Making and knowing: how theatre helps to explore a city’s identity

What gives an urban area a particular quality? What is the mood, feeling or atmosphere that makes a “place”? At a superficial glance city spaces might seem defined by road layouts and buildings, infrastructure and zoning laws. But my interest as a researcher and theatre maker is in investigating the kinds of everyday interactions that give these spaces an identity...

UN adds reggae music to list of international cultural treasures

Jamaica’s distinctive beat has furthered ‘international discourse on injustice’, says Unesco – while devotees praise it for breaking down colonial race barriers Laura Snapes Appeared on Thu 29 Nov 2018, on  theguardian.com The UN has added reggae music to its list of international cultural treasures worthy of protection and promotion. Jamaica applied for recognition of its musical tradition at a...

Music: Integration Journey

This is something we recorded to accompany our masculine – feminine integration & harmonization workshops and retreats. Feel free to use it and enjoy 🙂 You can listen to and buy the entire album at https://sabinmuresan.bandcamp.com/ With heart, Iunia and Sabin

Nourishing Communities

By Prof. George Kent November 2018 – There are many guidelines for dealing with specific nutrition problems (No Wasted Lives Coalition; 2018; World Health Organization 2013; 2016). Often treatments are delivered by specialists through community-based nutrition programs. Some are initiated and designed by outside experts and are community-based only in terms of their geographic location. Some community-based programs involve local...

Cache of long-lost photos found in abandoned bathroom reveal secrets of Frida Kahlo’s life

PHOTO: The fixed gaze of Frida Kahlo’s painted self-portraits evolved from taking and posing for photos. (Frida Kahlo Museum: Guillermo Kahlo)       They are images that shed new light on the private life of the world’s most famous female artist. But hundreds of photographs belonging to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, on show at the Bendigo Art Gallery from this week,...

Museum of Black Civilisations in Dakar to foster the ‘dialogue of cultures’

A museum showcasing black heritage from the dawn of time to the modern era has opened in the Senegalese capital Dakar. The opening came as African countries press harder for the restitution of artwork from their former colonial masters — and as France made its first steps in that direction, pledging to return artworks to Benin. The Museum of Black...

Designs for life: the Guatemalan women fighting for rights to their textiles

Beautiful handwoven Mayan textile designs are often copied by foreign designers and mass produced. It amounts to intellectual property theft, say the Mayan women who are fighting back In May 2016, the organisation took a motion to Guatemala’s constitutional court, seeking protection for indigenous textiles. In November of the same year, it proposed a legislative reform to existing laws, such...

Realising the potential of art for peace-building

There is still little documentation of how art creates social and personal change. We must develop this language, argues Charlotte Onslow Every morning news bulletins wake me to a violent global reality. This morning it was “Libya’s slide into anarchy and its threat to Europe’s security”. But on some days I pass up current affairs programmes for music, any music....

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