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What's on in Northern Ireland this week

By Jackie Bell

From the Lord Mayor's Day celebrations in Belfast to the City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival - take a look through the main events happening in Belfast and across Northern Ireland this week.

Million Dollar Quartet at the Grand Opera House, Belfast - Tuesday, April 25  - Saturday, April 29

Jason Donovan stars in the hit musical that tells the story of the famous recording session on December 4, 1956 that brought together rock‘n’roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

Written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, Million Dollar Quartet features a score of rock hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire, Walk the Line, and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.


Tuesday - Saturday - 7.30pm

Thursday & Saturday - 2.30pm

Ticket prices: £21.25 - £40.25

Lord Mayor's Day at Belfast City Hall - Saturday, April 29

This free event which is all about 'putting citizens first' will feature a host of  talented artists, musicians, workshops and performances throughout the day, including world-class street theatre and multi-cultural arts.

Visitors will be able to try their hand at making some Belfast animations, or relax and listen to fantastic Belfast stories. You'll also be able to enjoy interactive drumming, visit a completely different world through virtual reality or you can even help to paint a portrait of the Lord Mayor.

Time: 12 noon - 5pm

Cushendum Big Arts Weekend - Friday, April 28 - Monday, May 2

The north-coast village of Cushendun will be celebrating its fifth annual Big Arts Weekend and organisers have secured a variety of performers, lecturers and guides within a wide range of areas, including drama, music, the visual arts, history, gardening, poetry, and cookery.

A full programme of events is available at where you can book tickets and register for events.

City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival, Derry~Londondery, Thursday, April 27 – Monday, May 1.

The huge festival returns for its 16th year with five days of live music throughout the city and district.

This year's line up feature a wide range of top performers, including Imelda May, Hot Chocolate and over 200 other musical acts over the Bank Holiday weekend.

For more information visit

The Faerie Thorn at The MAC, Belfast - Tuesday, April 25 - Saturday, April 29

Based on the novel The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories by Jane Talbot, this stage adaptation from the The Big Telly Theatre Company will bring a number of 'witty, dark and wickedly comedic ' fairy tales to life.

The selection of short stories promises to propel the audience into a "vivid and dangerous world controlled by a complex fairy mafia".

Time(s): 3pm / 8pm

Ticket Price(s): £12.50 - £18

Have I No Mouth at the Lyric theate, Belfast - Thursday April, 27

This award-winning show sees a real-life mother and son take a brave, unflinching look at their past and attempt to piece together the truth in the aftermath of a family tragedy.

Feidlim Cannon and his mother Ann are joined onstage by their Dublin-based psychotherapist Erich Keller who guides them through an exploration of old memories, childhood recollections, and the different ways we can heal ourselves.

Time: 8pm

Price: £15

The X Factor auditions - Wednesday, April 26 (Derry/Londondery) & Saturday, April 29 (Belfast)

The X Factor open audition tour returns to Northern Ireland this week and all budding hopefuls need to do is turn up on the date and time specified.

If they impress The X Factor team, they will be in with a chance of auditioning in front of The X Factor panel when the judges’ auditions take place in the summer.

Auditions will be on a first come, first served basis throughout the times advertised. Hopefuls may be asked to sing acapella, however, they should bring along a backing track on CD, phone, USB or a guitar (there will be no guarantee you’ll be able to use this).


Wednesday, April 26 - Richmond Shopping Centre, Londonderry

Time: 11am - 5pm

Saturday, April 29 - Castlecourt Shopping Centre, Belfast

Time: 11am - 6pm

The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast - Thursday, April 27 - Sunday, May 7

The 18th annual Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival returns to the city this week, offering a wide range of events that incorporate the best in music, theatre, visual arts and family events.

Around 150 events will take place across 30 venues during the festival, with notable names such as the Divine Comedy, Booker T Jones, Sugarhill Gang, Kevin Rowland, Cara Dillon, and Dana Masters included in the lineup.

For more information visit

Festival of Fools, Belfast - Friday, April 28 - Monday, May 1

The Festival of Fools returns to Belfast with over 120 acts preparing to make the city laugh over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

With a mix of comedians, acrobatics and circus acts, this year's Festival of Fools will kick off with an opening ceremony in Writers' Square on Friday at 7pm, with a one-off performance from Catalonian acrobatic company Vol’e Temps.

For a full listing of events visit

Glenarm Castle Annual Tulip Festival – Saturday April, 29 – Monday, May 1

The Co Antrim town's famous tulip festival offers a great opportunity to enjoy a spring walk through Glenarm’s walled garden.

Visitors can meet representatives from Blom Bulbs about the many different varieties of tulips as well as browse through the many different craft stalls and enjoy live music and entertainment for all the family.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the Castle will also be open for guided tours by the Castle Butler and house staff.

For more information visit

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