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10 things happening this week in Northern Ireland - from Snow Patrol to maritime festivals

Snow Patrol pictured at the Oh Yeah centre in Belfast where they announced their Bangor Ward Park gig on 25 May 2019. It will be the third time the band have played the venue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Snow Patrol pictured at the Oh Yeah centre in Belfast where they announced their Bangor Ward Park gig on 25 May 2019. It will be the third time the band have played the venue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Here's our pick of the 10 most exciting things taking place this week across Northern Ireland (May 20-26).

1. Brainiac Live

  • Belfast, May 24-25

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Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls, due to popular demand Science’s greatest and most volatile live show is returning with a vengeance to the IIC Belfast. Expect exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves and loads of live daredevil stunts.

2. Snow Patrol:Ward Park 3

  • Bangor, May 25
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Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park, 2010

Join Snow Patrol for their hat trick gig in Bangor. Ward Park 3 will be a celebration of Northern Irish music, a day for people to come together and celebrate their rich history and to invite an international audience to come and see everything that Northern Ireland has to offer.

3. Altikeeragh Blanket Bog Walk

  • Limavady, May 25
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Join the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust to explore Altikeeragh Blanket Bog nestled high up in the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and learn about the special wildlife and habitats.

4. Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

  • Ballycastle, May 24 - June 2
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The festival celebrates the culture, cuisine and coastal treasures with an exciting sea-focused programme of nautical themed events in Ballycastle and Rathlin Island.

5. Armagh County Fleadh

  • Armagh, May 24-26
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The Armagh Fleadh is set to take place in Forkhill and presents excellent opportunities for musicians of all ages to participate and showcase their unique musical talent.

6. The Spring Beer Festival

  • Belfast, May 24-25
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Clink Steins and sing songs at The Doyen with old friends (and probably some new ones)  on traditional long style tables with the room dressed in true German Beer Fest style, whilst the Heidi girls keep the Bavarian Beer flowing at your tables.

7. Ards Puppet Festival 2019

  • Newtownards, May 26-27
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Classic tales will be brought to life with fascinating and magical performances to entertain the whole family. Festival line-up includes Lyngo Theatre performing Tom Thumb and Jack and the Beanstalk, Clydebuilt Theatre performing  Lost Bear and Banyan Theatre performing The Hedgehog Prince.

8. Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival 2019

  • Belfast, May 25-27
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The magnificent masts of the Tall Ships return to Belfast’s quaysides, signalling the start of one of the city’s most popular family events, the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival.

9. Hands Craft Festival

  • Omagh, May 24-27
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Rediscover Ireland’s rich heritage and lost traditional skills as An Creagán hosts this festival, aimed at teaching skills including foraging in the wild, lace making, firing pottery, straw craft, cordage, fermentation, frame loom weaving and herbalism.

10. County Derry Fleadh 2019

  • Londonderry, May 23-27
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All of the competitions will be in St Brigid’s College and showcases unique musical talent within the area.

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