Alexandra, one of Johannesburg's most notorious townships, marks its 100th anniversary this year with hopes of revitalizing a slum that has come to symbolize inequality in South Africa.
The ramshackle township that was Nelson Mandela's first home in Johannesburg sits just across a highway from the gleaming high-rise buildings of Sandton, which boasts of being Africa's richest square mile.Full Story
Models strutted down a catwalk in front of Budapest's parliament recently, as part of a fashion show inspired by Hungarian folk motifs, the latest effort to highlight nationalism in art and culture.
The show not only offered new takes on old Hungarian themes but was also held on National Unity Day, a holiday introduced by Prime Minister Viktor Orban in 2010 to promote a united Hungary.Full Story
Cook and Eat Lebanese is a portal designed to connect Lebanese food lovers, consumers and service providers in an uninterrupted fashion, a press release said Monday.
Founded by a group of Lebanese food enthusiasts passionate about promoting Lebanese eating on a global basis, the team has grown to include equally passionate volunteers and professionals with the shared objective of promoting Lebanese food as a primary, shared value that all Lebanese are proud of.Full Story
Aboriginal rock art found in remote Australia has been dated at 28,000 years old, experts said Monday, prompting new speculation that indigenous communities were among the world's most advanced.
Archaeologists picked up the fragment in inaccessible wilderness in Arnhem Land in the country's north a year ago, and recent carbon dating of its charcoal drawing has placed it among some of the oldest art on the planet.Full Story
Hundreds of Romanian artists upped pressure on the government Sunday to preserve the independence of a state-funded body that promotes the country's culture at home and abroad.
An online petition is attracting signatures after Prime Minister Victor Ponta's center-left government issued an emergency order Wednesday to shift control of the Romanian Cultural Institute from the presidency to the Senate.Full Story
An auction of fine and rare wines fetched $2.2 million in Hong Kong on Saturday, with more than 90 percent of the lots sold, the organizers said.
Christie’s Asia head of wine Charles Curtis said the sale "showed the vigor of the fine wine market in Asia".Full Story
A Caravaggio masterpiece, "The Raising of Lazarus," went on show Friday at Rome's Museo di Roma after a meticulous seven-month restoration.
One of the Renaissance master's most important works, it was painted in Sicily soon after he fled from Malta, where he had taken refuge after being sentenced to death for killing a love rival in Rome.Full Story
The Warsaw Chamber Opera raises the curtain Friday on the 22nd edition of its celebrated Mozart Festival, which could be its last, given the opera's shaky financial situation, according to officials.
The small opera house in Poland's capital has been in the "globally unique" position of presenting all of Mozart's stage works every summer for the last 21 years, according to director Stefan Sutkowski.Full Story
In celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the British Embassy in Beirut held a reception at Zaitunay Bay, attended by Vice Prime Minister Samir Mokbel representing Lebanese President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, and MP Yassine Jaber representing Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, the British Embassy in Beirut said in a press release.
The reception was also attended by current and former MP’s, Ministers, Arab and foreign Ambassadors, Businessmen, media officials, members of the British Community, NGO representatives and others.Full Story
Roger Garaudy, a French communist intellectual who denied that the Nazis used gas chambers to kill Jews during World War II, has died aged 98, officials said Friday.
Garaudy was fined 120,000 francs (18,000 dollars) by a Paris court in 1998 for his anti-Zionist work "The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics" which was found to have distorted the wartime deaths of an estimated six million Jews.Full Story