‘Life on the Lagan’

A week long series of events to celebrate the natural beauty and illustrious history of the River Lagan from will take place from 3rd to 9th  June.

These events will promote a positive image of the Belfast City Centre by focusing on Belfast’s unique maritime history through the public’s access to the Belfast Barge and its award-winning educational programming.  We intend to give a variety of Northern Ireland residents and tourists the experience of sailing on the River Lagan and highlight the natural beauty of Belfast’s River Lagan through our quayside art class and showcase the city’s cultural integrity by support local musicians with our evening music event.

Furthermore, through this programme we will be revitalising and regenerating an area of the city which is frequently underused and bringing life to the River Lagan. Through this programme we will integrate the River Lagan waterfront with the city centre and emphasize the river as a significant natural asset to Belfast. During the week we will be hosting sailing and educational programming for local schools and community groups of Belfast and the Greater Belfast area.  During the weekend we have a number of events (some are free) to celebrate the Lagan.

Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June

Free Art Class with Grahame Booth

–           for all abilities

–          ages over 18

–          supplies will be provide

–          Free tea and coffee

–          10am-12pm

Free Walking tour with Lee Lavis and John Campbell

–          Titled ‘The Dockers Daydream’

–          Starting at 1pm from the Belfast Barge ending at the Mission for Seafarers with tea and coffee

–          Join us for ‘A Dockers Daydream’ walking tour guided by Lagan Legacy’s Lee Lavis and former dock and author John Campbell.  The tour will leave form the Belfast Barge at 1pm and end at the Mission for Seafarers, lasting for one hour.  The tour guides you through the docks and Sailorstown with a compliment of history and Campbell’s own stories of the area.

Belfast Barge museum entry and Sailing instruction, £7

–          £7 includes your museum entry and one hour sailing instruction with the Ocean Youth Trust. Ocean Youth Trust Ireland (OYTI) is a charity dedicated to giving young people from all walks of life a chance to experience sailing training.

–          Booking required, sailing starts at 11am and they will depart every hour.  We ask that all participants arrive 15 minutes before sailing.

Saturday and Sunday sailing times:

–          Session 1:                  11.00 – 11.45 hrs

–          Session 2:                  12.00 – 12.45 hrs

–          Session 3:                  13.00 – 13.45 hrs

–          Session 4:                  14.00 – 14.45 hrs

–          Session 5:                  15.00 – 15.45 hrs

Saturday 8th June

Belfast Barge music showcase, £7

–          Doors open at 8pm

–          Our three acts will be:

  • Matthew Rutherfood Jones
  • Craig McConkey
  • Morgan MacIntyred

Morgan MacIntyre -Twenty-one-year-old Morgan MacIntyre has recently sang with Nanci Griffith at Belfast Nashville and also supported Joan Armatrading at the Belfast Opera House. Morgan opened Trinity Ball’s Mainstage earlier this year ahead of acts such as Ellie Goulding and The Vaccines. Morgan played the music maker stage at Vantastival

Morgan MacIntyre is a story teller with a haunting voice whose music  has been called ‘extraordinary’ by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody.

Morgan’s songs have been played on BBC Radio1 and BBC Radio Ulster, U105,  RTE Radio1 and several commercial radio stations. She has performed live on several radio shows, including the BBC’s  Gerry Anderson Show, Ralph McLean and BBC’s Arts Extra.

Morgan has just recorded a video of a new song  ‘Dancing Down Ravenhill’ with BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean