Friday, August 27, 2010

Something for the weekend – Belfast, Lisburn and a steam train

The Great Belfast Art Hunt poster

The Great Belfast Art Hunt takes place on Saturday 28. Starting at the entrance to Belfast City Hall at 12.30pm, solving the clues will take participants around ten galleries, meeting artists and curators, concluding with a party at 4pm. The Belfast Welcome Centre is selling advance tickets online and at their 47 Donegall Place for £5, or you can pay £6 on the day. No need to being a magnifying glass or a deerstalker.

You can catch the last August Sunday afternoon Dock Walk around Titanic Quarter. Chris Bennett - chaplain to TQ - meets up with interested people at 3.33pm at the Odyssey Streat before setting off to walk, reflect and pray around the area.

Belfast Mela banner

The Belfast Mela runs between noon and 6pm in Botanic Gardens on Sunday 29. With nearly everything covered by free admission and with over 30 countries represented, experience music, dance, circus acts in the bandstand, a sound garden in the Palm House, food, arts and craft stalls, henna and face painting, and more food.

Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival poster

If zombies are your thing, then head across to the Stormont Hotel for the return of the Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival. Between Friday 27 and Monday 30 August, there’ll be screenings, premières, gaming, local short films and even a zombie charity walk. Independent films across all kinds of genre are represented, but with a heavy emphasis on horror.

Belfast City Blues Festival is still on over the weekend. Lots of sessions in venues across the city listed on their website.

This weekend, Lisnagarvey Youth Society (the junior wing of Lisnagarvey Operatic Society) are performing the rock musical Little Shop of Horrors in Lisburn’s Island Arts Centre. They’ve been rehearsing for this science fiction spoof all through the summer.

“Down and out florist Seymour becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a craving for human blood. Audrey II quickly grows into a rude, ill-tempered singing carnivore and all that Seymour holds dear is threatened.”

Curtain up on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 at 7.30pm. Tickets available for £8.50 from the Island Arts Centre box office on 028 9250 9254.

It’s also Hilden Beer & Music Festival at The Tap Room / Hilden Brewery this weekend. Details of gigs, BBQs and ticket prices on their flyer.

And finally the Portrush Flyer steam train I mentioned last week is running again on Sunday 29, leaving Belfast Central at 10.30am for the two hour ride up to Coleraine and on to Portrush.

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