Page 1

It’s All About People.



“A vision without resources will remain only a dream. Our various funders are to be congratulated for their willingness in helping make our vision become a marvellous reality and thanked for their generosity and enthusiasm.” Rev Bill Shaw OBE

Located on Duncairn Avenue/Antrim Road, the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts is North Belfast’s first purpose-built arts and culture “shared space” venue. The new £3.5 million complex will provide a world-class facility consisting of 3 art studios, exhibition area, community meeting room, 170 seater theatre/performance area, café/bistro and conference rooms. The Duncairn will provide a platform for local and international artists to showcase their work as well as give the local community access to arts and culture programmes of the highest quality. Over the coming years Duncairn will host music concerts, dramas, music, dance, arts & craft workshops/masterclasses. Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts will be a hub of creativity and a centre of excellence for the traditional arts of all of our communities.



174 Trust Management Committee: Heather Carey (Chairperson), David van der Merwe (Treasurer), Geoffrey Kerr (Secretary), Karen Pauley, Rev Prof Patton Taylor, Briege O’Hare, David Read, Mark Houston. Trustees: Rev Prof Patton Taylor, Gavin Pantridge LL.B, Stanley Jackson, Heather Carey.

With the opening of the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, the 174 Trust is about to embark upon a new and exciting period of service for the North Belfast community. Since its foundation in 1983 the Trust has sought to “work with local people, helping them to identify and meet local needs” by providing an inclusive, non-threatening and safe environment for individuals and groups to access programmes and to be involved in a wide range of life enriching activities, where all are valued equally. More info:


THE DUNCAIRN & 174 TRUST TEAM All staff members at both 174 Trust and The Duncairn are united in their interest in community development. We hope to get an opportunity to meet and get to know as many of you as possible on your visits to The Duncairn as well as ensure that your experience is enjoyable. Please feel free to approach us if you have any queries or require any information about our projects, events and facilities.

Finance Officer ext:212

Kenny Herron

Bill has been in post as Director of the 174 Trust for almost sixteen years – during which time the Trust’s profile (and credibility) in the local community has flourished. 174 Trust – and Bill in particular – is committed to ‘Building Peace and Promoting Reconciliation’ (he is both passionate and realistic about peace and reconciliation) through a number of projects, that encourage dialogue and celebrate cultural diversity within the North Belfast community. Bill is a passionate follower and admirer of the arts and is determined to see The Duncairn established as a cultural and creative hub for North Belfast. Email: Phone: 028 9074 7114 ext: 209 ext:204 ext:203

Facilities Manager

Ray Giffen

Bainisteoir Imeachtaí - Events Manager

Linda Duffy ext: 210

Disability Project Co-Ordinator Main switchboard 02890 747114

Evelyn McCarthy Nursery Co-Ordinator

Geoff Kerr

Aisling Robinson

Geoff has been involved in Management within the community/voluntary sector since 1986. He has been with 174 Trust since June 2007 as Deputy Director and along with managing the finances and building complex he enjoys seeing people develop in their roles within the charity providing support for the staff in their personal development. Email: Phone: 028 9074 7114 ext: 211

Main switchboard 02890 747114

Deputy Director

Donna McGarvie Office Manager

Rev Bill Shaw Director


John Magill

Main switchboard 02890 747114

After Schools Project


DUNCAIRN ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: BARRY KERR In January 2014, the 174 Trust decided to sponsor a community artist in residence at Duncairn. We are delighted to welcome Barry Kerr to the team. Barry’s studio is located on the ground floor near the main Antrim Road entrance to the building. This amazing multi-talented artist will be an important asset to us in helping to build a strong creative community here in North Belfast. Barry will facilitate a series of music, art and instrument making workshops/demonstrations throughout the year. Barry is one of Ireland’s most accomplished traditional musicians. As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and painter he is extremely prolific in his creative output. Having recorded his first solo album at age seventeen he has gone on to tour the world both as a solo performer and in the company of artists such as Cara Dillon, Phil Coulter and At First Light. His songs and compositions have been recorded by the likes of Karan Casey, Flook, Beoga, Brian Finnegan, Damian O’Kane, Kate Rusby. As a painter he is fast becoming an important figure in contemporary Irish art, exhibiting at home and abroad to high critical acclaim. Feel free to call in with Barry to see his work, have a chat and maybe a cuppa if you’re lucky.



