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Northern Ireland what's on guide: Chinese New Year and Out to Lunch Festival - 10 things to do January 13-19


Here's our top pick of things taking place this week across Northern Ireland (January 13-19).

1. 2020 Arenacross Tour

  • Belfast, January 17 – 18

The fastest motocross racers flock to the six-round series to take part in the UK’s richest off-road series. With bragging rights and a well-paid jackpot up for grabs, the riders leave nothing on the line resulting in knuckle to knuckle non-stop racing on the arena sized dirt battlefield. Cheer on local riders as they battle the international superstars from the age of seven up to the professionals.

2. So Sing On with Sean Keane

  • Magherafelt, January 17

Traditional Irish, folk and even country and blues songs all lend themselves to his unique style and unforgettable voice. Growing up among singers and musicians, Seán learned the sean nós style of singing in the heart of his family. Today, Seán Keane continues to delight audiences all over the world with his live performances and innate vocal artistry.

3. Out to Lunch Festival

  • Belfast, January 3 – 26

    A lunch-based arts festival featuring the best in Comedy, Theatre, Literature and Music held in Belfast’s vibrant Cathedral Quarter. The 2020 edition features Badly Drawn Boy, Cerys Matthews, Janey Godley, Val McDermid, Joanne Harris and many more.

4. Midleton Whiskey Experience

  • Belfast, January 15
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Guests will enjoy a cocktail on arrival and canapés as the expert whiskey ambassador takes you through the Midleton range. Be one of the very first people in Northern Ireland to attend a guided tasting of the Midleton Very Rare 2019, as well as delighting in the Midleton Very Rare 2018, the Midleton, Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy and a Midleton Dair Ghaelach.

5. Life Cycles by Lorna Smyth

Enniskillen, open now - April 18

This showcase of new works, curated by renowned artist Lorna Smyth, encompasses the four seasons in one year. Lorna's art emphasises the world around us, highlights her love of nature and captures a sense of belonging regardless of the place name.

6. Lost Childhood Exhibition

  • Londonderry, running now until January 31

This December, take a trip to the award-winning Museum of Free Derry to see one of their most poignant and affective exhibitions yet, ‘Lost Childhood Exhibition’.

7. Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Rat

  • Belfast, January 19

This celebration of the Chinese New Year will be a one of cultural dance, including Chinese dragon & lion dance, martial arts, Japanese dance, Philipino dance, Irish dancing, Chinese traditional dance, Tai Chi and more.

8. Whitney: Queen of the Night

  • Belfast, January 16

Whitney - Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award-winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians with a powerhouse performance from rising West End star Shanice Smith as Whitney.

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