Art Worldwide

Chirikure: 'I assert my right to express myself'

August 2005 -

Chirikure Chirikure draws strength from the cultural history of his country, Zimbabwe, which currently stands on the brink of economic and political ruin. This poet, writer, singer and organiser has had to deal with physical threats both direct and indirect, as his son has been threatened too. Nevertheless, Chirikure says: 'The age-old Shona tales, the music, the carvings, the language - I draw strength from these to carry on.

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African injection for Western opera

July 2005 -

Madame Paradji is the first opera that strives to unite the best traditions from West Africa and from the West in the area of music theatre.

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Ethiopian superstar Mahmoud Ahmed is not Bono

July 2005 -

On his 2005 summer tour through Europe the legendary Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed also performed in the Netherlands.

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Hubert Bals Fund supports 46 film projects

June 2005 -

The Hubert Bals fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) will contribute a total of € 630,000 to 46 film projects and initiatives in non-Western countries.

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Orquesta de la Papaya puts on first pan-Central American concert tour

May 2005 -

After three years of appearances at popular and well-respected festivals in America and Europe, last month the Orquesta de la Papaya was finally able to fulfil its fondest wish: from 2 to 17 April the orchestra was able to put on a series of concerts in five Central American countries.

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Poetry festivals in Africa

May 2005 -

Six years ago on March 21, the first World Poetry Day was held. UNESCO hopes that this initiative will encourage ‘the reading and writing of poetry throughout the world’. Every year, this day is used to draw people’s attention to, and recognise the importance of, regional, national and international movements in the world of poetry.

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The Valley of the Dog Songs (DVD)

May 2005 -

The Valley of the Dog Songs is a documentary about six young artists from Lima, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Jakarta, Los Angeles and Buenos Aires respectively.

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Tsitsi Dangarembga films African stories

April 2005 -

'I want to translate stories from the Zimbabwean tradition into modern imagery.' Tsitsi Dangarembga knows what she wants to achieve with her films.

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Experimental projections in the streets of Kunming, China

April 2005 -

Jianghu 3 is an exposition of experimental video and installation art by 80 international and Chinese artists in Kunming, Southwest China. The exposition was held at the end of March 2005 at the initiative of the Chinese Lijiang studio.

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Poems of Tin Moe, Prince Claus Laureatus 2004

March 2005 -

Presentation at the Prince Claus Fund, 24 February 2005

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