FREE EVENTS

Festival Exhibition

Exhibition launch: Fri 31st July

Wallhangers
72 High Street, Bangor, BT20 5AZ

ADMISSION FREE

An exhibition of Open House Festival artwork past & present

Friday 31st July: Come say hello and join us on festival eve as we toast the 3rd Open House Festival in Bangor. There will be a bit of live music – on both floors – some refreshments, and the chance to see some beautiful festival posters and concert prints that span our young 16 years existence. We’re just at our cocky teenager age.

Wallhangers, based mid-way on High St. in Bangor is our official framer, having framed all our festival posters, limited edition prints and photographs for the last 11 years. Ian Matchett, master craftsman, all-round good egg and owner of the business will host this wee celebration so it’s him you can thank.

Inside Out - An exhibition by Bangor photographer Harry Pettis, ARP

Exhibition launch: Sat 1st August

The Curve, Carnegie Library
Hamilton Road, Bangor, BT20 4AJ

Exhibition launch: Saturday 1 August
12-3pm
Refreshments will be provided

Exhibition open 1st - 31st August
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am - 5pm
Monday, Thursday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
All ages

ADMISSION FREE

Some are straight from his camera, some started life on a flatbed scanner, and some originated from his iphone, but all his photographs aim to transpose ideas from inside the photographers’ head onto the printed page, and illuminate the inner lives of his subjects. The exhibition shows a broad range of subject matter from flora to abstract to portraiture.

Seacourt Open Studio

1st - 9th August

Seacourt: Centre for Contemporary
Printmaking

8 Balloo Drive, Bangor, BT19 7QY

1 - 9 August, 10am - 4pm

ADMISSION FREE

Seacourt is opening its studios doors for nine days as part of The Creative Peninsula Event, August Craft Month and Open House Festival. Visit our workshop to see artists in their working environment, learn about original printmaking techniques and find out about our public classes.

Bangor & North Down Camera Club Annual Exhibition

1st - 31st August 2015

Bangor Aurora
1 - 31 August during normal opening hours

ADMISSION FREE All ages.

Members present their best photography of the last year. Subjects include portraiture, landscape and general interest, in colour and black and white formats, including this stunning image of a fly by Michael Rice, entitled Caught In The Rain.

The club around seventy members, from beginners and keen amateurs to award winning professionals. Their clubhouse is the picturesque converted building on the junction of Seacliff Road and Ward Avenue. Fifty members will be showing work in this, the club’s 53rd successive annual exhibition.

www.bangor-camera-club.co.uk

Seacourt Exhibition

5th - 28th August

Seacourt: Centre for Contemporary
Printmaking
8 Balloo Drive, Bangor, BT19 7QY

5 - 28 August, Gallery hours 9.30 - 4.30
Monday - Friday (Saturdays by appointment)

Launch 5 August 7pm,
All ages welcome

ADMISSION FREE

More than forty print makers will showcase their work in this seminal collaboration between the five print making workshops of Ulster — Belfast Print Workshop, Cló, Derry, Seacourt and Strule. Images of Ulster showcases original prints by members of each workshop which reflect on Ulster’s landscape, politics and history, using contemporary print making techniques from painterly monotypes to linear etchings and richly coloured screen prints. Local Seacourt artists participating include Cecilia Stephens, Alice Burns, Deirdre McCrory and James Robert Moore

No Oil Paintings

Every Sunday afternoon in August

The Rabbit Rooms
30/32 Quay Street, Bangor, BT20 5ED

4 - 8pm

With guests - Dolbro Dan and Vinyl DJ John 'Stacks Of Wax' Mackenzie playing his finest collection of Americana and folk, from Neil Young to Nick Drake

ADMISSION FREE

At last year’s festival, No Oil Paintings kicked up such a storm during the free Sunday Sessions at The Rabbit Rooms that we decided to invite them back as this year’s Festival house Band. They deliver pitch-perfect five-part harmonies, belting banjo bluegrass riffs and fine finger-picking skills, mixing original songs with revamped classics done punky-Bluegrass stylie.

No Oil Paintings will play every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the month of August – so you can get your weekly fix when it suits.

