Art & Culture

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Beijing risks losing its symbolic style

2012-04-04 THERE are few tourists taking the rickshaws in the soon-to-be renovated area surrounding Beijing's Drum and Bell towers in the cold months, even though they stock blankets.Drivers roam the square to hunt for customers or nap in their rickshaws. Yang...

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Old Baba, Nyonya artefacts bring memories to life

2012-04-03 TIME flushes away a lot of things, good or bad, leaving the bygones be bygones, good only as memories, historical lessons or guidance.Pentique Gallery located at Chulia Street, in Penang's Georgetown, is an antique shop displaying Nyonya apparels...

Silver screen, Chaplin treasures sold at auction

2012-04-03 A TRADEMARK bowler hat and cane once owned by Charlie Chaplin sold for US$100,000 (around $125,638) on Sunday, at a Hollywood auction where Whitney Houston gowns and gems also went under the hammer weeks after she died.The bamboo walking cane once...

Angkor Wat replica planned in Indian state

2012-04-03 A BIGGER version of the famous 12th century Angkor Wat temple (pic) in Cambodia is set to come up in eastern India's Bihar state, according to a local daily in Bihar's state capital Patna last Friday.With some help from corporate houses and rich...

Monday, 2 April 2012

Arduous art of fine chocolate tasting

2012-04-02 FIRST study the colour, then the nose, the structure and taste: as for any good chocolate, tasting chocolate is both a treat and a serious art, requiring regular practice to fine-tune the senses.And who better to offer a lesson in chocolate tasting...

Good old days of movie theatres

2012-04-02 THE recent demolition and refurbishment of two old buildings in Malaysia's Seremban town centre was reminiscent of the good old days of movie-watching among local residents. Capitol, Rex and seven others theatres used to be perfect companions for...

Chinese imperial seal auctioned

2012-04-02 A CARVED jade seal used by the Chinese emperor Jiaqing (1796-1820) was on Saturday sold at an auction in France for nearly 700,000 euros, the auction house said.The seal is carved with dragons and four characters in the style of stamps from the Han...

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Cezanne masterpiece rediscovered

2012-03-29 A RARE, pristine Paul Cezanne watercolour, which has not been seen in public since 1953, is expected to sell for as much as US$20 million at an auction in May, Christie's said on Tuesday.The late 19th-century work on paper is one of Cezanne's...

Lost and found old Beijing 'treasures'

2012-03-29 SONG Zhenzhong has found an impressive display area for his collection of "old stuff" a dimly lit, temperature-controlled room the size of five Olympic swimming pools at the National Convention Centre. They form part of the centre's...

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Snow White 'thriller' ballet premieres to US audiences

2012-03-28 FRENCH choreographer Angelin Preljocaj is hoping to cast a spell on US audiences with his ballet "Snow White", an adaptation of what he calls the "thriller" fairytale by the Brothers Grimm.The edgy dance master created the 2008...

After cherry blossom, Japanese classic, modern arts arrive in US

2012-03-28 JAPAN is presenting to the United States highlights of its culture both old and new, with a rare exhibition of elaborate centuries-old nature scrolls and performances by a top-selling pop band.Japan is seeking to make the most of the 100th...

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Bernama promotes reading culture in office environment

2012-03-27 TO CREATE a knowledgeable society, the Malaysian government says that both a reading culture and a thirst for knowledge are essential.Therefore, numerous steps have been taken to inculcate a reading culture among Malaysians, with many agencies,...

China's Laosi town may get UNESCO recognition

2012-03-27 A BID has begun to have the ruins of Laosi town, known as China's Pompei for the site's well-preserved cultural landscape and relics, recognised with a UNESCO cultural heritage listing.The cultural authority in central China's Hunan province, home...

Major Tibetan heritage building to get face-lift

2012-03-27 A 303-year-old monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in northwest China's Gansu province will get a government-funded renovation starting from this year, it was announced on Friday.The 300-million-yuan (around US$47.6 million) project will begin at Labrang...

Monday, 26 March 2012

Tourism potentials in Bangladesh

2012-03-26 TOURISM in Bangladesh is an industry of immense potentials. In recent years, this industry has emerged as a force having economic, social and cultural impact across the country.Bangladesh is bestowed with bounty of nature and immense beauty. Its...

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Massive carved jade mountain found inside renovated house

2012-03-22 A 200-YEAR-OLD intricately carved "jade mountain" of emerald-green Burmese jade (picture) a half-ton piece of statuary has been unearthed in Jiangsu province and astonished experts say it rivals similar jade mountains in the Palace...

Van Gogh painting authenticated

2012-03-22 A STILL life depicting a bouquet of flowers painted by Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh in 1886 has been authenticated in a study which used a new x-ray technique, a Dutch museum spokeswoman said Tuesday."With this new radiography, there was no...

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Somalia's national theatre reopens

2012-03-21 SOMALIA'S national theatre reopened in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu for the first time in 20 years Monday with the president voicing hope it would mark a watershed in the long quest for peace."Somalia has historic literary traditions that...

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Hong Kong director Ann Hui honoured for life's work

2012-03-20 HONG KONG director Ann Hui (pictured) will be honoured for her life's work at the Asian Film Awards on Monday, in recognition of classics such as "Song of the Exile".Hui, the first female director to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award...

Chinese learning French to flee

2012-03-20 THOUSANDS of people in China are trying to write their own ticket out of the country — in French. Chinese desperate to emigrate have discovered a backdoor into Canada that involves applying for entry into the country's francophone province...

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