Marjan Terpstra

Simphiwe Dana, jazz diva with a mission

March 2008 -

The South African singer keeps winning award after award, and all of her concerts were sold out. Yet her music style is not easy, and her message is anything but.

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Lamis Saidi: "Internet has brought a revolution to Arabic literature"

March 2008 -

For many young Arabic writers, the Internet is a major medium that allows their voices to be heard. Algerian poet Lamis Saidi regularly publishes in on-line Arabic forums.

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Dictation contest winner Olga Orman: "Papiamento is the language I breathe in"

February 2008 -

 

Papiamento was recognised as the official language on Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao in 2007. Children's book author, storyteller and former teacher Olga Orman is excited.

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Hip-hop artist Fid Q: "I watched my sister die from aids"

February 2008 -

Music Mayday is organising a hip-hop tour to make the youth of Europe and Africa aware of the large-scale aids problem in southern Africa.

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Hassan Daoud: "The West wants us to be exotic"

january 2008 -

Lebanese author and journalist Hassan Daoud (1950) has noticed how interest in his work and that of his colleagues from the Islamic world has increased since 9/11. Arab literature received central focus during the Frankfurter Buchmesse in 2004 and will enjoy the same status during Winternachten in The Hague in January 2008. Daoud is pleased with all of the attention, but has a few critical comments.

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Omar Sultan: "I hope that Afghanistan will someday be a tourist centre again"

january 2008 -

The story of the evolution of the Hidden Afghanistan exposition in Amsterdam's Nieuwe Kerk reads like a boy's adventure. Seven staff members of Kabul's National Museum risked their lives in 1998 to bring the collection to safety.

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Aditya Assarat: "The echo of the tsunami can still be heard"

january 2008 -

Independent Thai cineaste Aditya Assarat (Bangkok, 1972), shot his first full-length film Wonderful Town in the village of Takua Pa in southern Thailand, where the tsunami spread death and destruction. The effects of the disaster are still visible everywhere; both the population and the economy are still struggling to overcome the events.

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Odak Onyango: "Theatre makes people more assertive"

December 2007 -

The Kenyan K-PAG creates performances with a message, without losing their focus on art. With Make love, make sense the company wants to create more awareness around hiv.

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Leading part for Kurdish culture

August 2007 -

Half Moon, the successful film by Kurdish Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, has been banned in his own homeland because of 'separatist elements'. The ban is already strongly affecting Ghobadi's career.

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Anwar Ibrahim: "Education and culture are the drivers of development"

July 2007 -

Anwar Ibrahim, former minister and deputy prime minister of Malaysia, has travelled the world in a mission to bring about a dialogue between different religions. He visited the Netherlands in June 2007 at the invitation of the Society for International Development (SID).

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