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Blues Festival Presents Different Generations of the Genre Special

Edmonton - The seventeenth annual Edmonton Blues Festival took place from August 21 to 23 and featured performers that crossed generations.

Fourth Interstellar Rodeo music festival a summer musical journey Special

Edmonton - The fourth annual Interstellar Rodeo in Edmonton took place July 24-26 at Hawrelak Park and presented a unique and eclectic musical line up.

Love Train brings techno beats back onto Berlin's streets

Berlin - Thousands of people danced their hearts out at Berlin's techno Love Train festival on Saturday, the first such street event since 21 revellers died in an accident at the legendary Love Parade five years ago.

Cries for freedom at 'Belarus Woodstock'

Poland - Strumming away at his guitar in a forest clearing in Poland, Belarussian rocker Lavon Volski shout-sings into the microphone: "Break everything, break the system.

Review: Dozens of acts perform on six stages at annual Canadian festival Special

Courtenay - About 10,000 music lovers experienced unexpected rainfall during the annual Vancouver Island Music Festival in the middle of the hottest, driest summer on record locally.

When Pamplona bull runners get hooked

Pamplona - Last year a 600 kilogramme (1,300 pound) bull jammed a horn as thick as a man's arm through Bill Hillmann's thigh twice, narrowly missing his femoral artery.

One injured at Pamplona bull run

Pamplona - Hundreds of thrill-seekers dashed ahead of six half-tonne fighting bulls through the cobbled streets on Pamplona in northern Spain on Friday in the fifth day of the famed San Fermin festival.

Charging bulls injure five at Spain's Pamplona fiesta

Pamplona - Half-tonne fighting bulls crashed into and trampled thrill-seeking runners as they raced down the cobblestone streets of Pamplona in northern Spain on Thursday, injuring five men, officials said.

Two Americans, Briton gored in opening Pamplona bull run

Pamplona - Two Americans and a British man were gored and eight others hurt on Tuesday as runners dashed ahead of six half-tonne fighting bulls in a fast first running of the bulls at Spain's annual San Fermin festival.

All eyes on Kanye West at Britain's Glastonbury festival

London - Glastonbury, one of the world's biggest music festivals, is facing angry criticism from some fans after rapper Kanye West was booked for the prime Saturday night headline slot.

Dozens caught in German music festival lightning strikes

Frankfurt - More than 30 people were taken to hospital early Saturday after lightning struck a music festival in western Germany, police said.

Summer’s coming, and Portland is ready with its concerts

Portland - Portland, also known as the "City of Roses," is well-known for its climate, scenery and mood. Plus, with summer approaching, the city is also known as a great place to catch a concert, whether that be in a theater, ballroom or in the open air.

Croatia arts festival to stage Houellebecq play after all

Zagreb - A play by author Michel Houellebecq -- whose book imagining a Muslim-governed France stirred controversy -- will be staged as planned at a Croatian arts festival despite calls for its cancellation over security fears, the culture ministry said Wednesda...

French immigration thriller bags Cannes Palme d'Or

Cannes - A French thriller spotlighting the plight of traumatised refugees building new lives, "Dheepan", captured the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or top prize on Sunday.

Cannes closes with glittering ceremony

Cannes - After nearly two weeks of stirring, sleek and thought-provoking movies -- and a couple of duds -- the Cannes Film Festival closed Sunday with an awards night to declare the winner of its coveted Palme d'Or.

Cannes race wide open on awards eve

Cannes - The competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival wraps up Saturday with a clutch of favourites jockeying for one of global cinema's most coveted prizes.

Blanchett denies gay past as lesbian movie wows Cannes

Cannes - Hollywood star Cate Blanchett -- in Cannes for the red-carpet world premiere of her latest movie about a lesbian romance -- on Sunday scotched media speculation that she had a real-life gay past.

Move over superheroes, video-game movies are going upscale

Cannes - There was a time when a new video game adaptation was enough to make film critics gag, but the big money involved is starting to attract a new level of talent.

Cannes fest opens with star-studded gala for gritty drama

Cannes - The Cannes Film Festival opened on Wednesday with a star-studded gala premiere of gritty French drama "Standing Tall" -- only the second time a female director has taken the first night slot.

New Charlie Hebdo doc secures worldwide deal at Cannes

Cannes - A new documentary about French magazine Charlie Hebdo which was attacked by jihadists this year has been snapped up by distributors at the Cannes Film Festival, according to Variety magazine on Wednesday.

Women take spotlight as Cannes film fest opens

Cannes - The Cannes film festival eschews its usual blockbuster kick-off on Wednesday, opening with a gritty French film that marks only the second time a female director has won the coveted first slot.

Your unofficial guide to Toronto's South-North Griots Summit

Toronto - In association with the Pan Am and Para-Pan Am games, a gathering of some of the most revered story tellers from African diaspora traditions are gathering in Toronto, Ontario Canada from May 28th-31st.

Tight security in Cannes ahead of film fest

Cannes - With France still on high alert after January's jihadist attacks in Paris and yet another audacious jewellery heist in recent days, a huge but discreet security detail is planned for next week's Cannes film festival.

Bestival Toronto promises music, magic, and mayhem

Toronto - Bestival UK has confirmed that their trademark triumvirate of music, magic and mayhem will be heading to North America, taking over Toronto Islands on June 12th and 13th, 2015 for the first ever Bestival abroad.

Tickets for this year's Burning Man festival go on sale Wednesday

Gerlach - Individual tickets for this year’s Burning Man event, an annual counterculture art festival that attracts tens of thousands to a temporary city in the Nevada desert, are scheduled to go on sale beginning Wednesday.

Carnival spirit begins in Ibiza ahead of start next week

Ibiza - Ibiza is beginning to get ready for the Ibiza Carnival that starts later this week, promising to be as big and lively an affair as always with masks, dancers, costumes and street parades.

Christine Nagy to star in The Dance as part of 'Chance' festival

Christine Nagy from New York's hit radio station, 106.7 Lite FM, is also an actress, and she will be starring in "The Dance."

Horror movie celebration set to haunt Toronto this November Special

Toronto - Toronto's first annual horror movie celebration gets off to a screaming start come November. With a combination of panels, parties, and a selection of horror-lore guests, HORROR-RAMA hopes to make its bloody mark on the local horror culture scene.

Broadway outshines Hollywood on and off screen

Venice - The age-old rivalry between Broadway and Hollywood took centre stage at this year's Venice film festival, which winds up on Saturday, with a host of theatre-based tales and stars denouncing a declining Silver Screen industry.

Visitors to Minnesota State Fair warned to wash hands regularly

Visitors to this year's Minnesota State Fair are being warned by organisers to wash their hands regularly to prevent outbreaks of disease, contracted from the abundance of farm animals at the event.
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