Beauty and the Beast

This year the Grand Opera House’s annual panto celebrates 30 years of the “Queen of Belfast Pantomime” with the tale as old as time – Beauty and the Beast. The beautiful Belle from the village of Ballyfettridge,  immune to the “charming” pursuits of the chiselled and arrogant Flash Harry (Danny Bayne), follows her father, Paddy … More Beauty and the Beast

Trainspotting Live

Choose life, choose a job, choose sitting in a theatre wondering who you are on a Thursday evening… The iconic Irvine Welsh novel has been brought to life on stage by Adam Spreadbury-Maher in collaboration with Greg Esplin in a fully immersive, fully “in yer face” adaptation. Entering the studio theatre with your glow stick … More Trainspotting Live

Open House Belfast

The inaugural Place Open House event took place in July 2015.  Places of architectural and engineering interest opened their doors for free to allow the public an insight into the construction, restoration and life behind the spaces.  In 2015 I explored three very varied areas of architectural and cultural interest, the Queens University Graduate School building, Lawrence … More Open House Belfast

C.S Lewis Festival 2017

The C.S. Lewis Festival has brought all things Narnia to East Belfast for 4 years now.  Exploring C.S. Lewis’ legacy of literary works, his theological and philosophical themes, this year’s festival has taken inspiration from Lewis’ early autobiography Surprise of Joy.  Curated by local author, Jan Carson, the programme which runs from 18th to 22nd November … More C.S Lewis Festival 2017

Three’s a Shroud

For generations, Catholic undertakers in Belfast have buried Catholics and Protestant undertakers have buried Protestants. So you’d think now that we have peace (mostly), we could stick to these rules? But no. When veteran undertaker, Gerry McSorely, finds his Catholic customers being stolen by young Protestant rival, Basil Gray, an undertaking war breaks out. It … More Three’s a Shroud

EHOD 2017

Yet another weekend of exploring Northern Ireland’s heritage for free! Every year the European Heritage Open Days opens up historical places and spaces allowing visitors a glimpse into buildings that are not usually open to the public.  2017 marks it’s twentieth year and over the years I’ve taken the opportunity to explore lots of interesting … More EHOD 2017

Slow Adventure NI

When I opened my inbox to these two words I knew an invitation awaited that was right up my street. In a couple of weeks I will be participating in a Slow Adventure courtesy of Derry and Strabane District Council in conjunction with the transnational Slow Adventure in the Northern Territories (SAINT) programme.  Attending the … More Slow Adventure NI

Soulful Sunday

I love it when you stumble across an event and it’s everything you hoped for and more.  Soulful Sunday was just that.  A wonderful concept from Hollie and Tim of Freedom Retreats bringing yoga to the outdoors in a little green pocket in the city of Belfast. Freedom Retreats fuses physical fitness and wellness to create … More Soulful Sunday


Belfast-based multidisciplinary design studio Karishma’s World by Karishma Kursukrkar has launched her Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a unique politically inspired and designed card game Espionage. Triggered by the inauguration of President Trump, the game is designed to offer players an interactive fiction experience. I met Karishma through Belfast Design Week having attended one of … More Espionage