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Arts and culture: The week in pictures

  • Jaws that soars

    A shark-shaped kite is carried by participants of the Bali Kite Festival in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. The festival is part of celebrations aimed at ensuring a healthy harvest. (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Full metal racket

    A headbanging reveller is silhouetted during the Wacken Open Air Festival 2013 in Wacken, Germany. The heavy metal festival draws some 80,000 fans. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

  • Band of skulls

    Dancers wearing skull masks pictured during rehearsals for Verdi’s A Masked Ball during an opera festival in the French city of Orange. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

  • Cereal killer

    A giant Dalek sculpture made of straw is prepared in Cheshire, England. The Dalek is the latest in a range of giant figures built by a local ice cream shop. (Photo: PA)

  • Soviet backdrop

    Singers Wolfgang Koch and Burkhard Ulrich at a photocall for the Bayreuth Festival production of the Richard Wagner opera Siegfried. (Photo: European Photo Agency)

  • Grass act

    Joe Newman of British band Alt-J during the band’s performance at the Splendour in the Grass festival in Byron Bay, Australia. (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Swan dive

    Ruslan Skvortsov of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet leaps during a photocall for the ballet Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House in London. (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Stair master

    A reproduction of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers is painted onto the stars outside Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

  • Painted procession

    Members of the El Salvadorean dance group Los Historiantes participates in the parade of El Correo, in the country’s capital San Salvador. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

  • A head for art

    A child takes a rest on a chair near a statue at an art exhibition in Beijing, China (Photo: AP)