Charity Art exhibition at Canvas Galleries

Housing Rights in association with Canvas Galleries is hosting a charity exhibition that will run from Thursday 9 November until 11 November 2017.  The exhibition will include a sale of of artwork by local artists who have kindly agreed, along with Canvas Galleries to donate 10% of all sales between 9-11 November to Housing Rights. Housing Rights has been helping people in Northern Ireland deal with housing problems since 1964 and continues its works to improve lives by tackling homelessness and housing problems in Northern Ireland.

The featured local artists being exhibited over the weekend cover landscapes, cityscapes, animals and still life.

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Pink Colour Run for breast cancer research

Hundreds of runners of all ages and abilities from across Northern Ireland have taken part in this year’s Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Pink Run. By now the event is firmly established as a fundraising favourite during breast cancer awareness month, October. As the most common cancer in women in Northern Ireland, 1,200 are diagnosed with Breast cancer every year and about 300 lose their lives.

All the Money raised at the run, hosted by Cancer Focus NI goes towards funding research at Queens University in Belfast. These Researches allow to find alternative treatments and explore better ways of preventing the disease which will increase the options of treatment following a cancer diagnosis immensely.

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Bring the Bid Home #WeAre2023

Belfast City Council along with Derry City and Strabane District Council are bidding for the exciting title of European Capital of Culture 2023!

The European Capital of Culture is awarded every year to countries inside and outside of the EU. Being a European Capital of Culture celebrates not only the arts and cultural events but it has the power to showcase all our cities have to offer on the world stage. Despite being a small country we really do punch above our weight with the impact our people and culture have had on the world. The organisers of the #WeAre2013 campaign know that people are not contained by boundaries drawn on a map, with a sense of belonging and the benefits of the being a European Capital of Culture being extending beyond the city limits in our small but mighty country. By bidding together,  both cities can demonstrate their full power as regional economic and social drivers. It will also create the opportunity to to connect with others and celebrate cities across Europe and the world.

Wining this title will benefit not just the cities but Northern Ireland as a whole. It will continue encouraging positive changes and enhance attitudes and perceptions, promote diversity, grow our economy through tourism and raise our international profile, with the help of regeneration and increased connectivity to the rest of the world.

Some of N.Is biggest names are supporting the WeAre2023 Bid, including Liam Neeson, Carl Frampton, the NI football team, Belfast Giants, Ulster Rugby team, John Duddy, Brendan Coyle, Ian McElhinney, Eamonn Holmes, Roy Walker and Sir Kenneth Branagh

The closing date for submitting our first bid is 27 October 2017, with the winner being announced later in 2018. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your neighbours to visit the WeAre2023 website and back the bid with just one click

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Answer The Call With Bushmills Irish Whiskey

As part of the #AnswerTheCall series, Bushmills, Ireland’s oldest working distillery, has partnered with Ciaran Larkin, a local inventor and entrepreneur, to host ‘Whiskey and Invention’, an intimate event at The Menagerie, Belfast. Attendees will enjoy specially created Bushmills Black Bush serves whilst hearing Ciaran’s exciting journey as an international product designer.

The #AnswerTheCall campaign celebrates local talent, sharing the unheard stories of adventurers, entrepreneurs, artists and creatives, inspiring others to follow their own true calling. Despite graduating with a degree in Electronic Engineering from Queen’s University in Belfast, Ciaran struggled to find his place. He was an engineer on paper, but an artist at heart. He is now the inventor and designer behind and works with American company Hasbro, splitting his time between Belfast and the U.S.

The ‘Whiskey and Invention’ event will take place on Thursday 28th September. For more information on the series and to be in with the chance to attend, visit and register at the events section.




Celebrating Belfast Mela This Bank Holiday Weekend

Belfast Mela took place this Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday 27th August. The annual celebration took place in Botanic Gardens where people from a global range of cultures gathered in their thousands to celebrate their unique and diverse heritages together.

The event hosted a massive range of activities including a ‘Fantasy Forest’ for young children to explore with a variety of nature inspired artistic workshops and a story telling tree. Music was available for all ages, with live performers.

There was a ‘World Food Market’ which offered culinary experiences from all over the world as well as an Artisan market featuring locally produce food from Northern Ireland and a live cookery theatre. The Global Soak had artists from local, national and international backgrounds being represented.

The weekend displayed an impressive array of cultures and had an inclusive atmosphere with something for everyone to enjoy in the heart of Belfast.

New Bar ‘The Tipsy Bird’ Hosts stunning Summer ‘Style Edit’

Style queen Rebecca McKinney and award winning makeup artist Stevie Lennox came together for a second sell out ‘Style Edit’ event – the Summer Edition. Ulster Tatler’s ‘Girl About Town’ Nuala was in attendance to bring us a very glamorous report featuring garnished chilled Shortcross Gin and Schweppes tonic as well as pop up stations from Urban Decay, Kiehl’s, The Walk in Wardrobe, Reiss, Ted Baker, Coast, Narah & co, The Vintage Satchel Company and Chloe Dougan Design.

If you missed this event don’t panic, there is an upcoming September Style Edit, this time an Autumn/Winter edition. Tickets are in high demand and selling fast so do your wardrobe a favour and book now!

Read More on this event in our September 2017 Ulster Tatler. 



