The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

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The Leopard (open in ceinemas nationwide from Friday 27 August)

Luchino Visconti's adaptation of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel on Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento. Recently premiered in Cannes, this digital restoration has enhanced the visual qualities of this striking, 1963 Palme d'Or-winning original.


Notting Hill Carnival (until 30 August)

The annual Caribbean carnival attracts visitors from all over the globe, and music is at the heart of its attraction. Traditional sounds of steel pan, soca, samba and calypso are complemented by the likes of Rampage and Major Lazer Sound Systems offering up hip-hop, dancehall and grime on Monday's parade day.


"Picasso: Peace and Freedom" at Tate Liverpool (until 30 August)

This weekend is your last chance to see this original insight into Picasso's life as a tireless activist and campaigner for peace. Picasso joined the Communist Party in 1944; this exhibition focuses on the postwar period of his life by bringing together his key works relating to war and peace.


Penguin, Puffin and the Paperback Revolution (Radio 4, Thursday 2 September, 11am)

The children's author Michael Morpurgo tells the story of Penguin Books, established 75 years ago by his father-in-law, Sir Allen Lane. Morpurgo discusses the revolutionary impact of the affordable, well-designed paperback with historians, family members and current Penguin authors.


Edinburgh Festival Fringe (until 31 August)

The last weekend of the arts festival usually draws the biggest crowds, and this year should be no exception. A multitude of stages with thousands of performances, including theatre, comedy, dance, opera, pop and rock.

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