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We created and presented many programmes over the years including:


Learn About Us - a three year arts based programme, funded by the Department of Education NI, which created inter-community partnerships between schools. The programme promoted mutual understanding, respect for diversity among children and parents in interface areas.

‘The children gained enormously from the programme in terms of building their confidence and self esteem.’  Dinah McManus, Holy family Primary School Belfast


Small World- a performance based project where school children explored the culture and traditions of the two main communities and of diverse minority ethnic groups. The course included arts performance from different communities in Northern Ireland.


Roots and Rhythms - a training workshop using music, song and dance to explore how the two main traditions in Northern Ireland view cultural heritage. This project explored how community conflict has impacted on arts expression.


People and Place Names in Song- discovered the origins of place and family names by examining the influence of the main settler groups who came to live in Ireland.

 ‘Through the programme they gained a better awareness of their own identity’ Kate Clarke, Youth Leader. Kircubbin After Schools Club


Ards Cultural Identity - a project aimed at encouraging communities in the Ards Peninsula to learn more about themselves and how they, and others, express their culture through the arts. This included a series of workshops and concerts looking at different forms of arts expression.


Changing Lifestyles – a three year cultural education programme, funded by Peace 11, linking three schools with groups of senior citizens in the Ards area.

‘Panarts professionalism was of the highest order and I thank them wholeheartedly for their inspirational input. As a professional, I learned much from their expertise’ Hugh O’ Prey, Principal, St Finian’s Primary School Newtownards


Musical Frontiersmen- an imaginative look at emigration through folk songs and storytelling which explored our cultural links with America. This musical theatre show, written by Colin Magee, toured Arts Centres and Colleges across Northern Ireland ahead of a tour in USA.


International Projects

Irish Musicians Showcase 1992 - One of Panarts first international exchanges was a six month training programme with sixteen unemployed musicians from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. This training/showcasing project took place in universities and music venues across nine American states. All the participants were employed at the end of the programme. This project was funded jointly by the Training and employment Agency and the International Fund for Ireland.

 ‘It was the best experience of my life. I learnt so much and it really broadened my outlook on lots of things’.  Roisin Dillon Belfast Musician


The United Airlines Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival- in 2001, Panarts piloted the first Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival, to celebrate the art of song writing and the link with Belfast’s Sister City, Nashville Tennessee. In 2004, we launched the annual festival which continues to attract audiences and participants from home and abroad. Over the past eleven years we have discovered more about the links between our cities, our musical heritage and the traditional roots of American song writing. With our Nashville partners Music City Roots, we are now making our third music programme for television, live from the festival in Belfast. Each year, the television shows are broadcast to over 60 million homes across America on eighty five PBS channels.


Nashville Showcases & Music Industry Meetings –

‘Every meeting and showcase set up by Panarts led to other doors opening’ Gareth Dunlop Belfast Songwriter

as part of our cultural exchange programme with songwriters in both Belfast and Nashville, each year after the festival in March, we bring four talented local writers over to Nashville to showcase in venues including the world famous Bluebird Café, Belmont University, Music City Roots Show and Music City Irish Festival. We also arrange several music industry meetings and co-writing sessions in Nashville, introducing the artists to leading publishers, managers, agents and songwriters. 


In partnership with Belmont University Nashville we showcase some of their most talented music students at the Panarts festival in March each year and in return our local writers perform at the University during our annual cultural exchange.