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Stories about Arts & Culture

30 June 2020

Short film demonstrates what it can be like to be black in Japan

A boy must endure and somehow learn, own his own, how to deal with the racist taunts of his new classmates.  

29 June 2020

Netflix picks up ‘Resgate,’ the first Mozambican film to appear on the platform

African productions are gaining traction on the platform.

Protest art in the streets of Tripoli: An interview with Lebanese artist Batool Jacob

Batool Jacob paints on topics related to the Lebanese protests through a feminist and libertarian lens.

27 June 2020

Taking down statues: France confronts its colonial and slave trade past

Amid global action against racism, France has been divided for several weeks over what to do about statues of historical figures that are connected to slavery and colonialism.

20 June 2020

Viktor Tsoi: The undying icon of Soviet dissident rock

RuNet Echo

Fans of Soviet rock star Viktor Tsoi mark his birthday, June 21, remembering his freedom-loving songs that still resonate three decades after his death in 1990.

17 June 2020

Jamaica’s Brian Heap, Caribbean regional winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, talks storytelling

"Jamaican language [...] is designed to subvert the English language. I love its frequent juxtaposition of archaic English words and African expressions and syntax, [...] used to sometimes devastating effect."

Speaking with Jamaica’s Brian Heap, Caribbean regional winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

"Jamaica is so rich in stories [...] It’s so important for us to delve into the inner life of Jamaican subjects."

16 June 2020

How can Nepal's literary tradition make its mark on the global scene?

Director of Global Literature in Libraries Initiatives shares insights into how Nepali literature can reach wider audiences.

A new game plays with ideas about how disinformation works in East Africa

AdvoxCOVID-19

"Chose Your Own Fake News" is an online game that teaches new internet users how to be more discerning about the information they receive and encounter in digital spaces.

10 June 2020

How Kazakhstan's youth are forging their own national identity

A feud between a lesbian activist and a boxer has galvanised a new generation's interest in pushing at the boundaries of Kazakh national identity

The magic of paper and ink: A conversation with Iranian-American artist Hadieh Shafie

Born in Iran and raised in the US, Hadieh Shafie is fascinated with reimagining the book form, drawing textual forms and exploring color and its emotive power.

8 June 2020

The mural will not be whitewashed: How dissident poet Joseph Brodsky continues to inspire free-thinking Russians

RuNet Echo

The 80th anniversary of the birth of Russian poet Joseph Brodsky was marked in Russia by an incident highlighting the special place writers still hold in Russian political culture.

4 June 2020

Art as a true act of resistance: A conversation with theatre actor Juan Pablo Mazorra

"I believe that theatre will change the world, or at least one world, that of the individual."

2 June 2020

Making Swahili visible: Identity, language and the internet

Rising Voices

Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, but its visibility online is dismal. Kenyan language activist Bonface Witaba is working to change this.

29 May 2020

Explore beauty and heritage in the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand while staying at home

Southeast Asian countries have lost millions of visitors but none of their branding know-how.

28 May 2020

COVID-19 tune educates, empowers Indonesia’s remote Marapu community

Rising VoicesCOVID-19

"Let’s just stay at home. Let’s wash our hands diligently to protect our health and lives."

27 May 2020

A Yorùbá language activist strives for linguistic diversity in digital spaces 

Rising Voices

Adéṣinà Ọmọ Yoòbá, a Nigerian Yorùbá language and culture advocate, is keen to bridge the cultural and linguistic digital divide.

Art series sheds light on the marginalization of indigenous Tharus in Nepal

‘Masinya Dastoor’, an art series of young artist Lavkant Chaudhary, delves into the history of chronological marginalization of the indigenous Tharu community in Nepal over the past decades.

23 May 2020

‘Born Ya': Speaking with Jamaican fine artist Judy Ann MacMillan about her new autobiography

"Fine art itself is under intense challenge in Jamaica, as it is elsewhere. The tenets [...] are in conflict with social improvement, political messages and democratic ideas."

21 May 2020

Fighting and writing for Moldova's place in the pantheon of world literature

"Foreign publishers doubt the literati of this small and little known place. Can they really write something remarkable? Of course they can!" exclaims Moldovan novelist Iulian Ciocan.

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