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Castlereagh Arts

Bursary applications are now open for

The 26th John Hewitt International Summer School & Literary Festival

to be held in

Marketplace Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh

Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July 2013

Castlereagh Arts is offering a bursary to enable those with a passion for literature and the arts, to study with up to 400 like-minded people within the inspirational and dynamic surroundings of the Marketplace Theatre and Arts Centre in Armagh. The winner of the bursary will pick and choose from an impressive line-up of workshops, master classes, talks and debates all taking place from Monday 22nd until Friday 26th July in morning, afternoon and evening sessions.

When the John Hewitt Sumer School was founded at Garron Tower in Co Antrim 26 years ago this year, little did the organisers think that, it would become one of the leading attractions on the Irish calendar of literary festivals and summer schools. The Summer School offers  a weeklong programme of workshops, readings, talks, debate and discussion, drama, music and exhibitions from more than 30 top writers, speakers and artists from across Ireland and beyond.

The Bursary is open to all those with a keen interest in literature who were born, live or work in the Castlereagh Borough, and promises to be both informative and entertaining with an inspirational mix of sessions. Enthusiasts of all ages, disciplines and abilities are invited to apply. The lucky recipient of this bursary will be eligible to receive complimentary accommodation for the duration of the Summer School, refreshments including breakfast and lunch, and free entrance to the entire programme of exciting events.

Carlo Gebler, Meabh McGuckian, Neil Shawcross, Simon Armitage and Paul Bew are among the well-known names booked to appear at this year’s event.

A John Hewitt poem: The Search, has provided the apt theme for this year’s Summer School in Armagh, Living Among Strangers: the Lost Meaning of Home:

            …It’s a hard responsibility to be a stranger;
To hear your speech sounding at odds with your neighbours[…]

Often you will regret the voyage,
wakening in the dark  night to recall that other place …

Talks and discussions are, as always, an important part of the Summer School and will include high-profile, internationally renowned speakers, poets, artists and architects from as far afield as America, Somalia and Poland.

The Creative Writing Workshops by established writers have become a highlight of recent Hewitt Summer Schools and, thanks to the support of the Open University and the University of Baltimore, the organisers have increased the number of options on offer to six writing courses – Poetry, Prose, Screenwriting, Playwriting and Memoir. And in response to many demands, the Reading Group with Maureen Boyle has been reintroduced to this year’s Summer School.

Applications are now open
For Criteria and more information contact:

Caroline Reid
Community Arts & Outreach Officer.
Castlereagh Borough Council
Phone: 028 9049 4566
Fax: 028 9049 4555

Closing Date for Applications: 12 noon on Friday 28th June 2013




To view Creative Castlereagh Summer 2013 Arts Brochure, click on the link below:

Creative Castlereagh Summer 2013 Arts Brochure Creative Castlereagh Summer 2013 Arts Brochure

Castlereagh Arts is kicking off its Summer Season in style with a jam packed programme of Community Arts events designed to engage, enthrall and entertain community members of all ages. This ‘something for everyone' lineup includes live performances, film screenings, craft workshops, training sessions, pop up programmes, exhibitions and free arty antics on offer to schools and community groups across the Borough.

The Season is swinging into action with the East Belfast Jazz Festival, presenting two nights of fantastic music and jazz. Both evenings will feature wonderful entertainment provided by the  Ormeau Concert Band, Swing Easy Jazz with Marty Wilson on trombone (Saturday 6 April) and the Downshire Jazz Band featuring Linley Hamilton on trumpet and the distinctive vocals of Caroline Brown (Friday 12 April). Both events will take place at the Civic Centre at 8pm with tickets costing, £8.  Booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Following the success of our past Season, lovers of all things crafty are invited to join our Castlereagh Community Crafts Club where you can learn jewellery making, glass embellishment and much more. The classes will run for 6 weeks at the Tullycarnet Community Centre, beginning Tuesday 7 June from 10am-12pm, £2 per session.

