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The Biggest Garden Party of The Year: Garden Show Ireland is This Weekend

In its 20th year, Garden Show Ireland returns to Antrim Castle Gardens for a three-day extravaganza, promising a vibrant celebration of flowers, food, and fun for the whole family. Join Garden Show Ireland ambassador, Diarmuid Gavin and special guests including Marie Staunton and Paul Smyth from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 June for NI’s largest gardening […]

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Belfast Photo Festival Marks Milestone 10th Edition With Broken Spectre Premiere

Belfast Photo Festival, Northern Ireland’s leading visual arts festival, has revealed the full programme for its landmark 10th anniversary edition, animating public spaces and the city’s built heritage with exhibitions from a host of international visual artists, including the island of Ireland premiere of Broken Spectre by Richard Mosse. This year’s festival, supported by the

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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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Deputy Lord Mayor Encourages Women Entrepreneurs To Attend First TechFoundHer AI Roadshow In Belfast

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Áine Groogan said Belfast must “support inclusive growth and opportunities in businesses of the future”. She was speaking at the launch of the TechFoundHer AI Roadshow which will be taking place at The MAC, Cathedral Quarter, later this month. The women in tech organisation, set up by Co Down entrepreneur Mairin

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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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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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Ballyclare May Fair: A Week of Fun for Everyone

The beloved tradition of Ballyclare May Fair returns for a week of celebrations! From Saturday 18 May to Sunday 26 May, families and friends can enjoy a funfair, family fun days, horse fair, “It’s a Knockout” competition, soapbox derby, live music, and a dazzling fireworks display, to name but a few! Something for Everyone: From pet shows

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Docs Ireland To Spotlight The Nordics, With Leading Non-Fiction Industry Players Set For Belfast

Nordic filmmakers are set to arrive in Belfast this summer in a prestigious line up of industry reps attending the Docs Ireland Marketplace in June. The Finnish Film Foundation, Nordisk Panorama, SVT and Swedish Film Institute will join a full line up of delegates from the UK, Ireland, Europe and the US. The Docs Ireland Marketplace

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Borough Markets: Free Entry, Family Fun And Flavoursome Food

Mark your calendars for a season of family fun, delicious food, and unique crafts! The first of these free markets across five locations across the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough is kicking off in Ballyclare on Saturday 20 April from 11am to 3pm showcasing talented local traders, live music and kid’s activities including a petting farm. Free Entry and Fun for

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Belfast To Welcome Little Amal With Free Family Events This May

Free tickets are now available for a series of free family events in Belfast from 16-19 May to welcome world-renowned creative project ‘Little Amal’ – a signature event in Belfast City Council’s Belfast 2024 programme. Little Amal is a striking 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, who represents all children fleeing war, violence and

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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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Get The Best Blooms In The Borough At The Spring Plant Fair

Spring has sprung and there is no better time to get your favourite flower fix! Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is pleased to announce the return of its popular Spring Plant Fair, taking place on Saturday 13 April from 10am to 5pm at Civic Square in Mossley Mill. This free event is a great opportunity for all gardeners

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Weekend Tickets For Return Of Friendship Four U.S. College Ice Hockey Tournament On Sale Now

The Odyssey Trust is pleased to announce that weekend pass tickets are now available to purchase for the highly anticipated seventh iteration of the Friendship Four men’s college ice hockey tournament, which is set to return to The SSE Arena, Belfast over Thanksgiving weekend in November 2024. Held annually at The SSE Arena, Belfast since

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Brook Hall Estate & Gardens To Open In Support Of National Garden Scheme and Foyle Hospice

The private Brook Hall Estate & Gardens, which sits on the banks of the River Foyle is to open to the public in support of the National Garden Scheme and Foyle Hospice.  Now in its third year, the National Garden Scheme raises vital funds for nursing and healthcare charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and

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NI Primary Schools Invited To Embrace ESB Science Blast

ESB Science Blast, delivered by the RDS, has opened applications for its 2024 event to be held at the ICC in Belfast on Tuesday June 4th. The STEM-focused education programme for primary school children, encourages critical thinking and collaboration in a fun environment. ESB Science Blast will take place at the ICC Belfast on 4th

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Armagh’s Home of St Patrick Festival kicks off on Sunday

The countdown is on to Armagh’s iconic Home of St Patrick Festival, taking place for nine spectacular days from 10-18 March, promising a unique programme of history, heritage and place in his chosen home. The Home of St Patrick Festival’s unique distinction, what sets it apart from every other world-wide celebration, is the relationship between

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Get Your Thinking Caps On With The Imagine! Festival

One of Belfast’s most thought-provoking and innovative festivals, the Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics has unveiled its full 2024 programme at a media launch with guests including Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Ryan Murphy and Northern Ireland’s Queen of Comedy, Nuala McKeever. 2024 marks the 10 year anniversary for the festival which has encouraged

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Music And Song To Take Centre Stage In Belfast St Patrick’s Day Programme

Belfast’s musical heritage will be celebrated in this year’s St Patrick’s Day programme, taking place across the city from 1-17 March. For the first time, the event will include the St Patrick’s Day Music Weekend – three days of concerts, céilís, displays, taster sessions and workshops in venues across the city centre, delivered with Belfast

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Mums At Work Elevate Your Business Event to Inspire Businesswomen Across Northern Ireland

Mums At Work CIC will be showcasing a full day of inspiring speakers at their flagship event Elevate Your Business, later this month. Taking place from 10am-4pm on Monday March 25 at the Tullyglass Hotel in Ballymena, the event is designed for business women who want to take their business to the next level.  Speakers

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Belfast’s RENDR Festival Rolls Out Red Carpet For Oscar, BAFTA And Emmy-Winners

