mon 22/09/2014

Features & Interviews

theartsdesk in Cadaqués: Inside Dalí

Markie Robson-Scott

In 1959, the walk to Salvador Dalí’s house in Portlligat seemed very long. I was on holiday with my parents in Cadaqués, staying in our friends’ house high on a hillside with a view of the blue bay and the white houses surrounding it. Not that I cared about views. What I wanted to do was swim, poke sea urchins, watch the fishermen unload their nets, and have a Coke at the Meliton bar.We set out for Dalí’s house with a guide, a little boy not much older than me who led us across rocks and...

First Person: From Insolence to Defiance

Paul Simmonds

Not that long ago, certainly when I was old enough to know better, I managed to get myself mugged by a gang of teenage street girls down by Lisbon docks. I had been following a long chain of beer and whisky  glasses from the end of one bar to the front of the next  and was quite drunk in that careless, carefree, foolhardy way.As muggings go it was hardly the worst: a little swarm of hands, a tickling feeling, a few oaths and the sound of trainers running off into the distance. As my...

Opinion: What's the point of short film?

Debbi Lander

The emergence of digital both as a technology and a culture has fundamentally changed the world in which short film now exists. Now short film has...

theartsdesk in Helsinki: Niubi Festival

Kieron Tyler

Tulegur Gangzi describes his music as “Mongolian grunge” and “nomad rock.” Thrashing at an acoustic guitar, the Inner-Mongolian troubadour is...

Immoral Tales: When Art Met Pornography

Kieron Tyler

The release of a restored version of 1974’s Immoral Tales on Blu-ray raises inevitable and unavoidable issues: whether the film is pornography, art...

Happy Birthday To Us: theartsdesk is Five

Peter Culshaw

Huzzah! We're blowing out the candles on half a decade of cultural coverage

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theartsdesk in Limerick: A Royal Visit From Grandma

Veronica Lee

Royal de Luxe put on gigantic show in City of Culture

Joan Rivers, 1933-2014

Fisun Güner

The first lady of comedy whose biggest dread was an empty diary

LFF 2014: Programme Launch

Matt Wolf

Oscar hopeful war films to bookend 'bubbling cauldron' that is LFF

Time, Weather, Place: Folkestone Triennial 2014

Fisun Güner

Headless 'terror' chickens, a naff baroque beach hut, and digging for gold

theartsdesk in Budapest: Sziget to City

Tim Cumming

Fireworks, a festival, and a permanent display of Hungarian applied arts

Richard Attenborough, 1923-2014

Nick Hasted

As filmmaker and man, Attenborough had a tireless energy for useful work

theartsdesk in Verbier: Festival with Fireworks

Alexandra Coghlan

Mozart and Mahler at a festival that's about so much more than just star-power

Frightfest 2014: Preview

Katherine McLaughlin

Werewolves, psychopaths and bloody murders deliver disturbing delights

Lauren Bacall: 'Just put your lips together and blow'

Matt Wolf

The screen made her, but she would become a stage tigress, not least when she sang

Listed: The laughter and tears of Robin Williams

Jasper Rees

From Mork to mawkish, the clips that define a brilliant career

10 Questions for singer Laura Mvula

Russ Coffey

The critic's darling talks Birmingham, fame, books and why she's re-recorded her debut album

theartsdesk in La Foce: War and Peace in Val d'Orcia

David Nice

Musical youth and experience gather in one of the world's most beautiful landscapes

Alright on the Night: at Glyndebourne with the OAE

Adam Sweeting

The view from the pit as Handel's 'Rinaldo' returns to leafiest East Sussex

Opinion: The Tricycle were right over the UK Jewish Film Festival

Fisun Güner

An arts organisation for once takes an ethical stand and are unjustly pilloried for it

First Person: 'Thomas Bernhard? I love him'

Peter Eyre

The actor Peter Eyre introduces the German rarity he is bringing to the Edinburgh Festival

theartsdesk in Bregenz: A floating opera festival

Alexandra Coghlan

Operatic fireworks (and dragons and acrobats) at the Bregenz Festival

Opinion: What does opera have to say to the under-30s?

Alexandra Coghlan

Will Glyndebourne's under-30s ticket scheme help the art form?

What Lies Beneath: The Secret Life of Paintings

Florence Hallett

From mystery men to missing whales, paintings can reveal unexpected secrets

theartsdesk at the Port Eliot Festival

Mark Hudson

Notting Hill meets Cornwall at boho-hippie-rock-literary love-in

theartsdesk in the Faroes: Disco and Dried Fish

Kieron Tyler

The usually reserved Faroese get down at G! Festival 2014

theartsdesk at Latitude: Lily Allen/Haim

Katie Colombus

Kid-friendly festival has an audience as eclectic as the line-up

theartsdesk at Latitude: Damon Albarn/Booker T Jones

Matthew Wright

Booker T Jones' set of Sixties hits wows the crowd - but is Damon Albarn's new solo material a touch too subtle to headline?


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