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· October, 2014

Stories about Arts & Culture from October, 2014

31 October 2014

How Young, Independent Women are Making a Space for Themselves in Pakistan's Music Industry

Young and independent female artists must chart their own paths in a country with few formal music schools, where music is a skill traditionally passed from generation to generation.

India's Loud, Messy, Not-So-Happy Diwali Celebrations

What prevents Indians from addressing the environmental damages inflicted by Diwali? Is it that the public is simply ignorant about the threats to their own health and safety?

Tajikistan Still Debating the Good and Evil of Halloween

The holiday of Halloween is back on the government's agenda in Tajikistan, meaning citizens in possession of a pumpkin should beware.

30 October 2014

Anti-Censorship Play Receives Surprise Approval From Lebanon's Censors

Locked in a two-year battle with Lebanon’s General Security bureau, playwright Lucien Bourjeily never imagined his verbatim “docuplay” about the censorship process would make it past the censors.

Pioneering Trinidad & Tobago TV Personality Hazel Ward-Redman Remembered

Hazel Ward-Redman, who showcased the musical and artistic talent of young Trinbagonians through her television shows, has passed away. Fans and protégés pay their respects.

29 October 2014

Take a Photographic Tour of Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy ‘Umbrella Square’

The headquarters of the Occupy Central movement counts more than 1,600 tents, where protesters are camping out to demand free and fair elections from Hong Kong and Beijing authorities.

Blogger Argues Corporate Sponsorship Cheapening Bangaldeshi Folk Culture

27 October 2014

Russian and Ukrainian Musicians Caught Between Conflict, Bitter Rhetoric and Bans

As the Russia-Ukraine conflict unfolds, political borders turn into cultural borders, and artists on both sides suffer the consequences.

22 October 2014

Talk Show Inspires 1 Million+ Callers to Protest India's Anti-Gay Law

"Satyamev Jayate" aired an episode on October 19, 2014 called "Accepting Alternative Sexualities" that attempted to challenge misconceptions about India's LGBT community. Soon after, #FreedomForLGBT was trending on Twitter.

Learn Who's Who in Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution With ‘Mr and Little Miss Hong Kong People’

Inspired by British cartoon "Mr Men and Little Miss," commercial artist Maxwell created illustrations of the important pro-democracy protesters and government workers caught up in the Occupy Central movement.

21 October 2014

Fashion Week Turns World's Gaze on Tokyo

This is What Happens When Ricky Martin’s Hits Get an Indie Spin

The Bridge

No matter what you think about Ricky Martin, he's one of Puerto Rico's most cherished international exports who has put the spotlight on the island.

20 October 2014

Trailblazing ‘Soda Pop Anthology’ Showcases Comics by Puerto Rican Women

The anthology, published by Soda Pop Comics, an indie studio of female comics writers, wants to bring greater visibility and acceptance for women creators.

One Vibe Africa Launches Africa From the Skies

17 October 2014

Mexico's ‘Corona Capital’ Music Festival Played On Despite Heavy Rains

The weather seemed more in line with what fans could expect at Glastonbury Festival in England across the pond.

13 October 2014

How Two Tibetan Musicians Created a Novel and Forbidden Collaboration Through the Internet

By communicating through the internet, Tibetan exile musician Techung and internal Tibetan blogger Woeser were able to create a song that reaches across borders while calling attention to them.

Death By Firing Squad in Eastern Ukraine Over a Cartoon?

RuNet Echo

The rebel "culture minister" allegedly demands that a court sentence a writer to death by firing squad, and also asks to be awarded 50,000 rubles in compensation for moral damages.

Hour-Long Total Lunar Eclipse Lights Up Japan's Sky

People in Japan greeted the astronomical phenomenon on October 8 with special yoga sessions and light shows.

10 October 2014

Russian Lawmakers Will Debate Legislation Against Back Tattoos for Women

RuNet Echo

Male chauvinism and homophobia are nothing unique to Russia, but it’s hard to ignore how the Duma’s new effort to protect women from tattoos dovetails with current reactionary trends.

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