Festivals

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Hay festival in disarray as director quits after bullying claim upheld
Exit of Peter Florence adds to list of woes that include two years of Covid cancellations and a sex assault claim against a Gulf royal

Vanessa Thorpe

01, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Limbo review – heart-rending portrait of refugees stranded in Scotland
Ben Sharrock announces himself as a master of atmospheric film-making with this stirring drama about a Syrian migrant

Peter Bradshaw

31, Jul, 2021 @1:06 PM

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Roll up, roll up: UK circus offers vaccine as take-up slows in under-25s
Festivals and sporting events such as Goodwood will host pop-up vaccination centres in England this weekend

Heather Stewart

31, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Three Choirs festival review – poetic harmony resonates with the times
A new commission from Gabriel Jackson came across vividly in the cathedral acoustic, in august company alongside a rare revived piece by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Rian Evans

30, Jul, 2021 @9:34 AM

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Notting Hill carnival launches fund for bands and artists hit by cancelled event
Financial hardship due to Covid pandemic put some performers’ futures in peril, say organisers

Lanre Bakare

26, Jul, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana biopic to screen at Venice film festival
Spencer, telling the story of Diana and Charles’s bitter divorce, will battle for the Golden Lion alongside the latest by Pedro Almodóvar

Andrew Pulver

26, Jul, 2021 @1:42 PM

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Latitude festival review: a hyper-real return to glitter, beer and British musical brilliance
The first full-capacity festival since the pandemic began hosted a series of artists – Sons of Kemet and Self Esteem among them – that show how vibrant the UK’s scene still is

Kate Hutchinson

26, Jul, 2021 @12:47 PM

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Splendour XR: virtual music festival was an eerie, empty reminder of what we’ve lost
Splendour in the Grass’s virtual edition promised a ‘world-first online experience’ where ‘music, art and culture reigns supreme’. It did not deliver

Shaad D'Souza

26, Jul, 2021 @2:21 AM

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UK music festivals at risk of cancellation due to ‘pingdemic’ staff shortages
Covid contact tracing app is forcing many workers into self isolation, as sector asks for government help

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

25, Jul, 2021 @3:54 PM

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Black Victorians review – bodiced bodies break free of restraints
Inspired by formal portrait photography of black Victorian Britons, Jeanefer Jean-Charles’s sensual dance work restores humanity to its forgotten subjects

Sanjoy Roy

25, Jul, 2021 @1:54 PM

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Latitude festival 2021: 40,000 party people, good vibes, and not a mask in sight
The bands are playing, the fans are dancing. For this weekend, and at this Suffolk festival, all is well in the world

John Sturgis

24, Jul, 2021 @5:49 PM

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‘There are no rules now’: how gen Z reinvented pop punk
Twenty years ago, it was made by juvenile men in shorts. Now, from Meet Me @ the Altar to Olivia Rodrigo, diverse young women have reclaimed the genre – and made it the sound of the summer

Hannah Ewens

23, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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