Dates For Your Diary

There’s plenty to keep you occupied this week while we continue to do our sunshine dance in the hope of some decent weather…

Féile an Phobail
This year’s Féile explodes into colourful life across Belfast and beyond this week. Ireland’s biggest community festival takes place until August 14th and will feature over 400 events from live music and comedy to sport, exhibitions, drama, discussions and debates in over 30 venues. Highlights for 2016 include performances from The Kooks and the newly reformed All Saints.







Open House Festival Bangor
For the month of August more than 40 venues in Bangor will play host to over 130 unique events. Open House Festival brings together the best international and local talent for a month of music, theatre, film, readings and one-off culinary experiences.


open house






Belfast Pride
Ireland’s biggest LGBT festival kicks off in style this week. Celebrating diversity over ten days, there’s an exciting programme of events as well as the Belfast Pride Parade which will bring a rainbow of colour to Belfast City Centre on Saturday August 6th.





The annual event takes place at Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough from August 5-7th and alongside more than 60 live music performances there will be live art & sculpture, a range of talks and workshops, media installations lots of family activities, a silent disco and the ‘Bliss’ well-being area at this year’s festival. To coincide with the NI Year of Food & Drink, local chefs will be hosting cooking demos and workshops throughout the weekend.






August Craft Month
More than 140 craft events will take place across Northern Ireland this month, from exhibitions, festivals and workshops, to craft fairs, special artisan markets and art trails, showcasing the best in ceramics, glassmaking, jewellery making, textiles, wood turning and willow making. The NI Year and Food and Drink will also be recognised in this year’s programme with a number of craft and food related events.

Craft Month