‘An evening with Carl Frampton and Lee Johnston’

‘An evening with Carl Frampton and Lee Johnston’ was held in the Ulster Grand Prix Marquee yesterday as part of the MCE Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week events. It was presented by Mark Sidebottom from the BBC in aid of the cancer charity Marie Curie. The event saw extensive and interesting interviews with both of the dynamic Irish sportsmen as well as presentations about the charity in question.
Both Lee Johnston, the Fermanagh born, double North West 200 bike race winner and Carl Frampton MBE, the Belfast born featherweight and super bantamweight boxer have spoken passionately about the work that Marie Curie do. Indeed, they were not disappointed with the support that their event received from their fans which saw an impressive £10,000 raised and gratefully received.

Ulster University Art Degree Show

Ulster University hosted their annual School of Art and Design Annual Degree Show, which showcases the talent of the next generation of artists and designers who will lead the way into the future. The show never disappoints, providing a positive representation of the creative minds within Northern Ireland.

This event not only gives students the chance to promote themselves and their work to potential employers and partners, it also provides members of the public and corporate companies with the opportunity to purchase artwork from the artists of the future.

A variety of disciplines could be seen as you walk around this impressive show including architecture, painting, photography, fashion and more.

Carrie Neely, a contemporary art expert, attended on behalf of the Ulster Tatler and her write up of this event can be found inside our July issue which is on sale now.

Have Fun This Summer

Children today don’t get as much physical exercise as they should which can lead to an increased risk of strokes and heart disease as they get older.

To tackle this growing problem, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke with the help of it’s Ambassador, Ulster and Irish International rugby player Chris Henry, have created a new campaign, ‘Ready Set Summer’ to encourage children to have fun by being active this summer.

The charity has joined up with the Park Life education programme and have organised two days of activities, on Friday 11 August at Botanic Gardens and Tuesday 15 August at Falls Park, both featuring a scavenger hunt, wildlife olympics, crafts and ultimate Frisbee.

Special packs of activities have been made available to anyone interested in the ‘Ready Set Summer’ campaign along with a competition including multiple prizes for children who participate, sponsored by the National Trust and MACE.

Rugby player, Chris Henry said, “The summer holidays represent a massive opportunity for young people to take part in brand new activities, learn some new skills and most of all have fun.”

To be ready for action this summer, request a ‘Ready Set Summer’ pack at

Chris Henry is helped by kids from Elmgrove Primary School Belfast to launch ‘Ready Set Summer’.


‘Here We Lie’ To Premiere At Craic Theatre Coalisland This Month

A stellar all female cast  is to take to the stage at the Craic Theatre Coalisland on the 20th of June to preform the premiere of ‘Here We Lie.’

Following last years huge success of ‘As the Tide Ebbs’, Rawlife Theatre Company, in association with the Lyric Theatre, has once again teamed up with writer Patrick J. O’Reilly to bring the comedy of ‘Here We Lie’.

The dark and physical tale takes an unconventional look into our post-truth world of fake news and alternative facts to bring hilarious and terrifying results.

Writer of the play, Patrick J. O’Reilly, said: “It explores our moral compass and asks do we continue to go around in circles or do we finally draw the line? Here We Lie is also an exploration of Brexit and political elections such as Trump and Stormont.”

Here We Lie will be at Craic Theatre Coalisland 20th June (, Cushendall Golf Club 21st June ( and Naughton Studio Lyric Theatre from 22 June- 2 July (

Louise Mathews, Claire Connor, Rosie McClelland, Bernadette Brown and Antoinette Morelli.

Belfast Gears Up To Celebrate Bike Week 2017

People across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to replace their usual travel routes with bikes to celebrate Bike Week 2017, taking place from June 10-18.

The event was launched by the Department for Infrastructure’s Travelwise NI and the Lord Mayor of Belfast in a bid to create a healthier Belfast and highlight to individuals how commuting by bike can easily become a part of every day life.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister said: “I would encourage as may people as possible to enjoy Bike to Work Day even if they usually travel by other means. Sometimes it is just taking the first step in becoming more active which is the hardest.”

A mass bike ride will take place on Friday 16th June where 100s of people are invited to participate in a bike ride from the McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast at 8am to finish at Belfast City Hall where refreshments will be served before heading to work.

Ride On Belfast is also hosting a Tour De Lunchtime event later that day, starting at the gates of Belfast City Hall at 12:30pm, where cyclists can enjoy  trip across Belfast by bike.

Andrew Grieve, Head of the Department for Infrastructure’s Cycling Unit, said: “Each year the Bike to Work Day event grows in numbers and it’s great to see more people taking up cycling in the city.

Northern Ireland already enjoys over 1,300 kms of National Cycle Network lanes and the infrastructure is continuing to improve year-on-year.”


WHEELY GOOD FUN: Andrew Grieve, Head of the Department for Infrastructure’s Cycling Unit joins Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister to launch Bike Week 2017.



New McCoy’s Crisp Range Launches

John Baxter and Ricky Watts of KP Snacks (NI) hit the seaside to enjoy some good old fashioned chips… well almost!  The daring duo topped up their tans on the beach in Newcastle, County Down, to launch the brand new McCoy’s Chips range in Northern Ireland.  The new snack from the province’s best-selling ridged crisp replicates the authentic taste of the humble chippy and comes in three different flavours including Chip Shop Sea Salted, Chip Shop Salt & Vinegar and Chip Shop Curry Sauce. Ricky Watts said of the new creation: “People have said to us that they like crisp stick snacks, but that they’re often too small or full of air so disappear too quickly.  What we have done with McCoy’s Chips is created a chip snack that is much more filling and also tastes authentically of chips, while maintaining the famous McCoy’s ridged crisp texture.”