Explore Titanic Quarter this August

You don’t have to travel far to find more than enough activities to fill every day of the August Summer holidays. So here’s some great ideas and inspiration for keeping the kids entertained in Titanic Quarter:

  1. Explore Titanic Quarter in style on The Wee Tram! Rest yer wee legs and uncover the amazing history of the shipyard. PLUS this summer there are plenty of special discounts available on-board including 20% off Café 1404 plus discounted entry into Titanic’s Dock & Pump-House and HMS Caroline. Departing every day, every half hour between 12 & 5pm. For further info visit com
  2. Treat the family to the ultimate day for LEGO fans at BRICKLIVE in the Titanic Exhibition Centre from the 3rd to 6th August! Fans will not want to miss this ‘bricktastic’ features event! For more information visit com
  3. Join Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic for some free family fun from the 5th – 7th August to celebrate the ROI Bank Holiday Weekend, and again from 26th to 28th! For further details visit com
  4. Take your seats, cover your ears and prepare yourself for exciting, experimental and somewhat explosive family theatre as W5’s Big Bang Theatre Show returns! For full information and show times visit co.uk
  5. Climb on board HMS Caroline on August 10th for their Wartime Woollens Workshop! Come along and learn about textiles, make do & mend and knitting for the navy with artist Unagh McCullough. This is a free event but booking is essential, email caroline@nmrn.org.uk to book your place.
  6. If you have never visited the RSPB’s nature reserve right in the heart of Belfast – prepare to be WOWed! It’s only a few minutes from Holywood Exchange. For opening times visit org.uk/belfastlough
  7. Fancy seeing Titanic Quarter from the water? Well here is your chance to do exactly that with Lagan Boats! Climb on board the World’s only Titanic boat tour. For sail times visit com
  8. Drop into The Dock Café this August as they offer a different Treat Of the Day everyday throughout summer. the-dock.org
  9. Calling all car fans! Join Built at Titanic Exhibition Centre on the 13th Aug for a day full of entertainment! From race car livery demonstrations to remote control drifting, Built is sure to be an exciting event! com
  10. See Titanic’s physical footprint in history and learn about Belfast’s shipbuilding legacy at Titanic’s Dock & Pump-House. Don’t forget to call into Café 1404 for some delicious treats afterwards. com / cafe1404.com
  11. Come along to Belfast Met’s Titanic Quarter Campus on the 23rd Aug for their Higher Education Clearing Day, and get on the right study or career path for you. For further info visit ac.uk
  12. Step back in time to a period of luxury, and elegance with Titanic Belfast’s romantic Summer Sunday Afternoon Tea. Available every Sunday, to book visit com
  13. Why not hop on Belfast Bikes and rediscover The Chronicles of Narnia with a cycle through the CS Lewis Square! For more info visit co.uk
  14. Join Belfast Barge on the 26th August as they welcome Garry Jackson all the way from Canada for a night of great music and craic! /theBelfastBarge
  15. This summer the Odyssey Pavilion has family fun for everyone! With late openings all week and opening at 10am on Sundays, Why not call into Odyssey Bowl for a game, have a tasty lunch at The Streat or see the latest movies on at Odyssey Cinemas! co.uk


  1. Finally WIN some great prizes this August, all you have to do is share your photos & videos using #ExploreTQ on / TQEventsBelfast


Lord Mayor Lends Her Support to Belfast Breastfeeders

On 5th August The Mac in Belfast plays host to Northern Ireland’s largest gathering of breastfeeding mothers.

Breastival is a celebration of breastfeeding, aiming to normalise what has often been a controversial issue in Northern Ireland. Despite the NHS and World Health Organisation recommendation that children be breastfed until the age of two, only 7% of children in Northern Ireland are breastfed past the age of six months.

Founder of Breastival, Belfast based mum Jennifer Hanratty, says “breast is not best, it’s biologically normal and it needs to become socially and culturally normal again and just because breastfeeding is natural doesn’t mean it is easy. Mum and baby need to learn together and family and wider society need to support and protect them. Breastival will be an opportunity for everyone to learn and celebrate the amazing experience breastfeeding can be when it is well supported.” Breastival welcomes all supporters of breastfeeding and those who want to learn more about it.

