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Northern Ireland music and film to be celebrated in mini festival series

Matt McGinn
Matt McGinn

A new mini festival series will celebrate Northern Ireland music, literature and film when it launches later this month.

A new partnership between the arts organisation Snow Water, Tourism Ireland and Bushmills will see new monthly showcases across Northern Ireland’s coastal locations throughout 2019.

Starting in Newcastle on January 26, locations will include mini festivals in Whitehead, Cushendall, Ballycastle, Rathlin and Portrush.

The first event will take place at the Anchor Bar, Newcastle and will feature a line-up of Matt McGinn alongside pianist John McCullough, NI Music Prize winners The Wood Burning Savages , a screening of acclaimed film The Irish Pub and whiskey tasting, followed by a DJ set from Joe Lindsay.

Joe Lindsay, one of the Artistic Advisors of Snow Water, said: “We at Snow Water wanted to put together something that shared the things we love, the things we enthuse about, the things that keep us going. More than enough for memorable days and nights away.

"We say 'away' because we want to take the best of music, spoken word, film and dancing to some of the most special places in Northern Ireland. This isn't 'pop-up', this is a 'drop-by' thing. A series of unique, curated events in venues where music and good times are the very foundations of the buildings. Music and great times - we're really great at that here.”

Now in its third year, the award-winning company Snow Water’s vision and title are inspired by Michael Longley’s collection and it aims to to provide collaborations with new and established artists, and to promote Northern Ireland’s artistic excellence locally and internationally.

They already received the 2017 NI Tourism Innovation Award for their work with Atlantic Sessions and been nominated for two Arts and Business Awards for their partnership working with Bushmills. 

“The Old Bushmills Distillery was granted a licence to distill over 400 years ago, and since then has been richly contributing to the north coast, so this partnership with Snow Water is particularly meaningful," said Colum Egan, Master Distiller at Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

"Bushmills also has a strong heritage in providing authentic and enjoyable experiences for music lovers and whiskey drinkers alike. Celebrating and sharing the stories of local talent from musicians, craftsmen, entrepreneurs and adventurers, making this partnership with Snow Water the perfect pairing. We look forward to welcoming all to experience a taste of North Irish hospitality.”

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