sun 30/04/2017

Features & Interviews

'It was probably the most effective act of resistance in the history of the Third Reich'

Stephen Unwin

“I’ve got a terrible confession to make”, I said to my long-suffering partner who had been away for the weekend with our young daughter. “Oh yes,” I could see her thinking, “what have you done now?” “Well, I’ve written a play about the Nazi persecution of the disabled,” was my shifty reply. The truth is it’s such a disgusting subject, I was almost ashamed of what I’d done.

theartsdesk in Tallinn: From Dusk to Black at Estonian Music Days

David Nice

Many other top Estonian musicians, performing among other works 30 premieres of music by their compatriots in just over a week, might have been equally deserving candidates for the lead image. But perhaps an even more appropriate image might have been a black rectangle.

Jazz FM Awards 2017

Peter Quinn

Hosted by Jazz FM presenter, Jez Nelson, an impressively varied mix of UK and international artists from the worlds of jazz, blues and soul were...

Decade Zero, Dave Maric, Phronesis, Engines...

Matthew Wright

Decade Zero is a new commission from acclaimed contemporary classical composer Dave Maric, receiving its world premiere this weekend at the...

'What did you do?' Actors reveal their...

Julian Curry

Much of the brilliance of Shakespeare lies in the openness, or ambiguity, of his texts. Whereas a novelist will often describe a character, an action...

theartsdesk in Panama: Latin heat

Demetrios Matheou

The Panama film festival showcases a new wave of filmmakers across Central America

Michelangelo's Madonna and Child

Alison Cole

Why the Taddei Tondo, on loan to the National Gallery's Michelangelo & Sebastiano exhibition, makes the perfect Easter image

First Person: 15 years of Tenebrae, a lifetime of choral music

Nigel Short

As his choir prepares to light up Holy Week, its founder Nigel Short looks back

Fracked! Alistair Beaton on his anti-fracking satire

Alistair Beaton

The playwright explains the genesis of his fiery comedy starring Anne Reid and James Bolam

Tim Pigott-Smith: from The Jewel in the Crown to King Charles III

Jasper Rees

The actor played pillars of the establishment, but there was much more to him than that

There's more to Karen Blixen than Meryl Streep

Paul Tickell

A new play celebrates the Danish storyteller. Its adapter explores her unique appeal

Road Art: Art's wildest frontier


Street art is so last millennium. All the signs are that road art is the next big thing

Davos in the Desert: the Global Education and Skills Forum's vision for teaching the arts

Alison Cole

Luminaries, gurus, CEOs, teachers, politicians and educationalists gather in the Gulf

Fourth Plinth: How London Created the Smallest Sculpture Park in the World

Grayson Perry

Celebrating Trafalgar Square's infamous empty plinth, and its role in changing attitudes to contemporary art

French Touch, Red Gallery

Kieron Tyler

Ground-breaking exhibition digs into the history of French electronic music

thertsdesk in Oslo: Mozart beneath a Munch sun

David Nice

A great Norwegian pianist and a live-wire chamber orchestra collaborate with fresh results

Back in the Line of Duty

Adam Sweeting

Jed Mercurio's fiendishly-wrought police thriller comes to BBC One

'Backstabbing, betrayal and love': Ryan Craig on Filthy Business

Ryan Craig

The birth of a very personal new work at Hampstead Theatre about a small family business

Refugees and referendums: Ramin Gray on staging Aeschylus's The Suppliant Women

Ramin Gray

The second oldest play, adapted by David Greig for the Actors Touring Company, bursts with contemporary resonance

Oscars 2017: Moonlight and La La Land go toe to toe

Matt Wolf

Climactic cock-up caps most engaging Oscar ceremony in years

Farewell, Stanisław Skrowaczewski (1923-2017)

Gavin Dixon

A tribute to the conductor and composer who has died at the age of 93

'My father Sabahattin Ali is being rediscovered'

Filiz Ali

The Turkish author, murdered in 1948, is back in print. His daughter remembers him

Listed: How I Do Love Thee


Let theartsdesk count the ways with our romantic favourites from all over the arts

The private life of Stefan Zweig in England

Jasper Rees

His great novel 'Beware of Pity' is being staged at the Barbican. Who was Zweig, and the woman with whom he committed suicide?

Dr Michael Scott: How to make the most of globalisation

Michael Scott

We urgently need to learn more about our globalised past, argues the historian

John Hurt: 'If I’ve been anything I’ve been adventurous'

Jasper Rees

Remembering the magical actor who was most comfortable playing enigmatic outsiders

Interview: Claire Foy, Netflix queen

Jasper Rees

Celebrating the great British actress who rules the waves (and the Golden Globes)

Natalie Clein: 'The cello is part of my being'

Natalie Clein

The acclaimed musician writes for theartsdesk about her contributions to the year-long Cello Unwrapped season at Kings Place

Radio Cymru: Penblwydd Hapus (= Happy Birthday)

Betsan Powys

The BBC's Welsh-language station is 40. Its editor explains its continuing importance


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