• Crooked Rain

    Visual Arts

    Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

    Group show in Derry's Centre for Contemporary Art, named after the 1994 Pavement album, features a range of works inspired by nature and marked by lush wierdness

  • The Imp

    Performing Arts

    The Imp

    Having trained in Paris, physical performer Jude Quinn applies a European sensibility to his latest work confronting the events of January 7, 2015 and the Charlie Hebdo massacre

  • Adam Laughlin

    Performing Arts

    Voicebox

    New comedy club in Belfast's Loft – artist's studio by day, platform for new comedy talent by night – is much more than a cheap and cheerful night out

  • Maiden Voyage Dance

    Performing Arts

    Quartet for Fifteen Chairs

    The kids love Maiden Voyage Dance's Chaplin-esque piece, marked by slapstick humour, enchanting choreography and a joyous score by Brian Irvine

  • Zombies

    Performing Arts

    Zombie Science

    Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? Zombiologist Dr Ken Howe joins forces with the NI Science Festival to equip Northern Ireland for the inevitable

  • Stitched Up

    Performing Arts

    Stitched Up

    When an NHS surgeon leaves a pair of scissors inside a patient, his moral compass spins out of control in Rosemary Jenkinson's excellent play at the Lyric Theatre

  • 'The Last Tiger'

    Visual Arts

    John Gledhill and Samuel Irwin

    Painter and poet collaborate on multimedia exhibition at Strule Arts Centre revealing a shared concern for natural history and conservation and fascination with City life

  • Noir crime fiction

    Literature

    Northern Noir

    Three of Northern Ireland's finest crime authors, Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville and Steve Cavanagh, share literary insights at Libraries NI Catch a Crime Writer event

  • Death of a Comedian

    Performing Arts

    Death of a Comedian

    Owen McCafferty's Faustian play comments on the commercial corruption of art by focussing on one man's journey from gags to riches

  • God of Carnage

    Performing Arts

    God of Carnage

    Prime Cut Productions' adaptation of the Yasmina Reza play is a breath of fresh air at The MAC in Belfast

  • Crooked Rain ReviewVisual Arts

    Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

    Group show in Derry's Centre for Contemporary Art, named after the 1994 Pavement album, features a range of works inspired by nature and marked by lush wierdness

  • The Imp

    Having trained in Paris, physical performer Jude Quinn applies a European sensibility to his latest work confronting the events of January 7, 2015 and the Charlie Hebdo massacre

  • Voicebox

    New comedy club in Belfast's Loft – artist's studio by day, platform for new comedy talent by night – is much more than a cheap and cheerful night out

  • Quartet for Fifteen Chairs

    The kids love Maiden Voyage Dance's Chaplin-esque piece, marked by slapstick humour, enchanting choreography and a joyous score by Brian Irvine

  • Zombie Science

    Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? Zombiologist Dr Ken Howe joins forces with the NI Science Festival to equip Northern Ireland for the inevitable

  • Kevin O'Connell ReviewClassical

    Belfast Music Society Festival

    Philip Hammond takes in two concerts at the Great Hall at Queen's University, featuring new work by Derry composer Kevin O'Connell and a performance by Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov

  • Oils ReviewLiterature

    Oils

    Stephen Sexton is inspired by classic works of art in a captivating poetry collection that leaves the reader to 'create their own metaphorical trail of breadcrumbs'

  • Stitched Up

    When an NHS surgeon leaves a pair of scissors inside a patient, his moral compass spins out of control in Rosemary Jenkinson's excellent play at the Lyric Theatre

  • 'The Last Tiger' ReviewVisual Arts

    John Gledhill and Samuel Irwin

    Painter and poet collaborate on multimedia exhibition at Strule Arts Centre revealing a shared concern for natural history and conservation and fascination with City life

  • Birdman ReviewFilm

    Birdman

    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's satire on life for the 21st century artist is a complex, concentrated work that just might earn Michael Keaton a first Academy Award for Best Actor

  • Selma ReviewFilm

    Selma

    Northern Ireland's own Bloody Sunday is foreshadowed in Ava DuVernay’s civil rights drama featuring an Oscar-worthy central performance by British actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr

  • Noir crime fiction ReviewLiterature

    Northern Noir

    Three of Northern Ireland's finest crime authors, Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville and Steve Cavanagh, share literary insights at Libraries NI Catch a Crime Writer event

  • Death of a Comedian

    Owen McCafferty's Faustian play comments on the commercial corruption of art by focussing on one man's journey from gags to riches

  • God of Carnage

    Prime Cut Productions' adaptation of the Yasmina Reza play is a breath of fresh air at The MAC in Belfast

  • Soak / Duke Special ReviewMusic

    Soak and Duke Special at McGrory's

    Young starlet from Derry supports established artist from Belfast as guitar meets piano in a battle of the solo performers

  • The Fureys ReviewMusic

    The Fureys

    Celtic roots music aristocracy attract tourists from across Europe to Belfast's Waterfront Hall for a rousing evening of laments and reels

  • Salome

    Strauss, Oscar Wilde and Northern Ireland Opera combine in a sexy, dangerous and accessible production at Belfast's Grand Opera House

  • Hard Rain Ensemble ReviewClassical

    Night Music

    Moving on Music and the Belfast Music Society prove there is a demand for unfamiliar, challenging classical music in Northern Ireland

  • Inherent Vice ReviewFilm

    Inherent Vice

    Queen's Film Theatre screen Paul Thomas Anderson's trippy noir starring Joaquin Phoenix

  • Mark Healy ReviewVisual Arts

    Snaring Bewildered Birds

    Graduate artist Mark Healy satirises world leaders on tracing paper at Enniskillen's Higher Bridges Gallery

