Candice Breitz considers how media images shape our behaviour in this 'intricate, complex and exciting show' in the Void gallery in Derry~Londonderry
Patricia Craig delves into her mixed Irish ancestry to discover Republican activists and the founder of the Orange Order
The Gordon Gallery in Derry~Londonderry mounts its first exhibition of the City of Culture year, featuring a 'stunning' array of works
A shining illustration of three great dance styles – romantic, classical and vernacular – streamed from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Northern Irish singer Brigid O'Neill pays tribute to the Hollywood actress, singer and animal rights activist
Ben Maier invites the audience to play forests, flowers and fanciful girls as the Literary Lunchtimes series continues
The homeless seek shelter, warmth and nourishment 'as the guts of the anonymous city rot' around them in Eoin Mac Lochlainn's latest exhibition
Initially hesitant, the once 'notoriously combative' critic, essayist and poet eventually finds his voice on a return visit to Belfast
Recorded live in 2012, this screening of the Bolshoi Ballet's latest production features an interview with artistic director Sergei Filin
A bright, brand new day for Derry~Londonderry as the UK City of Culture 2013 celebrations begin with a plethora of stars performing at The Venue
At a time of uncertainty for the Ulster Orchestra, this 'outstanding classical programme' kickstarts 2013
Multi-disciplinary artist Sandra Johnston poses more questions than she provides answers with an intriguing exhibition at the Golden Thread Gallery
GBL Productions' adaptation of Leesa Harker’s mommy-porn pastiche is an x-rated antidote to good taste
Former tabloid hack Rich Peppiatt lampoons the industry he was once a part of and ingeniously confronts its worst offenders
The Poetry Chicks' Abby Oliveira supports the London-based poet and hip hop artist at Out To Lunch. 'Think Hemingway in a hoodie'
The Irish comedian whittles out the jokes in his father's demise, and entrances the Black Box with his 'energic and involving style'
Inspired by American new wave, Before Machines are outsiders looking in. Will their debut album win them more fans at home?
Much oil has flowed under the bridge, and into the hands of Western businessmen, since Rob Newman filled Wembley Stadium with David Baddiel
Gonzo hits, a manic roar and stories of Van Morrison in the 60s – the legendary blues singer sets the Black Box alight
An experimental adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Gothic masterpiece is undermined by a spinning disco ball
Peter Smyth fails to confront the political inequalities that characterised our wee country during the 1950s
Eatenbybears leave their math-rock days behind them in favour of an indie aesthetic, but does their new sound add up?
Icelandic outift Sigur Rós commission 12 filmmakers to visualise their latest album. The results are always engrossing
Marilynn Richtarik's definitive biography pays tribute to the 'greatest playwright the city of Belfast has ever produced'
Having recently released their debut album, everyone's favourite folk act round off the year in stompin' style on the Belfast Barge
Writers Dan Gordon, Gary Mitchell and Colin Murphy raise a fleg for tasteless topical satire with the Lyric Theatre's end of year review show
The multilingual poet, author and musician describes surviving a stray bullet as 'happenstance' and muses on aislings, Asimov and other worlds
A rumination on love, life and Long Kesh – Donna O'Connor shows how the Troubles affected Belfast's women
The 'hardiness and wit' of Belfast's inhabitants comes across in this collection of harrowing and hilarious photographs at Belfast Exposed
Ambiguity is everything for anonymous duo Pinner as they release their debut album
15 academics explain the city's rise to industrial prominence, but author Glenn Patterson's contribution wins out
The Class of 2012/13 show remarkable maturity, eclecticism and togetherness in this, their first full concert as a unit
Photographer Mary McIntyre finds beauty in the most desolate of rural landscapes in a comprehensive exhibition at The MAC
Belfast's salacious literary scene provides the backdrop for Tony Bailie's latest crime story, which is short, sharp and sleazy
Bigger isn't always better, as this 'stunning, charming, creepy' selection of national and international shorts demonstrates
Terry Blain is impressed by a rarely performed Beethoven quintet and an appearance by viola maestro Nobuku Imai
'Overly garrish, flapping, whimsical and foolish' – Ivan Little leaves his broadcasting days behind him to play the dame at the Waterfront Hall
Irish director Lenny Abrahamson returns with 'his second great feature' and the story of one young man's life destroyed by violence
Sheffield's finest is not amused with Belfast's indifference – and produces a late contender for gig of the year in response
Belfast artist Claire Morgan's stunning installation at The MAC, on show until January 2013, elevates the Sunken Gallery to new heights
Owen McCafferty's new play, premiered in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, explores 'the hurt, the carnage and the consequences' of the Troubles
Two-time Palme d'Or winner Michael Haneke is not one for optimism, as this 'gruelling, unsentimental and undeniably excellent' film shows
After being left out in the cold by an indifferent Western music industry, the anti-establishment hero returns thanks to his fans
Scotland loves its golf, but does it love it enough to hand over a Site of Special Scientific Interest to the US billionaire with the dodgy syrup?
Kill List director Ben Wheatley's latest wool-loving creations kill and maim with impunity whilst enjoying 'the most spectacular scenery British has to offer'
The free jazz trio, featuring two of Northern Ireland's finest performers, 'play until they run out of ideas' at The MAC
The true story of a workers' revolt in Belfast, written by first-time playwright John Maguire, is ferociously authentic
Luke Haines and Cathal Coughlan devise a new occult history of Britain in this 'startling and truly unique' album
Social media and ideas of domesticity are timely themes for the photographers currently featured at Belfast Exposed
Once the most expensive living painter, Peter Doig's 'difficult and complicated' paintings brighten up The MAC
'A triumph of outstandingly alert and sensitive artistry' from Belfast pianist Michael McHale features original takes on old classics
Rap metallers Team Fresh are very angry about things. Steven Rainey ignores the outdated polemics and appreciates a 'confident, inspired' sound
Real stories told and acted by the men who experienced them 'illuminate the fragile nature of Northern Ireland's tentative peace'
A program of films by the Canadian auteur is a highlight of the 2012 Outburst Queer Arts Festival
After a swift rise and fall in the 1980s, Belfast's original indie act St. Vitus Dance return with a third album worth listening to
Family artifacts recovered from an empty property provide inspiration for Omagh artist Claire McLaughlin
The poster boy for the UK alt-folk movement is upgraded to the Waterfront Hall. Ria Maguire squints through the smartphones
A 'poignant and powerful' examination of bereavement in a changing Derry City by author Dave Duggan
Malojian justify the hype with an accomplished debut album that draws from their back catalogue and features classic alt-folk influences
Cat Deeley, red wine and the Pavarotti Provo – Northern Ireland's finest returns to the Empire Comedy Club 20 years later