Guitars & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Sunday 2nd August 2015
Dolbro Dan & the Easy Three
DJ - Keith Farr

The Hop House
44 High Street, Bangor, BT20 5AZ

DJ 9pm, Band 10pm, DJ - close

ADMISSION FREE

Dolbro Dan & the Easy Three

Bangor’s own one-man protest has teamed up with friends to kick start another illfated rock'n roll revolution – don't let it bring you down it's only castles burning.

DJ - Keith Farr

This might be the first time you'll ever hear stuff like this. Keith has an eclectic collection of garage punk dub records and they're all brilliant.

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Rhythm & Rhyme

Tuesday 4th August, 2015
Rhymes, songs & jingles for under fours.

Carnegie Library
Hamilton Road, Bangor, BT20 4AJ

10.30 - 11am

Admission Free, but booking is essential

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ADMISSION FREE

Hand Drawn Creative Illustration by Neal McCullough

Exhibition launch: Wed 5th Aug

Sync Space
Dufferin Court, Bangor, BT20 3BX

Opening night: 6 - 9pm
Everyone welcome

This exhibition will run until Sat 29 August

ADMISSION FREE

Established in 2008, Hand Drawn Creative is the brainchild of illustrator, Neal McCullough. With an international client base, including TIME magazine, Neal is well know in Bangor for his weekly cartoon in the Spectator.

This will be Neal’s third illustration exhibition, following on from 2012’s 'God Bless the Troubador' show and 'Asseyez- Vous' in 2014.

www.handdrawncreative.co.uk

Boom! SOUND exhibition

Thursdays in August, 6 - 9pm,
Saturdays in August, 10am - 6pm

Boom! Studios
80 Main Street, Bangor, BT20 3AH

SOUND Exhibition opening times in August
Thursdays 6 - 9pm, Saturdays 10am - 6pm

ADMISSION FREE

A dozen artists create a diverse exhibition inspired by and exploring sound, from traditional media (paintings, drawings, prints & sculpture) to installations, sound mapping and interactive experiences with musical instruments.

Bangor’s Ghost Exhibition

Exhibition Launch: Fri 7 August

The Blackberry Path Art Studios
26 Grays Hill, Bangor, BT20 3BB

Exhibition Launch: Fri 7 Aug, 6-10pm

Exhibition: Sat 8 Aug, 11am - 4pm
Sunday 9th, 11am - 4pm
Tues 11th - Friday 14th, 10am - 2pm

ADMISSION FREE All ages

To mark the third year of the successful Bangor’s Ghost event, artist and curator Rachel Coulter launches an illustrative exhibition and installation based on old stories of the town.

Located in the new Blackberry Path Art Studio in one of Bangor's oldest residential buildings, the exhibition explores what it was like to live in Bangor at a different time, to survey the land from aboard an Ulster Privateer Ship, dance the night away in Caproni’s ballroom, trace the footsteps of St Columbanus, wait for your loved one to return from the war and attend concerts in the Masonic Hall.

On display will be objects found in a time capsule beneath the floorboards of the Art Studio dating back to the 1800s, when it was the home of a seamstress and young student lodger. These include an old concert programme, the lyric sheets of which have formed the basis of a song Love’s Request performed by Rachel and Duke Special at Bangor's Ghost.

Limited edition prints available to buy.

 

No Oil Paintings

Every Friday in August

The Jamaica Inn
188 Seacliff Road, Bangor, BT20 5HA

9.30pm till late

ADMISSION FREE

At last year’s festival, No Oil Paintings kicked up such a storm during the free Sunday Sessions at The Rabbit Rooms that we decided to invite them back as this year’s Festival house Band. They deliver pitch-perfect five-part harmonies, belting banjo bluegrass riffs and fine finger-picking skills, mixing original songs with revamped classics done punky-Bluegrass stylie.

No Oil Paintings will play every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the month of August – so you can get your weekly fix when it suits.

