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· December, 2008

Stories about Arts & Culture from December, 2008

Trinidad & Tobago: Carnival Culture

“Minister of Culture Marlene Mc Donald has no doubts that Carnival 2009 will be a success even in the face of the global economic crisis”: Trinidad Carnival Diary is not...

Cuba: Remembering José Silvestre White

AfriClassical profles José Silvestre White, an Afro-Cuban violinist who became a composer and professor after graduating from the Paris Conservatory.

Azerbaijan: Historical Buildings

IN MUTATIONE FORTITUDO writes on the inauguration of a redesigned metro station in downtown Baku and decries the fact that the modern design does not sit well with the historical...

Fiji: Offensive ads

Oceanic writes about the debate over the culturally inappropriate ads in Fiji.

Chile: Santa Claus the Bus Driver in Santiago

Paloma Beytelman boarded a bus in Santiago, Chile to find the driver dressed as Santa Claus, who continues this tradition every year to entertain passengers [es]. She filmed a short...

Burning the Year Away: New Year Traditions

In many South American countries, it has become a tradition to burn human shaped representations of the previous year, as a way to get rid of everything bad that the...

Southeast Asia: Controversies and tragedies of 2008

In the previous post (Southeast Asia: Newsmakers of 2008), I wrote about the major events that took place in Southeast Asia. In this article, I will highlight other stories which...

Nigeria: Discussing the Christmas spirit

With the Christmas holidays coming to an end, it is time to collect a few thoughts by Nigerian bloggers on this special season of the year. While some like certain...

Nigeria: Victoriana in African costumes

Saharan Vibe features the works of British-Nigerian textile artist Yinka Sonibare who had garnered international recognition with his Victorian historical figures dressed in Dutch wax African print costumes. The post...

Rare Brunei stamp

Rozan Yunos writes about a rare 6c Brunei stamp issued during the Japanese Occupation.

The Death of Ai Iijima, the End of an Era

For many men in Taiwan, this Christmas Eve was a day of regret and disappointment. It is not because that at this eve some of us would need to spend...

UAE: World's First Refrigerated Beach

Dubai's new Palazzo Versace Hotel is set to feature the world's first refrigerated beach, reports Norma of Bloggin’ Banat. She comments: “Clearly, nature is no obstacle for this lavish playground....

2008: A turbulent year for South Asia

Looking back on the events that rocked South Asia in the year 2008 we see that terrorism took the center stage in many places in this region. This was also...

Guadeloupe: Why not celebrate Kwanzaa as well?

Besides the traditional celebration of Christmas, Guadeloupean people have recently taken up a new celebration: Kwanzaa, which starts on December 26 and lasts until January 1.

World Runner Comes to Jordan

Danish Runner Jesper Olsen is running around the world crossing four continents to promote running as something all cultures have in common.The Danish Ambassador to Jordan HE.Thomas Lund-Sørensen writes about...

Serbia: Christmas in January

Belgraded explains the advantages of celebrating Christmas in January.

Morocco: A Moroccan Christmas

As Morocco is primarily a Muslim country, the majority of its residents do not celebrate Christmas. Still, bits and pieces of the holiday can be found, thanks to French influence...

Martiniquan blogger remembers Eartha Kitt

le blog de [moi] notes cat woman Eartha Kitt's passing [Fr].  She died of colon cancer Thursday at the age of 81.  “Talented and devilishly sexy, she saw it all.”

Southeast Asia: Newsmakers of 2008

For Southeast Asia, 2008 was a year of terrible disasters, both natural and man-made. Rice consumption was reduced, milk products were contaminated with melamine, jobs were lost, bloggers were arrested,...

Macedonia Timeless

On December 24, 2008, there was a presentation of a promotional video for Macedonia – “Macedonia Timeless.” The video is written and directed by Milcho Manchevski (an Academy Award nominee...

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