Richard Wakely, artistic director and chief executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival

Richard Wakely does not express frustration often. If anything, the artistic director and chief executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival (...)

Lancashire-born artist Neil Shawcross has gifted his complete “Writers of Belfast” collection to Belfast City Council in appreciation of his “home” city.

An exhibition of paintings by Neil Shawcross that pays tribute to Belfast’s leading novelists, playwrights, poets and musicians has opened at the Andr(...)

Isabella Rosellini in her one-woman (and her dog) show ‘Link Link’

Over the years, as an arts producer and festival curator, Richard Wakely has frequently encouraged performers, artists and organisations to hit the re(...)

In a fractious political environment, where audiences can fatigue of Troubles-related theatre and Stormont is once again in stasis, keeping schtum can sometimes seem like a deliberate move. Photograph:  Chris Carmichael/The New York Times

It all seemed harmless enough. A sparse stage with a cartoon desert backdrop was steadily becoming populated with handmade wooden contraptions: a fore(...)

Richard Clements, Maria Connolly, Frank McCusker and Róisín Gallagher in Tinderbox’s Lally the Scut. Photograph: Brian Morrison

These are difficult days for the arts in the North, with news of the feared cuts in funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland descending wi(...)

Bullet Catch, in which performer Rob Drummond handed a gun to a volunteer from the crowd before calmly asking to be shot in the face

On Friday night in Belfast, the performer Rob Drummond took an audience member onstage and asked him, in front of a large crowd, about his religious b(...)

In ‘Victor’, are these two beautiful people father and son? Is their relationship sweet and tender – or something else entirely?

It comes as something of a surprise, when walking along Hamilton Dock in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, to encounter a ploughed field, its furrows stretch(...)