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Africa Utopia celebrates the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents.

In 2012, Southbank Centre launched Africa Utopia, a festival dedicated to bringing art and ideas from Africa and the African diaspora to audiences in the UK. We ask what the West can learn from this rapidly changing continent. Championed by Africa Utopia artistic collaborator, Senegalese singer and human rights advocate Baaba Maal, the festival’s first [...]

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The KT Wong Foundation is exclusive co-production partner of a new production of Beggar’s Opera

The KT Wong Foundation has agreed with the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord to support a new production of Beggar's Opera, directed by Robert Carsen in a new updated version in English by Ian Burton and Robert Carsen. Music direction is by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. This opera is regarded as the original [...]

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The BBC Proms 2018: Anna Meredith & 59 Productions

A new work by Anna Meredith and 59 Productions, Five Telegrams draws on communications sent by young soldiers in 1918 and features specially-produced digital projections, creating a unique spectacle. With the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble conducted by Sakari Oramo. Richard Slaney, Managing Director of 59 Productions, says: "59 Productions are thrilled to be transforming the [...]

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Tate Modern commemorates the significant contribution of African men and women in the First World War

Tate Modern joins forces with 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, to commemorate the significant contribution of African men and women in this conflict The world premiere of this major new work is performed against the dramatic backdrop of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. William Kentridge’s latest project combines music, [...]

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“Courageous show is a tribute to hope and a sobering reminder” ✮✮✮✮✮

The Jungle review: Evening Standard Arts - "Courageous show is a tribute to hope and a sobering reminder" ✮✮✮✮✮ The velvet guts of the West End’s Playhouse Theatre have been ripped out for this raucous, passionate show, which takes us inside the infamous Calais Jungle. Miriam Buether’s design places a large chunk of the audience in [...]

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Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto to stage Robert Carsen’s The Beggar’s Opera

The Italian Touring Club is at the side, as in previous years, of the Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto now in its 61st edition. An unmissable appointment, which gives way to the Italian cultural summer - this year from 29 June to 15 July - with its original character and its international prestige. A [...]

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THE JUNGLE Wins South Bank Sky Arts Award!

The Jungle by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson has won the South Bank Sky Arts Award in the 2018 Theatre category. The production is set in Europe's largest unofficial refugee camp, the Calais Jungle, which in 2015, became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people. A National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good [...]

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Long Yu has announced that Zou Shuang will take over the position Artistic Director

Long Yu, the pre-eminent Chinese conductor with an established international reputation has announced that Zou Shuang will take over the position Artistic Director. Long Yu will continue as the Chairman of the Art Committee at the Beijing Music Festival.

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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Announces 2018-19 Season

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra announces 2018-19 season. The season includes the Chinese premiere of Sir George Benjamin’s Written On Skin, as part of the Beijing Music Festival.

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Robert Carsen’s production of Verdi’s masterful comic opera is filled with wit, humour and sheer joie de vivre

Old, large and lecherous, Sir John Falstaff can’t resist the ladies. But they can resist him, and three of them plot to put an end to his advances once and for all. After being tossed in a laundry basket and tipped into the Thames, Falstaff is feeling distinctly sorry for himself. But when the plot [...]

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The Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival (3-27 August) 2018 will open with a free outdoor digital performance celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People and reflecting on the centenary of the end of World War I. The opera programme features three staged productions across ten performances at the Festival Theatre and King’s Theatre, and two concert performances at […]

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DG Signs Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Deutsche Grammophon has just announced an exclusive contract with the high-profile Chinese conductor Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In recent years China has experienced a massively expanding audience for classical music, while a number of its leading young soloists have achieved immense international prominence, not least the pianists Lang Lang, Yundi Li and [...]

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Robert Carsen’s Falstaff is filled with Wit, Humour and Sheer Joie de Vivre

Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera tells the tale of a portly knight with an irrepressible appetite for life, love and laughter. Falstaff crowned a career that spanned more than fifty years. Arrigo Boito – with whom Verdi also collaborated on Otello and the revisions for Simon Boccanegra – created a sparkling libretto based on Shakespeare’s The [...]

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George Benjamin Conducts Lessons in Love and Violence

George Benjamin conducts the world premiere of his darkly dramatic new opera – a major event in contemporary music from the creators of Written on Skin, with an internationally renowned cast. Lessons in Love and Violence is the latest collaboration between composer George Benjamin and playwright Martin Crimp. Their previous work includes the large-scale opera [...]

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Daniel Kramer #50YearsofOpera ǀ English National Opera

We are very excited that 2018 marks 50 years of our company performing in residence at the London Coliseum. On 21 August 1968 Sadler’s Wells Opera, which would become English National Opera six years later, performed Don Giovanni in our new home, the largest theatre in the West End. 50 years later, we are still committed to [...]

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Long Yu Returns to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Tonight

Long Yu, the distinguished Chinese conductor with an extensive international reputation, is the Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as holding the positions of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Long is the Founder and Artistic Director [...]

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Evora Africa has been brought to Portugal for the first time

Evora Africa has been brought to Portugal for the first time. Taking place in the historic Alentejan town of Évora, the festival will uncover the many faces of a contemporary Africa, the continent of the future, where sacred rituals of the past merge with urban art of a vibrant, modern and changing world. Hosted at [...]

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THE JUNGLE transfers to the West End this Summer

In the worst places, you meet the best people. Discover a new play where worlds collide. Following a sold-out run at the Young Vic, the universally acclaimed production of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s THE JUNGLE transfers to the West End this summer. This is the place where people suffered and dreamed. Meet the hopeful, [...]

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Evora Africa​ Festival

From the 25 May until 25 August 2018,​ the Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval will present Evora Africa​ festival, a multicoloured and extravagant celebration of African heritage through a diverse programme of exhibitions, concerts, performances, conferences, griots and DJs, in the historic city of Évora in Portugal. With the opening on the 25 May [...]

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Patrick Melrose will launch on Sky Atlantic on Sunday 13th May

Even as a heroin addict, friend of the KT Wong Foundation, Benedict Cumberbatch is riveting. Through much of the pilot, the title character remains what he was bred to be: an English gentleman. He just happens to be an English gentleman with an extraordinarily nasty smack habit. Cumberbatch is his usual convincing self as the […]

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