• Famla review main

    Performing Arts

    Famla

    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

    Literature

    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

    Dance

    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

    Dance

    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

    Music

    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

    Film

    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

  • Powder Her Face Main

    Performing Arts

    Powder Her Face

    Northern Ireland's first production of Thomas Adés's notorious, sex-fuelled opera holds a mirror to modern society and the perils of promiscuity

  • La La Land

    Film

    La La Land

    Despite its artistic virtues, the limp narrative of Damien Chazelle's modern musical just won't leave audiences as jazzed as they were with Whiplash

  • Silence

    Film

    Silence

    Liam Neeson is the white whale of Scorsese's monumental 26-year passion project, which caps a career-long study of spirituality on the big screen

  • The Belonging Project ReviewVisual Arts

    The Belonging Project

    Photographer Laurence Gibson's staged portraits of migrants living in Northern Ireland are full of humanity but frustratingly inaccessible to anyone without a smartphone

  • Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival ReviewMusic

    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival

    Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, featuring trumpeter Linley Hamilton, get into the swing of things at the Crescent Arts Centre – find out what else is happening over the coming days

  • Cinderella ReviewFilm

    Cinderella

    Director Kenneth Branagh's straight adaptation of the familiar fairy tale is a witty visual spectacle that will charm well beyond the stroke of midnight

  • Community Arts Partnership ReviewLiterature

    Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2015

    Community Arts Partnership reward Stephanie Conn for her poem 'Lavender Fields' at a busy evening in Belfast's Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts

  • Squat Pen ReviewLiterature

    The Squat Pen

    Ballycastle Writers Group host the fortnightly showcase of poetry and music on tour from its usual home of Belfast's No Alibis Bookshop

  • Arrivals2

    Months of workshops and interviews with ethnic minorities inform five short plays revealing how intercultural Northern Ireland is changing for the better and the worse

  • Van Morrison ReviewMusic

    Duets: Re-working the Catalogue

    Van Morrison celebrates his 70th birthday with a committed, joyous collection of vocal collaborations featuring Michael Buble, Bobby Womack and a whole lot of soul

  • Brian Kielt ReviewVisual Arts

    Alternate State / Alternative States

    Poets Colin Dardis and Geraldine O'Kane interpret the work of artist Brian Kielt in an exciting and refreshingly challenging exhibition at the Duncairn Centre

  • Steve Richards ReviewFestivals

    Rock'n'Roll Politics Election Special

    Political columnist Steve Richards considers how the May 2015 general election might pan out at the inaugural Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics

  • Run All Night ReviewFilm

    Run All Night

    Liam Neeson's latest action flick is an unexpectedly engaging take on the Irish-American mafia narrative in which he cements his position as this generation's Charles Bronson

  • Soak ReviewMusic

    BBC St Patrick's Day Concert

    Ulster Orchestra support Soak, Paul Brady, Duke Special and a host of others as BBC Northern Ireland prerecord a Waterfront Hall concert to be broadcast on March 17

  • The Gift

    Cahoots NI work with visually impaired children to create a tantalising sensory journey with the help of playwright Charles Way and composer Garth McConaghie

  • Boogaloo and Graham ReviewFilm

    Boogaloo and Graham

    Michael Lennox's BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated short took on the world and won the hearts and minds of millions – read our review ahead of two screenings at Queen's Film Theatre

  • Cara Dillon ReviewMusic

    Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

    Trevor Hodgett attends three gigs at the Empire and Holiday Inn as Cara Dillon, Foy Vance, Ken Haddock and others share stages with America's finest

  • Still Alice ReviewFilm

    Still Alice

    When her mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia and Parkinson's disease, our critic's life was turned upside down – she reviews the low-budget, Oscar-winning film that reflects her real world experience

  • It Follows ReviewFilm

    It Follows

    Fright fans, remember the name – David Robert Mitchell channels his inner John Carpenter in a gripping feature stalked by an unseen, unknown spectre

  • The Killer Instinct ReviewMusic

    The Killer Instinct

    Featuring former members of legendary rock group Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders produce a hard rock album that is derivative but essential listening for any fan of the genre

  • Crooked Rain ReviewVisual Arts

    Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

    Group show in Derry's Centre for Contemporary Art, named after the 1994 Pavement album, features a range of works inspired by nature and marked by lush weirdness

  • The Imp

    Having trained in Paris, physical performer Jude Quinn applies a European sensibility to his latest work confronting the events of January 7, 2015 and the Charlie Hebdo massacre

  • Voicebox

    New comedy club in Belfast's Loft – artist's studio by day, platform for new comedy talent by night – is much more than a cheap and cheerful night out

  • Quartet for Fifteen Chairs

    The kids love Maiden Voyage Dance's Chaplin-esque piece, marked by slapstick humour, enchanting choreography and a joyous score by Brian Irvine

  • Zombie Science

    Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? Zombiologist Dr Ken Howe joins forces with the NI Science Festival to equip Northern Ireland for the inevitable

  • Kevin O'Connell ReviewClassical

    Belfast Music Society Festival

    Philip Hammond takes in two concerts at the Great Hall at Queen's University, featuring new work by Derry composer Kevin O'Connell and a performance by Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov

  • Oils ReviewLiterature

    Oils

    Stephen Sexton is inspired by classic works of art in a captivating poetry collection that leaves the reader to 'create their own metaphorical trail of breadcrumbs'

  • Stitched Up

    When an NHS surgeon leaves a pair of scissors inside a patient, his moral compass spins out of control in Rosemary Jenkinson's excellent play at the Lyric Theatre

