Some highbrow types look down on the internet. Not us: we love it. And you’d be surprised by the cultural gems the web holds, from guides to upcoming exhibitions and shows to cool underground art blogs. PCAdvisor.co.uk forum visitors recommended their favourite culture sites.
Recommended by: CLS
The unified Tate website, which covers Tates Liverpool, St Ives, Modern and Britain, is as slick, cool and user-friendly as visitors to the galleries would expect. There are maps and comprehensive details of current and future exhibitions, of course, but you can also order reproductions, view videos of art commentary and take a virtual tour of either of the London Tates, clicking rooms that take your fancy and seeing images of the artworks within.
Recommended by: alan14
“The Guardian’s culture section is good for book and movie reviews,” writes alan14. And we wouldn’t stop there; it’s strong on music and theatre and excellent for television, if a little obsessed with ‘The Wire’.
The Guardian also does a nice line in quirkier features, such as acute and often vicious dissections of film trailers and Reel History, a witty series of articles on the accuracy of period productions.
Recommended by: James M Reith
Project Gutenberg, one of the oldest and most impressive of the internet’s achievements, is an ongoing scheme to digitise the world’s literature and make it available, for free or at a low cost, in widely available e-book formats. The project now has more than 30,000 texts, most of them in English, and there’s a vast body of public-domain works that you can read and download for free.
“An exceptional resource for the literary souls among us,” notes James M Reith approvingly.
Recommended by: K Fry
Run Riot is an esoteric listings site and weekly newsletter that deals with what it calls “cultural happenings”, focusing on fashion, art, philosophy, theatre, film and dance. Its origins and interests are clearly some distance from the mainstream, so don’t expect to read about Les Mis or Avatar; but if you’d like to keep up with London’s more bizarre cultural undercurrents, dive in.
Recommended by: sunnystaines
This umbrella site offers links to a range of culture-related news, listings and research services. It’s got a drier and more professional focus than most of the sites here (much of it is devoted to jobs and funding, for example) and its newness is apparent. But we like Culture.info’s unusually broad remit, which encompasses advertising, sport and gaming and a digest of cultural events and debates around the world.