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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 22 October 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: we pay a visit to the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the debut novel of US lawyer Charles Yu, a new exhibition about Avant Garde and childhood and writer and musician Amit Chaudhuri's new album.

  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival

    Abu Dhabi Film Festival

    Photo shows Peter Scarlet, Executive Director, being interviewed by Dawood Azami for the BBC.

    Launched in 2007 the Middle-East Film Festival has now changed its name to the Abu Dhabi film festival - perhaps as an indication of the increasing confidence of the city's claim to be a world venue. Dawood Azami has been discovering what this year's films have to say about the middle-east and beyond.

    Abu Dhabi Film Festival
  • Charles Yu

    Charles Yu

    US lawyer Charles Yu discusses his debut novel "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe" and how it feels to have been cited by the National Book Foundation as one of their most promising new young writers.

  • Avant Garde and Childhood

    Avant Garde and Childhood

    Photo shows puppet by Paul Klee.

    Artists at the beginning of the 20th century - everyone from Pablo Picasso to Piet Mondrian - often used toys and books as a means of introducing children to newly emerging social and political ideas. Now, many of these works are on show at a new exhibition at the Picasso Museum in Malaga, southern Spain. Called Toys of the Avant-Garde. Picasso's grandson Bernard Ruiz Picasso and the Picasso Museum's artistic director Jose Lebrero Stals took the BBC's Sylvia Smith for a look round.

    To see a selection of photos from the exhibition, click on the link below.

    Toy Photo Gallery
  • Amit Chaudhuri

    Amit Chaudhuri

    The award-winning Indian writer Amit Chaudhuri's books are often informed by his love of music from traditional raga to Hendrix. He tells Mark Coles how his love of words and the musical melting pot of his Bombay childhood inspire his new album Found Music.



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