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Ai Weiwei, Yacht Rock

Ai Weiwei discusses his career as an artist and activist and Katie Puckrik explains her passion for Yacht Rock

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei has designed a flag to be flown across the UK from 24th June to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He has also just screened his latest documentary The Rest, which focuses on the plight of individual refugees in 23 countries. John Wilson visits the artist in his Berlin studio to discuss art, activism and his current relationship with China.

Yacht Rock might be a term you’ve never heard of but you’ll definitely know the bands – Toto, Joni Mitchell, The Doobie Brothers and The Pointer Sisters. Katie Puckrik explains what characterises the genre and what it says about America in the 70s and 80s ahead of her two-part documentary broadcast on BBC Four.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Hannah Robins

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

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Main image above: Ai WeiWei with the flag he designed for Fly the Flag, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the week from 24 June 2019.

Image to the left: Ai Weiwei with John Wilson (Right)

Yacht Rock

Yacht Rock

Image: Katie Puckrik, presenter of the BBC 4's  I Can Go For That: Smooth World of Yacht Rock , a 2-part series on Fridays 14 and 21 June 2019 at 9.00pm, and on the BBC iPlayer. She also has two Radio 2 programmes about Yacht Rock available now on BBC Sounds

 

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