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Berlin artists' colony finds creative answer to shutdown

Berlin - In her sun-soaked Berlin living room, Ingrid Ihnen-Haas belted out Edith Piaf songs into a microphone -- part of a collective effort to help entertain a country confined to their homes by the coronavirus pandemic.

Rhymes to riches: Def Jam banks on Southeast Asia rap stars

Chon Buri - When Singapore's Yung Raja remixed "Gucci Gang" by US rapper Lil Pump, he swapped the original's flashy cars and a prowling tiger for a beer can and Tamil food in a viral YouTube video that reeled in hip-hop label Def Jam.

Brazil sacks official who tied rock music to Satanism

Bras - Seeking to clean up an office embroiled in scandal, Brazil's new culture secretary started her tenure Wednesday by firing six top officials, including one who said rock music pushes people toward Satanism.

Saudi calls to arrest 'sugar candy' female rapper draw ire

Apo - Official calls to arrest a Saudi female rapper who appeared in a music video has sparked an online backlash with many calling the move hypocritical as the kingdom invites Western women to perform.

Brazil carnival queens: reigning over wild parties is hard work

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's carnival celebrations are among the wildest parties in the world, but someone has to reign over them -- and being "queen" can be a year-round job.

Rare Ethiopian crown, hidden for 21 years in the Netherlands, returns home

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's government on Thursday assumed custody of a priceless 18th-century crown that a former refugee had kept hidden in his apartment in the Netherlands for two decades.

Italy's Uffizi Gallery hails US online tout ruling

Rome - Italy's world-famous Uffizi Gallery on Thursday hailed a US court victory which bars "bloodsucking" ticket touts using the Italian museum's name in website domains.The Arizona court ruling bars third parties using several addresses including Uffizi.

Duvivier a satirical troublemaker in Bolsonaro's Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - It's not easy to play a gay Jesus in Brazil under right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, as Gregorio Duvivier found out on Christmas Eve, when his comedy production studio in Rio was attacked by a mob with molotov cocktails.

Actress says she will be Brazil's culture chief

Bras - An actress known for decades of work in soap operas said Wednesday she has agreed to become Brazil's secretary for culture.Regina Duarte, 72, made the announcement to reporters as she left the presidential palace.

Ethiopians look for love during Orthodox epiphany celebration

Gondar - Getahun Fetana spent years admiring Emebet Melaku from a distance before plucking up the nerve to speak to her, taking advantage of a chance encounter during Timkat, the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of epiphany.

Syria refugees bring new tastes and traditions to Kurdish Iraq

Arbil - At first, no one in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil would drink the bitter coffee at Syrian refugee Abdussamad Abdulqadir's cafe. But now it's a hit, part of a growing cultural exchange.

Brazil minister quits over accusations of Nazi quotes

Bras - Brazil's culture secretary Roberto Alvim resigned on Friday over a speech in which he appeared to quote Adolf Hitler's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

Peru to deport tourists over Machu Picchu damage

- Five tourists arrested for damaging Peru's iconic Machu Picchu site will be deported to Bolivia later on Wednesday, police said.A sixth was released from custody and ordered to remain in Machu Picchu pending trial after paying bail of $910.

Six tourists arrested after feces found in sacred Machu Picchu area

- Six tourists, including a French woman, have been arrested over accusations that they damaged Peru's cultural heritage by defecating in a sacred temple at the iconic Machu Picchu sanctuary.

Mass snow wedding and crystal towers at China's ice fest

Harbin - China's annual ice festival in Harbin has kicked off with couples lining up for a snow-themed mass wedding, swimmers braving frigid waters and frozen palaces rising from the ground.

Defiant Trump doubles down on threat to Iran cultural sites

Washington - US President Donald Trump doubled down Sunday on a threat to attack Iranian cultural sites despite accusations that any such strike would amount to a war crime.

Legendary Berlin dance hall faces uncertain future

Berlin - The dance floor of Claerchens Ballhaus has seen it all: from its first tangos in 1913 to balls for war widows to the Cuban rumba banned by the Nazis.

