Art Deco weekend

20130522-092040.jpgThe Art Deco era of the 20s and 30s was decadent period when film, music, fashion and literary industries flourished. This era has been evoked in Baz Luhrman’s remake of “The Great Gatsby” a film described by BBC2’s critic, Natalie Haynes, as “so luscious, you’ll want to pour yourself a stiff cocktail, slip into your best finery and imagine yourself in the roaring Twenties.” In Belfast between 21st to 23rd June you can do just that.

Art Deco Weekend has been created by Dance Until You Drop, in collaboration with PLACE, The Strand Cinema and the Park Avenue Hotel, to bring together events celebrating this era of explosive creativity and sumptuous partying.

Great Gatsby Movie Meal Deal:

On Friday 21st Jun* movie goers can dress the part, and enjoy a touch of Old Hollywood glamour, with a “Great Gatsby” Movie Meal Deal at the Park Avenue Hotel and Strand Cinema. The cinema was opened in 1935, and designed to reflect Belfast’s then prominent shipbuilding industry. What could be more fitting than flinging on a feather boa, and watching this film in Belfast’s last remaining Art Deco cinema?
*Check cinema listings for timings. Event Page: TBC

Art Deco Tour:

Art Deco architecture, with its exotic detailing, futuristic lines and colourful, electric buildings, swept across the world in the 20s and 30s and Belfast caught the bug too.

This will be revealed in an Art Deco Tour by PLACE, to uncover Belfast’s finest, and sometimes neglected, examples of Art Deco architecture.
Tour departs 11am on 22nd Jun at PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast, BT1 5EE. For more information and to book visit, email or phone 028 9023 2524.

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Dance Workshops:

Embrace the wild and free dancing of the era. Between 12-5pm on Sat 22nd June, at the Ramada Hotel Belfast, Dance Until You Drop and Galway Swing, will run Dance Workshops in 1920s Charleston, Balboa and Lindyhop – three diverse dance styles, but each one synonymous with the Jazz Age. Perfect preparation for the weekend’s sumptuous highlight.

Gatsby’s Summer Ball:

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”

On the evening of 22nd June, Malone House will be transformed into Gatsby’s mansion for a decadent party, Jay Gatsby himself would be proud of.
With the mellow tones of the Mack Pack Swing Band, and showcase dances by Swing Belfast and Ballroom Blitz, party goers will be transported back to an age of glamour. During the ball there will be a red carpet photo shoot, a charity raffle for Kidney Research NI and an opportunity to peruse the vintage treasures of Jacob Street and Granny’s Attic.

So for one night only, indulge your inner Jay or Daisy, be seduced by the candlelight, the view stretching from the starlit patio, and the intoxicating joy of dancing until you drop.

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“Java Jive” – Jazz Brunch at SD Bells

SD Bell’s of Knock are Ireland’s oldest tea importers and coffee roasters, and an integral part of Belfast’s history since opening in 1887.

At a fashionably late start on 23rd Jun, party goers will be rejuvenated at SD Bell’s, with a Jazz Brunch featuring live jazz by Ivan Black and Caroline Brown. Ivan Black has a string of musical accolades to his name, and leads the Panama Jazz Band. Caroline Brown is a Jazz Singer extraordinaire, with a voice and personality ideally suited to the repertoire of the American Song Book.

Music starts at 12 noon. Entrance is free with a Brunch Menu from £6.00, including unlimited tea and coffee. Early booking recommended Tel: 028 90471774.516 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3HL.

Who We Are:

Dance Until You Drop is a local duo with a love of dance and event management, Sharon Matchett teaches weekly dance classes with Swing Belfast.

PLACE: Planning Landscape Architecture Community Environment Limited
A Charity registered in Northern Ireland.
Gary Potter Tel: 028 9023 2524.

The Strand Cinema
Linda Smith Tel: 028 90655830

The Park Avenue Hotel
Katrina Martin Tel: 028 90656520

SD Bells
Tel: 028 9047 1774 or

Post Author: Belfast Times

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