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· April, 2012

Stories about Arts & Culture from April, 2012

23 April 2012

Panama: Poor But Not Forgotten Thanks to Online Videos

Coco Solo was once a United States Navy submarine base on the Panama Canal Zone, near Colón, Panama. Today, Coco Solo is the home of some of the poorest, most...

China: Reactions to TV Ban on Japanese Porn Star, Sola Aoi

Chinese netizens are frustrated by the government's ban stopping Japanese porn star Sola Aoi from appearing in television shows. To show their support, they displayed a slogan at a Guangzhou...

Cuba: Omni Zona Franca in New Orleans

22 April 2012

Jordan: New Website for Short Stories

Armenia: Human Rights Organizations Concerned by Film Festival Obstruction

After threats, intimidation and incitement to violence led to the cancellation of a film festival to be held in Armenia's second largest city of Gyumri, nationalists have attacked a human...

21 April 2012

Costa Rica: Climbing up Chirripó, the Country's Tallest Peak

The tallest peak in Costa Rica is the Chirripó, at 3820 meters (12,533 feet) above sea level. Throughout the years, it has drawn many locals and foreigners to climb up...

Angola/Mozambique: Emerging Platforms for Artistic Production

This Week in the Caribbean Blogosphere

In last week's summary of the regional blogosphere, a young comtemporary artist from Barbados made the observation that the region is “more than the beach and coconuts.” Here's a round-up...

19 April 2012

Spain: Call for worldwide entries for the Barcelona International Audiovisual Festival

Mexico: A Toy Collection Could Change the Future of Mexico

A 65 year old man had a personal collection with more than a million old toys, mostly made in Mexico. Mexican Architect Robert Shimizu, along with his son, decided to...

Palestine: Launch of “100 Palestinian Blog Posts” Competition

On April 15, youth organization Diwan Ghazza announced a competition that is open to Palestinian bloggers everywhere. The idea is to collect the best 100 Palestinian blog posts, and then...

Egypt: “Blog About Nubia” Day

In an attempt to highlight the situation of the Nubian community in Egypt and to challenge stereotypes about them, a day of blogging and tweeting about their cause took place...

18 April 2012

Cuba: Youth Film Festival Marked by Controversy

The 11th "Muestra Joven del audiovisual cubano" [Youth Festival of Cuban Audiovisuals] took place this year from the 3rd to the 8th of April. The festival was marked by poor...

North Korean TV Announcer Appears with Double “Kim Pins”

Botswana: Love in the Shadows

Sweden: Culture Minister in ‘Racist Cake’ Art Controversy

The Swedish Culture Minister's tasting of the controversial 'Painful Cake', representing the body of an African woman, at an art exhibition preview in Stockholm has provoked online reactions over alleged...

Iran: Mad Graffiti Week for Political Prisoners

From April 1-7, 2012 the Facebook group Mad Graffiti Week Iran called on everyone, to stencil in honor of hundreds of Iranian political prisoners. People left their marks on shirts,...

17 April 2012

Morocco: Opposition to Mawazine Festival Grows

As the the world struggles with the global economic crisis, Morocco's Mawazine festival may be affected by growing resentment at its cost. Mawazine is an international music festival that will...

16 April 2012

Tunisia: Book Readers to the Streets!

Following weeks of demonstrations in Tunis, a new event has been announced, called “L'avenue ta9ra”, or “The avenue reads”. The plan is for Tunisians to bring their books to Habib...