Bolivia stuck over ex-president's museum

La Paz - Bolivia's interim government has inherited an unexpected problem since Evo Morales resigned and fled the country: what to do with the former president's $7 million museum.

Top hat: UNESCO honours Kyrgyzstan's ak-kalpak

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan hoped for a fillip for its tourism on Tuesday after the distinctive headgear traditionally worn by its men, the ak-kalpak, won UNESCO intangible heritage status.

The 2010s in entertainment: binge TV, Disney and music moguls

New York - Every year brings an avalanche of lists about pop culture -- best films, best books, best albums. Attempting to define a decade in the world of entertainment is, at best, daunting.But hey, we are going to give it a try.

China dramatists wage 'guerrilla' fight for artistic freedom

Wuchen - An actress playing US espionage whistleblower Edward Snowden imitates a gun with her hand, aims it at a security camera, and fires -- not exactly the sort of stage content that's green-lighted in China's surveillance state.

UNESCO pulls Belgian carnival from heritage list over anti-Semitism charges

Apo - UNESCO on Friday withdrew an annual carnival in the Belgian city of Aalst from its heritage list over persistent charges of anti-Semitism.

Paris Opera ballet dancers hang up shoes in pension-reform protest

Paris - When tens of thousands of French workers downed tools and took to the streets in protest against pension reform last Thursday, in their midst was a seemingly unlikely group of aggrieved picketers: ballet dancers from the Paris Opera.

Saudi eliminates gender-segregated entrances for eateries

Apo - Restaurants and cafes in Saudi Arabia are no longer required to have gender-segregated entrances, officials said, in a further easing of social restrictions in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom.

UAE mines history to assert legitimacy in major documentary

Dubai - The United Arab Emirates is renowned for skyscrapers and mega-projects, but as the emerging regional power seeks to build legitimacy, it is campaigning to glorify its past as well.

Q&A: Is marketing culture driving compliance or vice versa? Special

There is a drive towards empathy-centric marketing as company cultures shift and Millennials move into more positions of authority. Is this shift in marketing a result of a simple generational and cultural change or a result of regulations?

'Insurrection in the blood:' Brazil's theater legend Ze Celso at 82

Rio De Janeiro - Dressed in white and with hands raised in the air, Ze Celso crosses the stage, already reveling in the boisterous performance his troupe is about to deliver: at 82, this legend of the Brazilian stage still believes in the virtue of insurrection.

Unpicking the universal features of global music

Can music be universal? A new study suggests so. The research examines the concept that music from any country shares important commonalities, whatever the apparent differences in sound and rhythm.

French language watchdogs warn of rise of 'franglais'

Paris - A centuries-old institution regarded as the guardian of the French language has warned state officials against encouraging the spread of "franglais", saying it could have dire consequences for the future of the language.

From Goya to Rubens, visitors marvel at Spanish duke's art-filled palace

Madrid - Home to one of Spain's most important private art collections that includes paintings by Goya, Velazquez and Rubens, the Liria Palace was for decades Madrid's best kept cultural secret.
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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.
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.
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The same shoreline many Greek heroes leaving for legendary battles of ancient history have departed from for the last time. No doubt looking back from their ship feeling an immense sense of duty, honour and patriotism.
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These excavations are sprinkled all over Athens. Of course it must be expected that an ancient city such as Athens has existed on it's present site for thousands of years. Not sure how the residents feel about having skyscrapers being built on top of their homes...
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Inside the museum. The extensive collection of artifacts is breathtaking. You could spend all day here!
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Tapa cloths, part of 'Pacific Worlds' at the Oakland Art Museum. (Courtesy of Oakland Art Museum).
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Entrance to the yak Museum of Tibet
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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.
The Parthenon from afar!
The Parthenon from afar!
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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.
A visit to the Oakland Museum of California.
A visit to the Oakland Museum of California.
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Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
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.
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The crowd makes the event...or does it?
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The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
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The cover of Lady Humpdori.
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