Tim Cornwell

Tim Cornwell

Tim Cornwell: Festivals must face the China question

The artist Ai Weiwei has now been missing for 40 days, silenced and unseen since he was arrested at Beijing Airport, trying to leave China. If that treatment continues it raises the question of how Edinburgh's festivals, which pride themselves on being a global flagship for the arts, will respond.

Arts diary: Remember communist martyr Jara with dance at a capital Chilean ceilidh

A LEGEND was born when theatre director, singer and songwriter Victor Jara was arrested, tortured and killed in Chile's 1973 military coup.

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Tim Cornwell: Philadelphian's ring a warning bell in US

THE Philadelphia Orchestra, which comes to Edinburgh this August, is famous as America's "Orchestra of Firsts".

Arts Dairy: Syrian attacks on Dar'aa threaten Reel Festival musicians in cultural exchange

THE Syrian musician Abu Hawash is billed as "the new sound of the Syrian desert". Playing the mijwiz, a double-tuned reed flute, he creates a frenzied "Dabke" dance sound accompanied by synthesizers, singers and an enormous drum. (Dabke is derived from the Arabic for "stamping feet".)

Hume with a view: a different view of the philosopher

An exhibition to mark the 300th anniversary of David Hume's birth gives a side to the great philosopher never before put on public display

Tim Cornwell: Politics too colourless to lighten arts debate

The arts sector clamours to be taken seriously in politics, constantly fearful of being shouldered out by the big guns like health or education.

Arts Diary: Challenge of the curliest - local boys go head-to-head with Sir Simon's coiffure

THE ultimate curly mop contest beckons. With the Berlin Philharmonic being screened in Scottish cinemas in 3D next month, can conductor Sir Simon Rattle's swinging grey locks outdo tousle-headed locals Stéphane Denève and Robin Ticciati?

Tim Cornwell: The art of prudent spending is worth maintaining

The new politics of spending that is tying gallery purchases in knots

Arts Diary: Guy bounces back after show run in Adelaide took its pound of flesh

Guy Masterson's show Shylock got strong reviews at the Adelaide Fringe last month - four and a half stars from the Adelaide Advertiser, no less - and he's bringing it to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

Tim Cornwell: Generation needs its 'three-penny opera'

Fifty years later, Australian multi-millionaire Harold Mitchell vividly remembers his Stendhal moment. Aged 18, as an office boy in an advertising agency, he used half his week's wage to buy a ticket for the back row at the opera.

Arts Diary: Capturing fauna is fair game for Flora

They're animals, but are they art? Featuring everything from Scottish terriers to flamingos and elephants, the second Animal Art Fair opens in London's Fulham Palace early next month, with 44 exhibitors. In its inaugural year in 2010, the event sold £500,000 worth of art to 3,000 visitors.

Interview: Jonathan Mills, director of the Edinburgh International Festival

The International Festivals organised by director Jonathan Mills since he took over in 2006 have always had a theme – this year's cultural jamboree aims to build bridges to Asia. But is his approach causing divisions here at home?

Tim Cornwell: Winners and losers at the cutting edge

The arts cuts in England this week have induced a state of shock. The Arts Council of England (ACE) moved to implement cuts of about 15 per cent, slicing spending by £100 million.

Tim Cornwell: Mills proves to be a man for all seasons

IT MIGHT have been easy for the Edinburgh International Festival director, Jonathan Mills, to pull in his horns in the current funding climate and settle for the tried and true - a popular repertoire of familiar classics, say, spiced up with a few big names.

Tim Cornwell: Suits of armour, hand-coloured toucans and hours of pleasure from Maastricht

On the advice of a friend, I'm looking at a tomb guardian. It dates from the Chu kingdom, and is made of lacquered wood. It was placed in tombs to keep evil spirits away from souls on the way to paradise, and is doubled-headed - two grumpy faces surmounted by antlers. "They are real antlers, lacquered," says a helpful man on the Priestley & Ferraro stand, specialising in early Chinese art. "It's got a tribal shamanistic power, a sort of anti-demon."

Book review: The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris

The Hanging Shed BY GORDON FERRIS Corvus , 320pp, £15.99

China collection: A trip to the Maastricht art fair

At the world's largest art fair, Maastricht, the prices are high and the sellers are looking to the East

Tim Cornwell: Let's have Festival by royal appointment

In 1947, the then Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret sang along with Auld Lang Syne at the closing concert of the first Edinburgh International Festival. Let's have Festival by royal appointment

Arts Diary: Retreat to Jura to channel the spirit of Orwell into a 1984-minute Maelstrom

Jura malt whisky has named the winner of its contest to find an author to follow in the footsteps of George Orwell, who famously penned his masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four on the island.

Arts Diary: A smashing collection from the man who made it hard to wipe feet in Morningside

BAD boy artist Kevin Harman made his name by nicking Morningside doormats for an Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) project, tidying skips and smashing the window of an art gallery. He opens his new show at an old ambulance depot in Edinburgh on Friday.

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