Friday, October 22, 2010

Something for the weekend – books, bunting, hackers, fireworks, dust and fringe festival

The Linen Hall Library book sale finishes on Saturday at 3pm.

To celebrate the first anniversary of its reopening, the Ulster Museum is encouraging visitors to head up to Discover Art on the top floor to make bunting “long enough to festoon the whole building”. Saturday 23 and Sunday 24, 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm.

Hackerspaces logo

Hackers and gamers will be taking over The Space upstairs in QUB Students Union this weekend. HackerspaceBelfast is running a series of workshops over 24 hours from noon on Saturday looking at “software, network, and hardware hackery goodness, as well as screening hacker movies, DIY repair, and maybe, just maybe, how to build a laser”. It’s running in parallel to a 24 hours Dragonslayers gaming event featuring console, PC and tabletop games. “Attendees will be able to both play and make games to their hearts content.” Admission is £5 and space is limited. Details on their Facebook page.

Cunningly a week before all the other fireworks and Halloween festivities, Seapark in Holywood will be hosting a funfair and children’s entertainment topped off with a firework display from 4.30pm to 8pm on Saturday 23.

Ikon - Dust - October 2010 event

Ikon is back on Sunday 24 in a new venue (and a new website). Meeting in the Crypt of All Souls at the bottom of Elmwood Avenue at 7pm,the “iconic, apocalyptic, heretical, emerging and failing collective experimenting in transformance art” is taking the subject of “Dust”.

Belfast Fringe Festival logo

Belfast Festival continues until the 30 October. For the first time, a Belfast Fringe Festival is running from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 alongside the main events. The fringe website highlights the forty or so events stretched across comedy, music, theatre and writing. Most of the events are pay at the door. Looking through the programme, I’m intrigued by ...

  • Fleck Gillespie, Get Out Of Here! (Fri 22 at 7.30pm in Cultúrlann for £5) telling the story of 26 year old Fleck who burns down a library and is awaiting the arrival of the police.

  • The Live Poetry Jukebox will be in Forestside Shopping Centre between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday 23. Pop £2 in the slot and one of Fringe Benefits Theatre Company’ actors will perform your favourite poem.

  • Supergirlactica is an interactive children’ show telling “story of 2 friends who fight against the threat of boredom and the adult world ... by having one last whirl at play by becoming super heroes”. Expect “physical theatre, acrobatics, juggling, dance, music and puppetry” in Cultúrlann at 3pm on Sunday 24. (Ages 4+, £5/£4)

  • Room For One is a “short comedy with a cast of seven young people from West Belfast which is based on a chance meeting between a [pyjama clad] girl and a young Polish man at a Falls Road taxi stand” and examines the cultural shock is seeing people walking around in their pyjamas during the day. The Belfast Fringe programme says “life’s too short ... but who can be in such a hurry that they can’t get dressed in the morning?” (Cultúrlann, Saturday 23 at 7.30pm, £5)

  • Always full of energy and a real treat, the Inishowen Gospel Choir are in concert with Joby Fox in Berry Street Presbyterian Church on Saturday 23 at 8pm. £7

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