Art & Culture

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Titanic artefacts linked to officer

2012-04-07 FROM the pitch-black depths 2.5 miles (4 kilometres) beneath the North Atlantic, salvagers of the Titanic made a notable discovery when they located the personal effects of William Murdoch, the bridge officer who tried in vain to keep the doomed...

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Cultural integration takes centre stage at NY show

2012-04-05 THE contemporary Vietnamese visual and performance artist Dao Anh Khanh will impress New York audiences with a live performance on Friday. According to the artist, whose domestic and abroad performances consistently receive rave reviews, this week's...

Malaysia's culture reflected in crafts

2012-04-05 MALAYSIA boasts a rich legacy in the arts and crafts, clearly highlighting Malaysian craftsmanship.Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation (Kraftangan Malaysia) has been working hard to preserve and...

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Kuwait artist more intent after exhibit shut-down

2012-04-04 A KUWAITI artist whose pictures of men were deemed "obscene" by authorities said she would keep on producing art that challenged perceptions of society in the Gulf Arab state after her exhibition was shut down.!Officials sent by the...

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...

Thai potters work to keep ancient tradition alive

2012-04-04 PIMPAN Pleurngnoi puts the finishing touches to a brightly coloured statue of a curly-haired fairy, painting the fairy's eyes a sparkling blue. Nearby, her elderly mother carefully brushes thick brown paint on a small dog made of clay."They're...

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

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...

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...

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...

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