Belfast is set to welcome a pizza revolution that will shake up the Cathedral Quarter next month and you will want to be a part of it!
Pizza Punks is an artisan and wood-fired pizza eatery with a difference. Its philosophy is simple: giving choice and value to their customers. You can have anything you want on your pizza at no extra cost., that’s right, unlimited toppings for one flat fee. Anarchy, right?
Pizza Punks has become famous for its legendary artisan wood-fired pizzas, their Sourdough base is handmade on site every day and proved for 24 hours for maximum flavour. Boasting a range of bases and unique toppings to suit every taste (vegan, gluten free and Halal). Its giant wood burning oven will also be front and centre in the new venue, so you can see first hand your creation coming to life.
Plus, it doesn’t stop at pizza! Pizza Punks is set to cause a stir with an incredible drinks menu on offer. Retro ice cream floats? Got it. Champion cocktails? Yup. Those crazy Insta-famous freak-shakes? Of course. All of that along with wine on tap, and a great selection of craft beers all served up alongside a great soundtrack – there really is something for everyone including the little punks in your life who can create their own pizza and ice cream from their own children’s menu.
The punked up look and feel of the Cathedral Quarter venue marks a new spot for locals, inviting the food lovers of Belfast to come in and hang out amongst the neon signage, wooden worktops and unique atmosphere. If that wasn’t enough, Belfast Street artist, Visual Waste is jumping onboard as a collaborator to punk up the interior even more.
The Pizza Punks team have created the perfect combination of menus for every occasion, whether it’s a brunch date, grabbing a slice on your lunch break, or a full-on pizza party with your crew they’ve got it covered.
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Local businessman, Narinder Kaushal, expands franchise roster with the addition of a new state-of-the-art Fit4Less gym in the local Clarehall area.
Mr Kaushal, who currently runs two franchised convenience stores in Blanchardstown and Clonee, officially opened his first gym under énergie Ireland’s Fit4Less brand in June and has seen increased demand in the local area for affordable services, with 1,500+ new members signed up in a matter of weeks.
The 6,500 sq ft facility, located at unit 8, Clarehall Retail Park, Malahide road, Dublin 17, currently employs seven members of staff.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s most famous farce, is set to take to the MAC stage in Belfast this month. Regarded as one of his finest works, this humorous take on Victorian high society is arguably one of the Irish playwright’s most enduring comedies, with some of the funniest and well-known lines of any of Wilde’s plays.
A new co-production by Bruiser Theatre Company and the MAC, showing exclusively at the MAC this spring, The Importance of Being Earnest will open for a three-week run from 24 March until 15 April 2017.
The recurring themes of marriage, courtship and mundane social obligations ring as true today in this punchy retelling of the classic as when Wilde first put pen to paper.
Boasting some of the funniest lines in the English language, this is Earnest for a 2017 audience interpreted by an all-male cast.
Starring Joseph Derrington as protagonist Algernon Moncrieff and Joseph O’Malley as Jack Worthing, who become entangled in a hilarious plot, forcing each to maintain their fictitious personae ‘Earnest’ to win the hearts of two endearing ‘women’.
Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC, said: “The MAC is an organisation that champions new, innovative artistic experiences for audiences and artists alike. We’re delighted to present Wilde’s classic in Bruiser Theatre Company’s vibrant theatrical style. The Importance of Being Earnest will be a guaranteed night of entertaining fun for those familiar with and new to Oscar Wilde.”
Lisa May, Director, Bruiser Theatre Company said: “Our adaption of The Importance of Being Earnest is a real treat for lovers of classic Wilde, but also for theatre-goers looking for an all-out comedy night at theatre. In our version, we stay true to Wilde’s original words and characters, but deliver in the unique Bruiser style.
“We’ve been working hard to tackle Wilde’s comic masterpiece – bringing to the fore timeless themes of relationships and identity, still as relevant to audiences today as ever.”
For theatre-goers seeking to embrace an added taste of the Victorian era before the show, the MAC’s in-house café and restaurant NATIVE will be offering a delightful afternoon tea spread from just £13 per person before the 25 March matinee.
Tickets for The Importance of Being Earnest and the one-off afternoon tea at NATIVE are now on-sale at themaclive.com.
Local Belfast-based womenswear brand Ariana is proud of its Autumn/Winter 16 collection. It hosts flattering and expertly designed pieces, created to cater for those who want great quality, beautiful clothing at affordable prices. There is something for everyone’s personal style in this collection.
Each distinctive Ariana piece can take the wearer from day-to-evening with ease, using smart, contemporary and forward-thinking designs that enhance your silhouette and ensure you stand out from the crowd.
