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Belfast WiFi – FREE at the Hub

Belfast WiFi – FREE at the Hub

Belfast WiFi is a city-wide service, providing internet access without the need for cables – AND IT IS HERE AT THE HUB! It is free to use by anyone with an wifi-enabled device, which should mean you can connect via most laptops, smartphones, tablets and e-readers – and you don’t even have to register! This special network serves over 100 venues across Belfast including visitor attractions such as City Hall and St. George’s Market, as well as community and leisure centres and other public buildings. A full list of participating venues is available from...

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Colin Creativity Month programme!

Colin Creativity Month programme!

The month of March will be a busy one in the Colin community when almost 50 events are set to take place as part of Creativity Month in Colin. The month long community arts festival has been organised by Colin Neighbourhood Partnership in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. There are also some very special events happening courtesy of the Colin Community Hub! A wide range of creative activities, events and workshops will be on offer, suitable for all ages and all abilities. Film, music, art, sport, history, photography, crafts, and creative technologies all feature in the vibrant programme which can be downloaded here. The biggest of the special Hub events is will make Classic and modern film buffs excited to hear – the arrival of Cinemobile, Ireland’s only mobile cinema, which will be based at the Colin Community Hub on the Stewartstown Road.  The Cinemobile transforms itself from a truck into a 100 seat comfortable mobile cinema and from Friday 20th until Sunday 22nd March movies shown will include ‘The Goonies’, ‘The Quiet Man’, ‘The Hunger Games’ and even a ‘Frozen’ sing-along. For those interested in the smaller screen, a special ‘Game of Thrones’ tour has been organised for Friday 27th  March.  Here, you can visit the wonderful landscapes involved in producing this popular TV show. There are plenty of highlights for kids and families including science workshops, stargazing nights, and digital art workshops on board the Wheelworks Art Cart. A firm family favourite in the calendar is a free Creativity Day in the Dairy Farm Shopping Centre, Belfast, on Monday 16th March, 1-4pm.  Here, there will be a variety of creative performances and workshops on offer from around the world including Chinese fan dancing, drumming circles and Bollywood dance. There will also be international arts and crafts stations as well as cooking demonstrations and storytelling, perfect for an afternoon when the kids will be off school for St Patrick’s Day. Not forgetting those adults who like a bit of creativity, a number of heritage crafts are lined up.  There will be pottery classes every Monday evening in March and basket making classes on Thursday evenings, both at the Colin Allotments on the outskirts of Poleglass.  There is also a free trip to see the Ulster Orchestra perform in the Ulster Hall on 13th March and, exclusively for the older residents of Colin, a number of day trips have been organised especially for seniors. So check out the programme and take the opportunity to speak to members of the Colin Community Hub and ask about the regeneration plans and how you too can be...

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Mums, Tots and Toddlers Coffee Morning

Mums, Tots and Toddlers Coffee Morning

Friday 27th February – Mums, Tots and Toddlers Coffee Morning In the Colin Community Hub. Every Friday 10.00am – 11.30am. Organised by Julie-Anne and Liz, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership. Contact 028 90 301 421 or 028 90 623 813 for more...

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Arts & Crafts At The Marquee

Arts & Crafts At The Marquee

As part of the Creativity Month the Colin Town Centre Project is showing some special movie screenings and are providing this event which will run alongside the Cinemobile’s screenings of Frozen.  This will also give parents and carers the opportunity to learn more about the the Colin Town Centre Project, along with what they can do and how they can be involved. Sat 21 March, 11.30am-1.00pm and 1.30pm-3.00pm. At Colin Community Hub, Laurelglen Shops, Stewartstown Rd, Belfast. This event will run alongside the Cinemobile’s screenings of Frozen. There will be themed arts, crafts and storytelling before the film showing at 1pm. This will be replicated at 2pm before the next screening of Frozen at 3pm. Booking details Booking the Frozen sing along secures your place at the workshop. Pay and collect tickets from Cloona House, Mon-Fri,...

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Cinemobile Movie Screenings

Cinemobile Movie Screenings

As part of Creativity Month the Colin Town Centre Project is bringing the movies to the heart of Colin with a mobile cinema.  This will also give you the opportunity to learn more about the the Colin Town Centre Project, along with what you can do and how you can be involved. Friday 20th March: 1pm The Quiet Man (U) 4pm Annie (2014, PG) 7.30pm The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (12a) Saturday 21st March: 1pm Frozen sing-along (PG) 3.30pm Frozen sing-along (PG) 6pm A Night At The Museum 3 (PG) 8.30pm Footloose (12a) Sunday 22nd March: 1pm The Goonies (12) 4pm Ghostbusters (12a) What looks like an articulated truck is actually a 100 seat comfortable, mobile cinema! Join us as we bring the magic of some classic and current movies to the Colin area. Booking details Adult ticket £2 / Child ticket £1 / Family of 4 £5 Pay and collect tickets from Cloona House, Mon-Fri, 9am-4.30pm and Colin Community Hub, Tues/Thurs/Fri,...

