Panarts was formed in 1992 and since then have created and delivered arts programmes both at home and abroad. In Northern Ireland we have formed many successful working partnerships including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Department of Education, schools, community groups, minority ethnic groups, businesses, professional music industry bodies, songwriters, artists, arts organisations and public bodies in every NI council area.
Since 1992, we have developed a variety of innovative arts programmes and events to promote a better understanding of culture and identity.
We created the annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters® Festival and Song Writing Convention back in 2004 (piloted 2001), the first of its kind in UK/Ireland. In recent years we have worked in partnership with Music City Roots to make three one-hour television programmes broadcast on eighty five PBS channels into 60 million homes across USA.
Our Inter-community schools outreach programmes have reached many children across Northern Ireland. Panarts staff have presented at international conference events including ‘Growing Up in Divided Societies’ at Queens University Belfast and ‘Common Currency’ organised by the Ulster Historical Foundation.
Internationally, we continue to deliver Panarts cultural exchange programmes between songwriters and every year since 2005, we showcase local music talent in Nashville, Tennessee.