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A bitter row over the existing skatepark has forced the centre to delay its £120m overhaul

Skater protests force review of Southbank development plans

The Southbank Centre has been forced to review plans for a £120m redevelopment of its site, following a campaign orchestrated by London’s skateboarders to save their “spiritual home”.

Philip Vaughan has accused the Hayward gallery’s executives of going back on plans to restore his Neon Tower work, right

Incandescent: artist Philip Vaughan’s fury after Hayward Gallery switches off his Neon Tower light sculpture

Gallery criticised over decision not to restore Neon Tower to London skyline

International Women’s Day: what’s on in the United, er, Queendom

If you think Trending has thrown its weight behind International Women’s Day, you should see what the rest of the country is doing.

Artist's impression of the £100 million Southbank Centre revamp

£100 million revamp of Southbank Centre hailed as 'biggest step forward since the ‘60s'

London’s Southbank Centre is to bring its Festival Wing out of the 1960s and into the 21st century with a £100m overhaul that marks the “final piece in the jigsaw” in the transformation of the cultural venue.

Classical review: Emerson Quartet - The fab four on firm friendship, and the vacancy of lost love

On 8 July 1917, far removed from the carnage of Flanders and the unravelling of the Kerensky Offensive, Leos Janacek noted a fragment of melody for a woman identified as "Mrs C". After a lifetime of infatuations and infidelities, the 63-year-old Czech composer was falling in love for the last time, in the Moravian spa town of Luhacovice. But the initial "C" (for Camilla) was wrong. The inflexions of this scrap of music were inspired by the chatter of Kamila Stosslova, a 25-year-old married woman.

Glory: Stravinsky said the ballet came to him in a fleeting vision

The Rite of Spring: Happy birthday to music's most famous flop

Century-old Rite of Spring couldn't be more popular – now

Liza Minnelli as Isherwood's creation Sally Bowles, in 'Cabaret'

Liza Minnelli to return to Royal Festival Hall 40 years after Cabaret

Liza Minnelli is returning to the Royal Festival Hall 40 years after her last appearance there as part of a celebration of Cabaret-era Berlin.

JK Rowling turned down £2 million trip to space

JK Rowling has claimed that she created a cosmic vacancy when she turned down a trip on a spaceship.

London's Camden Beach

City beaches: Britain's coastal explosion

You might not be able to see the sea, but a wave of temporary beaches inspired by hip European hangouts are bringing summer to our cities

Observations: A new kind of art school - with classes in surveillance

Arriving at London's Hayward Gallery last week for a workshop on forensic tendencies in art and film run by the artists Jane and Louise Wilson, I had little idea what to expect. It was part of Wide Open School, a month-long initiative where 100 international artists are turning teachers to run sessions on anything from method acting (Gillian Wearing) and making music (Martin Creed). I opted for forensics because I'm always glued to programmes such as Homeland and Silent Witness (what Susan Schuppli, Senior Research Fellow of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, who also spoke at the session, describes as the "CSI media effect"), so I figured I'd find this interesting too.

Sounds Venezuela, Southbank Centre, London

Classical music has never enjoyed a more successful a marketing campaign than that promoting Gustavo Dudamel, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, and the proliferation of Jose Antonio Abreu’s visionary Sistema.

Invisible Sculpture (Andy Warhol, 1985): The king of Pop Art produced and installed this work at New York's Area nightclub by simply stepping on to a plinth and then stepping off it

Blank canvas: London gallery unveils 'invisible' art exhibition

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.

Mary Peters' Olympic glory remembered in mini opera

Her dramatic gold medal at the Munich Olympics in 1972 ensured her status in her home country of Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles.

The boat that rocks is ready for a unique gig

The likes of David Byrne and Andrew Bird are playing at an extraordinary London venue. By Elisa Bray
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