This collection features beautifully designed dresses, tops and coats in stunning jewel prints, striking jacquards, quirky animal prints and retro-inspired tailoring. With colour palettes spanning from rich cranberry, autumnal mustard, deep indigo to rich chocolate and chic greys, this effortlessly chic collection will appeal to all style conscious women.
Utilising hints of the seasons key trends Ariana has created a modern wardrobe with touches of cutting edge style that any woman can wear. Ariana Clothing has everything you need to look stylish and chic this Autumn/Winter.
The Ariana collection is designed in Belfast, Northern Ireland and available in local boutiques and throughout Europe. Check out its website for more details on the collection and a list of stockists: www.arianaclothing.com
West Belfast’s Kennedy Centre – often dubbed ‘Curley’s’ – is leading the way forward on accessibility and inclusivity this Christmas with extended support for children with additional needs when visiting the centre’s magical Christmas dome to meet-and-greet Father Christmas.
Teaming up with Enchanted Events, Kennedy Centre is offering relaxed Santa sessions this holiday season for children with additional needs. Relaxed Santa sessions cater for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), physical disabilities and other additional needs by opening the centre from 9am to 1pm every Sunday until Christmas so that any potential anxiety or mobility issues caused by large crowds of Christmas shoppers is alleviated. Centre retailers also remain closed and no noise or music is emitted from PA systems.
Recent reports show a 67% increase in the incidence rate of school age children diagnosed with ASD rising from 4,570 to 6,046 between 2011/12 and 2014/15 (Department of Health and Social Care, 2015) further cementing the need for such services in public venues.
Commenting this year’s relaxed Santa sessions, John Jones, Centre Manager, said:
“Kennedy Centre has always been a cornerstone of the community here in West Belfast. We are a community-based shopping centre and with that comes the responsibility to ensure we take into consideration the additional needs and support members of the community within the catchment area require.
“We’re delighted to have the Enchanted Events team return to Kennedy Centre again this Christmas to support us as we continue to deliver our services to all members of the local community.”
Now widely adopted in Northern Ireland, Kennedy Centre is largely credited for introducing the concept to fast-paced shopping centres in 2015.
“Visiting Santa should be a magical and memorable experience; one without mobility issues or anxiety. However, not all children are afforded this luxury. Similar relaxed Santa sessions are now a regular feature in the Christmas events calendars of shopping centres throughout Northern Ireland, who open their doors at midday on Sundays. But, Kennedy Centre is leading the way forward by extending these sessions from 9am until centre opening hours of 1pm,” explained Angela Lamont, owner of Enchanted Events.
Should a child become anxious, frightened or if access issues arise during their visit, Santa will greet them at a more convenient point around the Christmas installation for photographs.
Kennedy Centre relaxed Santa sessions take place every Sunday (9am – 1pm) until December 18th.
With some of the best producers and growers based in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is keen to encourage the next generation of talented growers and is calling on green-fingered local pupils to submit a poem about the importance of Harvest.
This initiative is intended to broaden children’s understanding of agriculture and to promote healthy eating options with a balanced fruit and vegetable-filled. Growing fruit and vegetables in the garden at your school is a fantastic way to demonstrate the link between the food we eat, the seasons and the land.
Participating schools will have the chance to win a set of allotments, enabling pupils to fully immerse themselves in the harvest season. The prize includes two wooden allotment frames, soil, seeds, guides and a visit from an experienced gardener who will host an educational lesson on planting and tending.
Cllr. Uel Mackin, Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh’s Economic Development Committee, explained the benefits of instilling this interest at a young age.
“I would encourage all local schools to reach out and get involved in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Harvest Competition. The aim is to encourage the younger generation to get involved in, and fully appreciate, the process of growing, harvesting and eating fruit and vegetables.”
“Those involved will reap the benefits of seeing first-hand how their hard work and care can produce an array of fruit and vegetables. It will be exciting process to chart the progress of each allotment and see local school children’s hard work come to fruition,” added Cllr. Uel Mackin.
To be in with the chance of winning this fantastic prize for their school, pupils are requested to submit a poem around the theme of Harvest to a select panel of judges.
To enter, simply submit your harvest-themed poem by Friday, October 21st to LCCC Harvest Competition, C/O Rumour Mill PR, First Floor Cranmore House, 611A Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7GT or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Strandtown Traders Association has launched a brand new website (www.belmontroadbelfast.com) for the Belmont Road Village area, along with a new proactive marketing approach aimed at promoting the area. This initiative, part-funded by Belfast City Council, is also geared towards increasing visitor numbers and its overall profile.
