The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (January 7 – 13).

  • Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival – Out to Lunch, various venues, Belfast, January 2 – 27.  Out To Lunch is back with its welcoming, warming stew of music, comedy and literature to delight and entertain everyone.
  • Burns and Burnsiana Exhibition, Linen Hall Library, Belfast, January 7 – February 1.  The poetry of Robert Burns continues to entertain and interest lovers of literature as he is one of only a few who wrote in the Scots dialect.  The Linen Hall Library has the largest Burns collection outside of Scotland and this exhibition features material not generally available to the public.
  • Aladdin, Ardhowen Theatre, Co. Fermanagh, January 10 – 13 & January 15 – 19.  The wicked Abanazer is seeking the magic lamp that contains the all-powerful Genie, so that he can rule the world, and is just steps away from succeeding.  Is all hope lost? No! Help is at hand as a family posse of wannabe heroes foil Abanazer’s evil scheme. 

  • Megaliths of Northern Ireland Exhibition, The Braid, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, January 10 – February 23.  This exhibition gives an insight into what life was like in the mid-Antrim area 6,000 years ago during the Neolithic age, focusing on the significance of ancient standing stone structures that are scattered across this region.
  • Home Grown 2012, Millennium Forum, Co. Londonderry, January 11.  Join three of Derry’s best loved musical talents – Paul Casey, Bronagh Gallagher and Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas – in a special concert to kick-start the UK City of Culture celebrations.
  • Conal Gallen – Laughing Out Loud, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, January 11.  Conal Gallen is Ireland’s number one comedian and following his sell-out tour in 2012, he is back with his show – Laughing Out Loud – which is littered with jokes, stories and songs.
  • Neil Delamere: DelaMere Mortal, Market Place Theatre, Co. Armagh, January 11 – 12.  A newspaper article said that by now Neil would be mature but the chance discovery of a long forgotten videotape featuring his younger self leads to a hilarious examination of the theory.  Join Neil as he figures out which is the better version of himself – the idealistic teen or the world-weary adult. 

  • One Day in Salvador, Down Arts Centre, Co. Down, January 11 – February 9.  This exhibition will focus on a world where the grand sights of nature, the architecture of the past and the celebrities of the present grab our attention and will make visible the workers of Salvador.
  • Short Circuit Karting, Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Kircubbin, Co. Down, January 12.  The 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland has organised a short circuit meeting featuring direct drive junior and senior classes.
  • Painting Meets Poetry, Ulster Museum, Belfast, January 12 – February 9.  An afternoon of poetry readings inspired by John Luke and John Hewitt who both created an image of Northern Ireland as a region with a uniquely modern identity during the 1930s to 1970s.