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Chinese action debut and South Korean family drama win at Busan

Busan - A thrill-a-minute actioner from China and a moving South Korean drama about a unique family reunion have taken the top prize at Asia's largest film festival, with judges lauding both for their "original" takes.

Ouch! Thailand's cheek-piercing vegetarian festival

Phuket - As burning incense fills the air, devotees in trances force skewers and swords through their cheeks in ritualistic acts underpinning southern Thailand's colourful -- and seemingly painful -- vegetarian festival.

US jails Bahamas festival entrepreneur for six years

New York - The entrepreneur behind a luxury music festival in the Bahamas that collapsed in chaos in 2017 was sentenced to six years in prison by a US judge on Thursday after admitting fraud.

'Whiplash' producer Blum unrattled by China trade war backlash

Busan - Hotshot Hollywood producer Jason Blum predicts his plans to tap into the lucrative Chinese movie market won't be derailed by the tit-for-tat trade war that has erupted between Beijing and Washington.

Asia's stars grace the red carpet at Busan Film Festival

Busan - The looming threat of Typhoon Kong-Rey failed to cloud a glittering opening to the 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Thursday, with a parade of the region's brightest stars gracing the red carpet.

'Beautiful Days' portrays N.Korea refugee's past and hope

Busan - This year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened on Thursday with a movie portraying the plight of a North Korean defector and the unlikely family she formed during her harrowing journey.

Busan film festival seeks 'reunion' after ferry tragedy row

Busan - Organisers of Asia's largest film festival have issued a rallying cry to its supporters as the event emerges from years of starring in its own political drama.

New York festival urges aid, equality amid security panic

New York - The music and political worlds joined together Saturday to press for development aid, gender equality and voter participation, with a festival in New York's Central Park marred by a security scare.

Jorgos and friends to perform biggest ever magic event in Greece Special

Athens - World renowned magician Jorgos chatted with Digital Journal about his upcoming magic event, featuring special friends and guests, at The Christmas Theater in Athens, Greece.

Ashes of war to S. Korea holiday gift: Spam Spam Spam

Jincheon - From the front lines of war to a staple of institutional catering, Spam is rarely seen as a gourmet ingredient -- but the canned pink meat holds a unique position in South Korea as a top-selling holiday gift.

Drugs kill seven at Vietnam music festival

Seven Vietnamese have died and five are in a coma after taking drugs at an electronic dance music festival in Hanoi, officials said Monday, as authorities scrambled to trace the substance.

Uzbeks attend first electronic music fest by ravaged Aral Sea

Muynak - Beats pumped and strobe lights beamed across the desert in ex-Soviet Uzbekistan into the early hours of Saturday as festival-goers danced beside rusting boats beached miles from the shrinking Aral Sea.

Carell, Chalamet hunt Oscars with 'Beautiful Boy'

Toronto - A father's anguished struggle to save his son from a deadly drug dependence in "Beautiful Boy" stirred Oscar buzz for stars Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet at its Toronto film festival premiere over the weekend.

Review: Electric Zoo festival celebrates 10th anniversary in New York Special

New York - Electric Zoo, the premier electronic music festival in New York, celebrated its 10th anniversary at Randall's Island Park, this past Labor Day Weekend. It took place from August 31 to September 2.

Women cheer as Swedish man-free music festival opens

Gothenburg - Matilda Hagerman laughs with her friends as she queues at a man-free music festival, which kicked off in Sweden on Friday in protest against a wave of sexual assaults at festivals in recent years.

Women cheer as Swedish man-free music festival opens

Gothenburg - Matilda Hagerman laughs with her friends as she queues at a man-free music festival, which kicked off in Sweden on Friday in protest against a wave of sexual assaults at festivals in recent years.

Glamorous Venice Film Festival courts controversy

Rome - Global superstars Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Redgrave descend on Venice this week as the annual film festival kicks off Wednesday to controversy over the inclusion of Netflix productions and there being just one female director in competition....

Logan Henderson talks 'Pull Me Down,' remembers Aretha Franklin Special

Wantagh - On August 19, singer-songwriter Logan Henderson (Big Time Rush fame) sat down and chatted with this journalist following his set at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival.

Review: Armin van Buuren rocks seven-hour Untold Festival set on YouTube Special

World renowned DJ and producer Armin van Buuren played a seven-hour set at the Untold Festival, which was streamed live on YouTube.

In Nigeria, thousands celebrate Osun, goddess of fertility and water

Osogbo - "I'm dressed like a river," says priestess Osundele Okugbesan as she shows off her flowing white strapless dress and long beaded necklaces cascading down her chest.

Hundreds hurt as Spain festival promenade collapses

Madrid - Panic erupted at a packed seaside music festival in northwest Spain when part of a wooden promenade suddenly collapsed, injuring more than 370 people, nine of them seriously, officials said Monday.

Hundreds hurt as Spain festival promenade collapses

Madrid - Panic erupted at a packed music festival in northwest Spain when part of a wooden promenade suddenly collapsed, injuring more than 300 people, nine of them seriously, officials said Monday.

Logan Henderson to perform at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival

Wantagh - On August 19, singer-songwriter Logan Henderson (of Big Time Rush fame) will be performing at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival.

Imagine Dragons front-man takes on Xbox Game Pass Challenge

Imagine Dragons front-man Dan Reynolds took on the Xbox Game Pass Challenge to help his charitable organization, the LoveLoud Foundation.

At leading US music school, a quest to revive French influence

Aspen - The music teachers spending the summer in the mountain air of Aspen can tell you all about that most famous instructor of them all, Nadia Boulanger, the Parisian whose roster of pupils reads like a historical list of 20th-century composers.

French actors protest as Russian director's house arrest extended

Avignon - Actors protested at one of the world's biggest theatre festivals in support of Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov as judges in Moscow on Wednesday extended his 11-month-long house arrest.

Famed Spanish bull run ends with two gored, dozens hurt

Pamplona - Spain's San Fermin festival comes to an end Saturday after a week of frenzied bull runs that saw two gored and another 40 hurt, with one man thrown in the air as he ran looking at his smartphone.

One gored, four hurt on day one of famed Spanish bull run

Pamplona - One person was gored and four others injured on Saturday at the first running of the bulls in this year's San Fermin festival at Pamplona, one of Spain's best-loved traditions.

Spanish bull running kicks off in shadow of sex assault

Pamplona - Pamplona's famed San Fermin bull-running festival, one of Spain's best-loved traditions, got off to a typically raucous start Friday -- although a sexual abuse case from a previous edition is still casting a long shadow.

Pamplona's bull run festival overshadowed by notorious sex abuse case

Madrid - Pamplona's famed San Fermin festival begins on Friday, overshadowed by a sexual abuse case that has tarnished one of Spain's best-loved traditions.
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