Vintage at Goodwood

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These days, the British summer isn’t so much the silly season, but the time for festivals. Each year, we’re told to pack our tents, pull on our Hunter wellies, muss up our hair and hot-foot it to the nearest green field for a weekend of music and mayhem. Acres of column inches are given over […]

Badly Drawn Boy

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Badly Drawn Boy was one of the big names performing at this year’s Galway Arts Festival. Open went along to catch the woolly hat-wearing performer in the unlikely setting of the Radisson Blu Hotel’s Live Lounge. A hotel bar does not seem like the most appealing of venues to watch a singer/songwriter perform, and we […]

Tales of Experience :Jacques Townhouse, The Mad Artist’s Tea Party and Other Cultural Curiosities

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These days, it’s simply not enough to go out for dinner and drinks.Now,culture is mixing it up with cuisine with a dash of drinking and the result is a sensory feast. It’s all about feeling it, of having an experience. Take the latest pop-up “ boutique hotel concept” Jacques Townhouse, hosted by sophisticated singer Sophie […]

Images of St. Paul’s in the 21st Century

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St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Its distinctive dome marks the London skyline as a symbol of its architect, Sir Christopher Wren’s, creativity and artistry along with reflecting our distinct heritage. Now, in the first exhibition of its kind, 64 artists have produced original works to celebrate the 300th anniversary […]

Football Fan Culture and Its Power

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Judging by the number of fans, football is by far the most popular sport in the world, with no less than 3.5 billion estimated fans around the world. And considering the sport’s long and glorious history, its huge fanbase seems to also go beyond concepts like race, language, age, and gender. Actually, we can safely […]

The Rise and Fall of River Nelson

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River Nelson’s debut album is an infectious, socially conscious yet upbeat effort that recalls the work of British rapper Ty and Chicago’s Common. “You’re gonna hear some original black poetry” begins the album, before launching into ‘Always Winter’, a ditty which could be as much about London as it is about the harsh Brooklyn winter. […]

Culture Shock – Psychological Torture Becomes Reality

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Recent years have seen reality television push the envelope further and further to keep the genre fresh, exciting, and appealing to its audience. Consequently, being a contestant on a reality television show nowadays is an altogether more demanding – and precarious – position than it was in the early years. French television programme The Game […]