Featuring renowned pharmacist Dr Wendy Jones alongside local experts, Breastival also aims to break the Northern Irish record for ‘The Global Big Latch On’ where women around the world gather together to breastfeed at 10.30am. We are excited to have Nuala McAllister, Lord Mayor of Belfast acting as the official counter for our record attempt.

Cllr Nuala McAllister, Lord Mayor of Belfast has been an active supporter of breastfeeding and has highlighted the positive steps Belfast City Council has made in supporting breastfeeding mothers. She explains “as a mother who breastfed, Breastival has my full support.  Belfast City Council has always been extremely supportive of mothers who choose to breastfeed.  In 2014, we signed up for the Public Health Agency’s ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here’ scheme, which aims to increase the number of premises which welcome breastfeeding mums.  Thirty-six of our buildings, including the City Hall, are signed up to the initiative, helping mums to feel more comfortable doing something in public which should actually be seen as perfectly normal. Events such as Breastival can only serve to show that breastfeeding is becoming increasingly socially acceptable in our modern society, as well highlighting the health benefits that breastfeeding can bring to both mother and baby.”

Breastival has over 500 people registered to attend including nursing mothers, expectant parents, kids, friends and family. Discussions, interactive workshops and demonstrations are being led by industry experts including Pharmacist Dr Wendy Jones, Parenting NI, Bravissimo and breast surgeon Ciara McGoldrick.

An exhibition of ‘More Than Milk’ features contributions from over 100 local parents showcasing the realities of breastfeeding as part of everyday life.

Breastival is a free to attend event and  open to everyone but pre-registration is required at www.breastivalbelfast.co.uk

For media enquires contact;

Hello@breastivalbelfast.co.uk or call Jennifer Hanratty 07872012406


What’s on, Ards and North Down

Friday 28 July – Thursday 3 August


Friday 28 July, Lough Lively Sessions – Runabay

Portico, Steel Dickson Avenue, Portaferry

7.30pm | Tickets £10

Join us in Portaferry for our Lough Lively sessions, where music comes to life. This week you can see Runabay, six musicians from the Glens of Antrim who through their passion for harmony and melody have been writing and recording since 2013.

T:  028 9182 6846 | visitardsandnorthdown.com


Saturday 29 July, Family fun at Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

The Stables, Castle Street, Portaferry

2pm – 4pm  | Free

Bring the little ones along to Portaferry VIC for free family entertainment every Saturday in July

Sat 29:  Science Workshop and Balloon Modelling

T:  028 9182 6846 | visitardsandnorthdown.com


Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, Family Fun at Cockle Row Cottages

Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport Harbour

2pm – 4pm | Free

Come along to Groomsport for free family fun every weekend from now until September.

Sat 29: Magic Tricks (Limited Numbers) Crafts
Sun 30: Plant and Play – Fairy Garden, Glitter Tattoos and Ulster-Scots Agency Entertainment

Cottages open 11am – 5pm

T:  028 9127 0069 | visitardsandnorthdown.com


Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, Summer Market at the Museum

North Down Museum, Bangor

Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 12noon-4.30pm

A family market featuring a varied selection of must buys. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum this promises to be a wonderful weekend.

T:  028 9127 1200, northdownmuseum.com


Sunday 30 July, Summer Music in the Park

Ward Park, Bangor

3pm – 5pm | Free

Join us for live music every Sunday in July and August. This week celebrate the last day of the Ulster Fleadh with musicians from Ards and North Down Comhaltás.

T:  028 9127 0069 | visitardsandnorthdown.com


Friday 4 August – Thursday 10 August


Friday 4 August, Music in the Courtyard

North Down Museum, Bangor

12noon – 2pm | Free

Chill out in the ambiance of lunchtime music performances, every Friday in August

Info:  028 9127 1200, northdownmuseum.com


Saturday 5 August, Kid’s “Mini-beasts” Nature Trail

Killynether Wood, Newtownards

10.30am-12.30pm | £2.50 per child

Join this fascinating interactive nature trail led by Patrick Cregg from the Woodland Trust and bird expert Dot Blakely

T: 028 9127 0069 | visitardsandnorthdown.com


Saturday 5 August, Family Fun at Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

The Stables, Castle Street, Portaferry

2pm – 4pm  | Free

Bring the little ones along to Portaferry VIC for free family entertainment every Saturday in August.

