10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (18 – 24 March)

  1. Foraging as in St Patrick’s time at Navan Centre and Fort, Armagh, 18 March.  Have a go at foraging for your food as part of this drop-in family event – find it, see how it was cooked and then taste it for a real experience of how food was prepared during St. Patrick’s days in the early Christian era.  Suitable for all ages, this event is part of the Home of St Patrick Festival.
  2. St Patrick’s Family Day in Banbridge, Banbridge, 18 March. Solitude Park will be buzzing with its annual St. Patrick’s Family Day. With free activities, including live music, workshops and entertainment there is something for everyone to enjoy. 
  3. Traditional Ulster Scots Bread Making, Belfast, 19-22 March. A baking demonstration with local cook and bread maker extraordinaire Freddie Strickland at the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre.  Freddie shows how baking methods have developed throughout the years and explains how to pack in the flavour while baking.  Learn about traditional farls, treacle farls, soda bread, potato bread and much more. To top off the session, sample some of the tasty handmade bakes on offer.
  4. The Rocky Horror Show, Belfast, 18-23 March.  Richard O’Brien’s legendary musical masterpiece returns for 2019 starring Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton as Janet and a1’s Ben Adams as Brad.  Featuring timeless classics including the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids whose car breaks down outside a creepy mansion where they meet the outrageous Dr Frank’n’Furter for an adventure they’ll never forget…
  5. Music In The Chamber – Daoiri Farrell  Bangor, 21 March.  With his powerful and distinctive voice, Daoirí Farrell has been championed by the likes of Christy Moore and Donal Lunny.  Six months after releasing the album ‘True Born Irishman’, Daoirí picked up two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2017 for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track.  He brings his show to the evocative setting of Bangor Castle for this special performance. 
  6. Movie Night at Crumlin Road Gaol Belfast, 21 March. Start the evening with a meal in Cuffs Bar & Grill before being led on a Paranormal Tour, finally settling down in B wing of Belfast’s most infamous jail.  The chilling Paranormal Experience visits the Gaol’s ‘hot spots’ where spooky activity has been reported and also takes in the Tunnel, Gaol Circle, C-Wing, Hangman’s Cell and more!  There is no place in Belfast more suited to watching a classic horror movie.
  7. Desert Island Poems, Magherafelt, 21 March. Picture the scene: stranded on a desert island, what three poetry collections would you take if they were all you had to read?  To mark World Poetry Day, celebrated poets Frank Ormsby, Alice Lyons and Moyra Donaldson talk about the books they would choose, what those collections mean to them and in true desert island style, which single volume of Seamus Heaney’s poetry they would also like to be stranded with!
  8. Leningrad!, Belfast, 22 March.  Written during the siege of Leningrad, Shostakovich’s powerful Seventh Symphony tells the story of the Russian people’s resistance to the Nazis, their dogged hope and individual courage. This performance by the Ulster Orchestra also takes in Richard Strauss’s iconic Also Sprach Zarathustra, made famous by the inclusion of its Sunrise in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  9. Roe Valley Speciality Market, Limavady, 23 March.  If you love local fresh food, quirky handmade crafts and fine art, visit one of the market days at Drumceatt Square, Limavady town’s communal public space located beside the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre.  The friendly outdoor market boasts a range of speciality food, art and handmade crafts. Enjoy the colourful displays, the delicious aromas, the taste of fresh food produce and the bustle of traders and customers.
  10. Living History – Norman Knights at Dundrum Castle  Newcastle, 23 March.  At this Living History event, 13th century Norman knights and their household will demonstrate their weapons and fighting skills on the Castle lawns.  Take a trip back in time and witness the knights of Dundrum as they would have battled and learn more about the swords and weapons of that time.  Suitable for the whole family, this event provides both a fun and educational experience.

