What's On: Festive fun in Bangor, music in Armagh and more

The popular Sea Bangor Maritime Festival returns this weekend
Jacqueline McGonigle


THE popular Sea Bangor Maritime Festival returns this weekend with a host of activities including live music, food stalls, street theatre. Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10. See for the full line up of events.


In a special collaboration, the pupils of St Patrick's Primary School will join the members of the South Ulster Sinfonia for an evening of musical entertainment this Thursday at the Market Place Theatre. There will be a varied range of music including folk, classical, hymns, and even a little ABBA, alongside improvisation, dancing and drumming. The players from Lisanally Special School will be assisted by the Drake Project NI.


This Sunday, jump on board one of the Geopark Landrovers and explore the stunning scenery of Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Ranging from the rugged upland cliffs to the weathered limestone landscapes on the lower ground, this safari is a chance for you to experience and explore the patchwork of landscapes found on Cuilcagh Mountain. Not suitable for children under the age of 12. Please note this tour does not go to the summit of Cuilcagh. Booking essential.


Croke Park meets Windsor Park Charity Fundraising Event this Friday evening at the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown. Enjoy an interview with Aaron Hughes and Owen Mulligan by TV sports journalist Adrian Logan. The net proceeds of the evening will go to support the work of two very deserving Cookstown charities, The Hub and Charis Cancer Care. Additional entertainment will be provided by Magician Rodd Hogg. Signed Northern Ireland and Tyrone jerseys, sought-after match tickets and other good prizes will be up for grabs in the half-time raffle.


On the evening of Saturday June 9, everyone is invited to walk through the gates of the Playtrail at Racecourse Road and step into the city's very own Little Tokyo as Foyle O-Bon, Derry's very own festival of Japanese music, arts and culture returns for a third year. Foyle O-Bon was born of a desire to share Japanese taiko, culture and tradition while creating a meaningful family festival for all and recognising the ever-growing number of Japanese and shared heritage families in the North West.


Prepare to be dazzled and bewildered by Cahoots NI's Danny Carmo's Mathematical Mysteries, a spectacular show where maths, theatre and digital technology collide in a fun and interactive performance this Saturday June 9 at The Theatre at the Mill Newtownabbey. Following a hugely successful American tour enjoyed by over 30,000 people, Danny Carmo is back and bigger than ever before with a brand new interactive LED wall to be enjoyed by young audiences this Spring.


From June 6 to 16 the 8th annual Belfast Book Festival will open the world of books to everyone. For 11 days, venues across the city including Crescent Arts Centre will come alive with unique and diverse events featuring high profile authors as well as events exploring a range of interests and themes. See for the full programme of events.

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