• Junebug



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

  • The Dead Beside Us


    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

  • Hopdance Review



    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

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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

  • 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

  • Macbeth

    The golden age of Northern Irish opera continues with NI Opera's contemporary take on Verdi's dark masterpiece

  • ReviewMusic

    Percy French Quartet

    The renaissance man's songs and poems hark back to a simpler time at the Linen Hall Library

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Faraway, So Near...

    Video artist Anna Konik juxtaposes images and messages of hope and despair at Void

  • ReviewLiterature

    Chris Agee

    The American poet talks of loss and commemoration at the Ulster Hall

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Hello Belfast

    The John Hewitt hosts Clinton Kirkpatrick's bold vision of the city as a particoloured land of giants

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Rest Just Follows

    Glenn Patterson's nostalgic new novel recalls the strangely free and quiet Belfast of the 1970s

  • Arrivals

    The experiences of immigrants to Northern Ireland are succinctly expressed in five witty and hard-hitting plays

  • ReviewFilm


    Spike Jonze warns against cutting the ties that bind us in this existential meditation on technology and romance

  • Brief Encounter

    Wireless Mystery Theatre's most ambitious production to date is the perfect Valentine's Day treat

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    The cast play the music in Craig Revel Horwood's inventive take on the famous musical

  • ReviewMusic


    Ed Zealous's long-awaited debut album features a cluster of great tracks but feels out of place in 2014, writes Andrew Lemon

  • 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

  • Burton's Last Call

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

  • ReviewLiterature


    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


    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


    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