No Oil Paintings

Every Saturday in August

Fealtys
35 High Street, Bangor, BT20 5BE

10pm till late

ADMISSION FREE

At last year’s festival, No Oil Paintings kicked up such a storm during the free Sunday Sessions at The Rabbit Rooms that we decided to invite them back as this year’s Festival house Band. They deliver pitch-perfect five-part harmonies, belting banjo bluegrass riffs and fine finger-picking skills, mixing original songs with revamped classics done punky-Bluegrass stylie.

No Oil Paintings will play every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the month of August – so you can get your weekly fix when it suits.

Guitars & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Sunday 9th August 2015
The Delfinos + DJ - Luke McCaffrey

The Hop House
44 High Street, Bangor, BT20 5AZ

DJ 9pm, Band 10pm, DJ - close

ADMISSION FREE

The Delfinos

Rock/blues/alternative 3 piece Check out 'the devil laughs behind my back' on soundcloud, that'll explain everything

DJ - Luke McCaffrey

Spinning wild stomping rock'n roll, Luke collects and plays only the finest 50s and early 60s surf, rockabilly, rock n' roll, rhythm and blues as well as early soul on original 45rpm vinyl

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Guitars & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Sunday 16th August 2015
The Strange Museum + DJ - Spike

The Hop House
44 High Street, Bangor, BT20 5AZ

DJ 9pm, Band 10pm, DJ - close

ADMISSION FREE

The Strange Museum

Brothers Ken and Neil on guitar, vocal and bass, Beth on drums and vocal , this three piece bring you their 60s art house post punk influences, and take you an a trip, maybe to California.

DJ - Spike

Stuck in the groove of the very best of vinyl classics from the 50s to the future - from ska, northern soul, Motown, mod and lashings of rock!!!

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Bangor Harbour Book Club

Monday 17 August 2015

The Rabbit Rooms
(The View, 2nd floor)
30/32 Quay Street, Bangor, BT20 5ED

8pm - everyone welcome - nibbles served

ADMISSION FREE

Originally formed in the Summer of 2012, Bangor Harbour Book Club is made up of like-minded people who love to read books, then get together and talk about them.

The Festival meeting book is:
Just Kids by Patti Smith
(Autobiography, Bloomsbury)

The Day we went to Bangor

Tuesday 18 August 2015
Stories & craft for 4 – 8 year olds

Carnegie Library
Hamilton Road, Bangor, BT20 4AJ

10.30 - 11.30am

Admission Free, but booking is essential

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ADMISSION FREE

Art Reaction Family Workshop
with Marianne Kennerley

Saturday 22 August 2015

Exploring reactions to sounds through mark-making

Boom! Studios
80 Main Street, Bangor, BT20 3AH

£5 per child, accompanied by an adult.

Saturday 22 August 10am – 12 noon

All ages welcome.

Visit Boom! to book.
Or email boomcollective80@gmail.com

Boom! is a new collective set up by three creative practitioners on an empty floor of the former AIB building, who aim to provide work space for creative enterprises, impact positively on the town centre and be open to the local community.

 

Stir It Up

Saturday 22 August 2015
DJs Gareth McKinnie & Craig Walker

The Rabbit Rooms
30/32 Quay Street, Bangor, BT20 5ED

18+ Doors 9pm - Late bar
Unreserved seating & standing

DJ Gareth McKinnie 9.15
Vinyl DJ Craig Walker 11pm - 1am

ADMISSION FREE

Memories of Brighton beach, sawdust caesars, the smell of 2-stroke and the buzz of a vespa or Lambretta. This was the begining of the mod revivial.

Born from the ravages of punk, the country began rocking to a smarter beat: two-tone tonic suits ; skinny ties ; loafers & pork pie hats. Punk had a new style. Vinyl DJ Craig Walker revives those reactionary days with Stir It Up! A night of mod, northern soul, new wave, punk and ska - all played off original 1970s & 80s vinyl.

So no matter if you're a mod, skinhead, punk or rudeboy, no matter if you pogoed in the park, skanked in the shelters or strutted around the seafront it's time to shake down your parka, don the shades & dust those dancefloors for the return of Stir It Up!

