Jacqueline from whatsonni.com shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI


Enjoy Live Music Sundays at the Ward Park Bandstand Bangor throughout July and August from 3pm – 5pm  featuring Johnny and the Riviera Swing &, Jazz Band this Sunday. Please feel free to bring along a picnic but the park operates a strict no alcohol policy.  If the weather is inclement the event may be cancelled


You’re invited to step back to the 1800s to see what really went on behind closed doors in the Victorian big house at the Argory’s Victorian Tea Party this Sunday 26th July. Get the gossip from the Housekeeper and the Lady’s Maid and enjoy a delightful afternoon tea; finger sandwiches, Victoria sponge, homemade scones and other traditional delights.  Afternoon tea sittings: 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm


Taking place in the island town of Enniskillen, lovers of music, theatre, dance and literature, will not want to miss a moment of the jam-packed programme for the 4th Happy Days Enniskillen International Becket Festival, which runs from July 23rd – August 3rd.  This year’s festival features Drop the Dead Donkey’s Neil Pearson, wife of Benedict Cumberbatch Sophie Hunter, Pirates of the Caribbean actor Kevin McNally, the amazing Maguy Marin Dance Company from France and Germany’s number one theatre company the controversial Berliner Ensemble.  Northern Ireland’s own Ian McElhinney, who played Ser Barristan on Game of Thrones will perform, while local star Adrian Dunbar will once again Direct a World Premiere production, on Devenish Island, in his role as Festival Associate.


This year’s Glenelly Rockin by the River Festival takes place in Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, from Wednesday 22nd July to Sunday 26th July 2015 with the Annual Family Walk, Treasure Hunt, Hip Hop Dance Classes, Ceili, Jiving Competition, Johnny Brady, Vintage Rally, The Whistlin’ Donkeys, Family Fun Day,  Justin Mc Gurk & The Boogie Men and much more. Lots of fun for all the family to enjoy.


The Red Sails Festival Portstewart continues all week.   All of the entertainment at the Crescent is free and includes a variety of music & drama, Irish & Scottish dancing, art, cheerleading and fancy dress. There are various competitions and challenges. On Saturday 25th at 10.30pm there is a firework display to mark the end of the festival.


In their special 5th Anniversary production, the Theatre at The Mill’s annual Summer Youth Theatre are staging a new production of the classic smash hit musical, Oliver! under the direction of Sean McNamara, director at the leading conservatoire for musical theatre, GSA. Show runs 24th July to 1st August.


Don’t miss the Transformer art exhibition by the amazing Transformer comic creator Nick Roche at W5 this summer. This gallery exhibition of 22 large backlit images will be on display until 30 August.   Initially known for his fan-favourite Transformers comic book work (Death Of Optimus Prime, Last Stand Of The Wreckers), Nick has moved on to working with Marvel Comics on their Death’s Head and New Warriors titles. Nick has recently side-stepped into the hard rock arena, designing the album artwork for The Darkness’ upcoming LP, ‘Last Of Their Kind’, and providing the Viking-themed comic book imagery for the video to their song ‘Barbarian’. Nick’s current work can be seen in the comic Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing (written by ‘Hop’ and ‘Minions’ screenwriter, Brian Lynch) which is available now from IDW Publishing.

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