Monday, 2 May 2016
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Playing instruments was banned during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan but now the country’s first female orchestra is fighting the taboo and preparing to make its international debut. Full story here: http://reut.rs/22IyCUK
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Thursday, 31 March 2016
This stunning mural in Cairo, Egypt celebrates its residents who sort and recycle the city's waste with the message, "If one wants to see the light of the sun, he must wipe his eyes."
Posted by Global Citizen on Friday, 1 April 2016
Artist Tunisian-French artist eL Seed created a giant mural across 50 buildings in Cairo without the government noticing! eL Seed says he didn't contact the Egyptian government before starting the project in order to protect the community where he'd be working.
Art activist Morehshin Allahyari teams artists from the US and Iran in a creative exchange designed to build bridges between the countries. She urges us to take action and think about how we can use our own talents to extend what collaboration can look like.
See complete bio and all TEDxDU Talks at www.tedxdu.com.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Thursday, 24 March 2016
Sunday, 13 March 2016
Jafar Meray wants images to bring hope (Homs, Syria - 2016)
Pianist plays John Lennon's Imagine outside Bataclan concert hall after Terror attacks (Paris, France - 2015)
Pianist plays John Lennon's Imagine outside Bataclan concert hall, the day after more than 127 people were slaughtered during the Paris terror attacks. An unnamed man plays John Lennon's Imagine on a grand piano outside the Bataclan in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks.
Posted by The Guardian on Saturday, 14 November 2015. The pianist attracted huge media attention as he performed a jazzy version of the late Beatle's classic ballad.
Ayham al-Ahmad, the pianist of Yarmouk (Damascus, Syria - 2015)HERE.
Karim Wasfi, the cellist of Baghdad (Iraq - 2015)
Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, had decided to play amid the wreckage to drive home a message.
Iraqis needed to experience beauty, not just endure one bomb after another.
“It’s about reaching out to people exactly where someone had experienced something so grotesque and ugly earlier,” Wasfi said in an interview. “The spot where people lost their lives, the spot where people were still trying to stay alive, trying to function.” More HERE.
Vedran Smailovic, the cellist of Sarajevo (w. Joan Baez, 1992)
On May 27, 1992 news spread throughout central Sarajevo that a bakery had received a shipment of flour. Hundreds of people assembled in the market square waiting hours in line for bread.
Suddenly, shells lobbed from surrounding hills struck the square, leaving a large crater. Among the ruble were 22 dead men, women and children and more than 100 wounded.
Nearby, a man named Vedran Smailovic saw the destruction and ran to the square to help his fallen neighbors. Later he returned home.
Unable to sleep, Vedran struggled with the senseless massacre of so many innocent people. He knew he had to do something, but what?
Dressed in a formal evening jacket, Vedran returned to the square the next day and set a simple chair among the rubble. Although many people had returned to the square to wait in line for bread among the rubble of the previous days massacre, a quiet fell as Vedran played Adagio in G minor, a song known as a musical cry for peace. More HERE.
Saturday, 12 March 2016
"Unilever clean up your mess." Viral rap video slams giant company for failed clean up.
An Indian rapper has gone viral with a music video calling on consumer products giant Unilever to clean up alleged toxic waste from a forested southern hill station.
Sofia Ashraf's video, posted online by a nongovernmental organization called Jhatkaa, or "shock" in Hindi, has had more than a million views on YouTube, drawing attention to accusations against a thermometer factory in the town of Kodaikanal that closed down 14 years ago.
Hindustan Unilever, the Indian subsidiary of the consumer goods company, has denied wrongdoing. It disputes claims of former workers who say their health has been damaged by exposure to mercury. (More: REUTERS).
Friday, 11 March 2016
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Friday, 12 February 2016
Students Design 3-In-1 Wearable Shelter For Refugees
This jacket turns into a tent that could be used to help fleeing Syrian refugees.
Posted by The Huffington Post on Wednesday, 10 February 2016