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Wheelworks ArtCart

Wheelworks ArtCart

As part of the Creativity Month the Colin Town Centre Project is bringing the Wheelworks ArtCart to your area.  It will be touring around Colin from the 9 – 14 March – bringing the Arts to you! This will also give you the opportunity to learn more about the the Colin Town Centre Project, along with what you can do and how you can be involved. Mon 9 March, 6-8pm, Lagmore Project (based at Colin Youth Development Centre) Open to members of Lagmore Youth Project. Tues 10 March, 7-9pm, Sally Gardens Community Centre, Poleglass Open to members of Sally Gardens Youth Club. Wed 11 March, 7-9pm, Saints Youth Club, Twinbrook Open to members of Saints Youth Club. Thurs 12 March 6-8pm, Colin Youth Development Centre, Poleglass Open to members of the Colin Youth Development Centre. Sat 14 March, 1-4pm, Colin Community Hub, Laurel Glen Shops Open to members of the public, free event. A fully mobile digital arts studio featuring a darkroom, sound recording studio, and photography workstations. You can compose music, experiment with sound, perform on stage, capture and create still and moving...

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Creative Mondays at the Hub

Creative Mondays at the Hub

As part of the Creativity Month the Colin Town Centre Project invites you to come along each Monday in March and get creative with these unique workshops.  This will also give you the opportunity to learn more about the the Colin Town Centre Project, along with what you can do and how you can be involved. Week 1 make soap & lip balms – 2 March, 11am -1pm Week 2 bath bombs – 9 March, 11am-1pm Week 3 scented candles – 23 March, 11am-1pm Week 4 bath salts & unscented candles – 30 March, 11am-1pm At Colin Community Hub, Laurelglen Shops, Stewartstown Rd, Belfast. Booking details Free event. Limited places, booking essential – contact Gina on 028 90623813 /...

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Test Drive the Arts NI offers free tickets to events – available now from the Colin Community Hub!

Test Drive the Arts NI offers free tickets to events – available now from the Colin Community Hub!

Test Drive the Arts NI are looking for you to sign up for free tickets to arts events and performances, using their new kiosk in the Colin Community Hub! Test Drive the Arts NI encourages first time attenders to experience events that they haven’t been to before and they have allocated 22,000 free tickets to new audiences throughout Northern Ireland and want you to take part. It’s simple! If you haven’t been to one of our member venues before, you can apply and get tickets for free. Visit the website www.testdrivetheartsni.org or call into the Hub at Laurelglen Parade (back of the Dairy Farm Shopping Centre) and use the kiosk. Our ‘Test Drivers’ enjoy trying something new and it’s exciting to go somewhere they’ve never been to before. Here’s what some of them have to say: “I hadn’t heard of Colm O’Regan before and would not have gone only for the Test Drive initiative. I am so glad I went as it was an excellent show. Very enjoyable!” “I did not know anything about Strand Arts Centre before using Test Drive the Arts and I would not have gone a jazz evening before. I can honestly say that both my husband and I have turned into real fans of our local jazz talent.” So why don’t you get along to www.testdrivetheartsni.org and see what’s on...

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Outline Planning Submitted for Colin Town Centre

Outline Planning Submitted for Colin Town Centre

Planning for the Future Award winning urban designers at The Paul Hogarth Company led the Integrated Design Team in developing an outline plan for the Colin Town Centre. The design team engaged in an intensive period of consultation with stakeholders building on the substantial process of community consultation undertaken so far. The team have gathered the details and data needed to produce a plan for an attractive, safe and inspirational town centre on the Stewartstown Road. The Town Centre Masterplan will include new accommodation proposals for health, education, retail and community uses, as well as high quality parkland and public transport facilities. The Outline Planning Application, supported by an Environmental Impact Assessment, will be submitted to DOE at the end of 2014. This process, along with ongoing dialogue with local people will mark another key step towards the realisation of the plan. Project Manager, James Hennessey from The Paul Hogarth Company, explained that key to the success of the new town centre for Colin “… will be its ability to drive a transformation of the area in economic, physical and social terms. It must succeed in attracting investment from both the public and private sectors, thereby creating jobs and new business opportunities. It must radically transform this part of the Stewartstown Road so that it becomes far more attractive, safer and inspirational. And it must succeed in providing first class services for all residents, creating a new heart for the entire community”....

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