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (11 – 17 March)

  1. St Patrick’s Spring Carnival 2019 Derry-Londonderry, 16-17 March.  Welcome spring with a cacophony of colour and spectacle. This year’s carnival parade is a celebration of children and young people exploring depictions of youth in myth and legend both in the Celtic tradition and cultures across the world.  Fantastical creatures will snake their way through the city’s streets along with a host of characters representing young people from fables and fairy tales from faraway lands. Expect to be delighted by dance moves with everything from ballet to hip hop.
  2. St Patrick’s Procession Family Fun Day, Armagh, 16 March.  With a theme of “Invention and Innovation”, celebrate Saint Patrick with a spectacular display of colour, music, dance and entertainment as the wonderful procession snakes through the city from the Palace Demesne.  Afterwards, enjoy a family fun day in the Shambles Yard with free admission for all.
  3. St Patrick’s at St George’s Market Belfast, 17 March.  Get set for a real taste of Northern Ireland and sample some of the culinary delights on offer. You will be able to enjoy lots of entertainment including live traditional music, toe-tapping Irish dancing and workshops.  So pop in, relax and join in the unmissable St Patrick’s Day celebrations.       
  4. Our Living Coast Boat Tour Portrush, 16 March- 28 September. Join Causeway Seafishing Company’s eagle-eyed crew in a unique two-hour journey along the Causeway Coast.  See wildlife in its natural environment and learn about the hidden local history of the Causeway Coast.  Depart Portrush Harbour, cruise along the North of the Skerries; see hauled out seals, then continue on to Dunluce Castle.  Return journey is via the White Rocks’ sea caves and East bays.
  5. Station Island Armagh, 13 March.  The Lyric Theatre brings its performance of Seamus Heaney’s epic poem to Armagh’s Shambles Market.  Steeped in ritual, memory, and ghostly visions, Heaney’s literary pilgrimage through St. Patrick’s Purgatory explores his complex relationship with his homeland, his faith and the past.  Composers and performers Paul Stapleton and Steve Davis provide a unique live musical accompaniment to the reading.
  6. An Evening with Arborist plus Special Guests, Bellaghy, 16 March. An evening showcasing the best of Northern Ireland’s contemporary musical talent.  Fronted by James Heaney, Arborist released their critically acclaimed debut album in 2016 and now return with the follow-up A Northern View.  Joining Arborist will be three-time NI music award nominee Malojian and Conor Mason, making this a magical evening not to be missed.
  7. SPAR Craic 10K , Belfast, 17 March.  The SPAR Craic 10K sees almost 2000 runners take to the streets

in what has been described as Belfast’s first urban run.  The race will leave City Hall at 10am, passing through the Gaeltacht Quarter before finishing at Ormeau Park.  Entrants receive a ‘goodie’ bag and all finishers receive a bespoke 2019 medal.  The SPAR Craic 10K allows you to celebrate St Patrick’s in a fun, healthy way before enjoying the parade and party in Custom House Square.

  • Family Comedy Club , Belfast, 11 March.  Paul Currie unleashes his unique style which fuses traditional stand-up with puppetry, clowning and sheer exuberance.  Something new and refreshing for families that goes straight for the funny bone that we all share.  Presented as part of the 21st Belfast Children’s Festival.         
  • The Giant Lego Brick Trail, Newtownards, 2 – 31 March.  Back at Castle Espie Wetland Centre by popular demand, the Trail features 14 individually designed characters including Natalie the Nene, the world’s rarest goose, Flavia the Andean flamingo and Benedict the Bewick’s swan.  Take part in team activities, individual challenges and the popular interactive Lego brick workshops, perfect for fans young or old. Not forgetting the chance to build your own Lego owl to take home.
  • Trixie Mattel – Skinny Legend Belfast, 12 March. Dial down and dig deep into the psyche of the life-size legend as you step back into her pink cowboy boots and see the world through Trixie’s iconic eyes. Expect some music and surrealist comedy that only Trixie Mattel could hot glue together: guitar picking, razor-sharp reads, and hair teased to the sky!

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (4 – 10 March)

