Council organising Autumn Arts Festival

Matt McGinn.
Matt McGinn.

It’s Autumnal Arts in abundance as Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Council announced details of their ever popular annual arts event.

‘Autumn Arts’ which runs from Friday, October 9, to Friday, October 30, features a pulsating programme of musical and literary performances plus a host of workshops and events offering the opportunity to harness your creative and artistic talents.

This festival kicks off on Friday, October 9, with a free outdoor cinema showing of Toy Story at 7pm in Solitude Park, Banbridge.

The Bronte Centre, Rathfriland, plays host to ‘Glass Town’ on Saturday, 10 October, at 8pm when Victoria Gleason and Katherine McGrath perform dramatic readings of the Bronte family’s own diary extracts. Tickets are priced £5 and available from the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio T: 028 4062 3322.

On Thursday, October 15, from 2pm–4pm The John Hewitt Society will be hosting a Creative Writing Workshop with Maria McManus in the Old Town Hall, 
Banbridge. The workshop entitled ‘Flight’ will be focusing on the natural world. Tickets are £5.

Later the same day in the FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio a Trio of Poets, namely Maria McManus, Paul Maddern and Deidre Cartmill will be reading from their most recent works from 7.30pm Tickets are £5 available from the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio.

On Saturday, October 17, Cinemagic will be offering a variety of workshops for younger arts fans.

An Animate with Lego workshop in the Old Town Hall, Banbridge which runs from 10am–1pm for 7–11 year olds and 1.30–4.30pm for 12–15 years shows how to turn your favourite Lego character into movie stars with Joel Simon from the multi-award winning Flickerpix Animation 

The entertainment continues on the Saturday, October 17, at 8pm with ‘Songwriters in the Round’ featuring Anthony Toner, Matt McGinn and Ken Haddock.

These three leading Northern Ireland songwriters will perform in an evening of original songs, roots music and plenty of banter! Tickets are £5.

Autumn Arts continues with a wealth of adult workshops including a fantastic Furniture Upcycling class on Thursday, October 15, in Banbridge Leisure Centre from 6pm – 9pm.

Try your hand at the art of flower arranging with Flowerworks on Friday, October 16, in the Old Town Hall, Banbridge from 6.30pm–9pm. A Stitch in Time on Wednesday, October 21, also in the Old Town Hall from 6.30pm–9.30pm will cover all aspects of embroidery.

Tickets for all performances are limited and early booking is strongly advised by contacting Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council on 028 4066 0605, or where highlighted the F.E. McWillam Gallery on 028 4062 3322

The Autumn Arts brochure detailing all events and activities is available at various outlets across the Borough and surrounding towns, and is also available to download at

For further information about Autumn Arts contact Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council on 028 4066 0605.