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SKY Arts


Nicole Bernegger Plays Baloise Session

Friday 31 January 9.30pm


Stacey Kent Plays Baloise Session

Saturday 1 February 9.30pm


Home Is Where
The Art Is

Tuesdays 8.30pm


Renzo Piano: Architect Of Light

Thursday 6 February 8.30pm


Channel 020

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Fascinating documentaries on artists, writers, dancers, musicians and more
Intelligent interviews with the stars of stage and screen
In-depth shows on modern and classical art, architecture and design
A wide range of concerts from classical to rock, pop, jazz, soul and the blues
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Inspiring performances of contemporary dance, ballet, opera and theatre
Sky Arts is proud to support New Zealand Arts, so look out for more home grown arts programmes made by local artists and filmmakers.

Dresdner Philharmonie: Shostakovich

Wednesday 29 January 7pm Channel 020

The 2018/2019 concert season is Michael Sanderling’s eighth as Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic. His name is associated with a great musical and technical ambition, concentrated rehearsal work, and concert events of unforgettable intensity. The focus on Dmitri Shostakovich continues, and this concert recording captures a flawless performance of his Symphony No. 15.

Seiji Ozawa Plays Beethoven 2 & 7

Wednesday 29 January 8pm Channel 020

Renowned for his advocacy of modern composers, Seiji Ozawa founded the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto in 1992. As of 2015 it is better known as the Seiji Ozawa Festival. Seiji Ozawa appeared on stage himself with 63 Saito Kinen Orchestra members, passionately conducting Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 and No. 7.

An American Depression

Thursday 30 January 8.30pm Channel 020

1929: The biggest economic crisis of the 20th century brought an abrupt end to the euphoria of the Roaring Twenties. Driven from their land, the farmers of the Great Plains were forced to abandon everything they had. They became migrants in their own country and were treated as such by the vast Californian estates. They became the symbol of an America confronted by its own reality.

Built on the work of the iconic photographers of the Great Depression - Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein – this archive documentary analyses the consequences of the economic collapse in the United States and provides a unique take on the failure of the American model.

Nicole Bernegger Plays Baloise Session

Friday 31 January 9.30pm Channel 020

Nicole Bernegger has got soul in her blood, an electrifying voice and she's well on her way to becoming one of the big names in soul music. Already in her early teens, Nicole knew that music was going to be her life. On tours through countless small clubs, she made her first stage appearances in front of tightly packed soul audiences before winning The Voice Of Switzerland and gaining nationwide popularity.

Her debut achieved gold status and her solo albums sold more than 20,000 times and were streamed about 710,000 times. With her impressive voice and a charisma that's reminiscent of soul-icons like Sharon Jones or Amy Winehouse, Nicole has since been captivating audiences all over.

Critical Thinkers

Saturdays 8pm Channel 020

What are the latest ideas from the world’s most prominent intellectuals? In this unique interview series, great minds of our time discuss arts, politics, literature, economics, and more. Featuring radical French philosopher Jacques Ranciere, German sociologist Axel Honneth, Italian philosopher Umberto Galimberti, and American art critic Jonathan Crary.

The Art Of Architecture

Saturdays 8.30pm Channel 020

This stunningly filmed new series explores the work of some of the world’s most famous contemporary architects – from Santiago Calatrava to Sir David Adjaye - and examines how art influences their extraordinary designs. Focusing on one architectural achievement in each episode, this is towering look at some of our greatest modern buildings and restorations and provides privileged access to projects as diverse as the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, and Battersea Power Station in London. In Dundee we see Kengo Kuma’s vision for its new V&A Museum, inspired by cliffs and created as a regenerating force for the city, while in New York we visit two modern masterpieces: Calatrava’s World Trade Centre Transportation Hub, with its winged-bird quality and The Vessel, a giant staircase by Thomas Heatherwick, that has become an immediate must-see attraction in the city.

Stacey Kent Plays Baloise Session

Saturday 1 February 9.30pm Channel 020

Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mould of the greats, with a legion of fans worldwide, a bunch of awards including a Grammy nomination, album sales in excess of 2 million plus Gold, Double-Gold and Platinum-selling albums that have reached a series of No. 1 chart positions during the span of her career.

