22/03/2007

Northern Ireland rocks Washington

Leading performers from Northern Ireland will dazzle Washington DC this week as the Rediscover Northern Ireland programme gets underway.

Northern Ireland rock band Snow Patrol will play to thousands of Americans at the Bender Arena whilst Belfast born pianist Barry Douglas will perform with his orchestra Camerata Ireland at the Library of Congress.

Through a series of over 40 arts and culture events, Northern Ireland will illustrate the calibre and vitality of the region as a place to visit, invest, study, work and live.

The aim of the Rediscover Northern Ireland programme is to highlight the region’s thriving economy, revitalised cities, unique and fascinating arts and culture and its people’s sense of pride and passion for life.

As part of this initiative, Invest Northern Ireland has organised a series of events to promote Northern Ireland as a location for investment and to build strategic links with business and industry. Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Arts, Maria Eagle, MP will be in Washington DC to lead the Invest NI events and support the wider Rediscover Northern Ireland programme.

“The two concerts taking place tonight highlight the wide spectrum of arts and culture for which Northern Ireland is famous,” said the Minister. “Through the Rediscover Northern Ireland programme people are enjoying our artistic talent and also learning about our trade and investment potential.

“An amazing transformation has taken place in Northern Ireland over the past decade and the region is fast forwarding to a bright future. The region has become a hub for international travellers and for investors and the Invest NI events combined with those from the wider Rediscover Northern Ireland programme will help to build upon this success and create new opportunities for the region.”

The Rediscover Northern programme is led by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and is support by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The programme is co-sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd and the Ulster Bank.

(JM/KMcA)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

20 February 2007
Northern Ireland goes to Washington
Washington DC is to experience Northern Ireland’s arts and culture during a four month programme to promote arts, business, education, food and tourism.

 Around 250 local people will be in Washington taking part in the Rediscover Northern Ireland programme and the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival.
13 June 2005
The 2005 Birthday Honours List for Northern Ireland
The full list of recipients of honours in the 2005 Birthday Honours list for Northern Ireland is as follows: Knighthood: Mr Hugh Orde OBE, Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland - for services to Northern Ireland. CBE: Mr Robert David Stewart Campbell, Belfast - For Political and public service.
28 January 2004
Exploring Enterprise Programme helps local entrepreneurs
The Exploring Enterprise Programme is a new initiative aiming to help local entrepreneurs launch their own business successfully. The new initiative aims to help those people who aren’t ready to start up a business, but who wish to explore the entire concept of business start up.
29 May 2012
Access To Republic Of Ireland Digital TV Channels Confirmed For Northern Ireland
TV viewers in Northern Ireland will be able to watch TG4 and RTÉ One and Two on Freeview following digital TV switchover, the UK Government confirmed today.
05 March 2010
HBO Fantasy Epic For Northern Ireland
Fantasy filmmaking is on the way to Belfast. Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Culture and Arts Minister, Nelson McCausland have confirmed, that the series, Game of Thrones will be filmed in Northern Ireland.