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World-Renowned Harpist Heads Up Summer School at Linen Hall in July


World-renowned harpist Janet Harbison will host a three-day harp summer school at the Linen Hall from 2 – 4 July.  The event aims to draw attention to the Library founders who were instrumental in preserving the traditional harp music of Ireland. Throughout the last 230 years the Library has held a number of harp instruction schools to encourage and promote the instrument that has become recognised as the symbol of Ireland.

We also revisit the events that created the NI civil rights movement in the 60s and reflect on possible parallels with modern times in the exhibition Connecting Civil Rights: Then and Now starting 4 July.

The schedule of events in date order is as follows:

Belfast Perspectives
By Kevin Hamilton
Runs until 31 July / exhibition/ free

Belfast-based visual artist Kevin creates fascinating new perspectives of our built heritage through kaleidoscopic studies of iconic buildings. He says: “I want people to appreciate the strength and beauty of our environment and not dwell on the past.”

Belfast Harp Summer School with award-winning harpist Janet Harbison
Monday 2, Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 July 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00m – 4.00pm
£30 per day or £70 for 3 days (includes admission to lunchtime recitals)

In the late 1700s the music of itinerant harpers was dying out. A number of Linen Hall Library founders stepped in, and in 1792 organised a festival of harp music with the intention of having the music taken down and recorded for the first time. Since then the Linen Hall Library has held a number of harp summer schools to support and promote this beautiful but challenging instrument. Harps are available to hire but must be booked in advance (£20 for all three days). Suitable for beginner to advanced harpists. Must be aged 11 or over.

Harp Recital with Award-Winning Harpist Janet Harbison
Monday 2, Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 July at 1.10pm – 2.00pm
£5 per person

Internationally renowned and multi-award-winning harpist Janet Harbison will fill the Linen Hall with beautiful music. Originally from Dublin, Janet has won every conceivable national harp award, and travels the world performing and teaching this magnificent instrument.

Connecting Civil Rights: Then and Now
4 July – 31 August/ exhibition/ free

It’s been 50 years since the civil rights movement of the late 1960s in Northern Ireland. Using archival materials and interviews, this exhibition asks what kind of environment shaped this, and other, related political movements during the period. Part of the Connecting Civil Rights project at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Belfast Transport – Then and Now: Horse Tram to Metro with Mike Maybin
Tuesday 10 July at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free

The fascinating story of Belfast’s public transport from horse trams to the introduction of motor buses, and the story of intra-urban transport in the city today.

Heathcliff In Ireland: Exploring the Brontë’s Irish Roots with Pauline Holland
Monday 30 July at 1.00pm/ free/ lecture

Two hundred years after her birth, hear the story of how Emily Brontë was heavily influenced by her County Down father, Patrick Brontë, and how the tale of Wuthering Heights first took shape by a fireside in the Mournes, many years before Emily was born.

Brontë Workshop
Wuthering Heights in a 2018 context
Monday 30 July at 2.00pm/ workshop/ £3pp

If Wuthering Heights were set in 2018, what would we think of Heathcliff and Cathy, given our increased awareness of the ramifications of human behavior? Outside of the Victorian context, how would we see them? This is a participatory event, featuring discussion, cinema, and lively debate – all views welcome! Places must be booked in advance as numbers are limited.

For more information about the Linen Hall Library please visit our website at www.linenhall.com

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

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