Singapore gets its art groove

Jun 29th, 2018 | Robert Veel

Observing the restless, ever-changing nature of post-war Berlin, former French culture minister Jack Lang once famously remarked, “Paris is always Paris and Berlin is never Berlin”. The same could be said of Singapore. Even in the context of breakneck development in many Asian countries, the tiny island nation stands out not just for the way ...

Portugal: Secrets Unveiled

Jun 6th, 2018 | Dr Jeni Ryde

Portugal’s status as a minor European power today belies its former greatness as the administrator of a huge empire, stretching from Brazil to Macau. Gaining independence from Spain in 1139, this outward-looking kingdom fomented the Age of Discovery; its fleets discovering the New World under Christopher Columbus in 1498 and legendary explorer Vasco da Gama ...

Heaven in Helsinki

May 25th, 2018 | Robert Veel

Stretched across inlets and islands of the Baltic, Finland’s capital offers a wealth of interesting sights for the music lover and cultural traveller. Tour leader Robert Veel explores some of Helsinki’s best attractions. Helsinki is not one of Europe’s ancient capitals. There are no Roman ruins, no medieval monasteries and no Renaissance art. And that’s ...

The Colours of Impressionism shine out in Adelaide

May 11th, 2018 | Dr Michael Adcock

By Dr Michael Adcock Academy Tour Leader, Paris The ‘Colours of Impressionism’ exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia offers a most novel and interesting insight into an art movement that is already well-known to many. Unlike the wonderful Orsay blockbuster exhibitions held previously in Melbourne and Canberra, this is a more manageable exhibition ...

Where to go to avoid the crowds in Florence and Rome

May 4th, 2018 | Dr Nick Gordon

Italy is home to nearly 4000 museums and galleries, 240 archaeological areas and 48 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Yet three sites – the Colosseum, the archaeological site of Pompeii and the Uffizi galleries – account for more than 10% of all annual site visits. That’s about 12 million visits per year, and each of these ...

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