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    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

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    The fifth Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement bows out with an entrancing multinational exploration of the female bond

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    Trio Rafale

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

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    Stewart Parker Memorial Lecture

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

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    The Goose Tree

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

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    Where They Lie

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

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    Make Every Show...

    Endlessly inventive conceptual artist Ryan Gander exhibits in Derry~Londonderry

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    Virtuoso trad group are supported by emerging act Cúig in Belfast

  • Sive

    JB Keane's 1956 play set in rural Ireland abounds with dark themes familiar to 21st century audiences

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    Dillon & Tyminski

    One of Ireland's finest vocalists is supported by American bluegrass legend at the Waterfront Hall

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    Southpaw Niños

    Mick McCullagh's trad debut features songwriting worthy of The Waterboys

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    Ulster Society of Women Artists

    Lisburn's Island Arts Centre hosts annual mixed media exhibition

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    Dracula Untold

    Northern Ireland provides a dramatic backdrop to Gary Shore's largely superficial blockbuster 

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    Ó Raghallaigh & Trueman

    Composers conjure hypnotic soundscapes in north Belfast

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    Peter Liversidge's Symbolist exhibition at The MAC is a psychosexual Where's Wally?

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    Barry Douglas

    Jenny Cathcart takes a trip down memory lane at Fermanagh Live thanks to the virtuoso pianist

  • Foil, Arms & Hog

    Dublin-based trio perform a short but sweet set at the Belly Laughs Comedy Festival in Belfast

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    Martin Bell

    Acclaimed war correspondent on learning his craft in Troubles-era Northern Ireland

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    Bangor Literary Tour

    Kenneth Irvine traverses the 'Cradle of Modern Irish Literature' with poetry, song and not a few tenuous links

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    A Most Wanted Man

    Philip Seymour Hoffman is every inch the jaded spook in his final film directed by Anton Corbijn

  • Pentecost

    Lyric Theatre's latest production is beautifully written, directed with brio and perfectly performed

  • Jonathan Harker and Dracula

    Gerard McCarthy plays a plethora of characters in Ulster Theatre Company's game adaptation

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    Crossing the Water

    Jeffrey Morgan exhibits 40 years' worth of canvases capturing his wife, author Patricia Craig, in thought

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    Bruiser's confident, sassy and perfectly judged musical is a must see show at The MAC

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    A Walk Among the Tombstones

    Liam Neeson stars in this stylish, lean adaptation of the Lawrence Block novel

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    The Starry Messenger

    Derry's Void gallery exhibits a cross-section of video works shot on 16mm film

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    First Aid Kit

    Swedish sister act show themselves to be shining lights of the nu-folk scene at Mandela Hall

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    Beyond Measure

    Concepts of time and space inspire a range of artists including Patrick Pye at the Strule Arts Centre

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    In Order of Disappearance

    Hans Petter Moland channels the Coens in this comic revenge thriller shot on the Norwegian tundra

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    My Heaney

    'When terrible things happen, we go to the poets.' Broadcaster Seamus McKee reads at On Home Ground

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    On Home Ground

    Claire Savage takes in poetry, music and the debut public reading by children's author DD Everest  

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    Milltown Cemetery

    Tom Hartley writes a richly complex history of the Belfast graveyard

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    New Trad quintet Moxie release an uplifting debut album on jazz drummer David Lyttle's Lyte Records

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    The Hundred-Foot Journey

    Lasse Hallström's adaptation is aesthetically pleasing but stuffed full of unpalatable clichés

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    Second Chance Cinema

    Cinephile cooperative screen three Northern Irish films for free at the South Bank Playhouse

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    The innovative vocal ensemble welcome theorbo player Paula Chateauneuf to the Ulster Museum

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    Race With The Tide

    PØRTS release three offcuts from their forthcoming debut album which suggest greater things to come

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    The Blame

    Michael Nolan's novella in and about modern Belfast is satisfyingly ambiguous and hints at greater things

  • Beckett Trilogy

    Lisa Dwan is ghostly and ghastly in this extraordinary production at The MAC

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    Magic Touch

    Five artists explore how technology impacts on creativity at the Centre for Contemporary Art

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    Two Days, One Night

    Marion Cotillard gives an unmissable performance in the Dardennes brothers' portrait of life on the edge

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    A Sense of Wonder

    Biographer David Burke attempts to define Van Morrison

  • Punk Rock

    A series of brilliant stage debuts transport Lyric Theatre audiences into the teenage heart of darkness

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    Walled City Tattoo

    Derry's got talent as drummers, dancers, singers and stuntmen transport Ebrington back in time

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    Where Are They Now?

    Bill Kirk traces the trajectory of Belfast residents originally photographed in the 1970s and 80s

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    Jeremy Thomas

    The heavyweight British film producer discusses a career behind the camera at Queen's Film Theatre

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    Laoch Na Laochra

    Dara Vallely and Réamonn Ó Ciaráin tell the story of the warrior king Cú Chulainn at Ulster Museum

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    The Congress

    Actress Robin Wright sells a version of herself in Ari Folman's dystopian allegory on paternalist Hollywood

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    Arts Council Crafts

    Enniskillen's Higher Bridges Gallery displays works from the ACNI Acquisitions Collection of Applied Art

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    Ben Whishaw stars in Hong Khaou's touching English language debut about sexuality and acceptance

  • Reverend Billy

    American comedy preacher brings his anti-consumerist campaign to Belfast's Corn Market with choir in tow

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    Little Matador

    Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly performs a cathartic hard rock support set at Belsonic

  • Bangor's Ghost

    Rachel Coulter curates an evening of spooky song and storytelling at the Bangor Open House Festival

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    War Words

    Genevieve Swift and Andrew Eaton read original compositions and archived material at PRONI

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    Hidden Agenda

    Subversion and irony abound in works from the Crafts Council collection by Grayson Perry and others

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    Love's As Warm As Tears

    Ulster Youth Choir commemorate the outbreak of the First World War

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    Nicholas Cage finds critical salvation in David Gordon Green's latest feature set in the rusted, dilapidated South

  • Brendel & Beckett

    The Austrian pianist and poet is a witty if laconic conversationalist at the Happy Days festival

  • Panti Bliss

    Ireland's leading drag queen delivers the Amnesty International Pride Lecture at The MAC in Belfast

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    Mood Indigo

    Michel Gondry's whimsical adaptation of the Boris Vian novel is a cocked-eyebrow of a film that never lets up

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    Romeo & Juliet

    Ulster Youth Orchestra perform music from Provofiev's great ballet and more at the Ulster Hall

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    Bathed In Lightning

    The life and legacy of guitarist John McLaughlin explored in Colin Harper's monumental new biography