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    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

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    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

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    Performing Arts

    Dirty Dancing

    Staying true to the original, this steamy stage adaptation is guaranteed to satisfy fans of the classic, feel-good film

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    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

  • ReviewMusic

    Other Voices

    Derry~Londonderry again plays host to the acclaimed music series featuring Foy Vance and more

  • The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

    Writer Elton Townend Jones searches for new angles

  • ReviewFilm

    Dallas Buyers Club

    Matthew McConaughey and co expose the corruption inherent in the American healthcare system

  • Lost Illusions

    Bolshoi Ballet 'evoke the flourish and romanticism of the Belle Époque' at Queen's Film Theatre

  • ReviewLiterature

    Willy Vlautin

    Glenn Patterson talks with the American novelist and songwriter about Obama Care and The Free

  • ReviewMusic

    Independent Venue Week

    Oh Yeah Music Centre hosts The Couth, Go Wolf and Little Bear

  • Stand Up Man

    Playwright Derek Murphy explores the complicated life of the comedian at the Grand Opera House

  • ReviewFilm

    The Armstrong Lie

    Director Alex Gibney lifts the lid on one of history's most riveting doping scandals in this gripping documentary  

  • The Bible (Abridged)

    After a week of media chaos, the gathered masses took to the Theatre at the Mill to see the controversial play

  • The Colleen Bawn

    The Druid production is an object lesson in how to successfully revivify plays to a modern audience

  • ReviewLiterature

    Edna O'Brien

    The famous fiery red head novelist speaks of her memoir 'Country Girl' and the outcry caused by the epochal ‘The Country Girls’

  • ReviewMusic

    The Beatelles

    The impossibly youthful County Cavan band The Whereabouts introduce Beatles aficionados, The Beatelles at the Out To Lunch festival

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    Nathan Carter

    The Liverpool-Donegal singer's brand of country music has attracted attention outside of Irish country-rock, with a rapidly growing fan base

  • ReviewFilm

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    The Coen brothers' new film about a struggling folk singer is propelled by a rarely discussed dilemma – when do artists cut their losses and abandon their careers?

  • ReviewMusic

    To Anywhere...

    Review of Zak Whitefields third EP, the tellingly titled 'To Anywhere...'

  • ReviewMusic

    City And Colour

    Award-winning singer-songwriter Dallas Green, otherwise known as City and Colour performs at the iconic Limelight

  • ReviewMusic

    Deer Tick

    The Rhode Island alt-country rockers deliver a fine set at the Out to Lunch Festival

  • ReviewMusic

    Jack go Black in Mac

    The string quartet captivate audiences with unique performance in total darkness  

  • Burton's Last Call

    George Telfer is the boozey, hell-raising, womanising actor Richard Burton at Out To Lunch

  • ReviewLiterature

    Parallax

    An 'intensely visual, evocative' collection from TS Eliot Prize winner Sinéad Morrissey

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Nicholas Keogh

    Household objects become whimsical instruments at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • ReviewFilm

    12 Years a Slave

    Steve McQueen delves deep into America's original sin with an adaptation of Solomon Northup's memoir

  • ReviewMusic

    A Love Letter to Joni

    Brian Kennedy covers classics and obscure tracks by legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell

  • Terry Christian

    Former presenter of The Word draws on Catholic upbringing with mixed results at Out To Lunch

  • ReviewFilm

    Long Walk to Freedom

    Idris Elba portrays Nelson Mandela in Justin Chadwick's biopic

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    ProductionCCA

    Dorothy Hunter and Neil Clements explore the hinterland between conflict and resolution at the Centre for Contemporary Art

  • ReviewMusic

    Bap Kennedy

    The veteran singer-songwriter performs tracks from his forthcoming album on the Belfast Barge

  • ReviewMusic

    Robyn G Shiels

    The prolific singer-songwriter peforms from his eagerly-awaited fourth album at the Black Box

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Lifelines and Deadlines

    Veteran satirical cartoonist Ian Knox takes Northern Ireland's politicians to task in the Crescent Arts Centre

