Festivals

Venice Film Festival opens - 09/01/2017

VENICE, ITALY (dpa)- The 74th Venice International Film Festival has opened with a premiere screening of Alexander Payne's "Downsizing" at the gala in the Sala Grande theatre. The satirical film's...

Chinese directors win top prizes at Marrakesh film festival - 12/11/2016

RABAT, MOROCCO- Two Chinese filmmakers won the top awards at the Marrakesh film festival this weekend, with Zang Qiwu's "The Donor" on the controversial issue of organ transplants taking the coveted...

Crowds dice with death at Myanmar's explosive fire balloon festival - 11/12/2016

TAUNGGYI, MYANMAR, Caroline Henshaw- The skies of central Myanmar were set ablaze this week with the beginning of the Taunggyi fire balloon festival, one of the most beautiful and dangerous...

At festival, a unique take on Prince's 'Purple Rain' - 10/03/2016

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, Shaun Tandon- When pop legend Prince died, the indie rocker Twin Shadow said his first impulse was to rush to the studio to record a tribute to one of his musical heroes....

With peace, Spanish cinema breaks taboo and talks ETA - 09/24/2016

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN, Daniel Bosque- Few issues marked Spain's recent history as much as the violence of Basque separatist group ETA, but it was only when peace finally came that this bloody period...

Giant Slow Food festival kicks off in Italy - 09/22/2016

TURIN, ITALY- One of the world's biggest gourmet food and wine fairs opens Thursday in Turin, with this year's edition taking its tasting sessions, workshops and street food parties to the streets...

Munich's Oktoberfest opens amid tight security - 09/18/2016

MUNICH, GERMANY- The Oktoberfest, Munich's annual beer festival, opened on Saturday with a stronger police presence than usual after a string of attacks in recent months in Germany. In the southern...

Drones overfly Champs-Elysee in 'magical' Paris festival - 09/05/2016

PARIS, FRANCE- The Champs-Elysee was the setting of a mini-air show on Sunday as amateur drone enthusiasts flew their high-tech toys over the famed Paris avenue in the city's first festival...

Edinburgh celebrates European culture after Brexit vote - 08/13/2016

EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM, Juliette Rabat- Nearly two months after Britain shocked the world by voting to leave the European Union, Edinburgh festival is celebrating the European roots which have...

Salzburg Festival offers 'soul food in troubled times' - 07/29/2016

VIENNA, AUSTRIA- The Salzburg Festival kicked off on Thursday, with organisers hoping the classical arts extravaganza would give visitors some respite from the "troubled times" Europe is facing. The...
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