• Pan forum

    Performing Arts

    Peter Pan given a dazzling Derry makeover at the Millennium Forum

    Big musical numbers, pyrotechnics and pixie dust-like sprinklings of the city's trademark sense of humour takes the age-old panto to a magical new place

  • Derry: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23, Adrian Grant


    Derry: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23

    Historian Adrian Grant delves a century into the city's past and, with new facts and parallels to today, manages to makes a gripping read from events we already know the outcomes of

  • Myra review

    Performing Arts

    Myra's Story

    A play so good they named it twice, Fionna Hewitt-Twamley not only fills Carmel McCafferty's shoes comfortably, but is bewitching as the rock bottom title character once known as Maire

  • Hear My Voice review


    Hear My Voice: film inspired by Colin Davidson exhibition 'offers a tribute to the human spirit'

    Brendan J Byrne manages to further enrich the moving source material of Silent Testimony while extending the experience for those unable to see its portraits in person

  • Her Name Was Rose 2


    Her Name Was Rose

    Claire Allan leaves 'Chick Lit' behind in favour of a dark thriller which, for the Derry-based author, signals a bright new chapter

  • Eamonn Magee


    The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee

    While his wasted sporting potential is a source of frustration, the ex-world champion boxer's remarkable, still unfinished story makes for an absorbing read with as much tragedy as it has triumph

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    Performing Arts

    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



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

  • The Dead Beside Us


    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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    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

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Q-Con XX

    Peter McCaughan visits the annual gaming event at Queen's University

  • ReviewFilm

    Before Midnight

    The final instalment in Richard Linklater's Before trilogy focuses on the travails of family life

  • ReviewMusic

    Rod Stewart

    The veteran singer dusts off the cobwebs with a hit-heavy set at the Oydssey Arena in Belfast

  • Giselle

    Principle dancers Jenna Roberts and Iain Mackay lead this faithful retelling of Theophile Gautier's Romantic ballet

  • ReviewFilm

    Art of Conflict

    Vince Vaughan's unlikely documentary about the history of Belfast's political murals descends into reality TV territory

  • ReviewVisual Arts


    Bangor Castle Walled Garden is invaded by an army of unusual sculptures in this hands-on exhibition

  • ReviewMusic

    Big Belfast Choir

    Musical director Aoife Cormacain gets the best of her newly formed ensemble at the Grand Opera House

  • ReviewMusic

    Music City

    Terry Blain wanders around Derry~Londonderry as acts from around the world unite in song for City of Culture

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Picturing Derry

    This 'comprehensive and enthralling' photographic exhibition shows how Derry~Londonderry was affected by the Troubles

  • Celine Byrne

    A 'delightfully informal' performance from the soprano is the highlight of the latest Newry Chamber Music concert

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Texaco Children’s Art Competition

    Derry~Londonderry's Gordon Gallery hosts a stunning exhibition of art works by 126 young people

  • The Meal

    Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre and dramaturg Emma Jordon explore issues of ideology and masculinity at The MAC

  • ReviewLiterature

    Jay Rayner

    The restaurant critic holds court in Belfast's Crescent Arts Centre. His style is not to Fionola Meredith's taste

  • Love For Sale

    A Charles Bukowski short story is relocated to Belfast, where blow-up dolls remains taboo

  • All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference

    A plethora of informed speakers consider the theme of change

  • ReviewFilm

    Pull My Daisy, Shadows

    Two Beat Generation films screen at Queen's Film Theatre as part of the Belfast Book Festival

  • ReviewMusic

    The Who

    Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey perform their classic album, Quadrophenia, in its entirety at the Odyssey Arena

  • ReviewFilm

    The Bookseller of Belfast

    Alessandra Celesia's unorthodox documentary captures the weird and wonderful life of bibliophile John Clancy

  • ReviewMusic

    Enturbulation = No Challenge

    Desert Hearts remain charmingly unfamiliar with the zeitgeist as they release their 'beguiling' third album

  • ReviewMusic

    Desert Hearts

    The Belfast four-piece launch their third album in Voodoo, Belfast with a blistering set of the old and the new

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    30 years of Photography

    Belfast Exposed and The MAC show how fine art photographers have captured Northern Ireland

  • ReviewLiterature


    Sheena Wilkinson's award-winning novel is 'devastating and beautifully written'

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Catholic Blood

    Derry~Londonderry's Void gallery hosts Russian Andrei Molodkin's controversial exhibition until June 28

  • ReviewFilm

    Behind the Candelabra

    Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star as Liberace and his put upon lover in Steven Soderbergh's final feature

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    AJ Small Projects

    A small-scale yet undeniably interesting little exhibition at Belfast's PLACE architecture centre

  • David Quigley ReviewMusic

    Piano Classics

    David Quigley's debut recording as a solo artist is a vivid advertisement of how winningly he is playing at present

