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Thailand marijuana festival has visitors on a high

Buriram - A Buddhist monk fishes out a vial of cannabis oil from his robe and puts a drop under his tongue -- one of many people flocking to a weed festival in northeastern Thailand, where excitement is building over a medical marijuana boom.

Haiti Carnival scrapped after unrest: official

Port-au-prince - Haiti's minister of culture and communication announced Wednesday that national Carnival celebrations will be canceled in the wake of violent protests that paralyzed the country for more than 10 days.

Berlin filmfest mourns actor Bruno Ganz ahead of awards night

Berlin - The Berlin film festival prepared for awards night Saturday with a gripping Chinese epic and an adventurous Israeli drama leading the favourites, as the industry mourned the death of beloved Swiss actor Bruno Ganz.

Chinese movies dodge censors to shine at Berlin filmfest

Berlin - A moving Chinese epic looking at the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, the one-child policy and forced abortion made it past censors to premiere at the Berlin film festival Thursday despite a widening crackdown.

With despair and hope, Berlin film fest tackles climate change

Berlin - True to its nature as a socially conscious film festival, this month's Berlinale showcases a string of unflinching climate change documentaries raising the alarm about mankind's destructive behaviour while proposing some solutions.

Chinese film yanked from Berlin festival competition

Berlin - The Berlin film festival said Monday that a new movie by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou had been pulled from the competition days before its scheduled world premiere.

Binoche hails starring role for women as Berlin filmfest opens

Berlin - Europe's first major film festival of the year, the Berlinale, kicked off Thursday with jury president Juliette Binoche welcoming an unprecedented line-up of female directors.

Anger as Germany scales back trial over Love Parade disaster

D - A German court Wednesday scaled back a marathon trial over the deaths of 21 young people in a stampede at a techno music festival, sparking anger from bereaved relatives.

Berlin filmfest turns focus on women, Netflix

Berlin - Women directors and the rise of streaming services will take the spotlight at the Berlin film festival starting Thursday, with a star-studded lineup making the case for big-screen diversity.

Miss Ethnic Myanmar pageant belies minorities' woes

A "Miss Ethnic Myanmar" beauty pageant and a campfire dance with a buffalo skull on Tuesday brought an end to a festival celebrating the country's ethnic minorities, even as the military remains locked in conflict with many groups.

Off the beaten path, Haiti's jazz festival comes of age

Port-au-prince - At a time when most of the world's jazz capitals are buried under snow or suffering through sub-zero temperatures, Haiti is offering fans a week of outdoor concerts showcasing the best talents in the business in a balmy Caribbean clime.

Pilgrims gather at Jesus's traditional birthplace for Christmas

Bethlehem - Pilgrims from across the world gathered in Bethlehem on Monday for Christmas Eve, taking in a parade and queueing to see the grotto where Jesus is believed to have been born.

Juliette Binoche to head Berlin film festival jury

Berlin - Oscar winner and one of France's most recognised actresses, Juliette Binoche, will head the jury of next year's Berlin film festival, organisers said Tuesday.

In its 40th year, Havana film fest a far cry from its heyday

Havana - In the good old days, Havana came to a near-standstill for 10 days for its annual film festival, with 500 movies screening in dozens of theaters.

Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds talks 'Origins,' LoveLoud, success Special

Dan Reynolds, the lead singer and songwriter of the Grammy-winning rock group Imagine Dragons, chatted with Digital Journal about their new studio album "Origins," as well as the LoveLoud Festival, and the impact of technology on the music business.

FT journalist denied entry to Hong Kong after author talks cancelled

Fpo - Hong Kong refused entry to a senior Financial Times journalist Thursday hours after an arts centre hosting the city's high-profile literary festival cancelled appearances by exiled Chinese writer Ma Jian, as Beijing tightens its grip.

Hong Kong arts centre cancels Chinese dissident author event

Fpo - A Hong Kong arts centre hosting the city's high-profile literary festival has cancelled appearances by exiled Chinese writer Ma Jian, the author said Thursday, as Beijing tightens its grip on the semi-autonomous city.

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.
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The 17th Annual Springtime Arts & Crafts Festival. Springdale, AR May 2012
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William Prince. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2017.
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Amadou and Mariam. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2017.
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The parade begins.
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A still from the French film Rust and Bone
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