The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (January 25 – 31).
• You Must Be Joking, Grand Opera House, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, January 28. Jimmy Cricket returns home to the Grand Opera House with some of his friends for a great night of comedy and joining him will be the First Lady of Irish Comedy, May McFettridge.
• Be Wild about Wildlife – Beginners Birding, Murlough National Nature Reserve, January 31. Discover the wildfowl and waders of Dundrum Inner Bay and marvel at their epic journeys. This event is a great day out for birding beginners.
• Frozen Sing-along, The Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, January 31. Join in for an afternoon of family fun with this special sing-along screening of the hit Disney musical ‘Frozen’. Now you can really Let It Go at this special screening which will feature the song lyrics on the big screen! Join Anna, Olaf and friends on their epic adventure to find Anna’s sister Elsa, Queen of Arendelle.
• Scottish Ceilidh, The Burnavon, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, January 30. The Ceilidh is back! Come and enjoy a great evening of Scottish Country and Ceilidh dancing. With the help of experienced dance leaders, see how it is done and then join in. You don’t need to have danced before, just come armed with your best dancing shoes and a sense of fun.
• Sandi Thom, Millenium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, Co Londonderry, January 29. Over the last six years since Sandi Thom arrived on the scene she has sold in excess of one million albums, won various awards and been given an Ivor Novello award for excellence in song writing for songs such as, “I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair”. Her latest release ‘Flesh and Blood’ saw her work with The Black Crowes making this concert an event not to be missed.
• Paper Marbling in Armagh Public Library, Abbey Street, Armagh, Co Armagh, until 31 March. Armagh Public Library has launched a small exhibition to display a range of paper marbling, which uses colour in intricate patterns to ornament the end pages of many of its early books. Visit to view a variety of examples within the Library’s collection that highlights the skills of various artists throughout Europe.
• Derek Ryan, Ardhowen Theatre, Dublin Road, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, January 29-31. If you love country music you will love singing sensation Derek Ryan who enjoyed success as lead singer in popular Irish band D-side and went on to create four critically acclaimed solo albums. His writing ability was seen in his debut hit ‘God’s Plan’ that received considerable airplay and used in Irish dance halls and in sell-out concerts in England and Scotland.
• Brian Kennedy Live, The City Hotel Derry, Queens Quay, Co Londonderry, January 30. Get up close and personal at this intimate evening with Brian Kennedy and experience his voice, musicianship and personality.
• Drew Holcomb, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co Antrim, January 31. Drew will perform an intimate gig with guitarist Nathan Dugger at the Island Arts Centre. Drew Holcomb and his band have developed their sound through extensive touring, performing alongside John Hiatt, The Avett Brothers and Ryan Adams.
• Princeton University Orchestra – Featuring soloist Iarla Ó Lioná, Ulster Hall, Belfast, January 31. The Belfast première of the Princeton University Orchestra tour features acclaimed Irish soloist, Iarla Ó Lionáird. Conducted by Michael Pratt, musical arrangements of sean-nós songs for tenor and orchestration by American composer, Dan Trueman, will make this an exhilarating event for music lovers.
Please note some of the events require pre-booking. For more details on these and other events click on www.discovernorthernireland.com/events, visit your local tourist information centre or log onto www.facebook.com/discovernorthernireland.