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    Book Review: The Skelper and Me

    Tony Doherty completes his trilogy of Troubles memoirs with more accessible and authentic storytelling, spanning his time as an IRA prisoner to his long journey for justice after his father's death on Bloody Sunday

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    'Absorbing' Troubles Art exhibition reflects decades of tension and turmoil

    Over 40 works from National Museums NI's collections create an account of the conflict that's heartbreaking and hard to forget

  • Pan forum

    Peter Pan given a dazzling Derry makeover at the Millennium Forum

    Big musical numbers, pyrotechnics and pixie dust-like sprinklings of the city's trademark sense of humour takes the age-old panto to a magical new place

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    Derry: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23

    Historian Adrian Grant delves a century into the city's past and, with new facts and parallels to today, manages to makes a gripping read from events we already know the outcomes of

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    Myra's Story

    A play so good they named it twice, Fionna Hewitt-Twamley not only fills Carmel McCafferty's shoes comfortably, but is bewitching as the rock bottom title character once known as Maire

  • Hear My Voice review

    Hear My Voice: film inspired by Colin Davidson exhibition 'offers a tribute to the human spirit'

    Brendan J Byrne manages to further enrich the moving source material of Silent Testimony while extending the experience for those unable to see its portraits in person

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    Her Name Was Rose

    Claire Allan leaves 'Chick Lit' behind in favour of a dark thriller which, for the Derry-based author, signals a bright new chapter

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    The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee

    While his wasted sporting potential is a source of frustration, the ex-world champion boxer's remarkable, still unfinished story makes for an absorbing read with as much tragedy as it has triumph

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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

  • Junebug


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

  • Him + Her

    Candice Breitz considers how media images shape our behaviour in this 'intricate, complex and exciting show' in the Void gallery in Derry~Londonderry

  • A Twisted Root

    Patricia Craig delves into her mixed Irish ancestry to discover Republican activists and the founder of the Orange Order

  • All Ireland Group Show

    The Gordon Gallery in Derry~Londonderry mounts its first exhibition of the City of Culture year, featuring a 'stunning' array of works

  • La Bayadère

    A shining illustration of three great dance styles – romantic, classical and vernacular – streamed from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow

  • Doris Day in Song and on Screen

    Northern Irish singer Brigid O'Neill pays tribute to the Hollywood actress, singer and animal rights activist

  • An Imaginary Circus

    Ben Maier invites the audience to play forests, flowers and fanciful girls as the Literary Lunchtimes series continues

  • Dídean/Home

    The homeless seek shelter, warmth and nourishment 'as the guts of the anonymous city rot' around them in Eoin Mac Lochlainn's latest exhibition

  • Tom Paulin

    Initially hesitant, the once 'notoriously combative' critic, essayist and poet eventually finds his voice on a return visit to Belfast

  • The Pharaoh's Daughter

    Recorded live in 2012, this screening of the Bolshoi Ballet's latest production features an interview with artistic director Sergei Filin

  • Sons & Daughters

    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

  • Grosvenor Plays Britten

    At a time of uncertainty for the Ulster Orchestra, this 'outstanding classical programme' kickstarts 2013

  • The Shadow of a Doubt

    Multi-disciplinary artist Sandra Johnston poses more questions than she provides answers with an intriguing exhibition at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue

    50 Shades of Red, White and Blue

    GBL Productions' adaptation of Leesa Harker’s mommy-porn pastiche is an x-rated antidote to good taste

  • One Rogue Reporter

    Former tabloid hack Rich Peppiatt lampoons the industry he was once a part of and ingeniously confronts its worst offenders

  • Scroobius Pip

    The Poetry Chicks' Abby Oliveira supports the London-based poet and hip hop artist at Out To Lunch. 'Think Hemingway in a hoodie'

  • Sean Hughes

    The Irish comedian whittles out the jokes in his father's demise, and entrances the Black Box with his 'energic and involving style'

  • Tundra

    Inspired by American new wave, Before Machines are outsiders looking in. Will their debut album win them more fans at home?

  • Rob Newman

    Much oil has flowed under the bridge, and into the hands of Western businessmen, since Rob Newman filled Wembley Stadium with David Baddiel

  • Geno Washington

    Gonzo hits, a manic roar and stories of Van Morrison in the 60s – the legendary blues singer sets the Black Box alight

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    An experimental adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Gothic masterpiece is undermined by a spinning disco ball

  • Changing Times

    Peter Smyth fails to confront the political inequalities that characterised our wee country during the 1950s

  • Your Pet is Dead

    Eatenbybears leave their math-rock days behind them in favour of an indie aesthetic, but does their new sound add up?

