September to December events

Ballymoney Borough Council has just released its new Events.etc brochure which gives details of arts and cultural events taking place in Ballymoney Town Hall from now until Christmas.

Organised by Ballymoney Borough Arts Committee and the Council’s Cultural Services, the programme features a number of music events beginning with Songwriters in the Round with the wonderful Anthony Toner, Eilidh Patterson and Paul Casey who make a welcome return to the Town Hall on 3 November. They are followed by two amazing Moving on Music Tours - the Rua Macmillan Trio on 23 November and This is How We Fly on 8 December.

Local historian S Alex Blair’s new series of talks, Milestones in 19th Century Irish History, begins on Wednesday 28 September. The first talk looks at The Act of Union and the Creation of the United Kingdom and future talks include Catholic Emancipation and The Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland.

There are a number of exhibitions in the Museum beginning with the Northern Ireland Photographic Association’s Annual Print Exhibition in September and followed in October by Walking Through Riverside Park - an exhibition of recent works by local artist Isabel Kerr. This year is the 25th anniversary of the popular Annual Art Exhibition which will be on display along with the Ulster Woodturners Exhibition in November and the year ends with a exhibition entitled Oiduts Glass Art - the Glass Art of Desmond Ng, Architect & Glass Artisan.

Of course, the programme wouldn’t be complete without the traditional Christmas panto and this year The Panto Company make a welcome return with the popular children’s classic, Cinderella. There are shows for primary schools on Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 1 December at 10am with family shows both evenings at 7.30pm.

Finally the programme also offers a variety of courses including Calligraphy, Creative Writing, Drama & Dance & Painting. Enrolment for all courses takes place on Tuesday 6 September from 7-9pm in Ballymoney Town Hall.

Copies are available from Tourist Information, Ballymoney Town Hall 028 2766 0230 or can be downloaded from the Ballymoney Borough Council website www.ballymoney.gov.uk