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What's on: 7 things to do in Northern Ireland this week

Take a look through what's happening across Northern Ireland over the next week.

The kids are getting ready to go back to school but there's still plenty to do in the final few days of summer.

1. Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival - August 31-September 3

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Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

Be inspired by music, dance and literature as the festival returns to Enniskillen - with old favourites such as Schubertiade and Precious Little concerts, morning boat rides out to the islands on the lough for Beckett readings, acclaimed productions Ohio Impromptu and Catastrophe and much more.

The Enniskillen Royal Grammar School (formerly Portora Royal School) will be hosting talks plus a new performance piece by director Alan Gilsenan based on some of Beckett’s poems, as well as a site-specific reading of From An Abandoned Work by director and Festival Associate Netia Jones.

For a full programme of events, visit

2. The Laughter Factory at Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast -  Saturday, September 2

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The Laughter Factory at Crumlin Road Gaol

Join compere Paddy McDonnell as he hosts a night of top class stand up featuring Tim McGarry as he turns his satirical eye on all things.

The show also features Sean Hegarty, Sara Jade Davidson and John Colleary, star and co-writer of RTE's The Savage Eye.

To book your ticket, visit

Time: Doors open 7pm, show starts 8.30pm.

Price: £20 - £49.50

3. The Belfast Tattoo at the SSE Arena - August 31 - September 2

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The Belfast Tattoo

This year's annual event will feature an impressive military display including pipe, flute, fife and drum bands, as it continues to draw people from outside the city to attend the amazing production.

Artists taking part in the 2017 Belfast Tattoo include:

  • The Winnipeg Police Band (Canada)
  • Lume De Biqueira Galician Bagpipe Band (Madrid)
  • The Imps Motorcycle Display Team (UK)
  • Coleraine Fife and Drum Band
  • Kellswater Flute Band
  • Cahard Flute Band

For more information and programme visit the SSE Arena website.

Price: £25 - £50

4. The 26th Bluegrass Music Festival at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh - September 1-3

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The 26th Bluegrass Music Festival at the Ulster American Folk Park

Enjoy three days of world class bluegrass and old-time music featuring the multi award winning Dale Ann Bradley Band from the USA, Viper Central from Canada, Robirohi from Estonia, Flats & Sharps from England and The Dirty Beggars from Scotland.

There'll also be home grown talent from throughout Ireland, including Rackhouse Pilfer, The Henry Girls, The Whileaways, Old Hannah and Roots Revival.

For more information, visit

5.  Air Waves 2017 at Portrush - September 2-3

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Air Waves 2017 at Portrush

Ireland's biggest airshow takes place over two action-packed days in Portrush.

This free event will be hosted on the eastern side of Portrush, allowing use of a spectacular display line along the Causeway Coast. As well as having amazing aerial aircraft displays to watch there is plenty to see and do at ground level with a wide range of attractions and activities including a static helicopter display, armed forces village and much more.

For more information, visit

6. The Simon & Garfunkel Story at the Grand Opera House, Belfast - September 2-3

Direct from its success in London’s West End, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more.

For more information, visit

Time: 8pm

Price: £16.75 - £24.25

7. Sweeney Todd at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast - September 2-3

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance and the road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice.

Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun.

For more information, visit

Time: 2.30pm & 7pm

Price: £15

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