  1. The Home of St. Patrick Festival in Armagh, Armagh, 8 -18 March. Filled to the rafters with an outstanding programme of things to do, places to visit, see and enjoy, the Home of St. Patrick Festival is set to entertain with over 30 events lined up across the city.
  2. Macbeth, Belfast, 5 – 9 March. The National Theatre, creators of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, bring Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy to the Grand Opera House with this epic and visually daring touring production.
  3. NI Sugar Expo, Templepatrick, 9 – 10 March.  Love to bake or have a passion for cakes?  Tailored to suit all abilities from the home baker through to the seasoned professional, the NISE show at the Hilton Templepatrick has something for everyone, with workshops, competitions, live demos and a vast array of exhibitors.
  4. The Táin Tapestries – Louis Le Brocquy, Armagh, 8 March – 4 May.  This wonderful exhibition at the Market Place Theatre affords a rare opportunity to experience le Brocquy’s powerful illustrations for poet Thomas Kinsella’s translation of the Ulster Cycle’s central myth, the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley). The exhibition showcases the artist’s narrative skills in the medium of tapestry together with contextual information about the enduring poetic work.
  5. Oorlog (War), Belfast 8 – 10 March. Something about a balloon slowly deflating, a nose bleeding, little helicopters falling down from a tree, a shower crying, audience members shooting and three soldiers roller-skating and talking backwards.  Come and see this powerful and acclaimed performance at the MAC and decide for yourself.
  6. 39th Annual Enniskillen Drama Festival, Enniskillen, 8 – 16 March.  This festival offers nine different drama companies, staging full-length plays over nine nights.  The wide range of plays on offer includes comedy, tragedy, well-known works and new writing performed by both local groups and those from further afield, appealing to seasoned theatregoers and novices alike.
  7. Northern Ireland Potato Festival, Bushmills, 9 March. The Randox NI Potato Festival celebrates the legacy of local man John Clarke OBE, a world-renowned pioneer in potato breeding. The Festival line-up boasts a variety of attractions including the Naturally North Coast and Glens artisan market with food and craft producers, cookery demonstrations and talks, bouncy castles, exhibitions and displays, potato inspired games and a petting farm.
  8. Walled City Music Festival – Folk Tunes and Fantastic Fantasies, Derry~Londonderry, 8 March. Fast, furious and passionate, this concert focuses on the wild and romantic side of classical repertoire as part of the Walled City Music Festival.
  9. Beethoven No.7, Cookstown, 7 March.  ‘On Your Doorstep’ is an opportunity to catch the Ulster Orchestra in the intimate surroundings of your local arts theatre.  The Cookstown programme includes Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, best known from the finale to 2010’s Oscar-winning King’s Speech, and guest soloist Veronika Eberle performing Mendelssohn’s exquisite violin concerto.
  10. Free Open Day at Mussenden Temple, Coleraine, 9 March. Enjoy free admission to Downhill Demesne to kick off the season. Come and meet our staff and volunteers and learn more about this stunning coastal estate.

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (25 February – 3 March)

1.       BMS International Festival of Chamber Music, Belfast, 1 – 3 March. The International Festival of Chamber Music is Northern Ireland’s premier chamber music event, presenting top international classical musicians alongside outstanding local artists in three days of world-class concerts and recitals at the Crescent Arts Centre.

2.       Frank Carson – Rebel Without A Pause, Newry, 27 February. In this acclaimed one–man show at the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, we journey with Frank from his Belfast boyhood – where life was so tough even the arms on the chairs had tattoos – through his adventures in the army, and into the world of showbiz where he entertained Royalty, delighted Pope John Paul II and never forgot where he came from.

3.       World Seniors Snooker World Championship, Belfast, 3 March. Players including Jimmy White, Ken Doherty and Stephen Hendry go head to head in a bid to lift the world crown at the Waterfront Hall. 

4.       Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Belfast, 1 March.  From their formation in 2002 and a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014, the past sixteen years have seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet. They perform this March at the SSE Arena.

5.       Cherishing Mythology, Armagh, 1 March – 6 April. Armagh Art Club’s Biennial Exhibition takes a journey through Mythology, linking with many of the myths and legends familiar to all. From their individual approaches and variety of skills and techniques, the artists open up the inspirational world of make believe and imagination, woven though by threads of reality.

6.       W5 and Giants Joint Ticket, Belfast, 3 March.  Discover over 250 interactive exhibits at the award-winning Science and Discovery Centre and then watch NI’s professional ice-hockey team hit the ice to take on Manchester Storm in The SSE Arena.

7.       Long Meadow Farm Tour, Craigavon, 2 – 22 March. Visit Long Meadow Farm for an unforgettable, fully guided tour in the heart of the Orchard County. Traverse bountiful orchards, explore the cider-making facilities and sample award-winning Irish ciders all in the good company of the friendly and welcoming farm patrons, the McKeever family.

