• 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

    Literature

    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

    Film

    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

    Literature

    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

    Literature

    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

    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

  • Murder orient express branagh

    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

  • ReviewLiterature

    Disappeared

    Crime author Gayle Curtis is shocked and informed by Anthony Quinn's journey into the dark heart of the Troubles

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Lithography Rocks

    Helen Paisley's prints bring a 'kinetic sense of Gallic energy' to the Lagan Barge for August Craft Month

  • ReviewMusic

    Bad Manners

    Everyone's favourite ska party band, led by the inimitable Buster Bloodvessel, get the crowd bouncing in west Belfast

  • ReviewMusic

    BBC Invitation Concert

    Ulster Orchestra principle conductor JoAnn Falletta's 'lithe, supple interpretations' of American composers impress

  • The Titanic Boys

    Martin Lynch and JJ Gilmour's musical is marked by a 'joyous disregarding of pompous memorialisation'

  • ReviewFilm

    Grabbers

    Belfast director Jon Wright's latest feature is 'daft and gory enough' to warrant a viewing. Four tentacles up

  • ReviewLiterature

    On My Own Two Wheels

    Diagnosed with diabetes at 60, Malachi O'Doherty returned to cycling. His thoughts on the subject are inspiring

  • The Producers

    The Theatre at the Mill Summer Youth Group do justice to Mel Brooks' hilarious musical satire

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Féile an Phobail

    Expect the unexpected at St Mary's University College, where several exhibits tell the story of the westside

  • ReviewMusic

    Gig in the Garden

    Fionola Meredith makes no apologies for enjoying a terribly middle-class day out at sunny Minnowburn

  • ReviewMusic

    Nuala Kennedy

    The County Louth singer and flautist boasts a 'minimal, decorative and utterly beautiful' sound

  • ReviewMusic

    Emma Johnson

    'The world's leading clarinettist' brings a touch of class to the Walled City Music Festival in Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A Country Road. A Tree. Evening

    Jeremy Henderson, an artist often compared to Samuel Beckett, proudly proclaims his Scottish heritage

  • ReviewMusic

    Chic

    Funk legend Nile Rodgers – producer, writer, raconteur – regales the Belfast faithful with tales and tunes aplenty

  • DRAG

    'A notably serious examination not just of gay identity, but of identity, period' at Belfast Pride Festival

  • ReviewHeritage

    Talking Heads

    'This is a tour for all but the cripplingly paranoid: everywhere you go in Belfast, hundreds of eyes are staring down'

  • Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory

    Paul Boyd's musical comedy is a five-star romp 'populated with sleazy, strutting grotesques'

  • ReviewMusic

    Gama Bomb

    The Newry thrash metallers 'shriek and solo' their way through a set to celebrate ten years in the business

  • Edinburgh Fringe Preview

    Ruaidhrí Ward, Eleanor Tiernan and Michael Legge hone their skills at the Black Box

  • NEST

    'The singers and instrumentalists let out a volley of mad mutterings and animal sounds... it is impossible not to smile'

  • U.Dance 2012

    Groups from across the UK converge on London for a highlight of the Cultural Olympiad

  • ReviewMusic

    Glasgowbury 2012

    LaFaro bassist Oisin O'Doherty on headlining the G Session stage and developing an appreciation of Therapy?

  • ReviewLiterature

    Writing in Light

    The luminaries of Irish literature photographed in their homes by Darragh Casey. Cup of tea, anyone?

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Peace Camp

    This London 2012 Festival event on the North Coast is a 'spell-binding, dreamy sight' and one of the arts events of the year

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Vista Sans Wood Type Project

    A simple (or maybe complex) exhibition of typography with a violent streak

  • ReviewMusic

    Ministry

    The world has moved on, but iconic frontman Al Jourgensen is still angry. Give that man an electronic cigarette

  • ReviewMusic

    Bruce Springsteen

    Thankfully they don't turn off his microphone in Dublin. Ralph McLean only wishes The Boss had brought his protest North

  • OrangeFest 2012

    Surrealist whimsy, Mario, Queen of the Circus and a 'bum-off' at City Hall – that's right, it's the 12th of July

  • ReviewLiterature

    Selected Poems by Gerald Dawe

    Belfast poet Gerald Dawe's seven collections distilled into one, with 'home territory' the dominant theme

