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On the grapevine - July 1


Community festival

Cregagh Community Association has secured funding from Castlereagh Borough Council and the Community Foundation of Northern Ireland to hold a community festival next week.

The fun day runs from noon until 11pm on Saturday, July 10, and all the activities are free.

There will be a variety of attractions for all the family including music, food and sport.

It starts at midday with a parade around the estate by the local Blue Ribbon accordion band.

There will be bouncy castles from 1-5pm and the children can also enjoy kart rides and football games and the dancing of the Diamante dance group.

At 5pm there will be a huge community barbecue with all the food free and at 6pm there will be a performance by lambeg drummers, followed by a number of bands.

The bonfire will be lit the following evening.

The Association thanks Castlereagh Council and the Community Fund for their support.



A community mural in honour of those who died in World War is to be unveiled in east Belfast next weekend.

Sydenham Community Development Agency are organising the event which will take place beside Sydenham train station on Saturday, July 10.

A small parade will commence from Inverary Bowling Club at approximately 7pm with a wreath laying ceremony at the cenotaph facing the train station shortly afterwards.

A spokesman for the agency said: “As there are no more veterans left from the Great War it's more important now to bestow them the honour they deserve.”

Connswater soccer|

Connswater Shopping Centre is hosting World Cup Football Fever over the next few Saturdays with lots of games such as Beat the Keeper, balloon modelling, face painting and more.


Family fun fest

Dundonald Family & Community Initiative are holding their annual Family Fun Fest from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 July.

This year, activities include a primary -age programme every afternoon, seniors' activity and craft mornings, youth events, a talent show night, a visit from Hullabaloo Theatre, a ‘Mad Hatters’ tea-party for pre-schoolers, a supper dance and lots more besides!

As part of the Family Fun Fest, there is a community fun day on Saturday July 10, from 1pm which includes an ‘It's A Knockout’ competition, bouncy castles, craft activities, face painting and our popular ‘Dads and Kids Soap Box’ derby.

All activities take site at Dundonald Methodist Church, Islay Gardens, |Dundonald.

Details and booking info can all be found here: http://www.dfci.org.uk/summer/|


Rose week

A workshop, taken by professional photographers, is one of the new attractions taking place during this year’s Belfast Rose Week which runs from Tuesday to Sunday, July 13-18 at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.

Budding photographers will be guided by professional photographers, John Murphy and Paul Moane on Thursday, July 13.

The International Rose Trials, which is the highlight of Rose Week and involves judges from around the world, takes place the previous day, on Wednesday, 14 July.

A shuttle bus service runs to and from the park each day from the Europa Bus Centre. A bus leaves every 20 minutes starting at 1pm with the last bus leaving the park at 7pm.

More information on Rose Week can be found at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/roseweek


Learning centre

Redburn Loughview Community Forum is urging local people to take advantage of a range of facilities at the learning resource centre at Abbey Ring.

A computer suite will soon be available for all to use while a host of classes is held throughout the week. For further information telephone 9042 7994.

Alice production

North Down Borough Council will present their first ever outdoor theatre production this July with the production of Alice Through The Looking Glass.

Presented by Quantum who tour and produce original work and adaptations of the classics, the Bangor Town Hall show will take place on Thursday, July 22, at 7.30pm.

Children are encouraged to join in the fun and come along dressed up as their favourite character from the story, there will be prize for the best dressed.

Tickets are priced at only £5 and are available from North Down Museum on telephone 9127 1200, Bangor Tourist Information on telephone 9127 0069or email tic@northdown.gov.uk.

city wide

Hip Hop and street dance stars

Irish TV station RTE is looking for dancers to form a new dance group and feature in a new 10-part TV series called ‘Super Crew’, which will follow their journey from audition to appearing on stage.

The winning crew will be mentored and choreographed by top names from the world of hip hop and perform in the Olympia pantomime this Christmas alongside Jedward.

The producers are holding open auditions in Belfast, on Thursday, July 1, from 1pm in The Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast.

These are open to everyone aged 13-17 on the day. A parent/guardian must sign a release form for all those auditioning. U-16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Belfast Telegraph