• Ulster Scots James and Philip

    Literature

    This is Hame: Two Modern Ulster-Scots Poets

    James Fenton and Philip Robinson have been recently re-published by Ullans Press. Their books offer a window into that world – its language, humour, culture, religion and politics

  • Eddie Rafferty Main

    Visual Arts

    Eddie Rafferty: The Pursuit of Happiness

    South Africa's people and places are captured with colour and invention in this career-spanning showcase bringing intrigued masses to Banbridge

  • Hopdance Review

    Literature

    Hopdance

    Against a pre-Troubles Belfast, Stewart Parker's posthumous novel shows one of the city's favourite sons discovering what would become a seminal writing voice

  • Waves Review

    Performing Arts

    Waves

    Gentle movement and vivid storytelling make more than a few ripples in this poignant and understated play about one woman's remarkable resilience

  • The Train Review

    Performing Arts

    The Train

    While some elements lack steam, Rough Magic's musical has audiences on board for its retelling of a momentous, reproductive rights-fuelled journey

  • Faerie Thorn Review

    Performing Arts

    The Faerie Thorn

    After a promising preview, Big Telly bring Jane Talbot's North Coast fables to the stage in a fully realised adaptation fit for the company's 30th year

  • The Importance of Being Earnest Review

    Performing Arts

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    Not everything works in this risky all-male revision, but ultimately the source material proves it to be still Wilde at heart

  • 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

  • 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

  • ReviewLiterature

    Colin Bateman

    Crime writer, screenwriter, children's author – Bangor's finest delivers words of wisdom in Ballycastle

  • Slimmer for Christmas

    Leesa Harker updates Pride and Prejudice for the 80s generation

  • ReviewLiterature

    Lines of Vision

    Writers respond to paintings in the National Gallery and reveal true value of the arts

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Exploring Spaces

    Group show at the Roe Valley Arts Centre inspires new perspectives

  • Messiah ReviewClassical

    Messiah

    Ulster Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir perform together for what could be the last time

  • Cappella Caeciliana ReviewClassical

    Reflecting Light

    Cappella Caeciliana record contemporary pieces and festive classics

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Terry Blain discovers that for all our technological advances nothing much changes in Pantoland

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A New Chapter

    Former female prisoners open their hearts with hand bound book exhibition at the Linen Hall Library

  • Murray Christmas ReviewFilm

    Xmas Movies

    Ralph McLean reviews his top ten festive favourites to make the season of goodwill go a little bit faster

  • ReviewFilm

    Black Sea

    Michael Smiley joins an ensemble crew searching for Nazi gold in Kevin MacDonald's tense thriller

  • ReviewLiterature

    Mickey Finn's Air

    Gerald Dawe's new collection takes the reader on flights of nostalgic fancy

  • ReviewFilm

    St. Vincent

    Bill Murray is an unlikely babysitter in Theodore Melfi's quirky comedy also starring Chris O'Dowd

  • Tinseltown

    Paul Boyd pits belief against world-weary cynicism in what is sure to be a smash hit musical

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Civil Rights

    Void's timely and pertinent exhibition shows that racial equality is yet but a dream in modern America

  • Lisaire String Quartet ReviewClassical

    Ode to Sting

    Lisaire String Quartet interpret classic Police and Sting tracks – watch a live performance

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    MAC International

    Joanne Savage appreciates flashes of brilliance at The MAC but hopes for greater thrills in future

  • ReviewFilm

    The Drop

    James Gandolfini's final film is a gripping ensemble adaptation of the gritty Dennis Lehane novel 

  • ReviewLiterature

    Poetry Ireland Review

    Latest issue sees a range of contemporary poets writing about their favourite Seamus Heaney poems

  • The Imitation Game ReviewFilm

    The Imitation Game

    Benedict Cumberbatch is extraordinary in Morten Tyldum's flawed biopic of Enigma breaker Alan Turing

  • An Evening with CS Lewis

    David Payne's play is heavy on anecdote but light on the good stuff – the books

  • ReviewMusic

    The Lost Brothers

    Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech channel the finest songwriters in Derry

