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· June, 2021

Stories about Arts & Culture from June, 2021

Cheap materials raise questions over Kazakhstan's expensive new urban development

A crumbling wall in Turkistan's new flagship construction project reveals the faults of fast-paced development in Kazakhstan's holiest city.

Amazon Prime TV series dangerously misrepresents Eelam Tamil narratives and histories

An Indian TV show, which launched its second season on Amazon Prime recently, landed deep in controversy for portraying the Lankan Tamils in a highly colourist and problematic manner.

Turkey: Pandemic restrictions out, new restrictions in

"Excuse me, but nobody has the right to disturb anyone at night," President Erdogan said recently about new restrictions concerning music, which drew immediate backlash.

Was Michael B. Jordan's ‘J'ouvert’ rum cultural appropriation or a missed opportunity for Trinidad and Tobago?

While Jordan may have intended to pay homage to the roots of struggle from which the joyous festival emerged, much seemed to have been lost in translation.

Portugal enters Euro football tournament with support from Angolan and Brazilian artists

The song officially belongs to Portuguese artist David Carreira, who alongside Ludmilla and Giulia Be (Brazil) and Preto Show (Angola), hopes for Portugal to win the Euro championship.

Balloons, graffiti, sports and economic power are the latest tools of Palestinian resistance

These latest acts of resistance reflect the energy brought to the movement by young people seeking their right to self-determination and to claim the spaces in which they live.

Zagor: Legendary Italian comics series that captured Balkan hearts turns 60

"It's because of Zagor that I started reading comics and my life would be very different without him."

Yemeni artist Hakim Al-Akel: ‘War imposed itself, but art will remain’

Al-Akel's work, which has been exhibited in over 80 countries and sold at Sotheby's, depicts vibrant scenes of a Yemeni daily life that preceded the ongoing war.  

‘Lying down flat’ as passive resistance in China

"You can’t stand up. But you don’t want to kneel down. Then you can only lie down flat."

Myanmar’s long history of revolutionary poets

In Myanmar's history, poets have shown solidarity with the ordinary people and have been at the frontline in every revolution.

Pop-rock music and changing attitudes to the personality cult of Josip Broz Tito

" ... the generations of children born in Yugoslavia in the 1970s reacted to the break-up of the value system that put Tito on a pedestal with a growing dose...

No wedding, no live music: Macedonian musicians protest selective reduction of COVID-19 restrictions

Performers have lost their patience, taking to the streets in protest after having been ‘thrown to the streets’ due to their inability to work.

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