Strand: Culture Wars

The arts and culture reflect wider ideas and debates in society, sometimes subtly, sometimes explicitly or even propagandistically. Some argue that making and enjoying ‘art for art’s sake’ should mean steering clear of politics; others relish politics in the arts. In the anniversary year of the Russian Revolution, this strand looks back on how art and artists inspired and were inspired by that political upheaval, as well as asking what role there might be for politics in the theatre, and what the popularity of detective fiction says about our society. And looking forwards, can Brexit – rather than thwarting the cultural sector – help shape and spark a new era of creativity?