• 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

  • Hansel Gretel main

    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

  • Murder orient express branagh


    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

  • ReviewFilm

    Film Devour

    A host of amateur filmmakers from across Northern Ireland showcase new works at the Black Box

  • For Love

    Former champion boxer John Duddy stars in Laoisa Sexton's unflinchingly honest portrayal of life in secular Ireland

  • ReviewFilm

    Made in Belfast

    Fionola Meredith is underwhelmed by writer/director Paul Kennedy's debut feature at the Belfast Film Festival

  • ReviewMusic

    Tales of the Working Class

    They provided the soundtrack to the Backin' Belfast campaign, now indie act Pretty Cartel are going it alone

  • The Great Gatsby

    Northern Ballet's timely adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel ultimately lacks emotional punch

  • ReviewFilm

    The Hardy Bucks Movie

    What started out as an online series has become an Irish comedy phenomenon – now for the movie spin-off and a road trip to the Euros

  • ReviewFilm

    A Late Quartet

    It's more Ludwig than Van Halen, but Yaron Zilberman's chamber music melodrama is still a band movie at heart

  • ReviewMusic


    Pianist Barry Douglas unleashes his talents on the German composer's formidable back catalogue

  • The Man Jesus

    Simon Callow tears his way through an 'astonishing' cast of historical figures in Matthew Hurt's take on the Gospel of Mark

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Laura Morrison / Maite Zabala

    Derry~Londonderry's Void gallery invites two artists to use their space, or not, as they wish

  • Easter Expo ReviewVisual Arts

    Easter Expo

    Enniskillen's Higher Bridges Gallery hosts work by 50 artists from across Ireland and beyond

  • Kaleidoscope

    Prime Cut Production's latest interactive, sit-specific work only lacks a little darkness

  • Shakespeare's Sisters

    Fickle Favours' inaugural production gives new voice to the Bard's heroines

  • ReviewMusic

    Welcome to Mikrosector-50

    Belfast's Space Dimension Controller is 'light-years ahead of his contemporaries'

  • ReviewMusic

    New Releases

    The Wood Burning Savages, Vanilla Gloom and Elspeth bare their souls. Steven Rainey passes judgement

  • ReviewMusic


    National Chamber Choir of Ireland perform Arvo Pärt's musical retelling of St John's Passion narrative

  • ReviewMusic

    Arthur Kell Quartet

    The acclaimed jazz group wrap up the Brilliant Corners Festival on the Belfast Barge

  • ReviewMusic

    The Bear

    NI Opera adapt William Walton's saucy one-act story under the baton of Nicholas Chambers

  • The Sweety Bottle

    A Falls Road confectionary doubles up as a drinking den in Joe and Gerard Brennan's tale of love, life and lager

  • ReviewFilm

    Found Footage Festival

    Watch video of Arnold Schwarzenegger's first trip to Rio and discover the magic of VHS at the Black Box

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Lifeboat Readings

    Leontia Flynn and Sophie Collins continue a series of free readings on the Belfast Barge

  • Translations

    'To remember everything is a form of madness.' Ireland is transformed in Brian Friel's play about the infinite evolution of language

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Important Irish Art

    Bangor's Ava Gallery hosts a series of classic works before they're auctioned in Dublin

  • ReviewMusic

    Girls Aloud

    Detractors be damned, this talent show quintet have much to celebrate after ten years at the top

  • ReviewMusic

    All Hail Bright Futures

    A new line-up and a 'blissed out, expansive' sound bode well for instrumentalists And So I Watch You From Afar

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Art of William Simpson

    The renowned comic book artist exhibits storyboards and conceptual art from the Game of Thrones series at W5

  • Belfast Children's Festival

    Dance Focus conference showcases eclectic artists from across Europe

  • Political Mother

    Hofesh Shechter's inclusive production gives Derry~Londonderry something to be truly proud of

  • ReviewLiterature


    Quercus Ensemble and Roddy Doyle perform at the inaugural children's book festival in Derry~Londonderry

  • The Seafarer

    The Devil arrives in a Dublin drinking hole in Conor McPherson's play about men, alcohol and the redemptive power of friendship

  • ReviewFilm

    Robot & Frank

    A buddy movie, a crime caper, a sensitive portrayal of aging – Jake Schreier's debut feature has Ralph McLean smiling throughout

