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Uruguay's national ballet stretches to new artistic heights

Montevideo - Pirouettes and arabesques perfectly executed, dozens of dancers in a colorful assemblage of sweat pants and leotards perform an exhaustive routine at rehearsals in downtown Montevideo.

Japan student uses invisible ink to ace ninja report

Apo - A Japanese student aced an assignment on ninja culture by making her own invisible ink from soybeans in a stealthy move that impressed her professor.

Apples, church, video games — these Polish things

Warsaw - Poland, which holds a general election on Sunday, boasts more than 1,000 years of history. It was invaded by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II, then spent decades under communism. Today it is a member of NATO and the European Union....

Macron meets Ukraine filmmaker Sentsov after release by Russia

Strasbourg - French President Emmanuel Macron met Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov on Tuesday, less than a month after his release from five years in prison in Russia on charges which sparked international outrage.

Brazil artists fear LGBT shows doomed under Bolsonaro

Rio De Janeiro - After a state-run theater in Brazil suddenly dropped his LGBT-themed stage show "Gritos," Artur Ribeiro began to worry it was curtains for his company under President Jair Bolsonaro.

Giant art project transforms East German housing blocks

Halle (saale) - An enduring reminder of the communist era, the vast, concrete "Plattenbau" tower blocks that surround cities in eastern Germany are usually considered eyesores rather than works of art.

Most execs rank 'people' as the barrier to digital transformation

A new survey of business leaders finds that 61 percent of company executives rank “people” as the primary barrier to achieving effective digital transformation.

Can global matcha craze save Japan's tea industry?

Fujieda - From matcha ice cream to cake and chocolate, producers of traditional Japanese green tea are capitalising on growing global interest in its flavour -- even as demand for the drink declines at home.

Nearly 900 Mexican performers set world record for folk dance

Guadalajara - Nearly 900 people twirled and stamped their feet to mariachi music in the Mexican city of Guadalajara to set a Guinness record for the world's biggest folk dance.

Russian disqualified from Tango competition over 'punch'

Buenos Aires - A Russian participant in the World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires has been disqualified for violence towards his partner, the organizers said Wednesday.

Facelift of Cairo's Baron Palace sparks outcry

Apo - Egyptian authorities have defended renovation works at a historic Cairo palace after the site's new look sparked mockery on social media.The site, dubbed the Baron Palace, was built between 1907 and 1911 by wealthy Belgian industrialist Edouard Empain....

Beats replace bombs: young Iraqis revel at summer festival

Baghdad - Hundreds of Iraqi teenagers clapped along exuberantly to techno beats pumping across a makeshift dance hall on Friday night, a scene their capital had not witnessed in decades.

Digital tools and community first — A bright future for the TSO

Toronto Symphony Orchestra CEO Matthew Loden is uniquely positioned to observe how digital media is shifting audience expectations of classical music, and how reaching out to a larger community can benefit cultural institutions.

Notre-Dame cathedral 'still at risk of collapse' after fire

Paris - Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is still at risk of collapse after being gutted by a fire in April, with more stonework falling during the recent heatwave in the French capital, the government said on Wednesday.

Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

London - A six-year-old boy thrown from a tenth-floor viewing platform at London's Tate Modern gallery is a French national who was visiting the British capital with his family, police said Monday.

Teen arrested after 'throwing' boy from London's Tate Modern

London - A teenager was arrested on Sunday after allegedly throwing a six-year-old boy from a tenth-floor viewing platform of London's Tate Modern gallery, police said.

World's largest concert piano strikes chord in Latvia

Ventspils - Soaring to new musical heights, a German-born innovator has crafted what is believed to be the world's largest grand piano.

Brazil's new performing arts chief in anti-left 'crusade'

Rio De Janeiro - Creating a "cultural war machine" in Brazil's performing arts is renowned theater director Roberto Alvim's mission as he seeks to eradicate progressive ideas from the stage.

Report: Cultural factors hampering construction digitialization

A new report finds that while the construction industry is making progress with digital transformation, especially being an early adopter of AI, the DX journey is hampered by cultural factors.

Members of first all-female Afghan orchestra missing in Slovakia

Bratislava - Police in Slovakia said on Thursday they were searching for four members of Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra who went missing from their hotel after performing at a local festival.

Louvre museum removes Sackler name amid opioid controversy

Paris - The Louvre museum in Paris has removed the name of the Sackler family from one of its wings, amid a controversy that has seen the billionaire donors accused of pushing a highly-addictive opioid blamed for tens of thousands of deaths.

Inside Notre-Dame: rubble, emptiness and an immense task ahead

Paris - Three months after a fire ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, a rare glimpse inside the burned masterpiece on Wednesday revealed it to be eerily empty and with rubble still littering the nave.

