Cultural Exchange

Back in April, Tracey Emin launched a major new arts project for Radio 4, called Cultural Exchange.

Each weekday on Front Row, 75 leading creative figures will reveal their passion for a favourite book, piece of music, film or other work of art. Cultural Exchange launched on Front Row on Monday 22 April with Tracey Emin on Vermeer’s painting Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid, which you can listen to here. The most recent entry was writer Mark Haddon on The Uffington White Horse, a 110 metre long bronze age chalk figure carved into the hillside near Faringdon in Oxfordshire, which is available here. Each chosen work will have its own webpage, with additional clips from Radio 4’s archive about the choice. And the full Cultural Exchange experience will be available as a daily download.

The archive so far includes:

Howard JacobsonHoward Jacobson

Writer Howard Jacobson chooses:

Mike Nichols’s 1971 film Carnal Knowledge

Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer

The Writer/Academic chooses:

The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie chooses:

Ben Enwonwu’s Tutu

Madness perform on Parkinson in 2002


The frontman of Madness chooses:

On a Portrait of a Deaf Man by John Betjeman

Meera Syal

Meera Syal

Meera Syal chooses:

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird


Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg chooses:

Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait (1658)

Tamara Rojo

Tamara Rojo

The Artistic Director of English National Ballet chooses:

Mats Ek’s ballet The House of Bernarda

Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci chooses:

Fellini’s La Dolce Vita

Diana Athill

Diana Athill

Editor and author chooses:

The letters of Lord Byron

Adrian Lester

Adrian Lester

Adrian Lester chooses:

Redemption Song by Bob Marley

Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid

The author chooses:

Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

And more! With many more amazing entries still to come, this project is proving to be a broad and enlightening one, bringing you unique opinions on some of history’s greatest masterpieces by some of the world’s leading authors, artists and musicians.

Happy listening, Becky xx

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