• 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

    Literature

    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

    Film

    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

    Literature

    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

    Literature

    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

    Dance

    WICCA

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

  • The Dead Beside Us

    Literature

    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

  • ReviewMusic

    Sleigh Bells

    It will be a while before the ringing stops, with the Brooklyn noise-pop duo pushing the limit at Winter Base  

  • ReviewMusic

    Les McKeown's Legendary Bay City Rollers

    They didn't pay to hear his life story - 'a Tesco own-brand Greek tragedy'. He told it anyway

  • ReviewMusic

    The King of Limbs

    Is it possible to review a Radiohead album two days after its unexpected release? Lee Henry thinks not

  • ReviewMusic

    Thin Lizzy

    The rock legends pay tribute to guitarist Gary Moore by going back to basics

  • Shoot the Crow

    An early work by Owen McCafferty is given its Northern Irish debut, but has it stood the test of time?

  • David O’Doherty

    Despite a 'gaggle of noisy women', the Dublin comic ingratiates himself with the Empire faithful

  • The Rules of the Game

    Does everyone know the rules of sectarianism? This play turns the spotlight on the audience to find out

  • ReviewMusic

    The Hold Steady

    The Brooklyn rockers aim to reconnect with their audience after a series of lukewarm album reviews

  • ReviewMusic

    The Rubberbandits

    Sectarian chants from a section of the audience mar an otherwise enjoyable gig from the comedy hip-hop duo

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Valentine's Exhibition

    Northern Irish artist/designer/makers give the Valentine's theme a big, warm hug

  • Adolf

    Based on Hitler's writings and rants, this provocative piece of theatre is uncomfortable but essential viewing

  • ReviewFilm

    True Grit

    The Dude becomes the Duke in the Cohen brothers' western remake that delivers on just about every front

  • ReviewLiterature

    Take Three Girls

    John Gray discovers new writing from Tara West, Lesley Richardson and Tanya Ravenswater at Finaghy Library

  • ReviewMusic

    Wire

    The art-punk rockers keep it real in Belfast's Limelight, and they don't care who likes it or not

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour

    Saucy comments, a passable pasodoble and Anne Widdecombe: there's only one word to describe the Strictly Live show - fab-u-lous!

  • Cinderella

    Scottish Ballet return to Belfast with 'a mischievous, tender, exciting' performance of Prokofiev's masterpiece

  • Erris

    A mother on hunger strike and a daughter sent to enforce the law, but where is the emotional punch in Hannah Burke's two-hander?

  • ReviewMusic

    CW Stoneking

    The Aussie bluesman brings back the addictive rhythms of a bustling 1920s New Orleans saloon

  • ReviewMusic

    Bronagh Gallagher

    Singing and storytelling in full swing as the Commitments star takes to the stage at the Out To Lunch Festival

  • ReviewFilm

    Blue Valentine

    A refreshingly honest portrayal of an average relationship on the rocks - perhaps not one for Valentine's Day

  • Hurricane

    The life story of snooker's greatest genius graduates to the Grand Opera House

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    London Art Fair

    124 galleries exhibit, only one is Irish. Belfast's Golden Thread represent the old and the new

  • ReviewHeritage

    The Darker Side of Belfast

    A macabre history lesson delivered on the cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter

  • ReviewFilm

    15 Second Film Festival

    The majority are longer than 15 seconds, but this film festival is more than just a gimmick

  • ReviewFilm

    Biutiful

    Javier Bardem plays a cancer-riddled gangster who talks to ghosts - a possibilty for best foreign language film at the Oscars

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Super Vivere

    The secret to a long life is to dance a lot and drink some vodka, according to the nonagenarians in Susie Rea's exhibition

  • ReviewFilm

    Capitalism A Love Story

    A master-class in how the 'one-percent' rob the rest of us blind by Michael Moore

  • ReviewFilm

    Black Swan

    The personal cost of ambition and desire is viscerally explored in Darren Aronofsky's latest feature

  • ReviewMusic

    Celtic Connections

    The Glasgow folk, roots and traditional music festival welcomes Dick Gaughan and Giant Sand

  • Fela!