Home Is Where The Art Is

Tuesdays 8.30pm Channel 020

Dramatic decisions. Big personalities. Beautiful artwork. In Home Is Where the Art Is, three very different artists take to their tools in the ultimate creative competition. The prize? A commission from a mystery buyer. Each artist will have to pick up on clues about the client’s taste and personality to prepare the perfect pitch. And when their creations are revealed, whose work will the buyer want? There can only be one winner.

Bruckner No. 5: Valery Gergiev

Wednesday 5 February 8.15pm Channel 020

Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmoniker perform Bruckner No. 5 during the 2018 Bruckner Festival.

Comedy Legends (Series 2)

Thursdays 7.45pm Channel 020

A hilarious profile of some of the world’s favourite comedy stars. Each episode celebrates one artist and includes highlights from their comedy careers while host and comedy writer, Barry Cryer recalls some of his funniest moments working with each them.

The series includes contributions from comedians Tony Hawks, Clive Anderson, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Steve Punt and comedy critic from The Times, Stephen Armstrong. A truly unique perspective of some of the greats of comedy from the UK and USA.

Renzo Piano: Architect Of Light

Thursday 6 February 8.30pm Channel 020

A very special building, the Botin Center. The architect, a contemporary genius, Renzo Piano. The director, another contemporary genius, Carlos Saura. Carlos Saura and Renzo Piano will unfold their view on the relationship between architecture and cinema and show us the magic surrounding this gigantic building as imagined by Renzo Piano. The Botin Center, through time, will modify the soul of the city forever.

Donovan And The Beatles In India

Saturday 8 February 9.30pm Channel 020

In 1968 the Beatles visited India, where they discovered meditation and wrote over two dozen songs that were included in the White Album, Abbey Road and later solo albums. Scottish folk singer Donovan - who was the ringleader of the trip - retraces the journey he and the Fab Four took to shine a light on a world of peace, love and incredible creativity.


Sunday 9 February 8am Channel 020

Verdi’s third opera was created at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1842, in the epicentre of the "Risorgimento" and the capital of Italian nationalism, at a time where the supporters of Italian independence from Austrian occupation were starting to make their voices heard.

French director Arnaud Bernard goes as far as to centre the entire opera during the popular uprisings of 1848 and in the insides of the Milanese opera house. A clever way to emphasize on the legends that have been building around Verdi's operas and the role they played in the political process of uniting the Italian peninsula.

Soprano Susanna Branchini steals the stage as Nabuchodonosor’s daughter Abigaille, while Israeli-born conductor Daniel Oren conducts with great panache this lyrical epic that holds such a special place in the heart of all Italians.

Palace For The People

Monday 10 February 8pm Channel 020

Palace For The People tells the stories of the most emblematic four buildings of socialist times – witnessing the historical turbulence in Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century. Now that socialism is over, it's time for The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, the Moscow State University, the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest and the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade to reveal their hidden secrets. The film takes a snapshot of the palaces today, through the eyes of their architects, former and current directors and ordinary people who worked in them.

In The Tracks Of Alexandre Desplats

Saturday 15 February 9.30pm Channel 020

Documentary getting into the mind of composer Alexandre Desplat.


Monday 17 February 8pm Channel 020

Autumn of 2017. The Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal begins its first international tour of Europe's most prestigious concert halls. This series of concerts is the crowning and paroxysm of the rich relationship between the musicians and their leader, Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

Over four seasons, Jean-Nicolas Orhon's camera follows the preparation of this international adventure and gently penetrates the daily life of the orchestra. ENSEMBLE reveals the precious role of the maestro, exposes the excitement behind the scenes, displays the intimacy of the musicians and poses a new and delicate look on those whose life sublimes the love of music.

In The Tracks Of: 10 Years

Friday 21 February 8.30pm Channel 020

This documentary gathers the testimonies from several influential composers including Gabriel Yared, Maurice Jarre, Georges Delerue, Lalo Schifrin, Bruno Coulais, Alexandre Desplat, Jean-Claude Petit, Francis Lai, Mark Isham and Jean-Michel Bernard.

Confidents of the greatest filmmakers of the last forty years, we discover their mission, through the evolution of the film industry and how they became essential to make a film.

With the participation of Jean-Jacques Annaud, Jacques Audiard, Caroll Ballard, Bertrand Blier, George Clooney, Alain Corneau, Frank Darabont, Jodie Foster, Adrian Lyne, Moby, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Volker Schlondorff and Peter Weir.

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