Entertaiment can refer to an event, activity or experience that is entertaining and gives pleasure. It can also refer to a form of artistic expression such as a drama, music or dance performance. It can also be a work of fiction such as a story or novel. It may be a part of a cultural festival or ceremony, or may have a serious purpose such as in the case of religious celebration or satire.
The famous story of Scheherazade from the Persian professional storytelling tradition is an example of how entertainment can inspire a retelling in another medium such as music (Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Szymanowski), film or even a video game. Bates and Ferri (2010) describe entertainment as an activity that is understood objectively, involves communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure and requires a passive audience.