FESTIVALS

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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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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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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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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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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Belfast’s RENDR Festival Returns With Mega Line-Up Of Film, TV And Gaming Talent

Following the success of its debut last year, Belfast’s RENDR festival returns to the city next month with an extraordinary line-up of creative talent from the global film, television and gaming industries. The two-day creativity and technology festival, supported by Northern Ireland Screen, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Studio Ulster, Ulster University, Ulster Screen

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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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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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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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12 Events Happening During This Year’s One World Festival

One World Festival is back for 2023. The festival which showcases how climate change affects people worldwide, especially in less wealthy areas and to make more people aware of the challenges faced by the poorest communities, returns from the 16th – 20th of October. With a focus on Health of Our World, this year’s programme

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Embrace The Beginning Of The Festive Season With Armagh’s Georgian Festival

Armagh’s award-winning Georgian spectacular is back in the Cathedral City next month when Armagh Georgian Festival 2023 returns with a freshly packed programme of unique and charming events and activities designed to kick off the festive celebrations whilst showcasing the city’s iconic architecture, historic landmarks and its unrivalled beauty in an atmosphere charged with new

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Stay Away From Portico This Halloween

The Portico of Ards in Portaferry has given its audiences a strongly worded warning about attending its Halloween events this year. Portico’s Manager Dr Verity Peet said, “While we normally love to welcome everyone to our wide range of events throughout the year, on this occasion we want to warn anyone with a nervous disposition

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Bottlegreen And Down Royal Racecourse Add A Dash Of Extraordinary To Ladies Day

Fashionistas, socialites and racing fans alike are being encouraged to secure their tickets for the Ladbrokes Festival of Racing and Down Royal’s annual Ladies Day festivities. The programme for the two-day festival will open with the bottlegreen Grade 3 Hurdle on Friday 3 November, while Saturday 4 will see fashion enthusiasts gather for the glitz and

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Love At First Bite As Tayto Joins Derry Halloween Festival

Tayto, Northern Ireland’s favourite crisps, has joined forces with Europe’s largest Halloween festival, Derry Halloween, to provide a packet of Tayto Fright Bites for almost 800 volunteers who will take part in the Halloween Carnival Parade on October 31. Tayto Fright Bites are the official snack partner of the Halloween Carnival Parade, explained Elly Hunter,

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Belfast Film Festival Announces Opening And Closing Films And Extends Solidarity To Writers

Belfast Film Festival has announced its opening and closing films for its 2023 programme in November with Andrew Haigh’s All of Us Strangers and Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things leading the programme of events. Both films have stormed the latest film festival circuit, garnering rave reviews and whispers of Oscar, BAFTA and SAG nominations.  Opening Night

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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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Special Guests Snow Patrol Join Lineup For BBC Introducing Live In Belfast

Following the celebrated reissue of their breakthrough record Final Straw, Snow Patrol will make a special guest appearance in Belfast this October as flagship music discovery event BBC Introducing Live, in association with Belfast International Arts Festival, makes its Northern Ireland debut. On Friday 13th October at the Limelight, audiences will also be treated to

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Autumn Programme Unveiled For 34th Cinemagic International Film And Television Festival For Young People

The 34th Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People returns from 30 September to 31 October 2023. The Festival programme funded by the Department of Communities through Northern Ireland Screen, offers unmissable film opportunities for young people, families, schools, and young filmmakers, with over 100 events in Ulster Museum, Queen’s Film Theatre, The

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All Aboard For A Weekend Of Fun At Belfast Maritime Festival

Visitors can discover a treasure trove of free activities at this weekend’s Belfast Maritime Festival on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September. Taking place along the city’s Maritime Mile, with entertainment stretching across Queen’s Quay to HMS Caroline in the Titanic Quarter, the festival celebrates Belfast’s rich maritime heritage and spirit of innovation. Come along

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Ards And North Down’s Arts And Heritage Autumn Programme Is Unveiled

Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Arts and Heritage Autumn Programme has just been released! The exciting schedule of music, events, exhibitions, classes and workshops, covers the September to December period and will be available online to explore and for bookings on Wednesday 30 August. Highlights from the Autumn Programme include Aspects Festival which is

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Northern Ireland’s Past Still Present As Festival Celebrates Heritage Traditions

The Ulster Folk Museum has announced it will host a new Making Festival at the museum to celebrate our traditional crafts and support the revival of Northern Ireland’s most-cherished heritage skills. The two-day, family-friendly festival, planned in partnership with Construction Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI), will take place Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August.

