Summer in full swing, an urge for a good French croissant and the kick-off of street festival, Soirs d’été – these are reasons enough to jump on the Eurostar and head over to our neighbouring capital of deliciousness, Paris! Here’s our whistle-stop tour…
10:00 After arriving at Gare du Nord we wandered down to the ever-glamorous Champs-Élysées for had to sneaky spot of shopping and a must-have taste of some pastel-perfect macaroons at Ladurée for our team back at TopshopHQ. After our sugar fix it was off to visit the iconic Eiffel Tower from the ideal viewing point at Trocadero square. Dreamy, right?
14:00 After our must-see tourist-y moment we had to check out the newest Topshop corner at BHV right in the heart of Paris. We pounded the picturesque streets of le Marais, to get our hands on the latest floral jumpsuit and a classic monochrome shift.
17:00 Next up, to scope out the most buzzed about bar and art gallery near the canal, named “Le Comptoir general”. Retro deco and cosy Parisian vibes made this an ideal place to put our feet up. Stuffed with vintage furniture and hanging palm trees wherever you look, it takes its style cues from old French colonial era with a quirky twist. From screening exhibitions and themed attractions to a record shop it’s a whole world to itself, check the website it’s worth the look.
19:00 Glitter and kimonos on, we let the evening fun begin with the young but booming city festivalSoirs d’été! It’s free, happening right on the Place de la République jam-packed with live music and crowd surfing. Watching from the front row we swooned over the fresh faced Marc Desse and Naïve New Beaters and Friends. The later featuring three energetic boys with hilarious lyrics who bounced around the stage with inflated palm trees. The last but not least, Deluxe and it’s eccentric songstress setting the stage on fire with an electric mix of punk and hip hop.
23:00 Exhausted, we headed back to the lovely Hotel Amour for some hot coco and to charge batteries. We love you Paris!
Don’t forget to follow out dedicated France Twitter page here and find out more about Soirs d’été festival here.
Whether it’s texting, Tinder or that macaroon pic you just shared on Instagram, tech has become a huge part of our everyday lives. But what about the art world? While you might think it’s limited to physical paintings and sculptures, a new generation of artists are leading the way for art on the internet. From online works ‘painted’ with code, to those composed entirely of algorithms, these talents are showing how art can adapt to and engage with new technologies - it’s like visiting a gallery without leaving your desk! Here’s three digital artists you need to know:
1. Graeme Rutherford
Graeme Rutherford‘s code-created work will fill your browser with bold colour and shape. Inspired by everything from relationships to early memories, each piece is available to buy through the domain name it lives on – so while the whole world can view it, art-lovers can own an original and unique design online. Catch his latest exhibition, ‘Still Searching’, at the Neverland Gallery until 15th August.
2. Rafael Rozendaal
Creating digital art for over 10 years, Rafael Rozendaal is an early pioneer of web art. The New York-based Dutch-Brazilian artist creates captivating online pieces, using simple shapes in striking colours that move, bend, and twist continuously in ways that are never the same. Check out his famous ‘Kiss’ displayed on the world’s largest LED screen in Seoul Square – mesmerising!
3. Nicolas Sassoon
Remember the days of Brick Breaker and Pacman? Nicolas Sassoon takes inspiration from vintage computer graphics to create beautifully glitchy pixel paintings. But his art is anything but dated. Using animated GIFs, he creates his own online interpretations of painting and sculpture that live in the online space.
Like the look of these guys? Then head to the sites below for even more digital art:
DevArt - Google’s platform for art made with code, dubbed as a place ‘where technology is the canvas and code is the raw material.’
The Space - A free website that commissions new talent from all art forms, creative industries, technical and digital backgrounds, through regular open calls and partnerships.
Paddles ON!Tumblr and Philips have joined forces with art curator Lindsay Howard to launch Paddles ON!, the UK’s very first exhibition and auction dedicated entirely to digital art.
Want to know where the coolest kids stay on trips away? Generator Hostels, that’s where. With outposts everywhere from Berlin to Venice, these hostels have all the luxury of a plush boutique hotel without the bank breaking prices. What’s more, this summer they’ve teamed up with culture bible The Lab Magazine to host their own festival, Regenerate 14. Generator Berlin Mitte and Copenhagen will be transformed for one weekend in July and August, using the magazine’s network of international artists to create a live, interactive experience open to the public.
So what can you expect? Art-wise there’ll be photography exhibits in the halls, live art performances in the rooms, a light installation in the parking lot and a whole lot more interactive goings-on throughout the hostels. Music will also be on the bill – with DJ sets and gigs from hot music talent like Danish DJ Kasper Bjørke.
Can’t make it out there? Stay tuned to Topshop Twitter for live updates from Berlin this weekend, plus the chance to win flights and a two night stay at a Generator of your choice.
#Regenerate14 #Berlin will take place at Generator Berlin Mitte from 17th-20th July and Generator Copenhagen from 7-10 August.
It’s time to face up to the facts, CD’s are going the way of the tapes – just a funny shaped thing we once listened to music on. Since the adults at record companies sat up and noticed the popularity of streaming sites, and now include their data in the charts, there seems to be more websites than ever vying for the chance to be your one-stop music destination. There are the reliable big boys: Spotify, Deezer etc. But, if you want a summer playlist with a difference here’s where to find it:
Festivals aren’t only about music you know. If you’re into books, film, art, (or simply fancy soaking up some stunning scenery), then Curious Arts Festival might well be the best weekend you’ve ever had. Held in Hampshire’s Pylewell Park from August 18th – 20th July, this arts fest is jam-packed with everything you need for a fun ‘n’ cultured weekend.
Book worms will love the talks and readings from top authors and critics like Rachel Joyce and Craig Brown, while film buffs can check out the movie tent where they’ll be screening a selection of flicks from Horror of Dracula to Lemony Snickett. There’s also guided tours of the site by clued-up historians, not to mention the chance to embrace your inner-kid with donkey rides, a Jabberwocky hunt, magic shows and fair ground games.
And of course no festival would feel right without a bit of a boogie – so Curious have provided a stellar music line-up too. Kicking off the Friday night will be Eaves and Bear’s Den, followed by folk stars Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit. Saturday sees Luke Sital-Singh and Mercury nominee Ed Harcourt take to the stage, with Topshop fave Nick Mulvey bringing the evening to a close with that dreamy voice and Cuban-inspired sound.
Sound like your kind of festival? Buy tickets now from the Curious Arts Festival website.