8.       A Vision of Elvis, Belfast, 2 March. Starring Rob Kingsley, winner of The National Tribute Music Awards ‘Official Elvis Show’ and ‘Number One Male Tribute’, A Vision of Elvis is internationally renowned as ‘the best Elvis Presley tribute concert touring the world today’ and is coming to the Waterfront Hall.

9.       Tim Peake Spacecraft and VR Experience, Holywood, 20 February – 11 May. Tim Peake’s Spacecraft, presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group, is touring the UK and will land at the Ulster Transport Museum on 20 February. The display of the iconic craft will be accompanied by Space Descent VR supported by Samsung, a unique virtual reality adventure narrated by Tim Peake himself.

10.   Pizza and Pottery Night, Bangor, 28 February. Loaf Pottery’s popular pizza and pottery nights begin with a pottery class where their potter will give a demo of throwing a pot on the wheel before teaching a hand building class.

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (18 – 24 February)

1.       Accidental Comedy Club, Belfast, 22 February. With topics ranging from politics to relationships and everything in between, the Accidental Theatre’s comics will weave a tapestry of social commentary and absurd observation for your laughing pleasure.

2.       My Sweetheart And Me, Lisburn, 21-22 February. This uplifting romantic comedy, performed at Lagan Valley Island, is set during the summer of 1967. Seen through a nostalgic lens, the story centres around two single lovestruck thirtysomethings, as they haphazardly struggle against all the odds.

3.       Celtic Mindfulness, Armagh, 23 – 24 February. Celtic Mindfulness offers a unique healing experience at Navan Centre and Fort. Music, myth and meditation will be used to awaken your Celtic Soul creating positive mindfulness.

4.       Harmonic Bridges Concert, Belfast, 21 February. The premier ensemble of New York’s Scarsdale High School will join with Belfast’s own Northern Ireland Concert Band for a night of music celebrating the great music of both countries at the Ulster Hall.

5.       Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Armagh, 21 February. Catch a full symphony orchestra in the intimate surroundings of the Marketplace Theatre, with world-class soloists, guest conductors and, of course, the full Ulster Orchestra as they perform Schumann’s tempestuous Symphony No.2 and Manfred: Overture alongside Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

6.       `Is That Too Hot`, Newry, 18 February. Is ‘That Too Hot’ is the hilarious sequel to the hit play ‘I’ll Tell My Ma’ by Patricia Gormley performed at the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre. Follow the antics of your favourite characters Granny Eileen, Davina Carina and Chelsea Marie as they stumble their way through another year in their turbulent lives.

7.       Titanic Taster Photography Tour, Belfast, 23 February. Photography is the art of the physics of light, learn how to use it to create stunning images and the power of magnification at our very own giant optic lenses. Stops include the Historic Slipways, the Great Light and Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House. Includes refreshment stop at Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House.

8.       Fly Me to the Moon, Derry~Londonderry, 20 February. Patrick Talbot Productions and Rathmore Productions present Fly Me to the Moon coming to the Millennium Forum. Francis and Loretta are community care visitors. Davey, one of their elderly charges, has had a significant win on the horses, but he doesn’t know. When the cash-strapped women learn that Davey will not be around for a considerable time they are faced with a mouth-watering dilemma.

9.       NI Science Festival, Across NI, 14 – 24 February. With over 180 events across 50+ venues, the NI Science Festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For full line-up, visit NIScienceFestival.com.

10.   Chrvches, Belfast, 19 February. Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches are pleased to perform at the Ulster Hall. Hear them perform hit songs such as Miracle, Get Out and My Enemy.

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (11 – 17 February)

