• 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

  • ReviewMusic

    Big World

    Paul Casey reflects on the cultural resurgence of his native Derry~Londonderry

  • David O'Doherty

    Don't mistake the Dublin comic for Chris O'Dowd – he's likely to lampoon you in musical form

  • ReviewMusic

    Praise Aloud the Trees

    Brian Irvine gets the Cultural Olympiad started with a 'wondrous, occasionally frightening' take on Heaney's poem

  • Carthaginians

    Fine Millennium Forum production of Frank McGuinness's enduring classic

  • ReviewMusic

    International Festival of Chamber Music

    Technique to die for and sweeping rhapsody, the Belfast Music Society deliver their promise of 'world-class' performances

  • ReviewMusic

    Broken Deer

    Malojian, sans Cat, packs emotional masochism, lost love and simple beauty into his solo EP

  • Julius Caesar

    Rainbow Factory's contemporary adaptation of Julius Caesar has a lean and hungry look, Lisa Nelson approves 

  • ReviewFilm

    The Woman in the Fifth

    A dramatically inert film, with characters that dream of two-dimensionality, in a surprisingly cliche-free Paris

  • ReviewMusic

    David Pomeranz

    Scientologist crooner attracts Northern Ireland's Filipino population to the Waterfront – it's as weird as it sounds

  • ReviewLiterature

    Ahab's Daughter

    Lisa Keogh's deftly written, emotionally fluent account of what happened to Captain Ahab's family after Moby-Dick

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Interplanetary Revolution

    If the fake Milgram documentary or the naked Smurfette disturbs, you can still get a quiet drink at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • John Laverty under the cherry tree ReviewVisual Arts

    A Gift to the City

    The Ulster Museum raid their archive to celebrate the life and work of Sir John Lavery

  • ReviewMusic

    The Henry Girls

    The talented trio warm up for their Belfast Nashville Songwriters' Festival gig at the Playhouse in Derry~Londonderry

  • Grease

    The 'teenagers' are a bit long in the tooth, but after 30 years this polished show proves Grease is still the word

  • ReviewMusic

    Noel Gallagher

    Flying solo suits the older Gallagher brother. Patrick Murphy, and 10,000 others, are away with the birds

  • ReviewFilm

    Battleship Potemkin

    Agitprop masterpiece given new life by a classical score played on the Ulster Hall's Mulholland Grand Organ

  • ReviewHeritage

    The Bedside Book of Dormers

    An ode to Ulster's architecture. Watch video featuring author Marcus Patton

  • Uncle Vanya

    Brian Friel's take on Chekhov's original is wilfully melancholic, but Conleth Hill's central performance makes this production great

  • ReviewMusic

    The Drifters

    No founder members, but plenty of past magic from this humourless foursome

  • Winston Returns to Paradise

    In 1912 'Belfast confetti' reigned down on Churchill here to argue for Home Rule. This 2012 commemoration is more civilised

  • ReviewLiterature

    Planesrunner

    Quantum widgets and tarot-reading pilots: a ‘fantabulosa bona’ start to Ian McDonald's Everness series

  • William Caulfield

    The sharp-tongued comedian cuts out the middleman and heckles the audience

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Death and Life of the Shankill

    Watercolourist Stephen Shaw is 'a forensic chronicler' of Belfast

  • Fly Me to the Moon

    A 'world-class Northern Irish production' sees Marie Jones at the top of her game

  • Brothers in Arms

    Sam Millar's play explores the divide between 'pro- and anti-agreement republicanism'

  • ReviewMusic

    Van Morrison

    It's a family affair at the Oydssey Arena, where Van the Man lets his music do the talking

  • ReviewFilm

    The Grey

    The wolves are dodgy, but Liam Neeson does 'rock bottom' well in this existential action-adventure movie

  • Maeve Higgins

    The Cork comedian 'has the razzle-dazzle of an alchemist', but lacks preparation where it matters

  • Conal Gallen

    Ballybofey's finest gag man delivers a clean set to 'people with dirty minds'

