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theartsdesk at the East Neuk Festival: Littoral Schubertiad

David Nice

Schubert played and sung through a long summer day by the water: what could be more enchanting? The prospect did not take into account the pain in that all too short-lived genius’s late work: when interpreted by a world-class trio, quartet and pianists at the 10th East Neuk Festival, it could be exhausting. So the hours in between were much needed balm on an afternoon and evening in the picture-postcard fishing village of Crail in the East Neuk (cf "nook") of Fife below St Andrews.Grey skies...

Some Like It Hot

David Benedict

In what is undoubtedly one of the earlier recorded examples of the single entendre, the original ad campaign for Some Like It Hot yelled “Marilyn Monroe and her Bosom Companions”. Well, the posters may not have minced words, but there’s more than a little mincing on screen as Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon escape the mob and the St Valentine’s Day massacre and go on the lam by joining a band. An all-girl band. Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopaters, to be precise, who are to be holed up beneath the...

'Gimme a vodka and a floorplan': Elaine...

David Benedict

My (very) small haul of autographs collected as a schoolboy ran the gamut from Peter Pears to Linda McCartney but even back then I knew the classiest...

First Person: Curating Shelagh Wakely

Sarah Kent

I’ve curated nearly 70 exhibitions in my time. The most challenging was Elizabeth Frink’s retrospective at the Royal Academy. Weighing in at several...

Opinion: Too Strictly? Battle in the ballroom

Marianka Swain

Ballroom dancing, that most civilised of pastimes, may seem an unlikely target for controversy, but a proposed rule change by the British Dance...

Lorin Maazel (1930-2014) on Puccini's Golden Girl

David Nice

The conductor, who has died aged 84, enthusing in 1991 about a masterpiece

Opinion: The docusoap must die, again

Jasper Rees

A generic mutation has come back from the grave, and it still sucks

Nightmare in Aix: Sarah Connolly on a shocking first night

Sarah Connolly

The great mezzo reports on how her Ariodante at the French festival was sabotaged

theartsdesk in Moscow: Blood brothers on film

Tom Birchenough

No avoiding contemporary realities at the Moscow International Film Festival

theartsdesk in Setúbal: Youth and music under the jacarandas

David Nice

A festival with a difference in a stunningly situated Portuguese port city

theartsdesk in Fes: A world music festival that's a beacon of tolerance

Peter Culshaw

Forget Glastonbury, Morocco's Festival of World Sacred Music goes from strength to strength

First Person: Who is Mozart's fake garden girl?

Frederic Wake-Walker

The director of Glyndebourne's La finta giardiniera explores her identity

First Person: Gotta Have Faith?

Robin Soans

Playwright Robin Soans introduces his drama about a family divided by faith

David Schneider Makes Stalin Laugh

David Schneider

The comedian and playwright introduces his play about Yiddish actors in the Soviet Union

'Here they come again': Zulu at 50

Ian Knight

A leading Zulu War historian ponders the recent ‘re-premiere’ of the classic British adventure film 50 years after its release

American TV not always better, claims BBC boss Danny Cohen

Adam Sweeting

BBC supremo takes viewers to task for their transatlantic tastes

theartsdesk in Transylvania: An unearthed Dr Dolittle and disquieting shadows

Sheila Johnston

Vampires take a backseat at this year's film festival

Extracts: John Tusa - Pain in the Arts

Ismene Brown

Arts must stop moaning and politicos must trust the public's love of art, says culture chief

theartsdesk at The Inntöne Jazz Festival

Matthew Wright

A bucolic setting, but the expert, eclectic programming is the secret of this extraordinary event's success

theartsdesk in Dresden and Berlin: Happy Birthday, Richard Strauss

David Nice

Flaming operatic rarity in restored palace courtyard crowns the Dresden Music Festival

East End Film Festival 2014: Preview

Katherine McLaughlin

Film, debate and controversy in the heart of the East End

Marina Abramović: 512 Hours, Serpentine Gallery

Fisun Güner

When did the New York-based performance artist become such a cornball merchant?

theartsdesk in Budapest: Magyar Strauss

Roderic Dunnett

The Hungarian capital's gorgeous State Opera does six elaborate masterpieces proud

Brighton Festival Final Weekend - with the Family

Thomas H Green

A sunny Saturday out at the climax of Brighton Festival 2014

Caspar Gomez hits Glyndebourne Opera Festival

Caspar Gomez

theartsdesk's hedonic rock festival regular takes in his first opera

theartsdesk in Aarhus: SPOT Festival

Kieron Tyler

A thrill-packed, home-grown antidote to the Denmark-hosted Eurovision 2014

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Robin Ticciati

David Nice

Major new force in British music discusses adventures at Glyndebourne and in Scotland

Remembering Sir George Christie (1934-2014)

Brian Dickie

Memories of Glyndebourne's Chairman for 42 years, and son of its founders, from a long-term colleague

Hofesh Shechter: My Brighton Festival So Far

Hofesh Shechter

The choreographer and Brighton Festival Guest Director shares his thoughts


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