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Stories about Arts & Culture

26 October 2016

Carnival Designer Apologises for Insensitivity to Trinidad's Colonial Trauma, But Was It Enough?

"Our history is complicated and troubling and painful and horrendous.... Asking that those complications be acknowledged is not censorship. It is a cry against continued erasure."

22 October 2016

A Short History of Halloween in Japan

Halloween in Japan has become a creepy tour de force. But trick-or-treating has never caught on. Why?

20 October 2016

Young Skaters in Rural South Africa Shred It Up in ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’

Skateboarding isn't popular in South Africa, especially in black communities. As one young Zulu puts it, "We are skateboarders because we want to live a life which is good...and awesome."

19 October 2016

Macedonia's Lake Ohrid Awaits You

The Bridge

Far from the frenzy of the capital, the cities of Ohrid, Struga and Bitola in southern Macedonia's offer history, culture, cuisine, biodiversity and some truly astounding landscapes.

17 October 2016

A Japanese Artist's Highly Realistic Paper Sculptures Are Coming to the US

"My animal sculptures, made from an accumulation of newspapers, might perhaps be portraying ourselves and our lives, on many levels."

16 October 2016

Mobs, Memes, Meanings, and Minds: Meet Porto's Medialab for Citizenship

The city of Porto, Portugal, is nearly ready for the ninth installment of “futureplaces”—a convention that combines citizen labs, performances, presentations, and debate.

14 October 2016

From London to Kingston, British-Jamaican Artist Mike Stanley Speaks the Language of Paint

"The environment affects you. [...] This annual trip, from Jamaica to the UK, made me recognize the huge difference in the light. The way you see color changes."

Some Japanese People Really Thought Haruki Murakami Would Finally Win the Nobel Prize This Time

Every year Japanese people wait in anticipation for Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. And every year they are disappointed.

13 October 2016

South Asians Celebrate American Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature

"The argument for Dylan would rest squarely on the quality and influence of his work over the years, and the fact that they have now become classics of modern poetry..."

12 October 2016

Blinded, Married, and Turned Loose in the Ring: Three Stories of Girls in Modern-Day India

Global Voices reviews a few stories covered by the Video Volunteers community's citizen journalists, showing how girls in India face and cope with various gender-related challenges.

10 October 2016

Turkish Village Preserves “Bird Language” in a Cell-Phone World

“Our purpose is to promote bird language to our country and to the world.”

6 October 2016

Why Is Indigenous Singer Delfín Quishpe Such a Polarizing Figure in Latin America?

"Why should I worry about what people say? Everyone has their culture."

Boy Bands, Ballet and Battles over Masculinity in Central Asia

"They shouldn't come here. We are for national traditions, wherein a man is a man, and a woman is a woman."

4 October 2016

The Singaporean Prime Minister's ‘Simple’ Bus Breaks With India's VIP Culture

"We should learn from him and do away with this VIP culture in India."

The Updated Australian National Dictionary Is Here to Teach You ‘Dinkum’ Aussie English

The second edition of the Australian National Dictionary has an additional 6,000 entries from down under to help you learn the local lingo.

2 October 2016

The Women Who Resisted Uruguay’s Dictatorship Get a Film Honoring Their Heroism

Manane Rodriguez's “Migas de Pan” tells the story of a group of women tortured and sexually abused by Uruguay's dictatorship, set thirty years after the regime's fall.

Tourist Video Featuring Ancient King Tests the Boundaries of Artistic Expression in Thailand

"If (the cultural ministry) monopolises any form of art, drains it of involvement by the common man, that art is likely to go extinct."

1 October 2016

Morocco Is Hollywood’s ‘Door to the Dessert,’ But It’s Also Much More

Morocco has always been one of the most popular filming sites in the world, where many international filmmakers have shot some of their hit movies.

30 September 2016

French Diversity Raises an Eyebrow at Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘Our Ancestors Are the Gauls’ Declaration

"When you're six years old and you read that your ancestors were Gauls, with fair hair and blue eyes... it wasn't only us who giggled, it was the teacher, too.”

28 September 2016

A Lavish Iranian TV Series Revises the History of the 1953 Coup for the Post-Nuclear Deal Age

The Bridge

Iran's 1953 coup d'état is widely depicted as a rupture in the modern history of Iran. It is also a Pandora’s box filled with contested narratives.

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