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Docs Ireland 2024 Programme Unveiled at Belfast Launch

DOCS IRELAND 2024 has unveiled a feast of non-fiction film screenings and events in its festival programme which launches in Belfast today. A wide range of topics including feminism, colonialism, music and health will be explored in documentaries showing as part of the festival from 18th to 23rd June. Docs Ireland 2024 opens on 18th June […]

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Women In Tech Organisation TechFoundHer To Host International Film “Show Her The Money” At The MAC

Women in tech organisation TechFoundHer is hosting the showing of an international film highlighting the under investment in women entrepreneurs in Belfast this week. Only 2% venture capital funding goes to women and the LA produced documentary Show Her The Money asks what entrepreneurs and people in positions of influence across the globe can do

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PM Big Band Swings Into Action With Eurovision Legend, Dana In Aid Of Marie Curie

Celebrate an unforgettable evening of music in support of Marie Curie Hospice Northern Ireland with the PM Big Band, featuring vocalists Ceara Grehan and David Hamilton (pictured) at Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey on Friday 31 May at 7.45pm  This one-off performance, A Big Band for a Big Cause, promises a thrilling journey through the

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Award-winning film about life in Belfast flats to open Docs Ireland 2024

Festival to include focus on Palestine and In Conversation with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia. Docs Ireland has revealed its Opening Film for this year’s festival programme is THE FLATS, an award-winning and impactful film about the people living in the New Lodge area of Belfast. Fresh from winning the most prestigious prize at CPH:DOX,

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Peppa Pig Live! Is Back! Peppa & Friends Will Visit Waterfront Hall In May In Oink-Tastic New Show

The live stage adaption will come to Waterfront Hall on May 18th & 19th for a second time Following the overwhelming success of its previous run, Peppa Pig Live! is returning to Waterfront Hall, Belfast, for a second time. On May 18th and 19th, families across Northern Ireland are invited to join Peppa, along with

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Star Studded Irish Line-up For First Ever All Female Event YES!

This year, for the first time, Bloomsday, the annual celebration of James Joyce and his masterpiece Ulysses, will become Molly Bloomsday as it spreads north of the border from Dublin for a spectacular all-women inaugural event in Derry~Londonderry and Donegal.  More than 30 female artists and performers from across Europe will converge on Northern Ireland for YES, a new,

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Now That’s What I Call A Musical Coming To Belfast’s Grand Opera House

NOW That’s What I Call A Musical, a brand-new musical written by award-winning comedian Pippa Evans and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood is coming to Belfast’s Grand Opera House from November 19-23 during it’s UK and Ireland tour. Get ready to relive the playlist of your life by celebrating 40 years of the

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7 Things To Do Across Northern Ireland This Week

What are your plans this week? If you’re looking to get out and about here are 7 things you can do across the country: 1. Wild & Fired BBQ School Derry~Londonderry, County Londonderry, 11 May Don’t miss an unforgettable culinary adventure at LO & SLO’s Wild & Fired BBQ School. The BBQ experts will help

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Northern Ireland’s Youth Activism Takes Centre Stage at Linen Hall Exhibition

The Linen Hall is hosting a new project titled Changemakers: Student and Youth Activism in Northern Ireland, shedding light on the pivotal role of student activism in the region’s history and its resonance in contemporary times. Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund, the initiative aims to delve into the legacy of student

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Murals Depicting Life In East Belfast Unveiled

Two murals, covering three storeys of the City East building at the gateway to East Belfast, on Newtownards Road, have been officially launched by Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Ryan Murphy. Created by cross-community groups with direction from local artist Dee Craig, the installation promises to encourage curiosity among Belfast’s citizens about the industrial past

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Ards And North Down Arts And Heritage Summer Programme Unveiled

Ards and North Down Borough Council proudly presents its Arts and Heritage Summer Programme, spanning the May to August period. Bursting with an array of events, exhibitions, and creative classes, alongside exciting events at Ards Arts Centre and North Down Museum, the diverse programme offers cultural experiences for everyone. Highlights from the Arts and Heritage

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New Corporate Team Building Packages Launched At High Rise Lisburn

Local charity Employers For Childcare has welcomed Councillor John Laverty, Chair of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Regeneration and Growth Committee to High Rise, to view the corporate team building and meeting room facilities within the centre. High Rise Lisburn features Northern Ireland’s largest Clip ‘n Climb indoor climbing arena which includes two daring special

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Review: Johannes Radebe’s House Of Jojo at the Grand Opera House, Belfast

House of Jojo sees TV Dance Sensation Johannes Radebe and a host of eclectic characters bring his brand-new theatrical celebration jam-packed with roof-raising music, dazzling costumes and of course, world-class dance. The show welcomes you with a vibrant modern routine but soon takes you back to his roots in SA, stripping down the big costumes

