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    The Faerie Thorn on Stage

    Big Telly Theatre Company hooks Open House Festival audience with scratch performance of their latest production

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    Late Night Art Digest: August 2016

    John Higgins takes a tour of studios and spaces across Belfast to drink in some of the key exhibitions currently on display

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    Closer

    With its imaginative direction and competent cast, this modest adaptation has the charm to see past its lack of Hollywood gloss

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    The 400 Blows

    François Truffaut’s pioneering French New Wave classic signals an encouraging start to a season of films to see before you're 30

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    The Three Stories Are Flattened

    Katrina Palmer challenges the notion of sculpture in a demanding yet enthralling exhibition which gradually makes its viewers participants

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    Gerard Dillon: Painter, Dreamer, Clown

    The great Belfast artist's centenary retrospective will have you leaving the Ulster Museum with a spring in your step, expecting to fly

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    Art in the A.M.

    Naughton Gallery and Town Square café team up for a morning of coffee, conversation and soul-baring comic strips in the first of a stimulating new talk series

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    The Wild Swan

    Recorded in Nashville and rich in variety, the third album from Foy Vance isn't just his finest yet, it bears all the markings of a contemporary classic

  • Pig Shop

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    Pig Shop

    Anchored by the bygone boom of Limerick pork, Simon Fennessy Corcoran questions society's regard for living things with an arresting collection recalling Damien Hirst

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    Neil Young

    He's taken half a century to get here, but backed by Promise of the Real the Canadian is still the hurricane force of old, and shows no signs of quitting

  • This Man's Wee Boy ReviewLiterature

    This Man's Wee Boy

    Debut author Tony Doherty lends a vital human voice to Derry's darkest period with a childhood portrait of life in the city

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    The Wing Orderly’s Tales

    Carlo Gébler’s new collection of short stories is an authoritative portrayal of life and death in a Northern Ireland jail

  • Faerie Thorn Big Telly ReviewDrama

    The Faerie Thorn on Stage

    Big Telly Theatre Company hooks Open House Festival audience with scratch performance of their latest production

  • Late Night Art Main.jpg ReviewVisual Arts

    Late Night Art Digest: August 2016

    John Higgins takes a tour of studios and spaces across Belfast to drink in some of the key exhibitions currently on display

  • Closer

    With its imaginative direction and competent cast, this modest adaptation has the charm to see past its lack of Hollywood gloss

  • Bill Burr

    Though not every topic hits its mark, Belfast still revels in a masterful Northern Ireland debut from the no-frills Boston comic

  • 400 Blows Main ReviewFilm

    The 400 Blows

    François Truffaut’s pioneering French New Wave classic signals an encouraging start to a season of films to see before you're 30

  • Katrina Palmer Main ReviewVisual Arts

    The Three Stories Are Flattened

    Katrina Palmer challenges the notion of sculpture in a demanding yet enthralling exhibition which gradually makes its viewers participants

  • Gerard Dillon Ulster Museum ReviewVisual Arts

    Gerard Dillon: Painter, Dreamer, Clown

    The great Belfast artist's centenary retrospective will have you leaving the Ulster Museum with a spring in your step, expecting to fly

  • Conor McAteer ReviewMusic

    I Was An Astronaut

    Derry singer-songwriter Conor McAteer takes a giant leap forward in a controlled and cohesive fourth album bursting with love in all its forms

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    Art in the A.M.

    Naughton Gallery and Town Square café team up for a morning of coffee, conversation and soul-baring comic strips in the first of a stimulating new talk series

  • Foy Vance Wild Swan Main ReviewMusic

    The Wild Swan

    Recorded in Nashville and rich in variety, the third album from Foy Vance isn't just his finest yet, it bears all the markings of a contemporary classic

  • Pig Shop ReviewVisual Arts

    Pig Shop

    Anchored by the bygone boom of Limerick pork, Simon Fennessy Corcoran questions society's regard for living things with an arresting collection recalling Damien Hirst