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Deepdale Festival 21-24 September 2023

In this September there is a gathering of incredible folk music talent at Deepdale Camping & Rooms, for the four days of Deepdale Festival 2023.  Yet again Chris Haycock, the festival director, has put together an amazing programme for this small but perfectly formed music festival on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. “Deepdale Festival looks

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NI Bands Ready To Blast Bloodstock Fest

Three local acts to play at prestigious English heavy metal festival Northern Ireland’s heaviest and hardest will play at premier English heavy metal festival this coming weekend, alongside superstar bands Killswitch Engage, Megadeth and Helloween. Cookstown’s Acid Age, Doagh’s Skypilot and Belfast’s Wild Heat play Bloodstock Open Air, which will see 20,000 fans of extreme

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Belfast Mela Unveils Exciting Line Up For Nine Day Festival

The 17th Belfast Mela Festival, sponsored by Sensata Technologies, which is now one of largest arts festivals in Northern Ireland bringing together music, dance, art, theatre, wellbeing and food from around the world to celebrate Belfast’s growing cultural diversity was launched today by the Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Ryan Murphy in the Dark Horse.

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Discover A Treasure Trove Of Family Fun At Belfast Maritime Festival

Belfast’s rich maritime history and spirit of innovation will take centre stage with a host of free family activities on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September. The Belfast Maritime Festival will take place along the city’s Maritime Mile, with activities stretching across Queen’s Quay to HMS Caroline in the Titanic Quarter. Visitors can enjoy nautical-themed

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Top Film Executives End Production Houses Descend On Belfast For Documentary Film Festival

Leading names in documentary filmmaking including Dogwoof, Hidden Light, Hot Docs, Breakout Pictures and CAA have visited Belfast to attend the Docs Ireland documentary film festival. Alongside its packed cinema programme, Docs Ireland hosted several industry focused events aimed at introducing local filmmakers to some of the world’s most important film financiers and production houses.

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4 Events You Should Check Out At The Eastside Arts Festival This Year

The Eastside Arts Festival is set to run for 10 days from the end of this month. Taking place from July 27 there will be a whole host of comedy, live music, art, theatre and everything in between. According to organisers: “The festival will host events in the unique surrounds of heritage venues such as Titanic

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Belfast Tradfest (Sunday July 23 – Sunday July 30) Is Set To Mark Its Fifth Edition Milestone With An Ambitious Programme Of Music

The pinnacle of world-class traditional music concerts, energetic pub sessions, and Ireland’s fastest growing summer school of traditional music, will take place across Belfast UNESCO City of Music this July – and everyone is welcome. Funded by Belfast City Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Tourism NI and in partnership with Ulster University, Belfast

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Patrick Kielty And Carl Frampton To Close Docs Ireland 5

Docs Ireland 5 will close with a knockout conversation between the newly crowned host of the Late Late Show Patrick Kielty and former champion boxer and mental health advocate Carl Frampton on Northern Irish politics, education and identity.  The announcement comes as Docs Ireland launched its fifth programme packed with over 87 films and events

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AVA Festival Returns To Belfast’s Titanic Slipway This Weekend

Known for bringing great music, vibes and craic to Belfast, AVA Festival makes its return to the Titanic Slipway this weekend for a two-day extravaganza on Friday June 2 and Saturday June 3. Following the overwhelming success of last year’s feat, the iconic Titanic Slipway will host the festival for the second time, bringing an

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Belfast City Blues Festival Back Again For 14th Year

Fans are set for a magical music tour after details of the 14th annual Belfast City Blues Festival were unveiled earlier yesterday at Kelly’s Cellars.  The multi award winning festival is lined up for 23-25 June, with Guinness continuing their support as main sponsor.  Internationally acclaimed artists and the cream of local talent including Pat

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New Murals Draw Crowds At Biggest Art Festival Yet

Vibrant new murals have been added to the walls of Belfast by local and international artists thanks to the annual ‘Hit The North’ Street Art Festival. Organised by Seedhead Arts and supported by Hennessy, ‘Hit The North’ has grown from humble beginnings to become the biggest street art festival in the UK and Ireland this year.

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Festival Of Fools Is Back Again This Weekend

Ireland’s largest free street performance festival returns with its 2023 programme in Belfast city centre from April 29th – May 01st 2023.  The programme offers three days of jam-packed, all-inclusive entertainment for the whole family including circus, magic, puppetry and much more. It takes place at various locations across Belfast City, and with all daytime shows free to attend, this

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100 Events + 11 Days = The 23rd Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival!

One of the most hotly anticipated programmes in Belfast’s cultural calendar will deliver over 100 events in just 11 days across the city’s historic Cathedral Quarter and beyond! The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival returns between April 27 –May 7 for its 23rd year with a packed programme of live music, comedy, literature, theatre, film, spoken word, visual

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Banbridge Hits The High Notes As Buskfest 2023 Returns

Banging tunes, big songs and great live entertainment returns to the bustling streets of Banbridge this June when the well-established Busking Festival – BuskFest – returns to the County Down town. A big festival highlight and showcase for Banbridge, the hugely popular competitive event attracts thousands of visitors, lifting spirits in a town famous for great

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MCD Presents: Lewis Capaldi Plus Special Guests, McFly: Announced For Belfast Vital 2023

Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast: Sunday 03rd September 2023 The UKs best loved band, McFly are pleased to announce that they will be joining Lewis Capaldi at Belfast Vital on Sunday September 3 as his special guests. With seven UK number-one singles, six top-ten albums, seven arena tours and ten million records sold worldwide, McFly

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