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· January, 2016

Stories about Arts & Culture from January, 2016

31 January 2016

Coldplay's New Video Featuring Beyonce Faces Backlash for Alleged Stereotyping of Indian Culture

"Beyonce's video is a problem because it's reductive, and uses India as a prop for capitalist gain. A land and culture she has no right to."

29 January 2016

Grandma March Day, the Balkan Tradition of Exchanging Handmade Amulets

Balkan countries have joined forces to preserve the custom and push for its inclusion on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage.

28 January 2016

Young Actors Bring Greek Mythology and Psychology to the Stages of Venezuela

The Bridge

In this Venezuelan youth theatre group's idiosyncratic adaptations of Greek classics, the roles shape the actors as much as the actors shape the roles.

Japanese TV Personality's Career Demolished After Affair With Married Musician

A relatively tame sex scandal highlights the unforgiving nature of Japan's entertainment industry.

The Nazi Plan to Relocate Jews to Madagascar, One of World War II's Forgotten ‘What Ifs’

Madagascar is not known for its role in World War II. Yet it was a central part of one of the darkest events of the war.

Crowdsourced Photography Website Showcases the Beauty of Everyday Life in Myanmar

As Myanmar prepares to pursue more reforms in the next few months, websites like Featured Collectives are essential in documenting everyday life in a rapidly changing society.

27 January 2016

Think Twice Before You Insult Peruvian Food

Peruvians can be protective of their national cuisine. Radio Ambulante's Daniel Alarcón spoke with two people who dared to speak their mind about the food, with very different results.

Don't Be Confused. The Panama Hat Is an Old Ecuadorian Tradition

Don't let name confuse you: the Panama hat comes from Ecuador and its manual crafting is a tradition and source of pride among its rural manufacturers.

25 January 2016

Old Postcards Reveal Forgotten World War I Memories in Macedonia

Made between 1914 and 1918, these photos not only document military aspects of World War I, but also provide views of places and people caught within its maelstrom.

Thanks to the New York Public Library, India’s Bygone Days Are Just a Click Away

The New York Public Library has released more than 180,000 digitized items in the public domain. Readers can now access and download these archived materials from the library for free.

24 January 2016

Social Media Slams India's Judgmental Journalist

"I wasn’t abused, I wasn’t beaten, I wasn’t molested, I wasn’t raped.” Actor Sunny Leone has moved beyond her porn star past -- why can't the journalist who interviewed her?

23 January 2016

Viewers in Trinidad and Tobago Ready the Toilet Paper for This Year’s Soca Music Competition

The International Soca Monarch competition has become a popular aspect of Trinidad and Tobago's annual Carnival celebrations, but this year's semi-finals left a lot to be desired.

Get a Glimpse of Life in ‘Fair Japan’

Japanophiles, rejoice! Many amazing images of the country can be found in the New York Public Library's digital image archive, now in the public domain.

20 January 2016

ISIS Destroys Dair Mar Elia, Iraq's Oldest Christian Monastery

Iraq's oldest Christian monastery, Dair Mar Elia, has been destroyed by the ISIS. The monastery, built in 595, is located in Ninawa, just south of Mosul.

A Venezuelan Digital Artist Defends LGBT Rights Despite Social and Political Censorship

Who's behind censorship and why? What happens when old social norms around gender are questioned? Danial Arzola, creator of the campaign 'I'm not a joke', answers these and other questions.

19 January 2016

The Three Kings Is One of Puerto Rico's Most Loved Traditions

One of the main traditions associated with the Three King's Day are the 'Promesas', or the tradition of asking the Kings to intervene in a moment of need

18 January 2016

The Creeping Politicisation of Theatre, Film and Public Media in Poland

Censorship of a play by Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek calls attention to the precariousness of state-funded art in Poland.

15 January 2016

Miss Me? Witty Hackers Put Sherlock Villain Moriarty on Kyiv Subway Screens

RuNet Echo

Social media users in Ukraine's capital Kyiv posted multiple images showing the ad screens in the subway taken over by a picture of smiling Moriarty from the BBC Sherlock series.

The African Legacy of Alan Rickman and the Harry Potter Series

Reducing the wide range of his talents to a few blockbusters doesn't do justice to Rickman's career, which involved supporting charities that benefited people all around the world.

13 January 2016

This Group Exposes Social Woes and Promotes Philippine Culture Through Street Art

"Doing street art is our way of bringing 'ART' closer to the masses. It is special for us because it's where the purest intention of an artist can be seen."

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