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South African dancer Gregory Maqoma performs in a dress rehearsal of ‘Triple Bill – Duets in Motion’ during the Malta Arts Festival in Valletta
People pretend to hang off ledges and windowsills on an unusual architectural display, called “Merchants Store”, during the Sydney Festival 2014 in Australia. Merchants Store is a mirror illusion art piece designed to give the impression of hanging off the outside of a building up high while really being safe on the ground. The festival is an arts-based event held in January each year boasting local and international artists in contemporary and classical music, dance, circus, drama and visual arts.
A gallery assistant stands on the new spiral staircase at Tate Britain in central London. The £45m transformation of the gallery was unveiled on Monday.
A stall selling masks depicting the devil, and believed to ward off evil if hung outside homes, outside a makeshift shelter on a highway on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
An artisan works on clay idols of Hindu god Vishwakarma ahead of the festival named after the god in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar.
Russian contortionist Zlata poses at the start of the international contortionists conference in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. The event will see participants from 16 countries.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainers perform on the Royal Mile as the festival enters its final weekend on Friday in Edinburgh, Scotland. The largest performing arts festival in the world has been running for the past three weeks and has enjoyed an increase in venues and visitors compared with previous years.
A visitor on Friday walks past cut-outs of Eames furniture suspended from the ceiling at the Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. The exhibition, which showcases the life and work of US designers Charles and Ray Eames, features more than 100 artefacts including furniture, photos, paintings and films.
A wooden carving of the “Virgin of the Seven Sorrows and Mother of all those who cry”, by Spanish artist Francisco Romero Zafra, is displayed in a church in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain
Edinburgh International Festival director Sir Jonathan Mills launches the programme for this year’s festival during a photocall at the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in the Scottish capital. This year’s theme is the interaction between art and technology, and the programme features spectacles such as the music of Beethoven staged in a spaceship.
Charles Montoya and Chantal LaRue of ‘She Dances With Fait’ pose at the Edinburgh Fringe.
A member of the public has her picture taken with a street performer during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Comedians, musicians, dancers and actors from more than 40 countries have taken to the streets and stages of the Scottish capital for the next month. Organisers said 2013 will be a record year with 2,871 shows to be performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues.
Laura Cairns promotes the show Hag at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which opens on Friday with a record number of acts. Comedians, musicians, dancers and actors from more than 40 countries will take to the streets and stages of the Scottish capital until August 26 in what is said to be the world’s biggest arts festival. During the course of the event, 2,871 shows will be performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues, an increase of 6.5 per cent on last year’s programme.
Huge statues are shown in the early morning at the tomb of King Antiochus on top of Mount Nemrut near Adiyaman, southeastern Anatolia, Turkey. Nemrut (Nemrut Dagi) is a 2,134m high mountain, notable for its tomb, which was probably built for king Antiochus Theos of Kommagene who believed he was a descendant of Apollo in the first part of the first century BC. On two sides of the mountaintop terraces were set up for statues representing Apollo, Fortuna, Heracles and Zeus. The Mount Nemrut ruins were discovered in 1881 and declared a UN World Heritage Site in 1987.
Vocal ensemble I Fagiolini sing in St Bartholomew the Great church as Bridie Hooper of Circa performs ‘Stirrups’ on a high wire above on Tuesday in London. The show is part of the City of London Festival in which audiences will see and participate in music, dance, art, film and poetry performances in some of London’s iconic spaces and venues.
A visitor looks at artist Ron Arad’s work ‘Blame the Tools’ during a press preview of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition on Wednesday in London. The world’s largest open submission contemporary art exhibition will feature over 1,200 works and opens to the public from June 10 to August 18 2013.
A woven willow installation called ‘Spatial Place’ by artist Laura Ellen Bacon is displayed at the Collect art fair at Saatchi Gallery on Thursday in London. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the art fair for contemporary objects runs from May 10-13 and brings together works from 32 galleries and 11 Project Space artists.