PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 June, 2012, 12:00am


Manchester, Tennessee

One of North America's largest and best-loved festivals draws to a close today. The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which takes place every summer on a farm in central Tennessee, brings together musicians, artists and comedy acts, and routinely draws crowds of 80,000. This year's line-up included Radiohead, The Shins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beach Boys and Phish (right).

San Francisco

On now at Gallery Paule Anglim in downtown San Francisco is 'Xiaoze Xie: New Work', by the Chinese-American visual artist. The exhibition includes fresh works from two of Xie's ongoing series: Fragmentary Views and Both Sides Now. Both utilise newspapers (above) to make a point about the fragmented nature of memory in a media-saturated world. The show runs until June 30.


Austin's South by Southwest festival hogs the media spotlight, but Canada's own North by Northeast is in its 18th year and is developing into a juggernaut in its own right. Like its southern cousin the Toronto (below) shindig brings together a cross-section of artists, musicians and creative types. This year's renewal features more than 780 bands and 40 films and runs from tomorrow until next Sunday.

Castle Donington

Visitors to this weekend's 10th annual Download festival in the English county of Leicestershire will witness the likesof Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and 130 other acts - mostly of the rock and metal persuasion - creating a mighty racket over Donington Park raceway's hallowed grounds. The appearance by Metallica (above), their first in Britain in six years, will be one to remember as they plan to play their Black album in its entirety.


The 'China and Prussia. Porcelain and Tea' exhibition opened at Berlin's Museum of Asian Art on Friday. The impressive show presents Chinese ceramics as a means of understanding two key imports from the Far East, porcelain and tea, which connected Prussia to China under King Frederick II (above). Highlights of the show are treasured examples from the regent's personal collection.


The 15th annual Shanghai International Film Festival kicks off on Saturday. This Year, China's only Category A international film festival has assembled more than 300 foreign and domestic productions to be screened at 33 cinemas across the city. The top 10 will compete for the coveted Golden Goblet which will be awarded by a panel of judges that boasts John Woo Yu-sum, Danny Boyle, Chen Kaige (right) and Luc Besson.