John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bidisha talks to the Swedish author behind the hugely successful Let The Right One In, often described as a 'social-realistic vampire novel'. It has already been made in to a Swedish language film and an American remake is in cinemas from next month starring Chloe Moretz. He discusses his latest novel Harbour, his previous career as a magician, and his love of the British singer Morrissey.
The OzAsia Festival has returned to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. The Festival is the only one of its kind in the country and this year the spotlight is on Korean culture and its shamanist traditions. Sharon Mascall went along to find out more and discover how shamanism even comes up in Shakespeare…
Don't Ask, Don't Tell - Jeff Sheng
For the last two years, Jeff Sheng has been taking pictures of gay US servicemen and women, making sure their faces were always hidden. The reason: according to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy currently in force in the US army, they risk being discharged if they come out openly about their sexuality. Despite President Obama's earlier pledges to end the ban, its administration recently rejected proposals to do so, arguing that any abrupt change would have an impact on military operations. Anna McNamee talks to Jeff Sheng about the men and women he met, and asks him what he is hoping to achieve with his pictures.Jeff Sheng
African Asian dance
Tribhangi Dance Theatre is a South African dance group, that has managed to take the concept of a rainbow nation to new heights. Their dance incorporates classical Indian dance with the traditional Zulu styles, sometimes to controversial reaction. Currently touring Africa, their ultimate message is to encourage cultural unity despite its diversity, and to provide good entertainment. Kevin Mwashiro reports from Nairobi
Budrus is an award-wining documentary about the Palestinian village in the West bank which organises months of peaceful protests against the construction of Israel's Separation Barrier through their land. The Brazilian director Julia Bacha tells Mark Coles about the making of her film.
Paul GauguinTate Modern, London
Self-portrait with Manao tu papau 1893
© RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski © Paris Musée d'Orsay
Oil on canvas
460 x 380 mm
Critic Louisa Buck joins Mark to review London's new blockbuster art exhibition Gaugin: Maker of Myth. The show explores the way the French painter used ancient stories and rituals, and manipulated his own image, in his work.
Gaugin: Maker of Myth is on at Tate Modern in London until 16 January 2011, and will then be on show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington from 27 February until 5 June 2011
From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…