• 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

  • ReviewVisual Arts


    2012 is a big year for looking back and moving forward – apparently. The Craft and Design Collective interpret the brief

  • ReviewMusic

    Big World

    Paul Casey reflects on the cultural resurgence of his native Derry~Londonderry

  • David O'Doherty

    Don't mistake the Dublin comic for Chris O'Dowd – he's likely to lampoon you in musical form

  • ReviewMusic

    Praise Aloud the Trees

    Brian Irvine gets the Cultural Olympiad started with a 'wondrous, occasionally frightening' take on Heaney's poem

  • Carthaginians

    Fine Millennium Forum production of Frank McGuinness's enduring classic

  • ReviewMusic

    International Festival of Chamber Music

    Technique to die for and sweeping rhapsody, the Belfast Music Society deliver their promise of 'world-class' performances

  • ReviewMusic

    Broken Deer

    Malojian, sans Cat, packs emotional masochism, lost love and simple beauty into his solo EP

  • Julius Caesar

    Rainbow Factory's contemporary adaptation of Julius Caesar has a lean and hungry look, Lisa Nelson approves 

  • ReviewFilm

    The Woman in the Fifth

    A dramatically inert film, with characters that dream of two-dimensionality, in a surprisingly cliche-free Paris

  • ReviewMusic

    David Pomeranz

    Scientologist crooner attracts Northern Ireland's Filipino population to the Waterfront – it's as weird as it sounds

  • ReviewLiterature

    Ahab's Daughter

    Lisa Keogh's deftly written, emotionally fluent account of what happened to Captain Ahab's family after Moby-Dick

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Interplanetary Revolution

    If the fake Milgram documentary or the naked Smurfette disturbs, you can still get a quiet drink at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • John Laverty under the cherry tree ReviewVisual Arts

    A Gift to the City

    The Ulster Museum raid their archive to celebrate the life and work of Sir John Lavery

  • ReviewMusic

    The Henry Girls

    The talented trio warm up for their Belfast Nashville Songwriters' Festival gig at the Playhouse in Derry~Londonderry

  • Grease

    The 'teenagers' are a bit long in the tooth, but after 30 years this polished show proves Grease is still the word

  • ReviewMusic

    Noel Gallagher

    Flying solo suits the older Gallagher brother. Patrick Murphy, and 10,000 others, are away with the birds

  • ReviewFilm

    Battleship Potemkin

    Agitprop masterpiece given new life by a classical score played on the Ulster Hall's Mulholland Grand Organ

  • ReviewHeritage

    The Bedside Book of Dormers

    An ode to Ulster's architecture. Watch video featuring author Marcus Patton

  • Uncle Vanya

    Brian Friel's take on Chekhov's original is wilfully melancholic, but Conleth Hill's central performance makes this production great

  • ReviewMusic

    The Drifters

    No founder members, but plenty of past magic from this humourless foursome

  • Winston Returns to Paradise

    In 1912 'Belfast confetti' reigned down on Churchill here to argue for Home Rule. This 2012 commemoration is more civilised

  • ReviewLiterature


    Quantum widgets and tarot-reading pilots: a ‘fantabulosa bona’ start to Ian McDonald's Everness series

  • William Caulfield

    The sharp-tongued comedian cuts out the middleman and heckles the audience

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Death and Life of the Shankill

    Watercolourist Stephen Shaw is 'a forensic chronicler' of Belfast

  • Fly Me to the Moon

    A 'world-class Northern Irish production' sees Marie Jones at the top of her game

  • Brothers in Arms

    Sam Millar's play explores the divide between 'pro- and anti-agreement republicanism'

  • ReviewMusic

    Van Morrison

    It's a family affair at the Oydssey Arena, where Van the Man lets his music do the talking

  • ReviewFilm

    The Grey

    The wolves are dodgy, but Liam Neeson does 'rock bottom' well in this existential action-adventure movie

  • Maeve Higgins

    The Cork comedian 'has the razzle-dazzle of an alchemist', but lacks preparation where it matters

