10 exciting things to do this week in NI!

Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland (March 27 – April 2).

  •  Belfast Film Festival, various locations, Belfast, until April 8. Belfast Film Festival launches its 17th annual festival of premieres, unique events and the best in world cinema. With over 100 films from 30 countries, the tantalising line-up includes new international cinema and documentaries, critically acclaimed television, features and shorts from local filmmakers, and plenty of post-screening discussions throughout the city.
  • Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, The Argory, Co. Armagh, March 27. Treat your mum or someone special this year to Afternoon Tea at The Argory this Mothering Sunday. This stunning nineteenth century Victorian mansion will provide the perfect backdrop for an afternoon tea consisting of delicate finger sandwiches, Victoria sponge, homemade scones and other traditional delights.
  • Celtic Soul – Songbook of Van Morrison, Strule Arts Centre, Co. Fermanagh, April 1. Celtic Soul celebrates one of the truly great singer/songwriters of all time: our own Van Morrison. Acclaimed by devout Van fans wherever they perform, you’ll hear his hits and classic album tracks in a packed show.  Celtic Soul will take you through the songbook of a musical legend! Tickets from £12.  To book call 028 82 247831.
  • Comet Man Stargazing, Cushendun, Co. Antrim, March 31. Join Nicholas Wright as he tells the story of the fascinating life, works and achievements of Cushendun born Astronomer Andrew Claude de la Crommelin. This event gives people the opportunity to explore the night sky and enjoy the wonders of the Universe in a stargazing event funded by the Royal Society and supported by the Northern Ireland Armature Astronomy Society. Booking required. To book call 028 27 660230.
  • Opera Film Club: The Magic Flute, Portico, Co. Down, April 1. Portico’s second Opera Film Club show is Mozart’s Magic Flute from the Dutch National Opera in Association with the English National Opera.  Join renowned music critic Michael Quinn for an introduction to the evening’s film and then sit back and enjoy world class opera in the glorious surroundings of Portico.  A complimentary glass of wine will be served at the interval.
  • Chekhov’s Shorts, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, March 30 – 31. Including ‘The Evils of Tobacco’, ‘The Dimwit’, ‘The Bear’, Swan Song’ and ‘The Proposal’, this is Chekhov at his comic best, before Uncle Vanya started shooting, The Seagull got stuffed, The Cherry Orchard was ‘car-parked’ and The Three Sisters started moaning. Why spend an evening going to see one great play when you can see five in under two hours for the price of one?
  • Strabane Drama Festival, The Alley Theatre, Co. Tyrone, until April 1. Strabane Drama Festival is an integral part of the cultural and creative identity of the area. With a mix of comedy, tragedy, classical pieces and original writing, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Highlights include Blackbird, Dancing at Lughnasa and Portia Coughlan.
  • Car Bazaar, Mount Stewart, Co. Down, April 1. Take in the glorious sights of Mount Stewart and pick up a bargain or two at Car Bazaar. Join the crowd and sell your unwanted items or browse around the many stalls for treasures. nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart.
  • The Game, MAC, Belfast, April 1. This challenging show gives audiences an insight into a world that sits uncomfortably beneath the surface of the day-to-day lives. It is a play that’s also a real-life game, with levels and consequences. Five new men have volunteered each night. These men have never played ‘The Game‘ before. They’ve no idea what they’re about to do, they won’t be given a script.  All you have to do is watch.
  • Waggy Races, Portstewart Strand, Derry~Londonderry, March 26. Waggy Races is a cross country fun run where you compete as a team with your dog! Pack your sunglasses, your finest beach attire and your dog as this year’s race will take place on the golden sands of one of Northern Ireland’s finest beaches, Portstewart Strand. The race will start at low tide, which means lots of beach to work with and the BIG START will be at the entrance to the beach!