wed 30/07/2014

Features & Interviews

theartsdesk at the Port Eliot Festival

Mark Hudson

Remember when festivals were only about what they were ostensibly about? When, say, Reading offered nothing beyond hard rock bar disgusting toilets, overpriced hamburgers and the prospect of a punch-up. When literary festivals dealt only in, well, literature. Nowadays, the average music festival offers all the amenities of a small city, not just music, but shopping, comedy, ballet and every form of spiritual and bodily therapy. But even in these times of festival as free-form lifestyle...

theartsdesk in the Faroes: Disco and Dried Fish

Kieron Tyler

“Tonight, in the Faroe Islands, we’re going to find the greatest dancer.” It’s not an exhortation which often rings out. It could even be a first time The Faroes have been invited to demonstrate their disco prowess. Sister Sledge are on stage and about to launch into their 1979 Chic-produced world-wide smash “He’s the Greatest Dancer”.This, though, is 2014 and the Sledge sisters are playing G! Festival, the Faroes’ annual celebration of their own culture and popular music. The other Nordic...

theartsdesk at Latitude: Lily Allen/Haim

Katie Colombus

The only bad thing about Latitude is a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Some proper planning is advised - or a quick purchase of the...

theartsdesk at Latitude: Damon Albarn/Booker T...

Matthew Wright

Booker T Jones seduced, his delivery a river of molasses, his beaming smile so suave it was difficult to believe he was, actually, singing the blues...

theartsdesk at the East Neuk Festival: Littoral...

David Nice

Schubert played and sung through a long summer day by the water: what could be more enchanting? The prospect did not take into account the pain in...

Some Like It Hot

David Benedict

Billy Wilder's peerless, deliriously funny sex-comedy is back on the big screen

'Gimme a vodka and a floorplan': Elaine Stritch remembered

David Benedict

Brief encounters with the legendary New York diva

First Person: Curating Shelagh Wakely

Sarah Kent

On mounting a show which gives a forgotten artist the recognition she deserves

Opinion: Too Strictly? Battle in the ballroom

Marianka Swain

An ill-conceived new ruling could have disastrous effects on the dance community

Lorin Maazel (1930-2014) on Puccini's Golden Girl

David Nice

The conductor, who has died aged 84, enthusing in 1991 about a masterpiece

Opinion: The docusoap must die, again

Jasper Rees

A generic mutation has come back from the grave, and it still sucks

Nightmare in Aix: Sarah Connolly on a shocking first night

Sarah Connolly

The great mezzo reports on how her Ariodante at the French festival was sabotaged

theartsdesk in Moscow: Blood brothers on film

Tom Birchenough

No avoiding contemporary realities at the Moscow International Film Festival

theartsdesk in Setúbal: Youth and music under the jacarandas

David Nice

A festival with a difference in a stunningly situated Portuguese port city

theartsdesk in Fes: A world music festival that's a beacon of tolerance

Peter Culshaw

Forget Glastonbury, Morocco's Festival of World Sacred Music goes from strength to strength

First Person: Who is Mozart's fake garden girl?

Frederic Wake-Walker

The director of Glyndebourne's La finta giardiniera explores her identity

First Person: Gotta Have Faith?

Robin Soans

Playwright Robin Soans introduces his drama about a family divided by faith

David Schneider Makes Stalin Laugh

David Schneider

The comedian and playwright introduces his play about Yiddish actors in the Soviet Union

'Here they come again': Zulu at 50

Ian Knight

A leading Zulu War historian ponders the recent ‘re-premiere’ of the classic British adventure film 50 years after its release

American TV not always better, claims BBC boss Danny Cohen

Adam Sweeting

BBC supremo takes viewers to task for their transatlantic tastes

theartsdesk in Transylvania: An unearthed Dr Dolittle and disquieting shadows

Sheila Johnston

Vampires take a backseat at this year's film festival

Extracts: John Tusa - Pain in the Arts

Ismene Brown

Arts must stop moaning and politicos must trust the public's love of art, says culture chief

theartsdesk at The Inntöne Jazz Festival

Matthew Wright

A bucolic setting, but the expert, eclectic programming is the secret of this extraordinary event's success

theartsdesk in Dresden and Berlin: Happy Birthday, Richard Strauss

David Nice

Flaming operatic rarity in restored palace courtyard crowns the Dresden Music Festival

East End Film Festival 2014: Preview

Katherine McLaughlin

Film, debate and controversy in the heart of the East End

Marina Abramović: 512 Hours, Serpentine Gallery

Fisun Güner

When did the New York-based performance artist become such a cornball merchant?

theartsdesk in Budapest: Magyar Strauss

Roderic Dunnett

The Hungarian capital's gorgeous State Opera does six elaborate masterpieces proud

Brighton Festival Final Weekend - with the Family

Thomas H Green

A sunny Saturday out at the climax of Brighton Festival 2014

Caspar Gomez hits Glyndebourne Opera Festival

Caspar Gomez

theartsdesk's hedonic rock festival regular takes in his first opera


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