Category Archives: Culture news

USA | Odessa community celebrated the anniversary of the liberation of Odessa in Brooklyn

April 10, at the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Odessa from the Nazi invaders, the celebration “Odessa – the city of glory” was organized in the Davidzon Media theatrical drawing room in New York.

The celebratory program was conducted by the president of Odessa community Igor Kazacker. Guests of the event were able to enjoy a concert combined with a photo exhibition and also to attend the presentation of the book “Ethnology of Odessa in the historical and modern perspectives”. The author of this edition, the head of the Odessa Society for the Protection of Monuments of History and Culture, Alexander Prigarin delivered a lecture to the Americans. The book of Prigarin aroused great interest of the audience. The author was attacked with questions, comments, memories even after the 3-hour holiday program.

India | The mythic queen provokes chaos on streets of India

On January 24 hundreds of protesters went on a rampage vandalising malls and torching cars in the Indian city of Ahmedabad in a bid to stop the release of a controversial Bollywood film scheduled for Thursday.

Groups critical of the film have accused its director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, of distorting history by portraying a Muslim ruler as the “lover” of the Hindu Queen Padmavati of the Rajput warrior clan, which the filmmakers deny. The filmmakers have repeatedly said the film takes its inspiration from an epic poem of the same name, but their assurances have failed to assuage the Karni Sena group.

Serbian Artists Arrested Following Anti-Authoritarianism Art Museum Protest

Police in Serbia have sparked outrage by arresting artists Vladan Jeremić and Uroš Jovanović for ‘insulting’ the country’s President Aleksandar Vučić during the ceremonial re-opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) staged on October 20 a reopening ceremony that marked half a century since the museum received its first visitors during communist times. The MCA has been closed for the last 10 years. As Serbian authorities hosted the lavish political event, a group of artists staged a performance protesting autocratic influences on the arts and popular culture.

U.S. ambassador: We need stronger Moscow-Washington ties

 

Pskov became the first city in Russia to host the Fort Ross Dialogue conference, named after a Russian fortress in California. The event was only previously hosted in America.

The resolution of global issues requires strengthening of mutual understanding between Moscow and Washington. This was stated by U.S. Ambassador John Tefft at the Fort Ross Dialogue forum organized by Rossiyskaya Gazeta at the end of May 2017.

Germany | ‘Cultural sovereign’ Helmut Kohl built an unlikely legacy

Helmut Kohl initiated a large number of national artistic institutions that changed Germany’s cultural landscape. The government’s art expenditures trebled under Kohl’s 1982-1998 tenure as chancellor.

At the start of his chancellorship, Helmut Kohl was the target of much scorn and malice and frequently criticized for his “provincialism.” The appraisal had improved by the time Kohl’s 16-year reign ended in 1998. The Süddeutsche Zeitung, for example, published a piece titled “His Cultural Sovereign, the Chancellor,” which seemed to blend irony with genuine respect for the fact that the government’s art expenditures had trebled under Kohl’s tenure.