Planeteer: Giant horse heads unveiled in Scotland, Harry Potter theme park headed for Japan, quiz tests your North Korea knowledge

The Kelpies. Image by Alan Weir / CC BY 2.0

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The Kelpies. Image by Alan Weir / CC BY 2.0

Giant horses ride into Falkirk
Scotland’s largest art installation has opened to the public. The Kelpies, two 300 tonne, 30m-tall horse head sculptures, sit in Helix Park in Falkirk. Artist Andy Scott took inspiration from the working horses which once pulled barges along the nearby Forth and Clyde Canal. The installation hopes to attract 350,000 people a year. Read more: bbc.co.uk

New programmes announced for Budapest’s Sziget Festival
Budapest’s Sziget Festival will be held 11–18 August this year, a week later than previous years to avoid clashes with other big festivals worldwide. Some exciting new programmes have also been announced for Sziget 2014 including Campfire Stage, where both amateurs and professionals can apply to play acoustic music and World Village, showcasing world music and featuring Roma, Hungarian folk and Afro-Latin acts. Read more: xpatloop.com

Work begins on Norway’s new National Museum
Construction has begun in Oslo on what is set to become one of Europe’s largest cultural buildings. Spread over an entire block in the city and opening in 2019, Norway’s new National Museum will house art collections from the National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. Officials say that the building is ‘humble’, despite its size, but will enable ‘new ways of displaying art’. Read more: norwaypost.no

Jämijärvi from above. Image by Alexander Savin / CC BY 2.0

Eight Finns die in light aircraft disaster
A kit plane carrying a group of skydivers crashed on Sunday near Jämijärvi, western Finland. The light aircraft appeared to suffer engine trouble shortly before it plummeted to the ground. Three passengers parachuted to safety, but the remaining eight were unable to escape. Jämijärvi airport is popular for leisure flights in the country. Read more: bbc.co.uk

Croatian Railways PR stunt backfires
A competition for Croatian students to come up with a new slogan for their national rail company went wrong when the company’s Twitter account was deluged with witty one-liners criticising the speed of rail services and the age of the trains. Entries included ‘Experience …read more


 

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