• Singing circle

The Centenaries project delivered more than 100 events and performances during 2016, reaching audiences of more than 20,000 and working with multiple partners including Kabosh, Belfast Book Festival, Somme 100, Ulster Museum, Tower Museum, Film Hub NI and Live Music Now. The majority of events were free or low cost to encourage participation.

What worked well and what, if anything, didn't?

  • Working collaboratively with other events programmes to avoid duplication and maximise impact
  • Using formats such as music, drama, poetry to open up dialogue and explore different interpretations of heritage
  • Tying events and creative opportunities to opportunities to see heritage first-hand e.g. staging The Box in Ulster Museum, linked directly to Olive Swanzy content in the exhibition; starting walking tours at Linen Hall Library to look at objects before setting off; holding creative writing class in PRONI including handling archive materials
  • Working with artists, including Anne Tallentire and Ceara Conway, who brought a unique sensibility and challenging creative outlook to heritage themes

Further Information

Niall Kerr, n.kerr@nervecentre.org, 028 7126 0562