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10 things happening in Northern Ireland this week - from Belfast Pride to Teddy Bears Picnic

Here's our pick of the top events taking place across Northern Ireland this week.

1. Belfast Pride Festival

  • Belfast, July 27 – August 5
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Belfast Pride

Belfast Pride is one of the biggest festivals in Belfast celebrating the LGBTQA+ community and runs over 100 events across 10 days.

The week includes a range of activities from workshops to social events and much more, with the main parade held on Saturday 4 August.

For more information, visit www.belfastpride.com.

2. Evita

  • Grand Opera House, Belfast, July 31 - August 11

Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is set to thrill audiences once again at The Grand Opera House.

Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.

For more information, visit www.goh.co.uk.

3. A Night with George

  • Lyric Theatre, Belfast, August 1-12

Not every woman gets to spend a night with George Clooney... but Bridie Murphy does!

Over the course of one night, Bridie takes George on the journey of her life. From the terrible lows to the hilarious highs and charts the course to her unlikely future.

For more information, visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.

4. Hog ‘n’ Bog Weekend 2018

  • Newcastle, August 3 - 5

The Hog “n” Bog weekend will see hundreds of Harley Davidson motorbike fans descend on Newcastle, Co. Down, for the chance to ride-out through the stunning surroundings of the Mourne Mountains.

This year’s event will be based at the Burrendale Hotel and will feature a custom bike show, live music and much more.

For more information, visit www.belfasthog.com.

5. The Wickerman Gathering 2018

  • Armagh, August 4
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As the Celts celebrate the festival of Lughnasa, marking the beginning of the harvest season, join the clan in their preparations for the ceremonial burning of the 30ft Wickerman.

Music, dancing and face painting will all be available at this event alongside the great ceremony of burning the Wickerman.

For more information, visit www.visitarmagh.com.

6. Bianca Del Rio

  • Waterfront, Belfast, August 4

After a sold out UK tour in 2017, RuPaul's Drag Race alumni and international hateful clown in a gown, Bianca Del Rio returns to the UK with her brand new show, Blame It On Bianca Del Rio.

For more information, visit www.waterfront.co.uk.

7. Ulster Military Vehicle Club Show

  • The Paddock, Portrush, August 4 - 5 

This annual event gives the public the opportunity to see up close a range of historic military vehicles.

The Ulster Military Vehicle Club exists to promote the restoration, preservation and display of ex-military vehicles.

There will be re-enactments and display stalls alongside the exhibition.

8. Improv Comedy Festival

  • Belfast, August 4 - 5

Improv acts from as far afield as Shanghai and as close to home as Dublin will be performing their unique form of comedy over the course of five evenings at the Accidental Theatre.

For more information, visit www.accidentaltheatre.co.uk.

9. Kite Festival

  • Castlerock, August 4 - 5
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This high-flying spectacle offers fun for all the family as a kaleidoscope of kites of all sizes take to the skies over the iconic coastal estate of Downhill Demesne.

There will be award-winning kite displays, stunt kite teams, and other kite related activities, all of which will make this a weekend not to miss.

For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/downhill-demesne-and-hezlett-house.

10. Teddy Bears Picnic

  • Falls Park, Belfast, August 5
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The Teddy Bears Picnic will have arts and crafts, a petting farm, graffiti wall art and a few other surprises.

Bring along a picnic, a blanket, your teddy and its owner. There will also be a competition for the best dressed teddy bear and owner.

For more information, visit www.feilebelfast.com.

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