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Stories about Arts & Culture

A century of Etel Adnan: a mountain who leaves behind mountains

With colourful palettes, careful strokes and moving poetry, mountains were sensual beings in Adnan's artwork, regarded in confluence with the skies and earth, erupting in volcanoes.

Making Turkish music in Hungary: Can this be a ‘Nasip Kısmet’ moment?

How fortunate is it to be able to play Turkish folk songs in Hungary, despite the anti-immigrant, Christian-values agenda of the prime minister, Victor Orbán.

Afghan women: Finally a book that speaks from inside its society

A female Afghan writer has just released "The Mountains Have Witnessed: The Story of a Girl Who Dared for More.", a book that tells the story of Afghan women.

Cambodian rapper vows to continue writing critical songs after a year in jail for incitement

"I will not stop writing and singing my songs about my country. I will continue to educate the people through my songs and keep the patriotic spirit going."

Myanmar rappers express rage and resistance against the military regime

"Myanmar hip hop will never be silenced. We come together, not because we are the same but because we are united as one."

Could Jamaica's ‘wickedest city’ become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Jamaica hopes to get World Heritage status for Port Royal, one of only three sunken sites in the world and the only one in the Western hemisphere.

When athletes get political: Support for the Uyghurs ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics

NBA player Enes Kanter called for fellow Muslim athletes to join him in condemning the atrocities that the Uyghurs have been suffering at the hand of the Chinese government.

Activists strive to preserve urban heritage in the old part of Kazakhstan's capital

Having undergone several renaming and transformation processes, Nur-Sultan has a unique and mixed identity, which in turn reflects Kazakhstan's. Architect Temirtas Iskakov explored the nuances in an interview.

Champani youth in Cambodia find creative ways to promote their culture amid the pandemic

"During COVID pandemic and lockdown, I am able to keep myself going sane with online language classes and Cham is one of them."

A literary landscape in flux: Fiston Mwanza Mujila's take on Congolese and diasporic literature

According to Congolese-Austrian author Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Francophone African authors face a number of challenges, the first being the nature of the French literary scene.

How ‘Squid Game’ hijacked Halloween and a traditional Kenyan wedding ceremony

Despite the criticism that the series has received for its violence and gore, it has unquestionably become a global cultural phenomenon, exporting Korean pop culture to the world.

In Guatemala, ancestors are remembered with food, marimba, and ‘flowers of the dead’

Despite the fact that visits to cemeteries were restricted, people did not stop celebrating life.

‘My people, from above and afar': Havana in photos

The photos were influenced by the story of "a BEFORE and an AFTER."

The ‘Day of the Dead’ sparks painful memories of violence in El Salvador

Over the past 40 years, El Salvador has endured endless cycles of violence that cost the lives of tens of thousands of Salvadorans.

Paulina Chiziane, Mozambican writer, wins the Camões Award of 2021

Paulina Chiziane, 66, was born in Manjacaze, Mozambique and studied Linguistics in Maputo. In 33 years, this is the third time that the prize has been awarded to a Mozambican...

Cats, crows and planet Earth: drawings by Belarusian political prisoners

Drawings sent to friends and family by Belarusian political prisoners, detained in a crackdown after the 2020 elections, provide an insight into their lives.

Film festival documents stories of sustainable development in Africa

The festival will facilitate conversation and action among a diverse mix of creatives, innovators, activists and campaigners working on Sustainable Development Goals across Africa. 

Deputy from Kazakhstan says ‘Squid Game’ mirrors everyday life in the country

A parliament member in Kazakhstan said that real life in the country is comparable to the extreme poverty and struggle to survive portrayed in Netflix's Squid Game.

Indigenous artist depicts the hidden history behind the creation of Bangladesh's Kaptai Lake

Few of the tourists flocking to Bangladesh's Kaptai Lake know the dark history behind the site's creation. With a stunning visual story, artist Tufan Chakma sets out to change that.

Peter Telfer, the Trinidadian percussionist who made African drumming a church staple, goes to his Creator

"I remember the first time I heard ‘O Creator’. It woke me up because [...] it was our rhythm, it was our chant, it resonated with us, a Caribbean people."

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