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Summer 2021 Arts Programme announced

HomePlace welcomes a return to live performance with a series of Sunday shows in the Back Yard. Featuring the cream of Northern Ireland’s musical talent, these shows will be held outdoors and will last an hour. Why not order a picnic box from the HomePlace café and make an afternoon of it. Tickets are limited to 40 and we advise that the audience come dressed for the outdoors!


Anthony Toner makes a relaxed return to the HomePlace for a laid back Summer Sunday in the Backyard appearance, just as he celebrates the release of a brand new album, Six Inches of Water. The new collection features a clutch of songs inspired by east Belfast, covering everything from the Blitz to the old corporation baths at Templemore Avenue. For this performance, you can also expect a selection of favourite songs from Anthony’s back catalogue and maybe some cover versions with summer associations.

SUNDAY 8 AUGUST AT 2PM ¦ TICKETS: £10 ¦ Book now


Oonagh Derby is a singer songwriter, producer, production manager and project manager from Moira in Co Armagh. Her musical background is in traditional music learned “around the kitchen table” with her family and the later as part of the traditional band Nua. She has since branched out on her own to write and perform her own original contemporary songs and music that have an energetic roots/folk style to them and has shown her considerable range over two acclaimed albums Harmony Street and Breathe.

SUNDAY 15 AUGUST AT 2PM ¦TICKETS: £10 ¦ Book now


We are delighted to welcome Eilidh back to HomePlace following her gorgeous performance here in 2019. A warm, engaging songwriter of startling clarity, Eilidh has songs that cut straight to the heart, delightfully accurate guitar playing, and crystal-clear vocals, immediately connecting with her audience.  Having released five studio albums and an EP to date, Eilidh is driven by that desire to connect with people.  This desire has seen her perform regularly across Northern Ireland and at festivals such as SxSW in Austin TX, Folk Alliance in Memphis TN, and Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland.

SUNDAY 22 AUGUST AT 2PM ¦ TICKETS: £10¦ Book now




Irish Linen Lantern Making with Ruth Osbourne

Join accomplished craft tutor Ruth Osbourne for this three-hour workshop that allows you to design and create your very own Irish Linen Lantern. Your lantern jar will be wrapped in Irish Linen and delicately printed with seasonal fresh and dried foliage, which has historic use or symbolism connected to the season.  All materials will be provided.

SATURDAY 3 JULY ¦ 10am – 12.30pm ¦ Cost: £30 ¦ Sold out

Creative Writing Workshop with Bernie McGill

Join facilitator Bernie McGill for a writing workshop in the Moyola Hall and Sensory Garden, inspired by the work of Seamus Heaney. This will be a practical workshop on the everyday craft of writing with the aim of sparking ideas for new work. All levels of experience welcome from experienced writers to first-timers, poets and fiction writers alike. Participants will have the option to find a spot outdoors in the Sensory Garden to write, weather permitting, or at a social distance indoors in the Moyola Hall.  Come with writing materials, prepared to write.

SATURDAY 17 JULY ¦10.30am-1.30pm ¦ Cost: £20 ¦ sold out


Nature Walk and Writing Workshop with Emma Must

Join poet Emma Must for a spring walk to Lough Beg, followed by a writing workshop. Writers with any level of experience or none at all, are very welcome. The walk will last about an hour; the workshop will be guided step by step. A bus will bring participants to Lough Beg but please wear shoes suitable for walking and bring a notebook and pen.

(4 hours total, including short break)

Saturday 24 July ¦ Time: 10am – 2pm ¦ Cost: £30 ¦ Book here




Inspired by our new Open Ground Trails come along to this fun workshop with Kim Montgomerie and create your very own murmuration masterpiece! Using the backdrop of Church Island as inspiration, Kim will show you how to create your very own painting of a murmuration of starlings.

All materials will be provided.

Friday 6 August ¦ 10.30am – 12 noon ¦ Ages: 6 – 11 years ¦ Tickets: £12 ¦ Book now


In association with Filmbank Media

In Disney and Pixar’s ONWARD, two teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad and embark on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley’s epic van Guinevere. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles, and unimaginable discoveries. Perilous curses aside, this one magical day could mean more than any of them ever dreamed.

Saturday 21 August ¦ Running Time: 102mins ¦ Certificate: U ¦ Tickets: £5/ £3 concession ¦ Book now

All events will comply with Covid19 Regulations.