Author Archives: Julia Farrington

Burma: Traditional satirical performance returns, but so does censorship

Julia Farrington: Burma – Traditional satirical performance returns, but so does censorship

Burma’s art of transition

Julia Farrington: Burma’s art of transition

Burma: “Unstable one day, stable the next”

On 27 March, I attended Burmese comic Zarganar’s extraordinary show at People’s Park, one of Rangoon’s major public spaces. The elaborate production, broadcast on independent TV channel Sky Net, included dancing, music, and harsh and free-flowing satire throughout. The show featured comedians who went into exile following Zarganar’s arrest — for drawing attention the Burmese government’s lack [...]

Standing up for arts education

Index has signed a petition opposing the British government’s move to replace GCSEs with the English Baccalaureate, excluding creative subjects from the core qualification at 16. Many leading figures in the arts have voiced their dismay at this short-sightedness, pointing out the successes of the arts in the UK in both social and economic terms.  We [...]

Of arts, bans and desires

Julia Farrington: Of bans and desires

Memories of Ai Weiwei

Julia Farrington: Memories of Ai Weiwei

Elected police commanders must guarantee free expression

Julia Farrington: Elected police commanders must guarantee free expression

Burning books

Julia Farrington: Burning books

Theatre: From Behud to Behzti

Julia Farrington: From Behud to Behzti

Economical drama

Julia Farrington: Should David Hare take tips from the Theatre of the Opressed?