With awards season in full flow, RENDR festival will roll out the red carpet at Portview Trade Centre in East Belfast later this week for an all-star line-up of Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy-winners who will unite for the city’s second annual creativity and technology showcase. A unique nocturnal event, RENDR, which is supported by Northern Ireland Screen,

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Internationally Acclaimed ‘The Walk’ Confirmed For Belfast 2024 Programme

‘The Walk’, a world-renowned creative project featuring Little Amal, a giant puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, will arrive in Belfast from 16-19 May – the latest event to be confirmed as part of Belfast City Council’s Belfast 2024 programme. The acclaimed production will be a signature event in the city’s biggest ever creative and

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Van Morrison Announces Easter Performances In Belfast’s Culloden Hotel

Blues-rock legend Van Morrison is to perform two exclusive, intimate shows this Easter in Belfast’s Culloden Estate and Spa. The lunch and jazz event will take place on Easter Sunday and Monday, March 31 and April 1 at the five-star hotel, which is part of the Hastings Hotel Group. Tickets are on sale on Ticketmaster,

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Spring Plant Fair & Garden Show Ireland Return To Mossley Mill’s Civic Square

Unveil the magic of spring at the Spring Plant Fair on Saturday 13 April in Mossley Mill’s Civic Square. This love affair with flowers boasts thousands of blooms waiting to be discovered. From vibrant perennials to delicate potted wonders, there’s something to make every heart flutter. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a budding enthusiast, expert advice

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Creative Events To Inspire Children At Young Aspects

Aspects Festival has unveiled its exciting Young Aspects programme, offering a range of creative children’s events suitable for all ages. Taking place from 1 – 3 March, at various locations around Bangor, the diverse programme of reading, writing and art events promises to inspire young imaginations. The festival is delighted to welcome Big Wave Surfer,

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Step Into A Mesmerising The Audio Experience Eternal At The Belfast XR Festival

Eternal, the profound exploration of eternal life, has been confirmed as one of the unique experiences at this year’s Belfast XR Festival. During this 20 minute experience attendees will step into the realm of eternity with a mesmerising audio journey designed exclusively for one person, in the comfort of their own bed.  As intimate audiences

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Nominations Now Open For The 2024 Remarkable Marketing Awards

Northern Ireland’s first dedicated awards ceremony celebrating individual marketers and their talents has opened for entries. The Remarkable Marketing Awards which are the brainchild of marketer Treena Clarke, founder of the hugely popular annual Big Marketing Meet Up conference will be held on Friday 31st May at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Hosted by communicator

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Lady Susan Comes To Town With 5 Star Reviews!

Prepare for wit, charm, and devilish scheming as Dyad Productions, the award-winning company behind “Austen’s Women” and “I, Elizabeth,” unleashes their newest masterpiece: Lady Susan. Based entirely on letters from Jane Austen’s 1794 manuscript, the play delves into the Regency world with darkly comic brilliance, directed by Andrew Margerison and brought to life by the captivating

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Matthew Bell To Officially Launch Book At Belfast Central Library

Former pro hockey player Matthew Bell will launch his memoir Second Chances at Central Library in Belfast later this month. The book, released in December last year, tells the incredible story of Matthew’s battle with brain cancer and the gruelling recovery that followed. Once an international hockey player, Matthew’s life was upended while playing professionally

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Lord Mayor Ryan Murphy Launches Belfast XR Festival

Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Ryan Murphy has launched the 2024 Belfast XR Festival at the Black Box in Hill Street. Belfast XR, now in its third year, specialises in curating worldclass immersive technology content that takes the art of storytelling to a new level. Extended Reality or ‘XR’ is the collective name for virtual

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Epic Cinematic Experience Stay Alive My Son On The Bill For Belfast XR Festival

The heart-wrenching voyage of survival Stay Alive My Son has been confirmed as one of the experiences for this year’s Belfast XR Festival later this month. Based on the internationally acclaimed memoirs of Pin Yathay, this immersive story thrusts audiences into the poignant shoes of a father facing unimaginable choices during the Cambodian genocide. For

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Broadway Production Life Of Pi Opens In Belfast This Week At The Grand Opera House

Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling Olivier Award-winning stage adaption of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel Life of Pi, starring an extraordinary life-size puppeteered Bengal Tiger is headed to Belfast this week. Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide – Life of Pi is a breath-taking

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Catch NI Opera’s Cupid’s Bow At The Grand Opera House Studio This Week

Upon entering the The Studio, you’ll meet the ever-positive Cupid: god of love, desire and attraction. Cupid runs a bar, ‘Cupid’s Bow’, where some of opera’s most recognisable, famous and infamous characters come to unwind, share their stories and to sing of falling in love, looking for love and falling out of love. Meet operatic legends, including

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10 Things To Do In NI: 12 – 18 February

The Big Hide Out, Comber, County Down, 12-16 February All birdwatching enthusiasts are invited to grab a pair of binoculars and head on down to the wonderfully varied wetlands of Castle Espie on the shores of Strangford Lough. This is a wonderful opportunity to get the chicks in your brood outside and imaginations will soar

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Bluegrass Horse Feed Saddles Up For Down Royal’s St Patrick’s Day Fixture

Members of the public are invited to capture a great day of Irish horse racing on the 17th March as jockeys, horses and trainers from across the island of Ireland return to Down Royal for a day of fantastic entertainment. Having partnered with Down Royal since 2020, Bluegrass has become synonymous with horse racing, producing quality

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Big Special Headed To Belfast For Launch Of Latest Album

BIG SPECIAL have announced their highly-anticipated debut album POSTINDUSTRIAL HOMETOWN BLUES for release on 10th May via SO Recordings. The Black Country duo are also sharing their first new music of 2024, in the shape of huge new single DUST OFF / START AGAIN, along with more UK / EU headline shows and festival appearances.

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