Home Spun Youth Theatre presents smash hit Musical at Theatre at The Mill

From the creative team that brought you the stunning production of Annie last year, comes a new special Youth Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from Wed 14 – Sun 18 Feb.

One of the most enduring shows of all times, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colours.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this magical musical is full of catchy songs including the unforgettable classics Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. A perfect family treat this midterm.

Tickets from £12; Family Ticket: £40 available from Box Office T: 028 9034 0202 or online theatreatthemill.com

JOOLS HOLLAND & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – WATERFRONT, Belfast: Sunday 21st October 2018

JOOLS HOLLAND & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra


With Special guest MARC ALMOND




WATERFRONT, Belfast: Sunday 21st October 2018



Following a triumphant show at the Waterfront last year, Jools Holland will return to Belfast in October with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Special guest will be Marc Almond.

Joining Jools once again in Dublin are Gilson Lavis, Ruby Turner & Louise Marshall.

Tickets available FRIDAY:

In person from the Ulster Hall Box Office – located on Bedford Street

By Telephone: 028 9033 4455
Book On Line: www.waterfront.co.uk

In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide
By Telephone (24 Hour): Northern Ireland – 0844 277 44 55
Book On Line: www.ticketmaster.ie


Award winning artist Gilbert & George launch ‘SCAPEGOATING PICTURES for Belfast’ at the MAC

One of the world’s most recognisable and provocative artistic duos Gilbert & George opened their most significant exhibition in Ireland in almost 20 years at the MAC, Belfast, last night. The London based artists were in town to open a specially curated exhibition SCAPEGOATING PICTURES for Belfast, which will be on show throughout all three galleries in the MAC until April.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Gilbert & George’s first meeting at St. Martin’s School of Art in 1967 and their identification of themselves as ‘Living Sculptures’, two people as one artist. The Turner Prize winning artist is the latest high profile exhibition to be held in the MAC, following Andy Warhol and David Hockney, which drew thousands from across the UK and Ireland, and further afield, to Belfast.

The ‘SCAPEGOATING PICTURES’ opens with a bold statement of intent: “We want our Art to bring out the Bigot from inside the Liberal and conversely to bring out the Liberal from inside the Bigot.”  The exhibition unflinchingly describes the volatile and mysterious reality of our increasingly technological, multi-faith and multi-cultural world. It is a world in which paranoia, fundamentalism, surveillance, religion, accusation and victimhood become moral shades of the city’s temper. As with much of their work, Gilbert & George themselves take their place in these ‘SCAPEGOATING PICTURES’ as shattered and spirit like forms.

Speaking at the opening, Áine McVerry from the MAC said: “There are few modern artists who have given their whole lives to their art in the same way that Gilbert & George have, and we are delighted to have this remarkable exhibition in the MAC. Like all Gilbert & George exhibitions, SCAPEGOATING PICTURES for Belfast is provocative and challenging, and it is an incredibly exciting exhibition with which to open our 2018 programme.

“It has been almost 20 years since Gilbert & George exhibited in Belfast, and, while the city and community have changed a lot in that time, we still see division, disagreement and, often, an unwillingness to confront uncomfortable truths. Hopefully, visitors from all across Ireland and the UK, and further afield, will take the opportunity over the coming months to visit this exhibition and challenge their own preconceptions.”

Gilbert & George were on top form at the launch event and spoke about their excitement at being in Belfast: “We are thrilled to be back in Belfast. We are so excited to be showing 40 of our SCAPEGOATING PICTURES to the people of Belfast and its visitors.

“We hope you will all find this exhibition exhilarating, thought-provoking, joyful, beautiful and liberating. We love exhibiting in Belfast!”

The exhibition will run until 22 April 2018 in the Sunken, Tall and Upper Galleries at the MAC, Belfast. The exhibition is open daily from 10am-7pm and admission is free.

Visit our website to book a ticket to see Gilbert & George at the MAC: www.themaclive.com





Ibiza Classics, O2, London, December 2017. Photo by: Carsten Windhorst /FRPAP.com




‘It all goes right for Pete Tong’ 4/5 London Evening Standard


4 Stars, The Times


Pete Tong along with Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra have announced a 3Arena Dublin on Saturday 24th November and The SSE Arena Belfast on Sunday 25th November.


Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am


The SSE Arena, Belfast Box Office: Tel. 02890 739074
Book On Line: www.ssearenabelfast.com


Ticketmaster: In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide
By Telephone (24 Hour):   0844 277 44 55 (ROL: 0818 719300)
Book On Line: www.ticketmaster.ie


This union of classical music and iconic dance tracks is another bold, brilliant move from one of the most influential figures in dance music. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete Tong has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. His unique position has earned him a reputation as the global ambassador of dance music.


The concept of Ibiza Classics and the album companion ‘Classic House’ released via Universal Music came into fruition in 2015 with BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.  With its infectious, energetic brand of club music reworked by artistic director Chris Wheeler, the 65-piece Heritage Orchestra and the acclaimed conductor Jules Buckley has captured the hearts of millions and created an unforgettable dance-party.


