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· July, 2019

Stories about Arts & Culture from July, 2019

Threatened with demolition, Albania's National Theatre continues to resist despite a police raid

In Tirana, an ongoing protest against the planned demolition of the National Theatre reveals deep social and political divisions that polarize the Albanian society.

A brief history of Taiwan's indigenous Seediq tribe

The Seediq tribe, one of the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan, has a history of fighting for their rights against the Japanese colonial power.

Poland's artistic and architectural contributions remembered in 2019 commemoration of the 1963 Skopje earthquake

This year's annual commemorations of the earthquake include an exhibition in Poland of artworks sent to the city of Skopje by Polish artists in a show of solidarity.

Media in North Macedonia claim a Russian band has plagiarized a song by Balkan superstar Toše Proeski

A series of online articles in North Macedonia have blamed the Russian rock group Zemlyane for plagiarizing a 2007 song made by authors from Croatia for the late Macedonian pop...

Online photo collection gives inside glimpse of Occupation-era Japan—and saga of Japanese-American internment

The Theodore Akimoto Family Collection features more than 250 photographs of postwar Japan.

Is Mandarin Chinese the language of East Africa’s future?

As China strengthens its already robust trade and infrastructural ties with Africa, Chinese-government funded Confucius Institutes to teach Chinese Mandarin are on the rise.

A prolific theatre producer is one of the latest victims in Trinidad and Tobago's homicide spiral

Tributes are pouring in across social media channels following the death of this local theatrical icon.

Victoria Espinosa: Farewell to a tireless activist for Puerto Rican theater

Puerto Ricans remember renowned artist's legacy.

As Tanzania bans plastic bags, activists launch 300 youth environmental clubs in Dar es Salaam

These environmental activists teach young people in Dar es Salaam about the importance of nature conservation and the threat of single-use plastic on the environment.

Azerbaijani artists win fight to save a prayer house-turned-cinema from demolition

In a city increasingly overtaken by skyscrapers, the Salaam Cinema has become a symbol of resistance.

‘No Visa Mix': Tanzanian singeli stars denied visas to US music festival

"For those of you who still think of artists escaping to America, think about it again. It doesn’t make sense and you’ll lose the chance to see amazing performances."

Death of a fighter: Post-Yugoslav civil society bids farewell to dissident playwright Borka Pavićević

"Lack of reading is lack of Eros. And then it translates into lack of freedom."

Kim Kardashian, cultural appropriation, and genocide

While combining "Kim Kardashian", "kimono" and "cultural appropriation" into a sentence seems almost comically idiotic, cultural appropriation can be deadly, which is reason enough to take cultural appropriation seriously today.

Iran’s Draft Data Protection Act: Too little but not too late

While lawmakers wait to ratify the Draft Act, they must pay heed to international digital rights standards in the new Draft Law for the Personal Data Protection and Safeguarding

In São Paulo's outskirts, theatre groups flourish by turning social issues into stories

Formed by residents of São Paulo's outskirts, theater collectives have been gaining ground with plays in the streets that tackle questions like racism and inequality.

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