• Troubles art review

    Visual Arts

    '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

  • Derry: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23, Adrian Grant


    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

  • Her Name Was Rose 2


    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

  • Hansel Gretel main

    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

  • 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

  • ReviewLiterature

    A Twisted Root

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

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    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

  • ReviewMusic

    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

  • ReviewVisual Arts


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

  • ReviewLiterature

    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

  • ReviewMusic

    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

  • ReviewMusic

    Grosvenor Plays Britten

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

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    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

  • 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

  • ReviewLiterature

    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'

  • ReviewMusic


    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

  • ReviewMusic

    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

  • ReviewLiterature

    Changing Times

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

  • ReviewMusic

    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?

  • ReviewFilm

    Valtari Mystery Film Experiment

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

  • ReviewLiterature

    Stewart Parker A Life

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

  • ReviewMusic


    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

  • ReviewLiterature

    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

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Belfast Retrospective

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

  • ReviewMusic

    Return of the Pin

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

  • ReviewLiterature

    Belfast The Emerging City

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

  • ReviewMusic

    Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra

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

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A Contemporary Sublime

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

  • ReviewLiterature

    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

  • ReviewFilm

    Foyle Film Festival Shorts

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

  • ReviewMusic

    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

  • ReviewFilm

    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

  • ReviewMusic

    Richard Hawley

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

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    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

  • ReviewFilm


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

  • ReviewMusic

    Jesus Rodriguez

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

  • ReviewFilm

    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?

  • ReviewFilm


    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'

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    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

  • ReviewMusic

    The North Sea Scrolls

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

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Everyday Selves

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

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Imaginary Places

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

  • Michael McHale ReviewMusic

    The Irish Piano

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

  • ReviewMusic

    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'

  • ReviewFilm

    Trevor Anderson Shorts

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

  • ReviewMusic


    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

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Trace and Transfer

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

  • ReviewMusic

    Ben Howard

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

  • ReviewLiterature

    A Sudden Sun

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

  • ReviewMusic

    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

  • ReviewLiterature

    Be My Enemy

    The second instalment in Ian McDonald's Infundibulum series for young adults is a riveting ride through time and space