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10 things happening in Northern Ireland this week - from Titanicdance to Awful Auntie

 

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Irish dancers in Titanicdance

Irish dancers in Titanicdance

Irish dancers in Titanicdance

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

1. Sasha and John Digweed

  • Custom House Square, Belfast, August 18

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Sasha & John Digweed

Sasha & John Digweed

Sasha & John Digweed

 

CHSq returns to the historic surroundings of Belfast's iconic Custom House, bringing a series of headline shows by international musical artists. It's British DJ duo Sasha and John Digweed's turn to take to the stage this weekend where the progressive house act will be supported by Nic Fanciulli and Psycatron.

2. Groomsport Music and Fireworks

  • Bangor, August 18

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Groomsport Music and Fireworks

Groomsport Music and Fireworks

Groomsport Music and Fireworks

 

An evening of live music, family entertainment and a spectacular fireworks finale. This year's headline act will be Fleetwood Mac Tribute band, Mack Fleetwood, supported by Wookalily who will deliver toe tapping alternative folk music.

3. Wake the Giant

  • Warrenpoint, August 18-19

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Wake the Giant parade at Warrenpoint

Wake the Giant parade at Warrenpoint

Wake the Giant parade at Warrenpoint

 

This festival will once again see Finn the Giant come to life using the combined efforts of the audience, the artists and craftspeople. It is set to be an extraordinary day as ancient myth and legend comes to life in a series of street parades, music, song, and dance. In addition to the entertainment there will be free kids' activities and a food village bursting with fresh local produce.

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4. Causeway Coast Truck Fest

  • Portstewart, August 19

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Causeway Coast Truck Fest

Causeway Coast Truck Fest

Causeway Coast Truck Fest

 

This is a fun, family day out at one of the North Coast's top festivals of the year. The festival will host 300+ show trucks, a craft village with local food suppliers and live entertainment, topped off by the famous truck convoy around the North West 200 track between Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush.

5. Northern Ireland Open

  • Ballymena, August 16-19

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Northern Ireland Open

Northern Ireland Open

Northern Ireland Open

 

A golf tournament for all the family this event will attract Irish European Tour players and host the NI Open village which includes a dedicated food festival showcasing the finest of local produce.

 

6. Moira Speciality Food Fair

  •  Craigavon, August 18

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Moira Speciality Food Fair

Moira Speciality Food Fair

Moira Speciality Food Fair

 

Award–winning food and drink producers from across Northern Ireland will feature in this speciality food fair, including Abernethy Butter, Burren Balsamics and Harnett’s Oils to name but a few. The event will include cookery demonstrations, educational workshops and masterclasses. Visitors will also have the opportunity to taste and buy from the many local producers in the artisan food hall.

7. Portaferry Triathlon

  • Strangord Lough, Portaferry, August 18

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Portaferry Triathlon

Portaferry Triathlon

Portaferry Triathlon

 

Enjoy watching this challenging triathlon as the competitors take on the tidal flow at the Narrows of Strangford Lough, before cycling a 21.5 km two-lap route around the scenic southern tip of the Ards Peninsula, followed by a 5km run with stunning views across Strangford Lough.

8. Ulster Rugby V Gloucester

  • Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, August 18

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Ulster's Kingspan Stadium will host their opening Champions Cup tie

Ulster's Kingspan Stadium will host their opening Champions Cup tie

Ulster's Kingspan Stadium will host their opening Champions Cup tie

 

The English Premiership club Gloucester will visit Belfast for this fixture which kicks off at 5.30pm. In addition to watching world-class rugby, visitors of all ages can enjoy a range of activities including live music, autograph sessions, exclusive competitions and a fan photo-booth.

9. Awful Auntie

  • Grand Opera House, Belfast, August 15-18

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David Walliams' novel Awful Auntie performed on stage at Belfast's Grand Opera House

David Walliams' novel Awful Auntie performed on stage at Belfast's Grand Opera House

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David Walliams' novel Awful Auntie performed on stage at Belfast's Grand Opera House

 

David Walliams' popular book comes to life on stage! From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very old car, a very large owl and a very small ghost!

10. Titanicdance

  • Waterfront, Belfast, August 9-19

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Irish dancers in Titanicdance

Irish dancers in Titanicdance

Irish dancers in Titanicdance

 

Step aboard one of the world’s most famous ships. Titanicdance tells a heart-gripping love story as the great ship makes its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. This epic tale is enacted by a cast of 24 of the world's top Irish dancers and 6 of Ireland's leading musicians, making Titanicdance an unmissable spectacular of live music, song, and dance, along with amazing costumes and set design.


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