Who owns the right to outrage? Folk opera Counting Sheep is set during the 2014 Maidan revolution.   Photograph: Jeremy Mimnagh

In the United States, an artist paints a portrait of a dead black boy. At Imma, an art video looks at internment. Soon a mega musical set in the Vietn(...)

Handmade dolls from Soften the Border by Rita Duffy

Soften The Border – Rita Duffy Blacklion-Belcoo Bridge and Keegan’s Shop, Co Cavan / Co Fermanagh, Until August 13th ritaduffystudio.com Rita Duffy’(...)

Caroline McCarthy, MANSIZE, at Butler Gallery, Kilkenny. Photograph: Roland Paschhoff

“I’m still not sure I understand the politics,” says an American woman at the cafe table next to me. She’s fresh from a Brexit talk by Downing Street (...)

Counting Sheep is  an immersive folk opera using traditional songs  performed by the Lemon Bucket Orchestra. Photograph: Dahlia Katz

Before January 2014, the composer and musician Mark Marczyk used to wave the word “revolution” around liberally, but usually after the words “folk mus(...)

Christian Blackshaw: performing Schubert’s piano sonatas at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Schubert: Dreaming the Sublime Kilkenny Arts Festival, Friday August 11th to Sunday August 20th kilkennyarts.ie Kilkenny Arts Festival’s main compos(...)

Jonathan Pearson: “You need to be the problem-solver, the agony aunt,  but you also need to be the person to say ‘let’s do something fun’.”

Two large caravan batteries and 150 metres of cable are among the things you may find if you get into a vehicle that Cork man Jonathan Pearson is driv(...)

Mezzo soprano Tara Erraught, with the   RTÉ NSO/Gavin Maloney, at the NCH, Dublin, on Friday

Friday 14 Tara Erraught (mezzo soprano), RTÉ NSO/Gavin Maloney NCH, Dublin, 8pm €20-€45/€18-€40.50 nch.ie If your pocket stretches you can head abro(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: could have drawn up a gender-equality policy that would apply to any organisation or individual receiving funding from her department. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Kilkenny Arts Festival found itself in a scrap about gender balance when it announced its classical programme last month. Laurence Mackin’s report on (...)

Soprano Ailish Tynan will perform the work of Schubert at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

The late masterpieces of Schubert, Handel in Ireland, and Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis with Stephen Rea are among the highlights of this year’s Kilkenny(...)

Wide Open Opera’s production of “The Barber of Seville”. Will Opera Theatre Company, Lyric Opera and Wexford Festival Opera also throw their hats into the ring?

The Arts Council’s problematic handling of opera has been well aired in these pages. Happily, the council’s latest move on opera funding is in a posit(...)

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