The Duncairn in north Belfast has curated an unforgettable weekend of events to celebrate its 4th birthday. Running from Fri 11th – Sun 13th May, the three-day celebrations include actor John Connors, David Keenan and guests, Ye Vagabonds, and a whole weekend of family crafts and activities.
There are those who would call this a festival. But true to form, The Duncairn has just worked hard at curating an astonishing weekend of music, words, crafts, controversy and comedy to celebrate its 4th birthday. For music lovers, followers of current affairs, adults and children, in north Belfast and beyond, there is a certain air to this collection of events. It tastes fresh. There are ideas, and names, talents and crafts that need to be shared, and this is the perfect weekend to start.
An Audience with Award Winning Irish Actor John Connors will open proceedings on Friday 11th May. Warning: There is a 0.0001% possibility that this event will not be comedic and controversial.
David Keenan and his band will be breathing fresh air into the whole idea of singer-songwriter on Saturday night, along with a bevvy of young Irish upstarts including LemonCello, Junior Brother, Harry Hoban and the Brothers Kane.
Then Sunday offers the chance to soak up the coolest of daytime chills over breakfast at a very special Super Sunday event, and the celebrations close on Sunday night with the rich folk harmonies of Irish duo Ye Vagabonds
Don’t forget that dotted throughout the weekend there will be an intriguing series of craft workshops for adults and children.
The Duncairn is well known for its focus on community and this has been factored into the agenda, ensuring that people of various interests and all ages are catered for. Since opening in May 2014, The Duncairn has had a remarkable impact, confirming itself and north Belfast as a premium cultural destination among the local community, across the city and with visitors from throughout the island and overseas.
Visitors to the Duncairn soon realize that this former Presbyterian church is not simply one of the most beautiful and enchanting venues in the Belfast, it is a venue that is performing work of utmost importance in building community relations in one of the most divided and contested parts of the city.
It is transforming pride and opportunity in the area and helping to put north Belfast on the map for all the right reasons. It is, in short, changing lives.