From a version of The Stranger written from the perspective of its Arab characters to a film essay collection, Jane Ciabattari picks the month’s best reads.
Why are the final episodes of some series beloved and others reviled? There may be a formula for the ideal ending, writes Jennifer Keishin Armstrong.
The UK general election signals a change of key – while rock stars are becoming apathetic, pop is speaking out, writes Mark Beaumont.
Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in a dark new adaptation of ‘the Scottish play’. Nicholas Barber takes a look from the Cannes Film Festival.
The annual musical contest offers much more than cheesy pop songs. It suggests a model for European unity worth following, writes Jason Farago.
The week’s best arts and culture reads – including interviews with Edward St Aubyn and Anthony Beevor and how BB King freed the blues from tragedy.
Explore the best film, art and music events around the globe.
An exhibition of 20th Century beachwear reveals how social, sexual and cultural attitudes to bodies have evolved – through swimwear. Libby Banks finds out more.
A new book reveals the country in a different light. Photographer Stefano Cerio tells BBC Culture about recreational paradises hidden by smog.
From ‘heelgate’ to the Palm Dog to the ‘Dad bod’ – it’s been a dizzying 12 days. Here are some lessons from the film festival as it draws to a close.
Great works out of view
The Iraq pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale doesn’t shy away from the current conflict, with work addressing Islamic State. Alastair Sooke reports.