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Germany's legendary Bayreuth opera festival, dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner, opened Monday with extremely tight security in the wake of a series of deadly attacks in the country.

Interview: Michael Zinn talks Photozinnthesis, art studio, music Special

Michael Zinn, the owner and operator at ShutterHut Creative Studio, as well as the creator at Photozinnthesis, chatted with Digital Journal.

Review: Unreachable starring Matt Smith mixes comedy and tension Special

A new play 'Unreachable' is currently running at the Royal Court Theater in London. The play features former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, and the script was unusually developed during the play's rehearsals.

Security fears loom over Bayreuth opera fest

Germany's legendary Bayreuth opera festival dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner opens Monday, but security fears and off-stage drama threaten to cast a long shadow over the 140-year-old event.

Review: ‘Hamlet’ in Toronto’s High Park scores with strong lead, energy Special

How do you scrunch “Hamlet” down to ninety minutes without killing the plot or losing too many of the great soliloquies? Sounds like an impossible task, but Canadian Stage manages to pull it off in a surprisingly solid High Park production.

Review: Fast-paced staging fires up ‘All’s Well’ in Toronto’s High Park Special

“All’s Well that Ends Well” is a famous title, but it’s not one of William Shakespeare’s better-known plays. This year, Canadian Stage is tackling this rarely remounted work with a wide comedic onslaught – mostly to its advantage.

Thousands of people strip and paint themselves blue — All for art

Over 3,200 people, representing 20 countries, stripped naked and painted themselves in four shades of blue on Saturday, July 9, to celebrate the English city of Hull's relationship with the sea.

Review: Breakfast at Tiffany's on the London stage Special

A stage version of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' is playing in London, featuring singer Pixie Lott. The version holds more true to Capote's novella than the Hepburn film adaptation, although the play keeps certain of the movie's elements.

Taboo or not taboo? Artists expose naked truths in Pakistan

Mohammad Ali sits before a painting of a semi-naked man and declares his work has never been censored in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where an artistic vanguard are challenging taboos in the chaotic city of Karachi.

French poet Yves Bonnefoy dies aged 93

Yves Bonnefoy, France's most famous contemporary poet and celebrated translator of Shakespeare whose poems were translated into 30 languages, has died at the age of 93, officials confirmed Saturday.

Oscars organizers invite women, minorities in diversity push

Almost half the 683 people invited this year to join the organization that bestows the Oscars are women and nearly as many people of color, the body announced in a bid to honor its vow to push for more diversity.

Christo artwork a 'waste of public money': Watchdog

An Italian consumer group said Saturday it suspected artist Christo's popular floating walkway on a lake had involved an unreasonable waste of public money.

Thousands flock to Christo work to walk on water

Thousands of people stepped out onto the latest work by renowned artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in northern Italy Saturday, seizing their chance to "walk on water".

Famed artist Christo invites public to walk on water

Renowned artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff can walk on water. And thanks to him so can you.

Art hooks up with tech: A marriage made in…? Special

Imagine what Leonardo da Vinci could do if he had a chance to develop an app for the iPhone or what Picasso could have done with PhotoShop. As the New Museum’s Julia Kaganskiy describes it, “Artists wield new tools to create new stories.”

Back to back: Dutch expo reveals art's surprising side

For centuries many have pondered what lies behind the Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile, but it was more of a rhetorical question. Now art lovers can literally discover what the back of Da Vinci's masterpiece looks like.

Photographer Tunick plans nude demo against Trump's 'hate'

American photographer Spencer Tunick, famous for his pictures of huge crowds of naked people, is not a fan of Donald Trump.

'Selfie' statue in Sugar Land, Texas sparks criticism and anger

The city of Sugar Land, Texas recently installed two statues in the town square's public plaza, part of a 10-piece collection donated by a Sugar Land resident to the City. One statue, called "Selfie," has residents up in arms.

Louvre to evacuate artworks as Paris flood waters rise

The Louvre museum in flood-hit Paris said it would close on Friday to evacuate artworks held in its underground reserves as the River Seine began to burst its banks.

Proust's personal archives sell at auction for $1.3 mn

Intimate letters, personal photographs and rare manuscripts that once belonged to French writer Marcel Proust have sold at auction for 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million).

Ukranian art buyer hands back stolen Dutch masterpiece

A Ukranian art buyer has handed back a missing 18th-century painting stolen a decade ago from a Dutch museum, bringing the total number of masterpieces retrieved from the heist to five, officials said on Monday.

Museum of Russian impressionist art opens in Moscow

A museum of Russian impressionist art opened in Moscow on Saturday amid efforts to promote the country's little-known art movement to a global audience.
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