Hijabi Monologues: Lifting the veil on Irish Muslims
Who are we? What do we stand for? Two shows this evening explore identity. What's it like being a Muslim woman in Ireland?
Finnish ensemble Oddarrang to heat up for jazz fanatics
Belfast is a city fairly brimming over with jazz these days. Step into any city centre bar at the weekend and the chances are a jazz band will be tucked into the corner, the strains of Canteloupe Island wafting across the room.
All the drama that democracy entails ... and right there at your fingertips
I think it's fair to say that a fair percentage of people here would question whether politicians are really acting on our behalf. Orange or green, right or left, they often seem more comfortable in the trenches than out doing battle for their electorate.
Jimmy Titanic and Shankill Road production bring local flavour to Belfast Festival
The theme for this year’s festival may be an international one — but tonight it’s all about Belfast.
How Belfast got stuck in to make artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada's Wish come true
The official unveiling of an amazing 11-acre land art portrait of a girl making a wish has opened this year's Belfast Festival at Queen's.
Efterklang: 'Belfast's like an in-between city,but it's a special place'
They may have been to the Arctic wastes to record their new album, but the Danish rockers will be hoping for a typically warm welcome when they visit our own fair city
Carminho: Portugese soul sister bringing new sound to Belfast
Getting hold of Maria do Carmo Carvalho Rebelo de Andrade - aka Carminho - is a tough enough endeavour at the best of times, but when it's in the midst of yet another world tour, preceded by her recently-completed nuptials, even bagging a few moments on the phone can take a week's chasing on my part.
Relatively Speaking: Karen and Lorna McLaughlin
All The Best: Dancing by Moonlight director Paula McFetridge
Friday People: Dermott Hickson
Three festivals unite to hold Belfast-wide circus spectacular
Three of Belfast’s biggest arts festivals will be joining forces for an outdoor extravaganza for this year’s Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.
We all must applaud this patriotic polemic
Belarus. A country where it’s forbidden to look a stranger in the eye. Where raising a flag can incur a beating from the police. Where just existing can somehow be a crime.
Story of the ‘Big Man’ is amplified on stage
News this week that the Reverend Ian Paisley has returned to public life just months after a serious illness may have been greeted with whoops in a dressing room at the Grand Opera House.
Dynamite night in store from long-running Fox
Back in the mists of time, when Terri Hooley was king and Belfast rocked with Good Vibrations, Joby Fox was a familiar face.
One gripping story that’s hot off the press
When it was announced that Enquirer would be coming to the Belfast Festival, I may actually have punched the air with joy, so much did I want to see the play described as a “bittersweet elegy to the newspaper industry”.
The Scottish Play gets an Ulster twist at Lyric
The Scottish Play, as it’s known in theatrical circles (bad luck to mention Shakespeare’s tragedy by name) is a Belfast Festival favourite.
Berlusconi proved no match for this unlikely European Cup hero
We’ve seen A Night in November, Marie Jones’ play about a Northern Ireland Protestant who decides to follow the Republic on their World Cup adventures.
Girl power has never sounded this good ...
Hands up who remembers Rock Follies? The TV series about three women trying to make it as a band, struggling in what’s traditionally seen as a man’s world?
Christmas Jumper Day new
Extremely loud knitwear at the ready
Cow passenger in Citroen Xsara
Flying start to Christmas
Festive daredevil bikers in Belfast
Queen's Winter Graduations
This year's university winter graduations
Nelson Mandela: life and times
Key moments in life of former president
Christmas parties 2013
Irish dad forced to take dead baby in taxi for autopsy
Prouvost wins Turner Prize
Laure Prouvost named winner in Derry
Top 10 Xmas gifts for teens
Victoria's Secret opens first shop on island of Ireland
Help babies like little Joe
Help save lives of babies around the world
Latest Entertainment News
Reid 'favourite to win Strictly' new
Susanna Reid has become the new favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing after a flood of votes, according to bookmaker William Hill.
Rylan returns to X Factor stage new
A troupe of X Factor's most controversial acts are heading back to the show this weekend for one last group performance.
Cheers! Down a drop of Downton wine new
Aficionados of period drama Downton Abbey will find the hit series makes them giddy with more than simply excitement - with the launch of a brand of wine.
PAs 'bought multiple Saatchi books' new
Charles Saatchi got personal assistants to buy multiple copies of his book so he could push it higher up the best-sellers chart, a court has heard.
Latest Music News
Mars Billboard's top artist of 2013 new
Bruno Mars has been named as Billboard's Artist of the Year for 2013.
New Girl cameo for singer Prince new
Prince is set to appear in TV comedy New Girl.
Madonna reconnecting with Penn? new
Madonna and Sean Penn could be spending Christmas together, it has been reported.
Britney gun scene cut from video
Britney Spears' fans are campaigning for the full version of the video to Perfume to be released after it emerged scenes had been cut.
Latest Film & TV News
Bale teased about film weight gain new
Christian Bale has admitted he had to put up with some teasing from his daughter after piling on weight for his American Hustle role.
Spider-Man spin-off films announced
Spider-Man bosses have announced details of two spin-off movies set in the web-slinger's world.
Hardy getting tips from Sir Elton
Tom Hardy has revealed Sir Elton John has been giving him advice about playing him on the big screen.
Segel, Eisenberg team up for film
Jason Segel is to play late author David Foster Wallace in a new film.
Latest Eating Out News
Joris Minne: Donegan's, Bangor
The bar tzar Bill Wolsey, who owns one of the biggest portfolios of pubs, restaurants and hotels in Northern Ireland, can trace the roots of his vast empire back to Bangor. In the heady days of the Sixties and Seventies, Bangor was the seaside resort of choice for the middle classes. Later it became an oasis of relative peace and calm which remained largely immune from the Troubles and as a result of its blessed position was able to offer night time entertainment as Belfast's bars and clubs closed their doors at 6pm for security reasons.
Joris Minne: Prezzo!
There's a lot to be said for the efficiency of European city centre mid-range restaurants geared up for feeding shoppers, office workers and museum visitors. Pick any city between Amsterdam and Albufeira and in their centres you will find clean, formica-clad, brightly lit, food businesses offering a small range of dishes of the day at reasonable prices. They generally don't have much character or charm. They are there to service, not to entertain.
Joris Minne: Swift
New restaurants should be treated with the same patience you would show a toddler taking his first steps. The nightmares experienced by owners choosing the cutlery, furniture and glassware are one thing. But the horror show which an executive chef will have suffered before finally agreeing the menu (strike the last one if you're opening a burger bar, fish and chip counter or pie stall) is worse than any torture.
Joris Minne: Enigma
Holywood, Co Down. The town with its own accent (pronounced: ex-sent) is a lovely little community of aspiring and arrived done-wells. Comedian Nuala McKeever immortalised them in her character, Hilary Hamilton.