    The latest production from NT Live is a dramatised biography of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti

  • ReviewFilm

    NEDS

    A Scottish City of God chronicles the career path of a petty thug on a Glasgow Estate

  • What Would Helen Mirren Do?

    A supermarket attendant lives by the example of the Oscar-winning actress

  • ReviewFilm

    David Soul

    No anecdotes, no filming, as the 1970s TV star recites classic works by Pablo Neruda

  • Lucy Porter

    The first-time mother on kissing men with beards, witnessing a 'slagalanche' and drinking at lunch time

  • ReviewMusic

    JLS

    Andrew Johnston gives his 'expert opinion' on Simon Cowell's chart-topping foursome

  • ReviewLiterature

    John Hegley

    The performance poet proves to be a most charming man at the Out To Lunch Festival

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Steve Bell

    The satirical cartoonist on caricaturing Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and the cream of the Northern Irish political crop

  • Andi Osho

    Autobiographical comedy with a slightly smutty centre from the unlikely star of Mock the Week

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Last Romantic Out of Belfast

    Sam Keery's autobiographical novel delves into the constricting world of 1940s Belfast

  • ReviewFilm

    The King's Speech

    Geoffrey Rush shines as an unorthodox speech therapist alongside Colin Firth's troubled King Edward

  • ReviewFilm

    Rare Exports A Christmas Tale

    Block up the chimney, Santa's not happy in Finland's festive answer to Let the Right One In

  • ReviewMusic

    Meat Loaf

    At 63 the Loaf's voice may have gone stale, but on the evidence of this typically theatrical show, crusty he is not

  • ReviewMusic

    And So I Watch You From Afar

    Those lucky enough to get a ticket climb aboard the Dutch barge on the Lagan for a secret gig

  • ReviewMusic

    Villagers

    2011 is set to be a year to remember for Conor O'Brien. Jill Black catches him before the arena tours begin

  • ReviewFilm

    The Way Back

    A gruelling tale of survival in the Siberian wastelands leaves Ralph McLean pining for some Christmas frivolity

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Return Room

    WR Rodgers' radio play is reissued with illustrations and a recording of the original production

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    In View

    Joanne Savage finds narrow ideals of beauty under clever scrutiny at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • ReviewFilm

    Of Gods and Men

    The true story of the abduction and murder of seven Cistercian monks in Algeria is Mike Catto's film of the year

  • Big Laughs Belfast

    Derry comic Adam Laughlin comperes a line-up of raw talent in the Black Box

  • Faustus

    Engaging new adaptation of Marlowe’s classic tale, with moments of great theatrical frisson

  • ReviewMusic

    Frank, Dean and Sammy

    Deano should have stayed at home - Ol' Blue Eyes takes the ovation on his own

  • ReviewMusic

    The Wee Wee Man

    An inventive mixture of poetry and song in the Ulster-Scots Irish tradition

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Stray Sod Country

    Patrick McCabe returns to 'a macabre world and a lost way of life'

  • ReviewMusic

    Peter Andre

    Michael Jackson he is not, yet the Antipodean hunk remains a 'perfectly adequate entertainer'

  • ReviewMusic

    Plan B

    Less grime, more wine - Belfast gives Ben Drew his due for braving the cold

  • ReviewLiterature

    Voices from Cave Hill

    Learn about the secret history of Cave Hill from the people who lived there

  • ReviewFilm

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

    Lost lords and magical swords, the kids will find an escape in the third instalment of the Narnia franchise

  • ReviewMusic

    Tourist History

    Chock full of singles, nevertheless Two Door Cinema Club's debut disappoints as a whole

  • War of the Worlds

    Jason Donovan stars in Jeff Wayne's musical, just don't expect it to make any sense

  • ReviewLiterature

    Miracle Fruit

    Newtownards poet Moyra Donaldson engages with Enlightenment ideals in her fourth collection

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