  • ReviewMusic

    In My Garden

    Isobel Anderson's accomplished third album straddles the line between darkness and light

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    Sleeping Beauty

    Queen's Film Theatre live stream the Bolshoi Ballet's most extravagant production of 2013

  • Three Monologues

    The Playhouse finish the City of Culture year with Jennifer Johnston's trio of powerful plays

  • Forget Turkey

    Corruption and ignorance stalk the land in Murphy, Gordon and Mitchell's end of year review

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Colin Davidson

    President of the Royal Ulster Academy on painting portraits of Seamus Heaney and other cultural stars

  • ReviewMusic

    My One and Only Love

    Five of our finest jazz musicians perform John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman's classic album

  • ReviewMusic

    Black Sabbath

    The godfathers of metal make their Belfast bow after years of break ups, come downs and reality shows

  • ReviewFilm

    The Desolation of Smaug

    The stakes are high for James Nesbitt and co in Peter Jackson's thrilling visit to Middle Earth

  • ReviewMusic

    Bedroom Tapes

    Aaron Shanley releases a collection of demos ahead of a proposed 2014 album

  • ReviewFilm

    Nebraska

    Sideways director Alexander Payne delivers another understated masterpiece set in the anonymous flyover states

  • ReviewMusic

    The Eighth Gate

    City of Culture musician-in-residence Neil Cowley bids a fond farewell to Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Bones Don't Rest Easy

    A pop-up gallery in Derry~Londonderry hosts sculptural work by the Cut Cast Quartet

  • ReviewLiterature

    Alternative Ulsters

    Mark Carruthers asks Seamus Heaney, James Nesbitt and others what Ulster means to them

  • A Particle of Dread

    Field Day add Sam Shepard's Oedipus story to its impressive canon

  • Maire A Woman of Derry

    Carmel McCafferty bids farewell to a favourite role

  • ReviewMusic

    Danish String Quartet

    Moving on Music invite the Scandinavian foursome to Belfast and Armagh

  • ReviewMusic

    Draw It In Chalk

    Still on an indefinite hiatus, Captain Kennedy release an album's worth of archived material

  • ReviewMusic

    The Claudia Quintet

    Composer John Hollenbeck performs his 9/11-inspired album in full at The MAC

  • ReviewLiterature

    Celebrate the City

    Three of Belfast's finest writers pay tribute to the legacy of CS Lewis

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Collective Histories

    20 years of work produced under the Catalyst Arts banner is showcased at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • Danny Boyle Derry ReviewFilm

    Danny Boyle

    The Oscar-winning director chats with screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce in Derry~Londonderry

  • The Trouble with Harry

    TheatreofplucK tell the story of Eugenia Falleni, an Australian transgender man convicted of murder

  • Crows on the Wire

    Jonathan Burgess gives voice to those officers who felt betrayed by the reformation of the RUC

  • ReviewFilm

    Big Bad Wolves

    The 2013 Foyle Film Festival gets off to a thrilling start with the Quentin Tarantino-tipped Israeli revenge flick

  • ReviewMusic

    Alasdair Roberts

    The Scottish collector of otherworldly songs delivers a compelling performance on the Belfast Barge

  • ReviewFilm

    Don Jon

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is writer, director and star of this mature meditation on one man's obsession with family, church and porn

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Precious Cargo

    London Street Gallery hosts works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Acquisitions Collection

  • ReviewMusic

    Millar's Hill Accordion Orchestra

    Dungannon enjoys an eclectic programme and special guest appearance from Britain's Got Talent's Ashley Elliot

  • ReviewMusic

    Belfast Music Week

    Chris Jones takes in a wealth of musical talents over three nights

  • ReviewFilm

    The Selfish Giant

    Clio Barnard's kitchen sink adaptation of Oscar Wilde's children's story is not for the faint of heart

  • Cats

    Andrew Lloyd Webber's feline fantasy based on a TS Eliot poem travels outside of London after 21 years at the top

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