Alice Jones' Arts Diary
From Spanish street food and Italian opera to 'Unknown Cities'
The National has opened a brand new theatre. Now it wants new audiences to match
The broadcaster Melvyn Bragg has urged Tony Hall, the new BBC Director-General, to restore arts programming to the heart of the corporation’s schedules.
Hilary Mantel and Will Self will battle it out for another literary prize six months after Mantel beat Self to the Man Booker Prize.
Light is imitating art at London's Hayward Gallery with a series of illuminating sculptures.
Details unveiled of second phase of £32.7 billion project which government claims will create at least 100,000 jobs
Locals hit the roof as outsiders lift free passes
In a move certain to leave art traditionalists apoplectic with rage, one of the country's leading galleries is to charge £8 for entry to a summer exhibition of works which cannot be seen.
Melvyn Bragg is resurrecting The South Bank Show with an interview of Dizzee Rascal in a new documentary on the rise of the grime scene.
They like a nickname Down Under – there is a federal law that states no team can depart Australian shores without having "roos" attached to their name – but when it comes to James Magnussen, it's not so much a moniker as a statement of intent.
A collection celebrating the work of avant-garde spectacular John Cage goes on display on Saturday.
Concrete? I'll have you know that reinforced concrete was invented by a gardener. The gardener in question was a Frenchman, Joseph Monier, who was trying to make the best-ever plant pot. (This isn't the kind of thing that gardeners just happen to know: I read it in a book about inventions I got at the Science Museum.) Gazing at Marseille's Unité, a block of apartments by Le Corbusier, it occurs to me that we have all been labouring under the misapprehension that gardening and concrete don't exactly go together. The truth is that the most brutal building always looks better with a lawn of verdant green. And some palm trees.
Sixty years after the Festival of Britain rejuvenated a former London wasteland, this cultural quarter is more diverting than ever
Trish Lorenz celebrates its legacy 60 years on