Manchester International Festival

At the Manchester international festival everything is original, from legendary brit band New Order as you’ve never seen them, to...

Art Basel

The art world descends on Basel this month for four days of the world’s greatest artists, the biggest art collectors...

Renon, Bali, Indonesia

Most people visiting the paradise island of Bali shimmy straight through its capital, Denpasar, making a beeline for the palm-tree fringed tourist ghettos of Sanur, Seminyak and Kuta that spill out from Greater Denpasar. To bypass this culturally rich capital, where simple Balinese traditions coexist with the city’s modernising moves, is a rookie traveller error. Originally a centre of the Badung Kingdom, Denpasar may be a later bloomer (it wasn’t made capital until 1958) but its surprising wealth of monuments, temples and museums ensure tourists aren’t short-changed on the heritage front. One of the city’s most iconic landmarks,...

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The walk of life

A journey on foot from Mexico to Colombia, through eight countries and the most dangerous stretch of jungle in the world. Levison Wood takes some stopping… “Bedtime reading?” asks Levison Wood rather quizzically. “I’m usually spending that time negotiating with a tribal chief as to where I can camp for the night.” For a man who recently returned from trekking 2,897 kilometres across the length of Central America, it’s a fair enough reaction. When you’re traversing some of the most difficult terrain in the world, a book at bedtime is probably a luxury you rarely consider. For...

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Up close and primal

In a bid to protect some of the world’s most endangered primates, two national parks in Uganda are giving tourists the opportunity to encounter wild gorillas and chimps in closer proximity than ever before Trekking with mountain gorillas has been the stuff of bucket lists ever since David Attenborough’s famous gorilla encounter in Rwanda captured the world’s imagination in 1978. While that offered a spot of much-needed PR, it was groundbreaking American primatologist Dian Fossey who was pivotal in shifting the global perception of the animal from King Kong to gentle giant of the forest. In the 1960s...

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Art Dubai

Following a hugely successful 11th edition of Art Dubai, fair director Myrna Ayad explains why it’s a cultural marker for the city “Art Dubai is a product of its environment. Our city is home to over 200 nationalities, and so with 93 galleries from 44 countries here last month, I felt the 2017 programme really reflected that. It’s now recognised as a leading event in the international art calendar. “One of the things I love about it most is it’s opportunity for dialogue. If you’re looking to buy art, then here you you can...

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Riffing in Manila

Why getting the blues in the sprawling capital of the Philippines is no bad thing Manila is not an easy place to explore. On a recent trip I was told that the huge capital of the Philippines – part of a sprawling metropolitan area home to some 24 million people – is only for “advanced travellers”. They’re at least partly right. For most tourists Manila is a point-of-entry from which they advance to the staggering Filipino countryside: its volcanos, beaches and pulsating wildlife. But no large city is worth avoiding altogether. Manila may be short on tourist-friendly sights,...

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El Raval Barcelona, Spain

El Raval lies in the heart of Barcelona and forms part of the labyrinth that is known as Ciutat Vella (Old Town). It’s an area bursting at the seams with artists, creative professionals and the city’s more salubrious characters – making up a rich and alluring tapestry for any visitor. Formed in the 14th Century, Raval was created as an extension of the city. The industrial revolution brought factories to the area and with them high-rise tenement buildings, squalor, vice and high mortality rates. During this time it was one of the most densely populated areas in Europe and...

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Game Of Stones

Malta’s cinematic landscape has become world-famous as a backdrop to Game Of Thrones. But now, the island’s unique geology is amassing its own cult following, and they’re viewing the island from an entirely new perspective

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Chelsea London, UK

Skirting the north of the River Thames, Chelsea has been affiliated with high society since Henry VIII moved his royal court to the area in the 1600s. In the late 18th century it became a Bohemian neighbourhood with artists, writers and radicals moving in, while many luminaries of the Victorian era lived here, such as painters Turner and Whistler and writers Thomas Carlyle, Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. The ’60s brought artists, designers and musicians, attracted by cheap rent and a cool reputation. The Beatles and Rolling Stones had homes here and designers Vivienne Westwood and Mary...

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