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· October, 2017

Stories about Arts & Culture from October, 2017

31 October 2017

After 121 Years, the First Indigenous Singer Performs at Brazil’s Teatro Amazonas

The theatre was built in the late 19th century with the wealth from rubber exploitation in the Amazon, which brought devastation for the indigenous communities in the forested region.

30 October 2017

Japan's Largest Diwali Celebration Featured Food, Dancing and a Naan Flatbread Mascot

Thanks to increasing ties between the two countries, the number of Indians living in Japan has increased over the past two decades to at least 28,000.

27 October 2017

Kyrgyz People of Central Asia Shocked to Be the Bad Guys in New Japanese ‘Tokusatsu’ Movie

In Japanese, the 'kyr' in 'Kyrgyz' sounds a lot like 'kill'.

22 October 2017

Why Is the US Celebrating an Iranian Socialist Wrestler?

"Takhti represented...a tradition, a universe of values with deep and ancient roots and in intense contradiction with the status quo."

Serbian Artists Arrested Following Anti-Authoritarianism Art Museum Protest

Activists were arrested for 'insulting' Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during the re-opening of a modern art museum in Belgrade.

Ukrainian Wikipedia Awards National Winners of ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ Photo Contest

The Ukrainian part of the global competition featured 356 participants, some 15,000 photos and over 1,860 natural heritage subjects.

Over 1,000 Chilean Films, Documentaries and Short Films Available Online

Curious about Chilean cinema and culture? Look no further!

15 October 2017

On Language: The Many Flavours of Persian in Eurasia

"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."

14 October 2017

Climate Change Is Claiming Aspen Groves—and the History of Basque Immigrants in the US

Basque sheep herders left their mark in remote forests across the American West across nearly a century. Now their words are being lost to climate change.

13 October 2017

In Macedonia, Memories of a Crackdown on the Ajvar Culinary Tradition Remain Fresh

"Long ago, back in 2016, everything was OK in the country, except the preparation of ajvar in public spaces. 'Around ten people have been fined for making ajvar'"

‘They Tried to Give Us One Day Back’ — Trinidad & Tobago Marks a ‘One-Off’ First Peoples Day

"How do you know you are indigenous? [...] It does not matter what we are called, we know who we are. It is you who do not recognise me."

11 October 2017

After Disqualification, Ex-Miss World Bangladesh Reveals She Is a Child Marriage Survivor

"You have been blind to the facts that she was a victim of a child marriage and became a successful model and a biker without any support from the family"

9 October 2017

Art Exhibitions Fall Into the Crosshairs of Brazilian Conservatives

"Not even in the period of the dictatorship was an exhibition with 263 works by 85 artists closed."

In a Polarized Spain, What Does It Mean to Be Spanish?

"To be Spanish is not to carry the flag, nor is it to furiously shout phrases of hate that I hope you don't feel."

8 October 2017

Malaysian Artist Paints ‘Mother Gaia’ to Call for Environmental Protection and Women’s Rights

"In the Mother GAIA series, breastfeeding is symbolic of how mother earth provides for us, feeds and sustains us."

6 October 2017

Malaysia Bans Books and Cartoons Deemed ‘Prejudicial to Public Order’

"By banning books that provoke the mind to think critically, this government of ours showed its true color of being an authority of bigotry and anti-intellectualism."

4 October 2017

Aoyagi Bisen's Beautiful Calligraphy Has Earned Her a Social Media Following in Japan

Aoyagi Bisen's video of her writing one of the most complicated Chinese characters went viral in September.

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