A Day Trip to Oxford


From its stunning architecture to its quaint streets filled with cafes, quirky shops and books stores, it’s so easy to fall in love with the city’s charm.


Renowned for its prestigious university, history, culture and literature, Oxford is certainly an English city to put on top of your must visit list. Attracting many visitors from all over the world, both students and tourists alike,  the city possesses a wonderful multicultural atmosphere that makes you feel both at home and away somewhere new at the same time.



Explore the gorgeous university colleges and libraries, and then make your way to the covered market for a little wander and a bite to eat before heading to Oxford Castle or a museum. On the way you can stop by one of the city’s many delightful book stores to fulfill all of your literary desires. You can expect to see lots of Harry Potter paraphernalia in the window displays, which will be sure to make you feel all nostalgic and warm inside. Then if time and weather allow, you can either pay a visit to the Botanical Garden for some natural beauty or go punting along the river.


Oxford is a truly wonderful, relaxing city that will take you away from the hustle and bustle of larger city life. So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip now, you won’t regret it.


Buda or Pest?

Often dubbed as “Paris of the East”, Budapest is an East Central European gem that possesses Parisian elegance and charm with a relaxed and modest twist.

Budapest is divided into two parts by the Danube River. The west side is Buda and the east side is Pest. It wasn’t until 1873 that the two parts actually became considered as one city, hence “Buda-pest”. Buda is reminiscent of the past, whilst Pest reflects the buzz of the modern world.


On the Buda side of the city you can expect to visit the notable Buda Castle, a Baroque style palace which is now predominately the Hungarian National Gallery. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even explore the Labyrinth of the castle where Dracula was once held prisoner! The Fisherman’s Bastion is another unmissable monument which gives you a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pest side of the city. Buda is remarkably nostalgic and replenishing.


Contrarily, the Pest side of the city exudes an invigorating, youthfulness and vibrancy that is sure to attract those that have a zest for life. With its array of shopping streets, nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cafés, there are both many night time and daytime attractions. From the Grand Synagogue to the Hungarian State Opera House, there is plenty to do and plenty to see. Fancy some pampering? Try out one of the city’s thermal baths, you won’t be disappointed.

Budapest Chain Bridge, Hungary

Wherever you stay the opposite side is easily accessible via the glorious Chain Bridge; it’s simply magical by night.

Thames Festival Trust Announces Totally Thames 2016

THE Thames Festival Trust announces the launch of Totally Thames 2016 in London this September. The programme will include 150 unmissable arts, cultural, archaeological and river events throughout the month. There will also be a new programme of live and interactive art along the Thames’ complete 42-mile stretch through the city.


Boats and people and flags at St Katherine Docks. Totally Thames takes place over the whole month in September, combining arts, cultural and river events presented by Thames Festival Trust throughout the 42-mile stretch of the River Thames in London, UK.

St Katharine’s Dock, Totally Thames. Photograph: Mike Kemp

Expect to witness thought-provoking untold histories that celebrate the city’s culture and heritage and will also introduce you to London’s hidden and secret spaces.

A key highlight and major art commission includes Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong Kang, one of South Korea’s most important artists. Floating Dreams is an art installation, situated in the centre of the Thames by Millennium Bridge, which is inspired by the memories of those displaced by the Korean war.

'Floating Dreams’ (2016) by Ik-Joong Kang, courtesy the artist - low resFloating Dreams, Totally Thames. Photograph: Ik-Joong Kang

Other unmissable events include: Fluxland, The Singing Bridge, Light up the Ladies’ Bridge, Bascule Chamber Concert, Mooring, Life Afloat, On the Docks: Stories from the River, Stand Up Paddleboard Relay, Tidefest and much more.

Londonist Afloat - credit Londonist - Totally Thames 2015 Afloat, Totally Thames. Photograph: Londonist

Totally Thames is endorsed and supported by The Mayor of London, London First, Arts Council England, Port of London Authority and all 17 London boroughs with a riverfront.

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Totally Thames 2016 runs from September 1- 30 throughout its 42-mile stretch.

ESMOD Berlin Presents Behind the Seams Show

INTERNATIONAL University of Art for Fashion ESMOD Berlin celebrates the work of Bachelor of Arts Fashion Design Styliste / Modeliste students this summer with the presentation Behind the Seams. The show aims to capture the spirit and evolution of the designers in an open house event, which allows the press and the public to explore fashion design in a multifaceted format.

ESMOD Berlin 2016

Behind The Seams ESMOD Berlin

The programme will include a live fashion film production that captures the showcase of the second year students’ capsule collection. There will also be a three-floor exhibition where viewers can expect to obtain insights behind the design processes and concepts of the collection. Visitors are then invited to participate in screenprint and knit design workshops which can be registered for in advance.

