sun 26/03/2017

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

Alison Cole

I have heard countless speeches advocating the importance of arts education, and making bold cross-curricular claims – from England’s cultural ministers and arts leaders, to the Arts Council and the Creative Industries Federation – but I have never heard the case put more persuasively and simply than by Ronnie Cheng, the softly-spoken headmaster of the Diocesan Boys School in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

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

Grayson Perry

I have always felt very lucky to have been working as an artist in London during the period when it transformed into the capital of the art world. It has been a beautiful, fascinating and profitable ride.

French Touch, Red Gallery

Kieron Tyler

Un Voyage Á Travers Dans Le Paysage Électronique Français, the French subtitle, goes further. French Touch is the first exhibition to celebrate and...

thertsdesk in Oslo: Mozart beneath a Munch sun

David Nice

Leif Ove Andsnes directing two great Mozart piano concertos from the keyboard may be the chief attraction when the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra comes...

Back in the Line of Duty

Adam Sweeting

At the end of last year’s third series of Line of Duty, we saw the back of the reprehensible Dot “The Caddy” Cottan, and with the much-abused Keeley...

'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

Theartsdesk

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

John Berger: the critic as artist

Florence Hallett

Remembering the influential and radical thinker who has died aged 90

theartsdesk in Cape Town: Summer of nostalgia

Boyd Tonkin

In a divided nation, holiday season shows look back to harsher but more hopeful times

theartsdesk in Budapest: Prophecy in the world's best concert hall

David Nice

Great Hungarian musicians look outwards as the country's government closes the door

Seasons of love: Rent 20 years on

Jasper Rees

Jonathan Larson died before his musical struck gold. Was there more to come?

When Sam Shepard was a Londoner

Jasper Rees

The great American playwright, back in the West End with 'Buried Child', spent three formative years in London. Those who were there remember

'Hamlet’s actors are kings of infinite space'

Kelly Hunter

As her touring Hamlet reaches London, director Kelly Hunter reflects on packing Elsinore into a suitcase

'Before punk, there was Rauschenberg'

Justin Adams

As a major retrospective opens at Tate Modern, musician and producer Justin Adams reflects on his lifelong love of an American great

ENO's Marvellous Miller in pictures

David Nice

Celebration of Sir Jonathan's award-winning productions with familiar stars

'What would it feel like to watch women sew?'

EV Crowe

EV Crowe introduces 'The Sewing Group', her new Royal Court play set just before the Industrial Revolution

theartsdesk in Reykjavík: Iceland Airwaves 2016

Kieron Tyler

PJ Harvey, John Lydon, Björk and Iceland’s next sure thing Mammút assemble at the festival that’s about more than music

Leonard Cohen: Turning the Darkness Into Beauty

Mark Kidel

A singer-songwriter for post-Holocaust times

'I am dismayed by the tone of the debate'

Heather Neill

A member of the Globe's Council sees both sides in the Emma Rice furore

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