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Best of '09

What was the most memorable arts event of 2009? Were you blown away by Enron at the Royal Court? Did you love Lily Allen at Glastonbury? Was Antony Gormley's Fourth Plinth the defining cultural moment of the year? Or perhaps it was an unheralded gig or play in your local theatre which stole the show?

Here, Independent writers name some of their favourite cultural moments of the year.

In the comments form below or via email to arts@independent.co.uk nominate your favourite - in film, music, theatre, comedy, dance or visual arts - with a brief explanation as to why it tops your list and we'll print a selection in The Independent Readers' Review of 2009.
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Edward Seckerson: Jerusalem, The Royal Court, London

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  • Tuesday, 8 December 2009 at 04:16 pm
Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem - by far and away the richest new play of the year - was in so many ways a cultural watershed. This, our England, our "green and pleasant land", is seen here through the eyes of the wastrels and drop-outs, the self-disenfranchised, the booze-fueled embezzlers of our green belt.

Johnny Byron is a Falstaff for our times holding his raggedy army enthralled with his own unique brand of English folklore and in Mark Rylance's astounding performance (soon to be seen again in the West End) we begin to understand how heritage is something we all share - the great and good, the not so good, and the no good.

Edward Seckerson writes about the arts for The Independent

Tell us your favourite cultural moments of the year in the comments form below or email them to arts@independent.co.uk. We'll print the best in the paper.
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