· December, 2009

Stories about Arts & Culture from December, 2009

Africa: Contemporary African Art since 1980

  24 December 2009

Sci-Cultura reviews the book, Contemporary African Art Since 1980 by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, which looks at the work of contemporary African artists from diverse situations, locations, and generations since the past 30 years.

Bahamas: Culture Change

  24 December 2009

Bahamian Nicolette Bethel delves into the history of Stilton cheese to make a point about culture: “I’m going to argue…that culture does not just happen. Culture changes — like what is happening I write to the indigenous Junkanoo beat (which is being swallowed up by a hip-hop rhythm that is...

Bhutan: The Finer Things In Life

  24 December 2009

Liz Warren at Teaching In Thimphu looks back at her life in Bhutan focusing on three simple words – laughter, beauty and trust. “Consider your own lives and see where these three words take you,” comments Liz.

South Korea: Fan's culture

  24 December 2009

James Turnbull from the Grand Narratives wrote an interesting article about the changing fan's cultural in South Korea. Middle-aged people are more active in fan's clubs.

Lebanon: Don't Break the Egg!

  23 December 2009

The Beirut City Centre Dome, better known as "The Egg" has been threatened with demolition since 2006. Bloggers have been launching emotional appeals to save it from being destroyed. Katharine Ganly takes a look at the "Save the Egg" campaign.

Israel: Dreaming of a Utopic Middle East

  23 December 2009

An Italian born gentile living in Jerusalem, Shiksa's Laura Chiesa dreams of a utopic Middle East. “Call me naive, but I caught myself more than once daydreaming about the time were people (including me) will travel freely in the Middle East – how about an afternoon hibiscus tea in Damascus,...

Trinidad & Tobago: Preserving Lion House

  22 December 2009

Repeating Islands reports that “the Lion House in Chaguanas [Trinidad], the ancestral home of the Capildeo family (maternal relatives of writer V. S. Naipaul)” has been nominated for the upcoming National Trust Heritage Preservation Awards.

Pakistan: Wedding Season

  21 December 2009

Its winter and marriages are happening everywhere in Pakistan as its unofficially the wedding season. Muhammad Rizwan at All Things Pakistan has details.

Russia, U.S.: Brittany Murphy in Moscow on Dec. 19?

RuNet Echo  21 December 2009

LJ user becky_sharpe (Bozhena Rynska, Gazeta.ru‘s gossip columnist) claims (RUS) that actress Brittany Murphy, who died on Dec. 20 in Los Angeles, was a guest at a private party in Moscow on Dec. 19 and was [“hungover”] when she flew back home. UPDATE: a follow-up discussion (RUS) of LJ user...

Video: Impressions from the Climate Change Conference

  21 December 2009

We bring you some video impressions from people at the Climate Change Conference that took place during the first weeks of December in Copenhagen, Denmark. From protests, to dances, arts and presentations, a small sample of COP15.

Armenia: Embracing multiculturalism

  19 December 2009

Ianyan hosts a guest post responding to nationalist perceptions of identity, culture and language. The entry concludes that all nations and ethnic groups absorb other influences, benefiting from such a reality greatly while also evolving into something with their own unique peculiarities.