Stories about Arts & Culture from November, 2011
Tanzania: The Faces That Rocked Swahili Fashion Week
Missie Popular shares photos of models who rocked Swahili Fashion Week in Tanzania: “Swahili Fashion Week 2011 provided quite an experience! We witnessed all types of walks and poses on the runway….”
Greece: Thessaloniki declared the 2014 European Youth Capital
Yesterday, the 18/11/2011, was an extremely happy day for the city of Thessaloniki which was declared the 2014 European Youth Capital.
Cuba: Censorship in Film Festival
Generation Y says that the International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, which takes place in Cuba next month, “has been losing ground in the cultural life of Havana”, partly because of censorship.
Sao Tome and Principe: Community Radio Takes Advantage of Social Media
Somos Todos Primos (We are all cousins) [pt] is the name of an online community radio whose first letters are a clue to the country it refers to: São Tomé and Príncipe. Both its Facebook page and Ning network have a lot of activity from listeners.
Cape Verde: Delicious Blogging on Local Gastronomy
Would you like to try the Cape Verdean famous dish, cachupa? Odair Varela explains the process of preparation in a photopost [pt]. For more on gastronomy from Cape Verde, visit the blog CV Na Pontu [pt].
Korea: Benetton's New Ad Campaign Features World Leaders Kissing
Italian clothing giant Benetton is getting heat for its ad images of world leaders locking lips with their rivals or enemies, such as an image of President Obama kissing his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao. Robert from the Marmot's Hole blog commented on a photo-shopped image of South Korean President smooching...
Cameroon: A Cameroonian Artist in London
Commenting on an exhibition organized by Illy, an Italian coffee maker in London, bonaberi.com blog reports that [fr] : “The Cameroonian Alioum Moussa takes part in the exhibition as he was requested to design one of the new boxes of Illy [coffee]. “
Cameroon: 5th International Festival of Fulani Arts and Tradition
The Bilitol fulfude association is organizing the 5th international festival of Fulani arts and tradition [fr] from December 8th to December 11th 2011. The festival will take place at Yagoua, a region of the far east Cameroon. The program has scheduled the following events: “educational discussions, […] traditional games, traditional...
Zambia: Porn Video Sparks Debate on Gender, Culture and Morality
A video clip of a young female student at one of Zambia’s expensive colleges having sex with her boyfriend has surfaced on a hardcore pornography website. The case has generated a lot of debate online about culture, morality and gender in the country.
United States: What Your Kids Talk About on Facebook
For the online exhibition “Voices of Motherhood” by the International Museum of Women, Kathy Halper in the U.S. was inspired by the experience of “friending” her own daughter on Facebook to embroider copies of photos posted by teenagers on the social network. The embroideries show drunken parties, sexual innuendo, and...
Slovenia: Photography Under Legal Attack
Stefan Geens of Dliberation discusses how photography is under legal attack in Slovenia, since the country's information commissioner has decided that all faces in published panoramic photography should be blurred out – a decision with great consequences for the Slovenian photo scene.
Barbados: Contemporary Caribbean Art
Regional bloggers are excited about Barbadian artist Sheena Rose's latest work, here, here and here, with A Girl Named Natalie saying: “The clean, monochromatic lines, sparing use of colour, and subject matter that encompass Sheena’s current style in this exhibition is the epitome of what contemporary Caribbean art is about.”
Puerto Rico: “Until Death Do Us Part”
Artist Anaida Hernández presents a slideshow of the travels of her iconic piece “Hasta que la muerte nos separe” (Until Death Do Us Part) about domestic violence in Puerto Rico.
India: Aishwarya Rai's Baby and Media Madness
The latest hype in Indian media is the pregnant Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her impending child birth. Twitter users discuss all the rumors, news, controversies and opinions on this issue.
Soumyadip celebrates 11/11/11 with an incredible snapshot of his digital watches.
South Korea: Online Political Satire Show Draws Millions of Downloads
A hilarious political satire talk show, ‘Na-Ggom-su’, has gone viral in South Korea. The show, which is only available online, is filled with wild jokes and expletives, and mocks the country’s President, Lee Myung-bak and the ruling Grand National party.
Russia: Radical Feminist Band Dedicates Debut Clip to Arab Spring
“Egyptian air is good for lungs,” “Make Tahrir at the Red Square”, “Feminist whip is good for Russia” and other provoking slogans sing 3 women from the new radical feminist band “Pussy Riot.” The debut clip [ru] of the band, inspired by the Arab Spring events, features mask-wearing females with guitars...
11-11-11: Grab Your Cameras and Capture Life
Only a couple of days until 11/11/11, a date that will have people all over the world recording their lives through film and music. Participate in the 11Eleven project and One Day on Earth to leave your mark on the world.
China: Chinese power couples
Mary Ann O'Donnell has some interesting observations on Chinese power couples’ the division of labour.
Trinidad and Tobago: animated voices
ban-d-wagonist posts a video clip in which Trinidadian artist James Hackett interviews participants in the just-concluded Anime Caribe animation festival in Port of Spain.
Jamaica: perspective on Indian literature
Jamaica-based Annie Paul’s post on a recent visit to Delhi offers snapshots of two new books by Indian writers.