Whilst GDIF has been delighting audiences with free outdoor arts over the last 20 years, a wider revolution in the use of public space has been taking place. Twenty or thirty years ago, it was often quite difficult to find an outdoor table at which to eat, but, it's hard to imagine that now, with al fresco dining everywhere and an expanding street food industry an everyday part of our working and social lives.
We need this in every business, every home, and every school, to shape a more active, purposeful and engaged society. And we're only going to need it more as the world changes - as robotisation advances, and as we approach the limits of our material culture and its insufficient answers to the challenges of both physical and mental wellbeing.
Alfredo Volpi (1896-1988) has earned a reputation as one of the most influential figures in 20th century Brazilian art. His work fetches seven-figure sums and has featured in numerous retrospectives and books.
The text has always been a painful exploration of the destructive potential of intense passion. But Carrie Cracknell's beautiful and revolutionary production has turned it into something altogether more devastating; here, Hester's desire to die is induced by the fact that she is a woman who cannot be contained by the time in which she was born.
So here's the question: what is the real meaning of Frankenstein? Opinion is and always has been divided... where does the truth lie?
Last weekend, perhaps the greatest sportsman ever to walk the face of this earth passed away and that sportsman was Muhammad Ali. Ali was the greatest...
The narrator of Kate O'Riordan's new book, 'A disturbing thriller of sexual obsession and family secrets', is a middle-aged woman. Oddly, I only realised this half-way through the first chapter, having what some people might call a 'self-reflective reading style', where I constantly assume that the lead character is myself.
This year, Richard Wilson, the British sculptor and Royal Academician, has coordinated a truly fantastic and exhilarating show full of dynamic, challenging works of a very high quality, and has overseen a layout that showcase them at their best - in galleries with structure and coherence.
I'm currently travelling from Seattle to New York by bus and experiencing the best and the worst of American culture. It is surprising what you miss when you are away from home and it isn't always the comforts you expect it to be. What hit me this week is that being in the USA makes me miss passive aggression: I've come to realise what a core fundamental it is in British culture.
Lola Arias has brought together real British and Argentinian veterans from the Falklands War, and created a piece that not only bears witness to their devastating experiences of a bloody, nasty, and contentious war, but enables us to see healing happen before our very eyes.
Ben, the protagonist of Jesse Eisenberg's play, might feel familiar. He's a rich white dude who wants to be an artist, but actually spends most of his time getting stoned in an apartment bought for him by his dad.
Most of the events are free and each year our aim is going to be to focus on a different theme/ form of writing with the overall aim of annually providing access to and showcasing the best new ideas going on in new writing in the UK.
My grandparents never displayed their affection for each other, especially in front of the rest of us. We all knew it was a love of undisclosed fortitude. She was the rock that held the family together, and grandpa was happiest shouting at the wrestling match between 'Giant Haystacks' and 'Big Daddy'. Easy! Easy! Easy!
I'm sometimes a bit behind when it comes to the cultural scene. I've still never seen Game of Thrones and it took me ages to listen to Beyonce's new album. And I am genuinely about 400 years late to the party when it comes to Romeo and Juliet, which is apparently quite a famous play. It was such a relief that I was able to rectify this philistine-y oversight thanks to dreamboat theatre overlord Sir Kenneth Branagh...
When world-renowned Swiss sculptor, Not Vital (pronounced Veetahl) was 15-years-old, he asked his father, a timber merchant, to cut down a number of trees to isolate one tree in particular. He then stood behind it and moved to remain in its shadow throughout the rest of the day with his father photographing him every 15 minutes to document the work.
"If every person in the country was buying poetry and it was available on every street corner and when you turned on BBC 1 on Saturday night, poetry...