A Vintage Valentine Movie!

I was recently contacted about something cool that is coming up in Belfast that readers of the site might enjoy. To quote the email;

Originally banned in Ireland as it was considered too permissive of adultery, Brief Encounter – Noël Coward’s cinematic classic is to be brought to the Baby Grand Studio stage this Valentine’s week in a UK and Ireland exclusive.

Before I write anymore, take a couple of minutes to watch the trailer :-)

Here is the press release:

For six nights only, theatregoers at Belfast’s Baby Grand Studio will be given the rare opportunity to experience Brief Encounter – Noël Coward’s cinematic classic, brought to the stage in a UK and Ireland exclusive. In their most ambitious project to date, Wireless Mystery Theatre makes use of lush, live music, state of the art 3D audio holograms, and beautiful stagecraft to put the audience in the heart of this sweeping romance from the golden age of cinema as the steam trains of wartime Britain rocket through the theatre.

A classic of cinema, Brief Encounter is repeatedly voted the most-loved romance on screen, a tale of two lovers whose love can never be expressed. Rarely appearing in theatres, this Valentine’s week performance is a special chance to see the story played out live, as Wireless Mystery Theatre bring to the stage, not only Noël Coward’s witty and tender script, but David Lean’s exquisite elegance. With 3D sound technology, silver screen-style lighting and projection, the bustling station of the famous film will come to life around you. Performed with a live score, this story of real love in the face of suburban convention is not to be missed. A brief encounter itself, this is the only run of Noël Coward’s Brief

Encounter in the UK and Ireland this year!


Valentine’s week: Mon 10th – Sat 15th February at 8:00pm £15.50
Matinees: Thu 13th Feb at 2:00pm and Sat 15th Feb at 3:00pm £12.50

For more information and to book tickets online you can go to the Grand Opera House website.


The Whistle Bait Babes have a new website!

The Whistle Bait Babes, who are touted as being Northern Ireland’s premier burlesque troupe and who are the hostesses of vingage-inspired dance classes have recently launched a new website, and it looks amazing.

Whistle Bait Babes


You can hire the ladies to perform at your event and generally find out more about them.

Here at Vintage Belfast we wish the ladies all the luck and we hope their new website brings them plenty of attention!




The Paper Museum

If you are interested in Vintage prints then Belfast’s very own The Paper Museum could be of interest to you.

In their own words, the Paper Museum “curates and collects paper of scientific, artistic and historic interest”.

It has been a labour of love for the two people behind it since it was founded in 2010 and with the recent launch of their website they have been starting to gain traction in the local scene.

You can have a look at their work on their Facebook Page on their Official Website.

Ugly Duckling

Site: http://www.athomewithuglyduckling.co.uk/

Low Down: (Taken from the about page) Based in Belfast, Ugly Duckling brings you customised, one-off pieces of furniture  complimented by carefully selected retro homewares and bespoke home accessories.

Jacob Street

About a week and a half ago we went to the Jacob Street launch.

First things first I would like to apologise that it has taken so long to get something online about it – I hate missing deadlines but things have been a bit crazy here recently.

I had written about the launch a while back and was looking forward to seeing what the shop had to offer.

We were greeted at the door by the lovely Maureen Collins, who actually works for some companies that I also work for in my 9-5 and a lovely spread of champagne and tasty treats.

After chatting to a couple of people and getting our photograph taken for the Ulster Tatler we took a look around the shop, the shop is a decent size and they have used every bit of space for their items – which not only means that there is a good selection of items to browse through but you also get that more laid back sort of indie shop vibe, which I like, especially when it comes to vintage items.

Jacob Street seemed to sell most things, from clothes to furniture and from ornaments to jewellery and all at varying budgets.

My favourite piece was probably a ceramic toad (pictures below), had I not have been going somewhere after the event there was a very good chance I would have taken him home with me!

I thought the event was well attended, the staff were lovely and I was very glad to be asked to come along.

If I am ever near that part of the Lisburn Road again I will certainly be popping in, and I suggest that you do too!

Here are a selection of pictures from the event, sorry about the quality of them – normally my phone is more than capable of taking good pictures but with the amount of professional cameras about I didn’t want to have my phone out for too long!!

Jacob Street Cakes

Our adventures in Jacob Street

Jacob Street's Pet

Jacob Street Toad

Some of the people who came to the event

Jacob Street Launch Event

Jacob Street – The eclectic, concept boutique from interior stylist Maureen Collins is moving to a standalone store at 463 Lisburn Road, Belfast (beside Bedeck).

To celebrate this they are having a bit of a shindig and you are invited!

There promises to be cupcakes and champagne – which is enough incentive for me even if you ignore the fact there will also be some excellent vintage fare on offer.

Check out the flyer and if you are interested RSVP to this email address.

Hope to see you there!

Pictures from the vintage home, interiors and design fair

Today we attended the Vintage Home, Interiors and Design Fair and I snapped a few shots that I thought I would share. Click on any of the images to blow them up!

I enjoyed it, the stalls were well laid out and there was plenty of them to browse through.

A flyer for Lilbotique


Some vintage gaming machines.


Old Star Wars Figures


The Room


Thunder Island


Some items on display


Some cakes we bought.


A closeup of the honeycomb bun.


A closeup of the chocolate bun

Mentioned in The World Of Kitsch

Claire from The World of Kitsch was kind enough to write a quick blog entry about the site!

At this early stage in the sites development all promotion is welcomed with open arms! And to top it off I was even contacted by someone regarding the site as a result, bonus!

Thank’s so much Claire!

Vintage home, interiors and design fair

Decadence Vintage Fairs is putting a vintage home, interiors and design fair.

It is happening on Sunday the 4th March 2012 at the Holiday Inn on Ormeau Avenue, the admission is £5 unless you are a student or a senior, then it is £3.

More information can be found on this page.

The World Of Kitsch

Site: http://theworldofkitsch.com/

Low Down: A blog of retro wonders & curiosities from a Northern Irish blogger.