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Northern Ireland Opera Presents Eugene Onégin

Northern Ireland Opera has announced Principal Cast and Creatives in Tchaikovsky’s operatic masterpiece Eugene Onégin this September in Belfast. Based on Alexander Pushkin’s classic novel in verse, one of the most lyrical and beautiful pieces of literature adapted for opera, this stunning production will be directed by the renowned national opera company’s Artistic Director Cameron

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New UTV Archive Series Takes A Look Back At The Kelly Show

A new series is coming to UTV.  ‘The Kelly Years’ takes a look back at the most memorable moments of one of UTV’s most popular programmes, The Kelly Show, drawing on the broadcaster’s rich archive material, with behind the scenes stories from the man himself, Gerry Kelly. The Kelly Show was a 90-minute Friday night

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Discover All That Belfast Has To Offer This Spring

Looking for inspiration for your family days out this spring? Well, why not explore some of Belfast’s most iconic venues and discover the newest activities and attractions that Belfast and the surrounding region has to offer. As the longer days appear and Belfast comes alive for days and nights out, explore the top attractions and experiences

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7 New TV Awards Announced For NI’s Screen Industries As RTS NI Calls For 2024 Entries

The Royal Television Society in Northern Ireland (RTS NI) in partnership with BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and Channel 4 has today (22 April) launched its 2024 Awards for the local creative industries with seven exciting new award categories this year. The new categories for 2024 are: Actor (Female); Actor (Male); Writer; Breakthrough Award

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Grand Opera House Trust Announces New Chair

The Grand Opera House Trust has announced that Janette Jones has been appointed Chair of the organisation, assuming the role from Colin Loughran who had served for the last seven years. A former PwC tax partner in Belfast who also led the firm’s private business practice in the region, Janette has been a Board member

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Duff McKagan To Open European Tour In Dublin

Following the successful release of his third solo album Lighthouse in October 2023, Duff McKagan is thrilled to announce a forthcoming headline UK and European tour in October 2024.  Kicking off from Dublin, the series of shows will see the iconic musician play in fifteen cities in eleven countries bringing Lighthouse to life with his legendary live performances. Duff

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Ulster Museum And EY To Connect More People To The Arts

The Ulster Museum has announced a new exhibition sponsorship with EY, which will bridge the worlds of business and the arts and connect more people across the region to our local museum infrastructure and the benefits rich cultural experiences can deliver. EY Northern Ireland is the exhibition sponsor for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition opening at the

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Techno Legends Scooter Announce Return With UK & Ireland Tour

Arguably one of Europe’s most successful techno acts, Scooter, announced today that they will be returning to the UK and Ireland later this year as part of their 30th-anniversary tour – the ‘Thirty, Rough and Dirty’ tour. Hitting venues including London’s OVO Arena Wembley, the trio around frontman H.P. Baxxter is set to give fans an unforgettable party

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Armagh Observatory & Planetarium to Screen Digital Film Poem

Armagh Planetarium has launched a screening of a digital film poem by Csilla Toldy, award-winning writer and video artist/experimental film-maker. Ec(h)o is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland with a Digital Artist Development Award. Speaking about the film-poem Csilla Toldy, MA said: “Echo in Greek mythology is the nymph whose own

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Sundance Film Festival Among Leading Film Industry Reps Set For Belfast

Sundance Film Festival, Screen Ireland, TG4 and many others to attend Docs Ireland Marketplace in June Leading film industry decision makers from the UK, Ireland, Europe and the US are set to descend on Belfast this summer for a crucial networking opportunity at the Docs Ireland Marketplace. On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June, leading

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Johannes Radebe & Dan Partridge To Star In New Production & UK & Ireland Tour Of Kinky Boots The Musical Opening At Curve, Leicester From 17 January 2025

Producers ROYO and Curve are delighted to announce a brand-new Made at Curve production of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical KINKY BOOTS The Musical, which will tour the UK and Ireland from 17 January 2025. KINKY BOOTS The Musical features a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. It will

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Bluegrass Omagh 2024: Where Music Meets Ulster-American History

Set against the backdrop of Ulster American Folk Park, Bluegrass Omagh is back, and this year’s festival promises an unforgettable weekend of music, culture and history. Scheduled for the May Bank Holiday weekend 4 to 6, Bluegrass Omagh honours the enduring legacy of Appalachian settlers who carried their songs and stories across the Atlantic. The

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Gareth Dunlop Releases New Single Go Down Swinging

Renowned pop artist Gareth Dunlop returns with his latest offering, the emboldening single Go Down Swinging, via Zenith Cafe. The track serves as another incredible preview into the Belfast musician’s highly anticipated third album, Welcome To The House Of I Don’t Know. During the release of this pivotal album, Dunlop will be on his UK headline

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The People Of Belfast Are Making A Film: You Are Invited To Contribute To The City’s Self-Portrait Premiering As Part Of Belfast Film Festival

The people of Belfast are invited to contribute to an exciting new film project documenting the city through the eyes of its people. The Hearth is a project that will capture hundreds of stories to create a self-portrait of Belfast. Moments that move us, make us laugh, or cry are all wanted for this unique venture.