Benin readies for return of treasures taken by France

Abomey-calavi - The display cases at the royal palaces in Benin's sleepy southern town of Abomey are coated in dust and the exhibition halls plunged in darkness.

Cuba's aging rockers finally earn their due

Havana - For decades, their songs were banned, and even called the "music of the enemy." But Cuba's rockers have finally found their place in a nation where salsa, rumba and reggaeton usually reign.

Protesters urge Louvre to cut ties with donor over opioid crisis

Paris - Protesters gathered outside the Louvre in Paris on Monday to condemn the museum's ties with the Sackler family, billionaire donors accused of pushing a highly-addictive opioid blamed for tens of thousands of deaths.

Kyoto mayor steps into #KimOhNo row over Kardashian line

Apo - The mayor of Japan's ancient capital Kyoto has entered into an unlikely correspondence with the queen of selfies Kim Kardashian West, asking her to reconsider naming her shapewear line "Kimono".

Bum move: Kardashian 'kimono' shapewear sparks Japan debate

Apo - American television star Kim Kardashian has sparked debate in Japan by naming her new line of shapewear "Kimono," prompting some to accuse her of disrespecting the traditional outfit.

Saudi de-fangs religious police but plans to enforce 'decency'

Apo - Saudi Arabia has rendered toothless the once-feared religious police amid a liberalisation drive, but a planned "public decency" law is stoking controversy with some fearing a revival of morality policing.

An early 'Tintin' cover sells at auction for $1.1 million

Washington - An original drawing used for the first published "Tintin" cover was sold at auction on Saturday in Dallas for $1.12 million, the Heritage Auctions house told AFP.The identities of seller and buyer have not been released.

'I worked here': home of Albanian author Kadare becomes a museum

Tirana - Ismail Kadare draws the curtain to bring a shaft of light into the Tirana apartment where he wrote furiously during the dark days of communism -- a space visitors can now explore first-hand after his former home was turned into a museum.
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Toronto s cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto s cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto s cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
A Modern Athenian Horizon.
A Modern Athenian Horizon.
The Parthenon from afar!
The Parthenon from afar!
Turkish performers at the Toronto Turkish Festival.
Turkish performers at the Toronto Turkish Festival.
An amphitheater just below the Acropolis. Extraordinary engineering ingenuities such as this theater...
An amphitheater just below the Acropolis. Extraordinary engineering ingenuities such as this theater, would have housed the great poets like Homer, and speakers like Pericles.
Amazing ancient artifacts at the National Archaelogical Museum in Athens. Incredible to think these ...
Amazing ancient artifacts at the National Archaelogical Museum in Athens. Incredible to think these intricate sculptures have survived unscathed, centuries of war and sub-surface burial.
Another picture of the fabulous Parthenon: proudly watching over the extensive city. The mountain th...
Another picture of the fabulous Parthenon: proudly watching over the extensive city. The mountain the Acropolis sits on has been inhabited since the fifth millennium BC. The term 'Acropolis' comes from the Greek 'ἄκρον' (akron: edge, extremity) and 'πόλις' (polis: city-state).
Lvov is an ancient W. Ukrainian city populated traditionally by different nations settled on this Eu...
Lvov is an ancient W. Ukrainian city populated traditionally by different nations settled on this European road-crossing. A photo exhibition "Uman Rash Hashanah" by local artist Max Dondyuk is interesting testimony to a traditional Jewish life resurgency in Uman (U-m-a-n'), a traditionally Jewish schtattle in the Eastern Ukraine famous for Jewish cultural sights survived communist epoch and Holocaust.
The cover of Lady Humpdori.
The cover of Lady Humpdori.
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Book cover photo of Henry Jenkins book  Convergence Culture
Book cover photo of Henry Jenkins book, Convergence Culture
Entrance to the yak Museum of Tibet
Entrance to the yak Museum of Tibet
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A local dove enjoying some  Mythos  Hellenic lager. The street life of Athens is incredibly lively a...
A local dove enjoying some "Mythos" Hellenic lager. The street life of Athens is incredibly lively and vibrant.
Tapa cloths  part of  Pacific Worlds  at the Oakland Art Museum. (Courtesy of Oakland Art Museum).
Tapa cloths, part of 'Pacific Worlds' at the Oakland Art Museum. (Courtesy of Oakland Art Museum).
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Aga Khan s collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
No city is perfect. The frustration of Greek youth oozes out of the perfectly chiseled masonry  pres...
No city is perfect. The frustration of Greek youth oozes out of the perfectly chiseled masonry, presenting a confronting and bleak reality. The cultural, vibrant and advanced city of Athens has a dark side - a side many tourists don't witness.

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