  • Valtari Mystery Film Experiment

    Icelandic outift Sigur Rós commission 12 filmmakers to visualise their latest album. The results are always engrossing

  • Stewart Parker A Life

    Marilynn Richtarik's definitive biography pays tribute to the 'greatest playwright the city of Belfast has ever produced'

  • Farriers

    Having recently released their debut album, everyone's favourite folk act round off the year in stompin' style on the Belfast Barge

  • Forget Turkey!

    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

  • Ciaran Carson

    The multilingual poet, author and musician describes surviving a stray bullet as 'happenstance' and muses on aislings, Asimov and other worlds

  • A Christmas Night with George

    A rumination on love, life and Long Kesh – Donna O'Connor shows how the Troubles affected Belfast's women

  • Belfast Retrospective

    The 'hardiness and wit' of Belfast's inhabitants comes across in this collection of harrowing and hilarious photographs at Belfast Exposed

  • Return of the Pin

    Ambiguity is everything for anonymous duo Pinner as they release their debut album

  • Belfast The Emerging City

    15 academics explain the city's rise to industrial prominence, but author Glenn Patterson's contribution wins out

  • Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra

    The Class of 2012/13 show remarkable maturity, eclecticism and togetherness in this, their first full concert as a unit

  • A Contemporary Sublime

    Photographer Mary McIntyre finds beauty in the most desolate of rural landscapes in a comprehensive exhibition at The MAC

  • A Verse to Murder

    Belfast's salacious literary scene provides the backdrop for Tony Bailie's latest crime story, which is short, sharp and sleazy

  • Foyle Film Festival Shorts

    Bigger isn't always better, as this 'stunning, charming, creepy' selection of national and international shorts demonstrates

  • RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet

    Terry Blain is impressed by a rarely performed Beethoven quintet and an appearance by viola maestro Nobuku Imai

  • Sleeping Beauty

    'Overly garrish, flapping, whimsical and foolish' – Ivan Little leaves his broadcasting days behind him to play the dame at the Waterfront Hall

  • What Richard Did

    Irish director Lenny Abrahamson returns with 'his second great feature' and the story of one young man's life destroyed by violence

  • Richard Hawley

    Sheffield's finest is not amused with Belfast's indifference – and produces a late contender for gig of the year in response

  • Gone to Seed

    Belfast artist Claire Morgan's stunning installation at The MAC, on show until January 2013, elevates the Sunken Gallery to new heights

  • Quietly

    Owen McCafferty's new play, premiered in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, explores 'the hurt, the carnage and the consequences' of the Troubles

  • Amour

    Two-time Palme d'Or winner Michael Haneke is not one for optimism, as this 'gruelling, unsentimental and undeniably excellent' film shows

  • Jesus Rodriguez

    After being left out in the cold by an indifferent Western music industry, the anti-establishment hero returns thanks to his fans

  • You've Been Trumped

    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?

  • Sightseers

    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'

  • Bourne Davis Kane

    Bourne Davis Kane

    The free jazz trio, featuring two of Northern Ireland's finest performers, 'play until they run out of ideas' at The MAC

  • The Visteon/Ford Occupation

    The true story of a workers' revolt in Belfast, written by first-time playwright John Maguire, is ferociously authentic

  • The North Sea Scrolls

    Luke Haines and Cathal Coughlan devise a new occult history of Britain in this 'startling and truly unique' album

  • Everyday Selves

    Social media and ideas of domesticity are timely themes for the photographers currently featured at Belfast Exposed

  • Imaginary Places

    Once the most expensive living painter, Peter Doig's 'difficult and complicated' paintings brighten up The MAC

  • Michael McHale

    The Irish Piano

    'A triumph of outstandingly alert and sensitive artistry' from Belfast pianist Michael McHale features original takes on old classics

  • Boss Level

    Rap metallers Team Fresh are very angry about things. Steven Rainey ignores the outdated polemics and appreciates a 'confident, inspired' sound

  • Release

    Real stories told and acted by the men who experienced them 'illuminate the fragile nature of Northern Ireland's tentative peace'

  • Trevor Anderson Shorts

    A program of films by the Canadian auteur is a highlight of the 2012 Outburst Queer Arts Festival

  • Bystanders

    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

  • Trace and Transfer

    Family artifacts recovered from an empty property provide inspiration for Omagh artist Claire McLaughlin

  • Ben Howard

    The poster boy for the UK alt-folk movement is upgraded to the Waterfront Hall. Ria Maguire squints through the smartphones

  • A Sudden Sun

    A 'poignant and powerful' examination of bereavement in a changing Derry City by author Dave Duggan

  • The Deer's Cry

    Malojian justify the hype with an accomplished debut album that draws from their back catalogue and features classic alt-folk influences

  • Patrick Kielty

    Cat Deeley, red wine and the Pavarotti Provo – Northern Ireland's finest returns to the Empire Comedy Club 20 years later