A PEEK Inside: JANUARY 2019


THE EU FLAG, AN ANTWERP MYSTERY & ALBERT EINSTEIN. WHAT LINKS THEM?

Did you know the designer of the EU flag was a Jewish Belgian resistance fighter? That’s just one of the stories we uncover in this January issue, which focuses on Brussels and Antwerp. Also learn about the 17th-century musical star Leonora Duarte; discover the secrets of the diamond trade; and meet the young artists, musicians and activists who are exploring their identity in the heart of Europe. In the UK, culture has been enriched by the contribution of European creatives who fled there from the Nazis in the 1930s. We celebrate their work with a look at the Insiders/Outsiders festival that takes place across the UK from 2019 to 2020. Further afield, we meet the Jewish community of Ahmedabad in India and interview Yemeni singer Shiran, whose groundbreaking sounds are making waves across the Middle East and beyond.  


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Feature:  Lucie Rie potting on the wheel in her studio at Albion Mews, 1951.  Image kindly provided by the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts

Feature: Lucie Rie potting on the wheel in her studio at Albion Mews, 1951. Image kindly provided by the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts

FEATURE: THE REFUGEES WHO TRANSFORMED BRITISH CULTURE

Insiders/Outsiders is a year-long festival celebrating the contribution to British life of the refugees who fled Nazi Europe. It is a timely commemoration, says Daniel Snowman

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WHAT’S NEW 

The future of Ben Uri Gallery; how Chelsea is fighting antisemitism; Rabbi Howard Cooper says Corbyn is not the real problem for Jews.

FEATURE

Daniel Snowman on the Insiders/Outsiders Festival, which celebrates the refugees who fled the Nazis and contributed hugely to British culture.

PASSPORT: Belgium

Uncover the diverse communities of Brussels and Antwerp; discover a 17th-century (female) musical talent; and hear about the daring missions of the Jewish Resistance network. We also speak to the artists, musicians, curators and activists who make up this rich community at the heart of Europe.

THEATRE

Rosenbaum’s Rescue tells the story of how Danish Jews were saved in World War II; Judi Herman on the (other) best shows to see this spring.

FILM

Beneath the glamour of Alexander Korda’s films lies a darker layer, says Charles Drazin.

ART

It’s 100 years since the Bauhaus took the design world by storm. Alan Powers uncovers how this German movement found a base in the UK.

MUSIC

The Yemeni singer Shiran tells Danielle Goldstein how she’s shaking up her roots.

BOOKS

Daniel Walkowitz investigates Polish heritage tourism; Richard Rampton rebuffs ‘denialism’; David Herman on two books that throw light on the refugee writers and artists of the 1930s.

THE YIDDISHISTS

A new series uncovers the YIVO archive. This issue: London’s Yiddish theatre.

SEPHARDI RENAISSANCE

Lunch in Ahmedabad with Esther David; Sephardi Voices speaks to the late Iraqi entrepreneur David Khalastchi.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Our three-month guide to art, books, film, music, theatre and other cultural events in the UK, Europe and Israel.

FAMILY

Dorothy Bohm’s delightful photographs of children at the V&A.

MEET THE READER

This issue: Barry Hyman in Bushey Heath.