• Best Review

    Film

    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

    Film

    The Fits

    Screening in Belfast this month, this adolescent dance drama eschews coming-of-age tropes in favour of a more unorthodox yet fascinating slow burn

  • Dirty Dancing Review

    Performing Arts

    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 Main

    Performing Arts

    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

    Film

    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

    Film

    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

    Film

    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

    Visual 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

    Film

    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

    Visual 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

  • 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

  • All through the house main ReviewDrama

    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

  • Ian Rankin 1 ReviewLiterature

    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

  • Burnside Launch ReviewLiterature

    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

  • U2 SSE 2.jpg ReviewMusic

    U2

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

  • Felix 2.jpg ReviewVisual Arts

    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

  • Dancing at Lughnasa

    The Lyric's first production of Friel's layered masterwork is as rich and rewarding as theatre gets

  • Miss Julie Main ReviewFilm

    Miss Julie

    Fermanagh's Castle Coole stands tall in Colin Farrell's simmering Victorian drama, despite the stage-to-film adaptation's big screen shortcomings

  • Dancing at the Peace Wall ReviewDance

    Dancing Across the Peace Wall

    Masters of traditional global rhythms and west Belfast communities come together to strut their stuff and point towards changing times in Northern Ireland

  • 13 Minutes ReviewFilm

    13 Minutes

    David Holmes reunites with Oliver Hirschbiegel as the Downfall director returns to familiar ground, albeit with more mixed results

  • The Last Travelogue of Albert Sitzfleisch ReviewVisual Arts

    Out There, Thataway

    Derry's Centre for Contemporary Art blurs the line between the physical and mental and the difficult and playful in Star Trek-inspired group show

  • Beckett New ReviewFestivals

    Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

    Transforming everyday places into magical worlds, the fourth annual celebration portrays the Nobel Prize-winning writer in all his colours

  • AM Fyfe ReviewLiterature

    House of Small Absences

    Anne-Marie Fyfe reflects on places past and present in her fifth poetry collection

  • Hannah McPhillimy & Jan Carson Review

    Disappear Hear

    A sell-out crowd gathers in No Alibis Bookstore for an evening of musical and literary entertainment in support of the Alzheimer’s Society

  • Shooting for Socrates Review ReviewFilm

    Shooting for Socrates

    We may not be Brazil, but with its see-through 'period setting' and wafer-thin plot James Erskine's chronicle of Northern Ireland's 1986 World Cup fails to even suspend disbelief

  • Matthew Whiteside ReviewMusic

    Matthew Whiteside - Dichroic Light

    Melding chamber aesthetics with electronic minimalism, the Lisburn-born composer's debut strikes a rewarding balance of abstract subtlety and melodic power

  • Timbuktu ReviewFilm

    Timbuktu

    As far removed from the mainstream as its setting, Abderrahmane Sissako’s unflinching picture is rich in its portrayal of totalitarian rule in Africa but not without its glimmers of hope

  • Kathrynn Stott ReviewMusic

    Kathryn Stott & Martin Roscoe

    Seventh annual Walled City Music Festival off to a thunderous start with two of the UK's finest pianists at University of Ulster Magee's Great Hall

  • David Sedaris

    The celebrated American humorist delivers an evening of interlacing tales and outrageous material disguised in a performance akin to catching up with an old friend

  • Kablammo ReviewMusic

    Ash - Kablammo!

    By no means a perfect comeback, but there is much to admire about Downpatrick's most famous sons' 'back to basics' first album in almost a decade

  • Crazy

    Without enough plot or pizazz to sustain its run-time, Brenda Murphy's country-tinged comedy unravels despite fizzing performances from its cast of three

  • I Am Here, David Holmes ReviewFilm

    I Am Here

    David Holmes' directorial debut is a personal, poetic film born of bereavement following the death of his brother – watch the full film now

  • Clarkson Hammond May Review

    Clarkson, Hammond and May Live!

