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Vienna Biennale 2015
Architecture / Art / Austria / Culture

Vienna Biennale 2015

From 11 June to 4 October 2015, Vienna will host its first interdisciplinary biennale: the Vienna Biennale 2015 will establish innovative creative alliances and combine contemporary fine art with design and architecture. Initiated by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Director of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, and realized in partnership with the University of … Continue reading »

SIGNAL Light Festival 2014, Prague
Art / Culture / Czech Republic

SIGNAL Light Festival 2014, Prague

With Prague’s incredible collection of pristine architecture, it’s hard to imagine it possible to make this former Bohemian capital even more beautiful. The SIGNAL Light Festival however succeeds in doing just that. Wrapping up its second year this past weekend, SIGNAL transforms Prague into an immersive visual art gallery with installations created by teams of light designers, architects, engineers … Continue reading »

Ethiopia Touts Ancient Churches, Dramatic Landscape in Tourism Drive
Culture / Ethiopia / Lifestyle

Ethiopia Touts Ancient Churches, Dramatic Landscape in Tourism Drive

When Scottish explorer James Bruce published a five-volume work in 1790 about his search in Ethiopia for the source of the Nile, European readers dismissed his account of ancient churches and castles: surely no such things existed in the heart of Africa. Fast forward to 2014 and Solomon Tadesse sometimes feels he faces similar preconceptions … Continue reading »

Rome’s Ruins Still Rule Southern France
Culture / France / News

Rome’s Ruins Still Rule Southern France

Deep in the south of France, Provence offers an almost predictable palette of travel experiences: oceans of vineyards, fields of scented lavender, adorable villages and intoxicating bouillabaisse. But the area is also crammed with ancient history — the Roman ruins are among the best anywhere. Many scholars claim the best-preserved Roman buildings are not in … Continue reading »

China, Tanzania Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties
China / Culture / News / Tanzania

China, Tanzania Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and visiting Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete attended a reception in Beijing on Thursday celebrating the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. Addressing the reception, Li said the two peoples have supported each other since the forging of diplomatic ties, adding both countries had become good all-weather friends. China hopes … Continue reading »

Easter Island’s Ancient People Mixed With South Americans
Culture / French Polynesia / Lifestyle

Easter Island’s Ancient People Mixed With South Americans

They lived on a remote dot of land in the middle of the Pacific, 3,700 kilometres west of South America and 1,770 km from the closest island, erecting huge stone figures that still stare enigmatically from the hillsides. But the ancient Polynesian people who populated Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, were not as isolated as … Continue reading »

Arab Idol Winner Wants to Give Back to Gaza
Culture / Music / Palestine, West Bank, and Gaza Strip

Arab Idol Winner Wants to Give Back to Gaza

Last year’s feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors. The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an interview … Continue reading »

Bangkok – Thailand’s Capital Deserves Attention
Culture / Lifestyle / Thailand

Bangkok – Thailand’s Capital Deserves Attention

In a turbulent year which saw a military coup in May, anti-government protests, and then martial law, peace has returned to the Thai capital. Thailand has long been a popular spot for winter sun, but sultry Bangkok was always seen more as a gateway to the picture-perfect southern islands. That perception is changing, however. Some … Continue reading »