Sat 5:  Science Workshop and Glitter Tattoos

Info: 028 9182 6846, visitardsandnorthdown.com


Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August, Family Fun at Cockle Row Cottages

Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport Harbour

2pm – 4pm | Free

Come along to Groomsport for free family fun every weekend from now until September.

Sat 5    Magic Show
Sun 6   CSI Workshop and Ulster-Scots Agency Entertainment

Cottages open 11am – 5pm

T:  028 9127 0069 | visitardsandnorthdown.com


Sunday 6 July, Summer Music in the Park

Ward Park, Bangor

3pm – 5pm | Free

Join us for live music every Sunday in August. This week, see The 19th Street Band deliver an exciting mix of red hot Americana, country and rock ‘n roll.

T:  028 9127 0069 | visitardsandnorthdown.com


Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

The Stables, Castle Street, BT22 1NZ

T: 028 4272 9882


Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 August

Art in the Loft: ‘The Language of Pain’

An exhibition by the Martin family addressing the hidden side of pain


North Down Museum, Bangor

Castle Park Avenue, located by Bangor Castle (Town Hall), BT20 4BT

T: 028 9127 1200 | northdownmuseum.com


Until Sunday 20 August 

The Lay of the Land Exhibition

Bangor based artists draw on their experiences of living and working within the beautiful borough of Ards and North Down.


Wednesday 2 August – Sunday 3 September 

Creative Peninsula

A celebration of the exclusivity and quality of the artwork produced by local artists and craftspeople


Ards Crafts and Visitor Information Centre

31 Regent Street, Newtownards, BT23 4AD

T: 028 9182 6846


Saturday 5 – Saturday 26 August

Meet the Maker: ‘Natural Impressions’

A collaborative exhibition by Printmaker Michael Geddis and Ceramicist Andrew Cooke


Ards Arts Centre

Town Hall, Conway Square,  Newtownards, BT23 4NP

T: 028 9181 0803


Wednesday 2 – Thursday 31 August

Creative Peninsula

A showcase of the high concentration of artists and craft persons living and working in the Ards Peninsula.



Coordinated by Craft NI, August Craft Month at The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre is the annual celebration of contemporary craft in Northern Ireland encouraging audiences to learn more about contemporary and traditional craft through workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, talks, fairs and other exciting craft events.

The Market Place Theatre have teamed up with experienced willow and textile weavers Sabine Wolniczak and Nicola Gates to host two weekends of fantastic weaving workshops.

On 4 and 5 August, you can come along and participate in exploring some of the techniques of Willow Basket Weaving. With the assistance of experienced craft tutor and basket-maker Sabine Wolniczak from Beaghmore Baskets you will spend the two days making a natural and bespoke round shopper with handle using locally grown, harvested and seasoned willow. You are guaranteed to embark on a stimulating and invigorating experience. All materials will be supplied. The workshops will run from 10am to 4pm each day and participation costs £80 or £75 (concession).

Then in our two-day Introduction To Tapestry Weaving workshop on 11 and 12 August, you will learn the foundation skills of tapestry weaving on a simple frame loom. As well as covering the basic techniques, the workshop will encourage individual expression and experimentation. On day one we will focus on learning the basics of plain weave, creating shapes and textural techniques such as rya knotting and sumak, to create a small sampler. Working at your own pace, on day two you will have the chance to create a small abstract wall hanging, exploring texture, colour and composition. The workshops run from 10am to 4pm each day and participation costs £55.

Visit the website at www.marketplacearmagh.com for full details and bookings, or contact the Box Office on [028] 3752 1821. And to keep up-to-date with the latest news at the Market Place Theatre, you can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/marketplacearmagh) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/mptarmagh) where you will find all the latest information, special offers and video previews.

Tourism NI’s Offers of the Week



Northern Ireland boasts a unique collection of irresistible places to stay including quirky B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and hidden gem properties for an ideal short break. Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week for you to choose from.


  • Proms In The Park Weekend Break, Belmore Court and Motel, Co Fermanagh from  £95 pp

Enjoy a 4 star ‘Proms In The Park’ weekend break from £95pp. This 2 night stay includes buffet breakfast, complimentary on site car parking and is ideally located 1.4 miles from Castle Coole, the venue for this year’s BBC’s Proms in the Park concert. Price is based on 2 persons sharing. Offer available 8-9 September only.

