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Muzykstan, Central Asian art at Venice Biennial

June 2007 -

For the second time, the Venice Biennial (10 June - 21 November 2007) will have a pavilion with work by five visual artists from five Central Asian countries. A new, young generation of artists shows work primarily reflecting the cross-over between new media and contemporary music, in which the laptop often plays an important part.

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Chinese alternative documentary festival continues

June 2007 -

In April 2007, in Yunnan, South China, the third Yunfest was held: an international documentary festival that provides a platform for the growing documentary world.

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Check List: controversial African project during Biennial in Venice

May 2007 -

Never before has African contemporary art been assigned such prominence at the Venice Biennial, opening for the 52nd time on 10 June 2007. The continent’s participation is however subject to controversy.

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South African playwright Mike van Graan: commerce and engagement

April 2007 -

Mike van Graan is an independent producer, and is seen as the figurehead of contemporary critical theatre in South Africa.

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Enthusiastic reactions to Sahel Opera in Bamako

March 2007 -

After overcoming numerous obstacles, in part due to the sudden death of the producer late in 2006, Bintou Wéré, un Opéra du Sahel finally premiered in Mali’s capital Bamako on 17 February 2007. A few reactions from the audience.

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Silent parents

March 2007 -

New Year Baby - Director Socheata Poeuv was born in a refugee camp after her parents escaped from Pol Pot's reign of terror in Cambodia. In New Year Baby she takes them and the audience with her on a trip to their past.

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Hamlet between reality and virtuality

March 2007 -

The interdisciplinary theatre group LOT Teatro from Peru performed an interpretation of Shakespeare's Hamlet in a television studio in Lima late in February 2007 as a reflection on today's consumer society: Marketing/Hamlet/Set.

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Palestinian history as shocking collage

February 2007 -

Gate of the Sun, published in Beirut in 1998 and awarded the Palestine Award the same year, is considered in the Arabic world as an outstanding work which reconstructs and copes with contemporary Palestinian history for the first time.

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Life on the run in Casablanca

February 2007 -

WWW, What a Wonderful World is a wonderful film. Bensaidi has succeeded in making an entertaining film that leaves much unexposed.

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Poetry and film at World Social Forum

February 2007 -

The Centre for Creative Arts, based at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa, presented a provocative line-up of poetry and film at this year's World Social Forum.

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