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The Pantone Colour of the Year: An In-Depth Look at ...

Imagine walking into a room painted in a shade that instantly lifts your spirits, or wearing a garment in a hue that makes you feel confident and connected. Every year, designers, marketers, and trendsetters eagerly await Pantone’s Colour of the Year announcement because it’s more than just a trendsetter; it’s a reflection of our global culture, influences, and societal mood.
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Is Sally Rooney Worth Your Time? Rating Normal People, Conversations ...

Irish novelist Sally Rooney unravels the similar characters in different words. Her dialogues are filled with discourse on Marxism, classism, late capitalism, identity and gender politics. Her novels continue to divide readers; some find her social complications infuriating and her characters unreliable. But that’s what makes them interesting and relatable, as Anne Enright writes to the Guardian: ‘‘This is prose you either get or don’t get; for some it is incisive, for others banal. Which makes me wonder if it ...
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Good Luck, Babe! and the Potential of Pop Anthems

Pop is a genre which has long been lauded for its universal accessibility. It is literally an abbreviated form of ‘popular’ – pop music’s signature style often includes catchy, feel-good lyrics, danceable tempos, and uncomplicated notation that makes it the golden child of radio stations, supermarket chains, and dance clubs. While there’s nothing inherently bad about a genre its success is, by and large, defined by its ability to pander to mainstream marketability. 
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The Influence of Anime and Manga on Western Pop Culture

In recent years, the influence of anime on Western culture and the influence of manga on Western culture have become undeniable. From television shows and movies to fashion and music, the anime impact on Western pop culture and the manga impact on Western pop culture can be seen in numerous facets of everyday life. We will explore how anime and manga in Western society have evolved from niche interests into mainstream phenomena, examining their cultural significance, the trends they have ...
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Magical Realism Beyond Latin America: 10 Must-Read Authors

Welcome, fellow explorers of the literary realm! Today, we embark on a captivating journey into the enchanting world of magical realism, a genre that transcends borders and cultures to offer readers a unique blend of reality and fantasy. While magical realism is often associated with Latin American literature, its influence extends far beyond, shaping narratives across the globe. Join us as we delve into the depths of this mesmerising genre and uncover its manifestations in diverse cultural landscapes.
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British Horror Films: From Gothic Classics to Modern Thrillers

British horror isn’t just the dreadful mould attack in your overpriced flatshare or the drunken finance guy who staggers out of the pub at four pm, unable to keep his inappropriate thoughts to himself. It’s Frankenstein’s monster driving a whole town to madness. It’s the terrifying presence of Jack the Ripper lingering in each cold and distant London night. It’s the Claw of Satan and The Wicker Man, the British Gothic classics that have unearthed the dark secrets of the ...
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Street Art Revolution: Exploring Urban Murals Across UK Cities

In the ever-evolving canvas of our urban landscapes, a silent revolution is taking shape, one that converses in strokes of vibrant hues and bold outlines—the Urban Murals Revolution. This uprising is redefining the visage of UK cities, morphing them into sprawling open-air galleries where each wall narrates its saga, and every mural bears a manifesto.
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Music Festival Survival Guide: Tips for First-Time Attendees

Music festivals are vibrant celebrations of music, art, and culture, drawing thousands of music enthusiasts worldwide. From iconic festivals like Glastonbury to smaller, niche events, there’s a festival for every taste and preference. For first-time attendees, the excitement of attending a music festival can be exhilarating, but it’s essential to be prepared for the unique challenges and experiences that come with it. In this comprehensive guide, Rock & Art will provide survival tips to help first-time festival-goers make the most ...
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The Evolution of British Animation: From Black-and-White to Technicolour

Imagine a world where the inanimate springs to life with every stroke of a pen or flick of a brush – that’s the enchantment of animation! Far from being a mere act of waving a “magic wand”, animation embodies the very essence of bringing static images to life. It’s akin to sharing a secret handshake with the realm of stillness, where every frame whispers, ‘Come alive!’ Through animation, we transcend the boundaries of reality, inviting imagination to dance freely where ...
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Dublin’s Hidden Street Art Scene: Unveiling Urban Treasures

Dublin, Ireland – renowned for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant nightlife, and bustling streets, harbours a hidden gem beneath its traditional charm: a thriving underground street art scene. From colourful murals adorning hidden alleyways to thought-provoking graffiti pieces tucked away in plain sight, Dublin’s urban art landscape offers a unique insight into the city’s alternative culture and artistic expression. In this article, we embark on a journey to explore the hidden gems of Dublin’s street art scene, uncovering the stories ...