The world of arts and culture is such a vibrant and constantly evolving place that it can sometimes be difficult to keep up to speed with the latest art news and events.
New concerts, exhibitions and performances are constantly springing up, sometimes at very short notice, and if you take your eye off the ball for a second you can end up missing out on some great events.
But with the arts industry thriving and with exciting new events taking place left right and centre, how can arts lovers stay up to date with all the latest goings on?
The simple answer is to turn on your computer and get online. Indeed, there is a vast array of resources out there on the internet for arts and culture enthusiasts wishing to stay informed of all the latest developments.
The internet has totally revolutionised the arts industry, and is now the first port of call for artists looking to promote their events. It is also a fantastic way for art lovers to keep their finger on the pulse.
A huge number of websites offer up-to-date industry news and updates on new events, with many of them offering special arts calendars to keep you in touch with the areas that interest you most.
Many such sites allow you to sign up for daily, weekly or monthly newsletters which provide details of concerts and exhibitions in your area, and sometimes offer exclusive deals and information on ticket prices.
In addition, certain sites give you the chance to sign up for text message updates on the latest events. This is great if you find yourself at a loose end and need instant inspiration about which gallery or event to visit.
Social networking websites are also a fantastic platform. By ‘making friends’ with your favourite venues and arts venues, you can get the inside track on all the latest events, including lesser-known ones that you might otherwise never hear about.
Podcasts are also an excellent tool, and many venues now use these as a way of speaking directly to their clients. For art lovers, podcasts are great because they are usually free to download, regularly updated and provide all kinds of interesting information about the latest news and events in the flourishing arts industry.