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Stories about Culture

16 August 2019

Vitriolic response to art exhibit tests the limits of freedom of speech in Japan

A controversial art exhibition at an arts festival in Japan has led to government criticism, threats, at least one arrest, protests by artists and questions about freedom of expression.

15 August 2019

Nepal’s only folk musical instrument museum is struggling to save rare instruments

Nepal's only museum on musical instruments is facing eviction amidst lack of support from researchers and general visitors. Global Voices talks to Ram Prasad Kadel, the founder, and curator.

14 August 2019

‘The external world doesn't know how rich Nepali literature is': An interview with author Dr. Sangita Swechcha

"Not only is [the number of] Nepali writers who write in English slowly growing but the translation of literary works from Nepali to other languages is gaining momentum too."

12 August 2019

A Brazilian journalist uses deepfake to make political satire

"They are not made to forge a reality, but a certain situation, with humour and in a critical way."

9 August 2019

The breathtaking beauty of the Caribbean showcased on Instagram

Two regional travel magazines celebrate the Caribbean's natural beauty by calling attention to its most amazing travel destinations — in print and on Instagram!

7 August 2019

Two universities sign historic agreement on slavery reparations in the Caribbean

The agreement marks the first time that a British institution has apologised for the profits it made from slavery and attaches both money and resources to help make amends.

6 August 2019

Nigerian creatives bid farewell to Toni Morrison, who wrote race into American consciousness

"The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you explaining over and over again, your reason for being." — Toni Morrison

A Hong Kong artist’s ‘surreal’ depiction of the anti-extradition protests

In addition to the Lennon Wall, the artist's work has likened the protesters to superheroes, compared protest power to Dragon Ball Z, and depicted the protesters fighting against Gozilla.

2 August 2019

‘I am a Hongkonger’: Artist Ai Weiwei on why he supports the city’s protest movement

'Freedom of expression is the most important weapon to combat authoritarianism. Authoritarians simply have no imagination, and without that, they have no future.'

It's Emancipation Day in Trinidad & Tobago — but is the country free?

"This emancipation embrace the fullness and richness of who you are, where you came from, the blood and history that's in your veins."

1 August 2019

The Gambia's truth commission continues to confront abuses under past president's regime

"Between 1994 to 2016, under President Yahya Jammeh’s regime, Gambian citizens suffered numerous human rights violations. These included murder, extrajudicial killings, torture, enforced disappearances, physical assaults..."

30 July 2019

New book presents rarely researched aspects of Myanmar's political and media transition

"But as many of the contributors noted, while the space for expression did open up, the threats against journalists and activists did not reduce."

29 July 2019

Threatened with demolition, Albania's National Theatre continues to resist despite a police raid

In Tirana, an ongoing protest against the planned demolition of the National Theatre reveals deep social and political divisions that polarize the Albanian society.

A brief history of Taiwan's indigenous Seediq tribe

Rising Voices

The Seediq tribe, one of the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan, has a history of fighting for their rights against the Japanese colonial power.

26 July 2019

Poland's artistic and architectural contributions remembered in 2019 commemoration of the 1963 Skopje earthquake

This year's annual commemorations of the earthquake include an exhibition in Poland of artworks sent to the city of Skopje by Polish artists in a show of solidarity.

From Nigeria to Zanzibar, Africa quietly played a critical role in US moon landing 

To this day, few people know about Project Mercury space stations in Nigeria and Zanzibar, part of a groundbreaking global communications network that helped pave the way for Apollo 11.

25 July 2019

Media in North Macedonia claim a Russian band has plagiarized a song by Balkan superstar Toše Proeski

A series of online articles in North Macedonia have blamed the Russian rock group Zemlyane for plagiarizing a 2007 song made by authors from Croatia for the late Macedonian pop...

24 July 2019

Online photo collection gives inside glimpse of Occupation-era Japan—and saga of Japanese-American internment

The Theodore Akimoto Family Collection features more than 250 photographs of postwar Japan.

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