OFFICIAL OPENING 1st -4th MAY FÉILE NA BEALTAINE ‘TRADITIONS FESTIVAL’ Welcome to the DUNCAIRN CENTRE FOR CULTURE & ARTS - North Belfast’s own world-class arts venue!

The festival is a celebration of traditional Irish, Scottish and American musical culture that highlights the close links and creative relationship that exists between them.

Thirteen years in the planning... and now we’re ready to go with an exciting programme that will officially launch this new facility and bring the arts into the heart of the community.


As the Director of the 174 Trust it’s long been my dream to make drama, music and the creative arts accessible and allow this medium to create the context for the exploration of ‘culture and heritage’ - not only enriching lives but helping build peace though fostering mutual understanding, tolerance and respect. Rev Bill Shaw – Director 174 Trust Fáilte/Welcome to North Belfast and this, the first Bealtaine Traditions Festival at Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts. It is extremely important to all involved with the festival and Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts that everyone regardless of religious, social or ethnic background has an opportunity to enjoy arts and culture and that this amazing facility is a shared space where all have a voice.

The oldest musical tradition which fits under the label of Celtic fusion originated in the rural American south in the early colonial period and incorporated Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish, Welsh, English, and African influences. Variously referred to as roots music, American folk music, or old-time music, this tradition has exerted a strong influence on all forms of American music, including country, blues, and rock and roll. In addition to its lasting effects on other genres, it marked the first modern large-scale mixing of musical traditions from multiple ethnic and religious communities within the Celtic diaspora. We hope that the Traditions Festival will inspire new musical and creative collaborations here at home and that we can develop this exciting event over the coming years to showcase the amazing array of creative and artistic talent that exists in our wonderful city. Bígí Linn/ Please join us. Ray Giffen - Bainisteoir Imeachtaí/Events Manager.

The Festival will bring a prestigious line up of internationally renowned artists to North Belfast and it is our hope that you will come along to experience, enjoy and be inspired to get involved in the arts.



ROSS AINSLIE & JARLATH HENDERSON Thursday 1st May. 8pm. Tickets £10.

A unique blend of Scottish and Irish newly arranged and composed music for Uilleann pipes, border pipes, whistle and song, that is an up-to-date, contemporary reflection of the state of acoustic traditional music in the 21st Century. Five years on from their first album, Partners In Crime, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson seem to have created, if it were possible, an even closer musical bond with which their Border pipes and whistles and Uilleann pipes and whistles, respectively, can both move the listener profoundly and create an unstoppably exciting momentum. Arguably the most dynamic double-act on today’s Celtic scene, the Scottish/ Irish piping duo have won huge plaudits for their 2008 debut album, Partners in Crime, as well as for their brilliantly incendiary live performances. Ross (Scottish bagpipes, whistles) and Jarlath (Uilleann pipes, whistles) first started playing together in 2003 at Armagh’s William Kennedy Piping Festival, and have since joined forces to create a pipe sound that pushes the boundaries of what both Irish and Scottish instruments can achieve together. In December 2003, Jarlath became the first Irish musician to win the prestigious BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year. Ross Ainslie is a former member of the Grade 1 Vale Of Atholl pipe band. He has since toured with his tutor, the late Gordon Duncan, and was involved in Ivan Drever’s band Clueless before more recently playing with Flook!, Dougie MacLean, Salsa Celtica and India Alba.




Friday 2nd May. 8pm. Tickets £10. Buille are set to embark on a rare, five date tour of Ireland from 30th April - 4th May to mark 10 years of being in existence! The tour will start in the band’s home base of Cork before heading north to their other home of Armagh, and then onto Belfast, Derry and finishing up in Naul, Co. Dublin. The band have bucket loads of new material to try out in preparation for a new album which will be recorded live during the tour so audiences are in for a treat and a few surprises! Buille was formed in 2004 by Armagh-born brothers Niall and Caoimhín Vallely as a vehicle to perform a body of new music composed by Niall. The music was based on traditional forms but freely borrowed stylistic elements from various genres including jazz, blues, Eastern European music and contemporary classical music. The resultant sound was picked up on by Donald Shaw from the group Capercaillie, who immediately offered to produce and release the group’s debut album on his Vertical Records label. The album was released to widespread critical acclaim and received universal rave reviews. The Irish Times wrote: “Buille is as fresh a breath that’s blown through traditional (and roots) circles in a long, long time.” While Irish Music Magazine described it as “a classic of new Irish music.” The group went on to tour extensively across Ireland, the UK, Europe, North America, and Russia, and along the way performed at such prestigious festivals as Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Festival de Cornouaille in Quimper, Brittany, Beo Festival at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. Buille are Niall Vallely (concertina), Caoimhin Vallely (piano), Ed Boyd (guitar) and Brian Morrissey (bodhran).