  1. Valentine’s Up Cinema, Belfast, 14 February. Alibi will be showing the movie ‘Ghost’ on the big screen. This special Valentine’s event costs £30 per couple includes a one hour clay/pottery workshop, movie tickets, two pizzas and a bottle of prosecco. Plus all you can eat popcorn.
  2. Exhibition: The Echlinville Distillery, Newtownards, 2 – 21 February. A ‘field to glass’ distillery, Echlinville’s new-make spirits are distilled from barley grown and harvested from their own fields and floor malted on their distillery farm. Their story is one of provenance, pride in their roots in the Ards Peninsula and devotion to the ancient art of distilling.
  3. Valentine’s Roller Disco, Belfast, 14 – 15 February. Back by popular demand to the MAC, access to the rink will be organised in sessions. When the skating session is over, stay and enjoy the party with dancing all night, or rest those weary limbs and watch your friends from the viewing gallery.
  4. NI Science Festival, Across NI, 14 – 24 February. With over 180 events across 50+ venues, the NI Science Festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For full line-up visit NIScienceFestival.com.
  5. MARVEL-OUS Mid-Term Madness, Limavady, 15 – 19 February. Are your little ones a Captain America, Thor or Iron Man. Come to Carrowmena Activity Centre this Half Term and they can climb, zip, leap and shoot like their favourite Marvel characters before going on a marvellous hunt to find them.
  6. Czech Selection, Belfast, 14 February. Enjoy a delightful afternoon of Czech music, conducted by Czech Jiři Rožeň at the Ulster Hall. Including Suk’s Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale St Wenceslas and Kabelác’s Symphony No.4 Camerata.
  7. Music in The Chamber – David C. Clements, Bangor, 15 February. Performing at Bangor Castle, David Clements is an alternative folk singer with swelling melodies and vocals touched with the ache of experience, retelling tales that feel at once both insightful and familiar.
  8. Gradam Ceoil, Belfast, 17 February. This gala award ceremony at the Waterfront Hall will feature traditional music, song and dance covering a wide array of talent from home and abroad including Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Conor Connolly and Catherine McEvoy.
  9. Ice Bowl Valentine’s Day, Dundonald, 14 February. Score a strike this Valentine’s Day at Dundonald Ice Bowl. With valentine inspired music and spot prizes throughout the night, book a date  this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a special Xtreme Bowling session in the valentine’s themed bowling centre.
  10. Anthony Toner, Belfast, 17 February. Since the release of the hugely popular single ‘Sailortown’ ten years ago, Anthony has been constantly in forward motion, releasing a string of popular albums and playing countless live performances. Expect an evening of peerless musicianship, great stories and songs old and new at the Lyric Theatre.

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (28 January – 3 February) 

1.       Roy Orbison Reborn, Belfast, 31 January. Superstar Roy Orbison was one of the world’s greatest and most successful rock’n’roll music legends of all time. The present day sees Dean Bourne and his musicians perform the ultimate tribute to ‘The Big O’, showcasing all his massive hits together at the Ulster Hall.  

2.       Birdwatch Morning , Newtownards, 30 January. One of the experts at Castle Espie will lead you around the stunning Reserve and Woodland. You are recommended to bring along a pair of binoculars and sensible footwear.  

3.       Tommy Fleming, Belfast, 1 February. Tommy is one of Ireland’s top entertainers with over 6.5 million YouTube hits and over 3.5 million album sales worldwide. The ‘Voice of Hope II’ tour coming to the Ulster Hall, brings you a special collection of spiritual inspirational music together with a selection of his most popular songs. 

4.       The Bog Couple, Derry~Londonderry, 30 January – 2 February. Starring local actors Pat Lynch and Gerry Doherty, The Playhouse production performed at the Millennium Forum introduces us to Oscar Meenan and Felix Young – both “Bogside men” – one a Catholic and one a Protestant; one is an easy-going, slob and one an obsessive perfectionist preoccupied with neatness. 

5.       IMBOLC International Music Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 27 January – 10 February. Taking place in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, this is one of Ireland’s leading folk and world music festivals. Whilst still firmly rooted in the musical cultures of this island, the festival has grown in depth and breadth and now encompasses music genres ranging from folk, traditional and roots to jazz, contemporary and world music.  

6.       Mairead Duffy Art Exhibition, Armagh, 2 January – 28 February. Craftswirl at Armagh Visitor Information Centre are delighted to welcome this exhibition of work by local artist Máiréad Duffy from Middletown in County Armagh. 

7.       The Old Firm Casuals, Belfast, 31 January. US street punk band,’The Old Firm Casuals’ fronted by Lars Frederiksen from ska-punk stalwarts Rancid perform at The Empire. Joining the band on the night for a stellar line-up are The Defects and United Bottles. 

8.       Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, Derry~Londonderry, 19 January – 16 March. Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, the acclaimed Famine art collection, currently on loan from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University will be on display at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.  

9.       MAC International, Belfast, until 31 March. MAC International presents a snapshot of the most exciting and ambitious art practices from across the world. It is the largest arts prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK, offering artists from around the world an opportunity to exhibit at the MAC in Belfast. 

