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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

    Performing Arts

    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

  • Myra review

    Performing Arts

    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

  • Eamonn Magee


    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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    Performing Arts

    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

  • Van Blues ReviewFestivals

    Blues On The Bay

    Van Morrison's appeal remains undiminished in his third year headlining, but elsewhere the Warrenpoint festival seems restrained by contemporary preconceptions

  • Here Comes the Night

    There's no time like the present as Rosemary Jenkinson's clever and well-acted culture comedy finds firmer footing in the more modern of its two narratives

  • The Zombies CQAF ReviewMusic

    The Zombies

    It's the time of the season as the sixties pop survivors kick off the summer festival calendar under the twinkling lights at CQAF

  • Castle Coole Exhibition ReviewVisual Arts

    Collected Works at Castle Coole

    Spring showcase at the Fermanagh estate's unique new basement exhibition space highlights the area's breadth of artistic talent

  • Pr!ck

    Shot Glass Theatre's love letter to cinema's comedy-romps of old offers an ambitious commentary on contemporary arts coverage disguised in seventies sleaze

  • Two Door Main ReviewMusic

    Two Door Cinema Club

    There's no sign of new songs, but under the tongue-in-cheek guise of a tribute act the Bangor boys make a long-awaited reconnection with their roots

  • Bag for Life

    Colin Bateman takes a darker direction with his gripping second play, exploring our inherent inability to let go of the past in the digital age

  • The Sessions Main ReviewMusic

    The Sessions

    Beatlemania returns to Belfast as the Fab Four's kaleidoscopic catalogue comes to life in a joyous re-staging of their Abbey Road exploits

  • Hard Rain Review Main ReviewClassical

    Edge of Reflection

    The Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble use Easter as the entry point for contemporary classical with an accessible programme of evocative compositions

  • Dylan Quinn TOST Review. ReviewDance


    Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre's latest work is a vibrant essay on silence, exploring humanity's misfires in the age of mass communication

  • Gordon Osràm's Funeral

    Though not always subtle, this interactive swan song is a multi-layered and undeniably fun piece of theatre which puts every inch of its surroundings to use

  • Pause and Effect ReviewDance

    Pause and Effect

    Eleesha Drennan cuts loose with a colourful blend of playground antics and precision in this specially commissioned Maiden Voyage Dance performance

  • Beyond Maps Main ReviewVisual Arts

    Beyond Maps and Atlases

    Bertien Van Manen unearths the spectral beauty of rural Ireland in a collection of photographs offering something new with every viewing

  • Annie - The Musical

    Forty years after first taking to the stage, the world's most beloved orphan shows little sign of her age in this riot of colour and movement at the Millennium Forum

  • Spring Exhibitions at The MAC 2016 ReviewVisual Arts

    Spring Exhibitions at The MAC

    Emma Patterson takes in a triumvirate of international collections the Belfast arts venue has brought to Northern Ireland for the first time

  • Vintage Cinema Bus ReviewFilm

    Vintage Cinema Club

    Michael McAlinden takes a bus back to film's golden age for a special showing of John Ford's The Quiet Man

  • Twinsome Minds

    Renewed understanding and contemporary relevance is brought to the events of 1916 in this novel fusion of spoken performance and image projection

  • Maskparade Vincent McDonnell ReviewVisual Arts


    Vincent McDonnell's unusual exhibition re-writes Enniskillen's past from under the guise of a biblical discovery

  • Transatlantic Sessions 1 ReviewMusic

    Transatlantic Sessions

    The revolving folk ensemble leave little to be desired in a showcase proving them to be the crown jewel of the first Derry International Irish Music Festival

  • Food Folksong 2 ReviewMusic

    Food and Folksong

    Award-winning chef Emmett McCourt brings out the forward-thinking flavours of Derry's new music festival in a night where the menu matches the performances

  • Educating Rita

    Emma Jordan tactfully transposes Willy Russell's play to Belfast with help from two extraordinary leads in this fine start to the year for the Lyric Theatre

  • Ulster Hall 1890 ReviewLiterature

    The Musical Life of Nineteenth-Century Belfast

    Roy Johnston's posthumous chronicle of the formative period is an unprecedented work. Claire Savage reports from its launch at the Linen Hall Library

  • Attila the Stockbroker

    The firebrand poet exemplifies the rejuvenating power of punk in a razor-sharp and surprisingly poignant Out to Lunch performance

  • Mi Mundo

    The third instalment of Terra Nova's Arrivals project immerses audiences in the domestic hardships of the UK immigration system

  • Once Upon a Time in the North West ReviewLiterature

    Once Upon a Time in the North West

    Garbhan Downey's transatlantic newsroom thriller characterises the resilient role of Derry through some of the last century's darkest days

  • Opera, Literature and Lunch

    Out to Lunch continue to brighten the dark days of January with a no frills fix of book-based works from NI Opera's fabulous young artists

  • The Revenant ReviewFilm

    The Revenant

    Leonardo DiCaprio and the makers of Birdman combine for the visceral, awe-inspiring culmination of their cinematic careers

  • Mydidae 6 ReviewMusic


    Martin Byrne's instrumental score for the harrowing Prime Cut theatre production stands strong even when removed from its dramatic visual context

  • James Ellis Troubles Over the Bridge ReviewLiterature

    Troubles Over the Bridge

    James Ellis's memoir raises questions of the times that deprived the late actor of his true off-stage potential as well as the wider barriers art must often overcome

  • All through the house main ReviewDrama

    All Through The House

    Though drawn out, a superb cast and an intricate plot help Judith King's festive farce break with tradition, making it the feel-good hit of the winter

