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Oscars 2017: Moonlight and La La Land go toe to toe

Matt Wolf

If only the recent American election had been similarly rectified. That was surely the thought on many people’s lips as the 89th Academy Awards ended in confusion with the news that the evening’s expected winner, La La Land, had in fact lost to Moonlight – an upset immediately amplified by easily the biggest cock-up in Oscar history. 

Farewell, Stanisław Skrowaczewski (1923-2017)

Gavin Dixon

Bruckner conductors improve with age: Haitink, Blomstedt, Gielen – octogenarians all. But Stanisław Skrowaczewski went further, conducting his favourite composer almost to his death, this week at the age of 93. And more than any of his contemporaries, he seemed to embody the Brucknerian qualities of wisdom, experience and patience. A glorious Indian summer brought his work to a new generation, as, apparently oblivious to physical frailty, he toured extensively, in his last years appearing with...

'My father Sabahattin Ali is being...

Filiz Ali

I was 11 years old when my father was killed. A body was found near the border between Turkey and Bulgaria. According to authorities it belonged to...

Listed: How I Do Love Thee


Love is in the air. Today, men and women and boys and girls will be pondering how to say it with roses and cards and candlelit dinners: those three...

The private life of Stefan Zweig in England

Jasper Rees

On 23 February 1942 at half past four in the afternoon in a secluded Brazilian hilltown called Petrópolis about an hour from Rio, a maid and her...

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

'We should take a 1:1 ratio of male to female talent as the norm'

Odaline De La Martinez

Conductor Odaline de la Martinez on the female composers featured in this year's London Festival of American Music

Howard Davies: An Appreciation

Matt Wolf

The peerless directors' director cast a spell over audiences across the repertoire

Opinion: ArtReview Power 100

Marina Vaizey

Hans Ulrich Obrist tops a list dominated by globetrotting gallerists, curators and museum directors

Martyn Brabbins: a safe pair of hands at ENO

David Nice

Noble choice for new Music Director under difficult circumstances

Half a century of the Roundhouse

Marcus Davey

The director of the charismatic venue celebrates its history and its work transforming young lives

First Person: 'Schizophrenia is still a taboo subject'

Vladimir Shcherban

Award-winning director introduces Belarus Free Theatre's new play about mental health

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Agnes Obel

Kieron Tyler

The Danish singer-songwriter opens up about her third album ‘Citizen of Glass’


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