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Monday 25 August

Robert Bound assesses the best value for money in cultural performance with David Jays, editor of the Dance Gazette. We also report from this year’s Liverpool Biennial, visit Kosovo-based film festival Dokufest, head to…

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Stand up and be counted

Monday 25 August

To lead an election in Brazil, TV and comedy are two vital winning ingredients. The nation’s often comical political broadcasts are what keeps many voters interested, says Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco.

One of the secrets for ensuring success in Brazilian politics is to make damn-good TV spots as part of an on-air tradition that we call horário eleitoral gratuito, where all free-to-air TV channels in Brazil are obliged by…

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Saturday 23 August

Tom Edwards sits down to leaf through the new issue of cult design magazine Eye with its editors and creators John L Walters and Simon Esterson. Plus, we head to Singapore where brand-new travel journal AfterGlobe has just…

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Weekend Agenda

Friday 22 August

This weekend see a different side to filmmaker Harmony Korine in New York, check out art and photography through the eyes of children in Tokyo, and enjoy the new album from Baltimore band, Celebration.

Gagosian Gallery’s latest New York location is presenting a little-known side of US filmmaker Harmony Korine – noted for cult films Kids and most recently Spring Breakers – with the director’s paintings on show. In his…

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Culture, 149

Monday 18 August

Green Man festival special: Robert Bound and the culture team head to Green Man festival in Wales with music chats and sessions from Jeffrey Lewis, Daughter, Julie Byrne, Happyness and Nick Mulvey. Plus, we learn about the…

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Saturday 16 August

Tyler Brûlé sits down for the third and final summer special with Rob Orchard of Delayed Gratification and Jeremy Leslie of MagCulture. Plus, we speak to some of the customers at the newsstand on the Greek island of Paros…

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Weekend Agenda

Friday 15 August

This weekend find the meeting point where fashion, art and photography mix in Mumbai, head to Haugesund for the best in Norwegian and Scandinavian film talent, and enjoy the debut album from new London band, Childhood.

Mumbai’s Tasveer gallery is showcasing Kaleidoscope this weekend, the first international exhibition from British fashion photographer Ram Shergill. Shergill’s lens normally focuses on illustrious personalities such as Dame…

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Culture, 148

Monday 11 August

Folk special: Robert Bound investigates the weird and wonderful world of folk traditions including a music chat with journalist Jude Rogers and trips to some of the UK’s quirkier festivals and ceremonies including Whitst…

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Saturday 9 August

Tom Edwards sits down with City University’s director of magazine journalism Barbara Rowlands to discuss new trends including Good Housekeeping’s bricks-and-mortar presence in London. Plus, we go to Tokyo where magazine The…

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Weekend Agenda

Friday 8 August

This weekend head to New York to see how photography and commercialism combine, check out the best in theatre and performance at Toronto’s SummerWorks festival, and enjoy the new album from Austin band, Spoon.

The Production Line of Happiness, the first retrospective devoted to US photographic artist Christopher Williams is now on show at New York’s MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). For Williams, photographs not only present the…

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Culture / Society

Word games

Friday 8 August

With words such as ‘selfie’, ‘frenemy’ and ‘chillax’ now permissible to win you a game of Scrabble it is clear that the rules of language, and board games, keep moving. But Monocle’s Megan Billings isn’t playing along.

This week Merriam-Webster added 5,000 new words to the dictionary for Scrabble players. Perhaps it was time for an update – the last time the board game saw a revision to its entries was around 10 years ago.

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Culture / Music

Music to the ears

Thursday 7 August

When picking a summer music festival to spend a weekend getting lost at it’s worth considering what the event contributes to its home city apart from just tunes. Montréal’s Osheaga has got that balance right.

As you’ve surely noticed by now, here at Monocle we have a soft spot for soft power – the positive cultural and economic strengths of a nation or city – and Montréal’s Osheaga festival is a good example. I won’t go as far…

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Culture / Retail

New values

Wednesday 6 August

We all love picking up a bargain curio with a story attached but with the rise of the vintage market are we now overvaluing the odd and impractical as being rare and unusual? Monocle’s Tom Hall thinks so.

Christie’s, that venerable London institution where you might just as easily pick up a priceless Cézanne as a battered chaise longue, it turns out, has a sense of humour. On 3 September (and available to peruse from this…

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