We head to southern Australia and the land of the Kulin Nations for the Blak & Bright Festival, a celebration of Australia’s First Nations writers, playwrights and poets. The writer and festival director Jane Harrison and the poet and educator Evelyn Araluen explain why the festival is essential for culture in today’s Australia.
First we make them laugh then we make them think. Two of the brightest stars in Australian comedy, Steph Tisdell and Andy Saunders of the Aboriginal Comedy All Stars tell Tina how they combine comedy and culture to cook up fierce, fresh and funny stand-up.
Meet the indigenous Australian film team who have wowed crowds in London and New York. We hear from the Karrabing Film Collective on how they use film to tell the story of their community’s fight against land restrictions and racism.
Plus the singer Mojo Juju shares the story of how her life and her award winning album Native Tongue were shaped by her mixed indigenous Wiradjuri and Filipino heritage.
Presented by Tina Daheley.
Image: The comedian Steph Tisdell performing onstage. Credit: Jim Lee
Kano: Finding truth through music
“My only obligation is to give inspiration.” The critically acclaimed musician Kano speaks to Tina about his new album Hoodies All Summer and reveals why it was urgent for his work to both inspire young people and to reflect life in an increasingly troubled British society.
Meet the Argentine musicians aiming to take the opera to places it’s never been before. The BBC’s Valeria Perasso speaks to the team behind Opera Periférica about their journey to bring classic opera to the masses through performances at train stations, parks, and slums across Buenos Aires.
Plus the Brazilian rapper Dexter reflects on why he swapped a life of crime for a life in music after serving time in Sao Paulo’s notorious Carandiru prison.
Presenter: Tina Daheley
(Photo: Kano performs onstage in London. Credit: Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images)
Kit Kat: a provocative new drama about climate change
What would two seven-year-olds do to save the planet? That’s the question at the heart of a bold new play from the Traverse theatre in Edinburgh.
Two young girls secretly take a wounded squirrel home to their treehouse in order to nurse it. But when it is discovered by one of their mothers, the girls decide to take drastic action against climate change and their peaceful home life spirals out of control…
The Cultural Frontline presents the radio premiere of the play, Kit Kat, by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir recorded on location at the Edinburgh Festival.
Join the award winning playwright Zinnie Harris as she speaks to the writer Kolbrún about the inspiration for this shockingly relevant drama.
The featured play was commissioned by the Traverse Theatre with the support of their partners.
Presenter: Zinnie Harris
Written by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir
Cast: Ashleigh More, Titana Muthui, Rebecca Elise
Director and producer: Lucy Collingwood
Image: children at a lagoon. Credit: Getty Images
Murad Subay: The walls remember
When war broke out in Yemen, Murad Subay began painting murals on the shelled and bullet-marked buildings of his home city of Sana’a.
His colourful messages of protest and hope raised awareness of the conflict’s impact on Yemeni civilians. He encouraged passers by to join him as he worked, and together they filled ruined homes with images of peace.
Journalist Sumaya Bakhsh traces Murad’s journey as he leaves Sana’a for Cairo. International travel is rarely simple for citizens of Yemen, and we hear from Murad as he languishes in Egypt, stuck without a visa and unable to create new work. Murad is used to living and working in the toughest of conditions, but this period of inactivity is a new test for the prolific artist.
Eventually Murad receives a visa and arrives in the UK to launch a new campaign. Painting with Murad on the streets of London, Sumaya digs into his process as Murad explains why ultimately he must return to the conflict in Yemen, armed only with his brushes and spray cans.
Photo: A mural by Murad Subay Credit: Murad Subay
Murad Subay is voiced by Fayez Bakhsh
Presenter: Sumaya Bakhsh
Producers: Robbie MacInnes and Simona Rata
An SPG production for the BBC World Service
Meet Dimash, Central Asia’s Biggest Pop Star
Sell out tours, millions of social media followers and adoring fans across the globe. Welcome to the world of Dimash, Central Asia’s biggest pop star. We find out how he went from a child singer to a pioneer of pop music and why he is trying to change the world’s perception of his home country, Kazakhstan.
Has a song, a book, a work of art ever changed the way you see the world? Zandra Rhodes, one of British fashion’s leading trend setters, reveals why the work of the artist Duggie Fields inspires her.
They have been dubbed “the wildest DJ crew and label in Mexico” and have been credited with revolutionising a dance music scene in Mexico City that has been devastated by the War on Drugs. The BBC’s Emmanuella Kwenortey speaks to the creative minds behind the pioneering artistic collective NAAFI and finds out what drives these cultural mavericks.
Plus we find out why the sky is the limit for Indian statues. The writer Sandip Roy explores the increasingly competitive and record breaking nature of public art and public life in India.
Presented by Tina Daheley
Image: Dimash in concert. Credit: Nikita Basov