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A Review of the Year in the Arts in Northern Ireland 2020
What a year! Whatever you think of 2020 it's always useful to take a last glance behind and remember what passed. Interestingly in a year beset with a health pandemic like no other, the public turned to the arts online for solace, comfort and entertainment.

As 2020 draws to a close we remember some of the bright moments in what has been an extraordinary year…
Funding News
Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme 2
Applications close Thursday 7th January 2021 at 4pm. Guidance Notes and FAQs are available here. Also available: recordings of IERP2 webinar information sessions and Q&As.


The Arts Council is currently dealing with an unprecedented volume of email correspondence. It may take  longer than usual for staff to respond to enquiries. We thank you for your patience. 

Our staff list is here.

A taste of Belfast in Brussels at the 2021 Out to Lunch Festival
As part of this year's digital Out to Lunch Festival (8th-30th January), the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels will showcase a selection of artists from Northern Ireland online on Tues 19th January at 1pm. 

The pre-recorded programme features musicians, Anthony Toner, Ursula Burns, Ciara O'Neill and writer, Stephen Connolly, performing in the beautiful and historic Rosemary Street Church.

Watch the short video.
Foyle O-Bon and Project Sparks receive emergency funding from the Arts Council

Foyle O-Bon and Project Sparks, two arts organisations based in Derry-Londonderry, recently received funding from the Arts Council's Organisations Emergency Programme (OEP) and Health and Safety Programme to enable them to adapt to the Covid-19 restrictions by creating new work online and install equipment to help them to safely deliver their work in person. 

Watch the short video.

Arts activities to enjoy online
The Arts Council has rounded up just some of the fantastic creative activities and performances you can enjoy online, most of which are funded by the Arts Council, the Dept for Communities and the National Lottery. Highlights this week include: 

The annual Out To Lunch festival returns from 8th-30th January 2021 with a wealth of online shows already announced, including Joshua Burnside, Malojian, Jordan Adetunji, and Dea Matrona among many others.

EastSide Arts presents 'Prophets, Makers and Risk Takers', a free live stream showcase of writing from Northern Ireland on 14th January 2021, bringing together leading voices in writing from NI to discuss how our writers are approaching global issues and themes.
Arts Council COVID-19 advice
Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus updates from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, including a list of potential funding sources which might be helpful to artists and arts organisations at this time. We will update this list as we go along. 

If you know of any other sources, please contact us at and we will share with the sector.
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