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SKY Arts


Shakespeare Uncovered (Series 3)

Fridays 9.15pm from 7 December


Art: 21
(Series 9)

Tuesdays 8.30pm from 11 December


Gregory Porter: One Night Only

Saturday 22 December 8.45pm


Jonas Kaufmann: Dolce Vita

Tuesday 25 December 8pm


Channel 020

Tune in to the best arts and cultural television from New Zealand and around the world.

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
Stimulating programmes examining popular fiction, classic novels and poetry
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.

The Great Songwriters (Series 2)

Thursdays 9pm Channel 020

A classic series of original portraits of legendary songwriters discussing their creative processes and inspirations. Each film features four exclusive performances with compelling, intimate new interviews. These films reveal the inner workings of the subject and the wide range of artists builds into an authoritative, fascinating and entertaining series. With this presenter-less format, each film has an individual look and feel driven by the personality of the Artist as explain their work and passion in their own words.

This Is Art (Series 1)

Thursdays 8.30pm Channel 020

THIS IS ART is a journey into ourselves, into our feelings and our concerns. The emotions that characterize us as human beings. Art has the power to bring out all kinds of feelings and sensations. Thanks to it, we can figure out who we really are. The main aim of THIS IS ART is to move us, to shake things up, but it is also a show for learning, intended for all audiences. Because we are all capable of desiring, loving, hating, laughing and crying. Through the beauty of artistic forms, we go inside the inner workings of human nature. All artists use art to explain their emotions and we use emotions to explain different aspects of the history of art.

Over the course of this series and through its entertaining and rhythmic storytelling, we touch on themes as universal as desire, ecstasy, love, inspiration, solitude, madness, faith, fear, sadness, jealousy, hope and vanity. In each episode, we talk about these themes as we speak of painting, sculpture, music, architecture and literature, with visuals that are daring, fascinating and highly attractive, in the spirit of the very essence of the program. Having Ramon Gener on board is no coincidence. He has proven his talent as a communicator on shows like "Opera en Texans" and "This Is Opera". His uncanny ability to convey the passion, knowledge and magic of all these concepts is what takes the viewer by the hand on this wonderful voyage through the human condition.

Finding Your Roots (Series 4)

Fridays 8.30pm from 7 December Channel 020

The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Continuing on the quest begun in his previous projects, Gates finds new ways to “get into the DNA of American culture”. In each episode, he takes viewers along for the journey with one celebrity group bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises of their family trees and shares life-altering discoveries.

Discover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 fascinating guests, including Carmelo Anthony, Ava DuVernay, Tea Leoni, Ana Navarro, Bernie Sanders, Questlove, and Christopher Walken.

Shakespeare Uncovered (Series 3)

Fridays 9.15pm from 7 December Channel 020

What inspired Shakespeare to write his plays? Where did he find his plots? Why has every one of his plays been acclaimed or ignored, depending on the century? Six celebrated stars entertain and inform you with insights about six plays they know intimately. Discover fresh perspectives from F. Murray Abraham (The Merchant of Venice) on anti-Semitism in 17th-century England, Helen Hunt (Much Ado About Nothing) on the hilarious contrast of tongue-tied and bickering lovers in Italian settings, Brian Cox (Julius Caesar) on how easily a tyrant can corrupt a free republic, and Romola Garai (Measure for Measure) on vice and sexual corruption at the highest levels.

Art: 21 (Series 9)

Tuesdays 8.30pm from 11 December Channel 020

Season nine charts art making in three urban centers across three continents: Berlin, Johannesburg, and the San Francisco Bay Area. From the post-Cold War cultural and economic rebirth in Berlin, to the dramatic fall of apartheid in South Africa and the technological boom in the Bay Area, the twelve artists and one non-profit art center highlighted in this season respond to the forces that have shaped the places where they live and work, while pursuing their personal visions for a better future.

As each artist draws inspiration from their surrounding communities, they also travel to museums and public spaces internationally to share their work, reminding us of the increasingly global nature of the world we live in. The artists in this season examine the complicated histories of colonization, war and migration, offer new perspectives on our interactions with technology and the environment, critique our conceptions of gender, sexuality, and race, and ultimately inspire us to see our world in new ways.

Included in the new season are Creative Growth Art Center, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Olafur Eliasson, David Goldblatt, Katy Grannan, Nicholas Hlobo, Hiwa K, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Zanele Muholi, Susan Philipsz, Robin Rhode, and Stephanie Syjuco.

