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Agnès Varda, The rise of grime, Artistic superstitions

News, reviews and interviews from arts world. Agnes Varda on film-making and being an artist, the explosion of grime, and the superstitions of actors, writers and artists.

Grime has been on an epic journey from subculture to explosive phenomenon. John speaks to presenter DJ Target, writer of Grime Kids, and to music journalist Dan Hancox, writer of Inner City Pressure. They discuss Grime as music of protest and how it evolves in a rapidly shifting landscape.

Agnès Varda on her life as a legendary film-maker of the Nouvelle Vague, and her work as an artist as her first commission in the UK for the Liverpool Biennial goes on show.

It's Friday the 13th so what better day to take a look at the rich history and strange persistence of artistic superstitions? John is joined by writer Ellen Weinstein and actor Michael Simkins.

Presenter: John Wilson

Producer: Sarah Johnson.

Main image: John Wilson and Agnès Varda. Credit: Ben Mitchell

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The rise of Grime

The rise of Grime

Grime Kids: The Inside Story of the Global Grime Takeover  by DJ Target is published by Orion, and Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime by Dan Hancox is published by Harper Collins.

Image: Ed Rush dubplate, from Grime Kids: The Inside Story of the Global Grime Takeover. Credit: Orion Publishing Group

Agnès Varda at Liverpool Biennial 2018

Agnès Varda at Liverpool Biennial 2018

Legendary French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda presents her first commission in the UK for Liverpool Biennial 2018.

Agnès  Varda  with   3  moving  images.  3  rhythms.  3  sounds,  2018.  Credit:  Thierry  Bal

Artistic superstitions

Artistic superstitions

Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People by Ellen Weinstein is published by Chronicle Books.

Image: Brenda Bruce as First Witch in BBC Televison's 1983 adaptation of Macbeth. Credit: BBC

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Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest DJ Target
Interviewed Guest Dan Hancox
Interviewed Guest Agnes Varda
Interviewed Guest Ellen Weinstein
Interviewed Guest Michael Simkins
Producer Sarah Johnson

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