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Edmonton Blues Festival showcases a variety of talent Special

Edmonton - Edmonton's summer is becoming filled with music festivals, from folk to rock to this past weekend, which featured the 16th annual Edmonton Blues Festival.
Digital Journal Report by Paula Kirman - 2 comments

Armin van Buuren and Skrillex to play Lights All Night festival

Fans of EDM superstars Armin van Buuren and Skrillex are in for a real treat. They will be headlining the "Lights All Night" Music Festival in Dallas, Texas.
In the Media by Markos Papadatos

Toronto Caribana Recap

Toronto - Last weekend Toronto officials and business people hosted the 2014 Caribana celebration. Major stars were there and extravagant costumes were the norm.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

'Straight White Guy' festival may be coming to Columbus

Columbus - Flyers, advertising a Straight White Guy Festival, have been making rounds on Twitter and in Columbus, Ohio. The flyers promise the festival will be held on September 20, 2014.
In the Media by Owen Weldon

Huge crowds launch Spain's Pamplona bull-run festival

Pamplona - A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain's most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running festival.A shout from the City Hall balcony of "Viva San Fermin!
In the Media by Sylvie GROULT (AFP)

Ambubachi tantric festival begins in India

The four-day Ambubachi festival began on June 22 at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, the capital of the northeast Indian state of Assam. The ritual is a significant part of tantric and Shakti or goddess worship in this part of the country.
In the Media by Sravanth Verma

Op-Ed: Dog-eating festival starts early to avoid notice

Those who love dogs may be more than a little outraged by this article. One Chinese festival involves eating dogs and is being held early to avoid animal activists.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival features eight Indian styles

San Francisco - The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival will feature eight styles of Indian classical dance, till June 29, 2014 in its 36th edition, a first in its entire history.
In the Media by Sravanth Verma - 1 comment

Thousands of devotees take a dip in river Ganga

Thousands of devotees assembled at various places along the banks of the river Ganga in North India, to take a dip on the occasion of the festival Ganga Dussehra on June 8.
In the Media by Sravanth Verma

Heart of the City Festival showcases emerging artists Special

Edmonton - The Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival in Edmonton took place on June 7 and 8, showcasing emerging inner city musicians and artists.
Digital Journal Report by Paula Kirman - 1 comment

Mawazine — The binding of cultures, the channeling of acceptance

Rabat - The Mawazine Music Festival is hosted in Rabat, Morocco by Maroc Cultures and attracts cultures in music and people from around the globe.
In the Media by Bill K. Anderson

Buddha Purnima celebrated around the world

Buddha Purnima, one of Buddhism's most sacred festivals, which marks the birth, enlightenment and the departure of Buddha from this world, was celebrated last week in several countries.
In the Media by Sravanth Verma

Cannes on alert after diamond heists

Paris - Movie stars like to sparkle on the red carpet but security is being tightened in Cannes this year after a spate of increasingly audacious thefts highlighted the ease with which jewel thieves can strike.
In the Media by Helen Rowe (AFP)

Sunderland to host 19th annual maple syrup festival Special

This weekend, the village of Sunderland in Durham Region welcomes visitors to its annual maple syrup festival. The event is hosted in support of various charitable and community fundraising projects, and emphasizes family fun.
Digital Journal Report by Katie Ryalen

Indians splash colours in Hindu spring festival

New Delhi - Millions of Indians splashed bright colours on each other Monday to celebrate the popular Hindu festival of Holi, which marks the start of spring.The 'Festival of Colours' saw revellers pour onto streets across the country, smearing and splashing powde...
In the Media by AFP

Cuba cigar auction rakes in $1.1 million

Havana - Six luxury humidors fetched more than $1.1 million Saturday at the gala closing the 16th annual Cigar Festival in Havana.The humidors were packed with Montecristo and other prestigious cigars along with a painting by Cuban artist Zaida del Rio.As in pa...
In the Media by AFP

Cuba cigar auction rakes in $1.1 million

Havana - Six luxury humidors fetched more than $1.1 million Saturday at the gala closing the 16th annual Cigar Festival in Havana.The humidors were packed with Montecristo and other prestigious cigars along with a painting by Cuban artist Zaida del Rio.As in pa...
In the Media by AFP

Berlin film fest wraps up with big wins for Asian cinema

Berlin - The 64th Berlin film festival wrapped up Sunday after a resounding triumph for Asian cinema at its gala awards ceremony, including the Golden Bear top prize for a Chinese noir mystery."Bai Ri Yan Huo" (Black Coal, Thin Ice) by Diao Yinan about a washed...
In the Media by Deborah Cole (AFP)

Chinese gold, Asian glory as Berlin film fest wraps up

Berlin - The 64th Berlin film festival wraps up Sunday after a resounding triumph for Asian cinema at its gala awards ceremony, including the Golden Bear top prize for a Chinese noir mystery."Bai Ri Yan Huo" (Black Coal, Thin Ice) by Diao Yinan about a washed u...
In the Media by Deborah Cole (AFP)

China film noir 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' wins Berlin Golden Bear

Berlin - China's "Black Coal, Thin Ice" by Diao Yinan about a washed up ex-cop investigating a series of grisly murders won the Berlin film festival's Golden Bear top prize Saturday.The classic film noir, whose Chinese title is Bai Ri Yan Huo, also captured the...
In the Media by AFP

Linklater's 'Boyhood' is film to beat for Berlin top prizes

Berlin - Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale "Boyhood" seemed the odds-on favourite to capture the Golden Bear top prize at the Berlin film festival Saturday, but dramas from Northern Ireland and Germany were hot on its heels.Critics and audiences swooned ov...
In the Media by Deborah Cole (AFP)

