Archive for the ‘Arts and Culture’ Category

Harris Tweed

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Harris Tweed is one of Britain’s most famous fabrics and has been through many ups and downs. Once synonymous with stuffy suits and upper-class country attire, Harris Tweed was catapulted into the realms of high fashion by Vivienne Westwood in the 1980s. But the spread of Gore-Tex and other modern textiles in the 1990s put a big dent in demand. Now it seems the Scottish fabric is making a comeback.

First broadcast on European Business Week, Deutsche Welle Radio, 1st October, 2011

Europe’s biggest festival of contemporary dance

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

“Spring Forward, Fall Back” is an adage many of us will have used last weekend to remember which way to change the clocks. It’s also the inspiration for the name of a brand new contemporary dance festival which took place in Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, from Friday to Sunday.

Aerowaves Spring Forward – Dance For Changing Times treated locals to a veritable extravaganza of contemporary dance. 23 companies from 13 countries performed works at the biggest ever festival for new European dance.

Inviting promoters and programmers from all over the world, the festival is a platform to showcase the works of young choreographers, as well as offering local audiences a unique overview of what’s new in contemporary dance.

(first broadcast on Arts on the Air, Deutsche Welle Radio, 30th March, 2011)

Caravaggio’s Bones

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

The Italian Baroque artist, Caravaggio, never seems to be out of the news these days. This year, which marks the 400th anniversary of his death, has seen 2 major Caravaggio exhibitions in Rome and Florence, the possible discovery of an unknown work, the recovery of a stolen work and, last but not least, the discovery of the artist’s remains.

When a team of archaeologists, scientists and historians recently announced they’d identified the bones of Michelangelo Merisi, aka “Il Caravaggio”, the news created a wave of excitement among Italian art lovers. Caravaggio’s death has always been shrouded in mystery: despite countless theories, nobody knows exactly when he died and what he died of. Unlike most artists, neither his tomb nor his bones had ever been located.

But now it seems that one of the oldest cold cases in art history has finally been solved. Or has it? Dany Mitzman’s been talking to the team of academics-turned-detectives to find out more.

First broadcast on Arts on the Air, Deutsche Welle Radio, September 2010