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10 things to do in Northern Ireland, Mar 5-11 - from St Patrick's festivities to comedy with Colin Murphy

St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast. 2017
St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast. 2017

As we edge closer to St Patrick's Day, the festivities kick off this week in Armagh, plus there's plenty of comedy, music and celebrations to keep everyone entertained.

1. City of Derry Drama Festival

  • Derry~Londonderry, March 2-10
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This amateur drama festival is staged each spring at the Waterside Theatre.

Founded to celebrate the best of amateur drama, it attracts award-winning groups from all over Ireland.

For full details visit

2. All Shook Up

  • Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, March 7-10

Following their last two sell out shows, the award winning local group, LMS, brings this hilarious musical inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley and based on a book by Joe DiPietro to the Millennium Forum.

For more information, visit

3. Lives in Translation

  • Lyric Theatre, Belfast, March 7

Lives in Translation celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman, Asha, who in fleeing conflict becomes trapped in a different struggle. She is trapped within the suffocating bureaucracy of the asylum system.

Written by Rosemary Jenkinson and based on interviews with female Somali asylum seekers, support workers and community organisations, this poignant drama explores how recent asylum seekers are forced to navigate support systems through translation.

For more information, visit

4. Sleeping Beauty - Royal Moscow Ballet

  • Waterfront, Belfast, March 7

Sleeping Beauty the enchanting story of the princess Aurora, brought to life by The Royal Moscow Ballet with their skillfull arrangement and Choreography by M.Petipa.

For more information, visit

5. Home of Saint Patrick Festival

  • Armagh, March 8-19
St Patrick's Day 2017 celebrations in Armagh City as the floats make their way through the streets of the city centre. Pacemaker

Immerse yourself in St Patrick's Country at The Home of Saint Patrick Festival 2018.

It promises a lively and varied showcase of the best culture, music, song and dance hosting many exciting Irish and international artists who come together to celebrate the Spiritual Father of Ireland with specially curated events amidst a bumper programme suitable for all tastes.

For more information visit

6. Music In The Chamber – Runabay

  • Bangor Castle,  March 9
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Six-piece indie-folk band from Belfast and the Glens of Antrim, Runabay will perform at the beautiful Chamber room in Bangor Castle as part of the popular Music In The Chamber series.

To book tickets visit

7. Colin Murphy - The Bald Ambition Tour

  • Waterfront, Belfast, March 9

Best known for his TV appearances on the award winning Blame Game, Murphy and O’Kane Do Le Football, The Panel, and The Blizzard of Odd, Colin has performed his stand-up all over the world from Montreal to Melbourne, Beijing to Ballybofey.

For more information, visit

8. Belfast Children's Festival 2018

  • Belfast, March 9-14
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Dive into the packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks, guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.

Programme includes the Big Botanic Birthday Bash, Sensescapes and the acoustic picnic.

For more information, visit

9. Go The Distance – Bronze

  • Ulster Hall, Belfast, March 10

This musical extravaganza at the Ulster Hall unites the worlds of music and sport as it transports you on a journey through many genres of music including musical theatre, popular classics and iconic songs inspired by sport.

To book tickets visit

10. Anton & Erin - Broadway to Hollywood

  • Waterfront, Belfast, March 10

The ballroom couple favourites return with an exciting new show for 2018 as they celebrate the golden age of Hollywood.

Featuring dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band performing timeless music.

For more information, visit

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