European immigration satire lights up Berlin film fest

Berlin - The pitch-black comedy "In Order of Disappearance" about a gangland war between Norwegian drug dealers and the Serbian mob delighted the Berlin film festival Monday.
In the Media by Deborah Cole (AFP)

On-screen shock, off-screen drama for von Trier in Berlin

Berlin - The longer, more explicit version of scandal-courting Danish director Lars von Trier's sex addiction opus "Nymphomaniac Volume I" premiered to cheers at the Berlin film festival Sunday.
In the Media by Deborah Cole (AFP) - 1 comment

Clooney hopeful Europe will give panned movie fresh start

Berlin - Hollywood star George Clooney said Saturday that he is hopeful European audiences will respond to his light-touch wartime drama "The Monuments Men" after it got a mauling from US critics.
In the Media by Deborah Cole (AFP)

Wes Anderson revives lost Europe at Berlin film fest

Berlin - US director Wes Anderson's all-star love letter to a Europe devoured by two world wars, "The Grand Budapest Hotel", opened the 64th Berlin film festival Thursday to warm applause.
In the Media by Deborah Cole (AFP)

Ice On Whyte Festival survives warm snap Special

Edmonton - The annual Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton's Old Strathcona neighbourhood began last weekend, during an unseasonably warm snap during which temperatures rose well above zero celcius.
Digital Journal Report by Paula Kirman - 1 comment

Music festival asks public to compose 'Tweetfonie'

Frankfurt - A German music festival Wednesday invited social media users to compose all-new orchestral pieces for a "Tweetfonie" to be given a world premiere later this year.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Music helps elderly remember, documentary reveals at Sundance

Park City - It won't cure dementia or Alzheimer's disease, but music can nevertheless help sufferers "wake up" their memories, reveals a moving documentary presented at the Sundance Film Festival.
In the Media by Romain Raynaldy (AFP)

Animal rights groups concerned about Spanish festival (video)

Each year in the central Spanish town of San Bartolomé de Pinares near Ávila, a historic and centuries-old festival is held, where around 100 horses and their riders jump over roaring bonfires in the streets.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Winter Solstice Festival in Kensington Market, Toronto 2013 Special

Toronto - The Winter Solstice celebration in Kensington Market has been a tradition in Toronto for 24 years. Winter Solstice (sometimes called Saturnalia or Yule) is the pagan festival that ancient peoples of Europe celebrated on the shortest day of the year.
Digital Journal Report by Elka Weinstei - 1 comment
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A sign advertising the BAM ARTSfair event
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Scott Kinsey Group play in Hart Plaza  using an eclectic mix of vocoder  Middle Eastern samples and ...
Scott Kinsey Group play in Hart Plaza, using an eclectic mix of vocoder, Middle Eastern samples and jazz.
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NSW Minister for Tourism  Major Events  Hospitality and Racing and Minister for the Arts  The Hon. G...
NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing and Minister for the Arts, The Hon. George Souris speaking at the launch of the 60th Sydney Film Festival at Customs House.
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Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
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Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival
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Germany’s 19-year-old entrant Lena Meyer-Landrut  wins Eurovision Song Contest 2010. She sang “S...
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Germany’s 19-year-old entrant Lena Meyer-Landrut, wins Eurovision Song Contest 2010. She sang “Satellite” to a packed audience inside Oslo’s Telenor Arena.
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Three fest-goers photographed on June 19.
Three fest-goers photographed on June 19.
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KOMAKI  Japan — It s springtime in Japan and that means one thing. Actually  two things. Penis fes...
KOMAKI, Japan — It's springtime in Japan and that means one thing. Actually, two things. Penis festivals and vagina festivals. It may sound like a sophomoric gag. But these are folk rites going back at least 1,500 years, into Japan's agricultural past. They're held to ensure a good harvest and promote baby-making. Maybe they should hold more such festivals.
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At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto  hundreds of familie...
At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto, hundreds of families and thousands of people enjoyed the sights of animals from around the world and the sounds of little dogs giving tricks.
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Pirouz  de Caspio  Ebadypour (vocal) and Gareth Owen (guitar) in duo performance in Café de Chinita...
Pirouz "de Caspio" Ebadypour (vocal) and Gareth Owen (guitar) in duo performance in Café de Chinitas, 7th Annual Jondo Flamenco Festival in Vancouver.
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Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton s Old Strathcona.
Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton's Old Strathcona.
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A hotbed of activity.
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A hotbed of activity.
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At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto  hundreds of familie...
At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto, hundreds of families and thousands of people enjoyed the sights of animals from around the world and the sounds of little dogs giving tricks.
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From the Australian Feature Film ‘Nerve’ L-R: Sara Wiseman (Actress)  Georgina Haig (Actress)  C...
From the Australian Feature Film ‘Nerve’ L-R: Sara Wiseman (Actress), Georgina Haig (Actress), Christian Clark (Actor), Sebastien Guy (Director), tbc, Neil Kingston (Producer), Denise Roberts (Actress), Andrea Demetriades (Actress) and Craig Hall (Actor) on the red carpet at the launch of the 60th Sydney Film Festival.
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Greek Fest 2012  Sydney  Australia
Greek Fest 2012, Sydney, Australia
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7th Annual Rice Festival  Stone Mountain Park Georgia
7th Annual Rice Festival, Stone Mountain Park Georgia
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Heart of the City Festival - Gary Garrison  Suzanne Gross  and Jonathan Hooten
Heart of the City Festival - Gary Garrison, Suzanne Gross, and Jonathan Hooten
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