sun 01/05/2016

Features & Interviews

Daniel Kramer for ENO Artistic Director: cause for cautious optimism?

David Nice

Within the wounded, divided company of English National Opera – artists and administration still at loggerheads – the buzz is surprisingly positive. CEO Cressida Pollock does finally seem to be listening: union deputies from chorus and orchestra met the final candidates for the too-long-dormant role of Artistic Director. From what I gleaned last night after the final blazing performance of Brahms's A German Requiem under the best Music Director I've seen at ENO in my lifetime, Mark Wigglesworth...

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two at the 50th Brighton Festival!

Thomas H Green

Brighton Festival is a fantastic, exhilarating, leading annual celebration of the arts, with events taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May. This year, the Festival celebrates 50 years of commissioning and producing innovative arts and culture with the experimental artist and musician Laurie Anderson, who is guest director.Enter this competition for a chance to win a fantastic break for two over the closing weekend of Brighton...

Jazz FM Awards 2016

Peter Quinn

A diverse mix of musicians from the worlds of jazz, blues, soul and beyond were honoured at the third Jazz FM Awards on Tuesday night, which took...

theartsdesk at the Savannah Music Festival,...

Martin Longley

The name of the Savannah Music Festival might sound somewhat vague in these days of specialist events, but this is an (almost) three-week sonic orgy...

Shakespeare: The Top 10 Deaths

Thomas H Green

Today marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. To celebrate this and, indeed, put the two together, the Brighton Festival 2016...

Prince, 1958-2016

Joe Muggs

Unique, irreplaceable, unequalled: the incomprehensible loss of a complete one-off

Victoria Wood: 'Please could you repeat the question?'

Jasper Rees

She was the most gifted comedian of her generation, male or female

theartsdesk in Tallinn: Estonian Music Days

David Nice

Women as composers and performers just happen to be top of the eco-bill

Samuel West: 'There’s no them and us. It’s all us'

Samuel West

In a speech to new coalition Creatives for Europe, the actor ponders the future for UK arts in the event of Brexit

Arnold Wesker: His Life and Career in 10 Scenes

Jasper Rees

The angry young playwright's career was as dramatic off the stage as on

Preview: International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016

Hanna Weibye

Rich cultural programme in England's second city aims to stimulate economy, promote gender equality

theartsdesk in Estonia: Tallinn Music Week 2016

Kieron Tyler

A Presidential exhortation to save our Europe and our freedom

We Made It: Guitar Maker Brian Cohen

Adam Sweeting

The incredible one-man string band

'What’s he doing - this kid - where’s he going?'

Leo Butler

'Boy', the Almeida's latest new work, grapples with poverty. Its playwright introduces it

Zaha Hadid: 'The most extraordinarily gifted architect of her generation'

Hugh Pearman

The fierce, funny and brilliant Baghdad-born trailblazer remembered

First Person: Couple in a Hole

Paul Higgins

A festival favourite that opens this week very nearly didn't get made, explains its star

Brighton Festival: 1967 and All That

Thomas H Green

Brighton Festival CEO Andrew Comben discusses the ongoing influence of the first Festival

theartsdesk at WOMADelaide

Martin Longley

Adelaide edition of the world music festival has its own distinct atmosphere

We Made It: Basket-maker Lois Walpole

Thomas Rees

Weaving works of art from 'ghost gear' and the detritus of consumerism

theartsdesk at Tectonics Festival, Adelaide

Martin Longley

Globetrotting musical pioneers alight in Adelaide

10 Questions for Musician Tad Doyle

Guy Oddy

The Seattle legend talks Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Witch Ape and Donald Trump

Peter Bowker on making 'The A Word'

Saskia Baron

Exploring the writer-producer’s approach to autism in his new BBC One drama series

10 Questions for Artist Marc Rees

Thomas H Green

A Welsh art original talks Shakespeare, allotments, family and his Brighton Festival premiere

Opinion: Paintings with nothing to lose but their frames

Marina Vaizey

Sometimes frilly, always unwanted: a new show highlights the curse of frame shadow

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016) - 'Music for anyone and everyone'

Peter Quantrill

Remembering the sometimes controversial composer whose work spanned the musical spectrum

Save ENO: The Chorus Speaks

David Nice

Crucial and articulate voices representing a great company under threat

First Person: The Estate We're In

Fran Robertson

Introducing a powerful new documentary about the UK housing crisis

James Burns – Let’s Go To Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers

Guy Oddy

The freakiest US rock band from the ‘80s finally has its story told

First Person: 'It's all about deception'

David Farr

The Ones Below is a new film written by David Farr, who adapted The Night Manager. He explores the common ground between them


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