Welcome to BBC Arts


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Welcome to the new BBC Arts website, a space which draws together arts coverage and comment from across the BBC - television, radio and online - and aims to put the best of British art and culture at your fingertips.

We will showcase performance of all types, along with events and festival coverage ranging from Hay Festival to the Edinburgh Festivals, Shakespeare's Globe to Glyndebourne.

Here you will be able to find live streams of performances and events or enjoy them on demand later. All the work that we present will be curated and contextualised and offer ways for you to find out more either here on BBC Arts or through the wealth of material available on other BBC sites, services or programmes.

Gemma Arterton Gemma Arterton in The Duchess of Malfi

Over time BBC Arts will expand to cover all the main genres of the arts and, at launch, we are concentrating on literature, with Books at the BBC.

This draws together elements of the BBC's film and radio literary archive for the first time and will evolve over the coming months to showcase many of the major names in contemporary literature, linked to our coverage of literary festivals, like Hay and Cheltenham, and to the extensive books coverage on Radios 2, 3 and 4, as well as on BBC television.

Books at the BBC will be joined by other categories like Great Performances, Art and Artists and Film to offer comprehensive coverage of the main arts genres.

We will showcase archive, both film and radio, through our Treasures from the Vaults strand which we will add to the site over the summer, but from launch curated content from the archives already provides a rich seam of material in Books at the BBC, our collaboration with Glyndebourne and our collection focussed around BBC Four's What Do Artists Do All Day.

Get involved

Glyndebourne Festival Opera is just one of the artistic institutions that we are partnering with in order to pool our editorial and archive resources and thus make it possible to offer an even broader range of material and artistic work.

The Royal Academy, Hay Festivals, Museums at Night and the Edinburgh Festivals are some of the organisations that we will be working with in the coming months.

Crowds outside festival tents The Hay Festival

BBC Arts will also offer an open space for arts journalism, comment, opinion and debate.

Sir Mark Tully and Petroc Trelawny contribute specially commissioned pieces to add insight to our BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in India feature and star violinist Nicola Benedetti has given an exclusive interview.

The views and perspectives of artists, leading broadcasters and cultural commentators will give BBC Arts a distinctive tone of voice.

We want to encourage you, the audience, to get involved too, whether by tweeting or commenting about work, making it yourself on projects like VanGoYourself, submitting questions to our live sessions with authors and artists and by letting us know how you would like this website to evolve and grow.

It's not only the editorial side of the site that's going to continue to develop and expand - we also plan that our redesigned site will be optimised for all mobile devices over the next few months and offer even more ways to get involved. On the About the BBC Blog I've explained how we got the website up and running.

I'm excited about the journey through the arts we are going to be making over the summer and beyond, and hope you will find plenty to enjoy and share and lots of new things to discover.


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