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What's On This Week: 10th - 15th December

This What's On This Week comes tiptoeing online, in the hope you won't notice it is two days late... It hopes to make up for it with an eclectic mix of events for you to peruse. A huge variety of festive happenings this week, from Christmas tree festivals to panto, but not everything is Yuletide-themed. Enjoy.

Tuesday 10 December 

Belfast / Derry ~ Londonderry

Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival - Mon to Sat, various locations

Running from Monday to Saturday inclusive this week is the second ever Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival. Every year, a range of organisations in NI put on events to mark and celebrate Human Rights Day on 10th December and last year, they joined forces and the NIHR Festival was born. View the full programme on the NIHR Festival website

Lisburn

Christmas Tree Festival - Lisburn Cathedral, 11am - 9pm

You've just got time to catch the last day of this festive six-day celebration of one of the most recognisable symbols of Christmas - the Christmas tree. Over 60 trees adorn the inside of the church, imaginatively designed by schools, businesses and community groups - no two are the same. For more details, including information on food and musical entertainment, visit The Lisburn Cathedral website.

Mother Goose Pantomime - Island Arts Centre, 7.30pm (every evening at same time up to and including Sat 14th)

The Lisnagarvey Operatic and Dramatic Society has brought one of the world's best-loved pantomimes to the stage in Lisburn and are nearly alfway through a hugely well-received week-long run of performances. Tickets are £10 and available on the Island Arts Centre ticket website.

Wednesday 11 December

Belfast

Pigeon and Plum Christmas Cabaret - The Black Box, 8pm. (Wed 11th - Sat 14th, TICKETS LEFT FOR THURS AND SAT ONLY)

Tops and tails, petticoats and plumage at the ready, ladies and gentlemen - Pigeon and Plum is back! Messrs Pigeon & Plum’s Victorian Music Hall and returns to the cosy and opulent surroundings of Ye Olde Black Box Tavern. There's an optional hog roast (or veggie meal) for £25 all in, or £18 just for a ticket to the show. See The Black Box for details and booking. At time of writing, Wednesday and Friday's shows are sold out.

Thursday 12 December

Belfast

Nicholas Keogh Solo Exhibition - Golden Thread Gallery, 6pm (continues until Sat 14th Dec)

Nicholas Keogh’s work is engaged with Shamanic practices, alternative rituals and alleyway pastimes. In this exhibition audiences are invited to experience, explore and interact with sculptural sound installations and video work. Central to the exhibition is a pair of ‘Bin Discos’, portable sound systems, originally created to be played at illegal alleyway parties. See the Golden Thread Gallery website for details. The exhibition continues until Saturday, with special events throughout December and January detailed on the website.

 

Saturday 14 December

Derry ~ Londonderry 

Oíche Gheimhridh - The Glassworks at Great James Street, 8pm

Performed against the spectacular backdrop of this former 19th century Church, Oíche Gheimhridh, will be a special evening of Irish traditional and festive music featuring Ireland’s most acclaimed choirs and performances of the sensational “From Derry to the Sea” and “Droichid Dhoire”. These commissioned pieces were composed and performed by the people of Derry to rave reviews during Fleadh 2013. Tickets are £10 and include refreshments. Spaces are limited and advance booking is recommended. For more information call 02871264132 or visit the website.

Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!

Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!

ReFound Makes: The Loving Spoonful's handcrafted jewellery from spoons

ReFound Makes: The Loving Spoonful's handcrafted jewellery from spoons