    Dazzling vehicular displays and topical 'bantz' from the former Top Gear trio can't help distract motor novice John Higgins from the feeling of watching 'Dave' in an ice rink

  • Donal Scullion ReviewMusic

    Donal Scullion

    Though sonically on point, the folk singer's debut album is a game of two halves with middling lyricism revealing little of the artist himself

  • I will go there, take me home, The MAC, Belfast ReviewVisual Arts

    I Will Go There, Take Me Home

    Curated by Derry's Gregory McCartney, The MAC’s latest group exhibition challenges visitors to consider the dangers of ignoring new political, social and economic realities

  • Lanciatore

    Paul Kennedy's wonderfully realised morality tale reveals the plight of the 21st century artist and warns of a brain drain as artistic opportunities dry up in Northern Ireland

  • Rosewater film ReviewFilm

    Rosewater

    Satirist Jon Stewart's directorial debut tells the remarkable story of one journalist's interrogation at the hands of the Iranian government after appearing on The Daily Show

  • Oscar Wild ReviewFestivals

    Enniskillen's Wilde Weekend

    A magical, informative programme of events celebrates Oscar Wilde's dual nature – bohemian/academic – formed while attending Portora Royal School from 1864-71

  • My English Tongue, My Irish Heart

    Martin Lynch tells a contemporary cross-border love story set against the backdrop of departure and based on the book The Literature of the Irish in Britain

  • Duke Special, Look Out Machines! ReviewMusic

    Look Out Machines!

    Duke Special goes electro on captivating new studio album, his most personal to date, propelled by synths and marked by a romantic, optimistic lyricism

  • The Survivalist ReviewFilm

    The Survivalist

    Stephen Fingleton’s tense, hypnotic and masterful debut, shot in and around Ballymoney, is a mesmerising dystopian tale

  • Ciaran Carson ReviewLiterature

    Ciaran Carson and Stephen Sexton

    Teacher and pupil read from their work at the 2014 John Hewitt Society Spring Festival in Carnlough: 'Everything I do in English, there’s always the shadow of another language'

  • David Bowie ReviewMusic

    Lunch With Bowie

    Writers and musicians pay tribute to the divisive, chameleonic rock icon at the Ulster Hall's latest Literary Lunchtime event. 'He was the human equivalent of a Google search'

  • Lally the Scut

    Abbie Spallen creates a local Hell for local people in this powerful, hilarious, gruelling satire on post-conflict Northern Ireland currently running in The MAC

  • Kurt Cobain ReviewFilm

    Cobain: Montage of Heck

    Brett Morgen's artful documentary uses home movie footage and Kurt Cobain's extensive journals to reveal the man behind the music

  • Belfast Exposed ReviewVisual Arts

    Belfast Exposed Archive Prompts Complementary Exhibitions

    Works by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin reveal how different artists interpret the photography archive in radically different ways

  • Paul McVeigh ReviewLiterature

    The Good Son

    Belfast author Paul McVeigh’s debut novel may be set during the Troubles but is a charming coming-of-age story with a refreshingly complex young narrator at its heart

  • Disquiet ReviewMusic

    Disquiet

    Therapy? release 'a sequel of sorts' to 1994's seminal Troublegum, a fearsome album that deals with addiction, ageing and expectation with typical vigour

  • One Sandwich Short of a Genius

    Pending nuptials provide the perfect backdrop for Big Telly's chaotic farce featuring a cast of fine comic actors and an hilarious script by Zoë Seaton and Shelley Atkinson

  • Robot Overlords ReviewFilm

    Robot Overlords

    Carrickfergus and Donaghadee provide the backdrop for this bland sci-fi that could yet find an audience as an inadvertent cult comedy

  • The Pillowman

    Martin McDonagh pits the lowly writer against a totalitarian system suspicious of creativity in his finest play to date, currently running in the Lyric Theatre in Belfast

  • The Belonging Project ReviewVisual Arts

    The Belonging Project

    Photographer Laurence Gibson's staged portraits of migrants living in Northern Ireland are full of humanity but frustratingly inaccessible to anyone without a smartphone

  • Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival ReviewMusic

    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival

    Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, featuring trumpeter Linley Hamilton, get into the swing of things at the Crescent Arts Centre – find out what else is happening over the coming days

  • Cinderella ReviewFilm

    Cinderella

    Director Kenneth Branagh's straight adaptation of the familiar fairy tale is a witty visual spectacle that will charm well beyond the stroke of midnight

  • Community Arts Partnership ReviewLiterature

    Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2015

    Community Arts Partnership reward Stephanie Conn for her poem 'Lavender Fields' at a busy evening in Belfast's Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts

  • Squat Pen ReviewLiterature

    The Squat Pen

    Ballycastle Writers Group host the fortnightly showcase of poetry and music on tour from its usual home of Belfast's No Alibis Bookshop

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