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Rattle for the LSO: great or just good news?

David Nice

Having manoeuvred to get a new concert hall for London earmarked in principle, Simon Rattle has finally agreed, as we thought he would, to take charge of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017. By then, he'll by 62 (though I thought the big idea was to leave Berlin at 64, an appropriate benchmark for a Liverpudlian).Yes, it’s a good move in many ways, even if I can’t be as unreservedly ecstatic as the press at large, which has at least done the classical world the service of giving it a...

theartsdesk in Calais: Simon Faithfull – To the Bottom of the World and Back

Sarah Kent

The sea is the theme uniting Simon Faithfull’s mid-career retrospective. It makes the port of Calais the perfect host for this splendid exhibition and, to put you in the mood, ideally you should make the crossing by boat. Faithfull spent six days going back and forth, back and forth on the P&O ferry between Dover and Calais. He passed the time – one and a half hours each way – sketching on his iPhone things that caught his eye, including a luggage trolley, a man reading (pictured below...

Extract: I've Always Kept a Unicorn: The...

Mick Houghton

Sandy Denny was well known within the folk world by 1968 (writes Kieron Tyler). Although the recordings were as-yet unreleased, in July 1967 she had...

theartsdesk in Moscow: Remembering George Costakis

Tom Birchenough

Russia’s national gallery, the Tretyakov, bears the name of its founder Pavel Tretyakov, the 19th-century merchant who bequeathed his huge collection...

'I'm the photographer. Any nudity? Any...

Bill Knight

We are sitting in the lobby of the National Theatre in the early afternoon waiting for the photocall for Dara to begin. Six or seven photographers,...

theartsdesk in Moscow: A Bewitching Eugene Onegin

Fisun Güner

A magical realisation of Pushkin's verse novel that's coming to London

Steve Strange, 1959-2015

Bruce Dessau

Ghost biographer remembers the New Romantic leader as a creative spirit and true pioneer

theartsdesk in Aalborg: Northern Winter Beat 2015

Kieron Tyler

Peter Hook, Efterklang’s new band and the music of agitated hamsters in north Denmark

PJ Harvey: Recording in Progress, Artangel at Somerset House

Mark Kidel

The musician in full creative swing: a voyeur’s delight

Quick! Win tickets for the London Art Fair

Fisun Güner

For great British art under one roof

First Person: Finding Oppenheimer

Tom Morton-Smith

The author of the RSC's new play about the creator of atomic bomb seeks an elusive truth

First Person: Doing The Walworth Farce

Sean Foley

Acclaimed comedy director introduces Enda Walsh's new farce starring three Gleesons

The Story of The Beatles' Last Song

James Woodall

Extract from a new Kindle single about the recording of 'Abbey Road'

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


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