‘The super-short concert is a very interesting concept. The one at Happy Day Enniskillen International Beckett Festival by French soprano Léa Trommenschlager (above) with pianist Julius Drake, was a model of its kind’

The winner of the inaugural ESB Feis Ceoil Orchestral Conducting Competition in April was Elaine Kelly from Cork. It’s good to see the Feis taking (...)

Catherine Conroy writing in her yard, with bunting and bells for company

I am sitting in the garden, reading and working on college assignments. I look up to see my dad standing at the back door, looking unconvinced. I s(...)

Adrian Dunbar opens the third edition of the Happy Days Festival, the world’s first and only festival dedicated to the Nobel-prize winning writer Samuel Beckett, at The Skull, Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen,  Co Fermanagh. Photogprah:  Paul Faith

Catastrophe Adrian Dunbar directs one of Beckett’s last plays, the short and pointedly political depiction of a director and his assistant engaging wi(...)

Google’s experimental “happy” newsroom processes were made public after the Brazil vs Germany World Cup semi-final – there was a distinction between negative terminology topping searches, yet more upbeat content being shared on social media. Photograph: Rowan Staszkiewicz/PA Wire.

In this paper last week, Michael Harding referred to Gabriel García Márquez’s idea that what matters in life is not what happens, but what and how (...)

Alistair Spalding: ‘I hardly ever go to America to see work; we take work there but there isn’t a flourishing of dance.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Talk to Alistair Spalding about dance, and one of the first things he’ll light upon is hip hop. “All the terminology in ballet and the movement and vo(...)

Corita Kent: a nun for 32 years in a Hollywood convent before she left to become a full-time artist

The campus buildings oat LA’s Immaculate Heart College are decorated with huge, colourful posters of food – rows of shiny, stylised apples and pear(...)

Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

Alvin Lucier sat impassively, letting his engineer see what he could do. Photograph: Amanda Lucier

Talking to Alvin Lucier for the interview published on this page last Friday, I asked him whether his piece I Am Sitting in a Room was as straightf(...)

There’s no lack of thinking behind Serbian-American pianist Ivan Ilic’s new CD, which brings together eight slow-moving pieces by Scriabin (one is (...)

Alvin Lucier: ‘The reason I went into music was because I loved performing classical music. I found a way to write music for instruments, with electronics or without, that somehow followed my aesthetic ideas’

American experimental composer Alvin Lucier, now 83, is a quiet-spoken man. The inflection of his speech is reminiscent of the actor Christopher Wa(...)