From music festivals to motor racing –commercial events are taking over public parks. Here's what can be done.
Glastonbury: home away from spiritual home.
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Jump on the Glastonbury bus, bring your tent back home afterwards, and promote long term behaviour change.
When did revellers stop rebelling?
A chance to shine: festivals bring fringe benefits.
Forget the main stage headliners, the real festival heroes might be selling you crocodile burgers and mango smoothies.
Actress Charlize Theron strikes a pose on the red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Does it matter that money plays such a big role in festivals like Cannes?
Indigo, pink, saffron: colour for India isn't just for throwing. It's political, too.
It’s time to look back on a year of art and culture.
Blake Danger Bentley. Melbourne street art
It's another year in Arts + Culture, so in case you missed it we've collected all the best coverage of screen, theatre, music, books and culture in one place.
Festivals can no longer focus solely on their recurring, physical events.
AAP Image/Bella Ann Townes
Festivals are a vibrant part of Australian culture but, as arts funding dries up, festival organisers will have to get creative if they want to survive. The recurring, physical event isn't enough.
Emoji wave scene.
Can emojis be used to tell stories, and if so what kinds of stories can we use them to tell? The National Young Writer's Festival, which opens today, aims to find out.
A rescue worker battling a bushfire in South Australia, 2015.
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In a world full of catastrophe, what good are books? Specifically, can books be written to do good?
Can learning to write about sex help young people navigate their love lives?
Sex is part of young people's lives. So how do we teach young authors to navigate tricky narrative waters when they write about it?
Burning Man: inspiration for the first Google doodle.
Focusing on the extravagances of a select few overlooks a broader affinity between the madness of Burning Man and the West Coast’s technocracy.
If only we could all get this excited about tackling climate change.
The UK should look to mainland Europe for greener music festivals.
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Far from supporting risk, the environment of the Fringe is increasingly one in which playing safe is the best way to avoid losing out.
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It seems like every year there is controversy over Glastonbury lineups and the worst sin in popular music – that of "selling out".
Good old fashioned fun.
Future archaeologists sifting through Glastonbury's earth will look for clues as we do at Stonehenge.
Alive and kicking.
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The rock promoter thinks festivals are on the way out. But he couldn't be further from the truth.
So cold it’s hot … The Winter Feast crowd fan the flames at Dark MOFO 2014.
MONA/Rémi Chauvin Image Courtesy MONA Museum of Old and New Art,
We're not short on festivals in Australia, so new events need to make their presence felt. What's the secret of Dark Mofo, which is about to enjoy its third outing?
Thousands of people will throng Sydney’s streets for Vivid 2015, which opens this weekend.
Vivid Sydney draws larger crowds each year and when it opens this weekend, the streets will be packed. Are events like Vivid Sydney and Paris' Nuit Blanche artistically valuable – or just a lot of fun?
A still from the film Los Hongos, by Oscar Ruiz Navia, 2014.
Images courtesy of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.
Showing the "impact" of arts and cultural events is ever more important. But defining and measuring that impact requires long-term tracking and customised tools.