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NEWS 2016's best bits: why culture was crucial

Discussion in 'Glastonbury Festival News' started by The Guardian, Dec 24, 2016.

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    by Tim Jonze

    Beyoncé pushed boundaries, Ken Loach triumphed and British TV reigned supreme - the cultural highs of the year

    Finding the good news stories in a year in which the grim reaper more than overstayed his welcome in arts circles might seem like an unenviable task: 2016 did, after all, rob us of Victoria Wood, Leonard Cohen, Alan Rickman, Caroline Aherne, Ronnie Corbett, Harper Lee, Gene Wilder, Terry Wogan, Zaha Hadid, George Martin, and many more. There were also various puzzling new cultural dilemmas: how, for instance, could we appreciate a Solange Knowles album (A Seat At The Table) interspersed with her father’s recollections of the Ku Klux Klan, when a KKK-backed candidate was soon to be installed in the White House? Was it possible to enjoy a baby ibex prancing up and down a mountain, as we witnessed in Planet Earth II, without fretting over the forecasts of impending ecological doom?

    But culture is never more vital than during times of turbulence, whether acting as a shoulder to cry on, a rallying voice of dissent, or simply a form of blissful escapism.

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