Books by the Ocean

A ‘crazy’ notion to bring a literary festival to Sri Lanka has proved an astounding success. Patrick Kelly reports

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Photojournalism's art gallery

A new website at last gives Fleet Street’s photographers a showcase for their work as art. Simon Tait spoke to its founders, Fleet Street veterans Alan Sparrow and Bret Painter-Spanyol

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THEATRE Caesar and the young citizens

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s First Encounters tour not only takes Shakespeare to schools in deprived areas, it makes their pupils part of the production. Simon Tait reports in the first of a two part feature on the RSC’s touring. Next month, AI talks to deputy artistic director Erica Whyman about mainstage touring

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THE WORD Arts Council’s NI Troubles

A row over ACNI chair John Edmund’s remarks on funding is getting worse, writes Patrick Kelly

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MY STORY Reaching the young with the power of opera

The conductor Nicholas Chalmers, 39, is also the artistic director of Nevill Holt Opera, founded in the Leicestershire countryside by the Carphone Warehouse tycoon David Ross. For its sixth season this summer the award-winning Nevill Holt Opera Festival will have its own, brand-new, theatre 

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VISUAL ART Kettle's Yard - modern art starts here

The visual arts centre created in Cambridge by Jim Ede reopens on February 10 after an £11.3m restoration and expansion. Simon Tait had a preview

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An Indian love story as part of British culture

AI PROFILE   Mira Kaushik, director, Akademi

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OPERA Ireland gets its national voice – at last

Ireland’s ambitions to form a national opera company have bene repeatedly baulked by chronic funding shortage and bureaucratic muddle, but at last Irish National Opera has been formed and has announced its first season. Patrick Kelly reports

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The spreading Weinstein stain

THE WORD   Sexual harassment is not confined to entertainment and politics, or even the office milieu – but in the art world? Conservator Clare Finn knows from personal experience that it happens there too, and it has to change

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Still in Business

 

A&B, the organisation linking the culture and business worlds, has not completely disappeared. It is alive and well in the devolved countries. Patrick Kelly looks at Northern Ireland.

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Lyric’s lyrical young music from Kate

MY STORY   The classically trained young musician Kate Marlais is to be the next Cameron Mackintosh resident composer at the Lyric Hammersmith

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Hull – after 2017

No longer the city the world forgot. Simon Tait on what happened, and what comes next

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