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10 things to do in Northern Ireland this week - from the Belfast Film Festival to Tokio Myers



Pictured: Tokio Myers

Pictured: Tokio Myers

Pictured: Tokio Myers

Whether it's music, theatre, sport, film or art, there's plenty happening across Northern Ireland this week and here's our pick of the top 10 events taking place.

1. The Colleen Bawn

  • Lyric Theatre, Belfast, April 7 - 28

Dion Boucicault’s exuberant tale of desire, duty and betrayal, based on an infamous true crime.

A financial crisis forces Hardress Cregan to choose between true love and family honour, a dilemma which leads to the forming of a horrifying plan.  Boucicault’s masterful interweaving of plot and character, comedy and suspense, has been captivating audiences since it premiere in 1860.

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

2. 42nd Street

  • Grand Opera House, Belfast, April 10 - 14

Broadway’s biggest show is arriving in Belfast, featuring the iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money and Lullaby of Broadway, this show will have the glitz and glamour to be the hottest ticket in town.

Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of...

Please note this is a non-professional production presented by St Agnes’ Choral Society.

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

3. Ards International Guitar Festival 2018

  • Newtownards, April 11-15


A fresh new programme of guitar-inspired gigs, free fringe events and guitar clinics with industry professionals.

Taking place at various venues throughout Ards, expect a jam-packed line-up of blues, folk, rock, bluegrass and classical for guitar aficionados across the borough.

For more information visit www.ardsguitarfestival.co.uk.

4. Gilbert & George in conversation with Tim Marlow

  • The Merchant Hotel, Belfast, April 11

To celebrate their exhibition Scapegoating Pictures for Belfast, the MAC invites you to join the world-famous artist Gilbert & George in conversation with Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy over afternoon tea at the Merchant Hotel.

One of the world’s most recognisable and provocative artistic duos, Gilbert & George’s Scapegoating Pictures for Belfast is their most significant exhibition in Ireland in almost 20 years.

For more information, visit www.themaclive.com.


Gilbert and George Scapegoating Pictures for Belfast.

Gilbert and George Scapegoating Pictures for Belfast.

Gilbert and George Scapegoating Pictures for Belfast.


5. Belfast Film Festival 2018

  • Belfast, April 12-21

Belfast Film Festival presents a huge range of films from across the globe, the tantalising line-up includes new international cinema and documentaries, critically acclaimed television, features and shorts from local filmmakers, and plenty of post-screening discussions throughout the city.

For more information visit www.belfastfilmfestival.org.


6. Ciaran Lavery

  • Empire Music Hall, Belfast, April 13

The award-winning singer-songwriter from Aghagallon in Co Antrim was awarded the 2016 Northern Ireland Music Prize for his album Let Bad In and has totted up over 80 million streams on Spotify.

His new album Sweet Decay is due for release on April 13.

For more information, visit www.thebelfastempire.com.


7. A Night To Remember

  • Titanic Belfast, April 14

On the anniversary of the sinking of one of history's most famous ships guests can submerge themselves in this 90 minute experience.

Guests will be led by guides to key points throughout Titanic Belfast, Titanic Hotel Belfast and SS Nomadic where a heart-felt story will be told on a journey which tracks the history of Titanic from her design right through to her subsequent place in history.

To book tickets visit www.titanicbelfast.com.


8. Chamber Philharmonic Europe

  • Portaferry, April 14

Portico is delighted to welcome the Chamber Philharmonic Europe for what promises to be an evening of exceptional chamber music.

With an outstanding reputation and exciting programme, this is a concert not to miss.

For more information, visit www.porticoards.com.


9. Lough Erne Canoe Rally

  • Enniskillen, April 14-15

A competitive canoeing and kayaking event open to all abilities and age groups.

The idea of the event is that all individuals must choose a boat and compete in the same boat across all disciplines. Disciplines will include long distance race, forward sprint, obstacle race and competitors can even score double points by dressing in this year’s fancy theme, superheroes.

For more information, visit www.sharevillage.org.


10. Tokio Myers

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, April 14

With his debut album Our Generation riding high in the charts, the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2017, multi-talented pianist, composer and producer Tokio Myers visits Belfast as part of a major UK tour.

Featuring a mix of original songs as well as innovative and inventive re-workings, Our Generation includes the hypnotic original compositions Baltimore and To Be Loved, plus Bloodstream, a cover of Rudimental and Ed Sheeran’s hit.

For more information, visit www.ssearenabelfast.com.


Pictured: Tokio Myers

Pictured: Tokio Myers

Pictured: Tokio Myers


Belfast Telegraph