Was Debussy Chinese? No, of course not, but he might have been, thinks An-Ting Chang.
The shell burst last weekend was the loudest culture bang to go off since ENO lost a large hunk of its subsidy three years ago and threatened to go dark if its new business plan didn’t work. St John’s Smith Square isn’t the Coliseum, but it not being there would leave a large hole in a lot of people’s musical lives.
The Black Cultural Archives, the nation’s only repository dedicated to the heritage of African and Caribbean heritage people, opened its centre in Windrush Square, Brixton, in 2014, but why the Windrush documents if no longer thought useful, were they not passed over to the archive?Here its director, Paul Reid, looks at the history behind the unfolding fiasco regarding for the Windrush generation - and sees a shameful lack of appreciation of the Black citizens who have helped create today’s Britain, creating a hostile environment for legal migrants
The British Punjabi artist Chila Kumari Burman (main image), who explores Asian femininity in paintings and installations, photography and printmaking, and film, sees art as central to breaking the gender gap and widening the cultural gaze
Last year Chelsea Walker won the Royal Theatrical Support Trust Sir Peter Hall Director Award, and part of her prize was the chance to direct a classic play in Southampton’s new city-centre Nuffield Theatre, a co-production with English Touring Theatre and Theatr Clwyd, and is back in Southampton next week after a national tour
2018 is a golden year for one of our leading heritage organisations, which is celebrating under a new name. Simon Tait reports