Art centre in Goma defies war

February 2009 -

The town of Goma in Eastern Congo seems to have the odds against it. In 2002 it got partly destroyed after a vulcano eruption. In the past months it has been surrounded by rebels. In spite of all that, the Katondolo brothers are still running a cultural centre. 

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Emotional play about South African macho culture

February 2009 -

It's a man's world uncovers an urgent problem in South Africa: the traditional macho behaviour is no longer fitting in a changing society in which women live more as equals with men.

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Heritage activities in Galle are a hit with the population

February 2009 -

Over the last years the walled town of Galle in southwest Sri Lanka has worked continuously work on restoring the unique heritage. The special aspect about this project was the large involvement of the local population.

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Peru

February 2009 -

The country's first national congress on culture policy was held in Lima early in December 2008. The closing document compiled during the first national conference is being discussed by parliament. It is to serve as the basis for the future Ministry for Culture.

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Shared Rhythms from Benin and Suriname

February 2009 -

Okobua from Surinam was linked with Percus Nomades from Benin for a Dutch tour. It turned out to be a cooperation which highly inspired both companies.

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Winternachten lecture 2009 by Nuruddin Farah

January 2009 -

What does living in two worlds mean to an immigrant? Somali writer Nuruddin Farah speaks from experience.

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Rescue mission for popular Haitian religion

January 2009 -

Western clichés have made vodou something to be feared, but in 2009 on Haiti, the still-controversial vodou culture has been nominated to receive its own museum.

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Unesco discusses practical implementation of culture convention

January 2009 -

The delegations that met in Paris from 8 to 12 December 2008 were faced with an important task: agreeing on the Operational Guideline determining the details of the 2005 Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions.

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Jose Eduardo Agualusa: "We are not only writers, but interpreters as well"

January 2009 -

According to the Angolese writer, identity is always the central issue in the modern literature of young countries.

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Muhanad Rasheed: "I am Iraqi, but I still struggle with what this means"

January 2009 -

Two and a half years ago the Baghdad-native fled to Jordan, then to Syria before settling in Amsterdam in 2008. The greatest challenge now for the dancer/choreographer is juggling Iraqi culture and his new European reality. 

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