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Monday 28 February 2011

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

In today's programme: we look at the Oscars and what they mean, rap and rock music is denounced by Uzbekistan state television, the new novel from the Pakistani author Aamer Hussein and the rise in popularity of choirs in Germany.


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  • Oscars

    What Sunday's Academy Awards reveal about the state of Cinema.

  • Uzbekistan Rap

    Why young Uzbekis are being warned that rap and rock are dangerous.

  • Aamer Hussein

    Pakistani author Aamer Hussein argues that we've all been uprooted.

  • German Choirs

    Why so many Germans sing in choirs; even those who think they can't sing.

  • Oscars


    As modest British buddy movie the King's Speech cleans up at The Oscars and Natalie Portman wins the Academy Award for best actress, entertainment writer Owen Gleiberman in New York asks where now for American film.

    Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty.

  • Uzbekistan Rap

    Uzbekistan Rap

    Uzbekistan's state television has broadcast a Soviet-propaganda style film denouncing rap and rock music as Western liberal excess. Why is this secular government now starting to show signs of irritation with Western culture? The Strand talks to the BBC's Head of Central Asian Service Hamid Ismailov.

  • Aamer Hussein

    Aamer Hussein

    Aamer Hussein was born in Karachi and now lives in London. His new novel, The Cloud Messenger, tells the story of a restless man who also moves from Pakistan to England, via India and Italy. The novel explores the life and loves of a man who is deeply immersed in writing, poetry and song from both continents.

    The Cloud Messenger by Aamer Hussein is published by Telegram books.

  • Choirs in Germany

    Choirs in Germany

    Abby Darcy reports from Berlin on the rise in popularity of choirs - from the very amateur to the highly professional - across Germany.

    Photo shows the Rundfunkchor Choir from Berlin.
    © Matthias Heyde



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