Contributors / Chiara Rimella

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On the record

A recording studio requires top technology and full comfort – as we learned when we launched our round-the-clock radio station in 2011. Here’s how to fine-tune yours.

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Summer hit wave

The mercury is rising and so is the standard of music. We take the temperature of the hottest new talent, from a Texan band to a Norwegian singer-songwriter, and whip through the tunes keeping us dancing well after sunset…

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40. Only the beginning

Artists are grappling with the extent to which coronavirus should colour their creativity but the pandemic’s true cultural impact won’t be clear for several years.

Global

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Hope: It’s for the best

‘Hope’ – the theme of the 2019 Prix Pictet – comes in as many forms as there are people breathing air. These photos by the shortlisted nominees capture life in places that are remote and perhaps forsaken – but that contain…

Global

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Full screen ahead

What’s next in this “golden age of television”? Streaming services are a boon to everyone – especially those confined at home now – but regional and niche broadcasters are taking up the challenge posed by the big players…

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Get in on the action

Proof that a less socially intense schedule won’t dilute the quality of your cultural life comes in the form of Oliver Hermanus’s beautiful South-African drama, Damien Chazelle’s jazzy new musical, Hazel English’s uplifting…

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Eagle’s eye

Retailer Alex Eagle is realising her vision of covetable and lovingly selected womenswear, furniture and more at her loft boutique in London’s West End.

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The Ten

History feels alive and kicking this month. Our picks include a Netflix series about a pioneering African-American millionaire, Tom Stoppard’s personal new play and choreographers of the past on show in São Paulo. Plus: the…

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More than Mozart

Who are the contemporary heirs to Austria’s artistic heroes? From darkly poetic films to specialist record shops, here’s a selection of distinctively Austrian cultural highlights.

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The Ten

Let there be light: Oklahoma Contemporary is clad in undulating aluminium to reflect the prairie sun and the Sydney Biennale is spotlighting overlooked stories from artists around the world. Plus: Caribou’s most personal…

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Easy does it

Fuss and hurry? They’ve been and gone. Start the new decade as you mean to go on. Take stock and choose the scenic route. Our gentle manifesto sketches a picture of taking it a little easier in the years to come.

Global

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Shared passion

Art collectors Mera and Don Rubell have found a suitably generous new space to display their remarkable collection.

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The Ten

It didn’t take long for Frieze to find its Californian groove and the UK art fair is back in Los Angeles this month. Plus: training the lens on the male; farce and fantasy on stage and page; a new Nigerian journal offering…

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The opener

We report from an idiosyncratic nation that has won us over with its quirky kerbside totems, drinks-filled vending machines, mascots and of course, shower toilets.

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Short and sharp

It started in Tokyo but 1,200 cities now host PechaKucha events, where you give brief talks governed by strict rules. Monocle’s culture editor Chiara Rimella takes the stage.

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Showing their colours

Tokyo’s contemporary-art scene (and collector base) is growing, thanks in part to a group of energetic gallerists with a passion for their country’s creativity. We put four of them – and their key artists – in the frame.

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The Ten

From fantastical anime to upbeat electronica and art shows that interrogate the relationship between man and machine, Japan has much to offer those looking to jump-start their imaginations.

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The opener

Art for diplomats, curbing California’s cushty canteen culture, dining cars hit the buffers and a political tussle on Chinese cinema screens.

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The Ten

This autumn, the meaning and power of love get a fresh outing on stage, TV and in music. So get ready for plenty of laughs, tears and everything in between with the help of our indispensable guide to the top cultural picks…

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Quality controller

Goodbye summer; goodbye blockbusters and beach reads. Autumn is the time for more contemplative films, series and novels, and we’ve found the best of the season. And when it’s time to give the screen a rest, we’ve got you…

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Top of the class

Tel Aviv’s Shenkar College is one of the world’s best fashion schools, where design skills and technical nous go hand in hand. But what happens after graduation?

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Crowd pleasers

An increasing number of independent media outlets are launching via crowdfunding campaigns. But building on this income while delivering on promises is another challenge; we look at seven ventures playing to the crowd.

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