Inside View: Ards Arts Centre

Ards Arts Centre

Ards Arts Centre

Ards Arts Centre is located in the Town Hall Arts Centre in Conway Square in Newtownards. Their aim is to bring art to life by providing a wide range of programming to the whole borough. They do this through leisure classes, exhibitions, and performances of dance, drama and music.

One such music event is their Friday Night Live Music Series has been running for a number of months and has been highly successful. It continues on 25th April with Steve Amos and Gerry Green. Steve Amos, a former finance officer has since given up the day job to pursue his love of musical comedy. He tends to be somewhat irreverent at times and sometimes tasteless perhaps but he is very funny and few subjects are immune to his mordant wit. With three acclaimed CDs under his belt and another one on the way Steve has recently released a new single on iTunes “Aeroplane Calypso” which sets to music the safety instructions on aircraft. He shares the bill with Gerry Green born and bred in Belfast and active in the city’s folk scene since the 70’s. The night is not to be missed and you can book tickets for the event here.

Steve Amos and Gerry Green share the bill for Friday Night Live

Steve Amos and Gerry Green share the bill for Friday Night Live

If this isn’t something you like the sound of, never fear, Ards Arts Centre has a number of other activities that will rouse your interest. The centre is home to a number of arts exhibitions including the Hayward Touring exhibition of world famous Henri Matisse, or if you’d rather make the art yourself there are a wide range of disciplines you can take a class in; ceramics, jewellery-making, textiles, patchwork, watercolours and even furniture upcycling. If you’d like to enrol in a class, then contact the centre on 028 9181 0803.

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Where Am I…Revealed!

Polo was at...Ards Arts Centre!

Polo was at…Ards Arts Centre!

Earlier in the week we asked you to guess where Polo had been on his latest outing. I Can now reveal that he was at Ards Arts Centre. Congratulations if you managed to get the answer correct. And be sure to check in next Monday for another Where Am I? In the meantime why not check out our website here to see the latest events that you can apply for for free through Test Drive.

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Where Am I?: 21st April

Think you know where Polo is?

Think you know where Polo is?

Polo has been out and about again this week and he’s wondering if any of you can guess where he was? If you think you know leave a wee message with your answer below! Best of luck and we’ll reveal the answer on Wednesday.

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Picking the Flowers!!!

Flowers? What are flowers? Anne is not used to seeing such colourful and beautiful wonders. Growing up in Antarctica all Anne ever saw was ice, snow, antarctic winds, just white. When she went to visit the florist for the first time she saw greens, yellows, blues, purples, pinks, reds and oranges. Such choice. Anne quickly decided though that purple was her favourite colour and thought that pinks worked quite well with them and that it would match the ribbon that she was intending on wearing with her veil. So this is what she decided on:

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Inside View: The Ardhowen

Picturesque backdrop to the Ardhowen Theatre

Picturesque backdrop to the Ardhowen Theatre

The Ardhowen Theatre is situated with the picturesque backdrop of Enniskillen’s Lough Erne. The theatre opened in 1986 and offers a year round programme inclusive of various art forms including professional drama, classical music, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, a wide range of music; jazz, blues, country, folk, as well as comedy, arts, children events and lectures.

The venue has a 290 seater raked auditorium as well as a smaller studio space for smaller and more intimate performances. In addition to these performance spaces the Ardhowen has a number of hospitality facilities including a splendid restaurant and a number of bars and an exhibition space.

The theatre is home to the annual International Beckett Festival which usually runs in August for a week. Last year the festival was met with rave reviews including a piece in the New York Times who remarked on how great the festival was and how popular it was among the local population. Keep your eyes peeled as the line-up will be revealed in the next few weeks.

Grainne Duffy performs at Ardhowen 25th April

Grainne Duffy performs at Ardhowen 25th April

The next few weeks sees a strong live music schedule with performers set to include home-grown singer-songwriter Grainne Duffy who is a unique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. She is deeply influenced by the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and the Pretenders and this comes out in her original compositions she performs. She takes to the Ardhowen’s stage on 25 April and you can book your tickets here.

Derek Ryan comes to Enniskillen on 30th April

Derek Ryan comes to Enniskillen on 30th April

The following night the theatre plays host to The Legend of Luke Kelly, a tribute to the iconic singer from the Dubliners, sang by perhaps Ireland’s finest ballad voice Chris Kavanagh. A few days later on 30th April it’s Derek Ryan’s turn to take to the stage. Derek has recently become one of Ireland’s most popular Irish country music stars. Join the Carlow Man, formerly of boy band D-Side, as he belts out his back catalogue of hits which include ‘The Red, Yellow and Green’ and ‘100 Numbers’.

If music is not for you, then never fear, the Ardhowen has a great variety of different events in the listings that you can check out here on their website.

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Where am I: Revealed!

ardhowenPolo was out and about on a boat this week. He couldn’t contain his excitement and try as he might to hold it in, he sang The Lonely Islands and T-Pain’s song ‘I’m on a Boat’ repeatedly, the whole time. congratulations if you were able to spot that he stopped off at Enniskillen’s Ardhowen Theatre on his travels! Be sure to check back next week to see where he goes next!

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Where Am I? 14th April

ardhowen w PoloAfter his recent trip to Belfast Barge, Polo has developed a boat obsession. Here he is somewhere on Lough Erne. Can you guess which venue he visited on his travels? Comment with you answer below and be sure to check back on Wednesday to see if you guess was correct!

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