LOOKING for something different to expand your cultural repertoire this year? Look no further than this year's Out to Lunch Festival at Belfast's Cathedral Quarter – and in particular, the sound of The Irish Video Game Orchestra (IVGO).
SO, WHAT are we going to be reading in 2018? Well, there's a plethora of big anniversaries, a promise of 'the next Girl On The Train' and, of course, a certain royal wedding on the horizon – all of which will throw up plenty of possibilities.
JANUARY is, typically, the time to delete Domino's from your speed dial, stop idly scrolling through Instagram and make some solid plans to atone for the unmentionable sins committed during Twixmas – the ambiguous period between Christmas and New Year, when most of us lose all sense of time and calories consumed.
DUNKIRK Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy, Mark Rylance, Barry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard THE one film of 2017 that pretty much everyone saw at least twice was Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's visually stunning and minimally 'talky' film offers us a visceral taste of the week-long Allied evacuation from Dunkirk in May 1940.
ALTHOUGH you've barely had time to digest your Christmas turkey (but enough about Star Wars: The Last Jedi – haha, just kidding), it's only fair that we pause to look back aghast at three of 2017's biggest cinematic stinkers.
SCOTTISH stand-up Fern Brady has been a regular visitor to Ireland over the past couple of years and the West Lothian comic will keep up this tradition in 2018 on her first ever tour with current show Suffer, Fools! Fern will be at The Black Box on January 7 as part of the Out To Lunch Festival with this fully realised version of the work-in-progress she brought to Belfast back in the summer before taking it to Edinburgh for her third well received run at the Fringe.
FOLLOWING his recent run of sold-out dates in the wake of acclaimed debut solo album Spooky Action, former Mansun frontman Paul Draper is hitting the road again in 2018 – including visits to Dublin and Belfast.
AS A child surrounded by magnificent African wildlife – often having to chase a stray monkey from her garden – Co Down artist and illustrator, Alison Soye, developed a natural affinity for the larger-than-life animals she encountered when living in Rwanda and Malawi.