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Madness Set For 2024 Custom House Square Show

After scoring their first studio UK Official Charts No.1 album, Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C’est La Vie, one of the biggest and most loved British bands Madness, announce their ‘C’est La Vie’ summer tour with a Custom House Square, Belfast show on Friday 9th August 2024.   The huge 19-date tour will call at Margate, Southampton, Plymouth, Newcastle, …

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Two Door Cinema Club Set For Custom House Square Summer 2024

Two Door Cinema Club have announced a massive concert for summer 2024 with a show at Custom House Square, Belfast on Thursday 15th August 2024.   Mixing guitar-driven hooks with a dancey, electronic polish, Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club first gained attention with 2010’s Tourist History and singles like What You Know, Something Good Can Work …

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Golden Goodie Bag For One Lucky Visitor At 2023 Mallusk Christmas Market Unveiled

Mallusk Enterprise Park will open its doors to support over 20 local entrepreneurs, 3 charities and provide free Santa Grotto visits to 100 local children on the evening of Wednesday 29 November. The local businesses and enterprises showcasing their locally made products and services at the pop up festive Market include local artists Dionne Pollock, …

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Mallusk Enterprise Park To Transform Into Festive Market To Support Over 20 Local Businesses This Week

An indoor market with over 20 stalls and a pop up Santa’s Grotto will transform the local enterprise agency at Mallusk on Wednesday November 29. The evening event will offer visitors the chance to pick up handmade presents and enjoy a night out supporting the business community in the countdown to Christmas. Hosted and supported by …

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Celebrate Christmas With Festive Arts Events In Ards & North Down

Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Arts and Heritage Service has some fantastic festive events on offer this Christmas season. Shoppers are invited to two unique festive shopping experiences where they can browse and purchase beautiful, handcrafted products created by local artists and makers. The special events which will be located in North Down Museum, …

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12 Christmas light switch ons still to light up across Northern Ireland

By Chloe Langton  Halloween has had its turn, it’s time for the countdown to Christmas to begin and what better way to begin festivities than attending your local Christmas lights switch on?  Everyone is in high spirits as our cities, towns and villages across Northern Ireland light up and come together to celebrate the start …

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14th Belfast Media Festival Unveils Impressive Line-Up For Next Week’s Two-Day Festival

More than 1500 people are expected to descend on The Mac Belfast next week for the opening of the 14th Belfast Media Festival (BMF) entitled A City in Motion which starts on Wednesday 15 November at 10am with host William Crawley and runs until Thursday 16 November. A jam-packed schedule of 36 sessions covering all …

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Four Months To Go Until IoD NI Women’s Leadership Conference

The Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland has joined forces once again with leading law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills, to launch the 2024 Women’s Leadership Conference. Returning to Belfast’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday 8th March, the conference is expected to be another sell-out event, attracting over 500 delegates and participants. The theme for the 2024 …

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Duran Duran Announced As Headliners For Latitude 2024 In UK Festival Exclusive

In a UK festival exclusive, the iconic British band Duran Duran has been unveiled as the headliners for the 2024 edition of the Latitude Festival. The announcement coincides with the release of the band’s critically acclaimed new gothic-themed album, Danse Macabre, which made its debut in the UK Top Five this week. The band is set to …

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Ards Arts Centre Opens New Exhibitions For November

Ards Arts Centre in Newtownards is delighted to welcome two new art exhibitions this November: In Search for the Past, a joint exhibition by Maria and Anna Horvathova and Curious Carnival, a solo exhibition by Anna Donovan. Having graduated with an MFA from Belfast School of Art in 2023, Maria and Anna Horvathova have been developing their practices …

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Belfast Christmas Market Delighted To Support Lord Mayor’s Charity Kids Together Belfast

As plans are underway for the 18th Belfast Christmas Market, Market Place Europe (operators of the market) are excited to be working closely with the Lord Mayor of Belfast’s chosen charity, Kids Together Belfast, in order to raise awareness and support them in the work they do for children with moderate to severe disabilities. This …

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Don’t Miss A Magical Snowman Experience This Winter

Experience the magic of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman™ at Hillsborough Castle this festive season. The beloved The Snowman™ is brought to life in a trail around the stunning gardens, from 18 November until 7 January. Wrap up warm, bring your family and friends, and get ready for a heart-warming festive adventure. There are 12 giant …

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Minnows To Headline Atlantic Sessions In Final Gig Of The Year At Playhouse, Portrush

