ArtsTalk Radio

Each week ArtsTalk Magazine editor Michael Hasted presents a podcast focusing on cultural events in and around The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam

This week he visits the CC Amstel Theater in Amsterdam during rehearsals for QE2’s new production of THE 39 STEPS which runs from 6th – 8th December. He talks to director LOVEDAY SMITH, co-producer MARK WINSTANLEY, both of whom both also appear in the play, and to the other two cast members, Graham Garner and Charles Bird.    18th November 2019

This week our reporter Souwie Buis is at the CROSSING BORDER FESTIVAL in The Hague and talks to singer Michael Mayo and American podcaster Andrew Leland. Michael Hasted was at the first CASA LOURDES SESSION in Scheveningen and (@ 20mins) talked to its organiser Alessandro Bruti and listened to some Irish and Breton folk music.  10th November 2019

This week he talks to MARK WINSTANLEY of Amsterdam’s Queen’s English Theatre Company about their unique and controversial production of Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and Souwie Buis meets Sairah Erens and Mike Phillips-Gomez who are appearing in the Orange Theatre Company’s new production, DUTCHMAN     27th October 2019

This week Michael Hasted was invited to the dress rehearsal of TOTEM by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL which is at The Hague until December. He talks to some performers, the artistic director and the company manager.  11th October 2019

This week he talks to NICOLAS MANSFIELD, Director of NEDERLANDSE REISOPERA whose BARBER OF SEVILLE is currently on tour and (at 6.00 mins) to BAS VOLLEBREGT, Deputy Mayor of Delft in an extended interview about the proposed development of the Prinsenhof Museum and the Sint Agathaplein in that city.    29th September 2019

ART CENTRAL ROTTERDAM took place over the weekend of 13th – 15th September 2019 with ten contemporary art galleries participating. We spoke to some of them, including Frank Taal and Contour, at the Private View.  Plus there is a song from Portuguese singer/songwriter Magda Mendes.

Michael HASTED is in Delft and talks with jazz musicians, singer JACKIE SARLUIS and guitarist ERWIN BEIJERSBERGEN in their studio in a former school. He also talks (at 16.00 mins) to artist and gallery owner RENÉ JACOBS about the open-air DÉJÀ VU exhibition, celebrating the Dutch Golden Age, which is in the Agathaplein in Delft until 6th October.

We were at the CELEBRATING DISSENT Freedom Festival at De Balie in Amsterdam and have interviews by Souwie Buis with British body-painting artist VICTORIA GUGENHEIM and (at 17mins50) exiled Bangladeshi activist TASLIMA NASRIN.

Michael Hasted talks with ELSKE VAN HOLK of STET The English Theatre based in The Hague

This week Souwie BUIS talks to Syrian dancer AHMAD JOUDEH who is establishing a growing reputation around Europe and in The Netherlands where he now lives. And Michael HASTED talks (at 13.00 mins) to BRAM STOEKEN, organiser of the DELFT JAZZ FESTIVAL

Michael Hasted talks to Dutch baritone THOMAS OLIEMANS, the director and star of this year’s DELFT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL and, in Rotterdam, to MAURICE NIO of Nio Architects and gallery owner FRANK TAAL (at 21.40).

Michael Hasted talks exclusively to internationally best-selling author NICCI FRENCH about the new book THE LYING ROOM which is available in Holland as HUIS VOL LEUGENS. The programme also includes an interview with the Dutch National Theatre

In this programme Michael Hasted talks to BRAM STOEKEN and ROB KRAMER at the MIDSUMMER JAZZ event in Delft and Souwie Buis meets SIMON MURPHY of the NEW DUTCH ACADEMY

Michael Hasted talks to Michel Havenith of EBONY ENSEMBLE after their concert of Facade at Zoetermeer and meets two of the organisers of the bi-annual KUNSTKAMER in Delft

This week Michael Hasted visits the DELFT FRINGE FESTIVAL 2019 and plays a track by the band STEEL SHEEP and talks to them after their gig. He also meets the director of the Festival, ROEL FUNCKEN, and its programmer, RÉMON BEEFTINK.


Michael Hasted meets SJAREL EX, Director of the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam which is closing for major renovation at the end of May 2019. They talk about the work involved and about the new Depot building next door which opens next year and will house the museum’s entire collection.


The American band THE DEVIL MAKES THREE appeared at the Tivoli in Utrecht and ArtsTalk Magazine’s Martha Bird was there and talked exclusively with singer and song-writer Pete Bernhard. The programme also includes a feature and interview on the rather eccentric TOBACCO MUSEUM in Delft

This week we talk to the organist and curator of music at Amsterdam’s Oude Kerk, JACOB LEKKERKERKE, about the organ’s restoration and its inauguration by Philip GLASS and we meet composer RICHARD RIJNVOS and talk about his new work Riflesso sullo spazio which was premiered in April 2019

An exlusive interview with American mime artist BILL BOWERS who was performing and teaching in the Netherlands recently. Travelling slightly further afield for a change, we also talk to ROBIN HERFORD who commissioned and is the director of London West End’s second longest running play THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Interviews with and music by Rotterdam based Portuguese fado singer/songwriter MAGDA MENDES who is currently performing her new album OLIVEIRAS on tour.

Michael Hasted also talks with English actors LOVEDAY SMITH and MARK WINSTANLEY of Amsterdam’s Queen’s English Theatre Company about their show, John Godber’s SCARY BIKERS, which is on tour in Holland until 13th April

In March 2019 English actress, performance artist and clown LUCY HOPKINS gave a workshop on improvisation for fifteen people in The Hague. Michael Hasted spoke to the organiser of the event, some of the participants and, of course, to Lucy Hopkins herself.

Interviews with Rob Kramer who runs the Popta Music School in a social housing complex in Delft, Chuck Jones who is a dancer with Nederlands Dans Theater in The Hague (NDT) and with Miel van Teijlingen of the Dutch National Theatre (HNT) who talks about language issues for non-Dutch speakers.

An interview with MIENKE SIMON THOMAS, curator of the NEDERLAND-BAUHAUS exhibition at Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam and with FRISO LAMMERTSE curator of Old Masters at Boijmans prior to the museum’s closure for refurbishment . . .

Michael Hasted talks to Brazilian choreographer SAMIR CALIXTO who is based at the Korzo Theater in The Hague.

NICOLAS MANSFIELD, General and Creative Director of the Nederlandse Reisopera whose production of Die Tote Stadt has just finished a nationwide tour

Michael Hasted talking about the piece Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet by GAVIN BRYARS  which was performed at the 2018 Crossing Border Festival in The Hague.