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· June, 2007

Stories about Arts & Culture from June, 2007

Ukraine, Russia: Serhiy Taftay's Guitar

uaMuzik tells the tale of one Ukrainian musician's legendary guitar.

Ukraine: Lviv Coffee and Food

Olechko prepares to spend August in Lviv: in this post, she writes about the newly-discovered local coffee houses and restaurants.

Ukraine: Erotic Symbolism in Folk Songs Lecture

A Ukrainian Diaspora ethnologist will give a lecture in Kyiv on Aug. 25 on the erotic symbolism in Ukrainian folk songs, Nash Holos reports.

Serbia: Bad TV

Time to do something about the state Radio and Television of Serbia (RTS): Anegdote is considering the options.

Russia: Chechen “Daimohk” to Perform in the U.S.

“Daimohk, a children’s dance group based in Grozny and trained by the former first dancer of the Chechen national theatre, will be visiting the US for their first ever tour...

Eastern & Central Europe: Feral's Back; Czech Lustration

Illyrian Gazette posts an update on the fate of Feral Tribune (it's back and financially secure), and writes about lustration and music in the Czech Republic.

Russia: Rewriting History

Kosmopolit blogs about Putin's attempts to re-write Russian history.

Iran:Persepolis pulled from Bangkok Film Festival

Cityboy informs us that the Bangkok International Film Festival dropped Marjan Satrapi's prize-winning animated movie,Persepolis.The blogger says Iranian embassy in Thailand announced that Festival managers responded positively to a request...

Bangladesh: Rediscovering cultural roots, facing challenges and acknowledging successes

“How effectively a society is able to cope with the challenges it faces depend largely on its culture.” Shahzaman Mazumder tries to find the cultural roots of Bangladesh and provides...

China: Western movies insulting Chinese?

Chong translated Lu qui lu wei's commentary on the censorship of Pirates of the Caribbean . The censorship department argued that Chow Yun Fat’s character (a Singaporean Pirate) in movies...

Japanese Enlist for Billy's Boot Camp

Billy's Boot Camp has hit Japan, and Japanese bloggers are talking all about the show's star, Billy Blanks. Athlete of the year in the USA Karete Hall of Fame and...

Singapore: Singapore's Hit Band from the 1960s

The mod-ified music blog features audio clips of an interview with two of the members of a popular 1960s local band .

Martiniquian blogger on “Fleurs du Mal”

Le blog de [moi] celebrates the 150th anniversary of Fleurs du Mal (Fr) by posting “Le Vampire” and explaining her attraction to Baudelaire's poetry: “Baudelaire speaks of death and women...

Manu Dibango's “Soul Makossa,” the original “Thriller”

Alain Mabanckou writes about famed Cameroonian musician (Fr) Manu Dibango, whose Soul Makossa has “all the rhythm, all the atmosphere” of Michael Jackson's album Thriller, although it debuted 11 years...

Trinidad & Tobago: Midnight Robber

“Ah does bade in acid and scrub meh teeth in the ashes of Caroni and grease meh foot beyond petroleum jelly…and when I laugh a roar more terrible than Ivan...

Croatia: Marko Perković Thompson

Illyrian Gazette and Balkan Baby write about the controversial Croatian singer Marko Perković Thompson and his recent concert in Zagreb. In the same post, Balkan Baby also writes about Tito's...

Mexico: Monterrey is Much More than Industry

Ocho Cuartos [ES] writes that Monterrey is much more than being the industrial capital of Mexico, but it is also ranks highly in culture.

Slovenia: Photos of Musician Tadej Kenig

Dancing Photography – Borut Peterlin posts photos of Tadej Kenig, a renowned Slovenian clarinetist, “photographed as a shepherd, in a concert suit playing a clarinet to the sheep.”

Russia: Volga Cars

The Turkish Invasion writes about and posts pictures of the Russian-made Volgas: “So you thought that the only machines Soviets built were Ladas and Tanks, but indeed they also had...

Russia: CNN International's “Eye on Russia”

Sean's Russia Blog is disappointed that it's CNN International – not CNN in the United States – that's broadcasting a whole week of daily half-hour series called “Eye on Russia:...

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