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· December, 2015

Stories about Arts & Culture from December, 2015

30 December 2015

Strangest Twitter Moment of 2015? Elijah Wood Wades into the Gollum-Erdogan Spat

"You shut up. I skip all the scenes you are in anyway. You can't walk properly. You can't even throw the ring properly... indecent."

Finding the Cultural Bridges of the Middle East in Literary Istanbul

The Bridge

Conversations with literary masters in Istanbul lead Arash Azizi to ponder the cultural disconnect, especially in terms of literature, between the countries of the Middle East.

South Australians Queue for the Pungent Corpse Flower

Thousands of people have queued to see and smell a corpse flower in bloom at South Australia's Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.

32 Stories That Capture the Happiness, Heartache and Resilience of 2015

Global Voices’ community-driven newsroom worked hard this year to build understanding across borders. Take a look back at some of the people and places we learned about in 2015.

29 December 2015

Who Would Have Thought ‘Everest’ Was in Kazakhstan?

'I even have an old reflex camera, a Nikon D70 -- quite heavy, by the way. That picture was taken from a height of about 6,500 meters above sea level.'

28 December 2015

For Artists, the World Was a Canvas for Change in 2015

As 2016 approaches, revisit 16 stories from the Global Voices' archives of art with a powerful purpose.

Sri Lanka's President Says Enrique Iglesias Concert Organisers Should Be ‘Whipped With Toxic Stingray Tails’

President Sirisena didn't like that female fans hugged and kissed the pop star, nor that someone threw her bra onstage. Sri Lankans didn't take to his "moral policing" kindly.

24 December 2015

Christmas in Japan? Get Ready for Running Trees, Dazzling Lights, and Fried Chicken

Japan has its own unique approach to Christmas that includes amazing light displays, delicate cakes and delicious fried chicken.

21 December 2015

One Kanji Character Captures a Year of Uncertainty in Japan

The character 安 has been named the official kanji of 2015. The character is supposed to represent 'peace', but not always...

Public Uproar in Cambodia After City Government ‘Whitewashes’ US Artist's Mural

"The Cambodian government is sending a clear message that public art will not be tolerated. Either that or they just spat out their dummy in the most fastidious way possible."

20 December 2015

Kyrgyzstan's Take on Buzzfeed Generates Complaints (and Views) with Gender Stereotyping Listicles

'The ideal 'kelin' pours tea with her right hand, but never a full cup.'

18 December 2015

Afghan Catwalk Sparks Bitter Controversy and Hopes for a More Open Society

To some they are heroes, to others "prostitutes" that "adopted Western thoughts." In Afghanistan, the catwalk is a political battleground.

16 December 2015

Here's What Russian Internet Users Googled in 2015

RuNet Echo

In 2015, the RuNet cheered on Eurovision and hockey, but also mourned prominent Russians who passed away and followed the tragic events in Egypt and France.

15 December 2015

South Indian Singer Prosecuted for Song Critical of State Government

“A law that is repeatedly used to arrest singers, cartoonists and writers has no place in a democracy – and should be repealed.”

14 December 2015

Viral Outrage Over the Appropriation of Traditional Mexican Embroidery Is Full of Inaccuracies

Media reported that Santa María Tlahuitoltepec residents would be forced to pay royalties on their traditional embroidery because of a French company's copyright claim. Disturbing—if it were true. It's not.

12 December 2015

This Cat Calendar Is Making the Russian Orthodox Church Go Viral

RuNet Echo

The “Priest + Cat” calendar is the Russian Orthodox answer to the Italian Calendario Romano, featuring young and handsome Catholic priests, and the I gatti di Roma cat calendar.

11 December 2015

Bangladesh's Censor Board Blocks the Country's First Chakma-Language Film

There are a number of indigenous groups with unique cultures in Bangladesh. However, their lives and languages are rarely highlighted in Bangladeshi films or national broadcasts.

10 December 2015

Photographer Elyor Nematov Captures the Lives of Kyrgyzstan's Russia-Based Migrants Left Behind

When will father come home? Sometimes months, sometimes years, sometimes never.

9 December 2015

Is There Really Such Thing as ‘European Values'?

"The challenges provoked by this influx of people who search for peace and happiness in Europe cannot be solved solely with financial resources."

8 December 2015

Spot All the New Urban Murals in Kyiv With This Handy Interactive Map

RuNet Echo

Hunting down new street art and murals in Ukraine's capital has just gotten easier, with a new interactive map listing most of the locations of recent artworks.

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