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Five things to do this Christmas

Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 10am 0 Comments

There's lots of great events, performances, festivals and mastercalsses right across Northern Ireland this Christmas and New Year. Image: There's lots of great events, performances, festivals and mastercalsses right across Northern Ireland this Christmas and New Year.

The holidays may be here but culture lovers will still have plenty to keep them busy this Christmas.

1. Family Fun at a Christmas show

If you haven’t been already, there’s still some time to take in a panto this holiday season at arts venues across Northern Ireland. Highlights include Aladdin at the Grand Opera House, Family Hoffman’s Mystery Christmas Palace at the MAC and Mothergoose at the Ardhowen. Check out your local arts venue for more details of what’s on.

2. Picture this

The annual Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition continues at the Ulster Museum until the 4th January. Containing over 300 works by some of Ireland’s best known and up–and–coming artists, this year’s showcase includes a mix of painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and film works. Other exhibitions over the festive period include, REPERCUSSION, an exhibition of contemporary Taiwanese art at the Golden Thread Gallery and Sarah Poot’s solo exhibiton, Can Be Used Over and Over, at the CCA Gallery.

3. Dancing feet

Start the New Year on a high with music and dancing. Join the Ulster Orchestra for a New Year’s evening of entertainment with glamorous guest dancers Camilla Dallerup and Ian Waite, Waterfront Hall, 9th January, or why not put on your dancing shoes for An Droichead Annual New Year Ceili on 3rd January.

4. Get Out to Lunch

The 6th January marks the beginning of the 10th annual Out to Lunch Festival. Highlights include King Creosote, Shlomo, Jay Rayner and Simon Armitage. Book your tickets now, as some events are already selling out.

5. Get crafty

Explore your creative side in 2015 with a class at your local arts centre. The Playhouse and Crescent Arts Centre, are among those to have released their 2015 programme, with classes in sewing, script development, song writing, painting and drawing, plus much more.

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