Brendan Cole brings his new show to Belfast

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Brendan Cole will be making a very welcome return to Belfast’s Waterfront Hall next year.

Artist Colin Davidson pictured in his studio in  Crawfordsburn PIC: Arthur Allison

Artist’s work celebrates what unites rather than divides us

Colin Davidson’s body of work is a silent testimony to the commonality of the human condition. Whether he is painting celebrities like Brad Pitt, Her Majesty the Queen, the late Seamus Heaney and playwright Brian Friel, singers Duke Special and Gary Lightbody, actors Jamie Dornan and Kenneth Branagh or subjects who lost relatives during the Troubles, Davidson uses the same style of abstract realism. Each image holds such eloquent tension between stillness and motion, catching a particular look, gesture or vulnerability of expression that seems to eloquently distill the reality of the person in front of him. Davidson uses thickly applied oil paint on canvas in a style that is impressionistic, bold and singular.

Diana wearing the Spencer family tiara attending a state dinner in Saint John, New Brunswick.  PA Photos

Morton remembers Princess Diana

When the news broke in the early hours of Sunday, August 31, 1997, that Princess Diana had died in a car crash in Paris, her biographer Andrew Morton was at the Edinburgh festival and quickly returned home.

From the Women of Belfast series by FE McWilliam

Exhibition captures reality of Troubled Northern Ireland

In a decade that saw Nelson Mandela freed and elected president of South Africa, the beginning of the Gulf War, Harry Potter arriving on bookshelves and the appearance of the Euro, Northern Ireland was wading through the fourth decade of the Troubles. Daily searches, bomb alerts, no-go areas, what was life like for those living in 1990s Northern Ireland? The Linen Hall Library is revisiting these turbulent times with an exhibition entitled We Lived It based on an oral history project capturing the day to day reality of life during the conflict. The display can be viewed at the library from August 2 until August 30.

Ceramicist and Game of Thrones prop maker, Helen Faulkner

Game of Thrones prop maker holds craft open day in east Belfast

If you’ve ever fancied having a go at pottery making now’s your chance as ceramicist, Helen Faulkner, throws open the doors of her new East Belfast studio, on Saturday August 5, as part of Craft NI’s August Craft Month.

Victoria Square

Victoria Square Museum opens to the public

The Victoria Square Museum, a unique partnership between National Museums NI and Victoria Square, is open to the public for the month of August.
Kieran Gilmore is the director of the Open House Festival Bangor which is now in its fifth year

Bangor is the main attraction at the Open House Festival

Next month sees the fifth Open House Festival to be held in Bangor. And in the view of festival director Kieran Gilmore the town is the main attraction.

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A Night Under The Stars

10 quirky ways to enjoy time off in Northern Ireland this week

There’s loads to do in Belfast and beyond.

Ed Sheeran

From Ed Sheeran tickets to July 12 celebrations, here’s 10 things to do this week

There’s loads to do in Northern Ireland this week as we gear up to the July 12 celebrations.

The EastSide Arts Festival 2017 will hit the streets from 3 - 13 August,  with east Belfast will becoming a hive of creative energy.  Highlights for this year include; Free Festival Fun Day featuring a purpose-built People�"s Pharmacy where creative prescriptions will be handed out; EastSide Family Circus at the Big Top on C.S. Lewis Square and music galore. Pictured are Ken Fanning and Tina Segner of Tumble Circus with Phil the Pharmacist aka Mary Jordan. Picture by Brian Morrison

All roads lead east as arts festival arrives in city

East Belfast will be transformed into a hive of creative energy this summer when the EastSide Arts Festival comes to town.

Dick Turpin

Expert casts doubt on Dick Turpin's final burial place

Highwayman Dick Turpin may not be buried in the grave marked with his name, an academic has suggested.

John McFarlane

Top 10 Ways To Spend Your Spare Time In Northern Ireland This Week

With so much to do in Northern Ireland, it can be a difficult task trying to decide how to spend our well-deserved spare time.

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Team of enthusiastic poppy ambassadors required for 'Weeping window' in Belfast

Team of enthusiastic poppy ambassadors required for 'Weeping window' in Belfast

Belfast International Arts Festival and the Ulster Museum are recruiting a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help deliver a world class visitor experience to everyone who visits the Poppies: Weeping Window sculpture during its time in Belfast.
Stylist Sara O'Neill

Stylist Sara O'Neill bringing the beach to the city at CastleCourt event

Stylist Sara O’Neill will be bringing the beach to the city at Belfast's CastleCourt this weekend with a summer themed styling session.

Photo:Jeff Gilbert.
Portrait of Tamara Rojo, Head of English National Ballet, in her office, Jay Mews, Kensington, London, UK

English National Ballet brings a haunting love story to local stage

The English National Ballet will be performing in Belfast for the first time when it stages the beautiful bittersweet love story Giselle at the Grand Opera House next week.

US President Andrew Johnston whose grandfather came from Larne

Ulster-Scot Johnson was first president to face impeachment

Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, was an Ulster-Scot whose grandfather left Larne and settled in America around 1750.

Dress for the job you want (not the one you have)

Dress to impress: interview style advice for women

Although a catwalk-inspired outfit won’t necessarily be the sole reason you land your dream job, it’ll certainly make a great first impression.

Book highlights Ireland’s Beautiful North

Book highlights Ireland’s Beautiful North

H aving moved to Northern Ireland from Liverpool several years ago, Dominic Kearney has fully embraced his new home and its culture. He has written for a variety of publications and is a contributor to a number of arts programmes on Radio Ulster.

The Pink Project - Emily and Her Pink Things (�JeongMee Yoon)

Month long photo festival planned for Belfast

Belfast Photo Festival, Northern Ireland’s premier visual arts festival and the photographic biennial for the island of Ireland, returns from June 1-30, exploring the increasingly topical themes of sexuality and gender and how they relate to the perception and expression of identity social constructs.

Primark's Irish trading partner, Penney's, first broke the news on their Snapchat and Instagram social media feeds.

Primark set to launch bridal collection

Here comes the bride... all dressed in Primark apparently.

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