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What's On This Week: 19 - 25 May

What's On This Week: 19 - 25 May

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Another varied week of things to see and do in Northern Ireland. Celebrate the vibrancy of African culture, enjoy maritime merriment or settle in for a movie marathon. Read on to find out more!

Monday 19 - Sun 25 May 

Belfast

Africa Week 2014, various locations

Coordinated by the African and Caribbean Community Support Organisation Northern Ireland (ACSONI), this is a festival celebrating the vibrant culture of one of NI's biggest minority ethnic communities. There are exhibitions, workshops, literary events, cookery demonstrations and music. One of the highlights looks set to be the AfricaFest family cultural day at Skainos on Saturday. Magwere will perform, and there's a Fashion Against Hate event in the Skainos Square in the afternoon. Contact ACSONI for more information.

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Monday 19 May

Belfast

Sing For Life choir with Bart Players - The Canon Lindsay Hall, 7.30pm

The Sing for Life community choir, developed in partnership by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland and Crescent Arts Centre, is joining with one of Belfast’s leading amateur drama groups, Bart Players. Compered by the BBC’s Noel Thompson, the evening will feature songs, drama and comedy, with proceeds split between the choir and St Bartholomew’s Church roof fund. At the end of the evening there will be a complimentary supper provided by the Bart Players. Tickets are £10 (£8 conc) and available online from the Crescent Arts Centre or by ringing 028 9024 2338.

Tuesday 20 - Sat 24 May

Ballyclare

Ballyclare May Fair Festival, various locations

Traditionally a horse trading event, the May Fair has grown into a five-day festival of family-friendly events, including the Mayor's Parade, concerts, food exhibitions, and competitions. All of the details are up now on the website.

Wednesday 21 May

Belfast / Coleraine

X-Men Double Bill - Movie House Cinema, 9.15pm

A real treat for X-Men fans this Wednesday. Movie House Cinemas present a special double bill, beginning with X-Men: First Class (2D) at 9.15pm followed straight after by a screening of the latest film in the franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2D) at 00.01. This is available in the Dublin Road and Cityside cinemas in Belfast and in Coleraine's Movie House. Tickets are £10 per person and available online.

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Friday 23 May

Lisburn

ISLAND Music Club with Ronnie Greer - Island Arts Centre, 8pm

Legendary jazz and blues guitarist Ronnie Greer hosts this special evening of music in Lisburn. He will be joined by singer songwriter Gráinne Duffy on guitar and vocals, and John McCullough on piano. Tickets are £10 and can be booked online or you can contact the box office on 028 9050 9254.

Friday 23 May - Sunday 1 June

Ballycastle / Rathlin Island

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 

A celebration of the rich and diverse maritime culture of the area, the festival is centred on Rathlin Sound, the body of water that lies between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. A sailing regatta, food, music, craft, exhibitions and family events make this a packed week plus of fun. Download the events programme and find out more on the website.

Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 May

Belfast

4th Northern Ireland Tattoo Convention - Ulster Hall

Artists from all over Ireland and beyond will be in the Ulster Hall for two days of what organisers succinctly describe as "ink, drink, music, fun and great artists". For tattoo admirers and collectors alike, admission is £12. The event runs on Saturday between 11am and 9pm and on Sunday between 10.30am and 8pm.

These events and everything else happening this week can be found in the What's On calendar

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