Review: Sleeping Beauty
Another year, another Opera House panto, and another occasion for John Linehan to break out the thickest pancake make-up seen since Vanessa Feltz opted for a career in radio.
He stoops to conquer ... Hunchback is a hit for Theatre at the Mill
Victor Hugo's Gothic classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame isn't perhaps the most seasonal of tales, but in the raunchy and rocking Hunchback: The Musical, Newtownabbey's Theatre at the Mill has come up with a real Christmas cracker.
Spread over four and a half miles of both the Waterside and Cityside, the 17 installations of Lumiere are a dazzling feast for the eyes.
Q&A: Christopher Finn
The 26-year-old actor from Grimsby will be getting the hump (quite literally) when he takes on the lead role in Hunchback The Musical at Newtownabbey's Theatre at the Mill from Monday
Mrs Brown's Boys tour is crass, crude and corny... but you just can't stop yourself laughing helplessly
The Mrs Brown's Boys live tour arrived at the Odyssey Arena last night for the first of five sold-out dates.
Artist Denzil Browne's photography turns Derry into model city
Take a look – and then look again.
A taste of Narnia at CS Lewis Festival breakfast
Narnia-inspired chocolate cakes, sardines and Turkish delight started a week's festivities dedicated to the life and work of one of our most loved literary sons – CS Lewis.
CS Lewis exhibition: Magic of Narnia is illustrated at Belfast's Linen Hall Library
The beauty of Belfast's Linen Hall Library will provide the perfect backdrop for an exhibition by one of the world's top children's book illustrators.
Ulster Museum show marks artist William Scott's centenary
A major exhibition of work by the internationally acclaimed British painter William Scott is drawing art fans to the Ulster Museum.
Derry art exhibition No Jury No Prize draws on hundreds of artists to celebrate city's creativity
Almost 300 artists from across Ireland are taking part in a unique exhibition celebrating creativity in Londonderry.
Turner Prize: public verdict on hopefuls
The first wave of culture vultures to visit the Turner Prize installations at the former Ebrington Army barracks site in Londonderry have been giving their verdicts on the always controversial competition.
Has the Turner Prize grown up?
The Turner Prize is perhaps most famous for trying – sometimes desperately – to elicit a reaction from its visitors. Last year, there was Paul Noble's sculptures of faeces and the ad-hoc performance art of Spartacus Chetwynd, renowned for living in a nudist colony.
Turner Prize: A genuine jewel in Derry's culture city crown
A dead shark in formaldehyde, a dirty, unmade bed, and blobs of elephant dung. Just three of the 'exhibits' submitted over the 29-year history of the Turner Prize, the annual competition from Tate Britain to find the cream of British-based visual artists under the age of 50.
Turner Prize may have quit London to set up in Derry, but the usual controversies have not been left behind
The Turner Prize would not be the most famous award in the art world were it not for the controversy surrounding it.
Relatively Speaking: Roma Tomelty and Colin Carnegie
Actress Roma Tomelty is currently being directed by husband Colin Carnegie in their Centre Stage company's production of Kennedy's Children at Belfast's Grand Opera House. Their daughters – Ruth, Rachel and Hanna – are also following in their parents' footsteps
Ed Byrne: I'm ruthless about my friendships
Would you like to be friends with Dublin-born comedian Ed Byrne? Well, the unfortunate truth is he doesn't want to be friends with you; nor anyone else for that matter.
It's panto time again... and it's a beauty, says May McFettridge
Like mistletoe, mulled wine and presents from Santa, the festive season just wouldn't be the same without...panto.
Review: Grease still the word for hordes of hopelessly-devoted fans
Grease started a five-night run in the Grand Opera House last night. Would the audience mimic Sandy's affections for her summer love Danny, and become Hopelessly Devoted to the Ulster Operatic Company's staging of a long-beloved show?
Belfast theatres have little to offer working classes and Protestants in particular, claims DUP MLA William Humphrey
A DUP MLA has come under fire after demanding top Belfast theatres must do more to "reach out" to the working classes.
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She may have been raised in Toronto and bases herself in Nashville, but for country star Lindi Ortega, her show at the Out To Lunch festival next month will nevertheless be something of a homecoming. Her exotic name and Latin looks come from her Mexican father, but it turns that the other side of Lindi's family is from rather closer to home – Newtownards, to be exact.
Mountain Firework Company: Aiming for the summit
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Roma Downey: Northern Ireland's golden girl
Compared to the panicky PR girls who set up this interview, Roma Downey sounds positively serene on the line from her 7,300 sq ft Malibu mansion.
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Joris Minne: Le Coop
Chickens are chic. At first they were cheap and fast as in KFC. Then there was Herron's Country Fried Chicken and two years ago, poultry became fashionable. Bird Cage in Stanmillis redefined chicken as a modern trend and spurred on the recent arrival of two further newbies: Yardbird and Le Coop, both in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.
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.