  • 'The Last Tiger' ReviewVisual Arts

    John Gledhill and Samuel Irwin

    Painter and poet collaborate on multimedia exhibition at Strule Arts Centre revealing a shared concern for natural history and conservation and fascination with City life

  • Birdman ReviewFilm

    Birdman

    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's satire on life for the 21st century artist is a complex, concentrated work that just might earn Michael Keaton a first Academy Award for Best Actor

  • Selma ReviewFilm

    Selma

    Northern Ireland's own Bloody Sunday is foreshadowed in Ava DuVernay’s civil rights drama featuring an Oscar-worthy central performance by British actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr

  • Noir crime fiction ReviewLiterature

    Northern Noir

    Three of Northern Ireland's finest crime authors, Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville and Steve Cavanagh, share literary insights at Libraries NI Catch a Crime Writer event

  • Death of a Comedian

    Owen McCafferty's Faustian play comments on the commercial corruption of art by focussing on one man's journey from gags to riches

  • God of Carnage

    Prime Cut Productions' adaptation of the Yasmina Reza play is a breath of fresh air at The MAC in Belfast

  • Soak / Duke Special ReviewMusic

    Soak and Duke Special at McGrory's

    Young starlet from Derry supports established artist from Belfast as guitar meets piano in a battle of the solo performers

  • The Fureys ReviewMusic

    The Fureys

    Celtic roots music aristocracy attract tourists from across Europe to Belfast's Waterfront Hall for a rousing evening of laments and reels

  • Salome

    Strauss, Oscar Wilde and Northern Ireland Opera combine in a sexy, dangerous and accessible production at Belfast's Grand Opera House

  • Hard Rain Ensemble ReviewClassical

    Night Music

    Moving on Music and the Belfast Music Society prove there is a demand for unfamiliar, challenging classical music in Northern Ireland

  • Inherent Vice ReviewFilm

    Inherent Vice

    Queen's Film Theatre screen Paul Thomas Anderson's trippy noir starring Joaquin Phoenix

  • Mark Healy ReviewVisual Arts

    Snaring Bewildered Birds

    Graduate artist Mark Healy satirises world leaders on tracing paper at Enniskillen's Higher Bridges Gallery

  • 5th Province ReviewDance

    The Fifth Province

    Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre remake the rules of choreography for a daring work exploring Irish mythology at The MAC

  • A Most Violent Year ReviewFilm

    A Most Violent Year

    Passed up in every major category at the Academy Awards, JC Chandor's period drama is a powerful, complex picture

  • Goons ReviewMusic

    Goons

    The remnants of Fighting With Fire and LaFaro incorporate synths in new supergroup but ultimately stay true to their alt-rock roots

  • Philip Hammond ReviewClassical

    Miniatures and Modulations

    Philip Hammond's reimagining of ancient Irish songs originally transcribed by Edward Bunting are wonderfully entertaining

  • Lisa Gingles ReviewVisual Arts

    Myths, Memories and Mentiras

    Lisa Gingles uses collage and pencil to explore issues of beauty with a fantastical exhibition at the Waterfront Hall

  • Whiplash ReviewFilm

    Whiplash

    JK Simmons is the drum tutor from Hell in Damien Chazelle's scorching jazz opus

  • Metropolis ReviewClassical

    Metropolis

    Dmytro Morykit performs an empathetic modern score to Fritz Lang's classic silent movie in the Waterside Theatre

  • The Art of Superstition ReviewVisual Arts

    The Art of Superstition

    A range of Illustrators approach the brief with Python-esque wit, skill and vision at Ards Art Centre

  • Coppelia ReviewDance

    Coppélia

    Russian State Ballet of Siberia perform Léo Delibes's fantastical, folksy story during a tiring run at the Grand Opera House

  • Martina Devlin ReviewLiterature

    Martina Devlin

    Out To Lunch festival goers come out in force to hear the story of Ireland's final conviction for witchcraft

  • Paddy Nash and Paul Casey ReviewMusic

    Homegrown '15

    A wealth of Derry's finest acts perform in the Millennium Forum in tangible legacy from City of Culture 2013

  • Agloe ReviewVisual Arts

    Agloe

    Sara Morrison creates a visual history of a dead town at the new Framewerk gallery

  • Martina Devlin ReviewLiterature

    The House Where It Happened

    Martina Devlin spins an eerie tale around Ireland's last witchcraft trail

  • Inon Barnatan ReviewClassical

    Music From The Heart

    Domingo Hindoyan stands in to conduct pianist Inon Barnatan at the Ulster Hall

  • Taken 3 ReviewFilm

    Taken 3

    Liam Neeson runs out of steam in Olivier Megaton's excruciating pay off to a high-earning trilogy

  • Testament of Youth ReviewFilm

    Testament of Youth

    Vera Brittain's war memoir makes for an intense cinematic experience

  • Christine Bovill ReviewMusic

    Piaf

    Christine Bovill's emotional tribute to the famous French chanteuse leaves the Black Box in tears

  • ReviewMusic

    Niamh McGlinchey

    The country singer entertains at Out To Lunch

  • The Theory of Everything ReviewFilm

    The Theory of Everything

    Eddie Redmayne becomes scientist Stephen Hawking in revealing biopic

  • ReviewMusic

    By Any Means

    Two of Northern Ireland's most promising metal acts get the New Year under way at Voodoo in Belfast

  • ReviewFilm

    The Hobbit

    Peter Jackson's unrecognisable The Battle of the Five Armies is a triumph of style over substance

  • Thank F*ck It's Christmas

    Jude Quinn's one-man show sees Santa in mischievous mood

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Nomad Kyrgyz People

    Turkish academic Yavuz Ozer reveals a fascinating insight into the lives of Central Asia's nomads

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