sun 25/06/2017

Features & Interviews

theartsdesk at the Istanbul Music Festival: East and West in perfect balance

David Nice

The time is out of joint for Turkey at the moment, but it’s still a country equally split between those looking to the west for the culture of ideas and the more conservative element which at least needs its voice respected. They co-exist peacefully in a great cosmopolitan city like Istanbul, which recently joined Ankara and Izmir in rejecting increased powers for its leader.

'The challenge is to make something of not very much': Iestyn Davies on Britten's Oberon

Iestyn Davies

Tomorrow Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream will begin a short run at the Snape Maltings, Suffolk in a new production directed by Netia Jones and conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth. It will mark the high point of the Aldeburgh Festival’s summer celebrations half a century on from the opening of the Snape Maltings concert hall.

'You are my hero, dear Jiří': Karita...


The first of Jiří Bělohlávek’s final three appearances in London, conducting his Czech Philharmonic in a concert performance of Janáček’s Jenůfa,...

Sergei Vikharev, master ballet-reconstructor,...

Ismene Brown

Just as the 200th anniversary is about to be celebrated of the great genius of 19th-century classical ballets, Marius Petipa, the creator of The...

theartsdesk Q&A: Claude Barras and Céline...

Demetrios Matheou

If one were to stop at the title, My Life as a Courgette – from the French Ma vie de Courgette and unsurprisingly renamed for those insular Americans...

theartsdesk in Göttingen: Handel for all

David Nice

Dazzling singers, clavichord at sunrise and a generous spirit in the heart of Germany

A Time to Live: 'I did not want to reveal at the end who was alive or dead'

Sue Bourne

Sue Bourne had a huge impact with her 2016 film 'The Age of Loneliness'. Here she introduces her new documentary

theartsdesk on the Seine: a second new concert hall for Paris

David Nice

Laurence Equilbey's Insula Orchestra launches a revolutionary new residency

theartsdesk at The Hospital Club


Announcing a new partnership with the most creative club in London

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

Stephen Unwin

Stephen Unwin on 'All Our Children', his play for Jermyn Street Theatre about Nazi persecution of the disabled

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

David Nice

Imaginative brilliance in a spectacular showcase for thriving new music scene

Jazz FM Awards 2017

Peter Quinn

UK and international stars from jazz, blues, soul and film honoured in London

Decade Zero, Dave Maric, Phronesis, Engines Orchestra - preview

Matthew Wright

Composer, conductor and star bassist on exploring the worlds between jazz and classical chamber music

'What did you do?' Actors reveal their Shakespearean secrets

Julian Curry

On the 401st anniversary of the Bard's death, actor-author Julian Curry introduces his new book of interviews, Shakespeare On Stage Vol 2

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


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