The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (February 18 – 24).

  • Academy of Irish Dance, Sundays at Millennium Forum & Saturdays at Waterside Theatre, Co. Londonderry, various dates between February 16 – November 23.   Pat Henderson, renowned Irish dancing teacher, adjudicator and former world dancing champion, has offered her services to teach ceili dancing to children from both sides of the community during City of Culture year.
  • Out of this World – Island’s half-term Festival, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, February 18 – 20.  In conjunction with Cinemagic, this festival is a real treat for fans of all things Outer Space.  Enjoy three days of jammed packed activity, workshops and themed films.  Dress for mess, for children between four and 11 years old.
  • Comedy of Errors, Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, February 19 – March 2.  Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identities between two sets of identical twins separated at birth.  This witty new musical translation set in 1920s Belfast explores the love, loss and reunion between brothers in a series of chance encounters and is recounted with sparkling melodies and sharp modern day language.
  • The Story of Thomas Mellon, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, February 20.  Hear the story of Thomas Mellon and try your hand at traditional baking in Mellon Homestead and candle-making in the Pennsylvania Log Farmhouse.
  • Isla Grant, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, February 21.  Scotland’s most popular singer-songwriter Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland after an absence of two years.  Isla is now established in Ireland, Australia, the UK and her highly entertaining show features all her wonderful hit songs.
  • Silver Jewellery Workshop, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, Co. Down, February 23.  Create a unique piece of jewellery in sterling silver.  Each participant will be taught traditional jewellery making techniques such as piercing, soldering, rolling, annealing and filing, enabling them to design and make a beautiful piece of jewellery to take home.
  • Lislea Drama Festival, Lislea Community Centre, Newry, Co. Down, February 23 – 27.  Lislea Drama Association presents their 32nd Drama Festival which runs over three weekends and two Wednesday nights, attracting groups from all over Ireland.
  • Abseil Challenge, Europa Hotel, Belfast, February 24.  The Northern Ireland Hospice is looking for individuals with a spring in their step to join them for an exciting abseil.  Do you have what it takes to descend 130ft down Belfast’s Europa Hotel?
  • Hugh and Lily’s Pop Up Vintage Shop, Wicker Man, Belfast, until February 28.  Step back in time into Hugh and Lily’s Pop Up Vintage shop which will offer food and gifts from a bygone era with lots of old world charm including crockery, furniture and tableware.
  • Rhythms of the Year, Armagh County Museum, Co. Armagh, until September 28.  Rhythms of the Year explores seasonal celebrations and customs at home and throughout the world.  Planned with the help of a youth panel, this exhibition takes a fresh look at traditions alongside the increasing cultural diversity of the community in Northern Ireland.