Still Time to Catch Some of the Summer’s Best European Arts Festivals

Summer is traditionally the time of year when cultural calendars are at their busiest, and your favorite Art Guide is full to bursting point with unmissable events.

While the English summer is slowly drawing to an end, other European countries continue to be bathed in sunshine, with a whole host of cultural and artistic events still to come before the clocks go back.

If you haven’t yet managed to get away for a summer break, now is the perfect opportunity to soak up those last rays of late-summer sun and take in some of the wonderful and diverse cultural events that Europe has to offer. Here are just a few of the events that lie in store over the next couple of months.

Opera lovers should head to Verona in Italy, where the world-renowned Arena festival is well under way. Running until 29 August, this year’s event features a guest performance by veteran performer Maria Guleghina, in Franco Zeffirelli’s Turandot.  This year’s edition features a new Greek staging of the opera Parsifal, as well as a French version of A Streetcar Named Desire and a performance by the New York City Ballet.

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Abstract Arts & Abstract Paintings – A Panoramic Vista Cultivated With Mystery, Thrived on Veracity

Aesthetics as a set of principles and branch of philosophy deals with questions concerning beauty and artistic experiences. As far as our general understanding of it is concerned it is a highly nebulous field, subjected to tremendous degree of misinterpretation, particularly in the field of abstract art. In any field of humanities where less accurately is known about that field and its principles have not been precisely formulated, the more authoritarian the field becomes. In the field of arts, with no exact fundamentals accurately developed, the techniques and approaches are wide open for the artists to imagine, explore and create their art.


Thinking and reasoning is a social activity for most people. They require the engagement of external forces as the individual is as much a part of society as the society is a part of the individual. From the moment of birth, the social labyrinth of customs, beliefs, languages, values, religions, politics, and other traditional ideas are all well positioned to mold the child into the image of those who the child is surrounded with, and it is thoroughly based upon faith and belief. So masterfully the operation is instilled into the society as social heredity that even science has often mistaken it as being genetic.


We all enjoy and desire a pleasant conversation with our associates, friends and family. But when we look, and inspect our environment, we notice that the great majority of our population, have difficulty with communication. A two way communication takes place, when we can freely initiate our thoughts or ideas to one another, acknowledge each other and continue this interaction, back and forth, by continuing with the sharing of our thoughts and ideas, very much similar to a friendly game of tennis; where the return of the ball, is dependent upon the quality of the serve.


Imagination is the faculty or action of forming ideas in the mind and the ability to be creative and resourceful. The ability to originate communication, is in direct proportion with good imagination. The reverse is never true that imagination has to be imperiled first to result in failure of imagination to express thoughts and ideas. Imagination becomes thwarted and dulled in artists who become dependent upon others to reach out to them, to the point that they do not reach at all.


Knowing and understanding are two of the basic fundamentals in creating art. Knowing is a part of imagination within the mind, in which aesthetic impulses are conceived and transformed into artistic expressions; a process which is best understood by defining both: knowing and understanding; and why knowing is above understanding.


Pure creation of fine art, such as abstract paintings, is an emotional activity that surmounts any rational thoughts or reasons, as it fulfills itself through an spiritual journey into time, motion and space, with light, color and form. It is an state of awareness, that summons the most innate essence of the artist’s imaginative and analytical forces.


The artist conceives his aesthetic ideas in his imagination, and transforms them into paintings. His paintings carry a visual message, and communicate it to his audience. These paintings are his artistic performance by which he tells about himself. His art, ought to be created purely for his audience, in the absence of any considerations given to any possible critiques given by the critics. People’s emotional responses are the sole decision makers, as to whether the art is successful or not, based on the quality by which a the art communicates to them.


“Art is greater than science because the latter proceeds by laborious accumulation and cautious reasoning, while the former reaches its goal at once by intuition and presentation; science can get along with talent, but art requires genius.” – German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Purity of life force, or spirit does not belong to any part of the physical or material universe. It has no mass, no form, no location in space, no energy, and no motion. It resides in the realm of spirit; and that is not religiously, but spiritually speaking.

Using the Internet to Keep Up With the Latest Arts News and Events

The world of arts and culture is such a vibrant and constantly evolving place that it can sometimes be difficult to keep up to speed with the latest art news and events.

New concerts, exhibitions and performances are constantly springing up, sometimes at very short notice, and if you take your eye off the ball for a second you can end up missing out on some great events.

But with the arts industry thriving and with exciting new events taking place left right and center, how can arts lovers stay up to date with all the latest goings on?

The simple answer is to turn on your computer and get online. Indeed, there is a vast array of resources out there on the internet for arts and culture enthusiasts wishing to stay informed of all the latest developments.

The internet has totally revolutionized the arts industry, and is now the first port of call for artists looking to promote their events. It is also a fantastic way for art lovers to keep their finger on the pulse.

A huge number of websites offer up-to-date industry news and updates on new events, with many of them offering special arts calendars to keep you in touch with the areas that interest you most.

Many such sites allow you to sign up for daily, weekly or monthly newsletters which provide details of concerts and exhibitions in your area, and sometimes offer exclusive deals and information on ticket prices.

In addition, certain sites give you the chance to sign up for text message updates on the latest events. This is great if you find yourself at a loose end and need instant inspiration about which gallery or event to visit.

Social networking websites are also a fantastic platform. By ‘making friends’ with your favorite venues and arts venues, you can get the inside track on all the latest events, including lesser-known ones that you might otherwise never hear about.

Podcast are also an excellent tool, and many venues now use these as a way of speaking directly to their clients. For art lovers, podcast are great because they are usually free to download, regularly updated and provide all kinds of interesting information about the latest news and events in the flourishing arts industry. For more information on Art fairs and Art Gallery Exhibitions, please visit