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5 top cultural experiences to enjoy in Northern Ireland this autumn

By Claire McKeever

With Culture Night Belfast beckoning and cultural experiences filling up our social calendars, there seems no better time to look at some of the best events and attractions taking place in Northern Ireland this autumn.

From music and theatre, to comedy and art, Northern Ireland is overflowing with events that are likely to set alight the culture vulture in all of us.

1. Culture Night – Belfast and Londonderry

On Friday, September 22 the streets of Belfast and Derry will be filled with a plethora of activities and events showcasing the best of local and international arts as part of Culture Night.

In Belfast, the organisers have drawn up an exciting programme that includes a live Roller Derby, Jamboree, group yoga and various food stalls in and around the city centre with over 100,000 people expected to take to the streets.

Meanwhile in Derry, over 40 activities and events have been organised taking in all manner of arts, music and street theatre across the city.

For more information, visit www.culturenightbelfast.com & www.derrystrabane.com/culturenight

2. Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady

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Atlantic Arc Orchestra. Pic credit: Louis Decarlo

For those based in the north west, the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady has a wide selection of creative and cultural workshops for visitors to try out over autumn and winter.

This includes performances from local singers and an exhibition showcasing local patchwork and quilt makers.

On October 13 the centre will play host to Atlantic Arc Orchestra ahead of their performance at this year's Belfast International Arts Festival.

For more information, visit www.roevalleyarts.com

3. Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy

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Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Built in honour of the late poet and Nobel Prize Winner Seamus Heaney, HomePlace not only houses wonderful exhibitions dedicated to the writer but also puts on some excellent cultural and literary experiences.

The autumn/winter programme has recently been released and looks set to provide a great mixture of experiences for individuals of all ages.

From conversations with Father Ted’s Ardal O’Hanlan to an evening of harp music, there is a lot to soak up as part of the HomePlace programme these next few months.

For more information, visit www.seamusheaneyhome.com

4. Duncairn Centre, Belfast

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Duncairn Centre, Belfast

The Duncairn Centre in north Belfast is a unique cultural space, situated within a beautiful converted church on the Antrim Road.

For the last few years the venue has hosted an eclectic mix of local and international live music, as well as a seasonal programme of workshops.

The centre’s autumn/winter programme includes everything from box fiddle making to Irish language lessons, and on Saturday, October 14 Co Antrim six piece Runabay will perform a live gig at the centre.

For more information, visit www.theduncairn.com

5. Belfast Comedy Festival

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John Bishop

Running from October 2-8, Belfast Comedy Festival looks set to bring the city alive with its programme full of great comedic performances.

Well-known comedian John Bishop will be headlining the festival with his new show Winging It at the SSE Arena, while a long list of improv, stand-up and bespoke events will be performed at venues across Belfast.

Other notable names performing this year include Tim McGarry, Rubberbandits, and Joel Dommett.

For more information, visit www.belfastcomedyfestival.com

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