Weekend Plans? Damsel, Country To Country, Belfast Children’s Festival and Wicked Little Letters

Got any plans this weekend? From art exhibitions and interpretative dance performances to Europe’s biggest country music festival we have a programme packed full of ideas whether you’re going out or staying in.

Damsel is among a number of films dropping on streaming giant Netflix in 2023.
Damsel is among a number of films dropping on streaming giant Netflix
Taste Mid Ulster, the Moy Village – March 9 & 10
Taste of Mid Ulster
Taste of Mid Ulster

With over 20 stalls the first ‘Taste Mid Ulster’ market aims to showcase the best of Mid Ulster’s local food, produce and crafts. Enjoy exclusive foodie experiences, chef demonstrations by Sean Owens, international 5 Star chef and cook with Norah Brown. Whilst also enjoying free music entertainment from local bands and artists as well as children’s entertainment. Organised by Mid Ulster District Council it promises to be an exciting weekend full of flavour and fun.

International Women’s Day Exhibition, Marlborough House, 28-32 Victoria Street – until March 13

For this year’s International Women’s Day Vault Artist Studios are launching an exhibition exploring the theme of ‘Mother’. Showing the work of 70 artists from many different mediums including painting, photography, sketching, sculpting, digital and many more.

GET YOUR PINK BACK by artist Clare Hanna
GET YOUR PINK BACK by artist Clare Hanna

All the works are designed to celebrate, commemorate, and cherish mothers. For example artist Clare Hanna’s submission ‘GET YOUR PINK BACK’ was inspired by the fact Flamingos lose their pink colouring when raising their young with the colour only returning when the young become independent. The piece serves as a reminder to look after and take time for yourself as well as others.

Country To Country, The SSE Arena, Belfast – March 8-10

Country To Country has become Europe’s premier destination to see the world’s best country artists and future stars.

Kane Brown, Brad Paisley and Old Dominion will headline the event at The SSE Arena Belfast. They are joined by Carly Pearce, Brothers Osbourne, Jake Owen, Lauren Alaina, Brian Kelley, Elle King, Drake Milligan, Priscilla Block and Introducing Nashville.

Belfast Children’s Festival 2024 – until March 16
Belfast Children's Festival 2024
Belfast Children's Festival 2024

This year’s circus themed festival will welcome crowds to ‘big top’ venues including The Lyric, The MAC, Belfast Cathedral, Culturlann MacAdam Ó Fiaich and Crescent Arts Centre.

Over 100 events and performances will take place during the festival, which features productions from the Netherlands, Scotland, England and Ireland, local artists, firm festival favourites like Baby Rave and several UK and Ireland premiers.

Call To Mind, Crescent Arts Centre Belfast – March 9 & 10
Dancers Gerard Headley, Clara Kerr and Michael McEvoy  at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast .
Dancers Gerard Headley, Clara Kerr and Michael McEvoy at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast (Colm Lenaghan)

This dance and live music collaboration is the result of a partnership between London-based choreographer Sarah Golding and Belfast composer and percussionist Steve Davis

Starring dancers Gerard Headley, Clara Kerr and Michael McEvoy this 40-minute performance will explore themes of memory perspective and how the past influences the present.

Damsel, Netflix – Available from March 8

In typical fairytale fashion a young woman agrees to marry a handsome prince…however that is as traditional as it gets as it transpires it was all a trap. She is thrown into a cave with a fire breathing dragon and must rely solely on her wits and will to survive.

Under the Banner of Heaven – ITVX – all episodes available now

Whilst investigating the brutal murder of a young mother and her child detective Jeb Pyre (Andrew Garfield) uncovers the buried truths about the origins of the LDS (Latter Day Saints) religion and the violent consequences of unyielding faith.

Lisa Frankenstein – In cinemas now

A misunderstood teenager and a reanimated Victorian corpse embark on a murderous journey together to find love, happiness and a few missing body parts…

Wicked Little Letters – In cinemas now

When the residents of Littlehampton start receiving letters filled with obscenities and hilarious profanity, Rose, a rambunctious Irish immigrant is accused of the crime.