  • 5th Province ReviewDance

    The Fifth Province

    Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre remake the rules of choreography for a daring work exploring Irish mythology at The MAC

  • A Most Violent Year ReviewFilm

    A Most Violent Year

    Passed up in every major category at the Academy Awards, JC Chandor's period drama is a powerful, complex picture

  • Goons ReviewMusic

    Goons

    The remnants of Fighting With Fire and LaFaro incorporate synths in new supergroup but ultimately stay true to their alt-rock roots

  • Philip Hammond ReviewClassical

    Miniatures and Modulations

    Philip Hammond's reimagining of ancient Irish songs originally transcribed by Edward Bunting are wonderfully entertaining

  • Lisa Gingles ReviewVisual Arts

    Myths, Memories and Mentiras

    Lisa Gingles uses collage and pencil to explore issues of beauty with a fantastical exhibition at the Waterfront Hall

  • Whiplash ReviewFilm

    Whiplash

    JK Simmons is the drum tutor from Hell in Damien Chazelle's scorching jazz opus

  • Metropolis ReviewClassical

    Metropolis

    Dmytro Morykit performs an empathetic modern score to Fritz Lang's classic silent movie in the Waterside Theatre

  • The Art of Superstition ReviewVisual Arts

    The Art of Superstition

    A range of Illustrators approach the brief with Python-esque wit, skill and vision at Ards Art Centre

  • Coppelia ReviewDance

    Coppélia

    Russian State Ballet of Siberia perform Léo Delibes's fantastical, folksy story during a tiring run at the Grand Opera House

  • Martina Devlin ReviewLiterature

    Martina Devlin

    Out To Lunch festival goers come out in force to hear the story of Ireland's final conviction for witchcraft

  • Paddy Nash and Paul Casey ReviewMusic

    Homegrown '15

    A wealth of Derry's finest acts perform in the Millennium Forum in tangible legacy from City of Culture 2013

  • Agloe ReviewVisual Arts

    Agloe

    Sara Morrison creates a visual history of a dead town at the new Framewerk gallery

  • Martina Devlin ReviewLiterature

    The House Where It Happened

    Martina Devlin spins an eerie tale around Ireland's last witchcraft trail

  • Inon Barnatan ReviewClassical

    Music From The Heart

    Domingo Hindoyan stands in to conduct pianist Inon Barnatan at the Ulster Hall

  • Taken 3 ReviewFilm

    Taken 3

    Liam Neeson runs out of steam in Olivier Megaton's excruciating pay off to a high-earning trilogy

  • Testament of Youth ReviewFilm

    Testament of Youth

    Vera Brittain's war memoir makes for an intense cinematic experience

  • Christine Bovill ReviewMusic

    Piaf

    Christine Bovill's emotional tribute to the famous French chanteuse leaves the Black Box in tears

  • ReviewMusic

    Niamh McGlinchey

    The country singer entertains at Out To Lunch

  • The Theory of Everything ReviewFilm

    The Theory of Everything

    Eddie Redmayne becomes scientist Stephen Hawking in revealing biopic

  • ReviewMusic

    By Any Means

    Two of Northern Ireland's most promising metal acts get the New Year under way at Voodoo in Belfast

  • ReviewFilm

    The Hobbit

    Peter Jackson's unrecognisable The Battle of the Five Armies is a triumph of style over substance

  • Thank F*ck It's Christmas

    Jude Quinn's one-man show sees Santa in mischievous mood

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Nomad Kyrgyz People

    Turkish academic Yavuz Ozer reveals a fascinating insight into the lives of Central Asia's nomads

  • ReviewLiterature

    Colin Bateman

    Crime writer, screenwriter, children's author – Bangor's finest delivers words of wisdom in Ballycastle

  • Slimmer for Christmas

    Leesa Harker updates Pride and Prejudice for the 80s generation

  • ReviewLiterature

    Lines of Vision

    Writers respond to paintings in the National Gallery and reveal true value of the arts

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Exploring Spaces

    Group show at the Roe Valley Arts Centre inspires new perspectives

  • Messiah ReviewClassical

    Messiah

    Ulster Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir perform together for what could be the last time

  • Cappella Caeciliana ReviewClassical

    Reflecting Light

    Cappella Caeciliana record contemporary pieces and festive classics

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Terry Blain discovers that for all our technological advances nothing much changes in Pantoland

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A New Chapter

    Former female prisoners open their hearts with hand bound book exhibition at the Linen Hall Library

  • ReviewFilm

    Xmas Movies

    Ralph McLean reviews his top ten festive favourites to make the season of goodwill go a little bit faster

  • ReviewFilm

    Black Sea

    Michael Smiley joins an ensemble crew searching for Nazi gold in Kevin MacDonald's tense thriller

  • ReviewLiterature

    Mickey Finn's Air

    Gerald Dawe's new collection takes the reader on flights of nostalgic fancy

  • ReviewFilm

    St. Vincent

    Bill Murray is an unlikely babysitter in Theodore Melfi's quirky comedy also starring Chris O'Dowd

  • Tinseltown

    Paul Boyd pits belief against world-weary cynicism in what is sure to be a smash hit musical

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Civil Rights

    Void's timely and pertinent exhibition shows that racial equality is yet but a dream in modern America

  • Lisaire String Quartet ReviewClassical

    Ode to Sting

    Lisaire String Quartet interpret classic Police and Sting tracks – watch a live performance

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    MAC International

    Joanne Savage appreciates flashes of brilliance at The MAC but hopes for greater thrills in future

  • ReviewFilm

    The Drop

    James Gandolfini's final film is a gripping ensemble adaptation of the gritty Dennis Lehane novel 

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