  • Belfast Christmas Market Review

    Belfast Christmas Market

    Culture NI sends its resident Scrooge to the grounds of City Hall to see if the seasonal staple is enough to get him in the holiday spirit

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    An Evening with Ian Rankin

    The acclaimed author on why his latest release isn't 'really a Rebus novel', as the retired detective moves out on his own in the Scottish capital

  • Burnside Launch ReviewLiterature

    Sam Burnside Book Launch

    Playwright Frank McGuinness and more mark the release of the poet's newest publications with recitals tinged with the significance of recent world events

  • U2 SSE 2.jpg ReviewMusic


    For all their waning studio powers, Bono and his merry band still hit the mark on a politically poignant return to Belfast

  • Felix 2.jpg ReviewVisual Arts

    This Place

    Felix Gonzalez-Torres' mournful works find a new context while encouraging public participation in The MAC's posthumous exhibition

  • Turandot

    NI Opera's contemporary co-production of Puccini’s visceral last work leaves no one on the fence in fulfilling the composer's modern vision

  • Mabel Main ReviewDrama


    Castlewellan Castle provides the backdrop for Maria Connolly's new heartwarming portrayal of one of its most remarkable residents

  • Connolly McGilloway ReviewLiterature

    Brian McGilloway and John Connolly

    Two of Ireland's most accomplished crime authors trade literary lessons to mark the double launch of their latest books

  • The Kitchen

    Roysten Abel's hypnotic fusion of culinary and performance art is a sumptuous metaphor for human experience that will inflame the senses

  • Wheels ReviewLiterature

    The Wheels of the World: 300 Years of Uilleann Pipers

    From the Famine to the Fureys, Colin Harper leaves few stones unturned in his quest to trace the fortunes of Ireland's 'only' true indigenous instrument

  • Pan ReviewFilm


    Despite an occasionally turgid narrative, Neverland's potential to thrill remains undeniable in Cinemagic's film festival opener

  • Night Alive Main ReviewDrama

    The Night Alive

    Minor character inconsistencies aside, Conor McPherson's play is a furiously paced hacky sack of humour full of exceptional stage performances

  • Carlo Gebler and Ian Sansom ReviewLiterature

    My Writing Life; Why Bother?

    Authors Carlo Gébler and Ian Sansom share their views and experiences of the literary world with a sold-out crowd at Aspects Festival

  • Beat Root ReviewMusic

    Beat Root

    Robyn G Shiels and Richard Dawson turn folk on its head as Moving On Music's weekend takeover at the Crescent Arts Centre concludes

  • Dancing at Lughnasa

    The Lyric's first production of Friel's layered masterwork is as rich and rewarding as theatre gets

  • Miss Julie Main ReviewFilm

    Miss Julie

    Fermanagh's Castle Coole stands tall in Colin Farrell's simmering Victorian drama, despite the stage-to-film adaptation's big screen shortcomings

  • Dancing at the Peace Wall ReviewDance

    Dancing Across the Peace Wall

    Masters of traditional global rhythms and west Belfast communities come together to strut their stuff and point towards changing times in Northern Ireland

  • 13 Minutes ReviewFilm

    13 Minutes

    David Holmes reunites with Oliver Hirschbiegel as the Downfall director returns to familiar ground, albeit with more mixed results

  • The Last Travelogue of Albert Sitzfleisch ReviewVisual Arts

    Out There, Thataway

    Derry's Centre for Contemporary Art blurs the line between the physical and mental and the difficult and playful in Star Trek-inspired group show

  • Beckett New ReviewFestivals

    Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

    Transforming everyday places into magical worlds, the fourth annual celebration portrays the Nobel Prize-winning writer in all his colours

  • AM Fyfe ReviewLiterature

    House of Small Absences

    Anne-Marie Fyfe reflects on places past and present in her fifth poetry collection

  • Hannah McPhillimy & Jan Carson Review

    Disappear Hear

    A sell-out crowd gathers in No Alibis Bookstore for an evening of musical and literary entertainment in support of the Alzheimer’s Society

  • Shooting for Socrates Review ReviewFilm

    Shooting for Socrates

    We may not be Brazil, but with its see-through 'period setting' and wafer-thin plot James Erskine's chronicle of Northern Ireland's 1986 World Cup fails to even suspend disbelief

  • Matthew Whiteside ReviewMusic

    Matthew Whiteside - Dichroic Light

    Melding chamber aesthetics with electronic minimalism, the Lisburn-born composer's debut strikes a rewarding balance of abstract subtlety and melodic power

  • Timbuktu ReviewFilm


    As far removed from the mainstream as its setting, Abderrahmane Sissako’s unflinching picture is rich in its portrayal of totalitarian rule in Africa but not without its glimmers of hope

  • Kathrynn Stott ReviewMusic

    Kathryn Stott & Martin Roscoe

    Seventh annual Walled City Music Festival off to a thunderous start with two of the UK's finest pianists at University of Ulster Magee's Great Hall

  • David Sedaris

    The celebrated American humorist delivers an evening of interlacing tales and outrageous material disguised in a performance akin to catching up with an old friend

  • Kablammo ReviewMusic

    Ash - Kablammo!

    By no means a perfect comeback, but there is much to admire about Downpatrick's most famous sons' 'back to basics' first album in almost a decade

  • Crazy

    Without enough plot or pizazz to sustain its run-time, Brenda Murphy's country-tinged comedy unravels despite fizzing performances from its cast of three

  • I Am Here, David Holmes ReviewFilm

    I Am Here

    David Holmes' directorial debut is a personal, poetic film born of bereavement following the death of his brother – watch the full film now