  • Discover NI package, Valley View Country House, Bushmills from £195 based on 2 people sharing

Enjoy a fabulous 3-night break staying at this 4 star accommodation in the Causeway Coast this Summer. Visit all the attractions this spectacular area has to offer including the Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge to name but a few. To book call 028 2074 1608 quoting “Discover NI 3 or 4 night Summer Offer.” Offer ends 30 September.

  • Relax and Savour Mini Break, Enniskeen Country House Hotel, Co Down from £95 pp

Enniskeen Country House hotel is a mountainside hideaway. The family run hotel rests in the lush Shimna Valley just outside Newcastle County Down. Explore the hotel’s stunning 12 acre estate during winding woodland trail down to the Shimna river and enjoy the striking views over the Mourne Mountains and sea. Break includes 2 nights ensuite accommodation with full Irish breakfast each morning and one evening meal. Offer ends 11 November.


All offers are subject to availability.  For further information visit www.discovernorthernireland.com


One of the region’s biggest and best-attended annual events is set to soar this year, boosted by high flying support from Rockwell Collins Kilkeel.

Looking forward to the 2017 Festival of Flight are brother and sister Charlie (10) and Holly (5) McShane from Newcastle. Organised by Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and sponsored by Rockwell Collins, the 2017 celebration of all things aeronautical on Saturday 5 August will attract more than 100,000 people to the region to enjoy an aerial spectacular headlined by the Red Arrows and featuring a vast range of historic and contemporary aircraft, while at ground level there will be a packed programme of free family entertainment … and Charlie and Holly mean to be part of the action!

A world-leading company in the aviation sector, and a major private sector employer in the region, Rockwell Collins will be backing Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Festival of Flight on Saturday 5 August.  This will be the sixth successive year of support for the mega-festival from a business which manufactures seats for the world’s major airlines at its Kilkeel factory.

The 2017 event is expected to attract more than 100,000 spectators to marvel at an afternoon of aerial extravaganza headlined by the world famous Red Arrows aerobatic team, supported by a packed programme of on-the-ground family fun, centred on Newcastle.

Welcoming the injection of private sector investment in the Festival of Flight, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, said, “Given its global reputation in aviation, and its prominent position within the economy of our region, Rockwell Collins is the perfect partner for our annual aerial spectacular and we are delighted to welcome them on board.  Thanks to their generosity we are able to build on the success of this fantastic event, taking it to new heights and maximising its positive impact on our hospitality sector.

“In Newry Mourne & Down we are firmly focused on delivering visitor destination experiences that will deliver what we refer to as ‘Epic Moments’ – holiday highpoints that are Experiential, Personalised, Iconic and Immersive and Creative.  We are committed to creating wonderful events which complement our world-class venues and majestic landscapes and present Newry, Mourne and Down as an inspiring and memorable holiday destination, supporting our strategic goal of building tourism as part of a vibrant economy. Our annual Festival of Flight clearly fulfils all those objectives, and more.  We’re looking forward to an incredible day which showcases our wonderful region to the max.”

Looking forward to this year’s aerial extravaganza, Martin McGinley, Vice President and Managing Director of Rockwell Collins Kilkeel, said, “Rockwell Collins is a global leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions, providing world markets with a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that can transform our customers’ futures.  Aviation is both our business and our passion and, through our longstanding support for the Festival of Flight, created and staged by Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, we are delighted to share that passion for aviation with our local community, and with the tens of thousands of visitors who will visit our region to enjoy one of Ireland’s biggest, best-attended, and most spectacular air shows.

“For us, this is an opportunity to put something back into our local community and we look forward not only to the adrenalin rush of world-class aerial display in a truly world-class location, but also to a weekend which provides a significant economic boost for the region’s tourism and hospitality sector.

“On behalf of everyone who will enjoy the drama in the skies over Dundrum Bay, I commend the vision of Newry, Mourne Down District Council in ‘thinking big’ and making this event such an important annual highlight of Northern Ireland’s Summer events season.  Thanks also go to the diverse agencies, organisations, communities and individuals who combine expertise, boundless enthusiasm with a vast amount of preparation to create this wonderful high-flying programme.

Big Marketplace, 5th August, Portadown!

Danann Crafts Annual “Our Big Marketplace” is back Sat 5th August at High Street Mall, Portadown to celebrate Craft NI August craft month.

Great family event with Live demos, loads of craft stalls, food plus great craft for the kids.