Saturday 3rd May. 8pm. Tickets £10. Limited Numbers. Belfast based Bréag are celebrating 20 years this year and are joined on stage with Kíla, John Spillane and special guest in a night to remember. Formed initially to raise money for local Irish language schools, Bréag have emerged as one of the most refined and original acts of their kind. They have brought Irish on the world stage with their unique mix of reggae, ska, rock and world music and gained a loyal following among Irish speakers and beyond. Over the last two decades, having performed all over the world, Bréag have developed a Celtic fusion never before heard. The first generation of urban Gaelic speakers in modern Belfast, their Gaelic heritage permeates through their lyrics and music. Bréag give the listener a unique musical experience that attracts dancers to the dancer floor all night long. Buíon Bhéal Feirste, Bréag ag ceiliúradh scór bliain ar an fhód agus a rachaidh ar ardán le le Kíla, John Spillane agus aoi speisialta do cheolchoirm mhór. Banna a tháinig le chéile le hairgead a bhailiú ar son gaelscoileanna, tá Bréag anois ar cheann de na bannaí is éagsúla agus is nualaí dá bhfuil ann. Thar na blianta tá lucht leanúna dílis bainte amach ag Bréag, banna ar éirigh leo an Ghaeilge a thabhairt chuig an stáitse domhanda lena mheascán ceoil de ska, réige, raic agus ceol domhanda. Le fiche bliain anuas, tá Bréag le feiceáil ar ardáin ar fud na crúinne agus táthar i ndiaidh fuaim ar a leith a fhorbairt, atá ag teacht lena gcúlra ceilteach. An chéad ghlúin de chainteoirí Gaeilge uirbeacha a tógadh i mBéal Feirste, tá oidhreacht Gaelach le cloisteáil go láidir i gceol agus i liricí an bhanna. Tá iomrá ar Bréag anois mar ghrúpa a thugann éispearas ceoil ar leith don éisteoir, a chuireann agus a choinníonn na cosa ag bogadh ar feadh na hoíche.




In Association with Brick Row Productions. Sunday 4th May. 8pm. Tickets £10. Hosted by BBC Northern Ireland’s Lynette Fay, this is a celebration of the vast repertoire of Irish emigration songs performed by some of Ireland’s most prolific vocalists. Each song has a story. Love, loss, the search for a better life, hope and despair. All of these emotions are brought to life in the beautiful performances of songs which explore this island’s emigration story, past and present. Mary Dillon, Pauline Scanlon, Damien O’Kane and Barry Kerr perform.



FREE MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS & LUNCHTIME FILM Throughout the Festival we will be hosting a series of free events including music master classes, workshops as well as an exhibition of new work from our resident artist Barry Kerr. From 12.30pm – 1.30pm Fri - Sun we will be showing a series of traditional Irish and Scottish music films/documentaries in the theatre. All welcome. For details of master classes & workshops please check the website, Facebook & Twitter accounts.






Presented by the Real Music Club. Tuesday 8th April. 8pm. Tickets £12. Freddie White has long been synonymous with music of the highest quality. Whether interpreting songs by his favourite writers, such as Randy Newman, Tom Waits, John Hiatt and Guy Clark, or performing his own classy compositions, Freddie’s live performances are nothing short of legendary. Freddie has been part of the fabric of the live music scene in Ireland since the 1970’s and his albums continue to sell well, amongst his loyal and newfound fan base. Born in Cobh, County Cork into a musical family, by age thirteen Freddie was playing in school bands and by seventeen playing professionally. At nineteen, he moved to London, where he busked in subways, and developed his unique voice and guitar style. Tickets are available from The Duncairn and online at;



SEAMUS BEGLEY & JIM MURRAY Presented by the Traditional Arts Co-operative Friday 16th May. 8pm. Tickets £12.

