Diet of culture
The Out to Lunch festival which runs in Belfast for the rest of this month is probably the best value and most accessible arts event staged in the province. It offers a wide range of comedy, music and theatre which people can attend in their lunch-hour - with a sandwich included in the admission charge - or in the evening.
Begun as a one-off pilot project, it has now taken on a life of its own and has helped spread the cultural message to new audiences at a time of year when little else is happening. Having faced extreme weather, water shortages and higher taxes, we need some entertainment to lift our spirits and this festival fits the bill.