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Stories about Culture

20 May 2019

The beauty of Afro-Peruvian women through Ayleen Díaz's illustrations

"By drawing different body types and different hair textures, I want people to learn how everything is beautiful."

Western Balkan countries look at the past and the future at the Venice Biennale 2019

Among the participants at the Venice Biennale are the Western Balkan countries, which see it as an excellent opportunity to showcase the art and promote their artists, beyond their borders.

17 May 2019

Jamaica’s ‘Voices for Climate Change’ spreads its message with music

One forward-thinking NGO is promoting smart environmental practices by harnessing artistic talent to do outreach and raise awareness about climate change.

30 years after the Tiananmen Massacre: An interview with survivor Zhou Fengsuo

"It is becoming more and more difficult to demand responsibility for June 4th. Do you still have any hope?"

14 May 2019

Chased by dogs on Google Street View Japan

A cute dog on Google Street View has gone viral on Japanese Twitter, resulting in more than 100,000 retweets.

13 May 2019

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina: ‘Even in Russia, social media is still an effective method for uniting people’

RuNet Echo

Masha Alyokhina talks art, activism, and feminism in Russia -- and why a new cold war is coming.

10 May 2019

In India, Rooh Afza lovers rejoice as the drink returns to shelves in time for Ramadan

After months without the beloved drink Rooh Afza, Muslims in India can now breathe a sigh of relief as it returns to shelves just in time for Ramadan.

6 May 2019

Do you really need to learn Japanese to live in Japan?

The Bridge

The more hard-won the lessons we learn about the country, the more some of us realize how mundane life in Japan actually is.

3 May 2019

Running counter: An interview with a French publisher of Turkish literature

"Kontr is a publishing house, and a home where one invites the ones he likes, it is not a factory aimed at producing goods, labels or at making money."

2 May 2019

Ugandan pop star politician Bobi Wine pens song on police brutality during house arrest

Ugandan musician and MP Bobi Wine's new song "Afande" critiques police brutality with a message of love and unity. "Why beat me? There is no difference between me and you!"

26 April 2019

Cultural heritage and stray dogs under siege in Baku's Formula 1 rerun

"Every year, we invest in Formula 1 but not in our education system? Why?"

This Argentinian project documents street art from all over Latin America

Born during the 1998-2002 Argentinian economic depression, Arte Callejero began paying attention to visual, artistic responses to the crisis.

23 April 2019

A conversation with the creator of FindyourB, a podcast for soul-searching Kazakh millennials

A podcast that examines identity and value systems is attracting young people in Kazakhstan.

Leica's promo video referencing Tiananmen Square massacre went viral on Chinese social media. Then, it disappeared.

Advox

For days, users were forbidden from writing the words "Leica" in English and "徕卡" in Chinese on Weibo.

20 April 2019

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

17 April 2019

China's Censored Histories: Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Advox

The crackdown on internet freedom in early June has become an iconic source of panic for the Communist Party of China.

16 April 2019

New online database catalogues nearly 40,000 photos from Japanese wartime occupation of China

A new online database of nearly 40,000 historical images offers a glimpse of life under the wartime occupation of northeast China by Japan.

Material Culture art exhibition communicates deep personal experiences to transcend cultural borders

The Bridge

The exhibition features the work of five Iran-born artists who use “nonrepresentational forms” and a range of materials to create a visual language that communicates deep personal experiences and transcends...

15 April 2019

‘I invented the term Afroczech': An interview with Czech-Nigerian author Obonete Ubam

Obonete Ubam is a Czech-Nigerian author who describes how he came to embrace his African heritage in a newly published book that became a media sensation in the Czech Republic.

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