  • ReviewLiterature

    Sound It Out

    A documentary about our love affair with independent record stores is 'heartbreaking and always engaging'

  • Heroes With Their Hands in the Air

    A timely reworking of Fintan Brady's play on the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

  • ReviewMusic

    John McGurgan

    A fine lyricist and performer, Omagh's answer to John Martyn is best with a band

  • ReviewMusic

    Snow Patrol

    A dedicated crowd get caught up in the emotion 'like their 4x4 keys and gym membership cards depend on it'

  • ReviewLiterature

    Streets

    The Wireless Mystery Theatre brings urban folklore and children's rhyme together on the very literary Streets

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    London Art Fair

    Fionola Meredith, chair of Belfast's Golden Thread Gallery, is more impressed with the cheap work than the Hirsts

  • ReviewMusic

    NI Opera Young Artists

    Four Northern Irish soloists thrive in the intimate surroundings of the Black Box

  • Hostel

    Homelessness, suicide and unexpected pregnancy. Somehow, playwright Fionnuala Kennedy shows the funny side

  • ReviewMusic

    Sarah Savoy & the Francadians

    Fionola Meredith enjoys a healthy helping of Cajun charm

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Blind Elephant Collective

    The elephant in the room is the lack of profundity in these illustrated responses to famous quotations

  • Josie Long

    The Tories are bad. Bankers are bad. You get the gist. Andrew Johnston is not impressed

  • ReviewLiterature

    Jon Ronson

    The author and film-maker on George Clooney, Ian Paisley and psychopaths in the room

  • War Horse Film ReviewFilm

    War Horse

    No talking ponies, animated urchins or CGI, just an old-fashioned epic that sees Spielberg back on form

  • Bob the Builder Live

    A star is born at the Waterfront Hall, and it's not the geezer with the hard hat. John Higgins is pleasantly surprised

  • ReviewFilm

    Shame

    Steve McQueen's sophomore feature is 'an easy film to admire but a hard one to enjoy'

  • ReviewMusic

    Start a New People

    Burgeoning musical ensemble The Jepettos take us on a brief but pleasant journey in sound

  • ReviewFilm

    Dickens Before Sound

    A series of early Dickens adaptations is a hit and miss affair at Queen's Film Theatre

  • ReviewFilm

    Robot Exhibition

    Robocop, Dr Who, Star Trek, they're all here. Peter McCaughan gets his geek on at the Oriel Gallery in Antrim

  • ReviewLiterature

    Lionel Shriver

    The author of We Need to Talk About Kevin on why she considers herself a 'Belfast writer'

  • ReviewMusic

    New Year Viennese Gala

    The Ulster Orchestra recreate some of the 'zap and playfulness' of the original Strauss concerts

  • ReviewFilm

    The Iron Lady

    Despite an all-star cast, too little is left unsaid in this contentious biopic of Margaret Thatcher

  • ReviewFilm

    Great Expectations

    A lush and enjoyable adaptation of Dickens' classic, but it could have been great

  • Kevin McAleer

    The Tyrone comedian's use of slides and film is way out of date

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Model Realities

    The world in miniature conjures memories of primary school

  • ReviewMusic

    Paul Casey

    The singer, guitarist and songwriter provides a welcome tonic for the post-Christmas blues

  • The Nutcracker

    Streamed live from Russia, this Bolshoi Ballet version is 'gorgeous, just gorgeous'

  • ReviewMusic

    Bentley Bar Christmas Spectacular

    A trio of indie acts descend on Derry-Londonderry

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Habitat

    Anthonio Julio Lopez Castro's work looks at the emotional links we have with the landscape around us

  • Kevin McAleer

    The comedian's comedian tries his hand at the 'bear pit' that is The Empire Laughs Back

  • A Christmas Carol

    Wireless Mystery Theatre perform a period radio play of Dickens' beloved story

  • ReviewMusic

    Key Releases of 2011

    Steven Rainey chooses his top five Northern Irish albums of the year. Agree or disagree?

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