Séamus Begley is one of the most popular Irish traditional musicians, coming as he does from one of the most musically acclaimed Irish families. He is the quintessential Irish musician, an eager storyteller known for his sharp wit and famous for pumping out tune after tune at all night sessions. His repertoire reflects his own place and his style of playing is much influenced by a now gone generation of accordion and fiddle players who came to céilí in his family home. Seamus’s style is unique and he is considered by many to be one of the finest players of the dance music of West Kerry and is never happier than when people are dancing to his music. Jim Murray is one of Ireland’s finest guitarists and his formidable reputation has been established as a player of traditional music - both as a melody player and as an accompanist. In 2001 Séamus and Jim released their first album, the highly acclaimed ‘Ragairne’ which was winner of the 2001 Hot Press Magazine ‘Folk and Trad Album of the Year’ and The Irish Times ‘Traditional album of the Year’. Their highly anticipated second album, Eiri Go La was released in Early 2009 and has received rave reviews to date.



FREE WORKSHOPS : STORIES @ THE DUNCAIRN 11am, Friday 2nd May ‘Morning storytelling event for children. See website for details.’ 11am, Saturday 3rd May ‘Reading Room’ Shared reading taster session. All welcome. The focus is reading for pleasure and sharing stories that allow people to connect – it’s simple and enjoyable, but with huge benefits including improved literacy, good mental health, and social connections between people who might otherwise never have met. Reading Rooms has been brought to The Duncairn in partnership with the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry and the expertise of The Reader Organisation in Liverpool. Stories at The Duncairn: a new project bringing storytelling, creative writing and shared reading to North Belfast. If your group is interested in a taster session or further information, please contact Marnie on 07971 568 573 or Be part of the reading revolution that has come to North Belfast. For more information visit or Facebook page: Stories at The Duncairn.



Located in Studio 2 on the ground floor of The Duncairn, Building Communities is a community development charity that provides programmes to people living in communities across Northern Ireland. Its programme includes community relations, civic leadership, health, well-being and the arts. For more information, please see

The Directory is a social enterprise established to support new opportunities through creative enterprise and the arts. It provides quality creative arts, design and media services for clients through working with the best graduate and postgraduate students from the University of Ulster School of Art and Design. Their focus is on providing opportunities for establishing new careers in the creative industries. They also support people from different backgrounds to access the arts through creative learning workshops and by working in partnership with the community and voluntary sector. For more information, please see



Monday - Friday 8.30am -3pm (extended hours and weekends coming soon)



The brand new refresh cafe/bistro has opened at The Duncairn. From breakfast to dinner the team will ensure you are served high quality food at an affordable price with excellent customer service. The finest local ingredients are sourced to create great tasting food. From homemade scones to delicious mains, you can rest assured that quality is not compromised and value always comes first. Refresh is the centre’s catering partner for all our in house bookings/functions. Prices & menus to suit all your event needs available on request. External catering is also offered at very competitive prices.


HIRE A SPACE Spaces for hire at The Duncairn include, 170 capacity performance/ conferencing area with state-of-the-art PA & lighting system, meeting/breakout rooms & exhibition area. If you are planning a performance, conference/seminar/meeting please give us a call 028 9074 7114 or email

THE FUTURE AT THE DUNCAIRN Over the coming months we will be working up a world-class programme of arts and cultural events. The Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts will be both a producer & receiver of quality arts projects and as well as establishing a centre of excellence for traditional arts, we will ensure that we offer as wide a choice of activities and arts forms as possible through working in partnership with arts and cultural providers from across the city. We hope that you will find something of interest and if you would like to provide us with an idea for a project or would like to programme at the centre please do get in touch.





If you would like to buy a ticket for any of our events, you can do so: Online : visit In Person : call into reception during business hours By Telephone : 02890 747114

CONTACT INFORMATION The Duncairn Complex, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast BT14 6BP. (028) 90 747 114 @DCCultureArtsNB DCACentre



Duncairn Brochure Spring 2014  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you