In 1985, Paul Simon broke the cultural boycott of Apartheid-era South Africa to make Gracelands, much to the anger of many, including Steve Van Zandt.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

It’s the sort of question that might come up at a particularly rarefied pub quiz (which, in its own way, sounds like something Hieronymus Bosch mig(...)

 Stephen Rea  and Sean McGinley  take a  bow after performing in Ages of the Moon in New York in 2010. Photograph: Ben Hider/Getty Images

The actor Stephen Rea will receive this year’s Special Tribute award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The presentation will be made at (...)

Halpin hand: Katy Perry at Super Bowl XLIX. Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty

February 1st was a good day for quite a few people who happened to find themselves in Arizona. It was a good day for fans of the New England Patriots,(...)

Bands were to be given slots on Killarney Festival of Food & Music’s Actbacker stage according to how many tickets each act sold

Earlier this week Killarney Festival of Food & Music withdrew plans to create a “brand new stage for emerging Irish talent” at its event, citing t(...)

Anne Enright has been named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.  She was awarded the honour by the Arts Council at a ceremony in Dublin and will begin her three-year term this month.

Anne Enright has been named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. The role lasts for three years, and is a new initiative that has been developed (...)

Sinead Cambell-Wallace in Alcina by the Opera Theatre Company which got a rise in funds from €640,000 to €680,000 for 2015. Photograph: Kip Carroll

The Arts Council funding allocations for 2015 have stability as their main focus. In this year’s allocations, just announced, most organisation(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? The Schaubühne’s Hamlet, at Dublin Theatre Festival, grabbed its audience by the throat and r(...)

Van Morrison Olympia Theatre, Dublin ***On stage is the sort of lineup that an ambitious arts-festival curator with money to burn might dream up. Ian (...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys: “The arts must benefit as the economy continues to improve.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has announced €2 million in extra funds for the Arts Council next year, to finance (...)

Better than the Baftas, greater than the Grammys, and more lobbied than the Oscars – welcome to the Ticket Awards 2014. Take your seats please, we’(...)