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Religion goes green in Taiwan pollution battle

Taipei - Smoke billows daily from temples across Taiwan as visitors burn incense and paper money to bring luck and prosperity -- but that familiar fragrant haze could be a thing of the past as concerns grow over ritual pollutants.

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.

Review: Archer School for Girls

Los Angeles - Archer School for Girls is a private school in California educating and training girls for the future. Using the latest technology and teaching techniques these girls are ready to be all they can be in life and their careers.

L.A. Film Critics hand top prize to 'Boyhood'; director wins, too

Los Angeles - The Los Angeles Film Critics handed "Boyhood" its top prize for 2014 today (Dec. 7). The win means it lands another major award as the season picks up steam.

Festivals bring a party attitude to Toronto Special

Toronto - Toronto was the location of several festivals this weekend including the 14th Annual Toronto Chinatown Festival, The Live Green Toronto Festival and Youth Day Toronto in the downtown core.

Op-Ed: Happy 147th Birthday, Canada!

Victoria - CANADA DAY marks the Union of the British North American Colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a Federation of four provinces including Ontario and Quebec on July 1, 1867.

A 'Mrs.' pageant where wedding rings are optional

Pageants have always been a part of American culture from the "Miss America" beauty pageant to the Dade City, Florida's "Miss Kumquat" festival pageant. Rural America features a pageant for just about every fruit, nut, and vegetable festival in the USA.

Roger Ebert film festival will continue; reactions noted, too

Chicago - It is only fitting that a film festival that bears Roger Ebert's name will continue. It was announced today (April 5) that Ebertfest will indeed go on later this month.

Music festival Lollapalooza offers webcast

Not going to Lollapalooza, but want to see some of the bands or be a part of the action? No sweat, there is an app for that and a webcast, plus more.

Cultivate Festivals heading to Denver and Chicago later this year

Not only will the upcoming Cultivate Festivals bring out the food and music,they will benefit a non-profit organization that works with family farmers and organizations.

Ottawa’s Veg Festival returns with inspiring panelists

Ottawa - Are you seeking a fun activity this Sunday in Canada's capital? Veg Fest organizers seek to inspire further vital social awareness on healthy lifestyles through vegetarianism. Panelists are also scheduled to discuss topics which include animal rights.

'Hipster Orchestra' to perform at popular SXSW fest

Austin - As South by Southwest (SXSW) approaches, details are emerging. The event is a popular film, music and interactive festival taking place in Austin, TX from March 9-18.

Oktoberfest: A global celebration of tradition Special

Los Angeles - This exciting festival occurs as the late summer days finally give way to autumn. This traditional German celebration has spread throughout the world to different cultures far and wide.

Connecting Dots: Reporting on the Byron Bay Writers' Festival Special

Byron Bay - Offering art, entertainment, food, and ideas, a growing number of literary festivals worldwide are attracting ever-increasing participation from an international sub-culture.

Musicians Green Their Own Beat Special

Millions of fans around the world attend music festivals of various sorts and sizes, but few stop to consider the impact on the environment. The Green Music Group is hoping to change that, by implementing changes for both musicians and their fans.

Rock Hill plays host to the 'Come-See-Me Festival'

Rock Hill - One of those annual signs of spring is the 'Come -See-Me Festival' in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Each April the city hosts the festival as a sign of the start of spring and the coming of summer.

Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival offers up beauty and daring Special

Guelph - The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival in Ontario, Canada, occurs each year in early June. Some of the performances are staged outdoors while others take place in traditional theatre settings.

Cajun Culture Becomes Focus in Summer Fun of Louisiana Special

All over Louisiana different towns are celebrating festivals. There are buggy festivals, art festivals, and international festivals and the like. But much of the best comes from the Cajuns where let the good times roll is the motto always.

The Isle of Wight Music Festival 2009 is coming up soon

It’s time to find your old tents and rucksacks, check the portable gas stove, and iron your best bell-bottoms. The IWF is on it’s way back to the gently rolling hills and green grass of England with Neil Young, the Prodigy, Simple Minds and others.

Economic Problems and Weather Issues Affect Local Economies Special

Natchitoches, Louisiana is a historic town that relies a lot on tourist trade. Blooming on the Bricks is a festival that attracts tourists. But this year storms interrupted planned events, which shows how vulnerable towns can be in this recession.

NDP Claims Federal Tories Plan Own Sponsorship Scam

Are the Conservatives setting up a new festival-grants boondoggle?

Unusual Subjects at This Year’s Documentary Festival

TORONTO, Digital Journal — All art says one thing: “Pay attention.” But some art lures attention with uncomfortable subject matter that is rarely portrayed, a strategy which is at the heart of the 2005 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Fes

Montreal’s Short Film Fest Shows Off Fresh Talent

MONTREAL (djc Features) - “I used to work in marketing,” says Jean-Renaud Gauthier, director of the computer-animated short L’Astro-Poère (“astro” from astronaut and “poère” a derogative Quebec slang for a not-too-bright person). This litt

Hot Docs: Global Turmoil Central to This Year’s Documentary Film Festival

TORONTO, Digital Journal – War and political struggle will be in the spotlight at this week’s 2004 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. Running from Friday, April 23 to May 2, Hot Docs will screen 106 documentaries from 2.

Like A Movie, Like A Dream: 2001 TIFF

After last year's 25th anniversary celebration, which took a fond look back at this increasingly important festival's impact on world cinema, the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival presented a number of unique challenges. At this stage it would b...

Toronto International Film Festival 25 Years Later

In the last two decades, Toronto has gained a reputation for breaking widely acclaimed foreign and domestic films like Diva, The Big Chill, Chariots of Fire and, most recently, American Beauty. If it breaks in Toronto, the Hollywood hype machines beg...

Toronto International Film Festival - A Paradise For Film Lovers

Featuring a record number of premieres, this year’s Toronto International Film Festival promises the most exciting line-up in years. Perhaps it’s because this is their 25th anniversary (hats off to their endurance and courage); or perhaps it’s because

The Jury Is In On Flimm's 'Ring' — And The Verdict Is Good

Bayreuth (dpa) - Director Juergen Flimm has made something possible again: at the Richard Wagner Opera Festival in Bayreuth, the art of theatre has made a comeback. Flimm's politically-accented and well-delineated rendering of the epic four-opera "R...

Chicago Underground Film Festival Will Unspool 18 New Features

Chicago - The Chicago Underground Film Festival will unspool 18 features, 12 documentaries and more than 150 shorts over seven days at the historic Fine Arts Theatre (418 S. Michigan Ave.) at its seventh annual event. In addition to its celluloid slate...

Bell Canada brings the Toronto International Film Festival online

Toronto, Canada - Bell Canada and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) strengthened their partnership today through total web enablement of this year's Festival at the official TIFF web site at With 17 per cent ...

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