Aspect Festival Dates


A quarter of a century has passed since the first Aspects Festival took place and its spirit remains ‘a celebration of Irish Writing’. We are delighted to return each year celebrating, nurturing and exploring the extraordinary literary talent found locally and throughout the island.

Aspects has a tradition of embracing an eclectic range of writing. For our Silver Anniversary, which took place in September 2016, we put together a very special programme. It was hard to contain ourselves knowing that Van Morrison would be performing and talking about his song writing and poetry. And, of course, no conversation would be complete without some special guests - including Kim Catrall, Paul Muldoon, Ian Rankin, Scarlett Sabet and Dr Eamonn Hughes.

We were also delighted this year to launch our very first Aspects book, The Bangor Book. This is a celebration of writing from and about Bangor, a town with a fascinating literary history. You can purchase copies at the North Down Museum gift shop!

Feel free to peruse this site to see the range of events that were on our 25th Anniversary programme. For us, we are beginning to plan a festival programme for 2017 which will inspire both the writer and the reader in you. Everyone is invited to come and join us to celebrate, delight in and discover Irish writing anew.

We look forward to seeing you!

Aspects Festival Team

The Chamber at Bangor Castle is one of Aspects Festival most popular venues. Ards and North Down Borough Council Arts Service also present the 'Music in the Chamber' series there. First up, this season don't miss renowned fiddler and singer/songwriter Rayna Gellert - NI Tour there on 2 Feb, 8pm. (£12 including refreshements - book on ... See MoreSee Less

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The Ards and North Down Arts Service offers three strands of small grant funding.

- Arts Project Fund (deadline 17 February, 12noon)
- Individual Artist Fund (deadline 6 March, 12noon)
- Youth Arts Training Fund (deadline, 6 March, 12noon)

Information about each strand and application forms can be found at:

There will be an Arts Grants workshop at @Ards Arts Centre on the 31st of January (7-9pm, free, book in advance on 028 9181 0803).

Are you from an non-arts charitable organisation operating in the Borough and have an arts project idea that requires assistance? Contact the Community Arts Development Officer to discuss on the above number).
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Arts Grants are now open visit for more information and to download an application pack.

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Looking for arts and heritage events in Ards and North Down in the coming months? Don't forget the latest Arts and Heritage Guide is now available. Check out what's coming up (and to book online) on Enrolment day for Creative Classes at Ards Arts Centre is Wed 11th Jan (9am-5pm, in person or by phone on 028 9181 0803). Check out North Down Museum forthcoming exhibitions and events on ... See MoreSee Less

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