ArtsTalk Radio

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


Michael Hasted talks to DIANA WIND, curator of the PAPER BIENNALE at MuseumRijswijk and, (@ 10mins) following the news that CIRQUE DU SOLEIL has filed for bankruptcy, we talk to some of the performers in an extract from last year’s special programme dedicated to the circus when it was at The Hague.   22nd July 2020


Michael Hasted talks to MAX DAX, curator of the exhibition BLACK ALBUM WHITE CUBE at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam and (@ 10.00 mins) on its 50th Anniversary we talk to BERRY VISSER, founder of MOJO Concerts about the HOLLAND POP FESTIVAL  which he organised in Kralingen in June 1970. 27th June 2020


Michael Hasted visits THE HIDDEN HOUSE OF MADAME DE BERRY in Delft and is shown around by its occupant BERRY VISSER alias MADAME DE BERRY. They talk about the history of the collection and some of the amazing objects to be found there . . . 17th June 2020


We meet Brazilian dancer and choreographer SAMIR CALIXTO about his work at the Korzo Theatre in The Hague and there is a song from Canadian singer and performance artist RONLEY TEPER. With most Dutch museums re-opening for business we talk to one that won’t – the Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, because of its on-going major refurbishment. We talk to the Boijmans director SJAREL EX about The Depot, an annex to the museum which will be opening next year.     2nd June 2020


This week Souwie Buis talks to MICHEL BEHRE about The Hague’s CROSSING BORDER FESTIVAL and BORDER KITCHEN literary events. There is also chat and music when Michael Hasted talks to Delft-based musicians JACKIE SARLUIS and ERWIN BEIJERSBERGEN.     18th May 2020


This week Michael Hasted talks to English actor KENNETH CRANHAM about HAROLD PINTER. There is a preview of the curtailed CLASSICAL ENCOUNTERS FESTIVAL in The Hague and SOUWIE BUIS talks about three new books on the HONG KONG protest movement.    8th May 2020


As if the CoronaVirus and the cancellation of several shows was not bad enough STET, The English Theatre in The Hague will probably have its funding from the city withdrawn. We speak to STET’s director Elske Van Holk and to performers and participants with the aim of raising awareness of the company’s plight and to urge people to sign a petition to ensure public funding is maintained and that STET can continue.  27th April 2020


Rather than dwell on the current crisis we have been trawling through the archives. MARK WYNTER was a chart topping pop singer before the Beatles with a string of Top Twenty hits to his name. He later became, and remains, a successful actor. In this in depth interview he talks to MICHAEL HASTED about his life and times, interspersed with some of his hit singles.


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


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.

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