Handel in Bhutan, Monteverdi in Japan, Mozart in Cambodia…operatic performances that have defied all the odds by creating a fusion of culturally diverse musical, dance and theatrical traditions. JapanOrfeo was the latest project at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, conceived by Aaron Carpenè and Stefano Vizioli.
Along with Cervantes, poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca is one of Spain’s most revered literary figures. However since his assassination by Fascist forces his body still lies undiscovered in a mass grave near Granada.
“The genius of the modern Arabic novel”. A literary icon in his native Sudan and throughout the Arab-speaking world, Tayeb Salih is the author of the world famous “Season of Migration to the North”.
When army divisions led by General Franco took Madrid on 28 March 1939, one of their first acts was to send a group of Falangist militiamen to seize the offices of the Heraldo de Madrid by force of arms. 75 years on, a commemorative issue has been printed, underscoring the fragile state of Spain’s news media.
A positive spin can clearly be put on recent financial data coming out of Spain but many Spaniards are cynical about the “success story” being trumpeted by the government. This enthusiasm for the “tough decisions” of austerity comes at a high price for ordinary Spaniards.
Faradzh Karaev is one of the leading composers of the post Soviet era – composing, teaching and conducting between his native Azerbaijan and Moscow where he currently lives. He discusses his own musical career, modernism, the musical avant garde and new developments in teaching.
R.I.P. Anthony Shadid who died recently on assignment in Syria. Pulitzer Prize winner and “New York Times” Foreign Correspondent talks to TGD about this very small but extraordinarily wealthy country’s increasing influence in the Middle East.
The Chief Economist of the World Bank speaks to TGD about his latest book “Demystifying the Chinese Economy”. He explains the dynamics behind the phenomenal growth of the last 30 years and some of the unique challenges that China faced during the transitional reform period.
“Nader and Simin, A Separation” directed by Asghar Farhadi has been a surprise hit, winning the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival. It is a parable of truth and selflessness based in modern day Tehran – and it is a must-see!
Bond markets look set to oust the Italian PM, a feat that has defied a paralysed political process in Italy. Berlusconi is now a danger not only to Italy but to the Eurozone and the global economy. He has no intention of going quietly but bond yields may have the final say.