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We would like to take a moment to share with you you some of our plans for 2022 below. 

But it is hoped that as we move towards more daylight and the segue towards slightly milder climes, it will enable us to plan with more confidence in what has become a challenging period once again. Over the next few weeks, The Pantry Cafe will be open from Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm; why not pop in and say hello to our team and enjoy a cup of coffee. 

Alternatively, if you do need to get in contact with us during this period, drop us an email at Hello@CrescentArts.org or ring our team on 028 9024 2338. 

Creative Learning Winter Term
At the time of writing, we plan to run a Creative Learning Winter Term week commencing 21 February to the week commencing 4 April (a 7-week Term). Do make a note of the dates in your diaries. We will release the programme in mid-January, so look out for a next email update, and on social media. 

As it stands, we will continue to maintain the mitigations currently in place. Click here to read our COVID-19 mitigations. Many of you have told us that you feel safe and confident in Crescent spaces; thank you for your feedback.

January 
In January The Crescent will begin a programme of works that will see the installation of a Changing Places Facility on the Ground Floor of the building. Currently, our Standard Accessible Toilet facilities do not meet the needs of all people with a disability. This new facility will provide the extra equipment and space required to help ensure all needs are met.

There are currently only 44 Changing Places facilities in Northern Ireland. 13 of these are in Belfast and none are South of the city/near The Crescent, nor in an arts/culture centre. The works are made possible by an Access and Inclusion Grant awarded by Department for Communities and Belfast City Council. We are also using this opportunity to strengthen our advocacy work for at least one dedicated accessible Parking Bay near The Crescent.

The work is scheduled to start on Monday 10 January. The estimated programme of work with contractors onsite is 6 weeks. It will be noisy and dusty; not ideal conditions for welcoming you back immediately in the New Year.  

2022 Mairtin Crawford Award for Short Story and Poetry 
In early January we will open the submission window for our annual writing awards. You will all know writers in your networks - do keep an eye out for further information including (free) Award Application Workshops with 2022 Judges Lucy Caldwell, Rachael Kelly, Moyra Donaldson and Annemarie Ní Churreáin. 

Some provisional dates for your diaries

  • Creative Learning Spring Term: Week Commencing 25 April to Week commencing 30 May 2022 (6 Week Term)
  • Belfast Book Festival at The Crescent:  10 - 19 June 2022 

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