Having made a long-awaited return to the live stage this year with two sold-out gigs in Belfast and Derry, indie rock band The Minnows will play their third and final show of 2023 at The Playhouse Theatre in Portrush on Friday November 17. The Belfast-based band has confirmed that its headline performance at this year’s Atlantic Sessions will be their last …

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Portico Ards Announces New Feel Good Festival

The Portico of Ards has a brand new festival coming up in 2024. From 1-10 March, the Feel Good Festival comes complete with candlelit concerts, laser lit gigs and feel good activities. The Feel Good Festival starts by swathing the grade A listed architecture of Portico in soft candlelight for two concerts on its first …

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Foyle Film Festival Launches 2023 Programme Showcasing Irish & International Film Events

Searchlight Pictures Next Goal Wins, directed by Oscar® winner Taika Waititi, will open this year’s festival which takes place from Friday 17 – Sunday 26 November 2023. Q&A with Oscar®-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker will follow the screening of Raging Bull as part of Powell and Pressburger season, and Irish International talent is showcased with an …

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Maxwell Quartet To Perform At Music In The Chamber At Bangor Castle

Hailing from Scotland, the award-winning Maxwell Quartet will perform across NI for the first time this November, with a performance in Bangor Castle on Friday 24th November. The tour is presented by Moving on Music. Now firmly regarded as one of the finest young string quartets around, Maxwell Quartet are a group in high demand. Performing …

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West End Star Lights Up The Cathedral This Christmas

Peter Corry has once again exceeded all expectations in unveiling an exciting line-up for this year’s eagerly awaited “Christmas at the Cathedral”.  Returning to the magnificent St Anne’s Cathedral, the show features an exceptional star of both Broadway and the West End, Rachel Tucker, as a special guest. Returning to her hometown of Belfast, Rachel will …

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Belfast To Welcome Steven Bartlett At First-Ever ScaleX Summit In The City

This month, Belfast’s ICC, recently named ‘world’s best conference destination’, will play host to the first-ever ScaleX™ Summit, a one-day conference to inspire and enable company founders and business leaders to take their businesses to the next level. A real showcase of the entrepreneurial spirit of this place, the summit, which is due to take …

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Country Stars Kane Brown, Brad Paisley and Old Dominion Lined Up For 2024 Show At Belfast’s SSE Arena

Following 2023’s 10-year extravaganza, Country To Country returns for the start of another decade celebrating country music. Since 2013, C2C has become Europe’s premier destination to see the world’s best country artists and future stars. 2024 will see another host of incredible artists perform at The O2, London, The OVO Hydro Glasgow and, for the …

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Belfast Film Festival Starts Today With Writers, Workers & World-Class Features

Belfast Film Festival has launched its 2023 programme with a prodigious line-up including the biggest films of both the Cannes and Venice film festivals and seven Best International Feature Oscar selections. The festival will run from the 2-11 November at a variety of locations across the city. Opening and Closing Belfast Film Festival’s Opening and …

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Setting Sail For Adventure As Holiday World Launches In Belfast

It’s been a stormy year in more ways than one for the travel industry at home and abroad, but that won’t stop the Northern Ireland public from going on holiday in 2024, according to the organisers of the 31st annual Holiday World Belfast show, which will take place at the Titanic Exhibition Centre (TEC) in …

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Wild Days Out: Schools Competition Launched To Inspire Kids To Care For Green Spaces

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and Hughes Insurance have launched a competition for schools across Northern Ireland to win Wild Days Out. The events which highlight the importance of conservation education within schools, aim to inspire the next generation to care for and protect green spaces through a range of fun activities. From bug hunting to …

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Belfast Set To Be UEFA EURO 2028 Host City As UK & Ireland Win Historic Bid To Stage Tournament

Belfast is set to be a host city for UEFA EURO 2028 after the UK and Ireland today won the right to stage the tournament. Bringing one of the world’s biggest sporting events to Northern Ireland, and delivering impactful and lasting sporting, cultural and economic benefits, Casement Park, Belfast, is set to be one of …

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A Taste Of Northern Ireland At Flavours Of Ireland Event In London

Tourism companies from around the island of Ireland – including 23 companies from Northern Ireland – attended Flavours of Ireland 2023 in London. Flavours is Tourism Ireland’s annual B2B tourism workshop, where tourism companies from Northern Ireland meet and do business with a top global inbound tour operators. Now in its 21st year, Flavours was …

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Lights, Camera, Action – Eighth Eastside Awards Launched

Now in its eighth year, the prestigious Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport is officially open for entry. With new sponsors, new categories and six awards open to public nomination, this year marks a significant milestone for the awards which acknowledge all that is great about East Belfast and which have …

