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Other Voices bringing event to Belfast for first time

12 Oct 2017
This October (26-28) Other Voices Belfast bursts into life - a three-day gathering of music, creativity and technology.

Being held in the city for the first time, Other Voices have joined forces with Digital DNA, the 174 Trust and Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, to bring this dynamic event to Belfast, with the support and investment of Belfast City Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Creative Ireland, BBC Northern Ireland, RTÉ and Tourism Northern Ireland.

Welcoming Other Voices Belfast to the city, Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister said: “As we prepare to submit our bid for European Capital of Culture 2023, the spotlight is being shone on the city’s thriving culture and arts scene, and what better timing for Belfast to host Other Voices – a fantastic initiative focusing on the city’s creative and digital industries.

"Since its inception in 2002, Other Voices has become one of the most significant music events in Ireland and has enjoyed global success, so I’m delighted that Belfast City Council is helping to bring it to Belfast for the first time and I hope it will be a precursor for more exciting events for the city.

"The ethos of Other Voices is about enthusing our young people, to get them involved in our creative industries, and to empower them with the practical skills to take forward their dreams and ambitions. And of course, it’s about showcasing some of our best musical talent.”

On Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October, schools, youth and community organisations from across Belfast will come together to take part in four events as part of the Digital DNA Creative Quarter, showcasing the power of community through the mediums of music and technology.

These innovative, inclusive events will feature speakers and workshops with some of the biggest names in digital, technology and the creative industries including Catalyst Inc., Techies in Residence and Speed Motion.

On Saturday October 28, The Belfast Edge takes up residence in The Theatre at The Duncairn, a conference that aims to create discourse and collision of ideas around creativity, culture, technology, education and investment policies, firmly placing creativity at the centre of all policy-making and practice.

The Belfast Edge is an extension of Ireland's Edge, which takes place in Dingle, West Kerry, every year during Other Voices. The line-up of speakers and facilitators will be announced shortly.

Attendance at The Belfast Edge is free but ticketed and capacity is limited. Those wishing to attend should register for tickets at Eventbrite on Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. One ticket per applicant, subject to availability. The Belfast Edge will also be streamed live on Facebook at the @IrelandsEdgeHQ page.

That same evening, Saturday October 28, slamming guitars, soaring vocals and earworm choruses will echo around the walls of The Duncairn’s School Hall, where The Other Voices Stage will be in full swing.

A feast for the senses, this potent evening of live music showcasing the best in new musical talent, will feature sets from Grammy shortlisted trad giants Beoga, lo-fi acoustic gems from Portadown’s Jealous of the Birds, Kildare pop-rock, arena touring duo Picture This, the spine-tingling atmospheric folk of Hampshire born, Donegal bred Rosie Carney and Derry purveyors of punk Touts.

The show will be recorded by Other Voices for broadcast on both BBC and RTE television.

Tickets for The Other Voices Stage will only be available through local media and online competitions, details of which will be announced shortly on and at @OtherVoices on Facebook and @OtherVoicesLive on Twitter and Instagram.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney T.D., said: “Culture and creativity are a powerful force for reconciliation and I'm really pleased that my Department's Reconciliation Fund has supported this exciting event which offers people in Belfast and beyond an opportunity to come together and enjoy a unique shared experience."

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys T.D., said: “The Creative Ireland Programme, which I launched last year, is about placing culture at the centre of our lives. Creative Ireland sends a very important message to audiences at home and abroad about how we value our culture and the wealth of creativity of our children, communities and artists. Other Voices provides a unique opportunity for the creation of a range of dynamic and exciting conversations and creative collaborations between artists, audiences and innovators.”
Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister Other Voices launch Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister Other Voices launch