France's last ivory carvers faced with extinction

ROUEN, France (AFP) - Annick Colette-Fremond is the fifth generation of her family to practise the art of ivory carving -- and she may be the last of her line, due to new rules in France.She is one of just a handful of French ivor...

William and Kate dust off old Yukon telegraph to send tweet

MONTREAL (AFP) -- Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate dusted off an old telegraph at a Yukon museum to send the first royal Twitter message in Morse code Wednesday.The couple are on a tour of Canada’s Northwest with their...

Migrants Arirang Music Fest to open in Changwon

The Migrants Arirang Music Festival will kick off in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, Friday for a three-day run that culminates with a nationwide singing contest for expats here.The festival features a variety of cultural eve...

Indian community holds 10th Ganesh Festival

The following was contributed by Chinar Pathak, a postdoctoral researcher at Seoul National University and one of the organizers of the Ganesh Festival. -- Ed.The Indian community in Korea on Sept. 11 celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi, ...

Angle Magazine hosts poetry, music events

Expat-run Angle Magazine will host two events to showcase creativity in Busan and Ulsan this week.After running a showcase stage at the Cheoyong Culture Festival last year, the online magazine will take over the Asia Pacific Music...

Chicago blogger Luvvie Ajayi offers wit, wisdom in new book ‘I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual’

“I’m Judging You” By Luvvie AjayiHenry Holt (256 pages, $17)The wit of culture blogger Luvvie Ajayi (AwesomelyLuvvie.com) has earned her quite the following.She has been called upon by the likes of McDonald’s, Comcast and win...

‘Children of the New World’ finds virtual realities disenchanting

“Children of the New World” By Alexander WeinsteinPicador (240 pages, $16)The typical protagonist of Alexander Weinstein’s cautionary tales in “Children of the New World” is a man who could benefit from reading these stories...

My Hometown: Springsteen launches book tour in New Jersey

FREEHOLD, New Jersey (AP) -- The Boss was back in his hometown.   Bruce Springsteen’s latest tour opened Tuesday, and the rocker who usually lets his songs do the talking yielded to fans to take a turn and share their stories of...

Mara Wilson is not Matilda anymore

When Mara Wilson was a little girl, Hollywood couldn’t get enough of her.She was one of those child actors who seemed preternaturally mature. Her vocabulary was surprisingly expansive. She could carry on full-blown conversations ...

ICC sentences jihadist to 9 years in jail for attacks on Timbuktu UNESCO site

THE HAGUE (AFP) -- War crimes judges jailed a Malian jihadist Tuesday for nine years for demolishing Timbuktu’s fabled shrines, a landmark ruling seen as a warning that destroying mankind’s heritage will not go unpunished.In the...

Iraq opens new antiquities museum in Basra

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq opened a new antiquities museum in the southern city of Basra on Tuesday with pottery, coins and other artifacts dating back more than 2,000 years.Only one hall was opened due to a shortage of funds, Qahtan al...

Experts call for UNESCO listing of S. Korea’s ancient education institution

South Korean scholars have highlighted the significance of the country’s oldest historical educational institution, papers showed Wednesday, as the Seoul city government pushes to list it as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site....

Expats join in Zandari music bonanza

Venues across Hongdae will open their doors for a multistage showcase festival this weekend.Zandari Festa’s acts are mostly Korean, including well-known acts such as Crying Nut and Kingston Rudieska, but also visiting acts -- par...

NK rights campaign film getting global release

An expat-made documentary on campaigners for North Korean human rights has arranged distribution for release in more than 100 countries this fall.“While They Watched” won awards at over 12 international festivals and was listed ...

Demand on the rise for Han River’s cruise ship

The Han River’s multipurpose cruise ship Araho will continue to expand its onboard cultural services to lure more visitors, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Monday.Akin to the well-known Bateau Mouche boats on the River Sei...