Live From The Artists Den (Series 9)

Sunday Nights from 16 December Channel 020

The critically acclaimed concert series provides an intimate music experience with ground-breaking and inspiring artists. The 9th season feautures Zac Brown Band at Forest Hills Stadium (New York), Alabama Shakes at the Loveless Barn (Nashville), Cage The Elephant at the Santa Barbara Art Foundry (Santa Barbara) as well as Damien Rice at Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn (New York).

Fire And Ashes: Making The Ballet Raku

Monday 17 December 8.30pm Channel 020

Raku pottery prizes spontaneity in the interaction of fire and falling ashes. Raku is the title Yuri Possokhov has given his new ballet to music by Shinji Eshima. Choreographed on Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith and Pascal Molat, principal dancers of the San Francisco ballet, it tells the story of a mad monk’s burning the Golden Temple in Kyoto due to jealousy. The program contains rehearsals and intelligent explanations of the dancers, followed by a recording of the ballet in studio conditions.

Europakonzert 2017: Paphos

Wednesday 19 December 8.30pm Channel 020

The Europakonzert 2017 takes the Berliner Philharmoniker to one of the most mythical places in its history: Paphos, birthplace of Aphrodite. Soloist is Andreas Ottensamer with his interpretation of von Weber‘s highly elaborate Clarinet Concerto. The first part of the concert concludes with Dvorak's 8th Symphony, an unusually optimistic and light-hearted composition and it ends with Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5. The conductor is Mariss Jansons, a close friend of the orchestra for several decades.

Repertoire: von Weber: Overture to Oberon; Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73, Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163, Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5.

Gregory Porter: One Night Only

Saturday 22 December 8.45pm Channel 020

Filmed in April 2018, jazz and soul singing sensation Gregory Porter performs at the Royal Albert Hall. This concert film captures Gregory accompanied for the first time by a full symphony orchestra, conducted by Vince Mendoza (Bjork, Robbie Williams), for his rendition of classic Nat King Cole songs, including Mona Lisa, Miss Otis Regrets and The Christmas Song. Gregory Porter, continues to perform to sell out audiences around the world and has achieved international recognition and acclaim with his album Nat King Cole and Me as well as his Grammy winning albums Liquid Spirit and Take Me To The Alley.

Jonas Kaufmann: Dolce Vita

Tuesday 25 December 8pm Channel 020

Italy! Like nowhere else on earth – the sunshine and sea salt, the smell of citrus and coffee, a flirtatious glance, an incomparable song drawn deep from the heart. Italy and it’s immortal music have a magical pull on people like no other culture – and Jonas Kaufmann feels this particularly keenly. In his “Dolce Vita” concert at Berlin’s Waldbuhne he pays tribute to this culture, this way of life that has conceived one immortal melody after the other for the tenor voice and influenced him so much. This is a heartfelt tribute to Italian music including Caruso, Mattinata, Parla piu piano (aka The Godfather theme), Core ‘ngrato, Volare and famous arias by Verdi, Puccini and more!

The Divorce

Saturday 29 December 8.45pm Channel 020

Luminary art critic Jed (John O' May) and his wife Iris (Marina Prior) have always lived their life together on their own terms - falling out of love and deciding to divorce will be no different. They are throwing a big bash at their vast country estate - a civilised, joyful announcement to their friends and the world that despite their long and satisfying marriage, they are starting afresh.

The Sense Of Beauty

Mondays 8.30pm from 31 December Channel 020

We are all interested in beauty and we think we know all about it. But where does it stem from? How and why does it change through time and places? Does a universal beauty really exist and what is the meaning of beauty? This six-part series explores those very questions and investigates the concept of beauty from all points of view thanks to the contribution of famous artists, recognised art critics and well-known philosophers and scientists.

Jochen Kuhn: Painting In Motion

Monday 31 December 9.30pm Channel 020

When Jochen Kuhn – director, author, spokesman and composer – erased and repainted his paintings through outstanding metamorphoses, something new arose were we witness an associative-creative process. It is a rare privilege to see the development of a changing mind of an artist.

This film is an invitation to join the playful and creative journey of stories and paintings. Not to fade into finality but to flow with the story. This film is approachable because of this delicate sense of humour and human friendly irony. For example when Kuhn literally drew a love story at a bus stop were pope Erich Honecker decreases a confession or Angela Merkel goes on a blind date were she is very cuddly. However, Jochen Kuhn’s worlds of cheerful melancholy are also mysterious, metaphoric and sometimes reminding of Franz Kafka’s stories, but in the end does not everything seems like dreaming?

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