Today sees the opening of the 28th Annual Reykjavik Arts Festival, a weekend set to be packed with art, theatre, film and exhibitions.
They're here for The Rifles (pictured above), an English band that has planted its flag in the business after eight years of hard graft. Currently midway through a UK and European tour, all four men understand the importance of the live circuit.
My first time in NY I had a terrible row. A director of Mallett at that time - it was 1996 - on arrival I was daunted by my first experience of serious jet lag. It was stupid o'clock in the morning, as far as I was concerned, when I sat down to dinner with my then boss Lanto Synge.
Ayurvedic principles can seem a bit complicated but Anjum Anand presents them so clearly and so accessibly. She starts off by explaining that each one of us is made up of three character types - the doshas. The Doshas are: Vata, Pitta, Kapha.
You'd expect woodcuts to be quite dry, with the images rigid and lacking in artistic expression but not at all. The technical expertise in the 150 prints the RA has brought together is such that there is great detail in these prints with bodies outlined in curving sculpting lines, and cross-hatchings used for shadow.
As you weave between the blooming orange trees, which beguilingly give out an aroma of comforting honey in the spring, in the garden of the grand but homely house of the late great poet and author Robert Graves, you feel he'd achieved what every artist craves - an inspiring base, studio or home where you can create.
When you're thinking of a stylish UK city for a weekend away, I can guarantee that Dundee is not one that would pop into your head. Until I spent a weekend there earlier this month, words I would have used to describe this Scottish city is are dreary, run-down and boring.
Oliver began by creating a dramatic entrance, almost literally. You enter Fera via an arched veneer door into an area that was until recently an old electricity cupboard. A red curtain greets you as if you're backstage at the theatre. A swoosh and there is the Maitre D to welcome you.
As one of the oldest arts, opera has an air of magic but gravity too. But that doesn't mean it is for a stuffy, serious audience. Far from it and Phyllida Lloyd's production of La Bohème for Opera North is, if anything, wonderfully contemporary, punchy and oozing with youthful optimism, tragedy and of course, romance.
The great wonder of the British Library is that our vaults hold not only original literary texts, but the contextual materials that help today's readers place those works in the moment of their writing, and track responses to them over the years.
The Testament of Mary is quite something. Dramatic, moving and beautifully acted by Fiona Shaw, it is unequivocally one of the best shows in town right now.
Open studios are nothing new to arts festivals but this year's Dulwich Festival also includes Artists' Open Houses. As the many house programs on all TV stations prove, we are a country of home voyeurs.
Tahnee Lonsdale is a painter with a fearless approach to colour. They tell stories of life with its ups and downs, of success, but ultimately they are about the fragility that makes us humans. A search unravels in each painting.
Earls Court, London, 1992; Photo: Larry Jaffee "Sometimes it seemed that every fan in Britain had launched a fanzine..." --David Kinney, The Dylano...
The success of Mosse's work exposes the shortcomings of other war photography and documentary photography today: much of it fails to overcome the widespread desensitisation of the viewing public. His undulating vermillion landscapes and conspicuous magenta figures are not rose-tinted depictions, so to speak: they do not make light of the grave situation.
Back in the 18th Century, spurred on by the term she'd inspired, the nymph had found fame. In 1784, Joshua Reynolds, the president of the Royal Academy, painted the provocative A Nymph and Cupid. Its reproductions sold widely - particularly to women...