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Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou

The global musical phenomenon of Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.

Art is not a luxury, not an adornment of civilization. It is a necessity. It is one of the central purposes of civilization. Artists lead in ways politicians, chief executives, or generals cannot. They enable us to explore the mysterious - deep within us and all around us. They find the universal within the quotidian and in what has never before been imagined - the links that bind us to one another in the most profound ways.

More than half a century on, as Britain’s music industry continues to propel it to the top ranks of surveys such as the Soft Power 30, there are signs that another cultural revolution may be under way. But this time the mop-topped oddballs with a catchy tune hail from a country that has until now rarely bothered the top ranks of such surveys: China.

The Indo-American Association has scored a coup by booking the Martha Graham Dance Company for an October performance. The association also will stretch boundaries this year with a show of Indo-jazz fusion featuring some of the biggest names in that business [...] More broadly, the association's 2017 season embraces peace, love and tolerance across multiple art forms that strongly celebrate Indian culture.

How did an art exhibit in an abandoned Hong Kong restaurant turn into an international mural festival based in Kakaako? The evolution of POW! WOW! Hawaii, an event known to contemporary artists around the world, started with local artist Jasper Wong. When he was based in Hong Kong in 2010, Wong set out to create art that focused on process and collaboration rather than sales potential.

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February 17, 2017

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But as part of the inaugural Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia Topa) in Melbourne, cultural categorisation is inevitable. Although not the festival’s overt aim, Asia Topa and festivals like it – including Adelaide’s OzAsia festival – categorise performers according to geography and culture in an attempt to improve a still underdeveloped relationship between Australia and its neighbours.

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