On the agenda: Press Photographer's Year exhibition; Don’t Stop Believing; IF: Milton Keynes International Festival; Granta magazine; Comme des Garçons

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Rolling news may keep us in the loop of what's going on in the world, but a single image can still best capture the true significance of an event. This year's stellar crop of shots at the Press Photographer's Year exhibition ranges from five-year-old schoolchildren performing an eerily high-precision dance in North Korea to David Bebber's shot for The Times of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi celebrating his 40 years as head of state – behind protective glass. Free, to 11 September at the National Theatre's Lyttleton foyer; theppy.com

Adam Jacques


With all the kerfuffle over Cheryl's illness during the latest X-Factor auditions, you may not have noticed that Five has beaten ITV to the punch with the airing of its own all-singing, all-dancing talent show. Don't Stop Believing, which kicks off tonight, will see 30 musical groups go head-to-head over the next few weeks. Presented by ex-Spice Girl and Strictly star Emma Bunton, this could be the Sunday-night guilty pleasure to keep us going until autumn. Five, from 7pm



The inaugural IF: Milton Keynes International Festival is set to make a surreal splash. Performance-art heavyweight François Delarozière (whose giant mechanical elephant lumbered through London two years ago) is back in the UK with his latest installation for the event, a 200sq ft interactive carousel populated by mythical animals, while sound artist Janek Schaefer will bring a warehouse full of cars to life with a series of projections. Deeper down the rabbit hole still, designers Architects of Air are to unveil their largest ever walk-in inflatable sculpture. If all that sounds a little too far out, the usual festival line-ups of music, comedy and a picnic should see you right. To Sunday, ifmiltonkeynes.org



A farmers' market in the middle of Soho? Not as odd as you might think, judging by the crowds walking around London's West End with groaning shopping bags. Last weekend's debut included a hog roast, more than one artisan bakery, milk and cheese straight from the dairy and myriad other foodie treats. We highly recommend a Saturday visit – going home with ingredients for a gourmet supper is so much more fulfilling than an ill-advised fashion-sale "bargain". foodloversbritain.com

Lisa Markwell


From its cerebral launch by Cambridge students in 1889, through its caffeine-fuelled 1979 revival in a small office above a hairdresser, Granta magazine has long boasted the best new writing from the biggest – and soon-to-be-biggest – names. This week, it embraces the digital age with an online archive of its past 30 years. Its launch offer is all 110 issues for the price of one (£12.99) – and Independent on Sunday readers who subscribe at granta.com/indyg will not only be able to enjoy fiction and essays from the fledgling days of writers such as Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates and Nick Hornby, but will also receive a free Moleskine notebook.

Katy Guest


The latest cult collaboration between Comme des Garçons and ballet-shoe giant Repetto is set to turn the fashion pack's heads. These souliers could be the lovechild of Brigitte Bardot and Lady Gaga, so heady a mix of the classic and avant-garde are they. With Repetto's signature shapes in soft, pliable leather rendered in the harlequin-esque colour panelling so redolent of Rei Kawakubo's fun and strung-out styles, the range is a marriage made in fashion heaven. Pumps £275, lace-ups £320, doverstreet market.com

Harriet Walker