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    Hansel and Gretel

    Featuring a role call of fictional favourites, the MAC's fairytale production places a feast of Northern Irish theatre talent firmly in the (sweet) shop window

  • Junebug

    Dance

    WICCA

    The fifth Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement bows out with an entrancing multinational exploration of the female bond

  • The Dead Beside Us

    Literature

    The Dead Beside Us

    Tony Doherty wastes no time in following up his 'important' debut with a 'profound' adolescent account of conflict continuing to tear through 1970s Derry

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    Film

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Kenneth Branagh keeps Agatha Christie's detective tale on the right track as both director and lead amidst a cast bristling with star power

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    Literature

    This is Hame: Two Modern Ulster-Scots Poets

    James Fenton and Philip Robinson have been recently re-published by Ullans Press. Their books offer a window into that world – its language, humour, culture, religion and politics

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    Visual Arts

    Eddie Rafferty: The Pursuit of Happiness

    South Africa's people and places are captured with colour and invention in this career-spanning showcase bringing intrigued masses to Banbridge

  • Hopdance Review

    Literature

    Hopdance

    Against a pre-Troubles Belfast, Stewart Parker's posthumous novel shows one of the city's favourite sons discovering what would become a seminal writing voice

  • Waves Review

    Performing Arts

    Waves

    Gentle movement and vivid storytelling make more than a few ripples in this poignant and understated play about one woman's remarkable resilience

  • The Train Review

    Performing Arts

    The Train

    While some elements lack steam, Rough Magic's musical has audiences on board for its retelling of a momentous, reproductive rights-fuelled journey

  • Faerie Thorn Review

    Performing Arts

    The Faerie Thorn

    After a promising preview, Big Telly bring Jane Talbot's North Coast fables to the stage in a fully realised adaptation fit for the company's 30th year

  • Hansel and Gretel

    Featuring a role call of fictional favourites, the MAC's fairytale production places a feast of Northern Irish theatre talent firmly in the (sweet) shop window

  • Junebug ReviewDance

    WICCA

    The fifth Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement bows out with an entrancing multinational exploration of the female bond

  • The Dead Beside Us ReviewLiterature

    The Dead Beside Us

    Tony Doherty wastes no time in following up his 'important' debut with a 'profound' adolescent account of conflict continuing to tear through 1970s Derry

  • Murder orient express branagh ReviewFilm

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Kenneth Branagh keeps Agatha Christie's detective tale on the right track as both director and lead amidst a cast bristling with star power

  • Ulster Scots James and Philip ReviewLiterature

    This is Hame: Two Modern Ulster-Scots Poets

    James Fenton and Philip Robinson have been recently re-published by Ullans Press. Their books offer a window into that world – its language, humour, culture, religion and politics

  • Eddie Rafferty Main ReviewVisual Arts

    Eddie Rafferty: The Pursuit of Happiness

    South Africa's people and places are captured with colour and invention in this career-spanning showcase bringing intrigued masses to Banbridge

  • Hopdance Review ReviewLiterature

    Hopdance

    Against a pre-Troubles Belfast, Stewart Parker's posthumous novel shows one of the city's favourite sons discovering what would become a seminal writing voice

  • Waves

    Gentle movement and vivid storytelling make more than a few ripples in this poignant and understated play about one woman's remarkable resilience

  • The Train

    While some elements lack steam, Rough Magic's musical has audiences on board for its retelling of a momentous, reproductive rights-fuelled journey

  • The Faerie Thorn

    After a promising preview, Big Telly bring Jane Talbot's North Coast fables to the stage in a fully realised adaptation fit for the company's 30th year

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    Not everything works in this risky all-male revision, but ultimately the source material proves it to be still Wilde at heart

  • Famla

    John McCann's brooding drama borders on the bleak, but a sense of hope mirrored by the youth of today points to a better tomorrow

  • Rule of the Land Garrett Carr ReviewLiterature

    The Rule of the Land

    With eloquence and tact, Garrett Carr charts a timely expedition along the line that divides and defines Ireland, its history and its people

  • The Cove ReviewDance

    The Cove

    Echo Echo's dizzying collaboration with climber Dan Shipsides reaches its peak in this hypnotic performance inspired by the cliffs of Donegal

