Stories about Arts & Culture from January, 2015
The Khabarovsk Airport Logo Is a Viral Sensation. It's Also a Flying Bear.
Given the excitement the logo has generated on the RuNet social media, it will probably bear the public relations fruit the airport had hoped for.
Cape Town's Fancy Galada Sings to Heal Herself and Others
Fancy Galada grew up quickly, taking care of her younger siblings at age 10. And at times it was terrifying. She sings to help herself heal from those early experiences.
A Musical Feast: Puerto Rico Indie's List of the Best 14 Albums of 2014
Although 2014 ended almost one month ago, it is never too late to enjoy the blog Puerto Rico Indie's service to curious ears.
Five Issues that Matter to Kyrgyzstan's Girl-Activists
Kyrgyzstan's 'Devochki-Activistki' are young girls fighting for gender equality in schools and within families. Meet them ahead of their appearance at the Global Voices 2015 Summit in Cebu.
The Original Santa Claus is Under Threat from the Turkish Construction Industry. So is Much of Turkey's Unique Heritage
Turkey's construction-crazed government is talking up the country's rich cultural heritage in an effort to reap tourist dollars. But Ankara is better at promoting historical legacies than preserving them.
Twitter Mocks Anti-Muslim Comments with #FoxNewsFacts after ‘Expert’ Says Birmingham, England is ‘Totally Muslim’
Twitter users quickly got into the game, trending #FoxNewsFacts globally. Social search engine Topsy reports that the tag has been tweeted more than 400,000 times this week.
Dance Lessons Over Skype Connect Baghdad and New York City
Dance instructor Sean Scantlebury and his student Aadel Qies live on different continents, but that hasn't stopped them from holding dance classes and feeding Qies' passion for dance.
Tripoli's Torched Library Finally Re-Opens in Lebanon
Kafana Samtan announced the project was successfully funded thanks to 306 people who donated anywhere from $5 to $100. The $35,000 required to rebuilt the library was raised.
Horrific Hokkaido Bear Attack Repackaged as Cute Japanese Tourist Attraction
"I'm not sure if the warm and friendly image of the bear here is quite appropriate here..."
Şanar Yurdatapan's Museum of Crimes of Thought Takes Aim at Growing Oppression in Turkey
Sanar Yurdatapan, renowned Turkish composer, song-writer and activist talks about his Museum of Thought Crimes online initiative, which aims to document violations committed by government against pro-democracy forces in Turkey.
10 Things to Love About Trinidad & Tobago Carnival
One committed Carnival blogger recounts the ten things she loves most about Trinidad and Tobago Carnival - the event that many feel is "the greatest show on earth".
Sierra Leone: An Unlikely Fashion Hotspot
Freetown Fashpack is a fashion blog by an Australian living in Freetown, Sierra Leone who intends to show a different side of a country commonly associated with civil war and blood diamonds: My name is Jo Dunlop and I’m an Australian living in Freetown, Sierra Leone. After moving here in 2011,...
Japanese Singer Sports Hitler Moustache in New Year's Political Statement
Why was Keisuke Kuwata wearing a Hitler moustache during his performance? He hasn't said why, but some think it was meant to criticise Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Young Brazilians Are Creating Radio Jingles to Promote Sustainable Amazon Development
Youth in the Brazilian Amazon community Cabelo Seco are taking the lead through a radio project, supported by Rising Voices, to promote sustainability through traditional, digital, and innovative means.
Jamaica Loses a Visionary With the Passing of Artist Peter Dean Rickards
One Twitter user, mourning the artist's death, remembered him saying, "I just wanna cause enough shit to be a good bar story for a hundred years or so." Mission accomplished.
Corruption, Climate Change and Chik-V Stole Headlines in the Caribbean in 2014
A mass outbreak of the Chikungunya virus and an environmental activist's hunger strike along with several good news stories were the talk of the Caribbean's blogosphere in 2014.
Lovers of the Middle East, Unite!
Two lovers have started collecting 100 love stories from around the Middle East to show the world that the Arab Uprisings brought about unique social change.
Puerto Rican Writes ‘2014 Political Folk Song of The Year’
"I hope this song breathes power and humanity back into all people who feel targeted by violence and oppression," says singer songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra.