Category: Arts and Culture

A Donald Trump supporter in Cleveland, Ohio. Unjust hatred against Muslims has reached its zenith. (Photo: Jim Watson/Getty)

Insidious Islamophobia

Islamophobia is real, but not in the way you might think. Mark Lee reports from Malaysia on its many faces. A week ago, I was being driven around in a Grab, the Southeast Asian...

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Three Cheers for 2016

When people chalk up 2016 as a bad year, they are lacking a fundamental sense of perspective. 2016 has been a fantastic year! This is not a sentiment you will hear expressed very widely;...

Cool, concise and composed – Leonard Cohen made the ordinary extraordinary. (Photo: Reg Innell/Getty/Toronto Star)

Leonard Cohen: He’s the Man

With the recent loss of Leonard Cohen, there is no better moment for us to recognise the enduring impact of his legacy. I recall vividly the moment I first heard Leonard Cohen’s seductive baritone...

Lady Gaga has undergone a variety of metamorphoses in her nearly-decade spanning career. (Source:@gagamonster96, Twitter)

Going Gaga for Gaga

With Lady Gaga releasing a fifth album, Casey Kroll discusses her ever-changing musical style and her immense cultural influence. It’s the summer of 2008, and a group of people has gathered at The Bitter...

The epitome of a guitar-carrying, chain-smoking sixties troubadour, Bob Dylan's revolutionary Nobel victory has been rife with opposition. (Photo: John Cohen/L. Parker Stephenson Photographs and Peter Fetterman Gallery)

Dylan is Deserving

Denying Bob Dylan’s historical achievement is as good as denying literary convention. Awarding the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature to a cultural icon like Bob Dylan has, indubitably, cemented his legendary legacy as a...

In a music video for Coldplay’s Hymn for the Weekend, Beyoncé has been accused of appropriating Indian culture. (Source: Warner Music)

Culture Chasm

Appropriating cultures assists cultural integration, not cultural denigration. From the very depths of Tumblr to online newsrooms, the phenomenon of “cultural appropriation” has taken social media by storm. Most contemporary arguments made against cultural...

Supporters of the ‘Bacc for the Future’ campaign advocating their cause outside the House of Commons before the debate on 4 July 2016. This featured performances by creativity-based institutions such as the BRIT School. (Photo: Rhinegold)

Art Attack

The arts are under attack from the Department for Education. It’s time to stick up for them. On 4 July 2016, a debate was held in Westminster after over 100,000 people signed a Parliamentary...

Shostakovich had one final chance to save himself. (Photo: History in an Hour)

Laughing in the Face of Death

Jamie Stainer explores a genius who disguised his criticism of Stalin’s brutal regime as praise, and saved his life in the process. That genius was Shostakovich. The date was 26th January 1936. For many...

Pride is now a regular annual event in dozens of countries. (Photo Source: Mashable).

Pride’s True Colours

Over-commercialisation, a drinking culture, and hedonistic non-LGBT attendees have left many feeling alienated and disenchanted with Pride. Pride festivals emerged following the Stonewall Riots in 1969, which saw LGBT people take to the streets...

Left to right: Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers in the “Get Lucky” music video. (Source: MTV)

Disco Inferno

Shameera Lin has one simple message: You should be dancing, yeah. “Now I know why disco died,” said Uncle Jesse from Full House with a smirk, as Danny Tanner did the hustle to “Shake,...

The Rolling Stones: Past their best? (Photo: Stabroek News)

Can’t Get No Satisfaction

With the Rolling Stones finishing their recent tour of South America, and talk of a new album in the near future, Jamie Stainer asks­­: is the group past it? Back in September, Keith Richards...

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