Arts21 is on a literary adventure. Big topics at this year’s Leipzig Book Fair are Lithuanian literature and Luther. Also featuring: Kermani on tour and picture books to get lost in.
When he talks, everyone listens. Navid Kermani is one of the most influential thinkers in Germany. Politics meets poetry in his books. Now he’s touring through theaters and schools, asking: where’s Europe headed?
Many people have no idea about Lithuanian literature, but that could soon change. Lithuania is the Guest of Honor at the Leipzig Book Fair 2017. Books from the Baltics – turbulent history and desire for freedom.
People like James Cook and Alexander von Humboldt were driven by curiosity. Their achievements can now be marveled at in an illustrated book, that will have you yearning for adventure.
Some look like palaces, others like UFOs. Some are adorned in mosaics, others are minimalist and geometric. Bus stops from Ukraine to Uzbekistan. A picture book celebrates the socialist architecture of waiting.
Anything but idyllic – Alina Herbing’s debut novel dispels the romantic image of life in the country. In her novel, deer end up in the combine harvester and boredom’s washed down with cherry brandy. A new kind of Aga saga!
In this Arts.21 special edition we meet five young, plucky filmmakers from Pakistan, Iran, Mexico, China and Palestine. Their works break boundaries, and that takes courage.
What’s it like being Black in Germany? In the DW documentary, jourrnalist Jana Pareigis talks to Afro-Germans and depicts their quest for identity.
Martin Walser may be about to turn 90 but he has no intention of putting down his pen. His latest novel features all the themes he has become famous for – loneliness, love and faith.
In Austrian director Josef Hader’s debut film, an ageing music journalist loses his job just when his girlfriend announces that she wants a child. He goes off the rails in this entertaining rollercoaster ride featuring revenge fantasies.
In its productions, the British theater company '1927' crosses animation and live performance. Two classics are currently on at Berlin’s Komische Oper: Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.
Small and cheap, the German harmonica influenced blues like no other instrument. In a new book, a German diplomat relates the story of the Blues Harp.
We find out all about the German harmonica’s influence on blues, about Martin Walser’s ongoing urge to write, even at 90, and what it means to be black in Germany.
This man doesn’t just shoot photos – he creates images. Wolfgang Tillmans is one of the most exciting contemporary artists. The Tate Modern is currently celebrating him with a huge exhibition. And DW with a special.
Modern brass band music with a typically Bavarian note -- that's been LaBrassBanda's successful recipe for the last decade. To mark their tenth anniversary, the group releasing a new album: "Around the World."
Acclaimed German painter Katharina Grosse shows her works in New York. Also on the show: How photography and surveillance are linked, how to fabricate fact from fiction and how Ennio Morricone composes his film scores.
South African photographer Pieter Hugo shoots haunting images: of AIDS sufferers, victims of war and outsiders. These pictures, which give Africa's marginalized peoples a voice, are now on display in Wolfsburg.
Surrealist René Magritte created enigmatic and thought-provoking works. Now the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt is devoting an exhibition to the Belgian artist "Magritte.The Treachery of Images".
How will the dawn of the new post-fact era affect upcoming elections in Germany and France? Will fake news sway the voters? Has social media changed the way we're informed -- or misinformed -- about current events?
Increasingly smartphones and drones are tracking our every move, blurring the boundaries between our public and private lives. A Berlin exhibition reflects on the impact of mass surveillance.
Neo Rauch came to fame for his vast paintings with healthy portions of realism. The Leipzig artist opened his studio to a camera team. The result is a documentary about a painter with both feet on the ground.
Max Emanuel Cencic is one of the world's finest countertenors. His voice has a range of three octaves and it can wake the dead - at least on stage. We chat with him about stage fright and the erotic side of Handel arias.
Every fan of movies is familiar with Dracula. This early black-and-white horror film was produced by Carl Laemmle. With Universal Studios, the Swabian film pioneer laid the foundation for Hollywood.
An exhibition of the works of Berlin-based artist Jonas Burgert has just opened in Bologna. It’s his first solo show in Italy. His paintings and sculptures depict strange figures like those that populate nightmares.
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