Hannah flies the flag for arts and culture in Brussels

Novelist Jan Carson and singer-songwriter Hannah McPhillimy pictured with Damian Smyth, Arts Council. Picture by Brian Morrison.
Novelist Jan Carson and singer-songwriter Hannah McPhillimy pictured with Damian Smyth, Arts Council. Picture by Brian Morrison.

Coleraine born singer-songwriter Hannah McPhillimy and Ballymena novelist, Jan Carson, are the latest in home-grown talent to represent the arts and culture of Northern Ireland in Europe as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform this February.

The Belfast based artistes have combined talents to produce a captivating performance of live music and reading.

Inspired by Jan Carson’s debut novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, published by Liberties Press in 2014, singer-songwriter, Hannah penned a series of songs which she will perform in Brussels following a reading by Jan from her widely acclaimed work.

Hosted by the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels, the events will attract an audience that includes MEPs and key opinion formers amongst EU representatives and are the latest in the Brussels Platform series.

Damian Smyth, Head of Drama and Literature with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “Both Jan Carson and Hannah McPhillimy are wonderful ambassadors for the arts and culture of Northern Ireland.

“The Brussels Platform is all about providing a stage for our local musicians, writers, dancers, theatre practitioners and visual artists to showcase their immense talent and to convey the culture and creativity that is inherent to Northern Ireland.”

Gerry Mulligan, Head of Office in Brussels, added: “The Brussels Platform continues to provide the ideal opportunity to showcase our talent on a European stage and to highlight the region’s ever growing reputation as a centre of excellence in the arts.

“I look forward to welcoming Jan and Hannah to Brussels this February.”

A collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive Office, the Brussels Platform involves local musicians, writers, dancers, theatre practitioners and visual artists showcasing their talents in the city of the European Institutions , with the aim of promoting the culture and creativity of Northern Ireland in Europe.