Ethiopian workers on the Grand Renaissance Dam near the Sudanese-Ethiopian border. The $4.8 billion (€4.5bn) project will provide not just Ethiopia with power but also allow the exporting of energy to neighbouring countries. Photograph: Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images

Is Addis Ababa falling down? On first view the city appears tumbledown with half-finished buildings, deserted roadworks, no pavements and battered cor(...)

Ivano De Matteo's The Dinner (I nostri ragazzi), showing twice during the festival: in the Light House Cinema on Sunday 22nd, and in Movies@Dundrum on Monday 23rd

The Jameson Dublin Film Festival has begun its thirteenth season, with some 120 films showing at more than a dozen venues around the city until Mar(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

The Willis Clan from Nashville, Tennessee, performing in a previous year’s Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan. Photograph: Alan Betson

With “cuts” being the most uttered word in the arts sector, festivals have continued to look to private funders to make their events happen. But sp(...)

Towards the beginning of this very enjoyable documentary on the skateboarding scene in Ireland, Damien Cody, a veteran of the sport, muses how estrang(...)

Brendan Gleeson attends the ‘Calvary’ photocall during  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Actor Brendan Gleeson has dedicated his new movie role to Ireland’s good priests, the ones he said have been overlooked or even tarred by recent cleri(...)

Bloomsday, June 16th

January Out to Lunch 2-26 From Eamon Dunphy to Edna O’Brien, this Belfast festival has an eclectic line-up of music, spoken word and comed(...)