Coordinated by The Strandtown Traders Association, the new website puts the spotlight on Belmont Road as an area for everything from shopping, services, leisure, community and food. It allows for the group to showcase both the community feel and the quality and number of interesting independent shops. The group will also be more proactive with its marketing through creating new community-focused events and advertising; ensuring everyone keeps up to date with what is going on and ultimately get involved.
Kieran Hill, independent retailer and Strandtown Traders Association representative, said:
“Belmont Road is strong in independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Visitors love this and the new brand puts the focus on our variety shops and services. A lot of cities would envy the Belmont Road Village’s community feel, that its high street isn’t a cookie-cutter row of the same shops, and that it’s a modern area with a lot of history mixed in.
“Our new website and marketing approach for the area is all about letting the rest of the Belfast and further afield know, clearly and confidently, that there’s nowhere like the Belmont Road.
“Too many people miss the Belmont Road on their way to somewhere else. Or they’re just passing through. This new identity is for them. We want them to stop, to know where we are on the map and to head here first. We want to show them what a special place this is.”
For the past number of years, Belfast City Council has funded the delivery of area-based activities aimed at supporting local neighbourhood-based retail hubs. Activities to date have primarily focused upon increasing footfall within targeted areas and have been developed by business associations with a specific geographical focus. Strandtown Traders Association was one of seven associations that took part in this most recent project to provide mentoring support in the development of marketing and promotional plans, with the aim to increase awareness and business development for the local area.
Councillor Aileen Graham, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, said: “The Council is committed to supporting our independent retailers and traders associations which are the backbone of our local economy.
“Indeed neighbourhood-based retail plays a vital role in sustaining and creating jobs while also providing valuable local services which improve community cohesion and wellbeing.
“A number of business associations from across Belfast including Strandtown Traders Association have received funding support from Council for a range of promotional and marketing activities this year aimed at increasing footfall and sales within their catchment areas. These include the Christmas period and other seasonal events.
“This new website by Strandtown Traders Association is another key project now which will put the Belmont Road on the map by showcasing the area as a fantastic place to shop, eat-out or simply visit!”
The Belmont Road is also gearing up to showcase its very first fashion show in September, followed by its first ever food tour of the area in October to mark Belfast Restaurant Week. More information on these events can be found of the new website and via their social media channels.
Leading Belfast arts venue, the MAC has announced a significant new appointment to its team. Simon Magill, joins the MAC’s as Creative Director, tasked with supporting the venue’s drive to be a landmark of cultural excellence.
Simon’s new role will be central to the MAC’s vision and aspirations both regionally and internationally. He will work with local artists and creative sector, as well as seeking out the best artists, performers and production companies from around the world.
Whilst the MAC has been bringing world leading productions and exhibitions to Belfast already, Simon’s remit will be to expand upon this and further the MAC’s reputation as the dynamic hub for cultural and artistic excellence.
Over the last four years, since the MAC opened, the venue has brought some leading names to Belfast such as Royal Court, Andy Warhol and Eddie Izzard. In addition, the venue has experienced growing visitor numbers and has worked with some 3,500 artists and companies many of whom have collaborated with the MAC on their journey to success.
Welcoming the new appointment, Chief Executive of the MAC, Anne McReynolds says:
“We are delighted that Simon Magill will be taking up the post of Creative Director at the MAC. Already a major figure in the arts scene, Simon is an inspirational and widely respected figure who has been a committed champion of Northern Ireland’s creativity through his many roles with the Waterfront, Tinderbox, co-founder of Prime Cut Productions and The Lyric. His appointment offers an exciting new direction for the MAC and its audiences who have already enjoyed what we have staged since 2012.
“We had a very strong field of applicants for the role, but in our discussions throughout the recruitment process Simon’s passion for the MAC and vision for its future made him stand out as the perfect candidate to build on our success and write the next chapter of the MAC’s creative story.”
On his appointment Simon Magill says: “I’m thrilled and flattered that the board has shown confidence in my vision. The MAC is a truly versatile creative space and in a short period of time, has firmly established itself within the local, national and international arts scene. With its vast spectrum of performances, exhibitions and educational programmes, I very much look forward to working with the team to enhance the organisation’s existing achievements.
“I hope to expand upon the creative development approach, introducing new initiatives that cultivate the passion and endeavour of local artists whilst also bringing the best of the world to our stages and galleries. I want to ensure the MAC continues to keep the customer at the heart of our programme and corporate activities.”