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Virus curbs see elephant idols shrunk for major Indian festival

Mumbai - Indian authorities have imposed tough anti-coronavirus restrictions on gatherings and the size of Ganesha elephant god idols for one of the biggest religious festivals of the year that started Saturday.

Chinese beer lovers leave facemasks and worries behind as festival opens

Bejing - Thousands of Chinese beer lovers left their facemasks and virus worries behind to gather in large crowds and raise a much-needed glass as the annual Qingdao beer festival opened over the weekend.

Swiss Alps alive with sound of music at drive-in festival

Honking horns and flashing headlights made for an original form of applause Sunday at a Swiss classical music festival staged before a drive-in audience in the heart of the Alps.

Virtual film festival to feature work from Cannes, Venice

New York - The globe's top film festivals including Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Berlin will participate in a free 10-day virtual cinema program starting next month, New York's Tribeca festival announced Monday.

Silent streets for water festival in Myanmar lockdown

Myanmar’s New Year festival of Thingyan is the country’s biggest public holiday -- normally a week of nation-wide celebration and water-fights, with soaked revellers partying late into the night.

Edinburgh arts festival cancelled due to virus: organisers

Edinburgh - Edinburgh's international festivals were cancelled for the first time in 70 years on Wednesday due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said.

Memory politics haunt Berlinale after scandal over Nazi past

Berlin - As the Berlinale reels from revelations that its founding director Alfred Bauer was a high-ranking Nazi, the issue of memory politics looms large over the film festival's 70th anniversary.

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.
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