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Palestinian short film The Present wins prestigious BAFTA award | Arts and Culture News

Director Farah Nablusi dedicates the award to ‘the people of Palestine’ in virtual acceptance speech. British-Palestinian filmmaker Farah Nabulsi’s short…

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Middle East

Rewriting stories of migration – Asma Khan and Hassan Akkad

Refugee filmmaker Hassan Akkad and restaurateur Asma Khan discuss their separate paths for combatting social injustice. Credit

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Middle East

Bollywood anxious as India abolishes film certification tribunal | Arts and Culture News

New Delhi, India – Actress Geetika Vidya Ohlyan was in a meeting when her phone rang. It was a message…

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Middle East

Egypt puts on a show as it moves royal mummies to new home | Arts and Culture News

Egypt has held a spectacular parade to celebrate the transport of 22 of its ancient royal mummies through the capital,…

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Middle East

Egypt: 22 mummies move to new museum in grand parade | Arts and Culture News

The convoy will move 18 kings and four queens from the Egyptian Museum to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. A grand parade will see 22…

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Latin America

In tourist-free Bali, artists persevere through ‘darkest moment’ | Arts and Culture News

Bali, Indonesia – Sixty years ago, I Ketut Soki was the delighted recipient of his first painting kit – and…

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Features

How the colonisation of India influenced global food | Arts and Culture News

“Lunch is ready,” I called out to my husband and daughter, setting the serving dish down on the dining table.…

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Africa

New chapter: News Corp to buy Houghton Mifflin unit for $349M | Arts and Culture News

Houghton Mifflin, which has struggled financially for years, says it will use some of the proceeds from the sale of…

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Africa

The actress defying cultural norms to tell new stories in Iraq | Arts and Culture News

Baghdad, Iraq – Zahraa Ghandour had been gone from Iraq for almost a decade when she touched down in Baghdad…

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Europe

NFT craze: Why are non-fungible tokens all the rage? | Arts and Culture News

SHORT ANSWER Explaining the popularity of digital art with ownership recorded on blockchain and purchased in cryptocurrency. Some of the…

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Latin America

NFT ‘self-portrait’ by Sophia the Robot sells for nearly $700,000 | Arts and Culture News

‘I’m so excited about people’s response to new technologies like robotics,’ Sophia told Reuters news agency. A digital artwork by…

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Latin America

UK university to return looted Benin Bronze to Nigeria | Arts and Culture News

Britain’s soldiers seized thousands of metal castings and sculptures from the Kingdom of Benin, then separate from British-ruled Nigeria, in…

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Europe

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sells for $2.9m | Arts and Culture News

The tweet was sold as a non-fungible token, unique digital assets that are growing rapidly in popularity; the proceeds were…

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Africa

COVID-19 takes spring out of Japan’s ‘hanami’ season | Arts and Culture News

Tokyo, Japan – Cherry blossom viewing, called “hanami” in the Japanese language, is one of the most iconic and beloved…

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Asia

Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian author and women’s rights icon, dies | Arts and Culture News

The famed writer, feminist and activist passed away at the age of 89 at a Cairo hospital after suffering a…

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Latin America

From Basel to Beeple: How will the art world fare post-pandemic? | Arts and Culture News

The hubbub that descends each summer on a sleek exhibition hall in Basel, where collectors snap up art and hunt…

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Europe

The Casteless Collective: India’s musical activists

A protest music band from southern India emerges as an exciting headline act to highlight social issues. Aj Europe

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Europe

Pritzker Prize: French duo wins top architecture honour | Arts and Culture News

Undeterred even by the most urban of settings, French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal have been awarded this year’s…

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Latin America

Oscars: Riz Ahmed first Muslim to bag Best Actor nomination | Arts and Culture News

Ahmed plays a rock drummer who loses his hearing in the movie Sound of Metal. British actor and musician Riz…

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Europe

Midnight Oil project aims to put Indigenous voices centre stage | Arts and Culture News

Melbourne, Australia – Peter Garrett, the bald, two-metre-tall frontman of Australian rock band, Midnight Oil, has never had much difficulty…

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Europe

Oscar nominations 2021 | Arts and Culture News

Here are the nominees for the main categories for the Academy Awards, to be announced on April 25. Hollywood’s biggest…

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Latin America

Sorry, Mom: Netflix cracks down on password sharing | Arts and Culture News

Between 20 and 30 percent of Netflix’s 74 million United States users potentially share their accounts, according to Bloomberg data.…

