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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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The People’s Concert – Wallace Park Saturday 23 June

The People’s Concert – Wallace Park Saturday 23 June


Life doesn’t get much better than listening to live music with family and friends outdoors.  So for the ultimate feel–good evening, and a truly special experience, pack you picnic and start your summer on a high note with The People’s Concert. 

The special Bicentenary Gala concert, is part of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s 200th Birthday celebrations of Sir Richard Wallace – philanthropic landlord and art collector, whose name lives on in many Lisburn landmarks.

Enjoy songs from the world’s greatest West End musicals, blockbusting Hollywood soundtracks, all–time favourite Opera classics and haunting Celtic melodies which will appeal to all ages.

Performing and hosting the dazzling extravaganza will be Northern Ireland’s greatest showman Peter Corry.  For more than 25 years singer, director, producer and actor Peter has delighted audiences with his award–winning performances and a talent that has taken him to stages all over the world from London’s West End to Las Vegas.

Peter will bring real charisma to the stage and his rich vocal powerhouse will be a perfect surround sound for the stunning historical setting of Wallace Park (formerly known as the People’s Park and which was gifted to the people of Lisburn by Sir Richard). 

Appearing alongside Peter with their own distinct sound will be the amazing, Anúna.  Remember the beautiful, hypnotic choral ambience of Riverdance? World famous Celtic chamber choir Anúna creates an enchanting sound like no other.  With elements of new age, Celtic, classical and folklore, their atmospheric performance, will be sure to memorise spectators as dusk settles on Wallace Park.

The People’s Concert will also shine a spotlight firmly on young local stars of tomorrow.  30 singers from Wallace High School’s Junior Chamber Choir will take to the stage in a performance that will leave you unable to resist singing along.  Also sharing the billing are exceptional home–grown talents Zoë Jackson and Nik Parks.  

Zoë recently took her first steps as a professional singer in the world of musical theatre and opera.  Singer/Actor/Director & Vocal Coach, Nik has just returned home after 5 years of international touring.  Joining their fellow young stars, will be talent from the Belfast School of Performing Arts.

Finally, bringing the evening to a thrilling close will be a hair raising grand finale featuring two Highland pipers.

Entry to the concert is strictly ticket only

Ts & Cs apply.  Public access to the event will be through the main entrance gates at the Belsize / Belfast and Magheralave Roads of Wallace Park from 6.30pm on Saturday 23 June 2018.

Ticket holders are being requested to extend all reasonable courtesy to the needs of local residents. 

Wallace Park Access

We respectfully ask you to note that for safety reasons, Wallace Park will be closed to public access 2.30pm – 6.30pm on Saturday 23 June. Following a daylight inspection of the grounds, the Park will reopen at 2pm on Sunday 24 June.

The Wallace Delhi Hope Project

In recognition of Sir Richard Wallace’s philanthropic legacy, a living legacy Charity has been established.  This new charity is called “The Wallace Delhi Hope Project” and builds on the international work of the Wallace High School with the Asha Charity in India.  The Asha Charity works in the slums of New Delhi to improve healthcare, sanitation, community culture, education and employability.  The Wallace Delhi Hope Project will improve access to clean water in the Mayapuri Slum, New Delhi.  To donate, please visit mydonate.bt.com/events/whsdelhihope

It is very fitting that this charity has been chosen to raise money in the Bicentenary of Sir Richard Wallace who donated 55 water fountains to provide clean drinking water to the people of Paris and Lisburn.  It is only right that we all play our part in helping to ensure clean water is available to the poor in Dehli.

Please give generously to this charity to help purchase and install water filters to purify water and apply anti–larval measures to control the spread of diseases such as malaria. 


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  • Date: Sat 23 Jun
  • Cost: £5:00
  • Time: 7pm (Gates open from 6:30pm) - 9:15pm
  • Venue: Wallace Park, Lisburn

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