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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.

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.
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Bill Arney the MC for the SF Film Noir Festival, Jan. 25, 2011. He used to live in the apartment where Dashiell Hammett wrote "The Maltese Falcon."
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The Thursday evening sky at the 2017 Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
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Sundance Film Fest Marquee.
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The Filipino-Canadian LGBT community makes an appearance.
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The 17th Annual Springtime Arts & Crafts Festival. Springdale, AR May 2012
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Some of the costumes seen at Faery Fest on June 19.
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The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
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Screen capture from Flip Book short film, part of the Filminute Film Festival
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One of many fiery moves during flamenco performances during 7th Annual Jondo Flamenco Festival in Vancouver.
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