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10 things happening in Northern Ireland January 7-13: From the 1975 to Out to Lunch festival

Matthew Healy of The 1975 (Ben Birchall/PA)

Here's our pick of 10 exciting things taking place across Northern Ireland this week.

1. The Fureys

  • Belfast, January 12

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See the The Fureys perform at the Waterfront Hall. Entertaining audiences worldwide for 41 years – including former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul, while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is The Fureys' Green Fields of France.

2. Out to Lunch Festival

  • Belfast, January 4 – 27

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Now in its 14th year this festival specialises in lunch-based art solutions in the Cathedral Quarter and beyond. This year’s festival boasts a jam-packed lined-up including Britain’s Got Talent’s Lost Voice Guy and DJ Terri Hooley. To see the full line-up visit

3. Birds on the Bann Boat Trips

  • Coleraine, January 6&20

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Join Causeway Lass to explore the River Bann Estuary from Coleraine to the Barmouth. The trips are timed for low tide giving the best opportunity to see some of the 220 bird species recorded in the area and if you are lucky, the local seals and otters. There are two trips scheduled each day, at 10am and 1pm.

4. Lisburn Light Festival

  • Lisburn, until January 25

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Share the magic of the season at Lisburn Light Festival. Over one million lights illuminate the city centre with a spectacular light canopy, glimmering the length of Bow Street. Experience the dazzling 40-foot Christmas tree in Market Square and get into the festive spirit by dancing on the interactive light floor below glistening disco balls.

5. Lyric Lounge: Miscast

  • Belfast, January 12

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Miscast Belfast are back for another night of Miscast madness at The Lyric. As usual, they (and you) will be performing a whole range of inappropriately cast numbers, open mic style.

6. A Step Back In Time

  • Omagh, until 14 June, 2019

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This exhibition at the Ulster American Folk Park includes almost 100 objects, ranging in date from a medieval brooch to a contemporary diamante embroidered costume for solo dance. Embroidered costumes, medals, and certificates will tell the story of the development of dance schools and the governing bodies for Irish dance.

7. 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 300 years showcasing some of the most important examples in the collection.

8. Close To Home

  • Limavady, until 25 January

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Roe Valley Arts hosts this exhibition of work by artists of the Puffin Artists Group CIC co-ordinated by the lovely Puffin Gallery in Ballycastle and including works in ceramics, glass, paintings, jewellery and more.

9. MAC International

  • Belfast, until 31 March

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MAC International presents a snapshot of the most exciting and ambitious art practices from across the world. It is the largest arts prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK, offering artists from around the world an opportunity to exhibit at the MAC in Belfast.

10. The 1975

  • Belfast, January 9

Matthew Healy of The 1975 (Ben Birchall/PA)

The Mercury Prize-nominated Manchester four-piece will kick off their UK and Ireland tour at the SSE Arena, Belfast. The band released their latest album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships last year to critical acclaim. The last remaining tickets are available via Ticketmaster and the SSE Arena box office.

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