Authors Marita Conlon-McKenna (left) and Melatu Uche Okorie at the launch of the programme for the 21st International Literature Festival Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An event at Dublin’s International Literature Festival that was to discuss an anthology of writing about the movement for reproductive rights in Irela(...)

Abbey Theatre directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The door of the Abbey directors’ office opens to reveal an almost touchingly Dickensian sight. Graham McLaren, still recuperating from flu, is holding(...)

Oona Doherty in ‘Hope Hunt’

Performances normally begin with theatre lights dimmed or a curtain raised. Oona Doherty’s Hope Hunt opens with the audience standing outside the thea(...)

Pere Faura in Stiptease. Photograph: Rafael Gavalle

The concluding days of this year’s Dublin Dance Festival brought into focus themes that had peeked through earlier performances: in a world of where t(...)

Balletto di Roma’s At Home Alone: a clever duet with technology

Elvedon, Balletto di Roma, Top 8 Hip-Hop Dance Battle Dublin Dance Festival ***** Six stooped figures with their backs to the audience slowly begin(...)

Ahmad Joudeh, a Palestinian brought up in Syria danced in his bombed out neighbourhood and in the ancient theatre at Palmyra, where Isis carried out mass executions. Photograph: Michel Schnater

Mithkal Alzghair wanted to create a reflection on the trauma of refugees coming into Europe, the effects of his own displacement from his home and fam(...)

Deep Dish. Photograph: Michael Loizenbauer

Dancers from 11 countries will perform in 40 events as part of this year’s Dublin Dance Festival which runs from May 18th-28th. But behind the diverse(...)

Jean Butler and Neil Martin in This Is an Irish Dance: “We wanted to make this really connected,” says Martin, “to get to a place where the movement was unconscious, and intuitive,” adds Butler.

There is an unmistakably relaxed air about the choreographer and performer Jean Butler as she talks about her new work, This Is an Irish Dance. Arou(...)

Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JANUARY Out to Lunch January 6th-29th Take a trip to Belfast for a mind-expanding programme that includes music from James Vincent McMorrow, a live(...)

Feargus Ó Conchúir’s “The Casement Project”: valuing the individual and diversity

What were your cultural highlights of 2016? Angry and articulate, Embodied at the GPO Visitors Centre made a timely statement about women and dance.(...)

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