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The National Theatre’s Multi-Award-Winning Production Of War Horse Comes To The Grand Opera House In February 2025

The National Theatre’s global smash-hit production of War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, will embark on a major 18-month UK Tour and will take to the Grand Opera House stage for its Northern Ireland premiere in February 2025. War Horse will run at the Grand Opera House for two

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Holst Landmark Anniversaries To Be Celebrated In Portaferry

Celebrating 150 years since Holst’s birth and 90 years since his death, the Portico of Ards in Portaferry is delighted to welcome the Kammer Philharmonie Europa in a return visit to its stage in a performance of Holst’s exquisite “Suite for String Orchestra op.29 Nr.2” – the St Paul’s Suite. This world-renowned chamber orchestra continues

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Ards Arts Centre Welcomes Exhibitions By Louise French And Keery Irvine

Part by Part, a solo exhibition by Louise French has opened in the Sunburst Gallery, Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards. Louise French is a recent graduate of Fine Art Painting from the National Art School, Australia and is interested in the life-cycle of objects. This exhibition presents a series of paintings and assemblages that engage the viewer in

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The Countdown Is On To Ards International Guitar Festival

The Ards International Guitar Festival arrives in Newtownards next week with a fantastic line-up celebrating local and international guitar talent. Featuring everything from classical to rock, the programme promises something for every musical taste. Hosted by Ards and North Down Borough Council, the festival runs from Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 April. Highlights on this

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West End And Broadway Star Declan Bennett Performs Autobiographical Show At The Lyric This April

Theatre and TV star Declan Bennett (EastEnders’ Charlie Cotton) brings his one person show, Boy Out The City, to the Lyric Theatre this April after a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a successful week on London’s West End. Based on his own private journals, Declan reflects on his Irish Catholic upbringing

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RTS NI Announces Winners Of 2024 Northern Ireland Student Television Awards

The Royal Television Society Northern Ireland (RTS NI) Student Television Awards winners were announced in the Black Box, Belfast at an awards ceremony hosted by UTV journalist Nathan Hanna with the Joe McKinney Memorial Keynote Speech delivered by Fiona Campbell, Controller, Youth Audience, BBC Iplayer and BBC Three. In partnership with Northern Ireland Screen, these

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Review: Give My Head Peace Live at Grand Opera House 2024

The enduring satire Give My Head Peace brings its 2024 stage show to Belfast’s iconic Grand Opera House. A fan since childhood, I was eager to see how the television show’s sharp wit would translate to the stage – and it doesn’t disappoint. While the humour is deeply rooted in Northern Irish politics and local

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Get Your Laughing Gear Round National Sausage Day

Hafner’s Sausages, the brand of choice for Northern Ireland’s discerning sausage fans, is gearing up for its biggest ever National Sausage Day celebration on April 30th. Stephen O’Carroll, Head of Sales and Marketing, Hafners, said: “This day is all about celebrating the humble sausage. We love them in Belfast baps, slathered in brown sauce between

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Fever’s Candlelight Concerts Will Feature Flowers In Special Spring Shows In Belfast

Fever’s Candlelight concert series are bringing special Spring shows to Belfast. Evoking the most floral of the seasons, a limited number of performances hosted in the city will feature the spectacular display of blossoms. Illuminated by thousands of candles and flooded with a sea of colourful artificial flowers, the following shows will host Candlelight Spring:    

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Down Right Incredible: Belfast Musician Releases Single In Aid of Down Syndrome Charities

Belfast musician Stefan Murray, 51, has released a single in aid of Down Syndrome charity Down Right Incredible and Hanwood Down Syndrome Football Club.  The single, Down Right Incredible, was inspired by Stefan’s own experience. His two-year-old son Killian was born with Down Syndrome after being told he had a one in seven chance of

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Unleash Your Inner Artist at Arts Night at The Museum!

Arts Night at the Museum is happening at North Down Museum, Bangor on Friday 22nd March. The museum will throw open its doors to artists and art lovers at this popular event which gives everyone the opportunity to have a go at art! The unique event will give visitors the chance to experience a whole range

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