The Art of Entertaiment

The clown at your kid’s birthday party, a Broadway show, a stadium rock concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip—all are forms of entertaiment. Derived from the Old French entretenir, which was associated with hospitality, entertainment aims to entertain or amuse an audience. It is an evolving form of art, from the individual selecting music to be played for private enjoyment, to a restaurant that can adapt to the needs of a couple, to performances created for thousands and broadcast to a global audience. Even familiar stories like Scheherazade, a tale in the Persian professional storytelling tradition, can inspire multiple retellings in different media.