UK Festival

UnderWire: Supporting Women Filmmakers

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabriella Apicella

On Tuesday 11 November, the fifth UnderWire Festival will open at The Yard in Hackney Wick, founded by Gemma Mitchell and myself in 2010 with the aim to foreground female filmmaking talent... Unique to UnderWire, films selected for this award are of women's stories and feature female characters at their core.

Kinsale Arts Festival, September 19-28: A Mecca for Foodies

Peter McGuire | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter McGuire

Kinsale, Co. Cork: Ireland's foodie paradise. Fishy Fishy, Crackpots, The Bulman's... There's no shortage of renowned restaurants in this small fishing village, just 25 minutes from Cork City.

Wingman Lands at Soho Theatre

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Wingman explores the relationship between father and son, in a two-man show laced with warmth, awkwardness and wit.

Festival Language Study Unveiled: Do You Know Your "Grampers" From Your "Vamping"?

Paul Drury | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

After last weekend's Bestival, the UK's festival's season starts to draw to a close. It's been an amazing summer of tunes, good times and memories we'll never forget. But what have we learned? Well, young people have a special way of speaking at festivals for one thing. In fact, the festival circuit has developed a language all of its own..

Vital Xposure presents "Let Me Stay"

Mik Scarlet | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

I felt more than privileged as I found myself sat in the front row behind members of Julie's family for this performance and hearing their laughter and tears enabled me to know the depth of truth and reality behind the portrayal of the various characters, and how rooted in real life Let Me Stay is.

Camp Bestival: Culinary Round Up

Lucy Self | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Self

Before I begin the account of my first festival experience, it might be a good time to explain why my 28-year-old, party-adoring, find-any-excuse-to-drink-before-midday self has taken so long to get pitched. You see, I thought they were all about the music.

Celebrating the Plights and Perks of Being a Redhead

Laura French | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura French

It's international Redhead Days festival in the Netherlands next month and as a ranga myself (to use a slightly insulting-but-hilarious Aussie term) I think it only apt to comment on this clearly special event, created for the clearly special amongst us (apparently we make up just 1% of the world's population - most of whom are probably in Scotland).

The Restless Quest for Satisfaction: Why the Edinburgh Festival Is Like Life

Sara Sheridan | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

The other way to go is simply to live on your instincts. An overheard recommendation between friends in a bar or coffee shop, a chance flier shoved into your hand or catching a snippet of a show acted out on the pavement and seeking out the full version because you were stopped in your tracks by what you saw.

What We Learned At The Secret Garden Party 2014

Sarah Bee | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Bee

31) Spitfires with fireworks coming off their wings that loop in the sky to form a GIANT HEART from their trails as the light fades from the sky: actual best thing ever. 32) A tiny flying-machine thing sprinkling blue lights over your head like something out of WALL-E, blimey, I mean, look at that.

10 of the Best from Loch Ness Film Festival 2014

Leigh Clark | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Leigh Clark

So much can be gained in five to ten minutes, and the The Loch Ness film Festival which begins its fourth annual run at the end of the month celebra...

How to Drink at a Festival

BarChick | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BarChick

Never been to a festival? Or did you celebrate your 10th Glatso this year? BarChick has the best ways to get your booze on while still keeping it classy. It's all about the prep work, the ingredients and never leaving your tent without it... you'll never drink 6 quid warm cider again.

The Weird, Wonderful and Inspiring World of the Cannes Advertising Festival

Robert Senior | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK
Robert Senior

I'm just back from the annual weird, wonderful and inspiring world of the Cannes Advertising Festival. Held two weeks after the infinitely more star-studded (but arguably just as ego-fuelled) Film Festival, the, this is the main event for global creativity in advertising and communications...

Michael Gove's Cheeks, Katie Hopkins' Mouth and David Starkey's Brain

Oliver Beach | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

Wellington College was an inspirational setting for the Sunday Times' Education Festival 2014. It could also be heavily featured in a documentary titled, 'Where Pink Chinos Live Forever', yet was a magical setting for the wizards of the education world...

School for Creative Startups; Take Note Mr Gove

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Despite superficially positive figures regarding unemployment coming out in the past few months, let's be clear, there is a massive employment crisis in the United Kingdom. We have unemployment at 6.8%, with a further 500,000 people in work being underemployed and a shocking 2% of the workforce on zero hours contracts with no certain earnings from week to week. This is not a stable situation for the nation, for working people or for the economy.

Iran Unveiled at Open City Docs Fest

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabriella Apicella

Iran is seldom out of International news. In my own 34 years, it has become inextricably linked with the names of other countries blighted by war and hardship: Bosnia, Serbia, Rwanda, Ethiopia.

The Book Might be Dead, but the Book Event Is Having a Right Good Time

Helen Bagnall | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Helen Bagnall

You see, for most people who aren't literary fiction fans - reading is an intimate activity to be done at home on your bed with next-door's cat and an open packet of Twirl Minis. It goes hand in hand with being able to get up and go to the kettle. Reading is not a social activity, and yet book events are still fixated on the author's mouth moving.

Review: Parklife Weekender 2014 - Snoop Dogg, Foals, Bastille and More Bring Sunshine to Manchester

Collette Walsh | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Collette Walsh

The Parklife Weekender is now officially a HUGE festival - taking over practically most of Heaton Park (one of the largest municipal parks in Europe) and attracting bigger and better names each year.

Go to the Port Eliot Festival and Recover From Other Festivals

Lucy Karsten | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Karsten

For a festival that focuses on words, the photos from previous years look unforgettable: a three day break from reality that promises to provide inspiration and respite from the endless festival circus. 'This is everything,' my friend said, and it seems like she might just be right.

The Coming of Age of Brighton Fringe: To Edinburgh and Beyond...

Julian Caddy | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Julian Caddy

Brighton Fringe is coming into its own as a festival in its own right and within Brighton itself. With the growth of major pop-up venues the Warren and the Brighton Pleasure Garden, there is a new physical presence in town, creating a market that hadn't existed before down here.

Beyond the Fringe

Jo Brooks | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Brooks

Is it purely about perception - the size and quality of the venue and the comfort of the seats - if indeed there are any. Is it the cost of the ticket? £20 and you're on to a winner - both as performer and audience...

The Death of Mud and Camping: A London Festival Guide 2014

Olly Hunter | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

London is staking its claim as the home of the UK music festival scene. The capital continues to attract the biggest names to play huge shows on star studded bills throughout the summer. From indoor arenas, to the cities many parks, London will be alive with the sound of music and after a day of partying it's only a tube ride back to a warm shower and a comfy bed.

Reykjavik Arts Fest: Nicht Fertig / Not Finished: Watch the Opening Live

Nathan Woodhead | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nathan Woodhead

Today sees the opening of the 28th Annual Reykjavik Arts Festival, a weekend set to be packed with art, theatre, film and exhibitions.

Nine Things You Must do at Brighton Fringe - A Quick Visitor's Guide

Julian Caddy | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Julian Caddy

England's largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe is upon us again. Here are nine things every visitor from out of town MUST do...

A Taste Of Honey: Finding Poetry In Poverty

Paul Drury | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

We've always enjoyed regular trips to Hull Truck Theatre, and with a return home organized for Easter weekend I was delighted to read about a new adaptation of Shelagh Delaney's seminal Salford piece A Taste Of Honey.

The Rise and Rise of the Street Art Festival

Jo Brooks | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Brooks

Standing in the dank, fume-ridden disused road tunnel in an untrendy, forgotten corner of south London, little did I realise I was witnessing the start of a new art phenomenon. It was 2008 and the Cans Festival was taking shape.