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Alfonso Ciavoli Cortelli, aka DJ FONZIE CIACO is an Italian dee-jay and producer , born in Naples (Italy) on September 21, 1978. 1990 is the year that marks a turning point in his life: He started his passion for music ... so much to be discovered later as a real companion of his life. In 1991 at age 13 he began DJing as a hobby under the name DJ CIACO. He soon acquires the various techniques of mixing on vinyl from his master DJ Silvano Pagani, starting to buy the first vinyl records, drive ...
 
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Paolo Sorrentino’s film The Great Beauty won an Oscar. Now he has returned to his home city of Naples to make a film based on his own autobiography, The Hand of God, which shows how his passion for the footballer Maradona saved his life. At the National Gallery a new exhibition, Dürer’s Journey: Travels of a Renaissance Artist, looks at how the Nur…
 
Front Row is live from the 2021 Turner Prize Ceremony at Coventry Cathedral. Samira Ahmed hears from Turner Prize judges actor Russell Tovey and curator Zoe Whitley, and the director of Tate Britain Alex Farquharson, about why they chose artists' collectives for this year's shortlist. Pauline Black reflects on what it means to Coventry to host this…
 
As the debate over the Parthenon Marbles has resurfaced in recent weeks, we take a deep dive into this decades old dispute. Alexander Herman, Assistant Director of the Institute of Art and Law joins presenter Tom Sutcliffe to provide insight and analysis. Renowned folk musician Eliza Carthy reviews Peter Jackson's Beatles documentary series Get Bac…
 
The electronic musician Kelly Lee Owens won this year’s Welsh Music Prize for her album Inner Song. She tells Samira Ahmed about her inspiration - and her collaborations with John Cale, Björk and Michael Sheen. This evening theatres in the West End dim their lights in honour of the great composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the words f…
 
We talk to Top Broker for Tropical Homes of Costa Rica, Jen Dalton. She's been in the area for nearly 20 years and knows the rental and real estate market like none other. We chat about the listings she has that she would invest in, why and what returns can be expected. She gives us her opinion on whether you should be in a rush to buy and describe…
 
The designer Henry Holland and writers Stephanie Merritt and Tahmima Anam review House of Gucci, The Every by Dave Eggers and Adele's new album 30.In the run up to the Turner Prize, Front Row is hearing from the artists’ collectives nominated for the award. Tonight, we hear from Array, a Belfast based collective who use their art to draw attention …
 
As her first major retrospective in the UK opens in Manchester, the distinguished American artist Suzanne Lacy discusses a career which has seen her standing at the junction of aesthetics and activism, filmmaker Camille Griffin on her Christmas comedy horror - Silent Night, and a postcard from Bishop Auckland as the town undergoes a philanthropic a…
 
During the pandemic Andrew Lloyd Webber has been more of a campaigner than a composer. He talks to Samira Ahmed how to keep theatres open now, taking his show Cinderella to Broadway and his latest ambition - to write a musical about the refugee crisis. The Costa Book Awards (formerly the Whitbread) celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. Front …
 
Jane Campion is famous for The Piano and a baby grand plays a crucial role in her new film The Power of the Dog, in which Benedict Cumberbatch plays a heavy smoking, unwashed and deeply troubled rancher in 1920s Montana. Briony Hanson reviews the film for Front Row and considers the lengths to which actors will go to create a character. All the nom…
 
Today we chat we Top Broker & Co-Owner Todd Cutter of 2CostaRicaRealEstate about luxury home auctions in Costa Rica, how they work, the process and what deals people can expect to receive from joining one. Todd also gives us some info on buying and investing in the Central Valley areas of San Jose, Escazu and Santa Ana. E-mail us: info@investingcos…
 
New movie King Richard stars Will Smith and focuses on the father of Venus and Serena Williams. The Wife of Willesden is the first play by Zadie Smith. And Wheel of Time is a new fantasy series on Amazon Prime Video. Ashley Hickson-Lovence and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh join Samira to review all three.Moira Buffini on her darkly comic new state of the nat…
 
We talk to Karina Clarke, realtor for Tropisphere Real Estate, about opportunities in the surrounding beach towns outside of Santa Teresa & Mal Pais. These areas are some of the most expensive in the country, but just 10 minutes away, you can enjoy fantastic ocean, jungle and mountain views for up to 50% less. Karina describes the areas of Montezum…
 
‘A spiritual enquiry into what it is to be human’ is how Ralph Fiennes describes T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. On the eve of the opening in the West End he tells presenter Elle Osili-Wood about his stage presentation and his relationship with the poems.An exhibition that was a smash hit in Australia has come to Plymouth. “Songlines: Tracking the Sev…
 
Céline Sciamma’s last film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, won awards worldwide after its release in 2019. Now the French filmmaker is back with Petite Maman – a meditative film set in the French countryside in which an eight year old girl, while helping her parents clear her mother’s family home, meets a mysterious girl of the same age in the woods. …
 
Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his debut as film director with a cinematic retelling of the stage musical - tick, tick…Boom! The film stars Andrew Garfield as a musical theatre composer desperate to succeed in his chosen field before his 30th birthday.In the aftermath of COP 26, with progress made but pledges watered down, how should fiction respond to c…
 
This week Lily Fatjo, an interior designer in Guanacaste gives us her advice and tips on how interior design can have an impact on your property value and rental income. She discusses the hot design trends at the moment, what your house should have and should not have. She also gives us her advice on buying and investing in Costa Rica as well as wh…
 
We chat with Alejandro Amador, realtor for Remax in Guanacaste, about the developing beach towns in Guanacaste and specifically the opportunities in Playa Avellanas, a sleepy surf town 90 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from Tamarindo. He tells us what's going on, what's the community like, what is being developed, and the listing he has th…
 
Tori Amos plays live and tells presenter Tom Sutcliffe about going from rock bottom to renewal in her lockdown album conceived on the Cornish coast, Ocean to Ocean.The Courtauld Gallery in London, renowned in particular for its collection of Impressionist art, reopens after a major 3-year refurbishment. Reviewers Waldemar Januszczak and Subhadra Da…
 
For many years Shetlanders with ambitions to become artists had to leave to train and work. Not any longer, and young artists are also returning to the islands. Jen Stout reports on the ancient and modern arts in Shetland.Nigerian novelist Timothy Ogene tells Kirsty about the experiences that led him to write Seesaw, his satirical novel about the t…
 
The unique cultural heritage of Venice is under threat from increasingly frequent flooding and rising sea levels. Anna Somers Cocks OBE, founding editor of the Art Newspaper and Fellow of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, signed a letter appealing to the Italian Prime Minister to safeguard the city, on the eve of COP 26. She’s joined…
 
British filmmaker, singer-songwriter and music producer Jeymes Samuel AKA The Bullitts discusses his new film The Harder They Fall.Finnish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen on her new novel Dog Park.Jon Gilchrist, Executive Director of Home in Manchester and incoming president of UK Theatre, on the state of regional theatre this autumn.And in the latest…
 
Alan Cumming discusses his autobiography, Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life. This volume chronicles some of his career highs after Hollywood came calling, including working with Stanley Kubrick, filming with the Spice Girls and holidaying with Gore Vidal.Front Row critics Alexandra Shulman and Leila Latif review this week's cultural highlight…
 
Cristian Guerrini, Immigration Lawyer, brings us up to date on applying for the Investor Residency Visa and the benefits this residency brings, plus the process to import all of your tax-free products & vehicles. We also get an update on the Digital Nomad Visa, the process and timeline for its release, and approved applications. Contact us info@inv…
 
Shortlisted authors Anuk Arudpragasam, Damon Galgut, Patricia Lockwood, Nadifa Mohamed, Richard Powers and Maggie Shipstead join Samira Ahmed live in Broadcasting House's Radio Theatre for the announcement of the winner of the 2021 Booker Prize.Last year's winner Douglas Stuart is in conversation with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. And 30 years on fr…
 
Little Amal, a giant puppet of a refugee girl, will complete her epic journey from Gaziantep on the Turkey/Syria border to Manchester tomorrow. Theatre director David Lan discusses what the project has achieved. Euripides’ tragedy Herakles was first performed in 416BC. The poet Anne Carson’s new translation mentions contemporary artist Anselm Kiefe…
 
Meet the anagrammatical Orbis Rex, Queen Dido, Blind Dom’nic, as they battle a wet and withered bat from Wuhan in Front Row as Armando Iannucci, Samira Ahmed’s guest, reads from and talks about Pandemonium, his new mock-heroic epic poem written in response to the Covid pandemic and the times we live in.The sights and sounds of Liverpool are evoked …
 
Critics Michael Donkor and Jan Asante review actor Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut feature film Passing and the series Colin in Black and White, about former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.In the fifth of our Booker Prize Book Groups, listeners put their questions to author Richard Powers, shortlisted for the second time for his novel Bewilderment. H…
 
Front Row visits Truro to report on the re-opening of the Hall for Cornwall after a 3 year, £26million refurbishment. The new 1300 auditorium complements the granite of the old building, and the Cornish landscape. And the opening show – the world premiere of the Fisherman’s Friends musical, of course.We hear from Matt Hemley, News Editor for The St…
 
Patricia Lockwood is the latest author to join our Booker Prize Book Groups. Three listeners will ask her about No One Is Talking About This, a novel that’s been described as “ferociously original”, exploring a relationship with the online world and how it changes when an incredibly moving event happens in real life.The Science Museum has come in f…
 
As we celebrate 50 Podcasts, we chat with Scott Cutter (Episode #1) about what trends he sees post-pandemic, what listings he has that he likes and would invest into, plus he gives his input on the best performing rentals in his portfolio. Scott also gives his input on where he thinks the hidden value in Real Estate is and where the appreciation an…
 
