sun 24/07/2016

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theartsdesk in The Faroe Islands: G! Festival 2016

Kieron Tyler

Familiar words pepper the lead item on the 9am radio news: "Brexit", "Theresa May", "Boris Johnson". Yet the bulletin is delivered in the first language of the 49,000-population Faroe Islands. The self-governing region of Denmark may be a remote cluster of 18 North Atlantic islands, but the Britain-watching contagion has spread to a place which has never been a member of the EU. Denmark is. The Faroes aren't.The Faroes do it their way. How much so is apparent at the annual G! Festival, hosted...

Pick of the BBC Proms 2016


"Refreshingly traditional" is how one of our writers describes this year's BBC Proms programme. Alarmingly unadventurous might be another way of putting it, though only in comparison with many of the golden years under Roger Wright.It's true that there are few of the daring juxtapositions within programmes which have been such a Proms hallmark. But there are still the usual commissions, not always from the usual suspects, a distinguished roster of visiting orchestras - though some of their...

First Person: the Herbert Howells Cello Concerto...

Guy Johnston

In June 2014, I was invited to the late Sir John Tavener’s Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey. It was a poignant occasion, marked by a...

Brian Friel, the private playwright of Ballybeg

Jasper Rees

Brian Friel, who died in the autumn of 2015 at the age of 86, was a shy man who shunned interviews, keeping his powder dry for the work and shrouding...

Opinion: Post-Brexit, we need theatre more than...

Marianka Swain

In seeking to understand the historic, divisive and to some bewildering Brexit vote, I will turn to theatre. Through my regular exposure to it, I can...

theartsdesk in Reykjavík: Nocturnes for Midsummer

David Nice

Pianist-curator Víkingur Ólafsson goes wandering with friends

First Person: Boys Will Be Boys

Melissa Bubnic

Melissa Bubnic introduces her new play about women working in a man’s world

theartsdesk at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016

David Kettle

Little pomp but plenty of eclectic entertainment at the EIFF's 70th edition

Edinburgh celebrates British films

Demetrios Matheou

Timothy Spall is amongst a host of talent lining up in two very different British films

The Mighty Walzer: ping-pong in the round

Simon Bent

Howard Jacobson's much-loved novel is coming to the stage. Simon Bent explains how he adapted it

theartsdesk at the Holland Festival

James Woodall

Dutchness, audio-jungle, dirty minds and Dunsinane at one of Europe's premier arts festivals

The Edinburgh International Film Festival tees off with golfing drama

Demetrios Matheou

Film festival celebrates its 70th anniversary and Trainspotting's 20th

Alberto Remedios: 'his natural instrument obeyed his inner thoughts with ease'

Linda Esther Gray

A great Isolde remembers a great Tristan, who has died aged 81

A salute to Dave Swarbrick's singing

Graham Fuller

The legendary Fairport Convention fiddler also had a voice to reckon with

theartsdesk at the Istanbul Music Festival: classics alla Turca

David Nice

A top Turkish orchestra and a legendary native pianist do their great city proud

First Light: the story of the Tommies shot at dawn

Mark Hayhurst

Mark Hayhurst introduces his play about the shell-shocked British soldiers executed in the Great War

Seasick Steve – A Myth Unravels

Matthew Wright

The author of the hobo-bluesman's new biography scrapes his chin from the floor

Dream On: Surprises in the Athenian Wood

Simon Evans

There are Dreams aplenty in Shakespeare's anniversary year. Southwark Playhouse will go for different, says director Simon Evans

theartsdesk in Prague: Czech Spring with Smetana and Martinů

David Nice

The native greats illuminated in their homeland's glorious capital

The wisdom and wit of Carla Lane

Jasper Rees

The creator of 'The Liver Birds', 'Bread' and 'Butterflies' recalled in her own words

Is Wales really the land of song?

Professor Gareth Williams

As Festival of Voice opens in Cardiff with Bryn Terfel, Charlotte Church and John Cale, a historian explains Wales's choral roots

theartsdesk in Warsaw: Moniuszko Vocal Competition 2016

Gavin Dixon

Rising stars of opera shine at major Polish-based international event

Alistair Beaton: 'If you’re bored, it’ll be my fault'

Alistair Beaton

The author of 'The Accidental Leader', one of five short plays at the Arts Theatre, admits his difficulty in distinguishing between comedy and tragedy

Antonia Bird: 'I get lumped together with Ken Loach'

Jasper Rees

The uncompromising director to whom a new feature-length documentary pays tribute

theartsdesk in Göttingen: HandelFest 2016

David Nice

Two big concert successes atone for one frigid staging in German Arcadia

First Person: Tackling FGM

Charlene James

In 'Cuttin' It' the Young Vic confronts female genital mutilation. Playwright Charlene James explains her approach

'We played to the Queen of Denmark. We did a turn for Barack Obama'

Matthew Romain

After two years with the Globe's 'Hamlet' world tour, a company member attempts to sum up an experience like no other

theartsdesk at Tectonics Glasgow 2016

David Kettle

Hits and misses amid the weekend's genre-colliding exuberance

First Person: 'I am one of only three percent'

Susanna White

Female film directors are an industry minority. With her second film out this week, Susanna White argues it's time for a change


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