Drama Festival The Alley Theatre, Strabane (Runs until Mar 24)

Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival 2018 Nerve Centre, Derry˜ Londonderry (Runs until Apr 6)

Developing the Talents of People with Social Communication Differences for Creative Careers NI Screen, Belfast



Needle Felting Market Place Theatre, Armagh

Small Town Big Dreams: Live Podcast The Black Box, Belfast

Learn How to Make Your Mark with Different Media The Puffin Gallery, Ballycastle Julie Murphy Sculptures Mad March Hare WireWork Workshops Midtown Makers, Ballymena Bog Standard Farset Labs, Belfast Raspberry Jam - Creativity Month Special Queen’s University, Belfast Start Writing That Novel The Crescent, Belfast St Jude’s Ward 10 The Crescent, Belfast The Art Of Paper Cutting The Crescent, Belfast

Belfast Guitar Night Presents Adrian Nation The Crescent, Belfast MARCH 28 ​​ Felting Crazy - Needle Felting Create A Bird Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena HRSE Season Ensemble: Ulster Youth Orchestra Workshop And Concert: The Crescent, Belfast Creating and Curating Spaces (Thinking outside the Box) Flowerfield Arts Centre, Coleraine Easter Floral Art Burnavon, Cookstown

Me, You, Us, Them Riverside Theatre, Coleraine

The Crescent’s Big Sing The Crescent, Belfast

3D Printer Handbook Launch Nerve Centre, Derry˜ Londonderry

​Family Ceilidh Wandsworth Community Centre, Belfast

The Gem Blossom: Basic Jewellery Making Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena

East Antrim U3A Arts & Crafts Exhibition Carrickfergus Civic Centre, Carrickfergus


MARCH 22 Flash Fiction Armagh Mulberry Bistro, Armagh Sink Or Swim Accidental Theatre, Belfast Creative Quarter by Digital DNA Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Irish Video Game Orchestra Open Rehearsal Elmwood Hall, Belfast Eighty81’s Funding & Support Clinic Eighty81 Creative Workspace, Derry˜ Londonderry MARCH 23 Arts Care: Drop-in Art Workshop Linen Hall Library, Belfast The Little Prince Strand Arts Centre, Belfast St Jude’s Ward 10 The Crescent, Belfast Digital Drop-in Fab:Social Shantallow, Derry˜ Londonderry

March 2018

Create a Fabric Book for Children Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra Street Art Pop-up Festival The Playhouse, Derry˜ Londonderry

Cupcakes for Kids Workshop Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick MARCH 25 Sensation Theatre of the Victorian Age The Crescent, Belfast The Sing For Life Createathon Concert The Crescent, Belfast Createathon 2018 Ulster Museum, Belfast Create and Craft Day Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra MARCH 26


Polymer Clay Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena Arts and Crafts at HMS Caroline HMS Caroline, Belfast Uploaded! Creators Day Nerve Centre, Derry˜ Londonderry Digital Drop-in Fab:Social Shantallow, Derry˜ Londonderry MARCH 31

Mi Own Corner to Corner Crochet Workshop Part Two Midtown Makers, Ballymena Netty Hill Beginners Crochet Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena IdeaJam Farset Labs, Belfast Belfast Bred Sawers Deli, Belfast HRSE Season Ensemble: Di Fragili Incanti The Crescent, Belfast

Peaced Together Workshop Midtown Makers, Ballymena


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Creativity Month 2018  
Creativity Month 2018