  • ReviewFilm

    Woody Allen A Documentary

    A definitive exploration of the idiosyncratic filmmaker's remarkable life and career

  • Still Not Out of the Woods

    Artists and climbers Dan Shipsides and Neal Beggs recall an ascent to the summit of Lagazuoi

  • Found Footage Festival

    A selection of old VHS clips proves that embarrasment is truly the international language of hilarity

  • FNT Live

    The taboo-tacking comedians keep the laughs coming in the preview of their Edinburgh Fringe show

  • Steve Backshall

    The Deadly 60 presenter engages young naturalists at the Ulster Hall with sharks and rhinos, but isn't too fond of Giant Pandas

  • ReviewMusic

    Arnocorps

    One thing Arnocorps, the Arnold Schwarzenegger-inspired 'Greatest Band in the World', doesn't lack is discipline 

  • ReviewMusic

    MUSIC REVIEW – Singles Releases

    From Seven Summits sincere 'The Worrier' to The Answer's stealth power-ballard, listen to the best of July's singles here

  • ReviewLiterature

    Maritime Trail

    A literary jaunt through decaying Sailortown as part of the 'Poets and Players, Dockers and Dreamers' series

  • ReviewMusic

    Pieces

    Armagh foursome Gascan Ruckus shrug off their 'live act' label to record a polished piece of catchy pop rock

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci

    'A brief but completely enthralling glimpse into the workings of the effervescent mind of a true genius'

  • Richard III

    Belfast actor Jonjo O'Neill takes Stratford-upon-Avon by storm in this Royal Shakespeare Company production

  • NI Opera Shorts

    NI Opera takes a major gamble with 5 debut works, but it – mostly – pays off at the MAC

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Cursed

    A painting show 'in the loosest possible sense', this exhibition at Catalyst Arts revels in the unusual

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    One Day In The Life Of...

    The Royal Ulster Academy enlist primary school pupils to photograph themselves and their environment

  • ReviewMusic

    Hank Williams III

    The defiant grandson of a country legend mixes elements of country, punk and metal. Nashville is not amused

  • ReviewMusic

    Boy Racer

    A Plastic Rose show a heavier side in the second single taken from forthcoming album Camera.Shutter.Life

  • Appendage

    'Self-obsessed, unsympathetic, predictable.' Playwright Derek Murphy is unforgiving in his exploration of the male psyche

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Bridget Ryan

    The Connemara-born artist paints the Irish hinterland in stunning shades of every colour. John Gray is suitably impressed

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Life of the Lough

    Photographer Bernie Brown captures the various characters and vantage points of Strangford Lough

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Art Repair Shop

    Broken objects transformed into artworks – and all for free. PS2 help collectors in the Age of Austerity

  • ReviewMusic

    Farewell to Reason

    Cedric Has a Name, aka Chris Steenson, shows flashes of brilliance in his homemade second outing

  • ReviewLiterature

    So It Is

    A Scot's take on Northern Ireland's troubled past shows early promise, but 'feels like a wasted opportunity'

  • ReviewFilm

    Whole Lotta Sole

    Oscar-winning Belfast director Terry George returns with a fish-based, Tarantinoesque comedy crime caper

  • Divis Flats ReviewVisual Arts

    Divis Flats 1982

    Judah Passow's powerful images of Divis Flats still pack a 'gut-punch' a decade after they were demolished

  • Pick 'n' Mix Festival

    A two and a half-day showcase of new Northern Irish theatre that goes from bed to brilliant

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    Slapstick, Stevie Wonder and men playing women. The Lyric Theatre inject new life into Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece

  • Sweet Charity

    Bruiser's energetic, hep-tastic 'Noo Yoik' musical at the MAC is 'witty, wordy and full of heart'

  • ReviewFilm

    Cinematic Titanic

    A cast of American comics riff and pun on 1968 bugsploitation B movie, War of the Insects

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Warning! This is Contemporary Art

    The provocative exhibition isn't for the faint of heart, but is well-worth challenging your preconceptions

  • ReviewMusic

    Holst Cotswolds Symphony

    It's been five years since the Ulster Orchestra released a CD, this stirring, buoyant recording was worth the wait

  • ReviewMusic

    Years Ago in Our Backyard

    There have been great expectations for the Farriers debut album. Was it worth the wait?

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