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‘I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar’ – Period. End of Sentence review

When producer Melissa Berton and director Rayka Zehtabchi accepted an Oscar for their documentary, Period. End of Sentence earlier this month, one sentence in Zehtabchi’s speech captured the awe and elation of the evening. Steven Allison reviews their award-winning film and analyses how it can help India’s evolving attitude towards women.

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Book Review: The Study Circle by Haroun Khan

A debut novel from a skilled and observant writer, The Study Circle is a work of fiction which an alternative look into modern-day urban Britain. Mariah Feria reviews the book’s timely and important themes and discusses the representation of a community that is so often one-dimensionally shown.

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Who is SOPHIE?

Known previously as the producer behind famous names such as Charli XCX and Madonna, musician SOPHIE has used 2018 as the year to reinvent herself. Melchi Anyinsah-Bondzie discusses how SOPHIE is now a musical force to be reckoned with, and her growing importance within marginalised cultures

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Taking the plunge: House of Cards

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to start a television show right in the middle of the action? Well, fear not – I GOT YOU. I’ve always wanted to watch House of Cards, and figured – this might be the most entertaining way to immerse myself in a new show. So, here

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5 things I learnt from Love Island 2017

The trashy, pointless, yet brilliantly addicting TV show took over our screens for seven weeks this summer. Whether you wanted to watch it or not, and consequently whether you did or didn’t watch it, everyone who was anyone was talking about Love Island. I’m a veteran viewer, having watched the two seasons previous to this

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The grime revolution

It’s a dark and grey rainy afternoon when I finally sit down to a phone call with Sid Akhurst aka AS.IF KID. The 22-year-old producer from London is in the studio at his parent’s house in Swindon and we’re talking about his new track ‘Raqqa’ which has just had its first play on BBC Radio

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An afternoon in Fiji

Fiji is a country that is probably on most of our bucket lists. With its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and fascinating culture, it’s not hard to see why. Thankfully, you can now get a taste of this island lifestyle at ‘Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific’, the newest exhibit to enter the Sainsbury Centre

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An interview with Batman the pug – the Instagram sensation

I have heard of animal lovers bringing their pets to work or leaving work to be with their pets, but Paul Hayes has taken this one step further to incorporate his pug; Batman, into his own career by launching Batman into the Insta-celebrity spotlight. One boring tube ride home I met Batman the Pug, the

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Generation nothing

Here we are in 2016. This January we lost the great British icon David Bowie. He was an integral part of British culture, and his pull went way beyond just his music. Across the pond, Prince left us in April. The mourning of these music greats is a testament to the unique power music has

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The ADP riot tour – Norwich

Following the shocking Brexit result, and the ever accumulating terror attacks, Jimmy Cauty brings us his latest art installation project – The Aftermath Dislocation Principle. A 40ft shipping container travelling the country until Christmas Day, the piece contains a miniature post-apocalyptic world. Small holes in the container allow visitors to peak into Cauty’s destructive environment,

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There’s a Riiottt brewing

It’s not often I find myself struck with an artist, you’d excuse my pessimism but these days it seems we’re presented with the same old regurgitated talent and expected to class it as something amazing (a la Iggy Azalea – yup I said it). After spending an unnecessary amount of time trawling through the ‘kawaii’

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Virgin Virtuosos #2: WILDES, Dan James and Meg Mac

Every fortnight, we will be bring you three under heard artists who we think have the potential to make it big. For everything from the complete unknowns to the just-about-to-blows, take note. The unknown: WILDES We start off this fortnight with London-based electronic pop solo artist, Ella Walker, who goes by the name of WILDES. Sharing

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Virgin Virtuosos #1: Luna Rae, Aurora and The Academic

Every fortnight, we will be bring you three under heard artists who we think have the potential to make it big. For everything from the complete unknowns to the just-about-to-blows, take note. The unknown: Luna Rae We start off with a supremely talented pair of female vocalists (and waitresses, when they’re not on stage), based

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Introducing Luna Rae

In five months, Luna Rae went from home recordings to competing as finalists at Vodafone Future Breakers. Not many artists hit so steep a learning curve so quickly. We had the opportunity to speak to the pair, and asked whether or not they had expected it, and what advice they would give to someone else

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FKA Twigs – re-defining the artist

From being a back-up dancer for the likes of Jessie J, Ed Sheeran and Plan B to the experimental singer-songwriter she is now most known for, FKA Twigs is more than just a singer. She is an artist that stretches herself across all meanings of the word. FKA Twigs first came on to the music

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The Sex Workers Opera, a review

  This was my first journey to the Pleasance theatre in Islington. A sultry early summer evening, I looked forward to a night of theatrical delight. All I knew was that this was a musical production entirely by ‘sex workers’. I absolutely forgot about this and viewed them all as very talented actors. I could

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Prince: A love letter

When people think of Prince, many words might spring to mind; ambiguous, talented, maestro, entity. However for me, there is no way to label him – he just is. There are probably going to be a whole hoard of tributes that are going to give facts, album sales and all the accolades he received over

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Why i’m a stan for Stromae

If you know anything about me, you’d know that I only ‘stan’ for three people; that’s Jesus, Prince and the guy I’m about to sing praises for – Stromae. After pulling in fresh from a trip in Paris I received the good news that I was going to see the musical genius live at The Apollo

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Beez in the trap – Stooki Sound

Think back to a few years ago when Adele was largely an unknown artist and it was some sort of insider- trendy word to say her name. As if to imply you were really cultured and sophisticated to know her music (love her as we do). Trap music at the moment seems to be experiencing the

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Hayden Williams a rising star

There are two types of people on Instagram ‘posers’ and ‘nosers’, I myself am a noser. Basically all this means is I nose around through other peoples photos and have not a single one up myself. Sounds bad I know but my life really isn’t really interesting enough to post any of my own photos

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Sonar – the modern way to festival

Sónar is the culmination of over 20 years work, the end result is as you’d expect; A festival that defies convention and stands entirely on its own as much more of an experience than just an event. The team are quite fussy when it comes to events we won’t be found frequenting the typical mud

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Northern Soul – Who says white boys can’t dance?

I have two really good friends; one called Troy and the other called Dylan, Troy could dance amazingly well – it was literally like a dancehall king possessed every inch of his body; waist gyrating like a masculine hula dancer and footwork so fancy, even James Brown would be kissing his teeth in jealousy. Dylan

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