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St Patricks Day 2020

St Patrick’s Day Carnival Parade and Concert

Belfast will mark the city’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations on Tuesday 17 March with a vibrant carnival parade and a free open-air concert headlined by global dance act Cascada.

 

The streets will be awash with colour and noise from 12.30 pm as the parade snakes its way through the city centre. The carnival’s theme this year is ‘Protecting the Environment and Climate Change’, which will be reflected in the eye-catching floats, performers and magnificent costumes. Come along and see St Patrick, pipe bands, dancers and more on their colourful journey through the heart of the city.

 

The parade leaves from Belfast City Hall at 12.30 pm and will travel along Chichester Street and Victoria Street, onto High Street and Donegall Street before finishing at Writers’ Square.

 

You can then make the short trip across to Custom House Square where visitors can enjoy a free concert hosted by Q Radio duo Ryan and Jordan, from 1.30 pm-4 pm.

 

The line-up includes local band All Folk’d Up, Banjacks, Loughgiel Irish dancers and Ibiza favourites Ben Santiago and Lovely Laura. They’ll be followed by the headline act – the global, multi-platinum dance sensation Cascada – who will be performing some of her hits including ‘Everytime We Touch’ and ‘Evacuate the Dancefloor’.

Entry to the concert is on a first-come, first-served basis and terms and conditions apply.

Titanic The Musical

Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own.

 

In the final hours of 14 April 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century, in which 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.

 

Now, more than 100 years later, Belfast Operatic Company brings you the show they said couldn’t be done. How can you sing and dance about such a tragedy?

 

Maury Yeston and Peter Stones’ Broadway production of Titanic The Musical did just that, winning 5 Tony Awards (Including Best Musical, Book and Score) as Titanic finally arrived in New York.

 

It was a similar tale in the Grand Opera House in 2005 when the Belfast Operatic Company staged the Irish Premiere of the show, sweeping the boards at the Association of Irish Musical Societies annual ceremony, and thrilling audiences and critics alike – a success they repeated in 2012 for the centenary of the ship’s sinking at a very special gala performance.

 

It is with great delight that this year they will be bringing the show home to the Titanic Quarter, just a stone’s throw away from where the ship was built and launched.

Book your tickets now for this emotional and powerful show.

Irish Vegan Festival

Stalls, talks, demos and so much more! Packed with hot and cold food, cosmetics, campaigns and more all at a lovely city centre location – Europa Hotel Belfast.

The Festival is organised by Farplace Animal Rescue. They are a UK animal rescue who help specialist cases like FIV+ cats and have helped many such cases in need from across the UK. All the profits from this festival will directly help animals.

The festival will be returning to The Europa Hotel, Belfast on the 5 April 2020 at 10.00 am.

There will be all vegan stalls serving delicious world foods, drinks, selling quirky clothes and accessories, bags, cosmetics and fantastic campaign stalls.

There will also be special guest speakers to engage with you their work and views along with educational documentaries about how our food choices affect our environment, health and animal welfare. There will also be cooking demos and a kids zone.

For more information, please visit www.irishveganfestival.com or email festivals@farplace.org.uk