27 Dec 2019

Sibelius, Don Juan + Rapallo

‘Don Juan. I was sitting in the dark in my castle when a stranger entered. I asked who he could be again and again — but there was no answer. I tried to make him laugh but he remained silent. At last the stranger began to sing — then Don

15 Dec 2019

Sóller Strolling

What’s not to like about a town known for its homemade lemon ice cream, freshly squeezed orange juice, Art Nouveau landmarks, artisan jewellery, leather, ceramics, and a 100+ year old wooden train that pulls up into a station bedecked with artwork from Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso? Board the train

04 Dec 2019

Nova Gabriola

i. I (Kate Wood) work in clay now, mainly as a potter but I occasionally go back to painting and drawing. ii. On a ‘typical’ day, you’ll find me: I  have learnt I do best when I split my day into segments. I used to beat myself up for not being able to

15 Nov 2019

The Statues Of Rome

‘As in Rome there is,’ Goethe wrote in his Prose Maxims, ‘apart from the Romans, a population of statues, so apart from this real world there is a world of illusion, almost more potent, in which most men live.’ . .    

29 Oct 2019

Montréal Aura

“When you step into the Basilica, you’re really touched by its splendour, its soaring architecture,” says Tarik Mikou. Mikou, Creative Director of Moment Factory – a Montréal-based studio that creates immersive, multi-media experiences – describes his initial impressions of the stunning Notre-Dame de Montréal, whose exterior was designed by architect,

23 Oct 2019

The Streets Of Rome

What it must be like to live a day to day life in Rome. Need to get cheese – ho hum, there’s the Coliseum. High sprint to work – wretched Pantheon crowds. Our visitor eyes scan like dragonflies, afraid of turning the wrong way at the wrong time. Rome, we

15 Oct 2019

The Mannequins of Milan

Less than two weeks earlier, the people of fashion had descended on Milan to see J. Lo revive her Versace dress, Angela Missoni pay tribute to the Global Climate Strike, Jeremy Scott invoke Pablo Picasso. But, even when the streets are not so fashion-stuffed, Milan window-dressers work hard to create

08 Sep 2019

A New MOMA

It’s a favourite destination whenever we are lucky enough to be in New York. And why not? MOMA has a staggering permanent collection of contemporary and modern art. • Vincent Van Gogh. Starry Night. 1889 • Paul Gauguin. The Seed of the Areoi. 1892 • Henri Matisse. The Dance (First

08 Sep 2019

Little Shop of Horrors

“I’m just a mean green mother from outer space, and I’m bad.” If you’re in New York, you might try to secure tickets to the Off Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors. Directed by the Tony-winning Michael Mayer and with a fantastic cast – Jonathan Groff (and Gideon Glick for

25 Aug 2019

Da Vinci @ The Louvre

Remarkable genius Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci died 500 years ago, on May 2, 1519 . To mark this quincentenary, it is fitting that The Louvre – home to 22 Da Vinci drawings and the largest collection of his paintings in the world – is running an exhibit from