Great Kids workshops with :

Messy play with Danann Crafts Creative UB
KD Kraft – jewellery & keyring making
Wacky Wax Hands
plus face painting and few other surprises

Meet and greet crafters hosting workshops with Danann Crafts
Keith Sheppard from Glass Art Ireland
Liz Nicholls from Liz Nicholls Felt & Textile Designer
Karolina Lisek from Little Tangle – who will be hosting a live demo

Loads of wonderful #local craft & food stalls
Carol’s Bakes, Pamodelmaker Nitted things Zany Crafts Jojo Knit Harte Wood Lily Rose Creations The Honey Pot Peggy Rose Crafts Craft NymphBobble crafts Rascal Prints Janpots Nstuff Abandoned N.I. @rosies makes Steve’s Pallet Creations Old Shabby New Chic …more to be announced

This is just some of the amazing happenings at our event, so are you coming?

Please #share & #tag a friend who would be interested …its a FREE EVENT with FREE parking.

#craftni #dananncrafts #portadown #weedanann #lovecrafts #kidsfun#becreative #fundayout



The Script have announced their return to the stage with two very special Irish shows that will include the Millennium Forum, Derry on August 22nd.

Tickets go on sale at 9.30am next Friday, July 28th via Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.ie and are priced at £43.50 (including booking fee).

Fan pre-sale begins at 9.30m next Wednesday, July 26th at 9.30am. For more information please visit http://www.thescriptmusic.com/.

Very special guest for both dates is JP Cooper.


After almost 3 years since their last release, The Script returned last Friday with their brand new single Rain, out through Columbia Records. Rain was immediately added to playlists up and down the country and stormed straight into the Top 10 on iTunes – it was impossible to miss that The Script were back! Today the Irish three-piece announce more news – their fifth album Freedom Child will be released on 1st September and they will embark on an intimate tour around the UK and Ireland.


Their new album, Freedom Child, out on 1st September, sees the band presenting a collection of urgent, timely, future-facing anthems that speak of both real-life events and real-time sonic adventurism. The album was recorded between London and Los Angeles and for the first time, the band chose to work with some outside writers and producers including Toby Gad and Nasri Atweh. The follow up to 2014’s No Sound Without Silence is available to pre-order now from http://smarturl.it/FreedomChild.

To coincide with the release of Freedom Child, The Script, who are no strangers to sold out arenas and stadiums, will get up close and personal with their loyal fan base at intimate shows around the country. The tour kicks off at The National Stadium in their hometown of Dublin followed by a show at The Millennium Forum in Derry on 22nd August and will wrap at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 1st September. Tickets are available to purchase on Friday 28th July from 9.30am with a fan pre-sale starting earlier in the week. For more ticket information, please visit http://www.thescriptmusic.com/.

Rain is picking up a phenomenal amount of support around the world. The single stormed straight into the Top 10 on iTunes and was added immediately to the Capital A List, Heart A List and Radio 2 B List. The Script also joined Nick Grimshaw on his Radio 1 Breakfast show and Rain is the Single of the Week on Radio 2. It’s also been added to over 300 playlists on Spotify and the video, which launched on Friday, has already been viewed over 1.6 million times (see it here).

The Script are one of the world’s most successful bands and have sold over 29 million records. The Irish three-piece have scored x3 multi-platinum albums, all of which were #1 in the UK. The Script have also picked up a huge following in the USA where they have x4 platinum selling singles under their belt. The Script are also one of the biggest live bands, having sold over 1.4 million tickets across 203 headline shows and they sold out the legendary Croke Park stadium in their hometown in a matter of minutes.

The Script will play the Millennium Forum on Tuesday 22nd August.  Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster on Friday 28th July from 9.30am with a fan pre-sale starting earlier in the week. For more ticket information, please visit http://www.thescriptmusic.com/.


10 things to do in Northern Ireland


DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place this week (July 31-August 6).

