• 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

  • The Importance of Being Earnest Review

    Performing Arts

    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 review main

    Performing Arts


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • 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

  • Twinsome Minds

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

  • Maskparade Vincent McDonnell ReviewVisual Arts


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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