If you noticed from my social channels I’ve been bouncing about this month checking out what’s coming up over the summer. I hope to give you a few ideas to help you navigate your way through the lazy summer months. Something for you, something for your family and always lots to do with friends. I thought I’d start by highlighting two fantastic festivals coming up to Belfast this month the Belfast Photo Festival and the Belfast Book Festival.
Belfast Photo Festival 7-30th June 2018
Got a camera? Know how to use it? Yeah me neither,you can tell by my images on this blog (oops I’m not meant to admit that am I?) but if you are inspired by photography, animation and all things in-between Belfast Photo festival is for you. My top picks this year are:
- Belfast Exposed Photo sketch: Photography Workshop; take an image, PRINT IT (we never do that anymore) and make a it into a visual story. Saturday 16th June 11am-1pm at Eastside Visitor Centre (Ages 14-17)
- Shoot the Band with Carrie Davenport. Love music and photography learn how to shoot musicians. Tuesday 26th June 1pm-4pm Oh Yeah Centre (Ages 14-17)
- Toy Story plus Q&A with Pixar Editor Torbin Bullock! Amazing, bound to give you a “BUZZ” 😉 Saturday 9th June 2018 QFT 2pm
And so much more check out http://www.belfastphotofestival.com.
Belfast Book Festival 6-16 June 2018
A fan of all things literary or just pick up a book on your summer holidays? Either way the Belfast Book Festival has something to suit all tastes and all ages. My top pick:
- Jane Godley 15th June: The Queen of Scottish Stand-Up and perennial thorn in Donald Trump’s side, Janey Godley to the city for an evening of unapologetic, take-no-prisoners stand-up.A regular 5-star performer at the Edinburgh Fringe, in 2008 Janey won the Fringe Report Award as ‘Best Performer’ and two Nivea Funny Women Fringe Awards – as ‘Best Stand-Up’ and, overall, for ‘Best Show’ as “one of the most prolific and extraordinary stand-up comedians working in the UK”.
- The Lit Crawl Saturday 16th June (I road tested this one a couple of weeks ago and loved it!) The night is divided into 3 sessions to make a fast-paced evening of pop-up events and quirky literary happenings. This is literature done differently. Follow the big blue balloons make your way between each session (which lasts no longer than 45 minutes each) of bookish content all of which are centered around the festival marquee located in Lower Crescent Park. The park will be filled with music and spoken word plus local food and drink vendors. Perhaps you want to take a dander to No Alibi’s and visit the Book Doctors, or sit back and relax in the festival marquee and have a bite to eat and then head over to Friar’s Bush to visit Belfast’s Books of the Dead. And it’s all FREE!
Find out more about the Lit Crawl and all the events/workshops happening this year at http://www.belfastbookfestival.com.
Whatever you get up to this June have fun. If you need suggestions drop me a line and keep up to date on my social media channels to see what I get up to.
Emer D xx