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What's on: 14 things to do in Northern Ireland, Jan 29-Feb 4 - from Russell Watson to Strictly Live

It's a bumper week of activities across Northern Ireland with everything including music, cookery demonstrations, comedy shows and the stars of Strictly Come Dancing live at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

Here's our pick of what's on over the next seven days:

1. 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

2. Imbolc International Music Festival

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

The festival will showcase cutting edge acts alongside longstanding masters of traditional music. With concerts, workshops, film screenings, community and participatory events and events for children, there is something for everyone.

For more information, visit

3. Dumped Divorcee Support Group

  • Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, January 29 – February 3
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The smash hit, critically-acclaimed show The Dumped Divorcee Support Group, saw the divorcees ride off into the sunset with their new partners to live happily ever after. Right?

Wrong. After another major disaster in their love lives, Rosie and Eileen are homeless and living with Maura in her two-bedroom house and the situation is explosive.

For more information, visit

4. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, January 30-31
Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez

The Strictly Come Dancing live tour comes to Belfast next week with thousands set to the enjoy the glitz and glam from the popular BBC show.

Among those set to perform will be the Strictly 2017 champion Joe McFadden, as well as finalists Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson and Alexandra Burke.

For more information, visit

5. Branagh in Belfast Film Festival

  • Belfast, January 30-31
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Sir Kenneth Branagh in Fortunes of War. (BBC NI)

Belfast is hosting a pop-up film festival as part of celebrations to mark Sir Kenneth Branagh being made a Freeman of the City.

Some of the highlights include a screening of Cinderella at Belfast Castle, where the audience is being encouraged to dress up as their favourite princess; and Dunkirk which is being shown onboard the HMS Caroline.

For more programme information, visit

6. Trainspotting Live

  • Ulster Hall, Belfast, January 30 - February 3
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Trainspotting Live (Geraint Lewis)

Trainspotting is the story of Mark Renton and his friends, living through the Edinburgh heroin scene of the 80s. 

This punchy, 75 minute production recaptures the passion and the controversy of the famous novel, then globally successful film, and repackages it into an immersive production in which you are literally part of the show.

For more information, visit

7. Cookery Demonstration with Paula McIntyre

  • Millbrook House Hotel, Co. Down, January 31 
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Cookery demonstration with one of Northern Ireland's leading chefs Paula McIntyre comes to the Millbrook House Hotel, Ballynahinch.

Tickets are priced at £20 per person and include food and wine tastings.

8. Oh What A Night - Jersey Guys

  • Newry, February 1
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Oh What A Night – Shane Nolan and Jersey Guys pay homage to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the Bank Parade, Newry.

Celebrating all of the hits by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons with fantastic vocal harmonies and dance moves.

To book call please call (028) 3031 3180.

9. Damien Dempsey

  • The Limelight 1, Belfast, February 1


Irish singer-songwriter Damian Dempsey will headline a gig in Belfast on Thursday  February  1.

Described as 'one of the most thoughtful singer-songwriters his generation' , the troubadour is currently touring in support of his new seventh studio album Soulsun.

For more information, visit

10. Russell Watson

  • Ulster Hall, Belfast, February 1
Russell Watson

The singer was forced to cancel his Belfast show back in December and will now perform his rescheduled gig at the Ulster Hall in the city.

The UK’s best-selling classical singer returns to the stage with Songs from The Heart, featuring a stunning collection of best loved songs along with tracks from his new studio album True Stories.

For more information,visit

11. NI Motorcycle Festival 2018

  • Balmoral Park, Lisburn, February 2-4
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Bringing entertainment for all the family, The NI Motorcycle Festival includes stunt shows, aerial displays, drifting and celebrity guests.

For more information, visit

12. Snowdrop Walks

  • The Argory, Dungannon, February 3-25
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Come and see wonderful displays of snowdrops planted by staff and volunteers over the years at The Argory.

Enjoy this spectacle at your leisure with a self-guided walk, then relax in the coffee shop for a warm drink or tasty bite.

For more information, visit

13. Shed Seven

  • The Limelight 1, Belfast, February 3
Pictured: Shed Seven

Britpop giants Shed Seven perform at The Limelight 1 on Saturday February 3 following the release of their new album Instant Pleasures.

The record was produced by legendary producer Youth from Killing Joke, who's previously worked with musicians such as Kate Bush, U2, Depeche Mode and The Charlatans.

For more information, visit

14. Beth Orton

  • The Limelight 2, Belfast, February 3
Pictured: Beth Orton.

English folktronica / singer-songwriter Beth Orton headlines a Belfast show at The Limelight 2 on Saturday February 3.

Her sixth album Kidsticks was described by Music OMH as “comfortably among the best things she’s ever done".

For more information, visit

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