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The Strand - Monday 29th June 2009.

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

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

New Songdo
As a huge new satellite city development forges ahead in South Korea, what will a life built from scratch be like to live in?

Venice Bienalle
This year's Venice Bienalle has one of its largest ever contributions Arab countries. As well as Egypt, Syria, and Morocco the Gulf States of the United Arab Emirates are participating with not one but two pavilions showing off their architectural projects rather than putting artist's work to the forefront. Sylvia Smith was there to view the bold and ambitious Abu Dhabi plans with Abdulla Al Ameri.

Chuck Palahnuik
Chuck Palahnuik, author of Fight Club talks about his latest novel Pygmy.

Pygmy is published by Jonathan Cape books.

Simone Dinnerstein
The Strand hears from the American pianist Simone Dinnerstein who rose to fame through her recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations.

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