If you love the arts and music then Weimar in the cultural heart of Germany should definitely be on your holiday agenda.
Firmly established on the central German cultural map for hundreds of years, Weimar in the state of Thüringen is home to 16 UNESCO world heritage sites and is easily accessible from the UK with twice weekly flights by Germania airlines to nearby Erfurt.
I took the flight from Gatwick travelling down to London on East Coast Trains very speedy and comfortable route then with a friend by car to my airport hotel.
I chose from the Holiday Extras airport hotel and was so glad I did staying at the Courtyard by Marriott. It’s so near the terminal you…
Feature 12 Months of Neon Love
A look back at a year of glowing lyrics on a roof in Wakefield
It’s been a year since the launch of a glowingly ambitious art project – 12 Months of Neon Love. The project began, appropriately enough, on Valentine’s Day 2011 and this month sees the final in the series of 12 love lyrics light up Wakefield’s skyline in blazing red lettering.
In that time, we’ve seen a host of tender, romantic and heart-broken lyrics, all borrowed from well-known songs – there’s "I’m in Love, I’m all shook up, uh-huh-huh" (Elvis), "Love is a losing game" (Amy Winehouse), and "Love, love will tear us apart, again" (Joy Division).
"12 Months of Neon Love…
Feature Opera North's Little Voices
Tom Goodhand attends a drama and music group designed for parents and their babies or toddlers in the wonderful Howard Assembly Room
Opera North has long been established as one of Leeds’ premier arts companies, and the opening of the Howard Assembly Room in January 2009 gave them a home, a venue that they can call their own. The room has acted in the past as a musical hall, a cinema and an adult cinema, before closing in the mid-80s until Opera North reopened it.
As a built-for-purpose venue which has had significant acoustic work done on it by Opera North, the Howard Assembly Room is an acoustically superb space, built to make the very best of the sounds that…
New gallery space opens at Broadcasting House showing works in progress
Remember maths exams where you got marks for the working out? Well new gallery GreySpace seems to think the world of equations is onto something – sometimes how you get to the end result is just as important as the outcome itself.
Bringing an exciting new idea to the art world, GreySpace Galleries will be exhibiting pieces which are not the final works, but the precursors, mapping a trajectory of the creative process. James Woolley, curator of the gallery, hopes this approach will allow more considered viewing by showing people how artists create their pieces.
Woolley says: "GreySpace Galleries is…
Opera North organised a special 24 hour hack event to show the wealth of information stored by the north's cultural organisations
When we think of the word "hack" nowadays we normally associate it with identity theft and fraud but on 12th-13th November many major cultural institutions from the North happily opened up their digital archives as part of Culture Hack North: Leeds 2011.
The group of 50 computer hackers spent 24 hours in teams using the fountain of information at their tech-savvy finger tips to develop innovate and inspired "hacks". For this non-stop event, organised by Opera North, organisations opened up their cache of "hidden" data.
Organisations from across the North including Breeze Leeds, The Cornerhouse, Culture Grid, Leeds Libraries,…
Third floor of the Vicar Lane fashion store becomes a new gallery
Flannels is the home of a new, vibrant art gallery which is open now week on the Third Floor of the shop on Vicar Lane.
This new gallery is a budding enterprise between Leeds City College and The Flannels Group which will be showcasing work from its students and teachers alike. This exciting new venture brings together art appreciation and fine dining as the gallery shares its location with The Food Academy, a new dining experience also run by Leeds City College.
The gallery is curated by the College’s Creative Arts Faculty and will be opening with a…
The gallery is trying to show art lovers that no matter how short on time you are, you can still soak up some culture
There aren’t enough hours in the day, so the old saying goes, but according to the people behind the Leeds Art Gallery‘s new ‘Artineraries’ project you don’t need an hour to appreciate great art, in fact sometimes you only need five minutes.
Aware that with people retuning to school and work following the summer holidays, the gallery have come up with a series of ways to enjoy the art on offer, tailored to fit a time frame of five minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 50 minutes. Each time frame covers a variety of work, including sculptures, interactive art,…
We find out about a little Leeds hub of creativity
Amy: The name of our club, the ‘savages’, comes from a Victorian, literary concept of the ‘noble savage’. It claimed that the only way to be free, was to be a savage who had no connection to structured society. Only then could one achieve true inspiration.
Greg: At the Leeds Savage Club, our mission is to help those who are interested in writing and drawing to overcome their attitude of ‘I can’t do it’, and to actually enjoy exhibiting their creativity.
Amy: Our meetings force members to spend their time drawing and writing. We set them a task for the…
Shop Profile New Selling Gallery in Leeds City Centre
Whitewall Galleries open in Victoria Quarter
Beautifully designed and with a definite aura of luxury about it, the gallery is the perfect environment in which to select artworks, whether buying collectable Limited Editions or expanding an existing collection of original paintings.
The gallery brings another dimension to the centre’s mix of stores, and offers a phenomenal portfolio of fine artists, ranging from top international names and award winners such as Rolf Harris CBE, Sherree Valentine Daines and Rebecca Lardner to the most exceptional new talents…
Feature Junction Project
Look out for specially commissioned works of art on the junction boxes of Leeds city centre
If you want your art to stop the traffic, literally, look out for a Leeds-based project doing just that. A quirky project, Junction, aims to provide eye-catching diversions for people in the city centre.
Leeds Met Gallery and Studio Theatre commissioned artists and groups to transform the normally dull, grey and unobtrusive controller boxes in Leeds city centre into temporary works of art.
“Everyday we walk by these neglected metal boxes without a second thought,” say the artists behind the project. “Junction gave artists and designers the chance to transform these tired boxes into vibrant, intriguing and humorous interventions…