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OBAMA TO REMAIN PRESIDENT? WISHFUL THINKING!

OBAMA TO REMAIN PRESIDENT? WISHFUL THINKING!

From the mouths of babes; the wishes of children in Northern Ireland has proved to be more inspirational than anyone could have anticipated. For the past four weeks, children from across the province have been casting their final 2016 wishes into the Phoenix Wishing Well at the MAC, Belfast. From Obama remaining President, eating pizza every day, making it rain candy, to the selfless wish to give the homeless somewhere safe and warm to stay this Christmas; local children have provided some of the most imaginative and sincere wishes possible.

The Phoenix Wishing Well has received hundreds of wishes to date, with only a few days left to get involved. From all the wishes cast, Phoenix Natural Gas has promised to make one of these festive wishes come true. So, the hunt for a real unicorn might be on!

Geri Wright, Communications Manager at Phoenix Natural Gas said, “We have been overwhelmed by number of funny, wacky and wonderfully innocent wishes received already. Undoubtedly the most popular wish made by children across Northern Ireland so far has been a trip to Disneyland to meet their favourite characters but what struck me particularly was the number of children wishing to help others this Christmas. I’ve also particularly enjoyed some of the more unusual requests – everything from unicorns to super powers.

“The Phoenix Wishing Well is located on the ground floor of the MAC, Belfast, within the Phoenix Wishing Wood. The wood was created by a team of local artists to provide a sensory experience at the MAC for little ones and families alike. We wanted children to be inspired by the magic of the woodland and get creative with their entries, which they have done. It has surpassed all expectations. After 20 years in Northern Ireland, Phoenix Natural Gas is at the heart of many homes and we are looking forward to making one family’s Christmas wish come true this festive season.”

Here are some of the other wishes that children across Northern Ireland have made:

  1. I wish… to make the world nice and to make it snow
  2. I wish… for food for all the people that don’t have any
  3. I wish… that no one is alone on Christmas day, or ever, but especially Christmas day
  4. I wish… to be a superhero
  5. I wish… it could be Christmas everyday
  6. I wish… for the Syrian war to stop
  7. I wish… for 100 dogs
  8. I wish…to be the government
  9. I wish…I could fly
  10. I wish…for a baby sister this Christmas

The MAC’s Christmas show ‘Pinocchio’, which is sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas, will run until Sunday 1st January 2017 and this will also mark the close of the Phoenix Wishes competition. Full competition details available at: www.phoenixcompetition.com #PhoenixWishes

NEW CREATIVE DIRECTOR TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT THE MAC

NEW CREATIVE DIRECTOR TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT THE MAC

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.”

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