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Features & Interviews

Sci-Fi Week: Scoring the Impossible

Graham Rickson

Classical composers have always enjoyed depicting the implausible. Operas based on mythological subjects abound, creating near-impossible staging demands. Musical works based on science fiction are far rarer. Haydn's plodding opera Life on the Moon isn't one of his most scintillating works. More engaging is the first act of Janacek's comedy The Excursions of Mr Brouček, its pickled hero dreaming himself onto the surface of a moon inhabited by a colony of fey artists and intellectuals. The most...

Sci-Fi Week: Out of the Unknown

Tim Cumming

The lightning speed of the past, Raymond Carver once wrote. There’s no epic distance of space larger than that between the imagined futures of decades past and the way things are now. It’s the Jet-Pack conundrum: it should be here but what have we got? Drones and jogging apps.Of course, sci-fi isn’t a literal space – or wasn’t, before CGI. It was, rather, the last trumpet of allegorical art in a world obsessed by surface images. Outside of sci-fi, we barely experience allegory in our...

Mike Nichols, 1931-2014

Matt Wolf

He was at home with screen newcomers like Dustin Hoffman and Cher and knew how to handle such old pros as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, while...

Gallery: Honoré Daumier and Paula Rego - a...

Fisun Güner

Baudelaire called him a “pictorial Balzac” and said he was the most important man “in the whole of modern art”, while Degas was only a little less...

theartsdesk at the Viennale

Demetrios Matheou

We’ve grown accustomed to cinemas asking punters to pocket their cell phones, or prohibiting food and drink inside the auditorium. But an unassuming...

Leviathan: Attacking Putin's Russia From Inside the Whale

Tom Birchenough

Introducing the director Andrei Zvyagintsev and his Cannes-winning film

CD Special: The Basement Tapes Complete

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It's here - the full, final, complete official bootleg edition

First Person: The lure of the lost play

Tom Littler

As Rattigan's debut is staged after 80 years, its director ponders the rise of the rediscovery

Annie Lennox: The Jazz Singer

Peter Culshaw

Britain's best-selling singer on her new jazz album, Amy Winehouse and existential loneliness

theartsdesk in Stockholm: A Nobel Prize for Musical Excellence

David Nice

The 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize brings the Vienna Philharmonic to the Swedish capital

Robert Wyatt: Different Every Time

Marcus O'Dair

On writing the authorised biography of one of the UK's most respected musicians

RIP Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape

Joe Muggs

A sad farewell to the poet laureate of the dubstep generation

theartsdesk in Bamberg: Top Town, Top Orchestra

David Nice

Conductor Jonathan Nott's world-class team is only one reason for visiting Germany's jewel

Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)


Tributes to the conductor, scholar and gentleman from musicians who worked with him

theartsdesk Q&A: Singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan

Joe Muggs

After only nine years' break, the introspective Edinburgh songwriter is back

theartsdesk in Cadaqués: Inside Dalí

Markie Robson-Scott

A Catalan fishing village is the world capital of Surrealism

First Person: From Insolence to Defiance

Paul Simmonds

Lyrical country meets rollicking cowpunk: Paul Simmonds on writing songs for two very different new albums

Opinion: What's the point of short film?

Debbi Lander

The director of the Encounters Film Festival leaps to the short film's defence

theartsdesk in Helsinki: Niubi Festival

Kieron Tyler

Head-spinning Mongolians, intense Indonesians and bull-roaring locals at the festival building bridges between Finland and east Asia

Immoral Tales: When Art Met Pornography

Kieron Tyler

Walerian Borowczyk's controversial, censor-baiting Seventies film is re-released

Happy Birthday To Us: theartsdesk is Five

Peter Culshaw

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

Listed: theartsdesk's Greatest Hits


To celebrate theartsdesk's fifth birthday, we share your favourite reads

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


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