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10 things happening in Northern Ireland: January 14-20 - from whiskey tasting to Foster and Allen

27 March 2008 - General view of the Crown Bar in Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes /
27 March 2008 - General view of the Crown Bar in Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes /

Here's our pick of exciting things taking place across Northern Ireland this week.

1. Foster and Allen ‘For A Night To Remember’

  • Belfast, January 15

Special show: Foster and Allen

The most famous duo in country music are back! To date, they have released over thirty albums and fourteen videos and DVDs , all of which have gone into the British charts, with worldwide sales now in excess of twenty million. This show at the Grand Opera House features all the best songs making it truly a night to remember!

2. Tutored whiskey tasting evening

  • Belfast, January 17

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Learn more about Northern Ireland’s oldest whiskey producer Bushmills with a tutored tasting session at the Crown Bar, sampling Old Bushmills original, Black Bush, 10yr single malt, 16yr single malt and 21yr single malt as well as their latest whiskey The Sexton.

3. Out to Lunch Festival

  • Belfast, January 4 – 27

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Now in its fourteenth year, this festival specialises in lunch-based art solutions in the Cathedral Quarter and beyond. This year’s line-up boasts a jam-packed line-up including Britain’s Got Talent’s Lost Voice Guy and DJ Terri Hooley. To see the full line-up visit

4. Art in the Orchard

  • Portadown, January 19

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Join professional visual artist Deborah Malcomson for a unique day of creativity at Long Meadow Farm. This will be a unique opportunity to get out into the orchards and enjoy the challenge of producing your own creative response to the surrounding apple trees.

5. Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger

  • Londonderry, January 18 – March 16

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Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, the acclaimed Famine art collection, currently on loan from Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University will be on display at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.

6. If You Can Find Me: A celebration of the music of Stephen Sondheim

  • Newry, January 17

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A celebration of the music of Stephen Sondheim. Newry Chamber Music continues its 2018/19 season with a concert featuring rising stars from the Northern Ireland Opera Studio Artists programme.

7. Brahms’s 2nd Piano Concerto

  • Belfast, January 18

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Performed by soloist pianist Boris Giltburg, Brahms's Second Piano Concerto opens gently, but as it unfolds and expands it brings the impressive concert to a richly romantic close at the Ulster Hall.

8. I Love Burns Night!

  • Belfast, January 19

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Join the Ulster Orchestra and friends at the Waterfront Hall for a ceilidh’s-worth of toe-tapping jigs, reels and, of course, the songs and poetry of ‘The Bard’ himself, Robert Burns! The Orchestra’s annual Burns Night concert is the ultimate celebration of the cultural links between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

9. Traditional Irish Bread Making

  • Killinchy, January 19

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Join NI Food Tours in an 18th century thatched cottage on the shores of Strangford Lough for a truly authentic traditional Irish bread making experience.

10. A Costume Cavalcade

  • Armagh, until March 2 2019

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This exhibition at the Armagh County Museum tells the story of dress over the last three hundred years showcasing some of the most important examples in the collection.

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