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Features & Interviews

PJ Harvey: Recording in Progress, Artangel at Somerset House

Mark Kidel

Artangel continues to instigate extraordinary events in extraordinary places. Over the past two decades and more, directors Michael Morris and James Lingwood have helped generate major and ground-breaking work by Rachel Whiteread, Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Roni Horn, Jeremy Deller, Steve McQueen, Matthew Barney, Gregor Schneider, Francis Alÿs and many others. It's a long list. Their latest collaboration with PJ Harvey is no less thought-provoking and inspiring than the best of their unique...

Quick! Win tickets for the London Art Fair

Fisun Güner

Whether you’re interested in buying, just looking or attending one of the many talks and events, the London Art Fair is the place to be over the next few days if you’re keen on modern and contemporary British art. theartsdesk has two pairs of tickets to give away which can be used for the duration of the fair. In addition to both the main fair, which features 128 galleries specialising in modern British art, and Art Projects, featuring curated displays of contemporary British art, the...

First Person: Finding Oppenheimer

Tom Morton-Smith

That the truth will always be so much bigger than we can comprehend is something I had to accept as I started to write Oppenheimer. There are so many...

First Person: Doing The Walworth Farce

Sean Foley

The (pronoun) Walworth (area in South London, near the Elephant and Castle) Farce (a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations...

The Story of The Beatles' Last Song

James Woodall

Summer was nigh. In May 1969 the Lennons bought Tittenhurst Park, an 85-acre estate in the same stockbroker belt as John’s first Beatles home,...

Best of 2014: Dance & Ballet

Hanna Weibye

A dozen unforgettable events from a rich year

Best of 2014: Top 13 Films, 5-1


The countdown concludes with our top five film picks

Best of 2014: TV

Adam Sweeting

Prog Rock, detectives, two world wars and the young Batman were among 2014's highlights

Best of 2014: World Music

Peter Culshaw

Best of the year, quite a lot of which was by revolutionary women

Best of 2014: Art

Fisun Güner

It was a year of remembrance - so who were the artists we couldn't forget?

Best of 2014: Top 13 Films, 13-6


First in our two-parter best of the year countdown

theartsdesk at the Dubai International Film Festival

Demetrios Matheou

Few festivals involve such contrasts as Dubai's, where Emirati showboating and kitsch parties accompany some important Arab cinema

Photographer Rena Effendi: 'Images of dislocation'

Tom Birchenough

Azeri photographer brings the world to us with striking, intimate immediacy

Wolf Hall comes to BBC Two

Adam Sweeting

Hilary Mantel's historical novels journey from page to stage to screen

theartsdesk in Oslo: Two Peer Gynts and a Hamlet

David Nice

Intermittently powerful new Ibsen opera outshone by hard-hitting Norwegian theatre

Ian McLagan, 1945-2014

Kieron Tyler

Former Small Faces and Faces keyboard player, and Rolling Stones associate, dies at 69

Sci-Fi Week: Space Rock

Kieron Tyler

Rock and pop’s fascination with realms beyond the Earth’s atmosphere

Sci-Fi Week: Through the eyes of JG Ballard

Fisun Güner

The writer was profoundly influenced by art and in turn influenced artists

Sci-Fi Week: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Graham Fuller

The unassailable mother ship of science fiction movies is a sacred cow

Sci-Fi Week: Scoring the Impossible

Graham Rickson

How can music express the unimaginable?

Sci-Fi Week: Out of the Unknown

Tim Cumming

At last: the cult 1960s science fiction series finally comes to DVD

Mike Nichols, 1931-2014

Matt Wolf

A chameleonic talent at home in the worlds of theatre, cinema, and comedy

Gallery: Honoré Daumier and Paula Rego - a conversation across time

Fisun Güner

One was driven by a sense of social injustice, the other by a fascination with stories that hint at psychological disturbance

theartsdesk at the Viennale

Demetrios Matheou

The vitality of Vienna's film festival prevents the city from resting on its laurels

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

Tim Cumming

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


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