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What's on: 8 things to do in Northern Ireland this week

Summer is racing towards us, but let's hope the weather is informed so we can enjoy the various events happening across Northern Ireland this week.

1. In the Window at the Lyric, Belfast - May 31 - June 4

Nuala McKeever returns to the Lyric stage with the play that received a five star review at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014.

In The Window is a dark comedy that tells the story of Margaret, whose life hasn’t turned out the way she dreamed. She’s lonely in a house that won’t sell, with no kids, no husband and a job that’s deathly boring.

Tickets:

Peak - £16

Off Peak - £14

Concessions - £12

Time:

Wednesday, May 31 - Saturday, June 3 - 8pm

Sunday, June 4 - 3pm

2. Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia in Belfast, June 3-4

The legacy cycling event returns to Northern Ireland with a new starting venue at Stormont Estate.

Cheer on the cyclists as they tackle two challenging routes from Belfast, to Strangford and the Mournes. Or join the post-ride pasta party at Stormont with Italian food, beer and wine.

3. Ballymoney Show 2017 in Co. Antrim, June 2-3

This local agricultural show at Ballymoney Show Grounds offers two days of fun for all the family, including cattle, sheep, goat and poultry judging, dog shows, live music, games and over 100 trade stands.

4. Joseph at the Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, May 30 - June 3

Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical continues on its tour to Derry~Londonderry this week.

The musical retells the Biblical story of Joseph - played by former X Factor winner Joe McElderry - his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, and includes the well-known songs Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

Tickets: £12.50 - £32.50

Times: 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm

5. Walled City Music Festival in Derry~Londonderry, May 31 - June 4

The city’s premiere classical music event returns with a packed programme of recitals by leading artists, innovative projects, workshops and gala concerts at various venues.

For full schedule visit the festival website.

6. Islands in the Stream at the Grand Opera House, Belfast, May 30

This is a tribute to the King and Queen of Country Music, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

Islands in the Stream tells the story of the simple Smoky Mountains farm girl’s rise to become country music’s biggest superstar, featuring a string of your favourite hits, such as Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, Here You Come Again, The Gambler, Coward Of The County, Love Is Like A Butterfly, Lady and, of course, Islands in the Stream.

Tickets: £24.25 - £27.75

Time: 8pm

7. Belfast Dragon Boat Regatta, June 3

Belfast’s first ever Dragon Boat Regatta will help support the Lagan Dragons, Northern Ireland’s only breast cancer dragon boat team.

This family event will have face painting, balloons, prizes, music and is guaranteed to be a fun filled day out for everyone.

Cheer on the 20 teams as they bang their drums and race along the Lagan River in these unique and colourful Dragon Boats.

See Lagan Dragons Facebook page for details.

Time: 10am - 3pm

Venue: Belfast Waterfront

8. Belfast Photo Festival, June 1-30

Belfast Photo Festival is a major photographic event and attracts over 80 thousand visitors a year.

This year's event is celebrating the best in international photography, spanning across various locations in Belfast, consisting of 24 indoor and outdoor exhibitions and a wide range of events, workshops, talks, portfolio reviews, tours and screenings for all ages.

For more information visit the festival website.

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