  • Conal Gallen

    Ballybofey's finest gag man delivers a clean set to 'people with dirty minds'

  • ReviewLiterature

    Sound It Out

    A documentary about our love affair with independent record stores is 'heartbreaking and always engaging'

  • Heroes With Their Hands in the Air

    A timely reworking of Fintan Brady's play on the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

  • ReviewMusic

    John McGurgan

    A fine lyricist and performer, Omagh's answer to John Martyn is best with a band

  • ReviewMusic

    Snow Patrol

    A dedicated crowd get caught up in the emotion 'like their 4x4 keys and gym membership cards depend on it'

  • ReviewLiterature


    The Wireless Mystery Theatre brings urban folklore and children's rhyme together on the very literary Streets

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    London Art Fair

    Fionola Meredith, chair of Belfast's Golden Thread Gallery, is more impressed with the cheap work than the Hirsts

  • ReviewMusic

    NI Opera Young Artists

    Four Northern Irish soloists thrive in the intimate surroundings of the Black Box

  • Hostel

    Homelessness, suicide and unexpected pregnancy. Somehow, playwright Fionnuala Kennedy shows the funny side

  • ReviewMusic

    Sarah Savoy & the Francadians

    Fionola Meredith enjoys a healthy helping of Cajun charm

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Blind Elephant Collective

    The elephant in the room is the lack of profundity in these illustrated responses to famous quotations

  • Josie Long

    The Tories are bad. Bankers are bad. You get the gist. Andrew Johnston is not impressed

  • ReviewLiterature

    Jon Ronson

    The author and film-maker on George Clooney, Ian Paisley and psychopaths in the room

  • War Horse Film ReviewFilm

    War Horse

    No talking ponies, animated urchins or CGI, just an old-fashioned epic that sees Spielberg back on form

  • Bob the Builder Live

    A star is born at the Waterfront Hall, and it's not the geezer with the hard hat. John Higgins is pleasantly surprised

  • ReviewFilm


    Steve McQueen's sophomore feature is 'an easy film to admire but a hard one to enjoy'

  • ReviewMusic

    Start a New People

    Burgeoning musical ensemble The Jepettos take us on a brief but pleasant journey in sound

  • ReviewFilm

    Dickens Before Sound

    A series of early Dickens adaptations is a hit and miss affair at Queen's Film Theatre

  • ReviewFilm

    Robot Exhibition

    Robocop, Dr Who, Star Trek, they're all here. Peter McCaughan gets his geek on at the Oriel Gallery in Antrim

  • ReviewLiterature

    Lionel Shriver

    The author of We Need to Talk About Kevin on why she considers herself a 'Belfast writer'

  • ReviewMusic

    New Year Viennese Gala

    The Ulster Orchestra recreate some of the 'zap and playfulness' of the original Strauss concerts

  • ReviewFilm

    The Iron Lady

    Despite an all-star cast, too little is left unsaid in this contentious biopic of Margaret Thatcher

  • ReviewFilm

    Great Expectations

    A lush and enjoyable adaptation of Dickens' classic, but it could have been great

  • Kevin McAleer

    The Tyrone comedian's use of slides and film is way out of date

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Model Realities

    The world in miniature conjures memories of primary school

  • ReviewMusic

    Paul Casey

    The singer, guitarist and songwriter provides a welcome tonic for the post-Christmas blues

  • The Nutcracker

    Streamed live from Russia, this Bolshoi Ballet version is 'gorgeous, just gorgeous'

  • ReviewMusic

    Bentley Bar Christmas Spectacular

    A trio of indie acts descend on Derry-Londonderry

  • ReviewVisual Arts


    Anthonio Julio Lopez Castro's work looks at the emotional links we have with the landscape around us

  • Kevin McAleer

    The comedian's comedian tries his hand at the 'bear pit' that is The Empire Laughs Back

  • A Christmas Carol

    Wireless Mystery Theatre perform a period radio play of Dickens' beloved story