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Six of the best: Film

 Almost Holy ★★★★ Charisma battles desolation in moving documentary of Ukraine's lower depthsThe Childhood of a Leader ★★★ Atmospheric debut film inspired by Sartre novella on the nurturing of a...

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Six of the best: Theatre

PLAYSOur Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre ★★★★★ Lee 'Billy Elliot' Hall adapts book about six convent girls, with miraculous results. Until 1 OctHarry Potter and the Cursed Child,...

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Pick of the BBC Proms 2016

"Refreshingly traditional" is how one of our writers describes this year's BBC Proms programme. Alarmingly unadventurous might be another way of putting it, though only in comparison with many of the...

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Sunken Cities: Egypt's lost worlds rediscovered

In a gallery darkened to evoke the seabed that was its resting place for over a thousand years, the colossal figure of Hapy, the Egyptian god of the Nile flood, greets visitors just as it met sailors...

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Six of the best: Art

★★★★★ Stubbs and the Wild, Holburne Museum, Bath Known as a painter of horses, the 18th-century artist captured an entire menagerie. Until 2 Oct★★★★★ Georgia O’Keeffe, Tate Modern Defined by...

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Seven sides of Alan Rickman

When sorrows come they come not in single spies. It is a bad week to be 69. Hard on the heels of David Bowie's death from cancer comes Alan Rickman's. He was an actor who radiated a sinful allure...

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Boulez, The Rite and the National Youth Orchestra

David Nice writes: 2016 began by ringing in the new with concerts by the ever-astonishing National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and continued by ringing out the old-new with funeral bells on the...

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David Bowie: Unforgettable and Unrepeatable

If each man's death diminishes us, we're all about a foot shorter today. When Elvis Presley died, his manager Colonel Tom Parker said "this won't change anything!", and he promptly set about ensuring...

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Søren Dahlgaard’s Dough Portraits

Can a portrait really be a portrait if we can’t see a person’s face? And what if the reason we can’t see their face is that it is covered with a lump of dough? Is it a joke? And if it is a joke, is...

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Best (and Worst) of 2015: Television

It's hard to disagree with Matthew Wright, in his brisk analysis of the shortcomings of British crime drama (see below). He notes how flashes of inspiration are smothered by skimpy budgets and the...

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theartsfest 2015 - Sunday

So, the first day's done. We awake, bleary-eyed and emerge from our tents and survey the scene. No matter how bad it looks for our immediate future health, the clouds are sure to clear before the...

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theartsfest 2015 - Saturday

The festival market is one that has, like much of Britain, become oversaturated of late. Here at theartsdesk however, we feel that there’s room for one more as long as it’s of the highest possible...

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Best (and Worst) of 2015: Film

The autumn cinema schedules of 2015 were assailed by the double whammy of Spectre and The Force Awakens– at times making it hard to find a screen showing anything else. Yet you’ll see that...

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Best of 2015: Art

From weaselly shyster to spineless drip, the biographies of Goya’s subjects are often superfluous: exactly what he thought of each of his subjects is jaw-droppingly evident in each and every portrait...

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The Amazing World of MC Escher, Dulwich Picture Gallery

Walls that are floors, floors that are walls, and stairs that go up to go down: in the brain-befuddling art of MC Escher (1898-1972) the mundane everyday meets a world of paradox in which the rules...

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Portraits from the 2015 Taylor Wessing Prize

At first glance David Stewart’s Five Girls 2014, the winning entry in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, is a very ordinary scene. Five young women sit behind a table, obligatory...

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