Are you visiting Northern Ireland this August for the 2013 World Police and Fire Games? We’ve got a great line-up of events happening this summer – here’s just a few of the highlights taking place during the games.
1st-11th August – Belfast
Féile 25 is Ireland’s largest community festival and it will celebrate its 25th birthday with a fantastic line up of music, comedy, drama, talks, exhibitions and children’s events. The line-up includes The Happy Mondays, Faithless, Chicane, Agneli & Nelson, Patrick Kielty, Mickey Bartlett, Paddy McDonnell, The Beat, The Charlatans, Damien Dempsey, Joby Fox, Ulster Orchestra and the Priests, Grainne Holland Band, Echo Raptors, The Coronas, Walking on Cars, Cara Dillon, Sharon Shannon, Jordon O’Keefe and The Wolfe Tones. As well as the headlining music and comedy acts, Féile25 will play host to a diverse range of dance (from Irish traditional to hip-hop), literature, drama, visual art, family fun, sports events, tours and walks, discussions and debates and Irish language events.
4th & 11th August – Belfast City Centre
Take a trip to the eclectic Cathedral quarter for some FREE Street theatre. A series of the finest and funniest street theatre shows to be found in Ireland will be happening every Sunday afternoon this summer in Cathedral Quarter and Belfast City Centre. If you’re the kind of person who likes to laugh and loves a bargain, you would be a fool to miss out on this season of shows. After teaming up with some of the finest restaurants and bars in the area, the Festival of Fools is ready to bring you a fabulous feast of free shows and meal deals for the whole family. With artists coming from as far afield as New Zealand, USA and the Kash Republic, you can enjoy a global taste of variety and comedy with live acrobatics, juggling dexterity, mime, horseplay and even boxing!
Tanglewood Music and Arts Festival
3rd-4th August – Narrowmore, Warrenpoint, Co. Down:
Tanglewood Music and Arts festival is now in its third year with an extra day of a camping option available this year. Some of the 70 acts to perform over the weekend include ASIWYFA, Duke Special, Mundy, The Japanese Popstars and many more. There will be live music, DJs, acoustic acts, cuisine stalls, workshops, dancing, arts and crafts and lots more.
Belfast Film festival Police and Fire Quiz
4th August – Blackbox, Belfast
Welcome to a special summer version of Belfast Film Festival Quiz to celebrate the World Police and Fire Games. Round up the usual suspects as film aficionado Brian Henry Martin will be the chief for a uniquely themed police and fire fun-filled evening of tricky questions, sticky soundtracks and big screen puzzles. So if you know your Backdraft from your Beverly Hills Cop, or your Towering Inferno from your Tightrope, then you’re nicked!
Maiden City Festival
3rd-10th August – Derry-londonderry
The Maiden City Festival is a flagship celebration of diversity in Northern Ireland. Entirely within and around the Walls of historic Londonderry, the Maiden City Festival is the highlight of the City’s August holiday period and a major visitor attraction on the North West’s summer calendar, offering something for everyone.
9th-11th August – Tubby’s Farm, Co. Down
Sunflowerfest is a family-friendly festival that takes place at Tubby’s Farm in Hillsborough, Co. Down. It hosts a plethora of the best local music artists, bands and international guests. A multitude of stages and arenas, mixed with fairytale and make-believe, ensure an eclectic mix of music and arts to suit all ages and tastes. Performing this year Alabama 3 Unplugged, Ozric Tentacles, Eat Static, Pocket Billiards, The Rupture Dogs and many more.
T-13 Urban Expose Festival
2nd-9th August – T-13 Skate Park, Belfast
The home of Belfast’s Urban Culture will host a week long urban culture festival featuring demonstration, exclusive workshop programs in the core urban elements of sport, art, dance and music. Learn a new sport or how to break dance, pick up a BMX or just chill out and enjoy the live music. Whatever you’re interested in T13 is worth a visit to people of all interests and ages. Every day from 12pm expect live bands and DJs, BMX, skate, urban art, dance crews and much more all as part of the unique T13 experience. Entry to T13 will be free all week for people to come and check out the coolest lifestyles on the planet.
After Dark and Dining
Dine in one of the many restaurants in St. Anne’s Square before taking in a show at The MAC, a newly designed and recently open arts centre in the heart of Belfast. With four galleries, theatre listings and excellent food, it is not to be missed. Or catch a performance in the beautiful Lyric Theatre, Northern Ireland’s only full-time producing theatre. Housed in a newly restored building on the Stranmillis Embankment, the Lyric was the recipient of the Outstanding Award for Tourism at the 2012 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards. Or the ornate Grand Opera House, which hosts a vibrant programme of opera, drama, pantomime, or the latest London comedy or musical. Enjoy a pint of Guinness in one of the cosy snugs in The Crown Bar - it even has its own stained glass and antique bell system. For music fans – enjoy live music at one of the many iconic music venues in Belfast – try the Empire, Laverys, Duke of York, Black Box and Oh Yeah Centre. For more inspiration on what to do in Belfast go to: discovernorthernireland.com/a-belfast-city-break/
There’s lots more happening in Belfast and beyond this August – for more ideas go to: discovernorthernireland.com/events