PCA readers recommend their favourite sites for culture
Recommended by: Simsy
“TED stand for ‘Technology, Entertainment, Design’, and the site provides loads of interesting chats and presentations from various walks of life,” writes Simsy. “Just don’t log on if you’re about to do something else... you’ll never pull yourself away!”
Simsy was the first of several forum visitors to recommend this fantastic site. Select Entertainment and one of the ratings – ‘funny’, say, or ‘fascinating’ – and you’ll be presented with a range of talks and performances related to music, comedy, the arts and so on. Our favourites included a group of beatboxers and the poet John Rives riffing brilliantly on coincidences and conspiracy theories.
Recommended by: GANDALF <|:-)>
Toxel, GANDALF <|:-)>’s recommendation and “vain attempt to raise the ante”, is a blog devoted to the art of excellent and groundbreaking design. “I’ve always found Toxel to be stimulating,” he writes.
Those who are fascinated by the blurred boundaries between artistic and commercial design will find plenty to excite them, from anti-smoking adverts to a Lego Statue of Liberty.
Recommended by: TS Neame
This site combines listings of future artistic events with essays, photos, diagrams, poetry and general dissection of modern culture, zipping frenetically from Alain de Botton to the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens. “KultureFlash is clever, cool and a pleasure to read,” writes MAT. “Even if most of it probably goes over my head.”
Recommended by: Thomas Jenkins
For a look at the cultural activity of the past, try the British Museum’s online offering. Like the Tate’s site, it’s far more than a guide to visiting the building; there are also illustrated step-by-step articles, videos on a wide range of topics (such as the controversial Elgin Marbles) and masses of historical information tailored for adult and school-age learners alike.
Recommended by: Clare S
If you live in one of the world’s 50 or so largest cities (London and Edinburgh are the UK’s sole representatives) there’s a fair chance you already rely on Time Out’s print edition or website for planning your outings to galleries, shows and concerts. It’s an exceptional resource that allows you to search for specific events, browse tips of things to see or read reviews by people who’ve been there and done that.