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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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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

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    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

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    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

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    A Sailortown Hero

    Author Barry Flynn recounts the incredible career of Belfast boxer Rinty Monaghan at Titanic Belfast

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Polaris Whisper

    Kenneth Gregory's debut fantasy novel leaves John Higgins desperate for the next two volumes

  • Summertime

    A victim of sexual abuse searches for answers in David Ireland's 'consistently watchable' new play

  • Made at Sadler's Wells

    The iconic London dance studio bring 'a programme of short masterpieces' to the Grand Opera House

  • ReviewMusic

    The Ghost of the Mountain

    Gary Lightbody's supergroup release a worthy follow up to The Place We Ran From

  • ReviewFilm

    Philomena

    A mother is wronged by the Catholic Church in this surprisingly uplifting feature shot in County Down

  • Brendan at the Chelsea

    Adrian Dunbar is 'the monster at the centre of the maze' as Brendan Behan at the Lyric Theatre

  • From Macklin to Friel

    Derry~Londonderry's Waterside Theatre celebrate actor and playwright Charles Macklin

  • ReviewMusic

    Don't Try

    Jetplane Landing's enduring DIY ethos shows that after six years they can still connect with hardcore fans

  • Shane Todd

    The Holywood comic brings his delusional alter ego Mike McGoldrick to the Black Box

  • ReviewMusic

    City Songs

    Eriks Ešenvalds' new composition is premiered at the City of Derry International Choral Festival

  • Duck, Death and the Tulip

    Cahoots NI adapt Wolf Erlbruch's book aimed at changing young peoples' perception of death

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    Ailish Tynan

    Newry Chamber Music survive a funding scare to host the prize-winning Welsh singer

  • ReviewMusic

    Carminho

    The acclaimed Portuguese fado singer brings the atmosphere of the tabernas to Belfast's Elmwood Hall

  • ReviewFilm

    Le Week-end

    Love and marriage endure the fading of the Parisian light in Hanif Kureishi's latest silver screen collaboration

  • Lorcan McGrane

    King of the Geeks brings his Feral Man show to the Black Box, with support from Marcus Keeley

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Momentous Times

    Derry~Londonderry's Centre for Contemporary Art elicits some purposeful enquiry on art and labour

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Grayson Perry

    The Turner Prize winner delivers the annual Reith Lecture for BBC Radio 4 in Derry~Londonderry's Guildhall

  • ReviewMusic

    The Answer

    With a new album to promote, the good-time hair rockers give the Limelight a show to remember, writes Laura Shields

  • Departure Lounge

    Pintsized Productions tackle Dougal Irvine's raunchy musical

  • Sea Lavender

    A gay love triangle unravels against the backdrop of the Siege of Derry in Andy Hinds' deft play

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    REACT

    John Higgins joins the 'reactors' at an open discussion on the 2013 Turner Prize nominees

  • Pits and Perverts

    Striking Welsh miners and the emergent gay community join forces under Thatcher

  • ReviewMusic

    John Cooper Clarke Live

    The foul-mouthed poet of the people is streamed live into Queen's Film Theatre

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    Ben McAteer

    Winner of NI Opera's Festival of Voice competition tackles the classics at Queen's

  • ReviewLiterature

    Longbourn

    Jo Baker imagines what life was like for the servants in Pride and Prejudice

  • ReviewMusic

    Radar

    Queen's University Students' Union welcomes Arborist, Alana Henderson and Sons of Caliber, writes Chris Jones

  • Man in the Moon

    Pearse Elliott's play set in west Belfast features a bravura performance from Ciaran Nolan as a man plagued by suicide

  • ReviewMusic

    Cut the Transmission

    Fighting With Wire go out with a bang at The Venue in Derry~Londonderry

  • Pun Run

    Bec Hill's comedy concept evening arrives in the Black Box as the Belly Laughs Comedy Festival continues

  • Pride and Prejudice

    The Lyric Theatre's musical version of Jane Austen's novel is lengthy but beautifully delivered

  • ReviewMusic

    Everything I've Learnt

    More Than Conquerors' debut album reflects their Christian faith but lacks some much-needed punch, writes Chris Jones

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Upon Reflection

    With Fermanagh Live festival on the horizon, Richard Pierce looks back on a career in the arts

  • ReviewFilm

    A Belfast Story

    Despite the flaws in Nathan Todd's debut feature, Malachi O'Doherty leaves a relatively happy customer

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    UNSEEN

    Willie Doherty's flagship City of Culture exhibition captures his native Derry~Londonderry in all its stark glory

  • I'm With the Band

    This play about a band featuring an Englishman, Scotsman, Welshman and Northern Irishman is predictably dysfunctional

  • ReviewMusic

    David Lyttle Trio

    The acclaimed jazz drummer kicks off a 15-date Irish tour in Belfast's Leaf & Berry café

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Psychic Driving

    Nine artists explore the notion of obsession with various video art installations at Golden Thread Gallery

  • The Conquest of Happiness

    The human spirit triumphs in Prime Cut's 'spine-tingling' co-production in Derry~Londonderry

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    Sam Baker

    Still physically affected by a terrorist attack in Peru, the American songwriter nevertheless infuses his songs with humour

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Root

    Multimedia artist Anushiya Sundaralingam uses the Sri Lankan banyan tree as a metaphor for the human experience

  • ReviewFilm

    In a World

    Lake Bell writes, directs and stars in this mature and charming rom-com set in the male-dominated world of the voice over artist

  • Inheritance

    Amanda Doherty's innovative one-woman play explores generational baggage on Derry~Londonderry's walls

  • The Osmonds

    Maureen Boyle is enticed by childhood memories, but leaves wishing 'they didn't have to do this anymore'

  • ReviewMusic

    Other People Wrote These

    Ciaran Lavery gives us exclusive access to his latest release featuring covers of Talking Heads and more

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A Man For All Mediums

    London Street Gallery host a comprehensive retrospective of work by artist Éamonn O'Doherty

  • Melmoth the Wanderer

    Big Telly Theatre Company invoke Hell with masks, Fairy Liquid and a whole lot of laughs

  • Meeting at Menin Gate

    Victim becomes aggressor in a Belgium hotel room in Martin Lynch's 'vivid and harrowing' new play

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Between the Words

    Colin Davidson's series of artist portraits go on display in the Naughton Gallery at Queen's

  • ReviewMusic

    Klang!

    Stuart Bailie takes a trip to Coney Island Sound's world, where Ewan Gordon indulges his inner Eno

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Art in the Eastside

    John Higgins buys an expensive bus ticket to explore the billboards of east Belfast

  • The Rocky Horror Show

    Richard O'Brien's gender-bending musical arrives in Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewMusic

    Harvest

    Gareth Dunlop and others support Villagers against the picturesque backdrop of Greyabbey House

  • ReviewFilm

    Lovelace

    Lacking the style and verve of Boogie Nights, this porn star biopic is saved by a wonderful cast

  • ReviewMusic

    Steve Vai

    The virtuoso guitarist brings his extravagant show to Mandela Hall

  • ReviewMusic

    Joy of Nothing

    Maureen Coleman reviews Foy Vance's 'gorgeous' second album featuring Ed Sheeran

  • Henry VI

    The Grand Opera House hosts the Globe Theatre's touring production of Shakespeare's history plays

  • ReviewLiterature

    Divine Comedy

    Padraig Coyle follows the path of Dante's Divine Comedy into Marble Arch Caves and to White Island

  • ReviewMusic

    Testing Times

    The latest ironic offering from Belfast band War Hole is a thing 'of rare and affecting beauty'

  • Endgame

    Australian company Wits' End arrive at Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

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