Northern Visions/NVTV Launches its New Ulster-Scots Website and Programming
Date Posted: January 5, 2024
Northern Visions/NVTV is thrilled to announce the launch of a brand-new website dedicated to Ulster-Scots culture, heritage and language, along with an exciting slate of new Ulster-Scots programmes and series. Funded by Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund, this initiative marks a significant step in celebrating and promoting the rich tapestry of Ulster-Scots heritage in Northern Ireland and beyond and has been.
The new website – ulsterscots.nvtv.co.uk – serves as a vibrant hub for all things Ulster-Scots. It offers a wealth of resources, including historical insights, language tools, cultural features and much more. Designed with accessibility in mind, the website ensures that the unique heritage of the Ulster-Scots community is just a click away for enthusiasts and learners alike.
In tandem with the website launch, Northern Visions is proud to unveil a diverse range of television programmes that delve deep into the heart of Ulster-Scots culture. These programmes, feature documentaries, music and educational series with the aim to entertain, educate and engage audiences of all ages.
“Our new Ulster-Scots website and programming slate is a testament to Northern Visions’ commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion,” said Dean Hagan, Programme Director at Northern Visions. “We believe that the site will not only celebrate the Ulster-Scots community but also bring its rich heritage to a wider audience, fostering greater understanding and appreciation.”
Highlights from the new programming slate include:
- Cup O’ Joe: A music documentary featuring interviews and performance from local bluegrass band Cup O’ Joe.
- Robert Huddleston – Bard of Moneyrea: A look at the life of Robert Huddleston 1814 – 1887, a County Down farmer, gunsmith and prolific poet known as the ‘Bard of Moneyrea’. Liam Logan visits the National Museum NI where unpublished material, transcribed from Huddleston’s original manuscripts, provides an insight into Huddleston’s work and the time in which he lived. Featuring National Museums NI’s Donal McAnallen, Dr Frank Ferguson plus readings from Huddleston’s work by Historians Lolly Spence and Sandra Gilpin.
- David Bailie Warden: From Exile to Paris: Dr Jennifer Orr, Lecturer in Eighteenth Century Literature, explores the life of David Bailie Warden a republican insurgent in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 who later exiled to Paris where he became a United States consul.
Northern Visions invites everyone to explore the new website and tune in to the exciting range of Ulster-Scots programmes including highlights from the 2023 Belfast International Tattoo broadcasting over Christmas on NVTV.