Belfast Telegraph

On the Grapevine - July 28

Carrickfergus harbour festival

Carrickfergus Harbour Festival will take place on Saturday 31 July 2010 from 12 noon to 6pm.

The Festival will be a great day out for all the family and will host a range of activities organised by Carrickfergus Chamber of Commerce including a Speciality Food Market and Craft Fair (from 10am), Street Entertainers, Face painters, Try a Boat, traditional folk music and much more!

Complimenting the event will be the annual Lughnasa Fair at Carrickfergus Castle and a Dragon Boat Race organised by Northern Ireland Hospice. Teams from across Northern Ireland will be racing in Dragon Boats and with up to 16 rowers and one drummer to keep the rowers in time, this is sure to be a great team building exercise for any company or organisation as well as good craic for all involved.

Everyone from across Northern Ireland is encouraged to come to Carrickfergus and enjoy the festivities ongoing throughout the town! Carrickfergus Harbour Festival will take place at Carrickfergus Harbour on Saturday 31st July 2010 from 10am to 6pm.


District policing partnership meeting

Newtownabbey DPP Meeting will take place this evening, Wednesday July 28, at 7pm at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA

Barron Hall services to relocate

Due to the recent arson attack at Barron Hall on the Antrim Road, the Community Telegraph has been told that the majority of its community services will relocate to Ballyduff Community Centre, situated in Forthill Drive, Newtownabbey over the next few weeks. More information to follow in due course.


Poems at central

Poetry fans can look forward to a special event that will be held next week in BelfastCentral Library.

In association with The John Hewitt Society, Libraries NI is delighted to present poets Elizabeth Campbell and Miriam Gamble, who will read a selection of their poems on Tuesday August 3 at 7pm.

Elizabeth Campbell, from Melbourne, is this year’s winner of the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize which enables an Australian poet to visit Ireland.

Miriam Gamble was born in Brussels but grew up in Belfast where she now lives.

Her book, ‘The Squirrels Are Dead’ was published in Spring 2010. Admission to this event is £5 and you can contact Belfast Central Library on 028 9050 9150 or email


Music in the park

Jordanstown Loughshore Park have a melody of performances this week.

This evening, Wednesday July 28, the Ballyduff Silver Band will be playing for park visitors from 7.45pm to 8.45pm.

On Sunday, August 1, Knockagh Accordion Band will be entertaining park-goers from 3pm to 4pm. These events are free. If you require further information please call 028 9034 0063.



A special gaelic music concert featuring musicians from Scotland and Donegal is all set for tonight, Wednesday July 28.

Taking place in the main hall at 174 Trust building, on Duncairn Avenue, everyone is welcome to this cross community event.

Tickets are £5 amd refreshments will be provided. Tickets can be obtained on the evening or if you would like to book in advance call the centre on 90747 114

Music at the bandstand

Woodvale Park will host Corcrain Flute Band on Sunday August 8.

A free event, for all the family, the band will be playing from 3pm to 4pm at the Woodvale Park bandstand.

This is part of Belfast City Council’s music in the park summer programme. For further information please visit

Volunteers needed for youth arts festival

Children and young people from across north Belfast are welcome to participate in the week-long programme of arts-based activities as part of the exciting Celebrate North Belfast Youth Arts Festival, led by New Lodge Arts.

The festival, from August 4-11, has workshops where young people can develop skills in a variety of art forms from dance, drama, music and visual arts, event management and technical production. Families are invited to support the young participants at showcases celebrating the outcomes of the activities.

Last summer, 158 young people were involved in the Youth Arts Festival and over 600 audience members attended the showcase events. If you would like more information about becoming a participant, volunteer or audience member, please contact New Lodge Arts, a community arts organisation based in the Greater New Lodge area of North Belfast.

The volunteer development programme is open to anyone over 16 years and relevant training and workshops are available. Please contact Helen on 90742255 or email

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