Weekend plans? Kylie Minogue, Expend4bes, Culture Night and the Ulster Orchestra

Got any plans for the weekend? Here’s our guide on what to watch and listen to and where to go.


Derry Strabane Culture Night –  September 22

Over 50 venues will host a wide-range of free events over one evening. This includes music, dance, visual arts, theatre, spoken word, heritage, environment, circus and carnival events, as well as tours, exhibitions and interactive workshops.

These include the popular Derry Girls Experience at Derry’s Tower Museum. Other highlights include a poetry trail throughout the city and an audience with the authors, featuring Rosemary Jenkinson, Sue Divin and Damian Gorman. Click here for full programme. 

Ulster Orchestra Opening Night, Ulster Hall, Belfast, September 22

Magicians, princes, pirates and Greek gods will take their turn to spin their tales in a concert that starts with a piece made famous by Mickey Mouse in Disney’s Fantasia and will end on a Greek island, with a love story given some Divine guidance from Pan to keep things on track. Conductor is Daniele Rustioni and the soloist is cellist Alban Gerhardt. 

Belfast Championship Dog Show, Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn, September 23 and 24

The largest championship show in Ireland, and is a qualifier for the prestigious Crufts Championships. The show will feature agility tests, obedience tests and working tests. There will be over 2,000 entrants and different judges will choose the best breeds and the most coveted Best in Show award.  


Kylie Minogue - Tension

The 16th studio album by the pint-sized Aussie singer. Featuring her viral sensation Padam Padam, which in May became her biggest hit in more than a decade, Kylie delivers an album that has cross-generational appeal.

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​​​Kylie promised an album that is about “celebrating each song’s individuality" and she delivers with songs as diverse as the dancefloor euphoric Tension and the powerful ballad Hold On To Now.



Expendables 4, officially titled Expend4bles, shoots into cinemas this weekend and everyone will be intrigued to know if Sylvester Stallone will be on target.

This time in the adventure thriller a terrorist (The Raid's Iko Uwais) is after some detonators for a nuclear missile, and only the Expendables can stop him.

The Late, Late Show – September 22, RTÉ One, 9:35pm

The Late Late Show host Patrick Kielty (Andres Poveda/RTE/PA)
The Late Late Show host Patrick Kielty (Andres Poveda/RTE/PA)

One show down, dear knows how many more to go. All eyes are still firmly on Patrick Kielty to see how he squares up on his second appearance on the nation's weekend chat show. He won praise for his balanced and entertaining approach in his Late, Late Show debut, though some critics were disappointed by the standard of the guests. Who are we in for tonight? When will Liam Neeson make an appearance?

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Sculpted by Aimee, Victoria Square, Belfast

The first Northern Ireland Sculpted by Aimee store of this award-winning Irish make-up brand opens this weekend. The store is kitted out with the latest technology including virtual try-on screens and digital look books to aid product decisions.

In celebration of the opening the first 100 customers will receive a goodie bag worth over £100 and all customers who spent over £40 this opening weekend will receive a free gift.