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Features & Interviews

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

Sue Bourne

Do you ever wonder what you’d do if you were given a terminal diagnosis and told you may only have months to live? That question is what my latest film is all about. It may sound maudlin and sad but I can assure you it isn’t. And the reason for that is that the people I set out to find may have been terminally ill but they’d all chosen to make the most of the time they have left.

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

David Nice

It's funny how Parisians grumble about any major new venue which lies outside their chic central stamping ground.

theartsdesk at The Hospital Club

Theartsdesk

The Arts Desk is delighted to announce a new partnership with The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. There are plenty of private members club in central...

'It was probably the most effective act of...

Stephen Unwin

“I’ve got a terrible confession to make”, I said to my long-suffering partner who had been away for the weekend with our young daughter. “Oh yes,” I...

theartsdesk in Tallinn: From Dusk to Black at...

David Nice

Many other top Estonian musicians, performing among other works 30 premieres of music by their compatriots in just over a week, might have been...

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

Theartsdesk

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

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

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