  • Neil Young and Promise of the Real ReviewMusic

    Neil Young

    He's taken half a century to get here, but backed by Promise of the Real the Canadian is still the hurricane force of old, and shows no signs of quitting

  • PORTS Main ReviewMusic

    The Devil is a Songbird

    Ports' long-awaited debut album is one to fall into and appreciate in full, placing them amongst the modern masters of sophisticated and heart-breaking alt rock

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The Royal Shakespeare Company recruit Belfast's Belvoir Players for a frothy but 'bags of fun' take on the timeless comedy

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    Blues On The Bay

    Van Morrison's appeal remains undiminished in his third year headlining, but elsewhere the Warrenpoint festival seems restrained by contemporary preconceptions

  • Here Comes the Night

    There's no time like the present as Rosemary Jenkinson's clever and well-acted culture comedy finds firmer footing in the more modern of its two narratives

  • The Zombies CQAF ReviewMusic

    The Zombies

    It's the time of the season as the sixties pop survivors kick off the summer festival calendar under the twinkling lights at CQAF

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    Collected Works at Castle Coole

    Spring showcase at the Fermanagh estate's unique new basement exhibition space highlights the area's breadth of artistic talent

  • Pr!ck

    Shot Glass Theatre's love letter to cinema's comedy-romps of old offers an ambitious commentary on contemporary arts coverage disguised in seventies sleaze

  • Two Door Main ReviewMusic

    Two Door Cinema Club

    There's no sign of new songs, but under the tongue-in-cheek guise of a tribute act the Bangor boys make a long-awaited reconnection with their roots

  • Bag for Life

    Colin Bateman takes a darker direction with his gripping second play, exploring our inherent inability to let go of the past in the digital age

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    The Sessions

    Beatlemania returns to Belfast as the Fab Four's kaleidoscopic catalogue comes to life in a joyous re-staging of their Abbey Road exploits

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    Edge of Reflection

    The Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble use Easter as the entry point for contemporary classical with an accessible programme of evocative compositions

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    TOST

    Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre's latest work is a vibrant essay on silence, exploring humanity's misfires in the age of mass communication

  • Gordon Osràm's Funeral

    Though not always subtle, this interactive swan song is a multi-layered and undeniably fun piece of theatre which puts every inch of its surroundings to use

  • Pause and Effect ReviewDance

    Pause and Effect

    Eleesha Drennan cuts loose with a colourful blend of playground antics and precision in this specially commissioned Maiden Voyage Dance performance

  • Beyond Maps Main ReviewVisual Arts

    Beyond Maps and Atlases

    Bertien Van Manen unearths the spectral beauty of rural Ireland in a collection of photographs offering something new with every viewing

  • Annie - The Musical

    Forty years after first taking to the stage, the world's most beloved orphan shows little sign of her age in this riot of colour and movement at the Millennium Forum

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    Spring Exhibitions at The MAC

    Emma Patterson takes in a triumvirate of international collections the Belfast arts venue has brought to Northern Ireland for the first time

  • Vintage Cinema Bus ReviewFilm

    Vintage Cinema Club

    Michael McAlinden takes a bus back to film's golden age for a special showing of John Ford's The Quiet Man

  • Twinsome Minds

    Renewed understanding and contemporary relevance is brought to the events of 1916 in this novel fusion of spoken performance and image projection

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    MASKparade

    Vincent McDonnell's unusual exhibition re-writes Enniskillen's past from under the guise of a biblical discovery

  • Transatlantic Sessions 1 ReviewMusic

    Transatlantic Sessions

    The revolving folk ensemble leave little to be desired in a showcase proving them to be the crown jewel of the first Derry International Irish Music Festival

  • Food Folksong 2 ReviewMusic

    Food and Folksong

    Award-winning chef Emmett McCourt brings out the forward-thinking flavours of Derry's new music festival in a night where the menu matches the performances

  • Educating Rita

    Emma Jordan tactfully transposes Willy Russell's play to Belfast with help from two extraordinary leads in this fine start to the year for the Lyric Theatre

