For an English festival of a decidedly different vibe, Barclaycard's Wireless Festival is coming to London's Hyde Park this Friday. The three-day event showcases the brightest stars in rap, hip hop and R&B. Drake will be there, alongside Rihanna, Nicki Minaj (pictured), The-Dream, Wiz Khalifa and Toronto sensation The Weeknd. Brooklyn's Santigold and the Bay Area's Kreayshawn will also make appearances.
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The fifth annual Hop Farm Music Festival draws to a close today. This year featured an eclectic mix of big names and independent acts representing a wide variety of genres. Bob Dylan (pictured), possibly the biggest name of all, made an appearance as did George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic outfit, Primal Scream and Taj Mahal. The Hop Farm Fest distinguishes itself through its complete lack of advertising or corporate sponsorship.
The 18th Biennale of Sydney is now on at venues throughout the city. This year's theme is 'All Our Relations' and strives to create a sense of community and interconnectedness in the often fragmented and competitive art world. Sydney's Biennale is Australia's largest contemporary art event and alongside the three-month exhibition there will be lectures, film screenings, performances and family events.
Last Wednesday, 'A Celebration of Miles Davis' came to the historic Hollywood Bowl. The evening, hosted by Herbie Hancock, featured a performance of Davis' classic, Kind of Blue, in its entirety by Jimmy Cobb's So What Band before moving on to some of Davis' more modern and experimental recordings of the 1970s played by the Miles Electric Band and selections from his pop album Tutu performed by Marcus Miller.
Now showing at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is 'Paradise Imagined: The Garden in the Islamic and Christian World'. The exhibition explores the imagery and mythology of the garden in Christian and Muslim traditions, and also sheds light on how those two traditions influenced each other. To make this point, the show features 33 works including historical documents and illuminated manuscripts. It ends on September 23.
Following an international tour, 'Indian Highway', a large group show of subcontinental art, has landed at Beijing's Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art. The exhibition features works by more than 25 artists in a wide range of mediums: video, sculpture, painting, installation art and performance art. Big names include Sudarshan Shetty and Dayanita Singh. The shows leaves Beijing on August 26.