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Christmas at a John Lewis store. Daniel Deme

Why the John Lewis Christmas advert makes me angry

Underneath the schmaltzy appeal of the 2022 John Lewis Christmas advert is a frustrating distraction from the far from picture-perfect reality for children in care.
Singer-songwriter Looee Arreak performed ‘He shall feed his flock’ in Inuktitut in Against the Grain’s production of ‘Messiah/Complex.’ (Messiah/Complex: Introducing Looee Arreak (NU)/YouTube)

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ today: How classical music is contending with its colonial past and present

Two arts companies’ creative choices in interpreting Handel’s ‘Messiah’ for our times provide an opportunity to consider future directions for classical music.
Jan van Eyck, The Ghent Altarpiece, 1432. Virgin Mary detail. Wikimedia Commons

5 things to know about Mary, the mother of Jesus

In the New Testament, there is nothing about Mary’s birth, death, appearance, or age. What we do know about the mother of Jesus is, in fact, quite surprising.
The Feast of the Bean King, painted by Jacob Jordaens around 1640-1645. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

The sordid underbelly of Christmas past

We tend to romanticise the Christmas season, that time of year when we gather with friends and family, feast and be merry. But for most of its history Christmas has been a time of sordid behaviour.
Bridget deals with a ‘pervy’ uncle and advances from her boss in Bridget Jones Diary (2001). (Working Title Films)

Holiday romantic comedies and their borderline illegal behaviours

The next time there’s a scene that makes light of gendered violence, pause and ask: what is really being shown here? Is this really all that funny or is it minimizing actual violence?

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