A playwright's preemptive strike
A play called Preemptive will be performed in Lagos, Nigeria, next month to celebrate Nigeria at 50 and Wole Soyinka's 76th birthday.More about this project
Its author, Niyi Coker Jr, was inspired both by the language of America's George W Bush administration and the on-going inter-ethnic and religious strife in Nigeria.
Exposed: voyeurism, surveillance & the camera
Harriett Gilbert walks around London's Tate Modern gallery with the photo-journalist Eamonn McCabe to look at a major exhibition of photography that deliberately crosses lines of privacy and propriety.
Anna McNamee talks to Philippino novelist Miguel Syjuco (pictured, top) about his prize-winning debut novel Ilustrado.www.picador.com
He discusses his love for his home country, despite the poverty and corruption which is rife there and why, unlike his own father, he won't be going into politics. (For now, anyway.)
Bjark Ingels - Architect
Bjark Ingels took Denmark's Little Mermaid to the Shanghai Expo, won international prizes for a multi-purpose carpark/residential complex called The Mountain in Copenhagen, and is currently planning to turn a barren islet in central Asia into a self-sustaining eco-friendly wonderland.www.big.dk
How does he do it? He explains why Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution are at the root of his designs.
The Pearl Fishers
The Pearl Fishers is a tale of love and friendship set in an exotic far eastern island with music by George Bizet - the composer of Carmen.
Now a new production at English National Opera aims to take this classic 19th century opera into the era of climate change and oil spills.
As part of its celebrations to mark its year as a European capital of Culture, Essen in Germany has staged a mammoth production of Homer's Odyssey.
Over two days the audience see six productions in six different venues around the region - and stays with local families between performances.
He's India's biggest-selling non-Bollywood music star, blending Indian folk with western and classical influences to create a new distinctive pop-tinged Asian sound.
He talks to Mark Coles about writing music and the difficulties of trying to sell it in a country where the Bollywood film industry dominates popular culture.
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