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Let's Make London's New Concert Hall Into a Cathedral

James Murphy | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Murphy

Now is our moment to get out and proud. Statement architecture is rising fast around the City and beyond. What if suddenly one of the truly awesome jewels of the London horizon was a building devoted to classical music?

History is Now at Hayward Gallery Searches for British Identity

Victoria Sadler | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Seven artists were invited to curate their own section of this exhibition, choosing particular periods and subjects from post-war British cultural history. Over 250 objects are included in this vast exhibition, with every media possible included - from paintings to photographs, from sculpture to scientific surveys, and everything in-between.

The Last Days of Summer

Chris Rooney | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Rooney

I am pleased September is here. Summer fashions do not suit me... I have to pare it all down to shirt and jeans. I cannot wear shorts. There is something sinister about men in shorts. The promise of something unseemly, perhaps a little foreign, colonial even. Shorts just aren't British.

Disability - No Longer at the Fringe of the Fringe

Jo Verrent | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Verrent

I'm writing this as I return from my annual trip to Edinburgh's Fringe Festival. I tend to head up for a couple of days each year to catch shows, catch up with colleagues (and this year catch a cold too). Every year, I look to see where disabled artists are in the mix - and this year the spread is impressive.

Review: The Human Factor at Hayward Gallery

Victoria Sadler | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The works on show are from 25 leading international artists and span the past 25 years. Some of them are funny, some are traumatic. Some of the pieces seem so real, so true to life you could be forgiven for believing you are looking at a living statue.

Combining Film and Poetry Is Child's Play

Robert Peake | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robert Peake

As part of this year's Poetry International festival, London's own Southbank Centre teamed up with the bosses of Filmpoem, PoetryFilm, and the Zebra Poetry Film Festival to launch, a competition for short films based on poems.

All the Challenges Facing Feminism on Show at Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

International Women's Day 2014 saw, for the fourth year, the Southbank Centre organise their spectacular and diverse WOW - Women of the World festival. And on show was the good, the bad and the ugly side of feminism today.

Mandela Lectures - Three Speakers, Three Ideas, One Quote.

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK
Jasmine Dotiwala

To end a week of diversity focused events, the BBC hosted Mandela Lectures- three speakers, three ideas, One quote.

What the '80s Meant to Me

Andrew Poppy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Poppy

What were we dancing to back then? Talking Heads' Life During Wartime and Kraftwerk's Computer Love. It sums up a lot. What was I trying to do? To be a composer, musician, artist. To make records like a band or producer would, in the studio but also to be a composer like Stravinsky and Philip Glass - whatever that meant.

Exhibition Review: World Press Photo 2013

Sumeet Grover | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sumeet Grover

From homicides to war, the human condition and homosexuality to great achievements, sex trafficking to acid-burning of women, the common thread running underneath these photographs, selected out of over 103,000 entries worldwide, is the deep seated human desire to live out a life of irrevocable dignity.

On the Streets - A Weekly Round Up of the Freshest Global Street Art 04 August 2013

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

Another huge 'family' wall comes from Stik in London. Super-sized, brighly coloured and highly stilized, the human figures Stik paints are surprisingly capable of conveying intense body language and complex emotions. We love this family themed piece under the Hungerford Bridge at the Southbank Centre.

A Composer of Our Time: How Sir Michael Tippett's Activism Could Be an Inspiring Example in Our Modern World

Meirion Bowen | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Meirion Bowen

Michael was that rarity, a creative artist who was fanatically devoted to his work, yet enjoyed and indeed relished the company of ordinary people. The classical music world nowadays is in need of figures like Tippett: in this time of economical uncertainties and general disillusion, people would benefit greatly from the example a composer who constantly engages with the world outside his studio.

Pussy Riot at Meltdown

Julian Vigo | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Julian Vigo

This past weekend during Yoko Ono's Meltdown festival, I sat down to discuss with Emely Neu her recent curatorial project and text, Let's Start a Pussy Riot (Rough Trade, 2012). Neu shares with me her work with Pussy Riot and talks about the perpetually changing definitions and performances of activism and artistic practices.

London's Cultural Quarter To Get Glass Makeover

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

London's cultural quarter at the South Bank could be transformed by a huge glass pavilion, under new plans to continue the revamp of the area. The ...

The Time is Now for Ethan Johns (VIDEO) | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

Brit Award winning producer Ethan Johns is respected worldwide for his musical touch and has a repertoire that includes Kings of Leon, Laura Marling a...

Which Comedian Has Painted Philip Schofield In Hell?

Posted 13.02.2013 | Home

Any celebrities who have been on the receiving end of one of Harry Hill's surreal jibes on TV Burp will be well aware of the comedian's unique sense o...

Because I Am A Girl

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.10.2012 | UK

Sarah Brown will join a host of successful women from across the UK at the London Eye as they celebrate the United Nation’s first International Day ...

Poetry Parnassus - An Olympic Acheivement

Richard O'Brien | Posted 14.09.2012 | Home
Richard O'Brien

I've never been a fan of poets navel-gazing, but I suppose the truth is that if poetry doesn't gaze into its own navel once in a while, no one else is going to do it for it. And we ought to remember that the medium in which most people encounter poetry isn't the sold book, but the individual poem, read or heard.

Classical Music: 'Site' and the Cello-Lab

Oliver Coates | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Oliver Coates

On Saturday 23 June, as part of Southbank Centre's Sounds Venezuela 2012 Residency with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of ...

Customised Coffins Star In New Art Show

Posted 14.03.2012 | Home

Death has long been a favourite subject of artists, from William Blake’s tortured ‘wicked man’ to Picasso’s dear Casagemas. What it’s rar...