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The week in classical: Oxford Lieder festival; Colin Currie Group premieres Steve Reich
Absolutely nothing is off-limits as Oxford’s fearless festival of song hits 20. And Steve Reich at 85 explores the road less travelled

Fiona Maddocks

23, Oct, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Guardian angel: we send a 21-year-old mega-fan to perform at the world’s largest Elvis festival
Aaron Arter enlivened lockdown – and raised thousands for charity – with his streetside renditions of the King’s hits. Now it is his turn to shine

Sirin Kale

23, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Dream.risk.sing review – women’s stories told in idiosyncratic song
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford, and online
In a late-night concert at the Oxford lieder festival, soprano Samantha Crawford and pianist Lana Bode covered topics from sexual assault to breastfeeding

Erica Jeal

21, Oct, 2021 @10:20 AM

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Hot tickets for half-term: great ways to spend the October break
Looking for half-term inspiration? From Halloween chills to safari thrills, we round up the best family-friendly activities

Rachel Dixon

21, Oct, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Ten projects chosen for ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ UK festival of creativity
Unboxed, derided by some as festival of Brexit, draws on arts, science, engineering, technology and maths

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

20, Oct, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Shock, horror and the usual hairy suspects: everyone’s included at Sitges film festival
Prestigious fare such as Justin Kurzel’s Nitram rubbed shoulders with Taiwanese zombie movies and a werewolf retrospective at Spain’s fantasy and horror show

Anne Billson

19, Oct, 2021 @12:13 PM

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No Bounds festival review – Sheffield’s electro-industrial heart is still beating
From brass bands in the bus station to thunderous techno in a former gun-barrel factory, this wildly innovative festival perfectly welded past to present

Daniel Dylan Wray

18, Oct, 2021 @11:03 AM

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Iranian family road trip movie wins top prize at London film festival
Panah Panahi’s Hit the Road wins award for ‘distinctive film-making that captures essence of cinema’

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

17, Oct, 2021 @3:30 PM

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Bull review – a gangland revenge shocker with Neil Maskell on vicious form
You don’t expect soft from Maskell and you don’t get it, in Paul Andrew Williams’s queasy criminal underworld

Peter Bradshaw

16, Oct, 2021 @9:20 PM

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Earwig review – twisty body-horror noir threatens to bite
Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s first English-language feature is intriguing, but its nightmarish dentures slant needs a mouthful of narrative

Peter Bradshaw

15, Oct, 2021 @9:05 PM

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‘I wanted this film to be 100% Somali’: the fight to make The Gravedigger’s Wife
Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, who directed the acclaimed drama, reveals the struggle to portray his community ‘with dignity and compassion’

Hibaq Farah

15, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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‘You are the dog in space’: inside Asif Kapadia’s new VR short, Laika
With his new animation, the Oscar-winning documentary maker – and former VR cynic – is exploring how the technology might revolutionise the way we experience cinema

Paul MacInnes

15, Oct, 2021 @11:20 AM

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