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Wednesday 04 August 2010

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

In today’s programme: Helon Habila’s book choice for Nigeria; The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars; Spencer Turnick; The World Orchestra for Peace


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  • Read My Country

    Novelist Helon Habila chooses the three books which he believes give the best insight into the identity and culture of his home country, Nigeria.

    His choices are:

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    The Man Died by Wole Soyinka
    The Famished Road by Ben Okri



    Photo courtesy of Getty images

    Formed in a refugee camp in the Republic of Guinea by musicians escaping the civil war in their home country of Sierra leone, this band and their inspirational story came to the attention of a North American documentary crew whose subsequent film has brought them global success and acclaim. Founding member Reuben Koroma tells us his story.



    The American artist Spencer Tunick has been photographing huge voluntary nude crowds since the 1990s, with locations as diverse as a glacier to the Sydney Opera House. This weekend he is moving in colour for the first time, photographing his first scene of painted nudes at the Big Chill Festival at the UK. Mark talks to the artist Spencer Tunick.

    The Big Chill Festival
  • The World Orchestra for Peace at the BBC Proms

    The World Orchestra for Peace at the BBC Proms

    Photo of Valery Gregiev courtesy of Getty Images

    "The best musicians from the world's best orchestras" all brought together to promote peace - this is the ambitious goal of the World Orchestra for Peace. It was founded in 1995 by the late Sir Georg Solti, and today is led by the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. On stage at the Proms this week they will be marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Mahler, by playing the 4th and 5th symphonies of the Austrian composer.

    The World Orchestra for Peace on the BBC Proms

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