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Strabane Men's Project

Strabane Men's Project

Strabane Men's Project are comprised of men in the age range of 55 - 80 years.  

Brought together by a shared love of showband music and drama, the group perform a mix of songs, old and new, stories from retired musicians, poetry and vignettes to involve those who prefer a more supportive role. 

This project has kept men linked throughout this pandemic, who would otherwise have faced isolation as widowers, carers and/or dealing with their own health issues and mental well-being. This has been a lifeline for them and their families. 

Completed under the guidance of Terry McCafferty, Micky Joe Harte and Ronan Doherty (local professional musicians who have been committed to working with this group of 30 men over the last 6 years. 

Music to your Ears been supported by various funding awards ACNI, Lottery funding and Covid Support funding and practically supported by the Alley Theatre, Strabane.

Visit the links below to see the lads in action: 

Going Back by John Carlin & Alvin McLeood: 

John McGinley with 'Waiting for Covid' in conversation:

Connie McGrath

Connie McGrath

Join expert special FX make-up artist Connie McGrath for a live session via Zoom at 15:00 on Friday 14 May. 

To sign up and recieve a Zoom invitation to the workshop, email 

For further information, vist visit:

Kitchen Cupboard Makeup Fx Workshop: Maggot Infested Wounds

The ingredients you'll need: 

For the wound:

1. Vaseline

2. Flour

3. Foundation to match wound to skin tone

4. Butter knife/spatula for mixing/blending edges of prosthetic

5. Porridge oats for flaky skin (optional)

6. Mirror

7. Note pad and pen

For the fake blood:

1. Golden Syrup

2. Food colouring: red, (blue & green optional)

3. Drinking chocolate powder

4. Banana

5. Fork to mash

6. Bowl

7. Toothbrush

8. Spoon to mix

For the bruises:

1. Eyeshadow (range of colours)

2. or the Kryolan Bruise wheel

For the Maggots:

1. Rice (white or brown)

2. Fine point black felt tip marker

Ruth Bate

Ruth Bate

Join modern artist Ruth Bate in his studio for a special Instagram Live edition of his YouTube show, Painting With Ruth Bate. Ruth will be working on a Painting from The Master series and listening to a curated playlist of his back catalogue of Alternative music from his work as a solo artist and his band Modern Blonde plus chuckles and chat. 

Join in on your phone at 19:00 on Tuesday 11 May via our Instagram channel:

Let's Go Hydro

Let's Go Hydro

Just £24.00 per car – includes pizza, popcorn, soft drinks and movie

200 cars (book early to avoid missing out).

Sat 15th May 6:30pm

Book at: 

Spark Opera

Spark Opera

Thursday 13 May – all day long on the NIMHAF instagram page.

Spark Opera Company brings #operasingersofinstagram alive with songs and arias tailored to suit you and your mood.

Using the hashtags #operasingersofinstagram and #nimhaf2021 send your suggestions of moods –melancholy, petulant, elated, jittery, anything goes! – and your favorite opera singers will create a sung playlist to match – all in real time.

With 4 centuries of music to choose from, there's bound to be a tune in tune with how you feel...

Áine Stapleton

Áine Stapleton

'Horrible Creature' was available to watch on the closing day of the 2021 festival on the theme of 'Loneliness'.

In 1915, James Joyce and Nora Barnacle traveled with their young children Giorgio and Lucia to Switzerland to escape the turmoil of World War I. Lucia later trained as a dancer and performed throughout Europe. In the early 1930s she was forced into psychiatric care and underwent treatment at various hospitals across Europe. Horrible Creature is filmed at locations in Switzerland where Lucia spent time, including her primary school and psychiatric hospital. Here, Lucia’s own writing, interpreted by a cast of international dance artists, conjures her world between 1915 and 1950. The film fearlessly explores her difficult family life, her unproven illness, and her undoubted talent. 

Director, writer, choreographer, and producer: Áine Stapleton. 

Director of Photography: Will Humphris. 

Performers: Michelle Boulé, Céline Larrère, Sarah Ryan. 

Sound: David Best, Ed Chivers. 

Voiceover: Rebecca Warner, Aenne Barr. 

Costume: Ivan Moreno Bonica. Editor: José Miguel Jiménez. 

Sound mix: Kev Gleeson. 

Running time: 68 mins 

Funded by: The Arts Council. Partnered by Arts and Disability Ireland’s Connect New Work Award, Dance Ireland, The James Joyce Centre Dublin, The Embassy of Ireland in Switzerland. 

Interview with Film Ireland about the making of ‘Horrible Creature’ - 

“A stunning visual experience” Film Ireland 

“Visceral, sensory, vicarious, confusing, disturbing ... See it!” James Joyce Gazette Private

Curated in association with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.  



Dancefloors may have spent a year in silence, but the studios of the beatsmiths of Belfast and beyond have been noisy scenes of craft and creativity. Some of the fruits of this socially-distant service can be heard on MINDS debut VA compilation. 



Join Fears and friends for a Friday night Zoom disco to celebrate the release of her debut album Oíche,  with a special dance party at 21:00 on Friday 14 May. Visit Facebook for further information:

Noelle McAlinden

Noelle McAlinden

'The Art of Conversation 'with Noelle Mc Alinden: a dedicated focus on artists, creatives and cultural champions reflecting on their sources of inspiration and self-expression.

Highlighting the importance of creativity and self expression and the arts on mental health and well-being.

We reflect upon this last year as we emerge hopefully from our third lockdown on their experiences the challenges and opportunities and how they have managed and coped.

Brain Injury Matters @ Arts for All

Brain Injury Matters @ Arts for All

An exhibition of drawings, paintings, mixed media and photography created during the pandemic on Zoom through weekly workshops with adults who have an acquired brain injury and facilitated by artist Daniela Balmaverde.

When the pandemic started Brain Injury Matters participants felt isolated, cut off and disconnected from each other, family and friends and society, with no end in sight.

Through the weekly workshops, participants had the opportunity to connect, try new things and enjoy creating their own art works, for some, for the first time ever.

With pride and confidence, the participants have created over 100 pieces, with a selection being exhibited in the John Luke Gallery, Arts for All exhibition as part of this year’s NIMHAF.

Taking place at Arts for All, CitySide Retail Park, Ground Floor, Unit D, Belfast, BT15 3GU

Brain Injury Matters @ Belfast Exposed

Brain Injury Matters @ Belfast Exposed

A photographic exhibition exploring the theme of portraits by a group of individuals who have an acquired brain injury. Each photograph creatively represents individually who they are now, their interests, passions and aspirations and the person they have become.

The photography exhibition represents work from a series of projects between Belfast Exposed working in partnership with Brain Injury Matters to enable those with lived experience of brain injury and, sometimes associated, mental health issues to bring awareness to a wider audience, creating understanding and raising awareness of people who are living with a brain injury.

Street View Gallery

Belfast Exposed

23, Donegall St, Belfast, BT1 2FF

10th- 16th May 2021

Figure This

Figure This

Commissioned specially for NIMHAF 2021, this online class is a unique, explorative life drawing experience that invites attendees to celebrate the diversity of the human body through art. Filmed using high-definition cameras and theatrical lighting, the class allows artists of all levels to draw from live nude models as you’re guided through various techniques, materials and poses by a professional artist. It's a great way to stretch your creative muscles and everyone is welcome, whether you're a modern day Michelangelo or you haven't drawn since you were wee. So get involved and celebrate the full and fantastic diversity of the human body in this friendly, body positive, creative space.