TAITMAIL Theatre, large and small, where the twain must meet

Twenty-five years ago Ayub Khan-Din’s East is East was a ground-breaking piece of theatre, bringing to British audiences with dark humour the torments of tradition versus contemporary life for so many British Pakistani families.

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AI PROFILE Tara - small becomes powerful

Abdul Shayek, artistic director and chief executive, Tara Theatre

On the night of Friday, June 4th, 1976, an 18-year-old Sikh engineering student, Gurdip Singh Chaggar, was stabbed to death in Southall.

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Can we design our way out of climate disaster?

The delayed third London Design Biennale opens today at Somerset House with a resounding message, writes Simon Tait

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THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Festival Gardens Funfair, Battersea Park, 1st June 1957, by Terry Fincher

Former Fleet Street picture editor Alan Sparrow on the work of Terry Fincher 

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MY STORY Making Medway towns into a city of culture for 2025

This weekend culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced the start of the race to be UK City of Culture 2025, in succession to Coventry, and for the first time opened it up to groups of towns as well as cities. The result will be announced next spring. Medway in Kent has launched its bid and Imogen Robertson is the bid director.

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE How to go to the theatre – post-Covid

Blackpool Grand Theatre has produced a guide to how technology will guide us into the theatre in the near future.

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THE WORD Finding your new post-Covid visual arts audience

Covid-19 has had a big impact on the visual arts,with cultural institutions forced to close for a long time. With arts organisations re-opening, Amanda Ravetz and RM Sánchez-Camus believe it is the perfect time to re-think how the visual arts industry can improve access and broaden their audiences – to “build back better” - through the SAFEDI Fellowship

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THE WORD The value of heritage to our future

As museums and galleries are able to open again from Monday, Professor Christopher Smith, executive chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, reflects on their importance to our post-Covid restoration

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Unravelled – the story of birds, buildings and climate change told through art

Despite having around 200,000 visitors in a normal year, the London Wetlands is one of the capital’s tourism secrets.

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MY STORY The arts of SWANA, the new Middle East, return with Shubbak

Ten years ago Shubbak, London’s biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, returns with a programme ranging between visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate, running from June 20 to July 17. Its artistic director is Eckhard Thiemann

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TAITMAIL Lie back and think of empire

The government is stepping up the culture wars by blocking the reappointment of Dr Aminul Hoque as a trustee of Royal Museums Greenwich (pictured).

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MY STORY Letting contemporary art breathe

A Swiss-born French citizen, Anne de Charmant founded Meadow Arts 20 years ago and has been its curator ever since. It celebrates at the Hay Festival in May with the launch of a book, Meadow Arts: the first 20 years.

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