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Les Amazones d’Afrique

The Cultural Frontline celebrates the music and activism of the pioneering West African super-group Les Amazones d’Afrique - an all-female collective on a mission to fight for women’s rights in Africa. Broadcaster and DJ Rita Ray hears from band members Angelique Kidjo, Oumou Sangaré, Awa Sangho, Mariam Doumbia and Mamani Keita, to find out how they use their music to change attitudes towards women and encourage access to education. Plus, producer Valerie Malot shares how she kick-started...


A Cultural Vision for a New Zimbabwe

Following Zimbabwe’s historic elections The Cultural Frontline asks what the future holds for Zimbabwe, its culture and its people. How do you make sense of a history unspoken? The writer Novuyo Rosa Tshuma discusses The House of Stone, her new novel that explores the tragedies and the conflicts of Zimbabwe’s past. Now the vote is over, what comes next? The Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Raphael Chikukwa and the celebrated poet and singer, Albert Nyathi reflect on the...


Speaking Up for Survivors through Art

Stories of artists who have been inspired to create work by the survivors and victims of violence and trafficking. We hear the remarkable tale of Circus Kathmandu, the Nepalese troupe founded by trafficking survivors who now educate children through performance. The Guyanese artist Akima McPherson reveals why she is giving a voice to survivors of domestic violence through her emotive art installation, Walk with Me. The acclaimed Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo has created pieces on the...


Art out of the Darkness

Can tragedy, loss and death inspire great art? This week on The Cultural Frontline we meet four artists who have created work born out of some of life’s most painful moments. The artist Petrit Halilaj reveals how the memory of the family home lost during the conflict in Kosovo became the inspiration behind his latest work. The writer Laia Jufresa takes us to the mountains of Mexico’s Guerrero state, a place where violence, disappearances and murder coexist alongside a hub of artistic...


Dancing with Pride

On this week’s Cultural Frontline we explore how the LGBTQ+ community shape dance culture around the world. The Bassiani nightclub in Tbilisi has been a rare safe place for Georgia’s LGBTQ+ community to dance freely and express themselves but in May 2018 it was raided by armed police. Many Georgians saw the police raids as an attack on their freedom. Thousands took to the streets and started a protest rave, dancing for freedom. The BBC's Rayhan Demytrie met with one of the artists at the...


All the World’s a Stage

What does it mean to perform, to stand before an audience and to share your story, your art, your voice? The Cultural Frontline explores the transformative power of performance. The writer and poet Yrsa Daley-Ward reveals how writing and performing poetry has helped her come to terms with her upbringing, her sexuality and her mental-health battles, as recounted in her new memoir, The Terrible. How do you give new meaning to an iconic feminist play? We find out why the ground breaking...