Film Review: Africa United

Football has done itself few favours of late. From Wayne Rooney’s bumper new contract to the latest player sex scandal, the stories have become depressingly familiar. Thankfully Africa United uses the beautiful game to tell a more remarkable tale; one that travels the length of a continent, taking in the good and the bad along…

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Why FIFA’s anti-racism talk is so cheap

The World Cup in South Africa was widely recognised as an example of sport’s ability to unite different cultures. Indeed, football’s governing body used the tournament to make a big show of their commitment to driving racism out of the game. Team captains gave speeches to the crowd in support of FIFA’s anti-racism campaign before…

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Government cuts underestimate the value of arts and culture

Patricia Cain’s Building the Riverside Museum was unveiled as The Threadneedle visual arts prizewinner this week. At the same time, a survey commissioned by the award’s organizers revealed two-thirds of the public agree cultural institutions should rely less on taxpayer’s money. With the government asking funding bodies to demonstrate how they would handle budget cuts…

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Dance Review: Boy Blue Entertainment:Over the Edge

UK street dance has enjoyed the media spotlight lately. Britain’s Got Talent plucked its last two winners from the scene, with both Diversity and George Sampson going on to star in the hit film Streetdance 3D, alongside fellow contestants Flawless. Boy Blue Entertainment has not enjoyed the same level of attention, but they were just…

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Review: Cloud Dance Festival:Hush

In a week where leading lights in the arts are calling for mercy on proposed budget cuts, it’s encouraging to see an event that stands on its own two feet. Hush from Cloud Dance Festival took over Holborn’s Cochrane theatre this weekend. The show aims to give traditional non-dance audiences the chance to sample a…

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Album Review: Bombay Bicycle Club – Flaws

An old church in Crouch End is not the first place that springs to mind when you think of a band named Bombay Bicycle Club. Nevertheless, it’s where the North London outfit have chosen to record part of their new acoustic album. Back in the 1980’s, The Eurhythmic’s Dave Stewart bought the former Hornsey Parish…

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