  • Maiden Voyage Dance Triple Bill ReviewDance

    Maiden Voyage Dance Triple Bill

    Brave and breathtaking interpretations of love, loss and living prove the power of three in this new package of works

  • Pound Music Club ReviewMusic

    Pound Music Club

    The spirit of the Belfast institution lives on in the lungs of Kenny McDowell, whose voice still enraptures a faithful following after 50 years

  • Best Review ReviewFilm

    Best (George Best: All By Himself)

    Though arguably too linear in scope, the latest chronicle of our greatest footballing talent's tragic journey is nonetheless elegantly and fearlessly told

  • The Fits ReviewFilm

    The Fits

    This adolescent dance drama eschews coming-of-age tropes in favour of a more unorthodox yet fascinating slow burn

  • Dirty Dancing

    Staying true to the original, this steamy stage adaptation is guaranteed to satisfy fans of the classic, feel-good film

  • Powder Her Face

    Northern Ireland's first production of Thomas Adés's notorious, sex-fuelled opera holds a mirror to modern society and the perils of promiscuity

  • La La Land ReviewFilm

    La La Land

    Despite its artistic virtues, the limp narrative of Damien Chazelle's modern musical just won't leave audiences as jazzed as they were with Whiplash

  • Silence ReviewFilm

    Silence

    Liam Neeson is the white whale of Scorsese's monumental 26-year passion project, which caps a career-long study of spirituality on the big screen

  • Two Angry Men ReviewFilm

    Two Angry Men

    Toto Ellis leaves us longing for a feature length in his debut short outlining the theatrical censorship his father and Sam Thompson faced in Belfast 60 years ago

  • My Minds i ReviewVisual Arts

    Janet Mullarney: My Minds i

    Multi-disciplined artist confronts a gamut of emotions in a twisted fantasy of sculptures, shadows and illustrations at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery

  • Hubert Butler ReviewFilm

    Hubert Butler: Witness to the Future

    Writer, humanitarian and market gardener, 'Ireland's Orwell' is given due recognition for his years-ahead endeavors in this detailed documentary

  • FAM Review Main ReviewVisual Arts

    Future Artist-Makers: The Exhibition

    This exciting showcase of works created using new skills in digital technology titillates the imagination with its sense of eye-pleasing, interactive wonderment

  • Hey You!

    Joe Nawaz and Accidental Theatre combine for an immersive self-improvement satire which with a little finessing could take the comedy world by storm

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    MAC International

    With works by 18 artists from around the world, the biennial exhibition rewards its visitors with an experience as rich as its grand prize

  • Killer of Sheep ReviewFilm

    Killer of Sheep

    With its truthful depiction of racial issues in 1970s America, Charles Burnett's long-lost indie trailblazer is the perfect primer for BFI Black Star

  • Green and Blue

    Premiering at a former British military base in Belfast, this challenging but tasteful dramatisation humanises the uniforms patrolling the border at the height of the Troubles

  • Heaney Young ReviewLiterature

    Heaney, Sir! St Columb's Remembered

    One-time peers including Phil Coulter recall the poet's college years with revealing anecdotes, recitals and an audience panel

  • Choral ReviewMusic

    City of Derry International Choral Festival

    New Festival Chorus reaffirms the city's musical status in a pitch perfect opening gala performance

  • Sinead Moriarty.jpg ReviewLiterature

    The Way We Were

    Dublin author Sinéad Moriarty gives shelter to fiction fans in Bangor with an intimate discussion around her latest novel and writing career

  • Enough and More Exhibition ReviewVisual Arts

    Enough, and More

    Jon Plunkett and wife Lindsay Turk explore the impact various naturally-occurring moments can have on our lives in a joint series of paintings and poems

  • Anthropoid ReviewFilm

    Anthropoid

    Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy excel as Czech army agents in a tense and compelling account of one of the Second World War's less heralded moments

  • Hockney review main 2 ReviewVisual Arts

    David Hockney: I draw, I do

    Ireland's first exhibition of the influential artist's work is a fascinating insight into his life-long consistency and passion for getting the world down on paper

  • 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

  • Art in the A.M. ReviewVisual Arts

    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

  • Van Blues ReviewFestivals

    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

  • Castle Coole Exhibition ReviewVisual Arts

    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

  • The Sessions Main ReviewMusic

    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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