Barcelona is the city with it all. Culture at every turn, glorious food and a fantastic beach, for when you've had enough of the sight-seeing and just want to flop on the sand and catch some rays. Here's my top five things to do whilst visiting Barcelona. Plus I've thrown in one place that's a dud, so best to give this a miss.
I've been telling all my friends to read this book immediately, because Jeremy Gavron's portrait of his mother Hannah is probably one of the greatest pieces of writing I've been fortunate enough to read in my 25 bookish years.
2015 was a great year for art shows in the capital. That blend continues into 2016, along with the platforming of diverse artists, showcasing works from those who are not household names, alongside those who most definitely are. There is plenty to look forward to.
London-based Greek sculptor Kalliopi Lemos loves creating things in threes. It gives her a wider expression of the same idea. For more than a decade, ...
Alexander Calder was truly one of the ground-breaking artists of the 20th Century, a sculptor who revolutionised the art form through his creation of mobiles - sculpture that was not restrained within inert, static objects, but instead dynamic, ever-changing works to be experienced in real-time.
Obsessiveness leads to knowledge and eventually to mastery that, in turn, provides the practitioner with an authority that provides the foundation for leadership. That's as true for Bill Gates, Larry Page or Steve Jobs as it is for Pep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger or, indeed, Sir Alex himself.
The arts are returning to the province of white, middle class men. This is the common hunch that was confirmed on Monday of this week in a report on diversity in and access to the arts by an industry organisation.
I have just returned from an enjoyable week in Wrocław, where I was advancing a research project on provincial cultural life in the Third Reich by ex...
Some (men) say that Pinter has just as much disdain for men. His male characters vary from a bit pathetic to utterly cruel. But the point is that the leverage they have in the world comes from more than what's between their legs.
In a world of increased polarisation between cultures, anything that lowers barriers is important. I joined VSO as chief executive in March of this year and in that time I have seen enough to convince me that there has never been a more important time to encourage people to volunteer internationally.
Peter Mair's superb short book Ruling the Void is rightly regarded as the essential text on the subject of disaffection with mainstream politics.
What can be done? Seeing is believing. Before researching this post I had no idea how far the imbalance tipped. The lack of faith in female artists is entrenched. Awareness is key. Women artists must confront the reality of their present situation. We must talk about it, loudly.
Refugees and migration, and integration and identity, are pretty timely subjects given current headlines so it's quite some coincidence that the Ben Uri Gallery is celebrating its centenary with a show at Somerset House, Out of Chaos.
Da'esh are ignorant to the history of the world, and the things that make it bright. By exploring the nuances of global culture and heritage we can bring communities together in understanding of our commonality.
The cancelling of Timbuktu's music festival this weekend is significant. In the past couple of weeks I've been getting emails about music making a return - something Mali has been desperately waiting for. I heard through my friend and colleague Andy Morgan that Manny Ansar, the director of The Festival in the Desert, possibly the most remote and awesome of all the festivals, seemed hopeful of bringing it back to Mali.
Turkey is the perfect year-round destination for the traveller who simply can't make up his mind. Whether you're looking for the hustle and bustle of a city, or the slower pace of life on the coast, Turkey can cater for you.