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What's on in Northern Ireland, March 19-25 - from Nathan Carter to Paloma Faith

The weather may suggest otherwise, but we are heading into Spring with a whole host of live music, comedy and entertainment this week.

Take a look through our top picks of what's happening across Northern Ireland:

1. Give My Head Peace – Live!

  • Grand Opera House, Belfast, March 18 - 24
Give My Head Peace

Following March 2017’s sell-out tour Andy, Ma, Da and the rest of the Gang will be hitting the road again with their brand-new stage show.

There will be laugh-out-loud comedy, topical satire, top-class stand-up and much more besides.

Da, Ma, Cal, Billy, Dympna and Uncle Andy will all be there along with Ulster’s scariest cleric Pastor Begbie. Plus there will be up-to-the-minute topical stand-up from Tim McGarry.

For more information, visit

2. Strabane Drama Festival 2018

  • Alley Theatre, March 16-24
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Nine nights of top class drama at the Alley Theatre as groups from all over Ireland compete for the title of Best Play.

Plays include Danger Money by Knocks Drama Circle and Tom Dick and Harry by Clanabogan Drama Circle.

For full line-up, visit

3. Flashdance

  • Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, March 19-24 
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Produced by the award winning team at Selladoor Productions, Flashdance the Musical comes to the Millennium Forum.

Telling the inspiring story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer.

For more information, visit


  • The MAC, Belfast, March 21-22

Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/5 British miners strike, award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents COAL to the MAC theatre.

A riveting dance theatre show which takes a nostalgic look at the hard-hitting realities of life at the coal face.

For more information, visit

5. Belfast Fashion Week

  • Belfast Cathedral, March 22-25
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Belfast Fashion Week's main runway shows will take place in the spectacular setting of Belfast Cathedral, featuring longer catwalks, more space and lots of interesting backdrops for photos of the fashion on the runway and of the guests in their stylish looks.

For more information, visit

6. We’ll Walk Hand In Hand

  • Lyric Theatre, Belfast, March 22 - 31

We’ll Walk Hand In Hand is a new play by Martin Lynch marking the 50th anniversary of the Northern Ireland civil rights struggle.

Vincent and Lesley meet at University in 1967. Two working class kids from Belfast, they find themselves at the centre of the explosive student reaction to the Civil Rights movement.

Please note this play will contain strong language, potentially controversial scenes of protest and violence.

For more information,

7. Paloma Faith

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, March 23
Paloma Faith (Ian West/PA)

Paloma returns to Belfast following the release of her fourth studio album The Architect.

She is one of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double platinum in the UK.

For ticket information, visit

8. BelFeast Food and Drink Festival

  • Belfast, March 23-25
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A new three-day food and drink festival based in and around the Cathedral Quarter showcasing everything that's great about our local food and drink.

Festival includes food theatre, food tours and live music.

For more information, visit

9. Nathan Carter

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, March 24
Pictured: Nathan Carter

Following the huge success of his two sell out arena shows earlier this year, Nathan Carter has announced he will be returning to Belfast in 2018 to play the SSE Arena.

It’s been a whirlwind few years for Nathan who has brought a whole new generation of fans of all ages to country music in Ireland.

Last year saw the release of Nathan’s latest album Stayin’ Up All Night which triumphed in the Irish charts.

For ticket information, visit

10. Omagh and Sperrins Walking Festival

  • March 24-25
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Offering the opportunity for locals and visitors alike to explore the spectacular Sperrins region of Northern Ireland.

Suitable for all levels with easy, intermediate and challenging walks as part of the programme.

For festival programme, visit

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