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Features & Interviews

Helaine Blumenfeld: 'Beauty has become synonymous with something banal'

Rachel Halliburton

Helaine Blumenfeld was living in Paris in the 1960s when she received an invitation from the Russian-born sculptor Ossip Zadkine to attend one of his salons. Zadkine had emigrated to Paris at the beginning of the century, evolving a style influenced first by Cubism and then African art. His most celebrated sculpture The Destroyed City (Rotterdam) had drawn comparisons with Picasso’s Guernica, while his social circle had included Henry Miller, Picasso, Brancusi and Modigliani. So when he invited...

Ed Vaizey: 'We must invest more in the arts'

Ed Vaizey

A couple of weeks ago, I held a debate in Parliament in which I called for the government to increase funding for the arts, museums and heritage. The Chancellor’s autumn statement, less than two months away, will be when I will know if my campaign has succeeded.For my whole six years as culture minister, from 2010 until the summer of 2016, funding was the biggest issue for debate. In 2010, big headline cuts drew the wrath of the sector. By 2015, I had persuaded the then Chancellor George...

First Person: The Juilliard Experiment

Mark Kidel

When the French painter Fabienne Verdier told me she’d been invited to explore the relationship between painting and music at the world-famous...

First Person: Steven Isserlis on Schumann's...

Steven Isserlis

All musicians have particular musical passions, composers, styles or genres to which they are irresistibly drawn. I have many – almost too many at...

Lammermuir Festival 2016, East Lothian

David Kettle

It’s just a short trip down the A1 from Edinburgh. But East Lothian – with its big skies, wide-open spaces, empty beaches and seemingly inexhaustable...

First Person: 'Leaving the house can feel like walking into battle'

Veronika Szabo

In 'War Paint', four women transform themselves for a night out. A performer explains how

Who's afraid of Edward Albee?

Jasper Rees

Remembering the playwright who fearlessly looked under the surface of the American Dream

10 Questions for Pianist Morten Schantz

Matthew Wright

Danish jazz-fusion pianist on how to blaze a trail after JazzKamikaze

theartsdesk at the D-Marin Festival: Turkish poetry in music, Bach at sunrise

David Nice

Open-air adventures from an epic Turkish oratorio to solo strings by the sea

First Person: Portrait of Britain

Bill Knight

Bill Knight on his prizewinning photograph and the competition that turns advertising screens into art galleries

theartsdesk at The Green Man Festival

Martin Longley

The Brecons beckon sensitive rock aesthetes

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician/DJ Mark Hawkins aka Marquis Hawkes

Joe Muggs

The eye-popping back story of Houndstooth Records' house sensation

Soulful Islamic passion: the Najmuddin Saifuddin group

Peter Culshaw

It can be dangerous to sing Qawwali - the greatest group of recent times is on a rare tour

theartsdesk at the Rosendal Festival: Schubert above a fjord

David Nice

A half-Norwegian voyage around 1828 from Leif Ove Andsnes and friends

Edinburgh Festival: Boulez celebration, Andreas Ottensamer, Stephen Hough

David Kettle

An affectionate homage to the great composer-conductor and bracing chamber recitals

theartsdesk in Venice: Shylock comes home

Heather Neill

The 500th anniversary of the Ghetto is celebrated across the city

theartsdesk in Odessa: Films and post-truth in the new Ukraine

Peter Culshaw

Strange truths at the 'Cannes of the East'

What are the arts doing here?

John Martin

The artistic director of Pan Intercultural Arts explains its pioneering work ahead of Southbank's Festival of Love

theartsdesk at the Pärnu Music Festival 2016

David Nice

A love-letter to the greatest orchestral playing in a perfect Estonian seaside town

theartsdesk at the Montreal Jazz Festival

Martin Longley

Mainline jazz, roots, and global sounds abound in the planet's biggest jazzfest

theartsdesk in the Faroe Islands: G! Festival 2016

Kieron Tyler

A sense of communion at the North Atlantic festival where rain never stops play

Pick of the BBC Proms 2016


Choices, choices from the world's biggest music festival, starting on Friday

First Person: the Herbert Howells Cello Concerto completed

Guy Johnston

Cellist Guy Johnston on the serendipitous moment that led to his premiere of the Herbert Howells concerto

Brian Friel, the private playwright of Ballybeg

Jasper Rees

The Northern Irish stage craftsman celebrated for Dancing at Lughnasa and Faith Healer

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

Marianka Swain

The arts hold the key to our collective humanity

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


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