  • Can't Forget About You

    David Ireland's 'raucous sexual comedy' has the Lyric audience in stitches, but there's more to it than simple innuendo

  • ReviewLiterature

    Jon Ronson

    The acclaimed author and 'chronicler of the human condition' waxes lyrical in Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewMusic

    Underneath the Night of Stars

    Robyn G Shiels ventures into the blue with five new tales of loss and regret

  • ReviewMusic

    Portaferry Proms

    Portaferry Presbyterian Church resonates to the elegant sounds of the Endellion String Quartet

  • ReviewLiterature


    Colm McCann's epic new novel spans generations, focusing on historic crossings between Ireland the USA

  • Dancing at Lughnasa

    Newtownstewart Theatre Company do justice to Brian Friel's beloved play at the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh

  • ReviewFilm

    Endless Life

    Michael MacBroom's understated second feature shows what can be done on a miniscule budget

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Alive For Your Pleasure

    Zerelda Sinclair and Andrea Blood, aka The Girls, bring the macabre to the Naughton Gallery at Queen's

  • ReviewLiterature

    One City One Book

    Composer Philip Hammond struggles to relate as Glenn Patterson spins vinyl from the Good Vibrations soundtrack

  • ReviewMusic

    Linen Hall Library 225

    New Neil Martin composition is the highlight of this anniversary concert at the Ulster Hall

  • ReviewMusic

    Lucinda Williams

    Belfast's Real Music Club celebrates 15 years of roots music with performances from Malojian and Austin's finest

  • ReviewMusic

    Frank Turner

    Limelight 1 resembles an aerobics class as Frank Turner, the man with the plan, gets the Belfast crowd bouncing

  • ReviewMusic

    Love & Other Nonsense

    The National Chamber Choir of Ireland show their chops at St Thomas's Parish Church

  • ReviewMusic

    The Fall

    There are no histrionics this time around, as Mark E Smith arrives promptly to tear up the Custom House Marquee

  • Bravo Figaro!

    Firebrand comic Mark Thomas turns inward in this moving one-man show about strained family relationships and opera

  • Love, Billy

    Graham Reid's latest Billy play is uncomfortable viewing for Malachi O'Doherty, who sympathises with the returning hero's familial struggles

  • ReviewFilm

    Splash Area

    His slasher double-bill fails to materialise, but maverick filmmaker George Clarke wins over the mob regardless

  • ReviewMusic

    Thee Oh Sees

    If they once sounded anything like Neil Young, Fionola Meredith finds it hard to tell – she's too busy dancing

  • ReviewMusic

    John Grant

    Malojian provides the sunshine, John Grant the expletives, as CQAF celebrates the songwriter

  • ReviewLiterature

    Will Self

    Absurdist jokes, ruminations on rambling and 'dizzying, synaesthetic' descriptions of London are the order of the day

  • ReviewMusic


    Kevin Rowland and co play through their latest album in full at Custom House Square Marquee

  • ReviewMusic

    Neil Cowley Trio

    The UK City of Culture musician-in-residence brings his own brand of exhilarating jazz fusion to the Black Box

  • ReviewLiterature

    Kerry Hardie

    County Down poet confronts death and embraces nature in a prose and poetry reading at the Crescent Arts Centre

  • ReviewFilm


    Derry~Londonderry has never looked so beautiful as in Keiron J Walsh's high-octane new feature set in the City of Culture

  • ReviewMusic

    Nikolai Demidenko

    Philip Hammond admires the Russian pianist's individual take on works by Chopin and Rakhmaninov at the Ulster Hall

  • Soul Sister

    The Ike and Tina Turner story comes to Belfast, replete with hilarious wigs and a crowd-pleasing set of classic songs

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Other North

    Life in Northern Ireland is 'the same, but different' in Jesse Jones' video work, currently on show Derry~Londonderry

  • The Factory Girls

    Caitríona McLaughlin's adaptation of Frank McGuinness's play is a City of Culture highlight

  • ReviewMusic

    Can't Keep Up

    Shauna Tohill uses the Silhouette moniker to pursue her own musical path – this four-track collection was worth the wait

  • Tillies

    Patsy Durnin's authentic recollection of factory life in Derry~Londonderry is, nevertheless, light on darkness

  • Mick Foley

    The former professional wrestler embraces his past and makes choreographed violence seem all warm and fuzzy

  • Brian Friel Lecture

    At Queen's University, Professor Shaun Richards reveals how Irish playwrights have moved on from the cottage kitchen

  • The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Jazz hands at the ready, Bruiser Theatre Company is back

  • ReviewMusic

    Sing Under the Bridges

    Anthony Toner crafts another fine collection of literate songs that tell of love, life and loss