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French connection

Robert Bound reporting from Abu Dhabi: Now that the celebratory bunting has been taken down and the much-hyped Louvre Abu Dhabi is finally open for business, what does the future hold? Is it an oasis of culture in a desert…

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Teaching the world to sing

Meet the musical maestros making waves: an Italian superstar in the making, an ethereal R&B singer in Los Angeles and a springy dance-pop diva via the UK and Japan.

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Reportage 2. Besides the seaside

Beyond the sunburn and sangria, what does this rowdy resort on the east coast of Spain have to recommend it? Well, there’s a sunny architectural vernacular and Unesco World Heritage ambitions to consider. With a hanky on…

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School holiday

Learning to paint is surely a life-improving skill? We head to southwest England in search of good light and a fresh mental landscape.

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Born to boogie

Tel Aviv loves to dance all day and night in bars, clubs and cafés – and on the streets. The best news? Everyone is welcome to the party.

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Fun of the fair

New York’s art-world innovator Independent is taking its idiosyncratic style to Brussels. We ask some key figures what makes it special.

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Far out east

Island tea parties, Galliano galleons, stages made of rice, gong baths and very beautiful people: Wonderfruit is a festival like no other; a beacon of peace and calm where hedonism takes a backseat. Time to ditch the city…

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Paul Auster

The philosophical and prolific author’s latest novel is his most ambitious to date. Monocle sits down with him in his home in Brooklyn.

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Fulfilling a vision

Cindy, Lisa and Todd have changed your lives and taken over your TV menu. They are the power behind the Netflix throne and here’s what they have planned for their encore.

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Hot dates

If you’re the sort of person who likes to mark things in the diary then you’ve fallen on the right few pages: here are the books, programmes, films, albums and exhibitions that should make your 2017 a year to remember. It…

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Lashings of schlager

What is ‘schlager’? Our Culture editor, smelling faintly of beer and with party music still ringing in his ears, has emerged from Dortmund’s Grosse Westfalenhalle with the answer. Boom!

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Good genes

The presumption that any North American of note in the entertainment industry is American is misplaced; the High North is a veritable talent factory. Here are 10 superstars whose unique talents could only originate from one…

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She's got talent

Cécile Frot-Coutaz heads up the Fremantle Media Group, a content provider with a huge global reach thanks to its TV brands including ‘The X Factor’ and ‘American Idol’. She discusses evolving viewing habits and how she…

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Moving stories

Unpack what it means to travel and to arrive with our global tour from cab to departure lounge, hotel desk to airborne presidential suite.

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Les liaisons dangereuses

Rob Bound reporting from France: What happens when you put Monocle’s Culture editor and a mysterious companion in a Jaguar and launch them on a sojourn through France from Biarritz to Marseille? On reflection it’s probably…

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✕5 Essays

Our wise contributors unravel the riddles at the heart of our cities: what makes them tick, how they can work better and what nocturnal joys lie within.

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The conversation: Sitting pretty

The original and ultimate status update, portraiture has a long history that poses rich insights into both the portrayer and the portrayed. Contemporary artists Gavin Turk and Peter Blake talk about their approach to the…

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The rules of Yule

It’s the most wonderful time of year so there’s no need to over complicate Christmas. All you need are good friends on two legs and four, seasonal tunes and some heart-warming flicks – all topped up with plenty of festive…

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Artistic licence

Ed Ruscha helped define the 20th century and his pictures have burnt themselves into the world’s retina. As he prepares for a new show in Berlin, Ruscha welcomes Monocle into his Culver City studio to talk work and inspi…

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Expo 87: The swing of things

High in the Brünig Pass, menfolk from all walks of life come to grapple, heave and hurl in an arcadian celebration of traditional Swiss wrestling. Monocle joins the crowd to watch the sawdust fly.

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Cinema craft

As a new book of rare vintage posters is published by director Nicolas Winding Refn, he talks to illustrator Steven Chorney about the crucial and colourful art of marketing the movies.

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