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Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2016 - Winners

The 2016 Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards took place in the Grand Opera House, Belfast on January 20th. Over 250 guests from the worlds of commerce and culture were guided through a journey of artistic excellence by compere Dr Wendy Austin MBE and treated to performances from a range of talented musicians and artists. On the evening there were 9 awards in total presented for the following outstanding projects.

Allianz Arts & Business NI Community Art Prize

Beat Carnival

Beat Carnival has been running for 21 years, working collaboratively with communities all over Northern Ireland to produce world-class carnival experien...

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Fun Filled Allianz Garden Show Ireland Returns For 2016

Antrim Castle Gardens will be all abuzz from 6th - 8th May 2016 as Allianz Garden Show Ireland returns to the beautiful venue for a three day festival of flowers, food and fun.

With a renewed focus on gardens this year there will be more to entice and inspire every level of gardener, not least the return of firm favourite Show Patron Monty Don. This year’s event will showcase a stunning large feature garden which vows to engage and excite visitors alongside the expanded range of cameo gardens and community focused gardens all celebrating local produce.

Commenting on the return of the Show to Antrim, Allianz Garden Show ...

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Getting Into The Garden With Children

Gardeners have long claimed higher job satisfaction and lower stress levels, this could perhapsbe explained by recent scientific research which suggests that microbes found in soil canstimulate serotonin production in the body, a substance which make us feel relaxed and happy. That, to me, translates that getting into the garden and getting dirty is good for you and something all the family can benefit from. With the days getting longer, brighter and warmer there are more opportunities to get out and get interacting with these microbes. Sometimes it can be tricky getting out into the garden when you have children, how...

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Sow Something for Summer

The languid, light-filled summer days may seem a distance off, but day length is increasing and there is lots of growing getting underway in the garden all ready. Spring is a chaos, a rush of energy, and often there is so much happening its easy to forget to think ahead. If you can spare a moment, now is the perfect time to take note of spring flowering bulbs you have been admiring and make a record of combinations you want to try for planting next autumn.

exuberant summer border

An exuberant summer border created using a mixture of annuals and tender perennials with sunflowers, dahlias and sulphur cosmos

Another spring gardening task is sowin...

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Allianz Garden Show Ireland 2015

Crowds young and old descend on the Antrim Castle Gardens enjoying a variety of events and activities during the three day Garden Show.

Large numbers joined us in the Antrim Castle Gardens for the 2015 Allianz Garden Show Ireland, May 8th – 10th, for a diverse programme of events including:  Live music, flower demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, show gardens, local food producers, talks and children’s activities. An increase in crowds made this year the biggest ever Garden Show Ireland!

The stars of the show were gardening Guru, Monty Don and Allianz Brand Ambassador & First Soloist with the Royal Ballet, Melissa Ha...

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