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Lights, cameras... cue Lisburn

Launching the Cinemagic Lisburn Festival are (back row) John Roulston, a pupil at Wallace High, Councillor David Archer, Vice Chair of Leisure Services, (front row) Mayor, Councillor Ronnie Crawford, Abi Cleland, a pupil at Pond Park Primary and Cinemagic patron, actress Suranne Jones.CINEMAGIC and Lisburn City Council have launched a week long programme of media and moving image events for schools and young people in the Lisburn area, which will take place from March 30 — April 5. The initiative is part of a series of events marking the 400th Anniversary of Lisburn.

The opening of the programme will be marked with a special evening film screening in Lisburn Omniplex Cinemas on March 30 at which young people and guests will be in attendance.

Laura Carlisle, Cinemagic Project Executive, encourages young people and school groups to get involved. "Cinemagic is delighted to be working in partnership with Lisburn City Council, Island Arts Centre and Omniplex Cinemas to bring new opportunities to the young people of Lisburn and its surrounding areas," she said.

"There is a fantastic series of film screenings and workshops for primary and secondary schools, as well a special event for nursery school pupils called Cinebabies.

"We are looking forward to hosting industry guests such as BBC World Diplomatic Editor, Brian Hanrahan, who will deliver a Journalism workshop and actress Sally Lindsay, who will direct a three day acting master-class and performance in the Island Arts Centre."

Primary and Secondary School pupils can look forward to screenings of 'March of The Penguins' (March 30); the thrill-a-minute adventure 'The Goonies' (March 30); 'Touching The Void' (March 31); the classic musical 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' (April 1), Shane Meadow's 'Somers Town' (April 1); and 'Grizzly Man' (April 2).

In addition to the feature film programme there is a special presentation of Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive which will show clips of Lisburn from the train station in 1897 to the Queen's visit in 1953. This event is open to schools and the general public.

There will also be a host of workshops, including a puppet workshop, claymation workshop, radio production, journalism and a Q&A session with the Editor of the News Letter, Darwin Templeton, as well as an acting masterclass with actress Sally Lindsay.

To register your interest in the acting masterclass, simply explain in no more than 300 words why you would like to participate. Please state which area you are most interested in - contemporary or musical theatre. Include your name, age, address, phone number, and email address. Entries should be sent to Laura Carlisle, Cinemagic, 49 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JL or email by March 20. For further information log onto

 Ulster Star