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Made in Belfast by Chinese Artists

Belfast-based Chinese artists display a variety of painting styles popular in their native country in Magic Brush – Chinese Art & Spring Festival Celebration, launching on 12 February.

And if you’re in town for the Gradam Ceoill TG4 (the Oscars of Irish music) come along to a talk on Saturday 3 February by members of the Belfast Harp Orchestra that was instrumental in bringing together traditional musicians from around the country.

The schedule of events in date order is as follows:
Laughter in the Dark – Illustrating the Troubles
Extended until 23 February/ exhibition/ free

A new Linen Hall exhibition which charts the birth and rise of the political cartoon and its important role in the political landscape of Northern Ireland. Features examples of original artwork by well-known cartoonists Rowel Friers and Ian Knox. The exhibition is part of the Library’s Divided Society project which is digitising large parts of the Northern Ireland Political Collection.

A History of the Belfast Harp Orchestra with Janet Harbison
Saturday 3 February/performance/ free

To celebrate the Gradam Ceoill TG4 (Traditional Irish Music Awards) coming to Belfast for the first time, Janet Harbison and members of the Belfast Harp Orchestra will showcase their iconic organization that was instrumental in bringing together traditional musicians from both sides of the border.

Using Workhouse Records with Janet Hancock
Wednesday 7 February at 1.00pm/ talk/ free

Part of the PRONI series of lectures at the Linen Hall. This talk focuses on the Poor Law Unions and workhouses. Attendees will be instructed about how to use these archives for research.

Irish Book Club
Saturday 10 February at 11.00am/book club/ free

Whatever your level of mastery in the Irish language, all are welcome to join and discuss the latest chosen book. This month’s title is Éagóir by Seán Ó Cuirreáin.

Magic Brush – Chinese Art & Spring Festival Celebration
12 February – 10 March/ exhibition/ free

Belfast-based Chinese artists display paintings in a variety of Chinese styles. A collection of beautiful and traditional cultural crafts will also be displayed.

Reception: Lion Dancing
With Live Demonstration of Chinese Painting
Thursday 15 February at 6.30pm/ reception/ free

Join in as we celebrate Chinese New year and Spring Festival for 2018.

Introduction to Chinese Art: Seminar & Workshop
Thursday 22 February at 2.00pm/ workshop/ free

Be introduced to the history of Chinese Art and the features of Chinese ink painting, basic skills, techniques and styles. Includes an opportunity to explore Chinese calligraphy and write your name in Chinese. The facilitators will also take you step by step through the process of origami pattern making.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 22 February at 1.10pm/ discussion/ free

All are welcome to join in the discussion and debate of the selected title of the month. This month’s chosen book is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Of Mouth: With guests Moya Cannon and Maria McManus
Friday 23 February at 1.00pm/ readings/ free

Celebrating women poets – today features Donegal-born Moya Cannon and local poet and playwright Marie McManus.


Pictures and interviews are available on request. Contact Linen Hall Library Digital and Marketing Comms Specialist Rachel Wetherall at r.wetherall@linenhall.com or tel: 028 9032 1707.

The Linen Hall Library, one of Belfast’s oldest charities, is open free to the public. Our opening hours are Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm