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What's on: 11 things to do in Northern Ireland Jan 22-28 - from Blood Brothers to Gilbert and George

Gilbert and George Scapegoating Pictures for Belfast.
Gilbert and George Scapegoating Pictures for Belfast.

This week across Northern Ireland there's a real mix of comedy, music, drama, and sport - as well as NI's own Burns Night celebrations.

Take a look at out list of top things to do this week:

1. Belfast Burns Week 2018

  • Belfast, January 22-27
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The Ulster-Scots Agency has launched Belfast Burns Week 2018 to celebrate the 25 January birthday of Robert Burns.

The week will take place in various venues across Belfast and will incorporate a programme of drama, poetry, music, concerts and lectures.

For more information, visit

2. Blood Brothers

  • Grand Opera House, Belfast, 23 January - 3 February

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

For more information, visit

3. That Scottish Play

  • Lyric Theatre, Belfast, January 23-26

Macbeth and the witches meet again, in thunder, lightning, but probably no rain (we get enough of that as it is). The hurly burly’s all but done and now it’s time to have some fun.

Scotland’s greatest hero returns to plumb the depths of his darkest ambitions. Watch as he descends from legend to villain whilst always remaining a bit of an idiot. As he dives off the cliff of virtue into the pool of evil, perhaps he’ll even do a couple of somersaults as he falls!

For more information, visit

4. Arenacross Tour 2018

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, January 26-27

World-class indoor motocross racing and freestyle motocross returns to The SSE Arena for two nights of ultimate, dirt-filled craziness.

Arenacross is a full-throttle, action-packed Friday and Saturday night filled with jaw-dropping bike action, lights, lasers, pyro and a pumping sound track to boot.

For more information, visit

5. Gilbert and George: Scapegoating Pictures for Belfast

  • The MAC, Belfast, 26 January-22 April
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Gilbert and George Scapegoating Pictures for Belfast.

Occupying all three of The MAC's gallery spaces, this large-scale exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of Gilbert and George's collaborative practice, which began when they met as students at St Martin's School of Art in 1967.

Since this time, they have created work collaboratively, declaring themselves to be 'two people, one artist'.

For more information, visit

6. Derek Ryan

  • Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, January 26

Derek Ryan has won countless accolades including Entertainer Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Best Live Performer. But he is perhaps proudest of the award winning recognition for his song writing abilities at the Sunday World and Irish Country Music Awards.

He will be performing at the Millennium Forum in Derry~Londonderry this week.

For more information, visit

7. David O'Doherty

  • Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, January 27
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David O’Doherty is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs at the Millennium Forum Theatre.

David has spent the last year on tour round America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

For more information, visit

8. Ulster Orchestra - I Love Burns Night!

  • Waterfront Belfast, January 27
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Bring on the haggis and join the Ulster Orchestra and friends for the ultimate Burns Night celebrations at the Waterfront Hall.

This uplifting spectacle of dancing, singing, pipes and poetry, accompanied by the sumptuous sounds of the Ulster Orchestra, is an ever-fitting, annual tribute to 'The Bard' himself.

For more information, visit

9. Threepenny Opera

  • Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 27 January- 10 February
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Northern Ireland Opera and the Lyric Theatre present Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's thrilling and darkly comic masterpiece The Threepenny Opera, featuring classic songs such as 'The Ballad of Mack the Knife' and 'Pirate Jenny'.

Mack the Knife - gangster, celebrity, addict - secretly marries Polly Peachum, daughter of London's most successful conman. Mr Peachum's quest for revenge sets off a series of conflicts that expose the double dealings at the heart of society. How can anyone win when there is nobody left to trust?

For more information, visit

10. Owl Man at Castle Espie

  • Newtownards, January 28
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Don Scott returns to Castle Espie with his amazing selection of owls.

Bring the whole family down and learn all about these fascinating birds of prey. This show is covered by the cost of admission to Castle Espie.

For more information, visit

11. Imbolc International Music Festival

  • Derry~Londonderry, 28 January - 4 February
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A celebration of music reflecting the diversity of the contemporary Irish music scene.

Alongside longstanding masters of the tradition, the festival will showcase music at the cutting edge of genres.

With concerts, workshops, film screenings, community and participatory events and events for children, there is something for everyone.

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