In the first instalment of our new series, Inside the Songs, Paul McCartney talks about his life and song-writing through the prism of ten key lyrics, beginning with The Beatles’ classic All My Loving.Poet Paul Muldoon discusses working with Paul McCartney on his intimate and revealing new book, The Lyrics, and explains why he sees McCartney as a g…
 
Producer-director Sarah Smith made her animation debut with the festive favourite, Arthur Christmas. Ten years on she’s back with Ron’s Gone Wrong, a warm-hearted romp with a robot and a critique of social media’s impact on young minds.For this week’s audio postcard, presenter and local boy Nick Ahad is in Bradford. He dons his hard hat to check ou…
 
We chat with MJ Perez of Rev Paradise whom I personally work with on what you can do to make sure your vacation rental in Costa Rica produces a return. We chat about ways you can maximise your revenue by doing small things. She gives her advice on how to use data when managing properties and the key performance indicators you should be watching: th…
 
We announce the winners of the BBC National Short Story Award 2021 and the BBC Young Writers' Award 2021. Kirsty Lang is joined for the show by National Short Story Award judges James Runcie and Fiona Mozley and Young Writers' Award judges Katie Thistleton and Louise O'Neill.The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a si…
 
Arinzé Kene talks to Samira Ahmed about playing Bob Marley in the new musical Get Up, StandUp!Singer Clare Norburn is live in the studio to perform a piece by 16th Century composer John Dowland and discuss her new play about Dowland, I, Spie. We discuss the inaugural Working Class Writers Festival taking place in Bristol this weekend with organiser…
 
Front Row goes live to Coventry to announce the winner of the 2021 Riba Stirling Prize and discuss the shortlist with BBC Arts and Media correspondent David Sillito and architecture critic for the Guardian, Oliver Wainwright.Author Charlotte Philby and arts and books editor for Prospect Magazine Sameer Rahim join Tom Sutcliffe to review the new ser…
 
Theatre director Emma Jordan discusses The Border Game, a new play to mark 100 years of the Irish border. We hear from Omagh in County Tyrone as reporter Freya McClement explores a moving new installation by artist Paula Stokes at the Ulster American Folk Park.And director Ridley Scott talks to Samira about his new film The Last Duel starring Matt …
 
Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama on her play White Noise, which has its the UK premier tonight. Life is not so bad for four liberal friends, two couples, black with a white partner, until Leo has a run in with the cops and it all begins to unravel.The poet, playwright, and novelist, Owen Sheers,…
 
We chat today with Rebecca (Becky) Clower, owner and Top Broker for Blue Water Properties about what's going in the Tamarindo, Flamingo & Papagayo areas of Costa Rica. We chat about the cost of land, the price you will pay for a 3-bed condo in each and also when people should look to build v buy. We also cover advice on finding yourself a good buil…
 
Joan Collins discusses her memoir My Unapologetic Diaries.Tales of the City author and activist Armistead Maupin on his national tour and why he has moved from his beloved San Francisco to live in the UK.Engineering Value - Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry is a new play every word of which has been taken from what was said at that public inquiry. D…
 
We finally answer Herschel's prayers and cover a lady...sort of. She's one half of a brutal couple that ran roughshod over the Manchester area for a few years. Myra Hindley was known at one time as "BRITAIN'S MOST EVIL WOMAN" and her boyfriend/partner in crime Ian Brady was a real piece of nonsense. Leave a review please and follow us on IG! Thank …
 
Cush Jumbo’s long-awaited performance as Hamlet and debbie tucker green’s film ear for eye come under the critical gaze of Ekow Eshun, Vanessa Kisuule and Sarah Crompton.Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. He joins Front Row to discuss his work and how he feels about winning. The Poet Laureate Simon …
 
Broadcaster Huw Stephens sends an audio postcard from Aberystwyth, the small seaside town with the big arts centre mounting exhibitions and concerts, the National Library of Wales, the country's oldest University, a thriving bilingual music scene, one of the UK's leading comedy festivals and now - a film industry. The true story of one family’s jou…
 
We chat with Jen Harter, top broker for 2CostaRicaRealEstate in Santa Teresa, about what's going on in here area of the country, where the opportunities are and where she would personally invest. We cover the cost of land, things to consider when buying land, the water situation and the cost of land in Santa Teresa, Mal Pais and Manzanillo. We also…
 
Wole Soyinka, the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells Samira Ahmed about what impelled him to write his first new novel in five decades, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth.As theatres re-open across the UK and audiences return, are some theatre fans being left behind? We hear from Jamie Hale, an aw…
 
In tonight's new look, 45 minute long Front Row...Hilary Mantel talks about turning her 874 page novel, The Mirror and the Light, the third volume in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, into a play of just a couple of hours. Kieran Hurley on The Enemy, his adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People for the National Theatre of Scotland. Lianne La Havas j…
 
The new 007 film No Time To Die has had its release pushed back and back and back due to Covid. But now it’s finally here with Daniel Craig playing James Bond for the final time. Critical responses have been mixed, what will our reviewers, Charlie Higson -writer of the Young Bond novels – and Naima Khan – who’s never seen a Bond film before – make …
 
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