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The Island,’ on which ISLAND Arts Centre is based, was formed in Lisburn when the Lagan Navigation was constructed in the mid 18th century. The canal works by–passed a bend in the river and created an island entirely surrounded by water. From that time the site was used as vitriol works producing a chemical used in the bleaching of linen and this continued within a castellated wall surrounding ‘the island’ until the 1830’s.

The building of two–storey linen, spinning mill at that time began the transformation of the site into the large industrial complex that has been well recorded through photographs and illustrations. The Island Spinning Company was established in 1867 and as well as producing linen yarn it wove plain cloth on power looms. The company is however best remembered for the manufacture of linen threads. Thread production finally ceased at ‘the island’ in 1983.

Following this the canal was landfilled and the whole site was cleared by demolition in 1992. The area was therefore no longer an island and since this time has been dormant.

Lisburn City Council’s capital investment in this site included the re–instatement of the canal which reclaimed the area as an ‘island’. Home to the Council’s new Civic Headquarters and the ‘Most Modern Arts Venue on the Island’ – ISLAND Arts Centre – the reformation of this historic area has contributed greatly to Lisburn Centre’s regeneration and complements the substantial natural beauty and wildlife that are unique features of this urban landscape.

The interwoven tapestry of the physical landscape of the Sculpture Trail, as well as its cultural heritage combine perfectly to provide inspiration for the successful commissioned artists, who in the creation of their work have responded to the people and location of Lisburn City while leaving art works that are designed to exhilarate and challenge.


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ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS STORIES

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS STORIES

A Christmas antidote for grown–ups. With humour and horror in equal measure, this show is a shot of festive spirit with all the trimmings, but not like you’ve experienced them before…

It’s got all the seasons’ favourites – a panto nativity, an alternative carol service, the Krampus, a wandering baboushka, and much more…

Gemma Walker Farren and Sorcha Shanahan are the MakeyUppers – ‘laugh out loud funny’; ‘a must–see’; ‘excellently written, insightful and thought–provoking comedy delivered to perfection with silliness and confidence’.

Here’s the link to the Christmas show – https://youtu.be/UU6tF86c7QM

Suitable for age 16+, contains adult themes and some strong language.

  • Date: Fri 21 Dec
  • Cost: £12
  • Time: 8pm
  • Venue: Studio Theatre
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