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What's On This Week: 12 - 18 May

What's On This Week: 12 - 18 May

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A really varied week of events - business, theatre, fashion, music, comedy and even Lego features in the guide this time! If I've missed anything, or you want to suggest something for a future guide, please get in touch. Keep checking the What's On Calendar, as I add events here all the time.

Monday 12 May

Belfast

International Business Women's Conference (IBWC), various locations, 12 - 15 May

Hosted by Women In Business NI (WIBNI) this is the very first IBWC, entitled Creating A New Economy. There will be networking events, business sessions and exhibitions throughout the four-day event, which is expected to welcome 750+ delegates from across the world. To find out more and register for the conference, visit the website.

Wednesday 14 May

Belfast

AR Gurney's The Dining Room - Bart Players Hall, 8-10pm (Charity fundraiser for Asha India)

Set in an upper class American dining room, nine actors play 57 different roles; portraying characters from little boys to stern grandfathers, teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Tickets start at £8 and can be purchased online. Visit the Facebook event page for more.

Thursday 15 May

Dresses by David Henderson (L) and Kiera Ann Marie (R)

Belfast

Unify NI Fashion Showcase - Titanic Drawing Offices, 15 - 16 May, beginning 7pm each night

The talented fashion designers of this eclectic collective showcase their latest work over two nights of fashion shows. The first night brings you the latest merchandise from local boutiques and friends of the Unify Collective. 

Friday's show is dedicated to this season’s offerings from the Unify designers themselves, in addition to the work of the designers of the future - fashion students from Belfast Metropolitan College. Tickets start at £20 and can be purchased here. You can connect with Unify on Facebook or Twitter and the official hashtag for the event is #UnifyIsComing

Friday 16 May

Carnlough

The John Hewitt Society Spring Festival - Londonderry Arms Hotel, 16 - 17 May

The 12th annual John Hewitt Society Spring Festival promises a weekend of literature, culture and debate. Taking Hewitt's views on regionalism as inspiration, this year's theme is 'Regionalism: The Last Chance? – Local identity in a shrinking world'. To find out more and purchase tickets, click here.

Lisburn

Lucy Porter: Northern Soul - Island Arts Centre, 8pm

A well-known face from TV comedy panel shows such as Mock The Week, Lucy Porter comes to the Island Arts Centre for the first time. This show deals with birthplace and belonging and has been described by one critic as "Fizzing with inventive one–liners, a treat from start to finish." Tickets are £14 (£12 conc.) and available online now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIosHrgZ7a4

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Belfast

SONI Presents Class of 2014: Part 2 - Belfast Empire, 8.30pm

Another stonking line-up from the SONI folks, with Smoking Tongue, Arkham Dispatch, Plague Artists and Surfhouse taking to this much-loved Belfast stage tonight.

Admission is £5, doors at 8.30pm. Check out the Facebook event page for more.

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Saturday 17 May

Belfast

Brick City - Titanic Belfast, 17 May - 13 July

An exciting start to the weekend whether you have kids or you're an overgrown child - or perhaps both apply to you! This amazing exhibitionfeatures 72 architectural scale models, made by independent LEGO® artist Warren Elsmore  - scaled-down versions of iconic buildings and landmarks from across the globe, including London's Olympic Park and Westminster Abbey.

Exhibition opening hours: 9am-7pm daily. Allocated hourly time-slots cost £5 per adult, £4 per child and £15 per family - book your place here.

Lisburn

Micky Bartlett & Colin Geddis + guests - R-Space Gallery, 8.30pm

The first offering from new events company Extravaga, this is a double headliner of comedy not to be missed. Micky Bartlett is a well known face on the local stand-up scene, as well as from TV appearances on The Blame Game and Monumental. Colin Geddis is also popular for his stand-up shows and his comedy characters such as Barry 'The Blender' Henderson (I Am Fighter). Check out the Facebook page for details of other entertainment on the night and how to book tickets. Get in quick, as ticket numbers are strictly limited.

Sunday 18 May

Ballymena

Frock Around the Clock Vintage Fair - Rosspark Hotel, Kells, 12 - 5pm

The popular travelling fair of vintage and handmade goodies has arrived in Ballymena. There is, as usual, a huge and varied list of traders selling homewares, jewellery, clothes, fabrics and knick-knacks. Admission is £3 and you can find directions and a list of sellers on the website.

On your bike, there's a new gang in town...

On your bike, there's a new gang in town...

What's On This Week: 5 - 11 May

What's On This Week: 5 - 11 May