10.   A Costume Cavalcade, Armagh, until 2 March 2019.  This exhibition at the Armagh County Museum tells the story of dress over the last three hundred years showcasing some of the most important examples in the collection. 

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com. 

10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (21 – 27 January)

1.       Out to Lunch Festival, Belfast, 4 – 27 January. Now in its fourteenth year this festival specialises in lunch-based art solutions in the Cathedral Quarter and beyond. This year’s festival boasts a jam-packed line-up including Britain’s Got Talent’s Lost Voice Guy and DJ Terri Hooley. To see the full line-up visit CQAF.com.

2.       Foil Arms & Hog, Derry~Londonderry, 24 January. Former children and regular eaters Foil Arms and Hog are back with their new show Craicling. Best known for their YouTube videos, with over 100 million online hits, their live show is what they are most proud of and it will be performed at the Millennium Forum.

3.       Four Last Songs, Belfast, 24 January. Four Last Songs was completed the year before Strauss died, but he did not live long enough to hear its premiere. Inspired by the poets Josef von Eichendorff and Herman Hesse, the Four Last Songs tackles the subject of death with serenity and acceptance, written with Strauss’s characteristic Romantic orchestration and inspired lyricism for soprano voice, with which he had a life-long love affair, performed at the Waterfront Hall.

4.       IMBOLC International Music Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 27 January – 10 February. Taking place in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, this is one of Ireland’s leading folk and world music festivals. Whilst still firmly rooted in the musical cultures of this island, the festival has grown in depth and breadth and now encompasses music genres ranging from folk, traditional and roots to jazz, contemporary and world music.

5.       Mairead Duffy Art Exhibition, Armagh, 2 January – 28 February. Craftswirl at Armagh Visitor Information Centre are delighted to welcome this exhibition of work by local artist Máiréad Duffy from Middletown in County Armagh.

6.       Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, Derry~Londonderry, 19 January – 16 March. Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, the acclaimed Famine art collection, currently on loan from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, has been touring the island of Ireland this year.

7.       A Costume Cavalcade, Armagh, until 2 March 2019.  This exhibition at the Armagh County Museum tells the story of dress over the last three hundred years showcasing some of the most important examples in the collection.

8.       Close To Home, Limavady, until 25 January. Roe Valley Arts hosts this exhibition of work by artists of the Puffin Artists Group CIC co-ordinated by the lovely Puffin Gallery in Ballycastle and including works in ceramics, glass, paintings, jewellery and more.

9.       MAC International, Belfast, until 31 March. MAC International presents a snapshot of the most exciting and ambitious art practices from across the world. It is the largest arts prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK, offering artists from around the world an opportunity to exhibit at the MAC in Belfast.

10.   A Step Back In Time, Omagh, until 14 June 2019. This exhibition at the Ulster American Folk Park includes almost 100 objects, ranging in date from a medieval brooch to a contemporary diamante embroidered costume for solo dance. Embroidered costumes, medals, and certificates will tell the story of the development of dance schools and the governing bodies for Irish Dance.

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

10 thing to do this week in NI

10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (14 – 20 January)

1.       Out to Lunch Festival, Belfast, 4 – 27 January. Now in its fourteenth year this festival specialises in lunch-based art solutions in the Cathedral Quarter and beyond. This year’s festival boasts a jam-packed line-up including Britain’s Got Talent’s Lost Voice Guy and DJ Terri Hooley. To see the full line-up visit CQAF.com.

2.       Tutored Whiskey Tasting Evening, Belfast, 17 January. Learn more about Northern Ireland’s oldest whiskey producer Bushmills with a tutored tasting session at the Crown Bar, sampling Old Bushmills original, Black Bush, 10yr single malt, 16yr single malt and 21yr single malt as well as their latest whiskey The Sexton. 

3.       Art in the Orchard, Portadown, 19 January. Join professional visual artist Deborah Malcomson for a unique day of creativity at Long Meadow Farm. This will be a unique opportunity to get out into the orchards and enjoy the challenge of producing your own creative response to the surrounding apple trees.

4.       Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, Derry~Londonderry, 19 January – 16 March. Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, the acclaimed Famine art collection, currently on loan from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University will be on display at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.