  • Unhome

    Jim McAleavey's house of horrors bulges with invention and endless witty subversions at The MAC

  • ReviewMusic

    Lit Up Inside

    Van Morrison launches a book of his lyrics in London joined by Michael Longley, Edna O'Brien and Ian Rankin

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    World Press Photo

    Famine, war, family and more – Belfast hosts the international photojournalist exhibit for the first time

  • ReviewFilm

    I Am Ali

    Claire Lewins uses exclusive audio journals to tell at least part of the legendary boxer's life story

  • ReviewFilm

    The Fall

    With episode two of series two set to air tonight, we look back at the slow-burning opener

  • Jacques Brel is Alive...

    Blunt Fringe reanimate the husky Belgian songwriter and 'matador of emotion'

  • Damage

    A suppressed emotion will do anything to survive in Patrick J O'Reilly's gay conversion therapy drama

  • ReviewMusic

    NI Music Prize

    Robyn G Shiels scoops album of the year, while alt-metal icons Therapy? perform Troublegum

  • ReviewLiterature

    Belfast Days

    Excerpts from Eimear O'Callaghan's teenage diary written at the height of the Troubles in 1972 

  • ReviewFilm

    Third Person

    Liam Neeson is an author struggling with a failing narrative in Paul Haggis' similarly unsuccessful ensemble piece

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    From Bolshoi to Belfast

    The evolving aesthetics of Russian theatre revealed at Crumlin Road Gaol

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Stairwell

    Michael Longley considers mortality in his new collection shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize

  • ReviewMusic

    SOAK

    Derry's finest returns home after a year in the spotlight

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Royal Ulster Academy

    After 133 years, the annual exhibit of art by members and non-members continues to astonish

  • Rafael Payare ReviewClassical

    Ulster Orchestra

    Philip Hammond enjoys the youthful energy of principal conductor Rafael Payare 

  • Ludo Lusi Lusum ReviewDance

    Ludo Lusi Lusum

    Animals metamorphose and interact in Echo Echo's delightful new piece for children

  • ReviewMusic

    Lost Domain

    Ash frontman Tim Wheeler produces a cathartic solo album following his father's battle with dementia

  • ReviewMusic

    The Gloaming

    Trad supergroup play out the 2014 Belfast Festival at Queen's with support from Hannah McPhillimy

  • ReviewMusic

    Remembering Gerry

    A host of musicians indebted to the late Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson perform in Belfast

  • Neither Either

    Two of Ireland's finest companies are inspired by the work of poet Seamus Heaney

  • ReviewHeritage

    Wise Women & Witches

    Bob Curran delves into the facts behind the folklore at the Roe Valley Arts Centre

  • Female Gothic

    Rebecca Vaughan's medley of classic ghoulish tales is a tricky treat at The MAC

  • ReviewMusic

    Black Stone Cherry

    American purveyors of backwoods rock chug their way through an impressive set at Mandela Hall

  • An Enemy of the People

    Schaubühne Berlin get Belfast fired up for change

  • Neil Cowley Trio ReviewClassical

    Neil Cowley Trio

    Jazz meets classical at the City of Derry Choral Festival with suitable support from Codetta choir

  • ReviewFilm

    Serena

    Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper make it three for three in Susanne Bier's long-in-the-making English language debut

  • ReviewFilm

    '71

    Jack O'Connell excels in this taut Troubles-era thriller by director Yann Demange and writer Gregory Burke

  • Guide Gods ReviewDance

    Guide Gods

    A profound and thought-provoking piece from disabled artist, singer, choreographer and thinker Claire Cunningham

  • ReviewMusic

    Trio Rafale

    Swiss three-piece conjure the spirit of their classical forebears in a buoyant performance at Queen's

  • ReviewLiterature

    Stewart Parker Memorial Lecture

    Award-winning actor Adrian Dunbar commemorates the late playwright at the Belfast Festival

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Goose Tree

    Moyra Donaldson takes stock of a life in letters and finds solace in nature

  • ReviewLiterature

    Where They Lie

    Mary O'Donnell's fourth novel is a darkly passionate tribute to the Disappeared

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