Guitars & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Sunday 23rd August 2015
Thee Dirt Birds + DJ - Fred Surtguitar

The Hop House
44 High Street, Bangor, BT20 5AZ

DJ 9pm, Band 10pm, DJ - close

ADMISSION FREE

Thee Dirt Birds

No holds barred in yer face garage rock'n roll punk. If you dig The Sonics, Stooges, Clash, Cramps and beer, you'll dig this.

DJ - Fred Surtguitar

Fred collects original obscure 7” 45 rpm records from mid 50s to mid 60s – rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll/rockabilly, surf, frat rock and garage punk.

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Declan Burke

Thursday 27 August 2015

The Curve, Carnegie Library
Hamilton Road, Bangor, BT20 4AJ
6.45pm

ADMISSION FREE

Booking is essential at 028 9127 0591

Declan will talk about and read from his latest book, a comedy crime caper called Crime Always Pays, published by Severn House in 2014 to considerable acclaim. Three of his previous four novels Eightball Boogie and Slaughter's Hound (featuring the private eye Harry Rigby) and Absolute Zero Cool, were shortlisted in the crime fiction category for the Irish Book Awards. Absolute Zero Cool also won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2012.

With John Connolly, he is the co-editor of Books To Die For, a collection of essays by the world's leading crime writers on the subject of their favorite crime novels and authors.

The HardChargers

Friday 28th August 2015

The Hop House
44 High Street, Bangor, BT20 5AZ

Vinyl DJ sets from 9pm til late
Live music from 10pm - craft beer offers

ADMISSION FREE

A blistering three-piece, The HardChargers do exactly what it says on the tin - deliciously irreverent dirty blues. It’s raunchy, exciting, provocative and honest, ranging from down-home washboard/ resonator/double bass workouts, to a heady blend of twangy electric blues and roadhouse style rock. Oh Yeah!

Wasted Talent

Saturday 29th August 2015

The Hop House
44 High Street, Bangor, BT20 5AZ

Vinyl DJ sets from 9pm
Live music from 10pm - craft beer offers

ADMISSION FREE

Wasted Talent formed in 1982 playing Pistols, Clash, Damned, SLF and U2 covers, and doing gigs in The Olde House, The Warwick and Sam’s Niteclub in Bangor, before splitting in 1983 due to lack of a practice space.

The band reformed, nearly thirty years later, in 2012, and features original member David Kirk on vocals plus three new members; Bob Moody (drums), Chris Brown (guitar) and Kyle Lamb (bass guitar).

They are a punk and new wave covers band playing, just like they did 30 years ago, Pistols, Clash, SLF, Damned and The Dead Kennedys as well as material from Echo & The Bunnymen, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and The Doors. They are working on several original songs but tonight, dance, kick and pogo to the classics.

Bluegrass Picnic
with Rackhouse Pilfer

Sunday 30th August 2015

Ward Park
Hamilton Road, Bangor, BT20 4LG

3 - 5pm

Families welcome

ADMISSION FREE

The rise of Rackhouse Pilfer is nearly unstoppable. Formed by the fireside in McGarrigles pub in Sligo in 2012, Rackhouse Pilfer are a fiery six-piece band treading the water between Americana, Bluegrass, Irish folk and Alt-country, Within two short years they were voted the most exciting live band of the year by the highly regarded Hot Press magazine.

2014 also saw this acoustic outfit jet off to Nashville, Tennessee to record their new album. Entitled Love And Havoc, and featuring the stomping uproar you might expect from this band, it was produced by Brad Jones (Steve Earl, John Prine, John Hiatt) and features the legendary Harold Bradley, who is now 88 years old and is regarded by many as being the most recorded guitar player in history having played on many hit records with Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Guitars & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Sunday 30th August 2015
Thee Penny Dreadfuls
DJ - Ryan Fitzsimmons

The Hop House
44 High Street, Bangor, BT20 5AZ

DJ 9pm, Band 10pm, DJ - close

ADMISSION FREE

Thee Penny Dreadfuls

A fervent and emphatic organ-inflected rock 'n'roll 5-piece with a reputation for explosive and unpredictable live shows.

DJ - Ryan Fitzsimmons

These aren't yer granny's old 45s. Yer going to hear wild exotic teen sounds from the 50s n 60s!

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