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Banlieues Bleues 2011

Posted by dan on February 23, 2011

Banlieues Bleues 2011

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Banlieues Bleues, an annual five-week festival of French and international music – jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, flamenco and world music – is about to begin next month. Some programs already start on the 1st of March, with the main festival events from the 11th of March till the 8th of April. The venues, including La Dynamo, are a bit out but can be reached conveniently by RER or other means. If you find something that you like – and if you’re around this time – maybe it’s worth that little effort.

Banlieues Bleues official website: www.banlieuesbleues.org

La Dynamo
9, rue Gabrielle Josserand
93500 Pantin

Access:
Bus 170 – 249 – 330
RER E Pantin
Métro ligne 7 Aubervilliers – Pantin – Quatre Chemins

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Ederlezi – the Gypsy Spring Festival

Posted by dan on January 26, 2011

Scene from the film ‘Time of the Gypsies’. Click on link if video doesn’t play. The film was made into an opera and performed at the Milan Cathedral and Opéra Bastille in Paris. See scenes from the opera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUQCNlHYDBo

The Gypsy exodus is very beautifully presented in ‘Latcho Drom’, a film by Tony Gatlif. It shows the journey from India to Europe through music and images only, recorded in Roma  (Gypsy) communities in India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain.

Different in style and focus, ‘Time of the Gypsies’ by Emir Kusturica is another classic on the life of the Roma people. Set in Yougoslavia and Italy, it gives a good insight into petty crime and how the Gypsy are victimized by their own people. Music, composed by Goran Bregović and based on traditional Serbian Roma melodies, plays an important part in this film as well. A famous scene is the Spring festival of Ederlezi, also known as Đurđevdan.

About the festival:

Ederlezi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ederlezi_%28song%29
Đurđevdan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%90ur%C4%91evdan

About the films:

Latcho Drom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latcho_Drom
Time of the Gypsies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_of_the_Gypsies

About the opera:

NY Times: Opera With Attitude, Guitars, and a Dose of Mayhemhttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/28/arts/music/28emir.html?_r=1

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Ozora festival, Hungary

Posted by dan on January 25, 2011

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The festival was born on the total eclipse in 1999 – some twenty thousand people descended on the little village of Ozora in southern Hungary to attend the Solipse Festival. Locals have never seen anything like this before, but were impressed how peaceful the event was. It also boosted the local economy, with farmers selling  their produce and locals working on the event. In 2005 the festival, under the official name O.Z.O.R.A. Festival, was reborn and became an annual event, still presenting the best international artists and attracting visitors from all over the world. Close to Austria and Slovenia, but many people arrive from much further afield, either by car or on budget flights – direct party buses are provided from the Budapest airport.

A full confirmed lineup has been announced for the 2011 event.

O.Z.O.R.A. Festival official website: http://www.ozorafestival.eu/

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Loi Krathong – thanking nature

Posted by dan on November 20, 2010

This video is produced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. See video in English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSkriTLhM7A

Loi Khratong is a Thai festival which has its roots in the Hindu Diwali festival. Its meaning has changed in Buddhist Thailand – instead of celebrating the return of Lord Rama, Thais pay their respect to the spirit of waters for sustaining life: the rice fields, fish, men and beast. Held usually on the evening of the fool moon of November, people descend on the rivers, klongs (canal), lakes and ponds, and float lit up wreaths made of banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks. It is also a party time, with loud music and restaurants full of people.

More about Loi Khratong: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi_Krathong

Loi Khratong official website: http://www.loikrathong.net/en/index.php

 

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Maha Kumbh Nagar – megapolis not marked on any map

Posted by dan on November 13, 2010

Naga Sadhu on horse back

Naga Sadhu on horse back

Happens only once every 144 years in India, the Maha Kumbh Mela is the biggest gathering of people anywhere in the world. In 2001 up to 100 million people flocked to the Hindu festival located between Varanasi and Ahmedabad where three holy rivers – the Yamuna, Ganges and the mythical Saraswati River – merge. On any given days there were at least 10 million people present, with around 20 million people on peak days. With its sprawling tent city (Maha Kumbh Nagar) and temporary citizens who live there for a month this makes it one of the biggest cities in the world – except that at any other time you wouldn’t find there anything.

“The normal Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 4 years, the Ardh (half) Kumbh Mella is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Prayag, the Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, at four places (Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik). The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela which comes after 12 ‘Purna Kumbh Melas’, or 144 years, is held at Allahabad.

The last Ardh Kumbh Mela was held over a period of 45 days beginning in January 2007, more than 70 million Hindu pilgrims took part in the Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayag, and on January 15, the most auspicious day of the festival of Makar Sankranti, more than 5 million participated.

The previous Maha Kumbh Mela, held in 2001, was attended by around 60 million people, making it at the time the largest gathering anywhere in the world in recorded history.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumbh_Mela

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