ArtsTalk Radio

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


This week he talks 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 he 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 he 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.