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Arts festivals the size of the Venice Biennale are inevitably patchy. The appointed directors are hardly ever given enough time to curate and fill absolutely vast volumes of space...
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A cinematic cross-section of life in London-by-Sea
Prize includes hotel, a meal and event tickets
Sub-texts galore in grade-A Ealing melodrama
Russell T Davies's revisionist Shakespeare delivers on its own, often puckish terms
The starry partnership of Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc misfires in series relaunch
Nick Broomfield in elegiac mode holds out for history
Chas & Dave, Duran Duran, Cuban Brothers and the blazing sun make this festival fizz
Full-on electropop magnificence from Canadian sister duo
Live charisma adds human depth to the perfect sheen of her new record
The OAE doesn't just sound unique. It looks it too. To mark the orchestra's 30th anniversary, photographer Eric Richmond introduces his portraits
Perfect depth and communication in Beethoven and Elgar
As Festival of Voice opens in Cardiff with Bryn Terfel, Charlotte Church and John Cale, a historian explains Wales's choral roots
Double bill celebrates Italy in Wales and 70 years of changing styles
Rising stars of opera shine at major Polish-based international event
A musical dramatisation of Sarah Kane's classic play finds both pain and consolation
A Victorian's spectacular transgender life, bleakly and obliquely told
A thrilling revival of contemporary classic 'Blue/Orange' leads theartsdesk's stage tips
A brutally efficient adaptation of Brecht and Weill's grubby classic
Reality bites: icon buildings abandoned for mass migration and a global housing crisis
Exceptional loans from New York make a familiar story sparkle with life
The award-winning photographer talks about her new book, 'Occupied Pleasures'
MacMillan revival in a different class to anodyne offerings from McGregor and Wheeldon
Dance version is loud and brash with all the horror and none of the mystery
On his retirement tour, Cuban superstar showcases the young, and proves he's still got it