  • Ulster Hall 1890 ReviewLiterature

    The Musical Life of Nineteenth-Century Belfast

    Roy Johnston's posthumous chronicle of the formative period is an unprecedented work. Claire Savage reports from its launch at the Linen Hall Library

  • Attila the Stockbroker

    The firebrand poet exemplifies the rejuvenating power of punk in a razor-sharp and surprisingly poignant Out to Lunch performance

  • Mi Mundo

    The third instalment of Terra Nova's Arrivals project immerses audiences in the domestic hardships of the UK immigration system

  • Once Upon a Time in the North West ReviewLiterature

    Once Upon a Time in the North West

    Garbhan Downey's transatlantic newsroom thriller characterises the resilient role of Derry through some of the last century's darkest days

  • Opera, Literature and Lunch

    Out to Lunch continue to brighten the dark days of January with a no frills fix of book-based works from NI Opera's fabulous young artists

  • The Revenant ReviewFilm

    The Revenant

    Leonardo DiCaprio and the makers of Birdman combine for the visceral, awe-inspiring culmination of their cinematic careers

  • Mydidae 6 ReviewMusic

    Mydidae

    Martin Byrne's instrumental score for the harrowing Prime Cut theatre production stands strong even when removed from its dramatic visual context

  • James Ellis Troubles Over the Bridge ReviewLiterature

    Troubles Over the Bridge

    James Ellis's memoir raises questions of the times that deprived the late actor of his true off-stage potential as well as the wider barriers art must often overcome

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    All Through The House

    Though drawn out, a superb cast and an intricate plot help Judith King's festive farce break with tradition, making it the feel-good hit of the winter

  • Belfast Christmas Market Review

    Belfast Christmas Market

    Culture NI sends its resident Scrooge to the grounds of City Hall to see if the seasonal staple is enough to get him in the holiday spirit

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    An Evening with Ian Rankin

    The acclaimed author on why his latest release isn't 'really a Rebus novel', as the retired detective moves out on his own in the Scottish capital

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    Sam Burnside Book Launch

    Playwright Frank McGuinness and more mark the release of the poet's newest publications with recitals tinged with the significance of recent world events

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    U2

    For all their waning studio powers, Bono and his merry band still hit the mark on a politically poignant return to Belfast

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    This Place

    Felix Gonzalez-Torres' mournful works find a new context while encouraging public participation in The MAC's posthumous exhibition

  • Turandot

    NI Opera's contemporary co-production of Puccini’s visceral last work leaves no one on the fence in fulfilling the composer's modern vision

  • Mabel Main ReviewDrama

    Mabel

    Castlewellan Castle provides the backdrop for Maria Connolly's new heartwarming portrayal of one of its most remarkable residents

  • Connolly McGilloway ReviewLiterature

    Brian McGilloway and John Connolly

    Two of Ireland's most accomplished crime authors trade literary lessons to mark the double launch of their latest books

  • The Kitchen

    Roysten Abel's hypnotic fusion of culinary and performance art is a sumptuous metaphor for human experience that will inflame the senses

  • Wheels ReviewLiterature

    The Wheels of the World: 300 Years of Uilleann Pipers

    From the Famine to the Fureys, Colin Harper leaves few stones unturned in his quest to trace the fortunes of Ireland's 'only' true indigenous instrument

  • Pan ReviewFilm

    Pan

    Despite an occasionally turgid narrative, Neverland's potential to thrill remains undeniable in Cinemagic's film festival opener

  • Night Alive Main ReviewDrama

    The Night Alive

    Minor character inconsistencies aside, Conor McPherson's play is a furiously paced hacky sack of humour full of exceptional stage performances

  • Carlo Gebler and Ian Sansom ReviewLiterature

    My Writing Life; Why Bother?

    Authors Carlo Gébler and Ian Sansom share their views and experiences of the literary world with a sold-out crowd at Aspects Festival

  • Beat Root ReviewMusic

    Beat Root

    Robyn G Shiels and Richard Dawson turn folk on its head as Moving On Music's weekend takeover at the Crescent Arts Centre concludes

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