Turn off any main street in downtown Beijing and wander along one of the many hutongs (alleyways) that criss-cross the city, and you are bound to encounter some of the contradictions that characterise modern-day China.
When an arts festival is created to celebrate a particular community - as does Glasgay!, the annual LGBT cultural jamboree which begins in Glasgow tomorrow - it faces the inherent danger that the work it showcases might be seen to have been selected more for its origins in the community than on the basis of its quality.
There's something of a homecoming feel to Tony Cownie's appointment as associate director of Cumbernauld Theatre while artistic director Ed Robson goes on sabbatical for a year, sourcing theatre abroad.
WHILE this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe had Olwen Fouere's riverrun playing to acclaim following its 2013 run in Dublin, the artistic traffic goes both ways, with this year's Dublin Theatre Festival showcasing several works from Scotland.
Walking along Rustaveli Avenue, the major thoroughfare of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, one can see, in its architectural grandeur, why "Tiflis" was revered as one of the most impressive cities of the pre-Soviet Russian Empire.