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Brazilian directors come out fighting at Berlin film festival

Berlin - With nearly 20 films on the programme and a spot on the jury for acclaimed director Kleber Mendonca Filho, Brazilian cinema is having a moment at the Berlin film festival.

Protests in Chile hit LatAm's biggest music festival

Santiago - Thousands of protesters armed with stones, sticks and Molotov cocktails clashed with police Sunday as Latin America's biggest music festival opened, in the latest spurt of a four-month old wave of grassroots anger over economic inequality and other gri...

Myanmar's most isolated pray for harvest

- A haunting refrain pierces the night as the tribeswomen of the Gongwang Bonyo, among the most isolated people in Myanmar, dance around a campfire to bless the harvest ahead.

Stevie Nicks to perform at 2020 Governors Ball in New York City

New York - Veteran rock singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks will be performing at the Governors Ball Music Festival, which will be held at Randall's Island Park in New York.

Philippine Catholics swarm Christ icon hoping for miracle

Manila - Swarms of barefoot believers thronged a revered icon of Jesus Christ on Thursday in Manila for a lumbering and raucous procession considered one of the world's largest shows of Catholic fervour.

Philippine Catholics swarm Christ icon hoping for miracle

Manila - Swarms of barefoot believers thronged a revered icon of Jesus Christ on Thursday in Manila for a lumbering and raucous procession considered one of the world's largest shows of Catholic fervour.

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.

Afrojack to headline 2020 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida

Miami - Fans of world-renowned electronic music superstar Afrojack are in for a treat. He will be headlining the 2020 Ultra Music Festival.

Brazil's freed leftist leader Lula calls to continue 'the fight'

Recife - Brazil's left-wing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva urged his followers to continue "the fight" Sunday evening at his first major rally since his release from prison a week ago.

Hong Kong's biggest music festival cancelled over political unrest

Fpo - Clockenflap, Hong Kong's biggest music festival, has been cancelled, organisers said on Friday, the highest-profile event so far to fall victim to the increasingly violent political unrest engulfing the city.

India's firecracker hub hit by anti-pollution drive

Sivakasi - With thousands of workers painstakingly handmaking vast volumes of firecrackers, Sivakasi in southern India is usually at full tilt before Diwali. But due to efforts to curb air pollution, the pyrotechnics epicentre is fizzling out.

Ferry disaster, politics and cinema intermingle at BIFF

Busan - A new film about the Sewol ferry sinking, a disaster that killed more than 300 people -- most of them children, will premiere at Asia's biggest film festival, five years after director Lee Sang-ho caused controversy with his first documentary on the to...

Stars arrive in Busan for Asia's largest film festival

Busan - The night sky cleared over Busan Thursday after days of rain and wind as the city prepared to host Asia’s largest film festival and to welcome a glittering array of stars from across the movie world.

Review: Inaugural Hometown Rising country festival is a major success

Louisville - Hometown Rising is the inaugural Country Music & Bourbon Festival and it attracted over 70,000 attendees. It was produced by Danny Wimmer Presents.

Adam Lambert and Queen to perform at 2019 Global Citizen Festival

New York - On September 28, international pop star Adam Lambert and rock group Queen will be performing at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

Hong Kong hills shine with protest lights in festival-themed rally

Fpo - Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists used torches, lanterns and laser pens to light up some of the city's best-known hillsides on Friday night in an eye-catching protest alongside an annual festival.

AFP photographer wins top photojournalism award

Perpignan - Agence France-Press (AFP) photographer Guillermo Arias on Saturday won the top prize at photojournalism's biggest annual festival for his coverage of migrants from Central America.

Qingdao remembers its German past with massive beer festival

Qingdao - It may be more than a century since the Germans left Qingdao but the Chinese port city still pays tribute to its Bavarian past with a huge annual "Oktoberfest", though held in July-August.

'Don't take the brown antacid': aging hippies flash back to Woodstock

Knoxboro - Fifty years ago Thursday Les Poinelli was hitch-hiking to the now storied Woodstock music festival he'd heard about on the radio -- and hopped in the car where he would meet his wife.

