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One of the most abiding memories in my leisure travels is visiting the small islands in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. This is a clutch of islands in a rural part of Japan in between the city of Okayama and the large island of Shikoku. Previously an under-the-radar destination among art aficionados, these isles have in recent years become popular with general tourists looking for a unique experience focused on art and culture, coupled with the assurance of quality Japanese hospitality and cuisine.
Cultural institutions across Europe should create new museums and exhibitions dedicated to migration, as arts and culture are “uniquely placed” to empower refugees, a major new European Union (EU) report has concluded.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, clowns, comedy television and theatrical performance were among the diverse subjects discussed during the first day of Culture Summit. Titled The Universals: What the Arts Tell Us About How We Can Come Together, the discussion was aimed at summarising the universal power of art in the capital. It is one of several short discussions organisers hope will trigger productive thought and future action for the audience, which was made up of international cultural leaders who have flown to Abu Dhabi for the summit from all over the world.
Art is not a luxury, not an adornment of civilization. It is a necessity. It is one of the central purposes of civilization. Artists lead in ways politicians, chief executives, or generals cannot. They enable us to explore the mysterious - deep within us and all around us. They find the universal within the quotidian and in what has never before been imagined - the links that bind us to one another in the most profound ways.
Creative leadership, global research programmes and community engagement in East London received a boost on Monday (3 April 2017) as the Arts Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, delivered the Americans for the Arts 30th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy entitled “The Art of Democracy: Creative Expression and American Greatness.”