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Local Schools and Business Launch

the Let the Dance Begin Again Project 

Local schools and business representatives came together last week to launch the Let the Dance Begin project,  an exciting and innovative six week Arts and Well-being Project.  After the success of last years event this unique large-scale arts well-being project takes place during January-March 2015. The aim of this project is to enhance the well-being of the citizens of Strabane through participation in a series of exciting and meaningful arts activities.

Speaking about the project Dr Jenny Elliott, Chief Executive Officer of Arts Care Explained ‘Over the past few weeks there has been a huge deployment of a creative well-being workforce in Strabane town-The Pushkin Trust (Arts in Education charity) and Arts Care (Arts in Health charity) with funding support from the Public Health Agency and the Strabane District Council, have deployed a creative workforce of expert artists, musicians, choreographers, film-makers, creative writers and environmentalists to facilitate arts workshops in schools, older people residential care homes, day care facilities for older people and young children, in local businesses in Strabane town. The purpose of the creative workforce is to enhance the well-being of the town citizens through participation in six weeks of creative activity bringing a ‘good feel’ factor into the town through self-expression. The project is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Here is a taster of what the project will involve:

Art Workshops, January-March 2015-Over 60 art/music/dance/creative writing workshops will take place throughout the town in schools, residential/ day care units for older people, day care facilities for adults with learning and physical disabilities and staff from local business. 

Pop Up Art Gallery, 24th February-27th 10am-4pm every day-The project sees a ‘pop up art gallery’ emerge in a prime vacant business space in the heart of Strabane town. This drop in gallery will host a series of drop in art workshops for children and shoppers in the town. This was a very exciting part of the project last year and since then the vacant premises has been let and is now a thriving new coffee shop in the town centre. The pop-up art studio will house an exciting end of project art exhibition which will showcase all the art work created by the young people and older people in the town. Launch of the gallery will be 24th February 7.30pm.

A Town Well-Being Celebration Evening Walk from the Alley Theatre, 24th February 7.15pm -the Children, Young People and other participants of the Let the Dance Begin Again project will host a lively celebration walk through the town centre from the Alley Theatre to the pop-up art gallery. Watch the ‘Tinnies’ (Let the Dance Begin town sculpture) and other creatures come to life. 

Large- Scale Performance at the Alley Theatre, Thursday 26th February 7.30pm-One of the most exciting events during the project that is open to the public, is a wonderful, energetic performance of contemporary /dance/music/drama. Over one hundred adults and young people with and without disability will participate in the final performance celebrating life and well-being in their local town. The newly formed ‘Inclusion’ integrated dance and disability Dance Company performs their first major dance work. This dance company comprise of adults with learning and physical disabilities from Glenside Day Centre and Border Arts.  Tickets are £3 and are available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444

The project involves schoolchildren with and without disabilities, adults with learning, physical and sensory disabilities, older people in residential and day care with ageing conditions and older isolated people young people who are educated other than at school (EOTAS Unit, grandchildren & their grandparents, community groups, healthcare staff, teachers carers, staff from local businesses and council staff.

The main aim of this project is to give a real sense of achievement and to enhance the well-being and cohesion of community life in Strabane by placing artists and creativity at the heart of community life.’



Brian Kennedy Launches the Strabane LGBT

Peace Love and Understanding Festival

Brian Kennedy was in town this week to launch the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) ‘Love, Peace and Understanding’ Festival due to be held over Valentines weekend from 12th - 15th February.

February marks the International LGBT history month and Strabane LGBT Group feel that it’s a good way of highlighting the progress made by the LGBT community over the past number of years.

Gina Gallagher Project Officer at Strabane LBGT said ‘We are delighted to have Brian Kennedy and the Chairman of Strabane District Council Dan Kelly here today to launch the festival. The festival kicks off on the 12th February with the official launch in the Alley Theatre with special guest Breda Larkin, a Sapphic comedian who will entertain us with her experiences growing up in rural Ireland and helping us to find out what love really means.  The launch is suitable for ages 14+.  Expect a few surprises a lot of laughs and great prizes to be won including tickets to Brian Kennedy and a meal in Caffe Fresco.  Free Admission.























The following day a health awareness open day will be held at the LGBT premises on Railway Street followed by the big LGBT quiz at Diceys Bar from 9.30pm.

On Valentine’s Day (Saturday) we will be holding a family fun day in Melvin Sports Complex with games and activities suitable for all ages, including bouncy castles, face painting, Rodeo Bull and Sumo Suits.  Also showing in Melvin is a play by ‘Spanner In The Works’ exploring prejudice which is aimed at young people 12yrs +.  

On Saturday night 14th February (Valentines Night)  Multi-talented singer, songwriter, interpreter, novelist, & Coach on The Voice of Ireland – Brian Kennedy will be at the Alley Theatre for one night only at 8pm. Tickets are £15 available from the box office on 02871384444 or online

Late Night entertainment on the Saturday night will be in the Central Bar with a karaoke party.

We are delighted to be screening the fabulous film ‘Pride’ on the Sunday at 3pm at Eclipse Cinema Lifford.  

The festival which is being supported by Strabane District Council continues throughout the weekend, the festival brochure is available throughout the Strabane area, in the local library, retail outlets throughout the district and on the groups Facebook Page.  We hope that there is something for everyone during the festival.

The Festival is a great way of increasing visibility of LGBT in the area many of whom are still not “Out” as they fear homophobia and discrimination. 2014 marked the first ever LGBT Festival in Strabane and was a huge success.  The team at Strabane LGBT are delighted to be organising this festival once more, however this will be the last year of the festival due to core funding being cut.

Therefore we would urge as many LGBT and LGBT friends to support the Festival and encourage people, organisations and businesses to get involved yearly to keep the festival going’


For more information on the festival contact Gina Gallagher on 028 71 885857 or for tickets for Alley Theatre events contact the box office on 028 71 384444 online   


New Courses

Check out below new courses available for 16 years and over and 55 years and over

Performance Poetry

To enrol email or call 02871268027

Intensive Theatre Course

To enrol email or call 02871268027

Arts for the Third Age

To enrol email or call 028 71 384444