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Culture Countdown – The Arts

Written by on 20 décembre 2019

If you’re a fan of Culture Shock, you’ll know that each week we take one European country and put it under the spotlight, looking at its musical and cultural outputs each day. We thought, however, that in the build up to the end of 2019, we’d try something new… And voilà, Culture Countdown came into being. The concept is simple: over 10 days, we explore the big culture and music moments of each year of the last decade.

For a cultural journey through the last 10 years, Bella Jewell is here to guide you… Check out the podcasts below.

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In our first episode of Culture Countdown, we travel back to the start of the decade, all the way back to 2010, when the iconic film ‘Inception’ was released…

2011 was a year of mixed emotions, especially for the British; whilst we celebrated a big royal wedding, we also waved goodbye to the Harry Potter film series.

Big sporting moments and even BIGGER film releases… 2012 was the year of the London Olympics, and not one, but two, huge box office successes – Skyfall and Les Misérables.

New year, new film releases. 2013 was a good year for Italy, with Sorrentino’s magnificent film ‘La Grande Bellezza’ bringing in an Oscar… It was also the year that we donned our flapper dresses and tuxedos to join Baz Luhrmann in a celebration of the Roaring Twenties, ‘The Great Gatsby’ graced our screens.

But let’s take a pause from the world of film, because 2014 saw some different cultural landmarks. Listen to the podcast below to hear all about Banksy’s rise to fame, and a certain Scottish Independence referendum… I can already hear the bagpipes!

2015 in Europe was a tragic year, as we faced a refugee crisis. But out of this climate, many political artworks were born, including Tom Hooper’s beautiful film, ‘The Danish Girl’.

Unfortunately nothing of any significance happened in Europe in 2016

And we are racing through the decade, and have just arrived in 2017! Whilst there were some tragic moments, we also saw communities come together stronger than ever.

A surprising discovery in a bus meant that a Dégas pastel returned to its rightful owner in 2018, having been stolen 9 years earlier. And to add to the ‘good news’ story, we also saw Freddie Mercury resurrected in the film ‘Bohemian Rhaspsody’.

And finally we’ve reached 2019, a strange year so far, but we can’t wait to see what’s coming next on the cultural scene.


Thank you for joining us on our retrospective trip through the last ten years. We can’t wait to be back again next year – for our very first edition of the decade, we’ll be visiting Poland!


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