Allston Mitchell

 

Tayeb Salih, Sudan’s Iconic Novelist

Arts and Culture

“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”.

Orpheus in Japan

Arts and Culture

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.

Lorca: 80 Years in a Mass Grave

Arts and Culture

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 “Heraldo de Madrid” Returns

Features

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.

The Spanish Numbers Game

Economics and Finance

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.

Rabih Abou-Khalil

Arts and Culture

The Lebanese-born oud player and composer (now a European of long standing) talks to TGD about his new CD “Hungry People” out on Harmonia Mundi. On the way he touches on Arab and Western musical styles and his musical influences from Thelonious Monk to the Mighty Sparrow.

Interview with Philip Marsden

Arts and Culture

Philip Marsden talks about his new book “The Levelling Sea”, his career as a writer and his award-winning books: “The Crossing Place” that tracks the Armenian diaspora and “The Spirit-Wrestlers” about the ‘doukhobor’ dissenters in Russia.

Faradzh Karaev: a life in music

Arts and Culture

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.

Anthony Shadid on Qatar

Politics

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.

Interview with Justin Yifu Lin

Economics and Finance

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.

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art

Docfilmfest

Docfilmfest

Wanted in Europe

Wanted in Europe