· April, 2006

Stories about Arts & Culture from April, 2006

Barbados: Say no to Passa Passa

  17 April 2006

“Passa passa” events, which are also causing a stir in Grenada, have arrived in Barbados as well, according to Barbados Free Press, who notes that the story has also been picked up by Russian news service Pravda. “We must congratulate the Royal Barbados Police Force for moving against this bit...

Village cricket match, Caribbean-style

  17 April 2006

Easter Sunday cricket match — Howsen Village, Trinidad. From caribbeanfreephoto At this time of year, thoughts in the English-speaking Caribbean turn to the game of cricket. Travel around any of the region's former British colonies and you're likely to come across greens like this one, located in Howsen Village, Trinidad....

Cambodian film festival

  14 April 2006

The theme for this year's Cambodian Film Festival is “Independent Visions”. The organisers are seeking Cambodian and non-Cambodian entries. Diacritic.org has the details.

Happy water festival – mind the elephant gun

  14 April 2006

This week four countries in South East Asia celebrated their traditional new year. In Thailand the festival is known as Songkran. Usanee tells us why the people in Thailand look forward to this festival. I am so happy to have 5 days off. It is the longest holiday I would...

Nicaragua: Semana Santa

  14 April 2006

It's Friday and someone is being dragged in chains through the streets of Masatepe, about to be hung. Jason of Nicaragua Travels explains why.

Belize: Iguana season

  13 April 2006

It's iguana season in Belize, writes Simone Engeln: “If you were to drive though Belize these days, you would notice people standing by the side of the road holding up Iguanas. These are not their pets. They are offering them to you to buy. Again, not to keep as a...

Bahamas: Cultivating tolerance

  13 April 2006

Sir Arthur Foulkes assesses tolerance levels in the Bahamas in light of reactions to the docking of a gay cruise ship and the banning of the film “Brokeback Mountain”.

Happy year 2549

  13 April 2006

Today is the first day of the year 2549 in some South East Asian countries. Lao ocean girl describes the calendar system used in these countries.

Coinciding festivals

  13 April 2006

Toe, a Filipino blogger now living in Cambodia tries to figure out why the holy week, the Cambodian new year and several other events from different cultures coincide around the same time of the year.

Japan: Celebrity fanfare

  13 April 2006

Have you heard of the leather-clad hip-thrusting Japanese celebrity Razor Ramon Hard Gay? A post on the Gen Kanai blog gives a thorough introduction: “A group of fansubbers have started to do fansubs of Razor Ramon's Hard Gay comedy sketches. They have a wiki, and a forum and put their...

Pulse of the Saudi Blogosphere

It had been a relatively quiet week in the Saudi blogosphere this week. However, several good posts can be found by bloggers from inside the country, and also by those who live abroad. So, let's get it started… A new community website for Saudi bloggers has been causing much controversy,...

Nigeria: Star Factor

  13 April 2006

Adefunke on Adefunke posts on a new Nigerian talent show called Star Factor – auditions are now being held in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, Jos, Makurdi and for some reason London.

Ukraine: Taras Shevchenko

  13 April 2006

Aussiegirl of Ultima Thule writes about her maternal great-grandfather's extraordinary reverence for Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian national poet, the man who “was born a serf” and whose “freedom was purchased by the sale of an auctioned portrait by some noblemen and artists who recognized his talent.”

Polish Blogosphere Update

  13 April 2006

On the literary front, As the Warsaw Crow Flies notes the death of Polish author Stanislaw Lem. On Lem, Warsaw Crow writes: Having only read his novel Solaris, I can't say I'm at all familiar with his work. But from that one book it was clear just what an exceptionally...

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