Woodstock, pinnacle of the hippie dream, turns 50

New York - A freewheeling weekend of indulgence. A New York farm transformed by idealistic youths into a mid-size city. A celebration of rock music and utopian ideals.

Body found in Loire 'probably' missing French techno fan: source

Nantes - A body found in the River Loire is "very probably" that of a young techno fan who went missing last month at an island rave in western France that ended in a controversial police raid, a source close to the case told AFP Monday.

Prized Thai buffaloes show off speed in muddy race

Chon Buri - Sloshing across a muddy field with men sprinting behind them, prized water buffaloes blow past cheering spectators in eastern Thailand on Sunday in a rare display of bovine speed.

Man dies at Tomorrowland electro fest in Belgium

Apo - A man attending Belgium's Tomorrowland festival, one of the world's biggest electronic music events, collapsed and was later declared dead in hospital, organisers and medical sources said Saturday.

Famed Spanish bull run festival ends with 8 people gored this year

Pamplona - Thousands of revellers raised candles and red scarves in the air and swayed back and forth as they sang a mournful song to mark the end on Sunday of Spain's most famous bull running festival in Pamplona which saw eight daredevils gored this year.

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons expresses gratitude for LoveLoud

Salt Lake City - On June 29, the third annual LoveLoud Festival took place at Usana Amphitheater in Salt Lake City, Utah, and founder Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons expressed his sincere gratitude.

Stormzy makes Glastonbury history, but sign interpreter steals show

Glastonbury - British grime star Stormzy made history before throbbing crowds at the Glastonbury music festival this weekend -- but it was Tara Asher, his sign language interpreter, who may have stolen the show.

French techno fan missing after police music festival raid

Nantes - Concern was growing Tuesday over the fate of a young techno music fan in France who went missing after attending a festival that ended with police dispersing participants and allegedly forcing some into the river.

Review: Florence + the Machine puts on ethereal show at Governors Ball Special

Florence + the Machine headlined the second day of the music festival Governors Ball 2019 in Randall's Island Park in New York for a great turnout of fans.

Ladj Ly: From Paris riots to Cannes red carpet

Clichy-sous-bois - The 2005 riots that shook France began in the suburban high rises where he grew up. Now Ladj Ly, who has been dubbed France's answer to Spike Lee, is bringing his story of angry youth to the red carpet at the Cannes film festival.

Ravers get hypothermia at snow-hit French techno festival

Gu - Around 30 people were treated for hypothermia at an outdoor techno music festival in France after unexpected snowfall left many ravers sheltering under survival blankets distributed by the Red Cross.
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One of many fiery moves during flamenco performances during 7th Annual Jondo Flamenco Festival in Va...
One of many fiery moves during flamenco performances during 7th Annual Jondo Flamenco Festival in Vancouver.
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.
Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton s Old Strathcona.
Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton's Old Strathcona.
Heart of the City 2014 - Spirit Woman Singers
Heart of the City 2014 - Spirit Woman Singers
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credit: Gabriel Lascu
Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton s Old Strathcona.
Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton's Old Strathcona.
A water fairy.
A water fairy.
The 17th Annual Springtime Arts & Crafts Festival.  Springdale  AR  May 2012
The 17th Annual Springtime Arts & Crafts Festival. Springdale, AR May 2012
The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona  Spain
The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
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J.K. Samson. Interstellar Rodeo 2017  Edmonton
J.K. Samson. Interstellar Rodeo 2017, Edmonton
Calexico s Joey Burns. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2016
Calexico's Joey Burns. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2016
The 17th Annual Springtime Arts & Crafts Festival.  Springdale  AR  May 2012
The 17th Annual Springtime Arts & Crafts Festival. Springdale, AR May 2012
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.
Mary Chapin Carpenter. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2016
Mary Chapin Carpenter. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2016
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.
Amy Helm and her Handsome Strangers. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2016
Amy Helm and her Handsome Strangers. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2016

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