We’ve picked out 10 events taking place in Belfast over the coming months that haven’t been getting quite the same publicity as Adele’s concert in the SSE Arena but we think are worth checking out all the same…
Food For The Soul
Titanic Exhibition Centre, March 25-27
Northern Ireland’s biggest ever holistic wellbeing festival is set to welcome over 15,000 visitors to the famous Titanic Exhibition Centre, potentially generating over £500,000 in visitor spend.
With over 250 exhibitors, 60 key speaker talks headlined by celebrity life coach Pete Cohen, and a host of workshops, performances, events and demonstrations, the inaugural Food For The Soul Festival is a three-day celebration of everything that nourishes and connects the mind, body and soul.
The festival is a not-for-profit event, so founder Jonathan Green wants a positive social impact set in action from the beginning.
Find out more at foodforthesoul.org.uk
Live And Uncensored with Scott Steiner
The Empire, Thursday March 24, 7.30pm, £19
Inside The Ropes Live is coming to Belfast for the first time and the star attraction is Scott Steiner.
One of the most controversial and outspoken stars in wrestling history, Big Poppa Pump, will talk about everything from WWE and WCW to TNA. In addition to the Uncensored Q&A, there will be VIP tickets available where wrestling fans can meet Steiner himself and get a professional photo and autograph to treasure forever.
This is a once in a lifetime event with one of pro wrestling’s most controversial stars. Don’t miss it.
Get your tickets at insidetheropes.co.uk
Graeme of Thrones
Ulster Hall, Saturday April 30, 8pm, £18
In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, direct from sold out shows in London’s West End and Australia, avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage – aided and abetted by his best friend Paul and the girl he used to fancy at school – Bryony.
He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. But when news reaches them that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break.
Created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers, Graeme Of Thrones is an original and un-authorised parody on the international phenomenon that is Game Of Thrones. A treat for fans and an introduction for the unenlightened.
Get your tickets via tickets.waterfront.co.uk
Top secret location, March 4
Absolut Nights – brought to you by the premium vodka of the same name – is a global series of unique events that have graced such cities as New York, Sao Paulo and Berlin. The great news for Belfast is it’s making its debut here on March 4.
The underground location will remain a secret until Friday March 4. Not even Jamie Dornan could force them to reveal the venue.
Absolut Nights promises a synergy of sound, visuals and electrik energy with boundary-pushing artists transforming nights out into wild and amazing feats of art, dance and creative expression. And, as you’d expect, some excellent Absolut cocktails.
After Miss Julie
The MAC, March 30 – April 9, £12 – £25
Prime Cut Production brings After Miss Julie, Strindberg’s cruelest love story re-imagined by BAFTA-winning writer Patrick Marber.
Marber is best know for his string of acclaimed plays including Dealer’s Choice, Don Juan in Soho and Closer, and his BAFTA-nominated films Notes on a Scandal and Closer. Brought to you by Prime Cut Productions whose body of work includes Women and Scarecrow, Blackbird, The Conquest of Happiness, I am My Own Wife, The Chilean Trilogy and God Of Carnage.
It is set in County Fermanagh during VE Day 1945, celebrations are taking place in every corner of Northern Ireland. Miss Julie descends into the servant’s kitchen of her father’s country mansion in search of the chauffeur John.
Over one long balmy night, Miss Julie’s world is turned head over heels. An exploration into gender politics and class, a tug of war between lust and love, After Miss Julie is certain to entertain and leave audiences wanting more.
After Miss Julie is directed by award winning director Emma Jordan and performed by a star cast including Lisa Dwyer Hogg, Ciaran McMenamin and Pauline Hutton.
More information at primecutproductions.co.uk
David C Clements
The Limelight 1, Friday March 11, £10
Following his sell out show in the Empire Music Hall in December, David C Clements is returning to the stage to launch his debut album ‘The Longest Day In History’.
Currently based in Belfast, David has become recognised as one of the most captivating artists in Ireland. His is an epic and heavenly alternative folk; a mix of swelling melodies, heart stopping crescendos, and vocals touched with the ache of experience retelling tales that feel at once both insightful and familiar.
This will mark the start of what should be a very exciting year, Clements has managed to create a record that will instantly connect with music lovers the world over. His voice is undeniable, as is his live show.
Support comes from Luke Sital-Singh and Callum Stewart.
Tickets from limelightbelfast.com and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
Belfast Nashville Festival
Various locations, March 2-6
The 12th United Airlines Belfast Nashville Festival features 40 concerts and 100 songwriters over five days.
The very best Northern Irish talent is featured including Brian Houston, Triona, Ciara O’Neill, Best Boy Grip, Peter McVeigh, Brigid O’Neill, Colum Sands, Cup O’ Joe, Simon Murphy, AER Club, Society Session, Belfast Guitar Society, 12-year-old Ben Cutler and John T Davis, who is also showcasing his film work in documentary.
Visit belfastnashville.com for tickets.
Insane Championship Wrestling
Mandela Hall, Saturday February 27, 5.30pm, £19.50
Insane Championship Wrestling will put on their first Belfast show at Mandela Hall.
The wild, wide eyed stars of the world’s premier over 18’s promotion Insane Championship Wrestling promise a show that’s going to be bigger than their three previous tours to the UK.
Tickets on sale from shine.net and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
The Nualas: Glitterbomb Tour
Lyric Theatre, Friday February 28, 7.45pm, £16.50
The Nualas are celebrating their 21st birthday! With scorchingly brilliant new songs, red hot new chat and blistering new shoes, The Nualas are jetting in for one night only to leave you helpless with laughter, delirious with pleasure, and a little disorientated if you can’t remember which door you came in.
More information at lyrictheatre.co.uk
The Black Box, Sunday February 28, 3pm, £6
Emer Maguire is a Stand up Scientist, teaching people about science by making them laugh. She has delivered engaging and refreshingly novel talks across the UK and Ireland, focusing on bringing sexy science to the public.
In 2015, Emer was crowned the best science communicator in the UK by international competition, FameLab. Emer has gone on to carve out a budding career in science communication; the next few weeks will see her join the TEDx speaker alumni and present a six part radio series on all things sexy and all things science.
Tickets available via nisciencefestival.com