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On Tuesday, August 2, at 12midday, the Linen Hall Library will exclusively launch Images of Starlight, an astonishing collection of astronomical pictures jointly produced by the Irish Astronomical Association (IAA), in conjunction with the Irish Astronomical Society (IAS) and the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies (IFAS). Includes previously unseen pictures taken in Northern Ireland. From the sparkling curtain of the Milky Way to romantic moonscapes to the electric colour undulations in the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), Images of Starlight dramatically captures the mystery, infinity and beauty of the universe. It also demonstrates how the rapid advance of technology allows today’s…

Image: Trainer Barbara McCann with staff from the Housing Executive at one of our iPad digital training workshops Half day workshop: IPAD FILMING AND EDITING. Thursday, June 2, 9.30am to 1pm, Belfast city centre. TRAINER: Barbara McCann, TV video journalist: 10 places maximum: Taught by TV broadcaster and video journalist Barbara McCann,participants will learn basic film and edit techniques on their Tablet, enabling them to produce their own professional video content. Barbara pioneered the iPad as a portable moviemaking camera in her news gathering in Northern Ireland and in providing footage for international TV networks on breaking news stories. VIEWdigital has hosted several workshops led by Barbara…

The next edition of VIEW magazine is on Prisons & Justice The guest editor is Janette McKnight, Director of Quaker Service. The production of this edition is supported by the VSB Foundation. If you would like to financially support this edition please contact Una Murphy e: unamurphy@viewdigital.org In return you will be invited to an “In Conversation With…” event on June 14 in Belfast and receive a printed copy of VIEW VIEW magazine Prisons & Justice edition will be published online on May 31. Sign up for a FREE copy to be sent to you: http://viewdigital.org/sign-get-view

This year’s Writers on Writers Festival at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast  focuses on the ‘yin’ of NI literature. The Festival, now in its third year, will run from Monday, May 9, to Friday, May 13. Northern Ireland women writers, past and present, will be honoured, with the week dedicated to Christina Reid (1942 – 2015), pictured above, the late playwright and a former Governor of the Linen Hall. Names including Lucy Caldwell, Anne Devlin, Jo Egan and Finn Kennedy are all part of the stellar line up. There will be lectures, discussion, workshops, and performances by Pintsized Productions,…

Taught by freelance trainer and designer Sophie Mullen, participants will engage in practical exercises which will enable them to create attractive, shareable infographics that will drive their organisation’s digital marketing strategy and encourage readers to share with others. With advice on finding low cost or no cost software to do the job brilliantly. Sign up for the course here: https://viewdigital.typeform.com/to/JDXcj3 If you have questions, please feel free to email unamurphy@viewdigital.org Time/location: 9.30am to 1pm Thursday, April 28 Belfast City Centre Cost: £99

Belfast Titanic Society in association with Strand Arts Centre will screen the film, Titanic (1943) on Saturday, April 2. The screening will be accompanied by a talk from German Titanic Association president, Malte Fiebing-Peterson. Malte will explain the context of the film and talk about its production. This is the only the second time the 1943 film, commissioned by Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, has been screened in Northern Ireland. It was made as a piece of wartime propaganda and portrays the cause of Titanic’s loss as the greed of British imperialism. The film itself was banned by Goebbels shortly after…

By Una Murphy In Belfast tonight they’re putting their lights out – but in a good way – at the first performance in Northern Ireland of ‘The Four Directions’ a new work by English composer Kirsty Martin to mark Earth Hour. Earth Hour is the world’s biggest grassroots movement for the environment and lights hundreds of the world’s most iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, Taipei 101 and the Sydney Opera House will be switched off at 8.30pm local time. “Whether it is the flick of a switch or the click of a mouse, Earth…

By Damian Donnelly I was prompted to write this short article after being invited to conduct digital marketing training for organisations in the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland on behalf of VIEWdigital. My objective was to explore the differences between digital skills in the private sector and those in the ‘third sector’. Here goes… Last summer, a report by NCVO into financial sustainability within the voluntary sector highlighted the paradox of decreased – or ‘stagnant’– income against a backdrop of increased demand… the net result of which, of course, is a need to do more with less. The report concludes by suggesting 10 things…

Infographics and Visual Content for Beginners March 24 12.00- 2.00 pm Price: £59 Location: Belfast City Centre Thanks to technology you don’t need a fancy computer or special skills to create attractive visual content and infographics for your organisation, and help bring your organisation’s marketing and social media to the next level. This seminar will introduce you to various tools you can use in your organisation to create infographics and visual content quickly and easily without having to buy expensive software.  Sign up for the course here: https://viewdigital.typeform.com/to/JDXcj3 If you have questions, please feel free to email unamurphy@viewdigital.org

TRAINER: DAMIAN DONNELLY DATE: March 21 TIME: 9.30am to 4.30pm LOCATION: BELFAST CITY CENTRE COST: £199 OVERVIEW: ONE DAY WORKSHOP ON HOW TO INCREASE ONLINE VISIBILITY Taught by marketing expert Damian Donnelly, the first part of this enjoyable and informative session focuses on ‘getting found’ online. Through practical tips and guidance, participants will learn how to improve their organisation’s online visibility through a well-optimised website and a great user experience.  The second part of the day looks at the role of social media in getting your organisation’s message seen and heard in a highly competitive and noisy online world. The session covers…

Experienced photographer Donal McCann to deliver two-hour class on how  to shoot and edit images using your smart phone Donal is a Belfast based photographer who specialises in architectural photography. Since 2012, Donal has had two major solo exhibitions, obtained his Fellowship with The Royal Photographic Society and published his first photographic book detailing a year in the life of Belfast’s Lord Mayor.   His work can also be viewed in VIEW magazine 21st edition on homeless people published in 2014: http://viewdigital.org/2014/04/10/issue-21 Donal’s style of photography centres around the use of natural light and how to obtain the best results using basic equipment. This includes shooting and editing for social media using…

TRAINER: UNA MURPHY, DIGITAL PUBLISHER DATE: To be announced TIME: 9.30am to 1pm LOCATION: BELFAST CITY CENTRE COST: £99 OVERVIEW: HALF DAY WORKSHOP ON HOW TO WRITE FOR DIGITAL CHANNELS Taught by VIEWdigital co-founder Una Murphy, an experienced Journalist, TV and Radio producer, participants will gain an insider insight into writing and publishing content on digital channels. During this practical session you will learn how to write interesting stories for web, digital and social media platforms and discover what truly engages and why. The objective is to give participants the knowledge and skills to help those who are tasked with telling…

Extern’s Multidisciplinary Homeless Support Team are organising a pub quiz on Wednesday, February 10 in the The John Hewitt Bar, Belfast to raise money for Refugee Families in Crisis. If you are interested in coming along and supporting this event please contact Ronald Vellum at Ronald.vellem@extern.org or call on 02890330433. The event is from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

A ground-breaking film on the subject of breast feeding will be screened at the Strand Arts Centre in east Belfast on Wednesday, January 20, at 7.30pm. Milk, directed by Noemi Weis, examines the politics, commercialisation and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding across the world. Director Noemi said: “I have been working on human rights and social issue films for a number of years. I decided to explore what happens at the beginning of life. “There has been a wonderful reaction to the film across the world. We decided to show Milk at community-based screenings with NGOs and organisations related…

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