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Art of Listening reaches news heights as it goes Down Under

The International Festival's arts education programme is being showcased at the inaugural Arts Learning Festival in Melbourne, Australia this week.

Zinnie Harris on exploring love, loss and grief in Meet Me at Dawn

"What would happen if you got one more day with the person you’ve lost?"

International Dance Day 2017

Celebrate with us and get to know the fantastic dance companies performing at the 2017 International Festival.

Weekly playlist #04

Listen to music by Steve Reich and Max Richter featured in contemporary dance performances at the 2017 International Festival.

Zinnie Harris talks about Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros

"The thing that is very special about that play is this sort of absurdist theatricality that is brought"

Blueprint for the Future

Our Creative Learning Projects Officer talks about cyanotype prints and letters from the future self.

Weekly playlist #03

Listen to the new playlist and get to know some of the artists performing at the 2017 International Festival, including Mitsuko Uchida.

Gianandrea Noseda talks about La bohème

Conductor and Music Director of Teatro Regio Torino talks about the new production of Puccini's opera.

Zinnie Harris discusses Oresteia: This Restless House

"I have always loved the original Oresteia and it seemed like one of those projects that would allow us enough scope to do something really theatrical with it."

Get to know Benjamin Clementine

Benjamin Clementine, a voice that silences a room with love and melancholy, hope and regret.

Weekly playlist #02

Discover more of the artists performing at the 2017 International Festival in our weekly playlist featuring Seong-Jin Cho.

Iván Fischer on Mozart's Don Giovanni

Hungarian musician and conductor Iván Fischer discusses his reimagining of Mozart's masterpiece, Don Giovanni.

Weekly playlist #01

Discover some of the artists performing at the 2017 International Festival in our weekly playlist featuring Anoushka Shankar.

Stuart Stratford discusses Greek

Composer Stuart Stratford reflects on the new adaptation of Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera Greek.

Anoushka Shankar talks about Land of Gold

Queen of sitar talks about her inspirations and the context of making her recent album.

Artist in residence: Joshua Bell

Superstar US violinist discusses his very special three-concert residency at the 2017 International Festival