Can culture create identity, can it unite peoples, fill humanistic ideals with content? Can it strengthen the European idea? Those are the questions people from the culture scene and politicians alike ponder in our turbulent era, at a time when what has long been taken for granted seems to be waning and people speak of a loss of values. And the answer is usually "yes." World War, loss of values, contemplation The situation was not all that different in 1917, about a century ago — but for the fact that Europe was at war at the time. In the midst of that calamity, three men dreamed of a cosmopolitan Europe and a festival that would bring peace. Their names were Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Richard Strauss and Max Reinhardt. Hofmannsthal was a much-celebrated poet, writer and librettist who had a great influence on his generation. Strauss was the most famous composer of his time and Reinhardt the most important director and impresario. The vision was shared by opera director Franz Schalk … [Read more...] about Why the Salzburg Festival is in Salzburg
Performers for essence festival 2019
Art troupes from at least 12 countries as well as Vietnam are scheduled to perform in the biennial Hue Festival scheduled to take place from April 27 to May 2 in the former royal city of Hue (Photo: danviet.vn) Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) - Art troupes from at least 12 countries as well as Vietnam are scheduled to perform in the biennial Hue Festival scheduled to take place from April 27 to May 2 in the former royal city of Hue. Performances will include dance, music, circus, street arts, installation arts, cinematography, and exhibitions. Participating countries include China, Japan, Thailand, Mongolia, Russia, Denmark, Peru, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Chile and Australia. With the theme “Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development”, the 10th edition of the festival aims to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and promote the image of Hue City to international visitors. [Hue Festival to honour city of world heritages] Hue Festival 2018 will honour … [Read more...] about 20 int’l art troupes to perform at Hue Festival
NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since it was first announced, the idea of Tom Hanks playing Mr. Rogers has seemed like dream casting, a match as snug as a warm zip-up sweater. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Hanks as the host of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” premiered Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival, revealing a nuanced and layered performance by Hanks that goes well beyond the cardigan. The film, which will open in theaters Nov. 22, isn’t a Fred Rogers biopic but dramatizes the true story of magazine journalist (Matthew Rhys, playing a fictionalized version of writer Tom Junod) who went to Pittsburgh to profile Rogers for Esquire magazine. Directed by Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”), “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” focuses on how an encounter with the hyper-sensitive, open-hearted Rogers transformed the cynical New York reporter. Hanks’ performance is only a part of … [Read more...] about Would you be mine? Hanks unveils his Mr. Rogers at festival
When it comes to music festivals, the biggest may not necessarily be the best.But some of the best-known - such as Glastonbury or Woodstock - are famous not only for the quality of the acts, but also for their size.The music festival industry is currently worth $3bn (£2.28bn) globally and continues to grow, according to research by Festicket, which arranges tickets and accommodation for music festivals. Many festivals highlight the fact they are, by some definition, the largest. So which one is?According to record-keepers, it's on an island in Austria.Donauinselfest, or the Danube Island Festival, regularly attracts more than 2 million festival-goers. Attendance across the three days reached 3.3 million in 2015, earning it the title of "largest attendance at a music festival", according to Guinness World Records.The record was verified by a specialist consultant on behalf of Guinness.The team behind the festival was unaware that it held the accolade, telling the BBC in an email: … [Read more...] about Music festivals: What’s the world’s biggest?
MADRID (AP) — Pedro Almodóvar’s latest drama “Pain and Glory,” which was inspired by his own life story, will represent the country in the competition for this year’s Oscars, Spain’s Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences announced Thursday. The film starring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz will compete with other global entries for a nomination as Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. “Pain and Glory” received broad acclaim at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France, where Banderas won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of a film director in his decline who flirts with drugs and has to confront his own past. Almodóvar won a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival last month. ____ This story has been corrected to show that Almodovar won his Venice award last month, not in June. … [Read more...] about Almodóvar’s ‘Pain and Glory’ picked to bid for a 2019 Oscar