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On my radar: Marwa al-Sabouni’s cultural highlights

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Marwa al-Sabouni is a Syrian architect and writer. Born in Homs in 1981, she was living in the city when the civil war broke out in 2011 and remained there with her young family throughout the worst bombardments. In h...

On my radar: Jenny Lee Lindberg’s cultural highlights

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Born in Nevada in 1981, Jenny Lee Lindberg is a founding member of LA-based indie-rock quartet Warpaint. As a bass player and vocalist, she has recorded three albums with the band including 2014’s Warpaint, which made...

On my radar: Lynette Linton’s cultural highlights

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Lynette Linton was born in east London in 1990 and started writing and directing for the stage after joining the National Youth Theatre in her early 20s. Her three produced plays include Step and Hashtag Lightie and s...

On my radar: Jehnny Beth’s cultural highlights

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Born Camille Berthomier in Poitiers, France, in 1984, Jehnny Beth is a musician, producer and actor. She is the frontwoman of rock band Savages and half of duo John & Jehn. She released her debut solo album, To Lo...

On my radar: Brian Molko’s cultural highlights

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Born in Brussels in 1972, Brian Molko is the frontman of alternative rock band Placebo. Co-founded with Stefan Olsdal, the band released their eponymous debut album, which included breakthrough single Nancy Boy, in 19...

On my radar: Nadiya Hussain’s cultural highlights

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Born in Luton in 1984, Nadiya Hussain won The Great British Bake Off in 2015. Since then, she has presented BBC food travelogue The Chronicles of Nadiya, as well as Nadiya’s British Food Adventure and cookery series N...

On my radar: Akala’s cultural highlights

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Kingslee James McLean Daley, better known as Akala, 38, is a rapper, author, activist and poet from Kentish Town, north London. In 2006 he won a Mobo for best hip-hop act; in 2009, founded the Hip-hop Shakespeare Comp...

On my radar: Caleb Azumah Nelson’s cultural highlights

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The writer and photographer Caleb Azumah Nelson was born to Ghanaian parents and raised in south-east London. He quit a job at the Apple Store on Regent Street to focus on writing and in 2020 was shortlisted for the B...

On my radar: Nabihah Iqbal’s cultural highlights

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The musician, DJ and broadcaster Nabihah Iqbal was born in London in 1988. She graduated from Soas University of London with a degree in ethnomusicology and history and trained as a human rights lawyer before turning ...

On my radar: Moses Sumney’s cultural highlights

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Singer-songwriter Moses Sumney, 29, grew up between Ghana and California and studied creative writing and poetry at UCLA. His piercing falsetto and genre-defying music have brought him critical acclaim, starting with ...

On my radar: Mandip Gill’s cultural highlights

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Mandip Gill, 33, was born in Leeds to a Sikh family and grew up on the estate where her parents owned a newsagents. She studied acting at the University of Central Lancashire and worked in theatre before landing her d...

On my radar: Tanya Moodie’s cultural highlights

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Born in Canada in 1972, the actor Tanya Moodie began her career in theatre. In 2020 she won a Royal Television Society breakthrough award for playing alpha mum Meg in the BBC Two sitcom Motherland. She has appeared in...

On my radar: Adjoa Andoh’s cultural highlights

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Adjoa Andoh was born in Bristol in 1963 and grew up in Wickwar, Gloucestershire. A veteran stage actor, she starred in His Dark Materials at the National Theatre and in the title role of an all-women of colour product...

On my radar: Bridget Christie’s cultural highlights

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Born in Gloucester in 1971, comedian Bridget Christie’s debut BBC Radio 4 series, Bridget Christie Minds the Gap, was first broadcast in 2013. That same year she toured her show A Bic for Her, which won the Edinburgh ...

On my radar: Damon Albarn’s cultural highlights

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Damon Albarn was born in east London in 1968. Interested in music from a young age, he studied at East 15 Acting School and then Goldsmiths, where he co-founded the band that helped kick off Britpop. As well as record...

On my radar: Elvis Costello’s cultural highlights

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Elvis Costello was born Declan Patrick McManus in London in 1954. Starting out on the city’s pub rock scene in the mid-70s, he released his debut album, My Aim Is True, in 1977 as punk was taking off. That and his nex...

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