Editor's Viewpoint: Reel sign of recovery
A more positive image of Northern Ireland can be gleaned from its cultural life.
Hard on the heels of Belfast Fashion week comes the Belfast Film Festival, now in its 10th year. It seems not so long ago the province was a cultural desert, but now the green shoots of recovery are evident everywhere.
There are a large number of festivals spread around the province covering most of the arts, drawing on local and international talent. Northern Ireland may have a small population, but it more than punches its weight when it comes to nurturing talent as can be seen from established stars of the silver screen, music and stage.