John Akomfrah wins Artes Mundi prize and attacks UK’s intolerance

The video artist John Akomfrah has been named the winner of this year’s Artes Mundi, the UK’s biggest prize for international contemporary art, and used the platform to berate the “bleak culture of fear and intolerance” he said had gripped Britain. The biennial award, held in Cardiff, which comes with £40,000 prize money, focuses on artists who engage with social and political issues and the human condition. Akomfrah’s winning piece, Auto Da Fé, is one of his several recent works which engage with humankind’s long tradition of migration and refugees…

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Harry Potter character provides name for new species of crab

A species of crab that managed to elude capture for 20 years after it was first identified from remains has become the latest real-life creature to be named after a Harry Potter character. Harryplax severus takes its name from Harry’s notorious teacher Severus Snape, who managed to keep the secret that he was a double agent working for Hogwarts headmaster Professor Dumbledore until he died. Discovered 20 years ago in Guam by collector Harry Conley, who was digging in rubble fields at low tide, biologists have only now identified it…

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Anthony Goldstone obituary

The pianist Anthony Goldstone, who has died aged 72, was a regular broadcaster and prolific recording artist, making more than 80 CDs in a wide-ranging repertoire. His interests included British music, the classics and lesser-known works by composers such as Saint-Saëns, Heinrich von Herzogenberg and Ernő Dohnányi – byways he explored with relish and conscientiousness. He also delighted in excavating unpublished or unfinished pieces which he would complete himself and record. A disc of Mozart, for example, featured a number of works left unfinished at the composer’s death – including…

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Emmanuelle Riva, French icon who starred in Amour, dies aged 89

Emmaunelle Riva, the French actor whose 60 year career came to a triumphant climax with her Oscar nomination for Michael Haneke’s Amour, has died. Riva, who had cancer, died on Friday night in Paris, but was working until last summer, when she made a film, Alma, in Iceland and performed at the Villa Medici in Rome. Emmanuelle Riva, 85, star of Amour, tells of her extraordinary life Read more Riva was 26 when she moved from rural France to Paris with hopes of becoming an actor, achieving her goal soon…

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Fans of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds invited to public memorial in Hollywood

A public memorial will be held for Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, their family has announced. The event will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery Hollywood Hills on 25 March, where the actresses were laid to rest following their deaths just a day apart. Fisher had spoken publicly about her battle with bipolar disorder and drug problems during her life. Following the funeral, Todd Fisher promised a “bigger service down the road for the public and all their other friends”. Explaining the choice of urn for his sister’s…

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