Due to demand Pete Tong, Jules Buckley, the Heritage Orchestra along with an array of guest singers and an unparalleled production comes to Dublin and Belfast this December with a brand new unmissable show.


Tickets go on sale this Friday 02 February at 9am




Multi-platinum selling band Thirty Seconds to Mars have just announced Irish dates on their huge European tour in 2018 including shows at The SSE Arena, Belfast on May 29th & 3Arena, Dublin on May 30th.


Ticket Information

29 May. The SSE Arena: Tickets from £49 incl. booking fee.

30 May. 3Arena: Tickets from €59.50  incl. booking & facility fees.


Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday, February 2nd from Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.ie and http://www.thirtysecondstomars.com/


And for Belfast: The SSE Arena, Belfast Box Office: Tel. 02890 739074
Book On Line: www.ssearenabelfast.com


VIP packages will be available exclusively with Adventures In Wonderland.

Visit www.adventuresinwonderland.com for further information.




The Ulster Orchestra is delighted to perform at The Market Place Theatre in Armagh on Thursday 8 February, as part of the Ulster Orchestra’s On Your Doorstep series of concerts, which seeks to bring the orchestra to new venues and audiences across Northern Ireland.


To open the concert, Ulster Orchestra Music Director Rafael Payare conducts Brahms’s richly romantic Third Symphony. Then international star Sergey Khachatryan will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a giant amongst concertos. Renowned as one of the great modern interpreters of this concerto, Khachatryan’s performance will be spell-binding.

Then on Saturday 10 February, we present the perfect Valentine’s present and night out with our annual and hugely popular treat from The PM Big Band. They bring a classic mix of vocals and instrumentals from The Great American Songbook including selections from Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and other legends from this ageless and ever-popular musical genre. Adding a little spice, the band will flavour the evening with big band versions of some modern classics ensuring an evening of music to appeal to everyone.

Tickets can be booked through the Box Office on [028] 3752 1821, or online at www.visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre

And to keep up-to-date with the latest news at the Market Place Theatre, you can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/marketplacearmagh) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/mptarmagh) where you will find all the latest information, special offers and video previews.

Heaney Homeplace Bellaghy to host International Women’s Day Conference

The Belle of Mid Ulster Association to host  International Women’s Day Conference which will be held in The Heaney HomePlace Bellaghy on Thursday 8th March.

The Belle of Mid Ulster Association was formed in 2016 to support Mid Ulster Women and to inspire them to flourish personally, economically and professionally.  Our Mission Statement is “Devoted to Showcasing the Mid Ulster area as a great place to Live, Work and Visit. 

Our chosen charity which we hope to continue to support is The Northern Ireland Air Ambulance. 

The organisers of the Conference have decided to source their Speakers this year from Mid Ulster and have a truly inspirational line up of local ladies. 

The 2017 Belle of Mid-Ulster, Ailis Corey, is a two-time blood cancer survivor and a stem-cell transplant recipient.  A keen advocate for blood cancer awareness and blood, stem cell and organ donation, Ailis is a member of the ‘Transplant Sport Northern Ireland’ team and has represented them at the British Transplant Games on three occasions. 

Clodagh Dunlop will speak about her remarkable journey when at 37 years old, an inspirational young front line Police Officer was left with locked-in syndrome after suffering a devastating brain stem stroke.  Clodagh spent months trapped inside her body unable to move or speak and was only able to communicate by blinking.  However, she astounded everyone with her miraculous recovery and chose to do a sky dive to mark the day she almost lost her life. 

Emma Heatherington is a bestselling Author from Dungannon, Co Tyrone.  The mum of five has penned ten book including the international hit ‘The Legacy of Lucy Harte’ and the life story of Ireland’s Queen of Country Music, Philomena Begley.  She is also an acclaimed scriptwriter, songwriter and poet.  Her latest novel ‘A Part of Me and You’ was published in January by Harper Collins.

The main theme of the Conference will be “The Resilience of Women” and our Speakers have already demonstrated that they have this quality not only in their own lives but as they have touched the lives of others. 

The Conference in Bellaghy would be a source of information, entertainment and enlightenment.  We have accommodation for up to 200 people but delegates will be included on a first come first served basis.  There are no barriers to who attends this Conference so every lady from Mid Ulster is entitled to attend.  Should you wish to reserve a place please book online at Eventbrite.

This is an event not to be missed!

Fringe Festival hit set for The Old Courthouse

Chopping Chillies was a great hit at Edinburgh 2016 and we are delighted to welcome the show to The Old Courthouse for one night only on Saturday 3 February.


This solo show, written and performed by Clair Whitfield and directed by award winning director Guy Masterson. A mix of prose, storytelling and physical theatre weaving London and India in a tale of fate, friendship and personal transformation.