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Asda Urges NI Customers To Become Real Self-Checkers As It Launches Biggest Ever Tickled Pink Campaign

Asda is set to launch its biggest ever Tickled Pink campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, with over 200 exclusive pink products available to purchase in stores. Now in its 27th year, Asda Tickled Pink is one of the UK’s longest running charity partnerships, and this year the range will see over 200 …

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Hole-In-One For Cash For Kids Golf Fundraiser

Local charity, Cash for Kids, has made the cut once again, raising £17,750 as part of its drive to support disadvantaged children across Northern Ireland. The charity, which is spearheaded by Cool FM, Downtown and Downtown Country hosted a corporate golf day at Shandon Park Golf Club on 15 September. Despite being one of the …

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Pupils At Strabane Academy Break Down Stigma Around Mental Health With Lidl Northern Ireland Sport For Good Schools Programme

Thousands of secondary school pupils across the county are benefitting from the Lidl Northern Ireland Sport for Good Schools Programme, a dedicated mental health athlete mentorship programme delivered by Lidl Northern Ireland as part of the retailer’s established Sport for Good campaign which aims to tackle youth mental health head on. The programme, developed in …

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Giants ’gow One Step Closer To Knockouts With Win At Clan

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are on the verge of the Challenge Cup knockouts as they made it three wins from three in the group stages of the campaign by holding off a second period to comeback to emerge with a 4-2 victory at the Glasgow Clan on Friday night. Adam Keefe’s men stormed the …

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Giants Fly Into Cup Knockouts As Whistle Shuts Out Fife

A 16-save shut-out from Jackson Whistle and a second-period goal from Ciaran Long were all that the Stena Line Belfast Giants needed to secure a 1-0 win over the Fife Flyers and a four-point weekend which books their place in the knockouts of the Challenge Cup. In his first competitive start of the season, Whistle …

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Singer-Songwriter MATT McGINN Performs New Music

Famed Co. Down singer-songwriter Matt McGinn returns to Belfast on 20 October to preview a selection of tracks from his forthcoming album Behind Every Door , alongside other favourites. Released on 27 October, the album features upbeat, foot-stomping, melody-drenched songs with swirling fiddles, heart-wrenching ballads and uilleann pipes.  While McGinn’s blend of folk, alt-country and soul and his personal, character-laden songwriting are in evidence, it’s his warm, husky …

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Northern Ireland Sporting Bodies And Premier League Teams Support NSPCC’s Keeping Your Child Safe In Sport Week

Northern Ireland sporting bodies are backing the NSPCC’s Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport Week campaign (October 2 – 6) which this year calls on parents to show positive support for their children in their activities. More than one in four parents (28%) who attend their child’s sports club or activity said they have seen …

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Join In The Big Draw Festival At Ards Arts Centre: Drawing With Senses

Ards Arts Centre in Newtownards will be celebrating The Big Draw Festival on Saturday 7 October when everyone is invited to come along and take part. The 2023 Big Draw Festival theme is Drawing with Senses which explores the way we personally process the world and internalise our experiences through our senses. The creative team …

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Harps Alive Festival Is Back This Weekend

Some 231 years on, harp music resounds…..Harpers and historians join forces in Belfast and Dublin to celebrate the Irish harping tradition. Now in its second year Harps Alive (Harps Alive│An Chruit Bheo│Harps Leevin) is a cross border collaborative festival, which brings together the finest harpers from across the island to celebrate the significance of the …

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Fall Into Autumn At Vincent’s Pop-Up Shop

Vincent’s stores across the north west are bringing together the most sought after autumn fashions at a pop-up shop on Saturday 30 September in St Pio’s Centre in Derry. This cash only event is offering thousands of items for sale at only £1 each. From menswear to womenswear, childrens clothing, footwear and handbags, there is …

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Triple Award Win For Local Hospitality Business At NI Health And Fitness Awards

Follow Leisure Group, the business which supplies and manages a number of eateries across Northern Ireland, brought home three award-wins this past weekend at the NI  . The Group is headed up by Gary McIldowney who opened his first hospitality venture, Slim’s Healthy Kitchen, 10 years ago, and which picked up two awards on the …

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People Join ‘together’ To Deliver More Than 200 Events Across The Region For Good Relations Week

Over 200 inspiring events by 128 local groups and organisations delivered the positive message that working ‘Together’ helps to build positive community relations across the region as part of Good Relations Week 2023.  Good Relations Week 2023 ran from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th September with a creative programme of workshops, lectures, panel discussions, talks, …

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