What's On: Ireland's biggest motorcycle festival, Anne Enright at Heaney HomePlace

Jacqueline McGonigle of shares her pick of family friendly events taking place across the north this week

Anticipation is hotting up for the Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival
Jacqueline McGonigle


The Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival this weekend is Ireland's largest annual motorcycle festival, taking place at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Sprucefield. The event promises to be a fantastic show with an array of features, stars of the motorcycling world and stands. A vast range of both new and classic motorcycles and scooters from top manufacturers will be on display. Organised by Nutt Promotions, there will be entertainment for all the family.


The Suitcase, Market Place Theatre, Friday February 8. In Vienna, a young woman dreams of becoming a dancer. In Belfast, an elderly man revisits a painful past, while a mother and daughter unearth a hidden piece of family history. Moving between the present day and 20th century Europe's darkest period, the play is a hymn to the redemptive power of art and a life-affirming human drama. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Belfast International Arts Festival.


The Starjets are reforming one more gig. Spit Records head honcho Sean O'Neill has persuaded the guys to appear at the Spit album launch party Live At The Crum. Also on the bill are Shock Treatment, Johnny Hero's Ex Producers, and Confrontation Time. Tour/Dine/Show Tickets available – explore Belfast's Crumlin Road Gaol and enjoy a two-course meal in Cuffs Bar & Grill, finishing the night with live entertainment.


Anne Enright in Conversation, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Saturday February 9. Booker Prize-winning novelist Anne Enright is one of the most celebrated writers working in Ireland today and we are delighted to welcome her to The Helicon where she will talk about her work and career with Paul McVeigh.


Cloughmore Male Voice Choir presents an evening with the Celtic Tenors, Newry Town Hall, February 8. The show promises to be one of musical delight with a blend of Celtic, Operatic and re-worked popular songs that will stir the soul.


Marie Jones's Fly Me to the Moon, Ardhowen Theatre, Friday. Francis and Loretta are community care visitors. Davy, one of their elderly charges, has had a significant win on the horses, but he doesn't know. When the cash-strapped women learn that Davey will not be around for a considerable time they are faced with a mouth-watering dilemma.


Venture comprises David Munnelly (accordion), Anne Brennan (vocals) and Joseph McNulty (fiddle) who make new arrangements for old music. See them perform live at The Square Box, Ranfurly House Dungannon this Saturday evening. A night of fun and music for the whole family.

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