Chopping Chillies tells the tale of Ajna Jan, an Indian martial artist from Kerala, who following a tragic accident inherits his uncle’s cobblers shop in Camden Town. He moves from Cochin to London and uses his knowledge of the body’s pressure points to alter his customer’s footwear, posture, confidence and ultimately their lives. Powerless to repair his own life, he finds himself challenged only when a young, dreadlocked hipster Katie opens up a cafe next door, and begins making food that reminds him of his lost family and the country he left behind. This unlikely friendship changes both their lives.

This is an enthralling tale, full of charm and surprises. Tickets available from Box Office T: 9442 8331 or online www.theoldcourthousetheatre.com

“An extraordinary, humbling story of love, family, loss, grief, new beginnings and unexpected friendships. A delicious, appetising, spicy feast of a show!” (Edinburgh Guide, 2016)

Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI!


Dawn (1928) is a silent film that tells the story of World War 1 martyr Edith Cavell, a nurse who risked her own life by rescuing prisoners of war from the Germans.  She was aided by Madame Ada Bodart, a Newry-born woman who plays herself in the film.  The movie is accompanied by pianist Darius Battiwalla, who has composed a score specifically for the movie. Showing at Newry Town Hall, Friday 2nd February at 8.00pm


See the  wonderful displays of snowdrops planted over the years by staff and volunteers at the Argory this Saturday 3rd February at the Snowdrop Walk. Enjoy this spectacle at your leisure with the self-guided walk then relax in the coffee shop for a warm drink or a tasty bite.  Snowdrop plants also available to buy.


You Must Be Joking,  this Saturday at the Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen. This show is comedy stand-up heaven.  Fun and laughter for all ages is guaranteed, as four of the North’s best known comedians take to the stage.  With the ever endearing Jimmy Cricket, the first lady of Irish comedy May McFettridge, William Caulfield and Gene Fitzpatrick. Compere for the evening is May McFetridge’s long suffering driver John Linehan.


The Ceilidh is back! Enjoy a great evening of Scottish Country and Ceilidh dancing this Friday evening at the Burnavon Theatre Cookstown. With the help of experienced dance leaders Ken and Linda McLean, see how it is done and then join in. You don’t need to have danced before, just come armed with your best dancing shoes and a sense of fun!


Have a fun-tastic February at Foylehov!  Their Shoot it Out package is 1/2 Price – Just £12.50 per person. That means you can do Laser Clay Shooting + Archery + Football Golf for just £12.50pp for all 3 activities! Perfect day out, having fun with friends & family. This fab offer is available on any dates booked from 3rd February to 28th February 2018.  Booking is essential


In his funniest and most impossible show yet, David Meade, the first mentalist to win a million dollars in a Las Vegas casino, will blow your mind as he beats the odds and predicts the impossible at the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey.


On Saturday 3rd February, it’s Belfast Giants vs Cardiff Devils in Belfast! Saturday’s game is the second of two weekend games against the Devils at The SSE Arena, Belfast. Face-off is at 7.00pm at The SSE Arena, Belfast & tickets are on sale online from Ticketmaster.ie OR from the Arena Box Office in person/by calling 028 9073 9074.

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Northern Ireland boasts a unique collection of irresistible places to stay including beautiful B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and great value self-catering properties. Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week to help you plan a short break.


Winter Wonderland Weekender, Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, Co. Fermanagh from £135 per person sharing.

The four-star Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel is idyllically set on the shores of scenic Lough Erne, bordered by private grounds and gardens, yet only one kilometre from the historic town of Enniskillen. Offer includes a two-night weekend stay, fully cooked breakfast each morning and a four-course dinner on one evening. Whilst visiting enjoy complimentary use of the Killyhevlin Health Club complete with indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tub. To book call 028 6632 3481. Offer available until 31 March.


Valentine’s Escape, Galgorm Resort & Spa, Co. Antrim from £140 per person sharing.

The five-star Galgorm is Northern Ireland’s premier luxury hotel and spa, set in 163 acres of lush parkland, with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate. Offer includes one nights’ accommodation in a superior guestroom with champagne, chocolates and full Irish breakfast . Experience the ultimate in relaxation and wellness in the Thermal Village & Serenity Garden. Indulge in a three-course evening meal in either Gillies Bar & Grill or Fratelli Ristorante then retire to your room with a romantic rose petal turndown. To book call 028 2588 1001. Offer available 9-14 February.


5 nights for the price of 4, Gorse Hill Farm, Co. Down from £300 per stay.

Gorse Hill is a magnificent two bedroom self-catering cottage set in the heart of the Mourne Mountains, a five minute drive from Bryansford and 10 minutes from Newcastle. The property caters for up to four people and is ideal for a family retreat. Enjoy five nights for the price of four on midweek stays at this four-star accommodation. To book call 028 4321 9314. Offer available until 28 February 2018.


All offers are subject to availability.  For further information visit www.discovernorthernireland.com