Quinta-feira, 5 de Janeiro de 2012

Salameh believes in investing in individuals rather than buildings. (Grace Kassab/The Daily Star)

 

BEIRUT: Time was, artists and arts administrators in this country wished that Lebanon were more European. Standards vary from state to state but, historically, Western European governments have demonstrated a degree of financial and institutional commitment to art and cultural production that the managers of Lebanon’s meager state had no means, and little interest, to emulate.

With no local support for cultural production, Lebanese artists without independent means have had to rely on financial assistance from Europe, whether from Mother France or the EU.

 

Perceived as extensions of the social welfare state, Europe’s art funding infrastructure has been under threat since the end of last century, the ideological menace finding populist political traction in the wake of the crisis in global finance capitalism that coincided with the end of the second Bush administration.

While the European model of arts infrastructure has come under siege, alternative sources of funding have been evolving in the Middle East. Arab filmmakers have increasingly been lured to a web of production grants spinning out of film festivals in Qatar and the UAE (in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi).

 


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Terça-feira, 3 de Janeiro de 2012

 

 

Uma previsão do que poderá ver no PRÓXIMO FUTURO na edição de 2012...

 

 

 

 

 



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Sexta-feira, 25 de Novembro de 2011

 

How Mozambique turned from war zone to tourist hotspot

 

(CNN) -- Once marred by conflict, Mozambique is slowly emerging as a popular tourist destination as people are drawn in by the tropical weather, beautiful beaches and rich culture.

Mozambique's capital, Maputo is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city bursting with lively sidewalk cafes and jazz venues.

One of Maputo's landmark buildings is the train station designed by an associate of the famous French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.

Today the train station he inspired rarely sees trains, instead its jazz cafe is among the city's best night spots.

The music likely to be performed there is marrabenta, a mix of traditional and urban dance music that was born in the capital.

"It's really become a national genre," said Joao Carlos Schwalba, a musician with the band Ghorwane.

"It was created in the south but slowly it has such a strong rhythm, it really became a national rhythm you can hear it in the south, the center and the north," he continued.

The official language is Portuguese, after settlers first arrived in Mozambique in the 15th century.

Colonial era architecture and relics can be found across the country but the nation has also preserved much of its African cultural heritage, making for an interesting and diverse mix of old and new.

The city has undergone major redevelopment since the end of the civil war and any reminders of the country's brutal past are being carefully transformed in to points of interest. And it is proving a draw with tourists; government figures show that four times as many tourists visited the country in 2010 compared to 2004.

Investment in tourism began in 1992, following a peace agreement, which brought an end to 16 years of civil war in the country.

The old fort in the capital, built by the Portuguese nearly 200 years ago, is a symbol of the country's, sometimes violent, colonial past.

But a group of Mozambique artists are working in the building to transform reminders of Mozambique's more recent civil war into pieces of art.

 

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