Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (February 27 – March 5).
· Discover Fermanagh Open Weekend, various locations, Co. Fermanagh, March 3 – 5. Visit Fermanagh to rediscover some of the county’s most stunning visitor attractions for free over the Discover Fermanagh Open Weekend. Over the weekend visitors will have the opportunity to visit a selection of stately homes, museums, ancient sites such as Belleek Potter, Castle Coole, Share Discovery Centre and much more.
· United Airlines Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Clayton Hotel, Belfast, March 1 – 5. More than one hundred local and international artists will perform in thirty concerts and showcases over this five-day festival. This year’s line-up features Paul Brady, one of Ireland’s most successful songwriters, Nashville’s Grammy nominated Darrell Scott and Mac McAnally, as well as local performers Kaz Jawkins, Peter McVeigh and Triona.
· Ballycastle Food Tour, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, March 3 – 4. North Coast Walking Tours host a three hour, six stop food tour of Ballycastle focusing on the town’s varied cultural history, local award winning food producers and amazing community spirit. By the end of the tour you are guaranteed to be so full of facts, folklore and fabulous food.
· Stayin’ Alive, Strule Arts Centre Omagh, Co. Tyrone, March 4. Now in their 19th year as the world’s premier tribute to the Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive continue to tour all corners of the globe with their No1 show dedicated to the magic of the Brothers Gibb. This unforgettable showcase will feature timeless classics such as ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, ‘Night Fever’, ‘Tragedy’, ‘Massachusetts’, ‘Gotta Get A Message To You’ and many more.
· Cirque Berserk, Grand Opera House, Belfast, February 28 – March 5. Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and death-defying stunt men.
· A Musical Celebration of Stevie Martin, Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry, March 4. A night of musical celebration will take place in the city’s Nerve Centre to remember talented Northern Ireland musician – Stevie Martin. Line up the evening to include performances from And So I Watch You From Afar, The Wood Burning Savages, Making Monsters, Furlo, Allie Bradley and John Deery & The Heads.
· Give My Head Peace, Market Place Theatre, Co. Armagh, March 2. ‘Give My Head Peace’ combines up to the minute satire, topical jokes and laugh out loud comedy. Featuring Uncle Andy, Da, Pastor Begbie, Ma, Cal, Billy and Dympna as well as superb stand-up from Tim McGarry, don’t miss the brand new GMHP Live stage show. It’s a night of guaranteed laughs.
· Glass Painting, F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Co. Down, March 4. Express your creativity on a day long Glass Painting course with artist Naomi Whan! Participants will get the opportunity to learn a number of glass painting techniques including sponging, adding embellishments and mixing colours as well as techniques for brush painting and how to use outliners and peel – offs. Booking essential. Please contact (028) 406 3322.
· The Royal Ballet: Sleeping Beauty, Movie House Cinema, Belfast, February 28. A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. First choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, the ballet has wonderful ensembles, solos and, of course, the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess. Tickets from £10. Booking essential.
· Ardnaglass On The Air, Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Derry~Londonderry, March 2. The highly acclaimed c21 Theatre Company presents a hilarious rural rom-com set in the fictitious town of Ardnaglass. Experience Ireland’s top premiere rural community radio station and join Hugh Francis O’Connell and Margaret Mary-Rose for the latest community news and gossip. Suitable for 16+.