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Arts and culture: The week in pictures

  • Slick Nick

    Australian musician Nick Cave performs on the last day of the Lowlands festival in Biddinghuizen in the Netherlands. (Photo: Paul Bergen/EPA)

  • Balls of steel

    Eight hundred metal orbs by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama are on display at the group exhibition The Appearance: Shine, Glamour, Illusion at the Kestnergesellschaft art forum in Hanover, Germany. The show explores the significance of brilliance, light and precious materials in contemporary art. (Photo: Holger Hollemann/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Bold as brass

    Jörg Wachsmuth, tuba player with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, performs on a giant instrument during the Dresden City Festival. (Photo: Martin Förster/EPA)

  • Java jive

    A Javanese dancer performs in a classical performance at the Ratu Boko Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

  • Out of the shadows

    A model prepares backstage ahead of the MBFWA Trends show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival at Sydney Town Hall in Australia. (Photo: Nolan/Getty Images)

  • A-mazing performance

    Bass baritone Stephen Bronk performs in a lit-up maze during the dress rehearsal of Celestial Mechanics - Displaced and Relocated at the Deutsches Oper in Berlin. The production by Sven Sören Beyer is played out over three levels of the Berlin opera house foyer and uses a 1965 piece by Mauricio Kagel as a point of departure. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

  • Pole position

    A man paints a mural inside the municipal stadium in Wroclaw, Poland. An international group of artists has been invited by the Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts to create works as part of the MADOA Multicultural Art & Design Open Air. The paintings will be open to visitors from 25 August. (Photo: Maciej Kulczynski /EPA)

  • Something in the air

    French dance company Compagnie Retouramont perform during a media preview of the Singapore Night Festival. The event, which consists of aerial performances, art and light installations, takes place over the last two weekends of August. (Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters)

  • Heart for art's sake

    A girl makes a shape of a heart with her hands at an interactive exhibition examining light and shadow in Jerusalem's Bloomfield Science Museum. (Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters)