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10 things happening this week in Northern Ireland - from Chinese New Year to Tommy Fleming

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

1. Roy Orbison Reborn

  • Belfast, January 31

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Superstar Roy Orbison was one of the world's greatest and most successful rock'n'roll music legends of all time. The present day sees Dean Bourne and his musicians perform the ultimate tribute to 'The Big O', showcasing all his massive hits together at the Ulster Hall. 

2. Birdwatch Morning

  • Newtownards, January 30

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One of the experts at Castle Espie will lead you around the stunning Reserve and Woodland. You are recommended to bring along a pair of binoculars and sensible footwear. 

3. Tommy Fleming

  • Belfast, February 1

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Tommy Fleming
 

Tommy is one of Ireland's top entertainers with over 6.5 million YouTube hits and over 3.5 million album sales worldwide. The Voice of Hope II tour coming to the Ulster Hall brings you a special collection of spiritual inspirational music together with a selection of his most popular songs.

4. The Bog Couple

  • Londonderry, January 30 - February 2

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Starring local actors Pat Lynch and Gerry Doherty, The Playhouse production performed at the Millennium Forum introduces us to Oscar Meenan and Felix Young – both 'Bogside men' – one a Catholic and one a Protestant; one is an easy-going, slob and one an obsessive perfectionist preoccupied with neatness.

5. IMBOLC International Music Festival

  • Londonderry, January 27 – February 10

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Taking place in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, this is one of Ireland’s leading folk and world music festivals. Whilst still firmly rooted in the musical cultures of this island, the festival has grown in depth and breadth and now encompasses music genres ranging from folk, traditional and roots to jazz, contemporary and world music.

6. Mairead Duffy Art Exhibition

  • Armagh, January 2 – February 28

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Craftswirl at Armagh Visitor Information Centre are delighted to welcome this exhibition of work by local artist Máiréad Duffy from Middletown in County Armagh.

7. The Old Firm Casuals

  • Belfast, January 31

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US street punk band The Old Firm Casuals, fronted by Lars Frederiksen from ska-punk stalwarts Rancid, perform at The Empire. Joining the band on the night for a stellar line-up are The Defects and United Bottles.

8.  Dan Snow: An evening with 'The History Guy'

  • Belfast, January 30

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An Evening with Dan Snow features the well-known historian and TV presenter recounting anecdotes of memorable experiences from his very successful career as an historian and broadcaster.

Academics, students, families and all those interested in the history of Northern Ireland will love this show, which concludes with a 20 minute Q&A.

9. Chinese New Year

  • Giant's Causeway, February 2&3

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The National Trust team at the Giant’s Causeway will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a host of exciting workshops and traditional Chinese festivities to ring in the Year of the Pig. The two-day event taking place against the iconic backdrop of the Causeway coastline will appeal to all the senses, with a range of family friendly activities including colourful demonstrations, live traditional Chinese music and captivating Chinese opera.

10. Jake O'Kane: Nobody Shouted Stop

  • Belfast, January 30 - February 2

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With Jake there is no divide, from playing sold out shows at the West Belfast Feile to The Shankill Road’s Spectrum Centre. He has the rare talent to cross all political and religious partitions taking an honest, critical and very funny look at life on both sides. In his new show, Jake will be casting his caustic, comedy eye on the good, the bad and the very, very ugly.

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