  • ReviewHeritage

    Decade of Centenaries

    Belfast City Council explore the role of women in the city's evolution to mark International Women's Day. View the full Spring Programme of events

  • Romeo and Juliet

    c21 Theatre Company condense Shakespeare's classic tragedy to create 'a serious, articulate' version for young audiences

  • ReviewMusic

    The X Factor Live

    The good, the bad and Rylan perform at the Odyssey, but James Arthur shows why he was 2012's deserved winner

  • ReviewMusic

    Get the Blessing

    Bristol's finest jazz rock fusion group leave fans of Portishead and deadpan banter 'flooded with endorphins' in the Limelight

  • Planet Belfast

    Rosemary Jenkinson takes a satirical swipe at big business and avaricious community leaders in 21st century Northern Ireland

  • The Trocks

    New York's finest all male comedy ballet company show their class with various treatments of the Russian classics

  • ReviewMusic

    Otis Gibbs

    The bearded Nashvillian brings sad songs, honeyed vocals and a dash of authenticity to the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

  • 'Allo 'Allo

    David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd's wartime farce 'verges on the anarchic', but provides Showcase Productions NI the opportunity to blood new talent

  • ReviewMusic

    Karima Francis

    Is it difficult to be the next big thing that never was? Blackpool's finest silences the doubters at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

  • On the Subject of Love

    Ken McCormack's 'limited profile' of Frederick Hervey revels in the former Bishop of Derry's lascivious nature

  • ReviewMusic


    Progressive metallers Kasper Rosa have embraced vocals in this double A-side release in their quest to ascend to the big leagues

  • ReviewLiterature

    Free Derry Protest and Resistance

    Adrian Kerr's history of protest and resistance in the maiden city 'is a valuable addition to the Troubles canon'

  • Comedy of Errors

    A 1920s era musical version of Shakespeare's farce is expertly updated and directed by Michael Poynor

  • ReviewFilm

    Mea Maxima Culpa

    Alex Gibney's documentary investigation into clerical abuse within the Catholic church reveals the extent of the outgoing pontiff's complicity

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Andy Warhol at The MAC

    A 'beautifully put together' retrospective of the pop artist's work cements The MAC's place as Northern Ireland's finest

  • Performances

    Brian Friel's 2003 play about Czech composer Leos Janacek and his final work is 'a thoughtful study of art and the artist'

  • ReviewLiterature

    Plath – A 50 Year Retrospective

    Academics commemorate the life and work of prolific writer and poet Sylvia Plath

  • ReviewMusic

    Brodsky Quartet

    Newry provides the perfect warm up ahead of a run of performances in Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewMusic

    The New Life

    Girls Names leave their posturing days behind them to get serious on their 'textural, atmospheric' second album

  • ReviewMusic

    Petunia and the Vipers

    Moving on Music ship the eclectic outfit over the pond to perform an invigorating set of standards at The MAC

  • ReviewMusic

    Not Nearly Dark

    Fans of Tom Waits and Bon Ivor will find much to love in Ciaran Lavery's 'mature and affecting' debut album

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A Natural Order

    Lucas Foglia meets America's naturalists, who have embraced modern technology in their search for utopia

  • Starlight Express

    There's dancing in the aisles at the Millennium Forum as Andrew Lloyd Webber's monster musical rolls into town

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Loughsiders

    Shan Bullock's 1924 novel is republished by Turnpike Books, but is Bullock really 'the Thomas Hardy of Fermanagh'?

  • ReviewMusic

    Old Crow Medicine Show

    A Mandela Hall gig from the American folk stalwarts is 'as fiery as a belly full of moonshine'

  • Mixed Marriage

    Contemporary adjustments detract from an otherwise superbly acted and directed revival at the Lyric Theatre

  • ReviewFilm

    Film Devour

    15 short films produced in Northern Ireland showcase the depth of amateur talent across the country, and deliver plenty of shocks and surprises

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Him + Her

    Candice Breitz considers how media images shape our behaviour in this 'intricate, complex and exciting show' in the Void gallery in Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewLiterature

    A Twisted Root

    Patricia Craig delves into her mixed Irish ancestry to discover Republican activists and the founder of the Orange Order