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Africa

Oscars: Mank leads nominations that include two female directors | Arts and Culture News

David Fincher’s Mank led nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards with 10 nods on Monday, and for the first time,…

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Africa

Beyonce, Taylor Swift make history, as women dominate Grammys | Arts and Culture News

Beyonce sets social media alight as she appears on stage with Megan Thee Stallion. Swift wins best album for a…

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Africa

32,000km, 655 screens: Documenting India’s endangered cinemas | Arts and Culture News

Looking back, it was fortunate that Hemant Chaturvedi cut his visit short to the Kumbh Mela, a major Hindu festival…

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Asia

Mysterious crypto investor Metakovan paid Ether in Beeple auction | Arts and Culture News

A digital asset investor who goes by the handle Metakovan and refuses to give his full name, announced that he is…

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Europe

COVID: Year without income leaves Broadway stars scrambling | Arts and Culture News

A year ago, Max Kumangai was dazzling crowds with a jolt of live Broadway excitement, performing in New York City’s…

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Asia

Working moms, Kenya’s champion maker and a $69.3m Beeple pleaser | Arts and Culture News

COVID-19 vaccines are going into arms, people around the world are starting to get outside again and digital art is…

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Europe

Iran arrests producers over controversial music video | Arts and Culture News

Iranian authorities have arrested multiple music producers connected to a California-based Iranian pop singer, according to his management company and…

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Middle East

Power to the Beeple: Digital art fetches $69.3M at auction | Arts and Culture News

American artist Beeple became the first to sell a purely digital piece of artwork at auction, fetching more than $69.3m…

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Latin America

After outcry, Israeli museum calls off sale of Islamic art | Arts and Culture News

Israel’s premier museum for Islamic art has scrapped the planned auction of many rare and precious items after a public…

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Asia

How Portugal silenced ‘centuries of violence and trauma’ | Arts and Culture News

As a wet winter gives way to spring, Lisbon’s Campo das Cebolas square is empty and quiet. From the nearby…

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Latin America

TV presenter Piers Morgan leaves ITV after Meghan Markle comments | Arts and Culture News

The United Kingdom’s media regulator announced it had launched a probe after receiving 41,015 complaints about TV presenter Piers Morgan’s…

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Africa

BAFTA ‘levelling the playing field’ after diversity outcry | Arts and Culture News

More than half of the 24 BAFTA nominees are actors of colour – a huge change from last year’s all-white…

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Africa

Farah Nabulsi: Her past in The Present and the future | Arts and Culture News

A short film set in occupied Palestine – Farah Nabulsi’s The Present­ ­- has been shortlisted for the Oscars. Given…

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Asia

Young Iranians defy tattoo taboo | Arts and Culture News

Tehran, Iran – A face hauntingly peering through a mirror surrounded by black. A woman with a skeleton hand protruding…

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Asia

Nomadland makes Golden Globes history, as Boseman honoured | Arts and Culture News

Nomadland made Golden Globes history on Sunday night as Chloe Zhao became the first female director to win the awards’…

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Asia

Archeologists unearth intact ancient Roman chariot near Pompeii | Arts and Culture News

Italian officials call the discovery of the four-wheeled carriage made of iron, bronze and tin ‘exceptional’. Archaeologists in Italy have…

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Middle East

China’s movie market sees blockbuster month with $1.7bn in sales | Arts and Culture News

The thrills and chills of the big screen are back big time in the world’s largest film market. With the…

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Europe

French actor Gerard Depardieu charged with rape, old case revived | Arts and Culture News

Film star was not detained when he was handed the preliminary charges on December 16. The Paris prosecutor’s office said…

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Africa

Spotify to launch in 85 new markets, reach over a billion people | Arts and Culture News

The Swedish company’s shares rose as much as six percent to a record high of $387.44. Spotify said on Monday…

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Asia

LVMH buys 50% of rapperJay-Z’s champagne brand Armand de Brignac | Arts and Culture News

Armand de Brignac sold more than half a million bottles in 2019, prices of which run $300 and up. LVMH’s…

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Inspiring cultures: Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury dubbed into Noongar | Arts and Culture News

It’s the film that inspired a generation: the flying kicks, the furious punches, the whirlwind sound effects. Fist of Fury…

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Latin America

‘Kimye’ split: Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West | Arts and Culture News

The filing follows months of leaks and reports that the marriage between the two celebrities was on the rocks. Reality…

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