Motown classics on the road

Based on the autobiography of the record label’s founder Berry Gordy, Motown: The Musical premiered on Broadway in April 2013 and has been playing at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre since February 2016. Featuring classic hits by the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, the production tells the story of the man who broke down barriers…

Parade to mark St David’s Day

Today Wales celebrates its patron saint, St David, or Dewi Sant in Welsh, who was born between 462 and 515 AD on the south-west coast of Wales, near St Davids in Pembrokeshire. The day will be marked across the country with children dressing up in national costumes for St David’s Day concerts, while many towns…

Highland Games season kicks off in May

There are many ways in which Scottish culture differs from that of the rest of the British Isles, but perhaps nothing better sums up those differences than the Highland Games… Scotland’s way of celebrating its age-old artistic and athletic traditions. Some believe the games originated as a clan chieftain’s way of choosing his best bodyguards…

Graffwerk Bring The Paint to Leicester

In 2017 Leicester played host to an award-winning immersive event that brought an array of activities to the city including live artworks, skateboarding, break-dancing, BMX, live music and exhibitions. Artists from all over the world came together to showcase a vast wealth of talent that has gone on to serve as inspiration for further artistic…

Stockton in ale and arty spirit

A cocktail of music, comedy and ale, lots of ale, comes to Stockton at the end of February when the annual Ale and Arty Beer Festival clocks into the ARC from 28 February to 2 March. Offering more than 80 real ales, ciders and perries, the CAMRA-organised festival has a broad selection of quality beers…

Voice of the Philippines in Cardiff

If you’re a Welshman married to a Filipina, you’ll know that one of the things the nations share is a passion for singing. Wales may be known as the “land of song” but it’s a tag that could equally apply to the Philippines, where a large percentage of the population also have music running through…

Golden egg lights up Kiruna

What an egg-stremely interesting idea… creating a giant golden egg as the symbol of the transformation of a town on the move to escape the threat of destruction. The golden ovoid is a sauna, Solar Egg, created by Swedish “co-operative economic association” Riksbyggen and artistic duo Mats Birgert and Lars Bergstrom and installed in Sweden’s…

Animangapop to drop in Plymouth

The south-west’s biggest and best anime and manga event returns to Plymouth in February for the sixth year… but now it’s staying for two days. Taking place at the city’s Future Inn from 9-10 February, Animangapop promises to be a non-stop action-packed weekend filled to the brim with exciting new things to see, do, experience,…

A lot of remixing going on

Londoners can look forward to shaking off their winter blues at the start of February when the streets of Shoreditch will hop to the rhythm of roots music. A celebration of the best emerging musical talent and genres, London Remixed Festival features more than 25 cutting-edge bands and DJs playing across four stages on 1-2…

Festival of arts in Scarborough

Whoever thought of staging an arts festival on the coast… in the north of England… in the middle of February? Well whoever it was… it turns out it wasn’t a half bad idea after all! A three-day event held at the seaside in Yorkshire, Coastival has welcomed many thousands of visitors to Scarborough during the…