Art & Culture

Saturday, 3 March 2012

'Lost' novel by dead Nobel laureate published

2012-03-03 A "LOST" novel by Portuguese Nobel literature laureate Jose Saramago (pic) which he wrote in the 1950s before he achieved international acclaim has been published nearly two years after his death.Saramago sent the manuscript for "...

Chinese director to stage opera for London

2012-03-03 FILM director Zhang Yimou, who engineered the spectacular opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is to stage an opera in London as part of the arts shows leading up to the 2012 London Olympics.The version of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot,...

Taxidermy hobby gives new meaning to stuffed animals

2012-03-03 THERE are mice and men and, thanks to a macabre hobby, there are also mice that look like men.Bent over tables in a room in an industrial corner of Brooklyn recently, about 20 New Yorkers used scalpels to slice into dead white mice, the first step...

Friday, 2 March 2012

Czech Bauhaus gem open again after revamp

2012-03-02 THE UNESCO-listed Tugendhat villa, a Bauhaus-style architectural gem in the southern Czech city of Brno, reopened its doors on Wednesday, following a complete renovation.The clean-lined 20th-century villa nestled in a vast sloping garden is the work...

Myanmar's new policy sees resurgence in art renaissance

2012-03-02 MYANMAR artist Nyein Chan Su's paintings have a breezy simplicity. Broad, colourful strokes and exaggerated figures, often in silhouette, capture an isolated country steeped in Buddhist culture but blighted by years of military rule.But selling them...

Intricate 'noh' masks represents Japan's lost tsunami victims

2012-03-02 AN AMATEUR carver of the ornate masks used in traditional "noh" theatre took visitors on a tour of his works Thursday, in an exhibition mounted in memory of family who died in Japan's tsunami.Kenshi Kimura's work, mostly depicting the...

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Change needed to revamp Malaysia's boring libraries

2012-03-01 BORING, unexciting places that one would go to only if they had to. That was the honest answer given by some Malaysians when asked about their national libraries.Some also found the library a place that is only suitable for children and university...

No excavation for mysterious tomb near Qinshihuang Mausoleum

2012-03-01 A MYSTERIOUS tomb suspected of belonging to the last emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC) will not be excavated until thorough studies are conducted for subsequent protection plans, according to China's cultural heritage authorities.China's...

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Malaysia's SB played key role in fighting communists

2012-02-29 A RETIRED British police officer who served in Malaysia during the colonial era, revealed that the Police's Special Branch (SB) had played an important role in fighting against communists during the emergency years from June 1948 until July 1960. !...

Britain Olympic Association to open museum on 2012 Games site

2012-02-29 THE British Olympic Association (BOA) will open a museum on the site of the 2012 Games to mark London hosting the event three times. The venue at Olympic Park in east London will open in 2014 and charge for entry, unlike most other museums in...

Namibia to join int'l folklore festival in France

2012-02-29 NAMIBIA will be the only African country to participate in the 39th International Folklore Festival in France this year, Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) reported. !"The cultural groups to represent Namibia at the folklore festival will come from...

Prominent S Korean conductor in Pyongyang

2012-02-29 A PROMINENT South Korean conductor is in Pyongyang this week for a planned joint concert in Paris by orchestras from North Korea and from France.Chung Myung-whun arrived yesterday to make arrangements for the concert between the North's Unhasu...

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

In Germany, communist propaganda art gathers dust

2012-02-28 PILED-UP, forgotten and gathering dust, 23,000 artworks from the former East Germany fill a vast warehouse southeast of Berlin, testimony to an oppressive past.From busts of Karl Marx to paintings glorifying the "Heroes of Socialist Labour...

Pakistani director wins Oscar for film on acid attack victims

2012-02-28 PAKISTANI filmmaker and first-time Oscar nominee Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won an Academy Award on Monday for her documentary about acid attack victims, a first for a Pakistani director.Her victory shines a spotlight on a subject which affects thousands...

Tawau cultural festival a potential tourism icon for Malaysia

2012-02-28 THE Tawau International Cultural Festival (TICF) has the potential to become a national tourism icon with the support of the mass media, Malaysia's Assistant Minister of Finance Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan said.It would not be surprising that in...

Monday, 27 February 2012

Kuwait, Brunei strengthen ties

2012-02-27 SINCE establishing diplomatic ties in 1990, Kuwait and Brunei continue to enjoy close and mutually beneficial relationship. Both countries have signed a number of agreements and MoU's to facilitate cooperation in an array of fields, including trades...

Saturday, 25 February 2012

History of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy

2012-02-25 ON February 25, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaullah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam will officially launch the fourth Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for ASEAN Youth Football Championship.The Hassanal Bolkiah...

Friday, 24 February 2012

Reporter recalls rare trip to Pol Pot's dark Cambodia

2012-02-24 WHEN the Khmer Rouge invited a pair of American journalists to Cambodia in the late 1970s for a rare glimpse of the revolution, they found empty streets and schools in a city with no laughter."There was nobody there. It was like walking into...

A new Bruneian anthology in Arabic

2012-02-24 MALAY literature in general and Bruneian literature in particular occupy a high position in literary world today. Brunei poetry, in my opinion, has two main features which distinguish it from Malay poetry in other Malay countries. The first feature...

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Happy National Day to everyone

2012-02-23 BRUNEI DARUSALAM'S independence celebrations began with the official opening ceremony of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on 23rd September 1983. That date coincided with the 70th birthday of His Majesty's father, Sultan Haji Omar Ali...

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