5.       ‘If You Can Find Me’ : A celebration of the music of Stephen Sondheim, Newry, 17 January.  A celebration of the music of Stephen Sondheim. Newry Chamber Music continues its 2018/19 season with a concert featuring rising stars from the Northern Ireland Opera Studio Artists programme.

6.       Brahms’s 2nd Piano Concerto, Belfast, 18 January. Performed by soloist pianist Boris Giltburg, Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto opens gently, but as it unfolds and expands it brings the impressive concert to a richly romantic close at the Ulster Hall.

7.       I Love Burns Night!, Belfast, 19 January. Join the Ulster Orchestra and friends at the Waterfront Hall for a ceilidh’s-worth of toe-tapping jigs, reels and, of course, the songs and poetry of ‘The Bard’ himself, Robert Burns! The Orchestra’s annual Burns Night concert is the ultimate celebration of the cultural links between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

8.       Traditional Irish Bread Making, Killinchy, 19 January. Join NI Food Tours in an 18th century thatched cottage on the shores of Strangford Lough for a truly authentic traditional Irish bread making experience.

9.       A Costume Cavalcade, Armagh, until 2 March 2019.  This exhibition at the Armagh County Museum tells the story of dress over the last three hundred years showcasing some of the most important examples in the collection.

10.   Close To Home, Limavady, until 25 January. Roe Valley Arts hosts this exhibition of work by artists of the Puffin Artists Group CIC co-ordinated by the lovely Puffin Gallery in Ballycastle and including works in ceramics, glass, paintings, jewellery and more.

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

10 things to do in NI this week!

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (7 – 13 January)

  1. The Fureys, Belfast, 12 January.  See the The Fureys perform at the Waterfront Hall. Entertaining audiences worldwide for 41 years – including former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul, while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is The Furey’s ‘Green Fields of France.’
  2. Out to Lunch Festival, Belfast, 4 – 27 January. Now in its fourteenth year this festival specialises in lunch-based art solutions in the Cathedral Quarter and beyond. This year’s festival boasts a jam-packed lined-up including Britain’s Got Talent’s Lost Voice Guy and DJ Terri Hooley. To see the full line-up visit CQAF.com.
  3. Birds on the Bann Boat Trips, Coleraine, 6 and 20 January. Join Causeway Lass to explore the River Bann Estuary from Coleraine to the Barmouth. The trips are timed for low tide giving the best opportunity to see some of the 220 bird species recorded in the area and if you are lucky, the local seals and otters. There are two trips scheduled each day, at 10am and 1pm.
  4. Lisburn Light Festival, Lisburn, until 25 January.  Share the magic of the Season at Lisburn Light Festival. Over one million lights illuminate the City Centre with a spectacular light canopy, glimmering the length of Bow Street. Experience the dazzling 40-foot Christmas tree in Market Square and get into the festive spirit by dancing on the interactive light floor below glistening disco balls.
  5. Lyric Lounge: Miscast, Belfast, 12 January. Miscast Belfast are back for another night of Miscast madness at The Lyric. As usual, they (and you) will be performing a whole range of inappropriately cast numbers, open mic style.
  6. A Step Back In Time, Omagh, until 14 June 2019. This exhibition at the Ulster American Folk Park includes almost 100 objects, ranging in date from a medieval brooch to a contemporary diamante embroidered costume for solo dance. Embroidered costumes, medals, and certificates will tell the story of the development of dance schools and the governing bodies for Irish Dance.
  7. A Costume Cavalcade, Armagh, until 2 March 2019.  This exhibition at the Armagh County Museum tells the story of dress over the last three hundred years showcasing some of the most important examples in the collection.
  8. Close To Home, Limavady, until 25 January. Roe Valley Arts hosts this exhibition of work by artists of the Puffin Artists Group CIC co-ordinated by the lovely Puffin Gallery in Ballycastle and including works in ceramics, glass, paintings, jewellery and more.
  9. MAC International, Belfast, until 31 March. MAC International presents a snapshot of the most exciting and ambitious art practices from across the world. It is the largest arts prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK, offering artists from around the world an opportunity to exhibit at the MAC in Belfast.
  10. Mastodon, Belfast, 14 January. Grammy-Award-winning hard rock quartet Mastodon return to live action with an extensive tour of the U.K. and Europe beginning in Belfast at The Ulster Hall with special guests Kvelertak and Mutoid Man.

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.