Staying with the theme of crafts we are delivering free ‘train the trainer’ style workshops, ideal for community group leaders, play workers, carers, scheme leaders, centre staff, in fact anyone who might be interested to get you armed with fresh ideas and the necessary skills to deliver exciting arts workshops including clay, textiles and kids cards back to your group. Workshops are happening across the Borough check out our website for more information www.castlereagh.gov.uk.

Not forgetting schools across the Borough: you are encouraged to sign up for free workshops in African Drumming to experience the positive, energetic and vibrant rhythms and traditions of African culture. Participants will learn to play a wide range of authentic African drums and various other hand percussion instruments in a fun, relaxing, safe and supportive environment.

If film is your thing then why not join us for two magical evenings of cinema as we throw back to another era. We invite you to our cabaret cinema, with its small candlelit tables and a welcome drink before enjoying the amazing performances of The Pasadena Roof Orchestra (Friday 9th August) and Elvis Presley- Aloha from Hawaii (Friday 16th August) on the Big Screen. Both screenings will be held in Castlereagh Civic Centre at 7pm with tickets costing£3/£2 concession.

Lastly if you are looking for a fun and FREE way to entertain your family? We will be hosting the first Family Open Arts day Sat 29 June 12- 4pm at Cregagh Community Centre. This jam packed day will sample craft workshops for all the family, dance workshops including a Baby Rave, Hip Hop, and an Old Time Tea Dance, Teddy Bear Pic Nic Style Storytelling, two live puppet Performances, The Downshire Jazz Band Featuring Linley Hamilton, The Ormeau Concert Band and a delicious BBQ for all the family.

To reserve tickets for any of the above events, to receive a copy of the full season brochure or to be added onto our arts mailing list contact the Community Arts & Outreach Officer on 028 90 494550 or email arts@castlereagh.gov.uk


T: 028 90 494550
E: arts@castlereagh.gov.uk






Living Local Exhibition Opening & Artist’s Talk


Thurs 28 Mar



Moneyreagh Community Centre



East Belfast Jazz Festival-Marty Wilson & The Easy Swing Band

Sat 6 April


Function Suite, Castlereagh Civic Centre


East Belfast Jazz Festival-Linley Hamilton And The Downshire Band

Fri 12 April


Function Suite, Castlereagh Civic Centre



Cabaret Night


Fri 19 April



Function Suite, Castlereagh Civic Centre



Community Craft Club


Tuesday 7May – 11 June



Tullycarnet Community Centre


£2 per session

Community Arts Training Session Fathers’ Day Crafts for Children


Thurs 9 May




Downshire Hall



Community Arts Training Session Jewellery Making


Thurs 16 May




Lough Moss Leisure Centre



Community Arts Training Session Drama For Young People


Thurs 23 May




Ballyoran Community Centre



Community Arts Training Session Textile Crafts for All Ages


Thurs 30 May




Cregagh Community Centre



Community Arts Training Session Bringing A Story To Life for Pre-schoolers


Thurs 6 June




Belvoir Activity Centre



Community Arts Training Session
Clay for Kids


Thurs 13 June




Moneyreagh Community Centre



Family Open Arts Day


Sat 29 June



Cregagh Community Centre




Pop Up Programme


Dates To Be Mutually Agreed


Times To Be Mutually Agreed


Community Facilities by Arrangement


Free to Community Groups
Places Limited


Schools Outreach
African Drumming


Dates To Be Mutually Agreed


Times To Be Mutually Agreed


Borough Primary Schools by Arrangement


Free to Primary Schools
Places Limited


Summer Film Festival


9th August
16th August


Function Suite
Civic Centre


£2 per screening


Castlereagh Borough Council, Civic and Administrative Offices, 1 Bradford Court, Upper Galwally, Belfast BT8 6RB
Tel: 028 90 494500 Fax: 028 90 494515 Email: council@castlereagh.gov.uk
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