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What's on: 11 things to do in Northern Ireland - November 20-26

There's loads happening across Northern Ireland this week from music to film, sports to theatre - so here's a handy list of the top events to put in your diary.

1. Foyle Film Festival, Derry~Londonderry, November 17 - 26

Foyle Film Festival is an annual celebration of independent films, acclaimed feature length movies, documentaries and short films.

Films include the Northern Ireland premiere of Walk With Me, Battle of the Sexes and family favourite, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, along with many others.

For more information, visit

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2. Titanic the movie: 20th anniversary celebrations, Titanic Belfast, November 19 - December 19

Twenty years ago the blockbuster film, telling the story of the luxury liner's fateful maiden voyage through the love story of passengers Jack and Rose, premiered on screens and became one of the top grossing films of all time.

To mark the occasion, Titanic Belfast which has been described by Titanic movie director, James Cameron, as ‘magnificent and dramatic’, is hosting a blockbuster line-up of events including a Titanic Movie Drive In, Afternoon Tea and Movie Experience and a Movie Magic Month.

For more information, visit

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the film

3. What The Reindeer Saw, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, November 19 - January 6

A brand new Santa has taken over the family business from his father. He is an entitled, lazy, plump, 40-something, man-baby. With his formidable former model wife at his side, the new Santa has some out-of-the-box ideas for making the North Pole great again. He just needs to get the elves to implement his sweeping reforms and the job’s a good ’un.

This new festive play at the Lyric stars Jo Donnelly, Conor Grimes, Gerard McCabe, Rosie McClelland and Alan McKee.

For more information, visit


4. Paul Brady, Millennium Forum, Derry/Londonderry, November 20

With a career spanning five decades, Paul Brady is one of contemporary music’s most enduringly popular artists.

He will be performing at the Millennium Forum from 8pm.

For more information, visit

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Singer Paul Brady

5. Son of a Preacher Man, Grand Opera House, Belfast, November 21-25

Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including The Look Of Love, I Only Want To Be With You, Spooky and of course, the classic Son Of A Preacher Man, this new musical play by internationally-renowned writer Warner Brown is directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood.

The show stars Diana Vickers (Little Voice, Rocky Horror Show, The X Factor), Debra Stephenson (The Impressions Show, Bad Girls, Coronation Street) and Ian Reddington (Benidorm, Shameless, Robin Hood).

For more information, visit


6. Nelly, Ulster Hall, Belfast, November 22

Grammy award-winning rapper Nelly will perform at the Belfast venue this week, including some of his massive hits Hot In Herre, Ride Wit Me, and Dilemma.

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 and over. Standing area is strictly over 16s only.

For more information, visit

Rapper Nelly (Yui Mok/PA)

7. Armagh Georgian Festival, Co. Armagh, November 23-26

Armagh’s much loved Georgian Festival returns to mark the beginning of the festive season.

The festival includes the return of the Georgian Banquet, where guests can travel through the mists of time to Georgian Armagh. Festive market stalls hosted by traders in traditional costume will offer high quality gifts and locally produced food and drink.

The children’s Christmas market will also return as well as horse and carriage rides, live music, talks and tours. As darkness falls, the dramatic light show will burst to life, illuminating the backdrop of the Georgian Market House and creating a festive atmosphere with contemporary and seasonal music.

For more information, visit

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8. Hugo Duncan and Friends at The Portico, Portaferry, Co.Down, November 24

A night of great entertainment as the ever-popular Hugo Duncan sings in the unique surroundings of The Portico in Portaferry.

Hugo will be joined by Philomena Begley, Stephen Smyth, Boxcar Brian and Country Harmony.

For more information, visit

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9. 2017 Friendship Four, SSE Arena, Belfast, November 24-25

The Friendship Four hockey tournament is the first and only NCAA Division hockey tournament outside of the United States of America.

The tournament includes four different NCAA Division Universities from America travelling to Belfast for six days to compete in a four game tournament over two days. 

The 2017 competing Universities have been confirmed as Clarkson University, RPI, Providence University and the University of Maine.

For more information, visit

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10. Hilden Festive Fair, Hilden Brewery, Lisburn, November 25-26

Hilden Brewery will host the first Hilden Festive Fair with Carols by Candlelight sessions in the evening at the Hilden Brewery estate.

The family friendly event will feature the fully heated Hilden tipi tents and Tap Room restaurant that will host a selection of local craft - perfect for Christmas gifts!.

Hilden Festive Fair will also feature an appearance from Santa, festive face painting, balloon modelling, local primary school choirs and Christmas crafts to keep little ones entertained

For more information, visit


11. Queen + Adam Lambert, SSE Arena, Belfast, November 26

The iconic band will perform in Belfast this weekend as part of their 24-date tour across Europe.

Former American Idol star Adam Lambert began touring with Queen in 2014 after they first shared the stage together on the show in 2009.

Doors open from 6.30pm.

For more information, visit

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Queen and Adam Lambert.

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