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On the grapevine - September 16


GLAD autumn events

GLAD [Gay & Lesbian Across Down] has recently announced details of some upcoming events.

This evening, (Wednesday, September 15) all gay, lesbian and bisexual people, their family and friends are warmly invited to join us for our "Coffee,Cake & Craic" event at Café Kina, Holywood, that starts at 7.30pm. An informal evening that allows members and guests to meet and chat, enjoy coffee and cake [it's buy your own, unfortunately] and perhaps end off the evening with a bit of fun such as a quiz.

The GLAD Annual Film Night, will be held on Monday October 4 at 7.30pm, at Tudor Cinema Comber.

These events are open to all gay, lesbian and bisexual people, their family and friends, regardless of where they live.

GLAD was established in March 2007 and one the aims of the voluntary group is to provide appropriate, sustainable &and safe opportunities for social networking and self help support.

For further information visit or by telephone 07791 398 438.


Always a drama!

Young people in Ards will getting more than a little dramatic from next week, with the start of a new drama club.

Teenagers aged between 13 and 16 will be able to join the Youth Drama Club begins on Monday 27th September at Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards and runs for 10 weeks each Monday from 7.30pm to 9pm.

The Club will offer the youngsters an opportunity to develop their theatrical skills and confidence, while exploring a range of drama techniques, including characterisation, improvisation, performance styles, vocal techniques, working with text, devising and directing.

The Club is being formed by Ards Arts, Ards Borough Council’s arts service, and will be led by one of Northern Ireland’s leading Drama professionals, Orla Mckeagney, who has been working as a drama facilitator for over 15 years with substantial experience directing youth and adult theatre in community settings.

Amy McKelvey, Community Arts Development Officer with the council said: ”We’re delighted to have someone of Orla's experience and talent coming to work in Ards. Young people here with an interest in drama or who are studying the subject at school, have a real opportunity to benefit from her professional expertise in developing their knowledge and skills. We hope this first series of ten sessions will be just the start for the drama club.”

For further information contact the Arts Centre on 028 9181 0803.

GI Joes and twinkle toes

From GI Joes to some twinkle toes, next week’s Festival of Peninsula from September 15 to September 19 is broadening its appeal.

While renowned for its folk and traditional music concerts, the 2010 festival will also include contemporary dance, a film screening, night of entertainment with the Ards Writers, as well as a boat tour.

Film fans will enjoy a special screening of ‘Into The West’, when the Town Hall becomes a cinema for the night. The movie tells how an ancient legend becomes reality for Ossie and Tito, the sons of Papa Riley, a former traveller who has rejected the nomadic life after the death of his wife. A magnificent white horse follows their grandfather home and becomes curiously devoted to the boys. Driven by their grandpa’s tales, the horse, and their father’s misery, the boys flee Dublin in search of the west and an answer to what is missing in their lives.

‘World War II Remembered’ will recreate the American presence in Ards between 1942 and 1944, with US troops descending upon Conway Square, wearing authentic uniforms, demonstrating weapon handling and rifle drills, marching and standing to attention when a jeep with ‘General Eisenhower’ tours the town. The soldiers will be back ‘at ease’, however, when ‘The Bellehoppers’ bring the music and dancing of the 40s to the Square.

The outside activity will be complemented by an exhibition inside the Town Hall which will show original Allied and Axis weaponry, uniforms and equipment, as well as a US medical display, — all against the backdrop of original wartime footage and a chance to see the documentary ‘Over Here’ about US troops in Northern Ireland between 1942 and 1943.

Comic moments are guaranteed in ‘Music, Memory & Mirth’ when Ards Writers will stage an evening of pure entertainment in the company of accomplished pianist, Donald Blair and award winning writer, broadcaster and storyteller, Hugh Robinson.

For further information, a brochure and to book, contact Ards Tourist Information Centre, Tel: 028 9182 6846 or visit


The Kilcooley Forum have arranged a date for the Electoral office to come to Kilcooley on Tuesday September 21 to register people to vote.

There are two times and venues. One will take place in the Community Centre from 12noon to 3pm. The other event will be in Kilcooley Primary School from 7.00pm-8.30pm.

Even if people are registered they can still come up and re-register and get the photographic ID for free.

People attending need to be 18 or over and show their National Insurance number and give their date of birth.

Also there is free entry into a £500 prize draw with the Electoral Office regionally for all who sign up. The draw will be made in February 2011.

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