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Guernica: plus ça change
As the UK ratifies the Hague Convention, the importance of cultural protection is perhaps greater than it has been for decades.
The Art of Brexit
Brexit is viewed as a challenge by the British arts sector. But it also heralds important opportunities. Graham Sheffield and Kate Arthurs examine the implications.
Fear and loathing in the west?
Martin Rose examines the causes of the angst accompanying the West’s current political climate and makes a personal case for an urgent increase in empathy and civility in public discourse.
Postcard from America
Trump’s inauguration is a seismic cultural as well as political change in the US. We look at the issues this poses, some reactions from across America, and what it could mean for the UK.
Human identity in an age of uncertainty
This year’s Reith lecturer, Kwame Antony Appiah, reflected on shared identity and the common issues that distort our understanding of one another.
Asking the questions Google can’t answer
Alistair MacDonald reports on the highlights of the 3rd biennial International Culture Summit – including the UK Government’s promise to ratify the Hague Convention on cultural protection.
Heritage – shaping future societies
As British Council launches its Cultural Protection Fund to protect cultural heritage at threat from destruction, Stephen Stenning explains why it matters so much to preserve heritage.
Remembering and forgetting the Somme
The UK’s memory of the Western Front is not matched by understanding of the war’s causes, its world-wide nature, or the ways events of 100 years ago still resonate today.
As the Edinburgh Festival approaches, Alistair MacDonald explains how the city became a centre of world culture and the lessons about openness that can be learned from its golden age.
Shakespeare: All the world’s
400 years after his death, Shakespeare remains a leading ambassador for the UK. New global data reveals his enduring popularity and what it means for the UK's prosperity and influence.
Five films 4 freedom
The success of 5 short films on LGBT issues shows how international campaigns using film and social media can promote values of diversity and human rights.
Henry Moore put me in jail
A Henry Moore exhibition comes home after a successful tour of the Balkans. But Moore hasn't always been welcome in the region, as one Albanian artist found out to his cost.
Shakespeare is taught in half the world's classrooms. At the launch of a major programme of celebrations, we reveal how a man dead for 400 years is still the UK's greatest ambassador abroad.
Part of this summer’s Edinburgh Festival, the Edinburgh Showcase was bigger than ever. We look at the role of the event in bringing international benefits to the UK.
Cosmonauts: Lift off for cultural relations
Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age is a major new exhibition at London’s Science Museum showcasing the remarkable history of the Russian space programme.