ESMOD Berlin 2016

Behind The Seams ESMOD Berlin

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Bulgari Donates to Terme di Caracalla’s Mosaic Floor Restoration

BULGARI’s CEO Jean-Christophe Babin and Rome’s Colosseo and archaeological superintendent, Franceso Prosperetti, have teamed up to announce the restoration of Terme di Caracalla’s polychrome mosaic floor in the western gymnasium.

Terme di Caracalla. Photograph courtesy and copyright: Bulgari

Before restoration works began, the fine mosaic floor was obscured by fabric and soil to protect it from degradation. However, thanks to Bulgari’s donation the superintedency has been able to complete restoration works to the mosaic floor and will continue to fund the completion of additional restorative work.

To Bulgari the restoration is viewed as a tribute to a monument that has been the source of inspiration for the brand’s Divas’ Dream jewellery collection, whose motif resembles the pure and perfect lines of Terme di Caracalla’s mosaics.

Jean-Christophe Babin. Photograph courtesy and copyright: Bulgari

Terme di Caracalla is regarded as an archeological jewel that reflects the grandeur of Rome’s history and fills the brand with pride. Therefore, Bulgari has renewed its support to an initiative that will return to Terme di Caracalla in the future.

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Welsh National Opera’s In Parenthesis to be Broadcast this Summer

THIS summer the Welsh National Opera’s new opera In Parenthesis will be screened across Wales and broadcast online for free via The Opera Platform. The company aims to reach a wider audience for the show by broadcasting and screening the opera internationally and across Wales. It will be the first time that the Welsh National Opera will be screening a main scale opera in cinemas.

In Parenthesis_ WNO, COMPOSER; Iain Bell, Private John Ball; Andrew Bidlack, Bard of Brittannia_HQ Officer; Peter Coleman_Wright, Bard of Germania_Alice the Barmaid_The Queen of the Woods; Alexandra Deshorties, Lieutenant Jenkins; George Humphreys, Lance Corporal Lewis; Marcus Farnsworth, Sergeant Snell; Mark Le Brocq, Dai Greatcoat; Donald Maxwell, The Marne Sergeant ;Graham Clark, Cast & Creative Conductor; Carlo Rizzi, Director; David Pountney, Designer; Robert Innes Hopkins, Lighting Designer; Malcolm Rippeth,

WNO In Parenthesis. Photograph: Bill Cooper

Composed by Iain Bell, In Parenthesis is an operatic adaptation of poet, writer and artist David Jones’ epic poem. In Parenthesis reflects on Jones’ personal experience as a soldier at the Battle of Mametz Wood where he served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. The opera is an artistic response in commemoration of Wales’ role in the First World War and its losses during The Battle of the Somme.

WNO In Parenthesis. Photograph: Bill Cooper

The online broadcasting falls on the date of the centenary of The Battle of the Somme on 1 July and coincides with its performance at the Royal Opera House. The opera will also be screened in cinemas across Wales.

WNO In Parenthesis. Photograph: Bill Cooper

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The opera will also be screened in cinemas across Wales From July 3. Its live performances are running in Cardiff, Birmingham and London until July 1. For further details please visit: here

Henry Moore Foundation Launches New Visitor Centre and Show

THIS summer, arts charity the Henry Moore Foundation opens a new visitor centre and archive at the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Hertfordshire. The Henry Moore Foundation aims to encourage the appreciation of the visual arts and to demonstrate why sculpture matters. The charity is also opening a new exhibition The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

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Stuart Brisley, Louise Bourgeois’ Leg (2002) Performance Object Plaster, ironing board, wood.Courtesy of the Artist and Hales London New York © The Artist Photograph: Andy Keate

The show aims to focus on the relationship between prosthetics and sculpture, with examples dating from World War I until today. The show will present over 70 artworks, objects and images, exploring how sculpture and medical science have collaborated in order to augment the human figure and rebuild the lives of those affected by the war.

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Yael Bartana, Entartete Kunst Lebt (2010) video still.
Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

The exhibition will include a new sculpture by British artist Rebecca Warren RA, which will be located outside the Leeds’ Institute.  Additionally, there will be a series of talks and events led by sculpture scholars and medical historians.

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Painted metal facial prosthesis attributed to Anna Coleman Ladd (1878-1939), made in France, 1917-1920. Courtesy of the Antony Wallace Archives of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons ©

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Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire SG10 6EE Tel: 01279 844104

Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH Tel: 0113 246 7467