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The Strand - Wednesday 18th November 2009.

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Wednesday 18 November 2009

The best of the world's arts, film, music, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Bidisha.

New Moon
Kevin Jackson reviews New Moon, the next film in the Twilight vampire saga and discusses the continuing appeal of these mythical creatures

Nabokov's "The Original of Laura"
30 years after his death, his last novel The Original of Laura is finally to be published. But should it be? On the eve of his death, fearing it was imperfect, he instructed his wife to destroy the manuscript. Lisa Appignanesi discusses the book.

Jaime Lerner
Town planner and ex mayor of the Brazilian city of Curitiba, Jaime Lerner, discusses his views for a sustainable city and how his controversial ideas have been taken up around the world

Of Dreams and Cities - Architecture in Film runs from 30th Oct - 29th Nov 2009 at the Southbank in London.

Orchestra of the Thousand Charangos
Bolivia has managed to put together over 1200 players to establish the so-called "Orchestra of the Thousand Charangos" - the small Andean stringed instrument made from the shell of the armadillo. Its first-ever concert took place in its alleged birthplace, the mythical mining city of Potosi, located at 4000 meters above sea level, in Bolivia's high plains. The BBC's Andres Schipani went there, to see how a 1000 instruments sound together in the thin air.


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  • New Moon, the next film in the Twilight vampire saga.

    New Moon, the next film in the Twilight vampire saga.

  • Writer, Vladimir Nabokov.

    Writer, Vladimir Nabokov.

  • The Orchestra of the Thousand Charangos.

    The Orchestra of the Thousand Charangos.


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