  1. August Féile, Belfast, 3 August. Ireland’s biggest community arts festival and summer school returns from 3 – 13 August. The festival is renowned for attracting top entertainers and this year’s highlights include UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, Boyzlife, comedian Jake O’Kane, traditional Irish band Altan and the annual Feile Carnival Parade.
  2. Children’s Street Entertainment -Parky, Ballycastle Seafront, 31 July. This show enthrals and excites both adults and children alike. Parky performs a traditional Punch and Judy show with the authentic voice of Mr Punch. Puppets and theatre are traditional in style with slapstick and humour the ingredients of this free show.
  3. Bat Night, Craigavon, 4 August. Help identify all eight of Northern Ireland’s bat species that live at Ardress House and make some batty crafts to take home. A perfect evening for kids with an exciting educational twist.
  4. Festival of Flight, Newcastle, 4 – 5 August. Festival of Flight 2017 will once again launch a full programme of thrilling events in Newcastle, Co Down with the airshow taking place on Saturday 5 August. The airshow is the centre piece of the festival where the crowds watch in awe as the sky over Dundrum Bay is filled with the roar of engines.
  5. Music by the Lake, Fermanagh, 5 August. Midnight Graffiti are back at Crom Estate for another fantastic evening of jazzy pop classics. Bring a picnic and prepare to dance the night away by the shores of Lough Erne. Enjoy a glass of wine on arrival. Performance begins at 7pm.
  6. Dungannon’s Busking and Blues Festival, 5 August. Join us for the annual Blues on the Hill festival taking place on the Hill of the O’Neill, a stunning location at one of the most important heritage sites in the whole of Ulster. Take in the fantastic panoramic views as you enjoy music from a number of acts including the headlining Band of Friends.
  7. Belfast MasterChef Challenge 2017, 3 August. The Balmoral Hotel’s inaugural Belfast Master Chef Challenge will see four foodie finalists fight it out for the coveted title in front of a live audience at the venue as part of Feile an Phobail. The winner will be decided by a panel of experts as well as an audience vote with proceeds from that process going to Children In Need.
  8. Bricklive, Belfast, 3 – 6 August. The world’s best Lego builders will gather as the Titanic Exhibition Centre welcomes international professional and amateur displays to the fan zone. The event also include special guests, Lego launches to the live stage and have-a-go themed areas for you to enjoy.
  9. Carmen, Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, 4 – 5 August. The dramatic story of the gypsy Carmen and her ill-fated affair with army corporal Don Jose, told through Georges Bizet’s powerful score, is the most popular opera of all time. To book call 028 7126 4455.
  10. Wildfire Walk, Belfast, 5 August. Enjoy a walk along the uplands of Cave Hill to highlight the impacts of wildfires on the hills, visitors and wildlife. Find out just how resilient the uplands are and the positive news about what the Belfast Hills Partnership does to combat wildfires. Meeting point: Ballyaghagan car park. For further information call 028 9060 3466.


For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit  www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.


V/I/S/A/G/E is a creative collaboration between Belfast based photographer Carrie Davenport, graphic designer/nightclub promoter Aaron Eakin, Kaizen Print and six of Belfast’s most prominent and prolific Drag Queens.

Launching at ArtCetera Studio on Thursday 27th July and exhibiting daily from 11am-5pm until Saturday 5th August, V/I/S/A/G/E comprises of a series of portrait photographs. Each Drag Queen is depicted in both their male and Drag identities, representing the six colours of the rainbow flag.

Far from being ordinary photographs, local carpenter Gareth Martin (wishbone & Dagger) has created large scale 3 dimensional frames for us to display the works interactively, with Kaizen Print creating a new method of mounting the works so you can walk around the pieces changing your view as you more around the image.

Origins of the term Drag are widely disputed, but it’s believed to be an acronym for ‘Dressed Resembling A Girl’, a theatrical term dating back to Shakespearean plays. More than just fun and colourful entertainers, Drag Queens have been at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ rights, dating back to the Stonewall riots of 1969.

Exhibiting as part of the 2017 Belfast Pride festival, the project’s purpose is to explore, highlight and celebrate an ancient theatrical art form that has evolved from LGBTQ culture to the mainstream.

RED: Matthew Cavan / Cherrie Ontop

ORANGE: Adam Renshaw / Rusty Hinges

YELLOW: Marcus Hunter-Neill / Portia Di’ Monte

GREEN: Michael Hillman / Misty Falls

BLUE: Joshua Cargill / Blu Hydrangea

VIOLET: Robert McCready / Titti Von Tramp

V/I/S/A/G/E at ArtCetera Studio, 43 Rosemary Street, Belfast. Launching Thursday 27th July at 7pm. Open daily (except Sunday) from 11am-5pm. In association with The Maverick. Admission free.