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 Michael Hasted talks to English actress PENELOPE KEITH about her life in the theatre and Souwie Buis talks to art historian WENDY FOSSEN about the BAROQUE IN ROME exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Plus a song from RONLEY TEPER


Michael Hasted meets gypsy jazz musician TCHA LIMBERGER and SANDRO BRUTI at CASA LOURDES Sessions in Scheveningen and Souwie Buis talks to WENDY FOSSEN about the GEORGE STUBBS exhibition at the Mauritshuis in The Hague. March 2020


A rather political programme this week dealing with different aspects of migration. Our reporter Souwie Buis was at De Balie in Amsterdam where she spoke to SUKETU MEHTA, a New York based Indian author, about his book This Land is Our Land, An Immigrant’s Manifesto. She also talks to EHSAN FARDJADNIYA, an Iranian visual and performance artist who lives in the Netherlands, about his seminal work A Refugee on Trial.   Picture by Romy Fernandez


This week Souwie Buis talks to Wendy Fossen about current art exhibitions in Amsterdam and The Hague focusing on the BREITNER vs ISREALS show at Kunstmuseum in The Hague. Plus, there is a feature on the lovely little TOBACCO MUSEUM in Delft and a song from Portuguese singer/songwriter MAGDA MENDES.


This week an ArtsTalk Radio special dedicated to OPERA MELANCHOLICA, the new production by Opera2Day which is based on Philip Glass’s THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER. Michael Hasted talks to Alice Gubler, the company’s managing director, Emlyn Stam the musical director, singers Santiago Burgi, Georgi Sztojanov and Drew Santini and to the opera’s director Serge van Veggel


This week Michael Hasted has an exclusive interview with international comedy mime artist TAPE FACE who is currently on tour in Holland and (at 9.30) visits the KUNSTHAL in Rotterdam to talk to SAREL EX of the BOIJMANS VAN BEUINGEN MUSEUM in exile. Souwie Buis was at the WINTERNACHTEN FESTIVAL in The Hague and (at 21.10) talked to talked to Palestinian poet ASMAA AZAIZEH.


Here are some of the highlights from the first year of ArtsTalk Radio. There are interviews with author Nicci French, Elske van Holk of STET The English Theatre in The Hague, Sjarel Ex of Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, the Cirque du Soleil, QETC, baritone Thomas Oliemans and much much more.


This week Souwie Buis talks to art historian Wendy Fossen about the big MONET show at the Kunstmuseum in The Hague and (at 13.50) Michael Hasted talks to Canadian singer RONLEY TEPER who was appearing with her band The Lipliners at De Stamboom in The Hague.   6th December 2019


MIchael Hasted 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.

Click here to listen to older programmes.