Art and Culture

Colorful portraits show faces of New Hampshire drug crisis

CONCORD, N.H. — At the New Hampshire State Library’s latest art exhibit, the bright smiles and bold colours of the canvases belied the broken hearts of those who attended its opening reception. More than 80 paintings are on display this month featuring the faces of the state’s opioid epidemic. What started as one mother’s private …

Davao, Indonesian traders meet to boost sea linkage

DAVAO CITY, Aug 10 – Davao and Indonesian traders are holding talks aimed at enhancing the Davao-GenSan-Bitung Roll-On Roll-Off route service which kicked-off in April, this year. Indonesian Consul General in Davao Berlian Napitupulu disclosed the ongoing talks of Davao businessmen with its Indonesian partners are follow up to several business meetings held this month …

Tibiao: Antique’s untold story revealed in a book

ILOILO CITY, Aug 10 — The untold story of Tibiao, a northern town of Antique known for its “kawa” hot bath and other tourism attractions, has been revealed in a book written by a retired brigadier general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Former General Vicente Pangantihon, who retired from service April 19, …

Afghan boy known as ‘Little Picasso’ shows works in Serbia

BELGRADE, Serbia — A 10-year-old migrant from Afghanistan, who has been nicknamed “Little Picasso,” is using his first ever exhibition to help another boy in need. Farhad Nouri’s drawings and photographs were put on display Wednesday in what was also his charity event to raise money for a Serbian boy recovering from brain tumour surgery. …

Fifty years of celebrating island culture at Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival

In the aftermath of Toronto’s lively Caribbean Carnival last weekend — the 50th “jump up” since 1967 — it might seem naive or even rude to ask: Why have a Caribbean Carnival in Canada? The festival celebrates Caribbean culture in Canada. It also reminds us of the history of creative resistance in which dehumanized, enslaved …

Curtain’s up: Fall decor takes the style stage

Theatrical silhouettes. Stirring colours. Compelling patterns. This fall, we’re seeing decor that confidently takes the spotlight, and the story’s got something for everyone. “It’s like midcentury modern has met Sophia Loren,” laughs New York-based interior designer Elaine Griffin, describing some of the season’s hottest styles. “French and Italian Art Deco influences abound in decor that’s …

First Nation wants controversial sculpture by New York artist taken down

CALGARY — A First Nation near Calgary is calling on the city to remove a controversial piece of public art that has previously drawn criticism from those who don’t like the $500,000 price tag as well as those who just don’t like its looks. On Tuesday, Kevin Littlelight of the Tsuu T’ina First Nation lambasted …

First Nation wants controversial sculpture by New York artist taken down

CALGARY— A First Nation near Calgary is calling on the city to remove a controversial piece of public art that has previously drawn criticism from those who don’t like the $500,000 price tag as well as those who just don’t like its looks. On Tuesday, Kevin Littlelight of the Tsuu T’ina First Nation lambasted the …

Ancient tiny church in western England a keeper of history

KEMPLEY, England — I’m lost in a world of hedges. The narrow lanes crowd in. I drive ever slower, looking for a signpost. Just as I think I’m lost, a squat, square tower and a weather vane peep above the greenery. St. Mary’s Church, in Kempley, in Gloucestershire, western England, is a hidden gem. The …

Grand parade showcases diverse cultures of ASEAN countries

MANILA, Aug. 8 — A grand parade was held Tuesday afternoon along Roxas Boulevard to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The activity was highlighted by regional dances which showcased the various cultures of the ASEAN member countries. Marching bands also participated to add fanfare to the event. Furthermore, …

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